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St. John's at the Crossroads

November 18, 2022

Rectors' Corner: “Awaiting God Embodied”

by Rev. Sarah Reynolds, Associate Rector for Adult Formation & Education

Friends, Advent is right around the corner! This is, perhaps, my favorite season in the church year, as it offers us an invitation and opportunity to be mindful of our embodiment and of the connection between our physical selves and our faith. During Advent we wait. But our expectant watchfulness has a particular focus: we await the incarnation of the living God in a humble, human body. And what a profound blessing of our messy, inconvenient physicality: even God does not shun the physical as profane, but instead sacralizes it, making the human body the site of the Divine: both particularly in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, and generally in the God Image and divine spark each of us carries. We are bearers of light – as improbable as life’s realities make that seem. And what a gift to know that these messy, imperfect bodies are also God’s dwelling place in the world.

So, how do we make sense of the seeming clash between the physical and the spiritual, of the felt contradiction between banal realities of life in the world and our ideals of spiritual transcendence? How do we maintain transcendent hope in the face of physical realities that are often uncomfortable or difficult or even violent? What does it mean to live in a body, to follow an embodied God, to live out our faith in bodies with needs and shortcomings, in a physical world subject to physical limitations and inconveniences?

This Advent, there will be many opportunities to grapple together as parish with the wonder and profundity of God becoming flesh. Begin with our at-home Advent devotional (click below to download); join Monday night conversations of Padraig Ó’Tuama’s In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World; contact Dawn Molloy or visit the Hub outside the church library for a family-oriented resource, “Now in Flesh Appearing;” and be on the lookout for a weekly Advent email from me arriving each Tuesday.

Friends, there is so much to anticipate and ponder as we wait, restlessly, for God to be born among us. I look forward to walking alongside you in this season, exploring together what it means to encounter God, embodied: in our own bodies, in the people we meet, and in creation.

Download the Advent Devotional

Table of Contents

Thank You!

  • Thank You for Your Support of Samaritan Ministry
  • Thank you from Episcopal Relief and Development
  • Holy Land Committee Thanks You For Making Good Works Possible!

Parish News

  • Thanksgiving Week Schedule Updates
  • Let Your Light Shine: Chorister Program
  • November 30 Deadline for Norwood Parish Fund (NPF) Grant Applications
  • Prepare for Holidays! Advent Wreaths and Poinsettias
  • Secret Santa Shopping at the Op Shop: Sunday, December 4, at 11:45 am


  • Thanksgiving Day Service - 10:00 am on Zoom
  • Advent Lessons & Carols - Sunday, December 4 at 5:00 pm
  • Christmas Flower Dedications
  • Christmas Pageant
  • Service & Bible Study Schedule


  • Conversations at the Crossroads: Scripture & Race - Sundays, November 13-27, at 9:00 am
  • Play and Panel Discussion Shine a Light on Systemic Racism - Sunday, November 20 at Noon in the Parish Hall
  • Padraig O’Tuama’s In the Shelter - Mondays, November 21 - December 19, at 7:00 pm
  • Episcopalianism 101 - Sundays, December 4 - 18, at 9:00 am
  • Race, Justice and Equity

Build Community

  • Help Keep Ukraine Top of Mind; Attend the November 20 Third Sunday Supper
  • Save the Date! Annual Men’s Retreat - Sunday, January 29

Make a Difference

  • Holiday Giving Project Updates
  • Support Lutheran Social Services on November 27
  • Support J2A by Donating Items for the Winter Raffle
  • Growing Need for Clothing Donations
  • Olive Oil Sales - December 4 and 11

Prayer List

Weekly Schedule

Thank You!

Thank You for Your Support of Samaritan Ministry

by Roxy Wolfe

On Saturday, November 5, the Samaritan Ministry “Gala” was held at St. Andrew’s School in Potomac, and I am so glad to have been there with my friends from St. John's. The Samaritan Ministry staff and volunteers designed a beautiful celebration and silent auction.

St. John’s members showed such wonderful creativity and generosity! Working together, we donated 14 baskets on behalf of St. John’s; surely 14 baskets is a record! Samaritan Ministry's program participants also recently received “first aid kits” from the Children’s Ministry.

