2019 Holy Week and  Easter Sunday Worship Schedule

April 19 | Good Friday
12 noon Good Friday Liturgy with Choir

April 21 | Easter Day
 7:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Hymns 
9:00 a.m. Festival Holy Eucharist with Choir, Brass Quintet and Timpani 
11:00 a.m. Festival Holy Eucharist with Choir, Brass Quintet and Timpani

Getting a seat at Easter Day services requires an early arrival. In recent years we have had to turn members away from the 9:00 a.m. and the 11:00 a.m. services. To help ensure that you have a seat, we recommend that you arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. for the 9:00 a.m. service and no later than 10:45 a.m. for the 11:00 a.m. service. 

Children are welcome in the Church Nave during services. There will be no Church School this Sunday. The Nursery will be open, with attendants, in the basement for infants-age 3, and a "pray-ground" area set up in the Multipurpose Room for young families.

Valet parking will be available from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. 
Remembering Those Who Cannot be with Us at Easter

The Pastoral Care and Flower Committees prepared potted Easter lilies for delivery to members of the parish who are not able to participate in our Sunday liturgies or parish community. The lilies may be picked up in the Togo West Parlor on Sunday, April 21. Please take a few minutes of your festival day to bring the light of Christ to others. Deliveries are needed in all parts of the District, Maryland and Virginia. You will find addressed cards to accompany the flowers. Thank you for participating in this ministry of joyful remembrance.
April 21 | Premiere of An Easter Carol
At the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Easter services this Sunday, our choirs will premiere the anthem An Easter CarolComposer William Bradley Roberts, Professor of Church Music at Virginia Theological Seminary, has set the text by poet Christina Rossetti for choir, soprano soloist, French horn, timpani, cymbal, triangle, and organ.   
April 20 | Grace's Table
Please join us in providing a hot meal to the homeless and underserved at Grace's TableGrace's Table, an outreach ministry, of Grace's Episcopal Church in Georgetown, is a fellowship that provides and shares a meal at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays to the homeless and near homeless. Volunteers purchase and prepare the food, and then gather with guests to eat, and socialize together.  The 60 minutes together each Saturday includes the reading and discussion of a biblical passage. Guests and volunteers take turns reading and participating in discussion with great enthusiasm and insight. A menu will be provided, from which volunteers can select food contributions. Volunteers can be reimbursed for food expenses. Parking is available at meters on the street, or at a lot adjacent to the church, for a $10. fee.

For more information, please 
contact Robin Schwartz
April 27 | Rebuilding Together
Saturday, April 27, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more than 20 years as part of our Outreach mission, St.
John's has been participating in National Rebuilding Together days by making repairs and improvements to homes in Southeast Washington, DC. Work activities this year will include general repairs, cleaning, drywall repair, and painting. No experience is necessary. Please note the strict  requirement that volunteers must be at least fifteen years of  age. Ten  volunteers for April 27, 2019. We will have most of the tools, gloves, masks, etc. that volunteers will need. You may bring your own tools, e.g., saws, and drills. Lunch will be provided to volunteers. The homeowner's address and directions will be provided to those who volunteer. 

A waiver form must be completed online prior to arriving at the site:
  • Visit the waiver form web address 
  • Complete all personal information on the form then search for our team: StJohnsEpis - Gardner - 042719 
  • Select your preferred T-shirt size
  • Check the box next to "I have read and agree to these terms" 
  • Click "Yes and Submit"
To volunteer, please contact Chris Gardner, the team captain (phone: 804-761-4349) or  the Rev. Andy Olivo or (phone: 202-347-8766).
April 27 | Ordination of Pete Burgess
William "Pete" Burgess will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons (transitional) by the Rt. Rev. Russell Kendrick, IV Bishop of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, on Saturday, April 27 at All Saints Church in Mobile, AL. We  have been blessed to have Pete with us as Seminarian this past year and look forward to welcoming him in May as the Rev.  Pete Burgess.
May 1 | First Wednesday Concert
12:10 p.m.-12:45 p.m. 
Music for Trumpet and Organ with trumpeter Chuck Seipp and organist Lisa Galoci 
Premiere of Paul Leavitt's Fanfare for Trumpet & Organ 

Please consider joining us during your lunch break on the First Wednesdays of the month, through June, and bring a friend. See full season details on the church website . Each concert is ticketless, free of charge, and held in the nave of our historic church.
May 2 | St. John's Book Club
If you like to read and meet with others who like to read and talk about books, the Book Club is for you. We meet in the 2nd Floor Teen Classroom, Parish House at 6:45 p.m. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Leila Taaffe.

