St. John's at the Crossroads
September 8, 2017
Diocesan News
Presiding Bishop, President of House of Deputies on DACA: We stand with the Dreamers and will do all that we can to support them
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings have issued the following statement concerning the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

September 5, 2017

Today our hearts are with those known as the Dreamers - those young women and men who were brought to this country as children, who were raised here and whose primary cultural and country identity is American. We believe that these young people are children of God and deserve a chance to live full lives, free from fear of deportation to countries that they may have never known and whose languages they may not speak. As people of faith, our obligation is first to the most vulnerable, especially to children. In this moment, we are called by God to protect Dreamers from being punished for something they had no agency in doing.

Since 2012, individuals who are undocumented and who were brought to the U.S. as children have benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Through this program, those eligible have the opportunity to obtain a work permit and can secure protection from deportation. The nearly 800,000 recipients of DACA have proven that when given the opportunity, they succeed and contribute positively to our country. Without protection afforded by DACA or a legislative solution, these young people will live in fear of arrest, detention, and deportation to countries they may not remember. In six months those fears may become reality, so we must use that time wisely to advocate for their protection.

The Episcopal Church supports these undocumented youth as part of our decades-long commitment to walking with immigrants and refugees. Out of that commitment, we call on our nation to live up to its highest ideals and most deeply held values, and we call on Congress to take action to protect these young people and to formulate a comprehensive immigration policy that is moral and consistent and that allows immigrants who want to contribute to this country the chance to do so while keeping our borders secure from those whose business is in drugs, human trafficking or terror. We are committed to working actively toward both the passage of a bipartisan Dream Act by Congress and comprehensive immigration reform, and we will provide resources for Episcopalians who want to participate in this work.

For those of us who follow Jesus Christ, our Christian values are at stake. Humane and loving care for the stranger, the alien, and the foreigner is considered a sacred duty and moral value for those who would follow the way of God. In his parable of the last judgment, Jesus commended those who welcomed the stranger and condemned those who did not (Matthew 25:35 & 25:43). This teaching of Jesus was based on the law of Moses that tells the people of God: "The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." (Leviticus 19:33-35).

We stand with the Dreamers and will do all that we can to support them while we also work for the kind of immigration reform that truly reflects the best of our spiritual and moral values as people of faith and as citizens of the United States.

This statement appears in English and Spanish on the Episcopal Church website.

Rector's Corner
Good to Be Back
By Sari Ateek, Rector

Dear friends,

The last three months for me were rich in study and travel, and I am looking forward to stepping back into the rhythm of our life together.

I want to offer a special word of thanks to all of you who kept St. John's running and thriving in my absence, and particularly for Johnna Story, Senior Warden; John Stewart, Junior Warden; Karen Berry, Director of Church Operations; Rev. Joe Clark; Elizabeth Tesi, Associate Rector; the staff; and the vestry of St. John's.  

This Sunday, September 10, is Renewal Sunday, and I will be preaching on the subject of "Abundant Life" drawing on the passage from John 10:10.  Following the service, don't miss our annual barbecue lunch and the opportunity to browse through many of our ministry tables to discover opportunities to become more engaged in the life and mission of the church.  

I look forward to sharing more with you about my sabbatical with pictures and stories on the following Sunday, September 17, during the adult forum hour at 10 am.  As usual, the forum will be video recorded for those of you who are unable to attend.

It's great to be back among you.

Grace and Peace!

Music Notes
Music at St. John's - A Place to Belong
By Sonya Sutton, Interim Music Director

There are many ways to participate in the music at St. John's - from enthusiastic congregational singer, to choir member or instrumentalist, to engaged listener.  Music helps us to feel things we can't put into words, as much as the words of hymns and anthems expand our understanding of God's work in our lives and the world. With worship at the heart of what we do at St. John's, music is one way to connect with each other and our Creator, preparing us to go out into the world as more loving members of our community and beyond.
The Primary Choir is for children in Kindergarten through grade two. With a focus on the joy of making music, developing musical skills and an understanding of our liturgy, and forming new friendships, the choir learns music to sing for the 9:00 am service once a month or so. 
Rehearsals are in the choir room on Tuesday afternoons, 4-4:45 pm, beginning September 12.
The Children's Choir builds on the work of The Primary Choir, and is for boys and girls in grades 3-6. Each rehearsal focuses on the skills needed to be a successful singer and leader of worship. This choir sings once or twice a month for the 9:00 service.
Rehearsals are Tuesday afternoons in the choir room, 5:00-5:45, beginning 
September 12.
The Alleluia Choir is for those in grades three and above, teenagers, and adults who enjoy singing as part of a multi-age ensemble. It is the perfect opportunity for parents and children to learn and sing together. Rehearsals include work on basic skills and preparation to sing for the 9:00 service each Sunday. 
Rehearsals are in the choir room on Tuesday evenings, 7:00-8:00 pm, beginning September 12.
The St. John's Choir is for adults and teenagers and contributes musical leadership every Sunday for the 11:15 am service and other special events. The community built through singing together is like no other, and the value of being part of a small group within the larger parish is deeply enriching. Though there is no audition, some musical experience and consistent rehearsal attendance is expected. 
Rehearsals are in the choir room on Thursday evenings, 7:30-9:00 pm, beginning September 7.
The Norwood Ringers is an inter-generational group, open to anyone with some music-reading ability.  Ringing handbells is a fun, easily learned skill, and the bells are a beautiful part of our worship experience. 
Rehearsals are in the choir room each Thursday evening, 6:00-7:15 pm, beginning September 7.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more about how to participate or how you can share your musical experience in some other way with our congregation. I look forward to meeting many of you and being here at St. John's this fall.