It is wonderful to experience the close and loving community we are at St. John’s; thanks to you all.

Thank you from Episcopal Relief & Development

Click below to read the letter from the President and CEO of Episcoal Relief & Development, thanking St. John's for its $3,000 contribution for hurricaine relief. The donation, approved by St. John's Outreach Committee earlier this fall, was given to support Episcopal Relief & Development’s response in communities devastated by Hurricanes Ian and Fiona.

ERD Thank You Letter

Holy Land Committee Thanks You For Making Good Works Possible! 

by HLC Co-Chairs, Kirk Campbell and Nancy Adams

In this season of thanksgiving, St John’s Holy Land Committee (HLC) is deeply grateful to all in our community for supporting us in addressing an ambitious agenda! Our mission statement calls for action in four areas: education, humanitarian relief, interfaith activity, and advocacy. We pursue these in multiple, often overlapping ways in a strategy that aims to build interfaith coalitions, educate our community and residents of the region, and provide relief to and advocate for the marginalized and oppressed in the Holy Land. Please click the button below for more specifics about HLC's many good works.

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Parish News

Thanksgiving Week Schedule Updates

  • No Church School for grades 8 - 12 this Sunday, November 20. Instead, we encourage those students to attend the 10 Seconds performance at noon in the Parish Hall. (More details below.)

  • Thanksgiving Day worship will be held at 10:00 am on Zoom. (More details below.)

  • The Church Office will be closed Wednesday, November 23, through Friday, November 25.

  • No Crossroads publication on November 25, the day after Thanksgiving.

  • No Church School on Sunday, November 27. Instead, sign up to join the Advent Wreath-Making Workshop after 10:30 worship. (More details below.)

“Let Your Light Shine”: Chorister Program

by Karl Robson, Director of Music Ministries

When I walk through our West Avenue entrance, I am always struck by the visual display of our parish’s “Core 4” attributes on the opposite wall. “Worship” occupies the center of this display, with the largest lettering; “Build Community,” “Grow,” and “Make a Difference” are placed in orbit around it. To me, this is an apt visual representation of what it means to be Church; indeed, our Sunday liturgies knit us together as a community of faith, spark our desire for further spiritual growth, and empower us to engage with the world outside our walls.

Music is an integral part of what we do in worship. Our hymns, anthems, service music, and voluntaries knit together the readings, preaching, and pageantry of our Sunday liturgies. The power of music to move human emotion has thrilled and mystified (and, sometimes, terrified) theologians for centuries. Our own parish’s musicians remain a major public-facing expression of St. John’s identity, especially to people joining us for the first time. I am reminded of sage advice from my first organ teacher: well-executed music can rescue anything else that goes badly in a liturgy, but poorly-executed music ruins everything that went well.

Please click below to read the full article. To pledge online, please click here.

Read the full article

November 30 Deadline for Norwood Parish Fund (NPF) Grant Applications

by Johnna Story, NPF Chair

The Norwood Parish Fund (NPF) Board is accepting grant applications for Fall 2022, now through November 30, 2022.

Grants are available to organizations or parishioners for:

  • St. John’s capital needs,
  • Outreach ministries,
  • Seed money for new ministries and special one-time projects, and
  • Other highly meritorious purposes that are similar to, but do not precisely fit, the three categories above and that fulfill St. John’s mission to develop its ministries or to be a catalyst for projects that are beyond what it is possible to fund through annual operating funds.

In the last few years, NPF funds have contributed to significant initiatives in the life of the parish, including establishing the Journey to Adulthood (J2A) program and the “Come As You Are” 5:00 pm service, and support for Nourishing Bethesda.

Click the button below for more information and application instructions. Please direct any questions to the NPF Chair via email:

More on NPF Grants

Prepare for Holidays! Advent Wreaths and Poinsettias

by the Belize Pilgrim Team

Please support the J2A class of 2023 while you prepare for the holidays: 


  • Advent Wreath Making - Sunday, November 27 after 10:30 worship. We will have wreath making kits available, and everything you need to make one for your family. Please sign up here so we can plan for the right amount of supplies. Each wreath kit will be $35, and we welcome any additional donations to support the J2A pilgrimage. 
  • Poinsettia Sale - Sunday, November 13 - Thursday, December 1. Look for order forms in the West Avenue Lobby. Orders can be placed in the box in the lobby through December 1st. Plants will be available on Sunday, December 4th, after church services.   