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh
May 5 | The Parlor Series presents The Giant Turnip
The Beech Tree Puppets perform 
The Giant Turnip
5:00 p.m., Togo West Parlor

This humorous tale celebrates care for the earth and community. Artfully told and sung with hand-crafted rod and shadow puppets, classically-trained singers Ingrid and Ola Has delight audiences of all ages with their spellbinding show.

The Parlor Series offers an hour of entertainment in the newly-renovated Togo West Parlor. Performances are ticketless and free, and followed by a reception.
May 17 | Parents' Night Out

The Friday night program offers parents an opportunity to enjoy free time while St. John's provides child care, a light supper, and entertainment for children infants through age ten. All we ask is that you sign up by noon on Wednesday, May 15, so that we will have an adequate number of attendants and that you pick up your children before 9:00 p.m. when the doors will be locked. To sign-up, please fill out this form or contact Savannah Ponder, Assistant for Ministries to Children, Youth, and Families.
St. John's Refugee Committee
Please mark your calendars for the Refugee Committee's next monthly meeting, Sunday, May 26 after the 11:00 a.m. service.  Please contact Jessica Sanchez   with any questions.
Upcoming Events and Opportunities for Action

Thursday, June 27- Friday, June 28
Love God, Love Neighbor Advocacy in Action training on refugee resettlement issues hosted by Episcopal Migration Ministries. 
A two-day interactive training for clergy and laity interested in developing or improving their advocacy skills and having the opportunity to advocate directly to members of Congress and their staff about protections for refugees.  Space is limited; please submit your registration as soon as possible . Registration deadline is May 17. Questions?  Contact Melissa Coulston .
Saturday, June 29
One Journey Festival, a day-long festival held on the grounds of the National Cathedral, celebrates refugee contributions to our community. Sign up for updates and to volunteer. We hope to have a strong St. John's presence at the festival this year.  See last year's recap video here Sign up link: 
The Parish Lunch Schedule
April 21 - No Parish Lunch (Easter Sunday)

April 28 - Reception in Honor of the Rev. W. Bruce McPherson

May 5 - Greeters

May 12 - No Parish Lunch (Mother's Day)

May 19 - Church School
If you have not participated in the past, please begin a new tradition of your own and plan to come to our Parish lunches at 12:15 p.m., after the 11:00 a.m. service. It is one of the best fellowship opportunities at St. John's and a way to meet new friends, both members and guests, and to catch up with old friends. Volunteers are needed to help with the May 5 lunch.

To sign up or ask questions, contact Holly Sukenik, the lunch coordinator or the Parish Office at 202-347-8766.
Minimizing Our Plastic Trash
Many of the products we routinely buy are packaged in plastic, so reducing our throwaway plastic is not easy. Yet we can often change our buying habits to minimize this waste. For example, we can buy in bulk at grocery stores or at farmers markets, putting produce in our own containers. We can buy fruit, not fruit juice. We can look for packaging alternatives using glass rather than plastic jars, or seek powdered laundry soap in boxes rather than liquids in plastic. We can replace liquid soap dispensers in plastic bottles with bars of soap wrapped in paper. If we set our mind to it, there's a lot we can do to minimize our plastic waste.

- St. John's Care of Creation Group
ICYMI: Welcome Rev. Robert Fisher, called as 15th Rector of St. John's Church
From a letter from the Wardens on April 7, 2019:

Dear Fellow Parishioners and Friends of St. John's Church:

We are writing to share the wonderful news that the Vestry has voted unanimously to call the Rev. Robert W. Fisher as the 15th Rector  of St. John's Church and that he has accepted that call!  Rob's first Sunday with us will be June 23, 2019 .

Prayer List
Those who are sick or recovering:
From our parish: Teresa Huettner, Judy McKevitt, Bob Patchell, Gordon Richmond, Leila Taaffe, Dace Vidins, and Samuel Watson.