Thank You
Backpack Donations for Interfaith Works
Thanks to all who donated backpacks and school supplies at Sunday's Blessing of the Backpacks! 

Interfaith Works was grateful to receive our gifts, which will help kids get off to a great start this school year. 

- Liz Luck
Join Us for Renewal Sunday on September 10th
On Sunday, September 10, join us in renewing our faith, our commitment, and our spirit as we embark on a new program year.

And this year, in addition to the annual barbecue lunch and bounce house party following the 10 am service,  we will celebrate and learn more about St. John's ministries and committees. Over 20 groups will have information tables set up throughout the West Avenue Lobby and Parish Hall to introduce our ministry and committee leaders and provide you with information on opportunities for fellowship, service and spiritual growth at St. John's (you can find a complete list of St. John's ministries and committees and their leaders  here). 

We'll also be set up to help you register your account with Breeze - our great new church database - and show you how to use it to update your information, upload a picture, view your contributions, connect with fellow parishioners, make online payments, and more!

Don't miss the celebration, and remember to wear green!

Regular Service Schedule Resumes on September 17th
Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 17th, when we resume our regular service schedule, along with Church School, Adult Forum, and Youth Group.
  • Services at 8 am, 9 am, 11:15 am & 5 pm
  • Children's Chapel at 9 am, Hines Hall
  • Church School at 10 am, Classrooms
  • Adult Forum at 10 am, Parish Hall
  • Youth Group at 5:30 pm, Youth Room
Look for more information on St. John's website and in upcoming issues of Crossroads.

September Adult Forums
Rob Radtke, President of Episcopal Relief and Development
Welcome back to a new program year at St. John's! We look forward to the fall forums being planned by Bill & Lisa Raisner, and Amy Houser & Steve Volkers, our fall Adult Forum Coordinators. 

To kick things off, we have two forums planned for September, beginning on September 17th, when we return to our regular schedule:

September 17 - "Rector Sabbatical Recap"
Please join Sari in the Parish hall at 10am to hear about his Sabbatical studies and travels.

September 24 - "Healing a Hurting World and the Role of the Church" 
We are honored to welcome the President of Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), Rob Radtke, who will be visiting from New York to speak to us about the intersection between our faith and works in the context of a world in need.

Interfaith Picnic at the Cathedral on September 9th

Mark your Calendar for Saturday, September 9th!   Join fellow parishioners, clergy, and lay people of many faiths for an evening picnic at the Cathedral sponsored by the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. 

Meet at St. John's at 5 pm, with your own picnic dinner, to carpool to the Cathedral.  Activities will include people Bingo with prizes, an interactive art project, a performance by the Washington Revels, and a Havdalah service. 

More information is available at: .  (The event is free, but a $5 donation is suggested.) Please RSVP if you plan to come:  mhilton8[A]

Thanks and let me know if you have questions.

- Margaret Hilton

Build Community
Women's Book Group on September 11th
The next meeting of the Women's Book Group will be held on Monday, September 11, 2017, at 7:30 pm.

We will be discussing  Clementine: the life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell. New York Times: "Clementine Churchill became her husband's essential confidante and adviser, vetting his speeches, smoothing over his faux pas, dealing with his constituents... Most spectacularly, she was his support and counselor when he returned to lead the government in the darkest hour of World War II. ... Sonia Purnell's book is the first formal biography of a woman who has heretofore been relegated to the sidelines, even in Churchill's own history of World War II, which gives her a single mention."

For those wishing to read ahead, our next selection:
10/2/17     The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi

- Pat Cascio

Men's Book Club on September 13th
Hillbilly Elegy  is J.D. Vance's honest, penetrating account of his life growing up in a Scots-Irish family with deep roots in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, and being transplanted as a boy to a once-thriving and subsequently stagnating rust-belt town in Ohio. He is unsparing in his description of life in a loving but dysfunctional family, and he is brutally honest in addressing the traumatic experiences he faced and the demons he still carries with him as a successful adult in his early thirties. 

Please join us in discussing this New York Times best-selling book at our next meeting at 7:30 p.m. on September 13 at Bob DuPont's house.

- Joe Winder

St. John's Youth 
Youth Group Begins on September 17th at 5:30 pm
Scott Bradley
Scott Bradley, St. John's New
Youth Leader
Hi St. John's !