Questions? Please contact Catherine Williamson ( or Nicole Christensen ( Thank you!

Secret Santa Shopping at the Op Shop: December 4 11:45 am

by Liz Mullikin

The St. John's Opportunity Shop has a wonderful tradition of providing a Secret Santa shopping opportunity for our littlest parishioners. On December 4, from 11:45-1:45 pm, Santa's middle-school "elves" will be at the Shop to help younger children choose gifts for their siblings, parents, and friends. Gifts will be specially priced from $1 to $5.

The little ones will make their selections out of the sight of parents, who are welcome to browse among the Opportunity Shop's treasures while waiting. Two special notes: The children's shopping area will be outside, so they should dress warmly, and their shopping will be handled on a cash-only basis, so please plan accordingly. The Opportunity Shop is at 4504 Walsh Street, two blocks from the church.

Plan to kick off the Christmas season with this joyful family event!


Thanksgiving Day Service - 10:00 am on Zoom

This year, join us from home or from anywhere for our Thanksgiving Day service on Zoom: an opportunity to give God thanks and praise for our many blessings, to remember those with less, and to share together in the Agape feast. Gather your loved ones and log on at 10:00 am:

Advent Lessons & Carols - Sunday, December 4 at 5:00 pm

On Sunday, December 4, St. John's Choir and Norwood Ringers offer a Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent at 5:00 pm.

Advent is a season of both quiet reflection and joyful expectation. This service is intended to be a time of spiritual preparation, as we watch and wait for the coming of the Kingdom of God. Through our experience of sacred Word and music, the story of the coming of Christ gradually unfolds and deepens our understanding of God's message of love and redemption.

Reception in the Parish Hall to follow.

Christmas Flower Dedications

by Liz Luck

Each year, The Flower Guild of St. John's (which is self-supporting and not part of the parish budget) gratefully receives donations from parishioners and friends in honor/memory of family and friends, and to acknowledge blessings. These funds help the Guild to beautify our worship spaces for the celebration of Our Lord's birth. The dedications appear in each of the Christmas Eve/Day bulletins.

Please submit your dedication request here. The submission deadline is Sunday, December 18. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Luck at

Thank you for your support of the work of the Flower Guild!

Christmas Pageant

by Dawn Molloy, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries

It’s time to plan for our Christmas Pageant!

Again this year, our Christmas pageant will have key parts pre-assigned and "pick-up” parts available on both Sunday, 12/18 (after 10:30 am worship service), and Christmas Eve (5 pm), for visitors and children who can’t join us on all dates. I hope that your child(ren) will be part of our celebration regardless of level of participation! We will have one rehearsal on Saturday, December 17, at 9:30-11 am.

Would your child(ren), through grade 5, like an assigned role (older children will have the opportunity to be narrators, if they’d like), and be available on all 3 key dates: December 17 (9:30-11 am), December 18 (after 10:30-11:30 am worship service), and December 24 (5 pm)?  Please click here to email me and let me know your child's level of participation.

Remember: even if they can’t commit to all 3 dates, all children will have a part to play if they join us on December 18 or Christmas Eve!

Service & Bible Study Schedule




8:00 am Spoken Holy Eucharist - Chapel

10:30 am Holy Eucharist - Nave, Livestream

5:00 pm "Come As You Are" Holy Eucharist - Nave

7:00 pm Bible Study - Online

10:00 am Bible Study - Online


Livestream Service

Livestreamed services can be accessed via St. John's YouTube channel at 10:30 am. Simply look for the "live" video on our channel shortly before the service time.

A downloadable service bulletin will be included in the Saturday evening service reminder email.

If you would like to receive consecrated elements in the mail so that you may participate in the full Eucharist during the service, please call or email the church office: 301-654-7767 or

In-Person Services

Masks are now optional for in-person services.

Bible Studies

Bible studies meet via Zoom on Monday nights at 7:00 pm and on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am.