Friends and family of our parish: Bruce Anderson (Cay Buser), Bonni Ashburn (Kaye Edwards), Mark Bewsher (Powell Hutton), Ramon Briosos (Evangeline Gravina), Rachael Buckley (Chrystal Martin), John Frew Carter (Margo Arnold), Lane Carter, Ellen Cromwell-Cecrle (Carolyn Becraft), Kevin Chaney (Andrew Tomlinson), Laura Chaney (Andrew Tomlinson), Bill Clark (Clark Ervin), William Frew Conderman (Margo Arnold), Sambar Datta (Ashley Culbertson), Harry Davis (Mary & Carl Raether), Emily DeHaan (Carolyn Crouch), Karl Dornemann (Deb Dornemann), Bobby Doyle (Alex Pappas), Henry Farrington (Samuel Watson), Ted Fibison (Wendy Fibison), Kate Fisher (Katherine Kehoe), Antonina Gawel (Margaux Polanski), Joe Heitzler (Mike Becraft), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), Edwarda Johnson (Wande Johnson), Frederick T. Kraus (Grant Kraus), Jan Lindsay (Catherine Olivo), John Linton (Cay Buser), Linda Linton (Cay Buser), William Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), Tammy McCleaf (Matthew Taylor), Timothy Mullins (Jim Mullins), Judy Nicola (Cynthia Walker), Jerry O'Hagan (Lance Jensen), Jonathan A.I. Olowu (Elizabeth Leach), Ginger Parra (Leila Taaffe), Lisa Pell (Mike Becraft), Sanaullah (Gay Pasley), Cawley Scott (Robyne Johnston), Diane Sinclair (Pat Dalby), Elizabeth Soyster (Debby Hailey), Henry and Sandy Welles (Donna Welles), Jim Wolter (Willy Wolter), and Kristen Wyckoff (Pat Dalby).

Those who are shut-in:
From our parish: Max Hudgins.

Those who are in the hospital:
Friends and family of our parish: Bob Adams (Laurie Adams), Shelley Agnew (Jeff Agnew), Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), Joan Keeney (Richard Metzger), Shirletta Lewis (GeeGee Bryant), Aiden Mylnikov (Lindsey Bowen), Conyers Thompson, Jr. (Joanne Hutton), and Larry Watson (Catherine Outten Olivo).

Those who have died:
Friends and family of our parish: Lucien Johnson, Jr., who died April 16.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Jeanne Arnold, Lucy Blundon, Betsy Clark, Maggie Coppinger, Thea Crouch, Amy Curotto, David Estes, Elias Froehlich, Annie Harris, Ted Hughes, Cliftine Jones, Emily Lucio, Aidan Maher, Earl Matthews, Noah Mehrkam, and Catherine Stolar.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Casey and Le Evans, Caroline and Stephen Faris, and Katie and Hunter Guerin.

Those who are deployed:
Friends and family of our parish: Steve Helmer (Sara
This Sunday's Schedule
7:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist with Hymns and Homily - The Rev. W. Bruce McPherson

8:15 a.m.
Parish Choir Rehearsal

8:30 a.m.
Nursery opens

9:00 a.m.
Festival Holy Eucharist with Choir, Brass Quintet and Timpani and Sermon - The Rev. W. Bruce McPherson

10:10 a.m.
St. John's Choir Rehearsal (Nave)

11:00 a.m.
Festival Holy Eucharist with Choir, Brass Quintet and Timpani and Sermon - The Rev. W. Bruce McPherson
Speaker Series Schedule
The Speaker Series is held at 10:00 a.m. on the following Sundays in the Togo West Parlor:    

April 28
Karen King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at
Harvard Divinity School.
She will speak on Death and Life: Some Lesser
Known Views from the Early Christians.

May 5
Eric Schwartz, President of Refugees International and the former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration. He will speak about the current refugee crisis. 

May 12
Kathryn Keane, Vice President of Public Programming at the National Geographic Society and Director of the National Geographic Museum. She will speak about the museum's current exhibit titled, The Queens of Egypt

May 19
Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today. She will speak on her newly released book, The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty.
Baptism Dates
The next dates for 
Holy Baptism are:

* April 28, 11:00 a.m. 
* June 9, 10:30 a.m.
* August 4, 10:30 a.m. 

If you are interested in having a child baptized, or in baptism for yourself,
In Case You 
Missed it...
Listen now to past Sunday Sermons and Speaker Series.

St. John's Church, Lafayette Square
1525 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
P: (202) 347-8766
F: (202) 347-3446