The Youth Group will be meeting for the first time this year on Sunday, September 17th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
If you are a senior in high school, just entered 7th grade, or anywhere in between, please come by to see what we are all about! We'll order pizza for dinner, travel over to Norwood park for some fun and games, and spend some time talking about plans for the coming year.

A little bit about Youth Group: St. John's Youth Group is a weekly fellowship meeting for teenagers in 7th through 12th grade to get to know each other another and their community in a relaxed environment.  Most Sunday evenings the St. John's Youth Group meets to shoot some pool, play games, eat pizza, and 'hang out' with other teenagers from church.  The Youth Group also takes a few annual trips, including, but not limited to, going to the beach, hiking, skiing, bowling, etc. During the school year, the youth group raises money for Camp Joy, our weeklong mission trip to Berkeley Springs, WV. At Camp, St. John's teens make repairs to the homes of those in need, the elderly, and the disabled. We host bake sales (the first Sunday of every month!), dinners and other fundraisers to buy our own tools and materials to make these repairs.

The Youth Room is located in the basement under the kitchen - next to the choir room.  You can also enter by taking the stairs located in the back of the church near the rear entrance to the kitchen.

Feel free to stop by and say hello during any of our weekly meetings or at the Sunday bake sales for Camp Joy!  Also, please let me know if you would like to be added to the St John's Youth Group email distribution or would like more information!  A final note, to make all this happen we need the support of St. John's parents! Stay tuned for an upcoming parent meeting for additional details.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Scott Bradley
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12   

Please join us in prayers of condolence for the families and friends of those who have died:

- Lile Hoopman (cousin of Susan Symons)
- Paul (Gus) Hurd (father of Cindy Murdock)
- Joan Leftwich (mother of Gail Kitch)

Please contact the Office if you have a prayer request or thanksgiving to share with the Parish.   Send us an email request
Upcoming Events
September 10, 2017
Renewal Sunday   with a barbecue lunch and Ministries Celebration following the 10 am service.

September 11, 2017
Women's Book Group   at 7:30 pm. 

September 13, 2017
Wednesday Bible Study   resumes, weekly at 10:30 am in the Lounge.

Men's Book Group   7:30 pm at the home of Bob DuPont.

September 17, 2017
New Program Year Begins   Service schedule: 8 am, 9 am, 11:15 am & 5 pm; Children's Chapel at 9 am; Church School at 10 am; Adult Forum at 10 am; Youth Group at 5:30 pm

This Week 
Saturday, September 9, 2017
8:30 am Church School Teacher Training - Parish Hall
5-8:00 pm Interfaith Picnic at the National Cathedral (meet at St. John's to carpool at 5 pm) 

Sunday, September 10, 2017
Renewal Sunday
8:00 am
Holy Eucharist with sermon - Rev. Sari Ateek
9 am-12 pm Parish Library Open
10:00 am Combined Service - Holy Eucharist and sermon - Rev. Sari Ateek
11:00 am Barbecue Lunch & Ministries Celebration - Parish Hall, Blacktop, Lobby
4:45-6:30 pm
Parish Library Open
5:00-6:00 pm
'Come As You Are' Holy Eucharist and sermon - Rev. Sari Ateek

Monday, September 11, 2017
Church Office Hours: M-F, 9 am-4 pm
7-8:30 pm Property Committee Meeting - Lounge
7:30-9 pm Women's Book Group (offsite)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
4-4:45 pm Primary Choir Rehearsal - Choir Room
5-5:45 pm Children's Choir Rehearsal - Choir Room
7-8:00 pm Alleluia Choir Rehearsal - Choir Room
7:30-9 pm Finance Committee Meeting - Lounge

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
10:30-11:30 am Bible Study - Lounge
12-1:00 pm Holy Eucharist and Healing - St. Mary's Chapel
7-8:30 pm Ministry Leaders' Gathering - Parish Hall
7:30-9 pm Men's Book Club (offsite)

Thursday, September 14, 2017
6-7:15 pm Norwood Ringers Rehearsal - Choir Room
7-9:00 pm Stephen Ministers - Library & Lounge
7:30-9 pm St. John's Choir Rehearsal - Choir Room

Saturday, September 16, 2017
9 am-12 pm Vestry Budget Planning - Lounge

Sunday, September 17, 2017
8:00 am
Holy Eucharist with sermon - St. Mary's Chapel
9 am-1 pm Parish Library Open
9:00 am Holy Eucharist and sermon with music led by the Alleluia Choir
9-9:30 am Children's Chapel - Hines Hall
10-11:00 am Church School - Classrooms
10-11:00 am  Adult Forum: Rector's Sabbatical Recap - Parish Hall
11:15 am Holy Eucharist and sermon with music led by the St. John's Choir
12:15-1:15 pm Hospitality Hour - Lounge
4:45-6:30 pm
Parish Library Open
5:00-6:00 pm
'Come As You Are' Holy Eucharist and sermon 
5:30-7:30 pm Youth Group - Youth Room

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