Meeting ID: 301-654-7767

Passcode: Crossroads

If you have difficulty accessing our services, please contact the Parish Office at


Conversations at the Crossroads: Scripture & Race - Sundays, November 13-27, at 9:00 am

by Rev. Sarah Reynolds

On November 13, 20 and 27, the Adult Education Hour will present the inaugural sessions of a new roundtable discussion series called "Conversations at the Crossroads."

November 13 

Jesus is challenged by a Gentile Woman 

(Mark 7:24-30)

In this pivotal interaction in Jesus’ own ministry, he is convinced by and converted to a broader, inclusive understanding of who is included in God’s family. View the recording on St. John's YouTube channel.

November 20

Peter visits the home of an Italian Centurion 

(Acts 10 & 11)

In this monumental event in the life of the Early Church, the Holy Spirit catapults Jesus’ disciples beyond the exceptionalism of their Jewishness to embrace the chosenness of all people. 

November 27

Peter shies away from inclusion; Paul rebukes him

(Galatians 2:7-14)

After initially including Gentiles, Peter buckles to peer pressure wanting to keep the peace. Paul rebukes him.

Join in person in the Parish Hall or via Zoom (link:  And please click below to download a 8.5 x 14 flyer that you can post and share!

Download the Flyer

Play and Panel Discussion Shine a Light on Systemic Racism - Sunday, November 20 at 12:00 pm in the Parish Hall

by Rob Hartmann

10 Seconds, a powerful new play by Miriam Gonzales, is based on conversations and discoveries from two years of workshops with police officers and young people ages 12-18. It will be performed by members of Imagination Stage’s Theatre for Change in St. John’s Parish Hall at 12 Noon on Sunday, November 20.  Immediately following the play, a panel discussion will be held moderated by the playwright.

The 40-minute play is appropriate for grades 8-12. Please note that there will be no church school on this date for grades 8-12, so we encourage those students to attend 10 Seconds instead.

This performance is open to the community. Please help spread the word by downloading and sharing this flyer. This performance is sponsored by St. John’s Drama Troupe with thanks to parishioner Jan McNamara, Senior Development Manager and Institutional Advancement at Imagination Stage for making it happen. View an NBC4 piece about the play at

Download the fyer

Padraig O’Tuama’s In the Shelter - Mondays, November 21 - December 19, at 7:00 pm

by Rev Sarah Reynolds

As the seasons change and already the necessity of making Christmas plans tickles the corners of our minds, I invite you to a mindful autumn and Advent:  join me in reading Padraig O’Tuama’s wonderful spiritual memoir In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World. O’Tuama moves organically yet methodically through an exploration and a welcoming of seasons and experiences in the full, sacred, embodied life of faith. 

Buy the book, read on your own, and then join us online for a series of conversations about our own embodiment as our primary crossroads of faith and life on Monday evenings, 11/21 through 12/19, 7:00 - 8:00 pm.  We will cover 2 chapters each week, and this will replace Monday evening Bible Study for those weeks.  

Questions? Email me at

Episcopalianism 101 - Sundays, December 4 - 18, at 9:00 am

by Rev. Sarah Reynolds

These three, 45-minute sessions are ideal for those new to St. John’s or to the Episcopal Church – or for any seeking a brief introduction to the Episcopal Church, Episcopalianism, and what that means in practice at St John’s. You can register your interest HERE. Join us Sundays in December in the Parish Lounge at 9:00 am.

  • Session 1, December 4: the early Christian Church, the growth of the various Christian denominations, and the historical and ongoing relationship of the Episcopal Church to Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.
  • Session 2, December 11: the fundamental importance of the worship experience to understanding the Episcopal approach to religious beliefs. 
  • Session 3, December 18: what it means at St John’s as our community seeks to live at the crossroads of Faith and Life.

Questions? Email me at

Race, Justice and Equity

Saint John's work on Race, Justice and Equity continues. If you have any thoughts, ideas, reactions or questions, we welcome hearing them! Please do not hesitate to reach out to any Vestry or clergy member. And please talk with Rev. Anne Derse if you are interested in participating in an upcoming Sacred Ground circle.

Build Community

Help Keep Ukraine Top of Mind; Attend the November 20 Third Sunday Supper

by Rob Hartmann, Ministry Chair, Ukrainian Support Group

The war in Ukraine tragically continues. Yet some members of Congress have expressed a weariness for American involvement and would like to cut-off funding for Ukraine--or drastically reduce it. We must continue to demand that both our elected representatives and the Federal government support Ukraine with the equipment and aid necessary to maintain their independence and territorial integrity. 

Come show your support for Ukraine and St. John’s Ukrainian Support Group (USG) in partnership with St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Silver Spring. St. Andrew’s Rector, Father Volodymyr Steliac (Father V to us!) will be there to update us on humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. The USG will present him with a check for additional funds raised for Ukraine from community listservs!

Please reserve your seat by emailing Cindy Anderson 

( so that we can plan the right amount of food and drink. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Guests are invited to make a contribution of $5 per person or $15 per family of three or more. We will be serving Ukrainian food!

Save the Date! Annual Men’s Retreat - Sunday, January 29

by John Ross, Chair, Men’s Ministry

Save the date for the annual Men’s Retreat at Shrinemont, a beautiful Episcopalian retreat center nestled in the mountains of Virginia. The dates are Friday, January 27 in the evening through the morning of Sunday, January 29.

2022 Men's Retreat Participants

Own John Talbird will lead the retreat. John served as an Episcopal priest for 50 years until recently retiring and resettling in our area. He’s a regular at the 5:00 pm service. Stay tuned for more details.

The all Men’s Ministry events—including the retreat--are open to everyone who self-identifies as male. Per the Men’s Ministry Charter, the St. John’s Men’s Ministry is committed to build an open, robust community of people who self-identify as men. We are dedicated to cultivating meaningful relationships, building spiritual maturity, and to becoming active disciples of Christ. We support programs, mentoring, and volunteer activities that address issues related to men in the wider community.

Make a Difference

Holiday Giving Project Updates

by Dawn Molloy, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries

Thank you, St. John’s! Your generosity provided $50 Giant Food gift cards toward Thanksgiving meals for all fifteen families we are supporting through Montgomery County Linkages to Learning.

Our Christmas project is off to a great start, too! Last Sunday, we set up our Giving Tree, full of paper ornaments with children’s wishes and needs. On our first Sunday alone, over half of the ornaments were taken, as St. John’s sprang into action. There are still ornaments available, so if you would like to participate, please stop by the tree in the West Avenue lobby and grab an ornament! All gifts are due by Sunday, December 4.

If you would like to participate, but cannot join us in person, please email Dawn and let her know the amount you’d like to spend. Then pay for your gift via Breeze, selecting “Thanksgiving Gift Cards – CYF” from the drop-down menu. 

Thank you, St. John’s!

Support Lutheran Social Services on November 27

by the Outreach Committee and Brooke Lindsay

After counting your blessings with friends and family on Thanksgiving, please help those less fortunate on Sunday, November 27th with a gift to Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA). LSSNCA's mission is "accompanying those in need to foster resiliency, self-sufficiency, and access to opportunities by creating, connecting, and engaging with welcoming communities."

St. John's has a long history of collaborating with LSS to sponsor refugee families, including family of ten from the Democratic Republic of Congo and, more recently, an Afghan family. LSS has provided invaluable assistance in preparing our Refugee Ministry for sponsorship, training and vetting of volunteers, and connecting families with essential benefits and case management in the first months of resettlement. 

Click below to read the full article, and please give generously to LSS. To donate online, please use Breeze and select "Outreach Sunday: Lutheran Social Services" from the drop-down menu. Thanks!

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Support J2A by Donating Items for the Winter Raffle

by the Belize Pligrim Team

Last week you were introduced to our current J2A class of 2023! (Picture at right.) This special group of teens is coming together just one year behind our last J2A cohort (due to delays caused by COVID) so they are in need of your support to make their pilgrimage a reality.

Even though it is just November, we have already begun plans for our second annual Winter Raffle. To be a success we definitely need your help. Please let us know if you have items that you would be willing to donate for the raffle. Last year, several families generously donated stays at family vacation homes. Sports tickets or other memberships would make great raffle items as well. The Winter Raffle is our biggest fundraiser, and our J2A Pilgrims rely on the generocity of the St. John’s community. To donate items or share ideas, please contact our fundraising co-chairs, Catherine Williamson ( and Nicole Christensen (

Growing Need for Clothing Donations

by Denyse Corrado

As a response to the fast growing need for new or gently used clothing, St. John’s Clothing Ministry will be collecting clothing on an ongoing basis instead of quarterly. As you clean out your closets and have clothing to donate, drop off your the donations outside the Sacristy in one of the two gray bins labeled St. John’s Clothing Ministry. You can also arrange for a pick up or drop off by calling or emailing Denyse Corrado, 301-787-7980 /

We welcome gently used, clean clothing in good repair (no rips, tears, stains, missing buttons or broken zippers, please!) for men, women and children.

Current Special Needs: 

  • Coats: all sizes
  • Boy’s clothes: size 8-18
  • Boy's/Men's shoes: size 6-9
  • Men's clothes: small and medium (29-33 waist)
  • Girl's clothes: size 3T to 14
  • Children's shoes
  • New in the package underwear & socks for all ages
  • Diapers in unopened packages of all sizes, especially newborn and size 4
  • Unopened packages of baby wipes

Thank you!

Olive Oil Sales - Sunday Mornings, December 4 and 11

by Liz Everhart

The Olive Oil ministry will sell olive oil and soap on Sundays, December 4 and 11, before and after the 10:30 service in the West Avenue lobby.

We will be selling 2 types of olive oil, a mix and the bold-flavored Rumi for $25/bottle, as well as bars of olive oil soap for $7/bar. 

While the Olive Oil ministry has historically raised money to benefit the Tent of Nations, beginning in 2019, we have also provided support for other worthwhile projects, especially those in Gaza. In 2021 we donated a total of $12,421 to several of those entities, including $5,316 to Anera, $5,000 to two hospitals in Gaza and Nablus (each $2,500), the Museum of the Palestinian People in Washington, DC ($500), and indirectly $1,605 to Playgrounds for Palestine, an organization which builds playgrounds for children in Palestine, as well as $9,500 to Tent of Nations. 

If you have any questions, please contact Helen Habiby ( or Liz Everhart (

Prayer List

We join in prayer this week for: 

Those newly in need of prayer** Jeff Benner, Raymond Spencer Bennett Jr., Connie Berkeley*, Betty, Gene Blades, Sally Cassidy*, King-Ho Chan, Amy Cheifetz, Gladys Clearwaters*, Charles Corrado, Natasha Coulouris*, The Courtney Family*, Patricia Davis, Susan Eason, Emily Ferry, Sarah Finton, Mary Garrison, Joe Gordon, Bruce Hemmer, Inge Hill, Paquita Holland, Jenny Hornback, Helen Hosiak, Thomas Kenton, Christopher Reynolds Keyes, Erwin Krasnow, Linda, John Little, James Peter Lynn, Elizabeth McGuiness, Bernard & Wanda McNulty, James Molloy, Karie Nicholson, Bob O., Jenny O'Dell, Katherine Powell, Harrison Reeder, Eileen Smith, Yejide Sokoya*, Sherry Speyer, Blake Stevens, Barbara Swetnam, Miles Novogratz Sypeck, Paul Walker, Barbara Watts, The Wills Family, Bob Wilson*, Jennie Yeomans, Cash Beatty, Marian Wooden, David Soady, Lord Keith Mutengu

Those in continuing special need of prayer:  Granville Blades, Edna Brown, Caroline Cordes, David Dantzler, Mary Detweiler, Deborah Drennon, Mark Edwards*, Mark Estes*, Susan Fletcher, Scott Furness*, Patty Gato, Rene Griffith*, Sara H., Betsy Hendrickson, Jane Hendrickson*, Susan Hess, Rosetta Hopkins, Alina Huguley, Scott Hynes, Jenny, Dave Jobes, Dale & Mary Ellen Kangas, Kate, Laura Keust, Carol Keyes Estes, Kim Lackey, Dorene Lane, Heidi Lawrenz*, Diane Marshall, Ellen Miles*, Becky Neal*, Cathy O’Donnell*, Jean Ordway, Mario Sandoval, Charles Schembri, David Sheets, Chris Soady, Elisabeth Tapley, Endreas Teleksaw, Anne Uhar, Edith Wharton, Ann Wild*, Stephen Wilken, Timmy Wright, Chris Yeomans, Stephen Ministers and their care receivers, the people of St. Luke's Hospital, Nablus, West Bank, and asylum-seekers

Parishioners celebrating a birthday next week (November 20 - November 27):  Luke Chipman, Claire Moffitt, Tad Mrozek, Gabe Aronson, Maura Lynch, Rick Bradley, Julie Grohovsky, William Raub, Margott Thorne

Those serving in the military, including: Jonathan Hackett (nephew of Liz & Jim Mullikin); Keenan McUmber (son of Melanie Folstad and Rick McUmber); all our Wounded Warriors; all our POW/MIA soldiers 

Those who have died: Anne Wake (Parishioner)

Those in the Anglican Communion:  The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean

Those in the Diocese: Christ Church, Chaptico; Christ Church, Clinton Parish; Christ Church, La Plata; Christ Church, Rockville; Christ Episcopal School, Rockville; Christ Church, Wayside; Church of the Holy Comforter, DC; Daughters of the King; Thanksgiving Day (November 24) -Pray for our national life and all of God’s blessings

Those in Companion Dioceses: Diocese of Kontagora - The Church of Nigeria (Lokoja Province) 

Today’s Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for all the blessings of this life.

Please share prayer requests - including transitions and thanksgivings - by emailing the Church Office at

*Denotes St. John's parishioner. Bolded names under those newly in need of prayer are names added this week.

**Unless the Office is asked to remove or move them to the "continuing" prayer list, all "new" names will be listed for four weeks.

Weekly Schedule

Sunday, November 20

Second Sunday of Pledge Season

8:00 - 9:00 am

9:00 - 10:00 am

10:00 - 10:30 am

10:30 am - 11:30 am

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

12:00 am - 1:00 pm

5:00 - 6:00 pm

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Deadline for Newsletter Submissions***

Spoken Holy Eucharist - Chapel

Adult Education Hour - Parish Hall, Online

Church School - Classrooms

Fellowship & Transition - West Avenue Lobby

Holy Eucharist - Nave, Livestream

Fellowship (Coffee Hour) - West Avenue Lobby

J2A Parent Meeting - Lounge

10 Seconds Play and Discussion - Parish Hall

"Come as You Are" Holy Eucharist - Nave

Third Sunday Supper - Parish Hall

Monday, November 21

6:30 -8:00 pm

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Church Office is closed.

EfM Alumni Meeting - Lounge

Bible Study - Online

Tuesday, November 22

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

2:00 -2:45 pm

3:00 - 3:45 pm

Church Office Hours

Five Star Residence Service - offsite

Maplewood Service - offsite

Wednesday, November 23

Church Office is closed. No scheduled events.

Thursday, November 24

10:00 -11:00 am

Church Office is closed.

Thanksgiving Service - online

Friday, November 25

Church Office is closed. No scheduled events.

Saturday, November 26

No scheduled events.

Sunday, November 27

First Sunday of Advent

Outreach Sunday

8:00 - 9:00 am

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

9:00 - 10:00 am

10:00 - 10:30 am

10:30 am - 11:30 am

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Deadline for Newsletter Submissions***

Spoken Holy Eucharist - Chapel

Shepherd’s Table Food Prep - Kitchen

Adult Education Hour - Parish Hall, Online

(No Church School)

Fellowship & Transition - West Avenue Lobby

Holy Eucharist - Nave, Livestream

Advent Wreath Worskshop - Parish Hall

Fellowship (Coffee Hour) - West Avenue Lobby

"Come as You Are" Holy Eucharist - Nave

*** Please email submissions for Crossroads to

Building Community at the Crossroads of Faith and Life

Our members represent a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, political affiliations, family configurations, sexual orientations, abilities, and religious traditions. Indeed, chances are that there's someone like you at St. John's. We are single, married, partnered, divorced, widowed, remarried, gay and lesbian, with and without children, empty nesters, old and young, and differently-abled; you name it - we are here.

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