Potluck Suppers with our New Rector!
St. John's will continue its popular parishioner potluck suppers this summer, and our new rector and his wife Sarah Wood plan to attend. The potlucks are a wonderful opportunity both to meet our new rector and to connect with fellow parishioners. This summer's potlucks will be spread around our geographic area, and we hope you will be able to make it to the one in your area. 

Potluck suppers will continue in the fall. If you are interested in hosting one, please contact Holly Sukenik. Please contact the hosts to RSVP and indicate what you can contribute. Attendance is limited. Please plan on bringing something ready to place on the table.

Saturday, August 17, 6:30 p.m. 
Alexandria, Virginia  
RSVP to hosts Carrie and Jim Garland

Sunday, September 1, 4:00 p.m. (Labor Day weekend) 
Cathedral Heights, NW Washington, DC  
Family and kid friendly event (pool available)  
RSVP to hosts Pamela and Patrick Venzke  with numbers of kids/adults  
September 7 | Join the Parish Choir
The Parish Choir, a dedicated corps of volunteer musicians who provide musical leadership for Sunday morning services, welcomes new members. Midweek rehearsals are most Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., with a light supper of sandwiches provided at 6:30 p.m. There is a straightforward voice trial for admission, but the main qualification is your interest in serving St. John's in its music program. The Parish Choir uses the Rule of St. Benedict as a guide for serving together in a community of faith and ends most rehearsals with a service of Compline in the nave. Additionally, the singing season is divided into "Quarters," which are focused commitments of eight to ten weeks.

If you would like to join for the "Fall Quarter" beginning with breakfast, a retreat, and sung midday prayer with the Rev. Rob Fisher on the morning of Saturday, September 7, please be in touch with director of music Michael Lodico.
September 14 | St. John's Book Club sees Assassins
Please join the St. John's Book Club for an outing to the play Assassins at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA on Saturday, September 14 at 2:00 p.m. Last year, we read Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard, about the assassination of President Garfield, and the play Assassins looks nine assassins in history, including Garfield's. We have secured a block of group tickets at the discounted rate of $88.60 per ticket. If you are interested, please contact Janet Edmond by August 18, 2019
September 28 | Installation of the Rev. Robert W. Fisher
Please join us on Saturday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m. to welcome and celebrate the new ministry of the Rev. Robert W. Fisher. Bishop Mariann Budde will preside at the service. A reception will follow at The Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square (901 17th Street NW).
October 5 & 19 | Fall Adult Inquirers' Class
If you would like to be baptized, confirmed, or received into membership in the Episcopal Church at St. John's, join the 2019 Fall Adult Inquirers' Class. The two-day class will meet on Saturdays, October 5 and October 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days. The Rev. Rob Fisher, Rector of St. John's, will lead the sessions. Anyone - newcomer or longtime parishioner - interested in learning more about our Christian faith and life, the Episcopal tradition, and the ministry of St. John's Church, is encouraged to attend. For more information or to register, please contact Kaye Edwards, Assistant for Church Growth.

Those who participate in this class, or have completed another inquirers' class, may attend a Service of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, November 2.
Summer 2020 | Youth Pilgrimage to Kwasa College in South Africa


Rising ninth-twelfth graders are invited to contact Savannah Ponder to apply to participate in a pilgrimage to The Kwasa College in Springs, Gauteng, South Africa. This pilgrimage will happen next summer. Kwasa is an educational center for children age three through grade five. St. John's has had a long relationship with Kwasa, both supporting their ministry financially and sending volunteers to visit the community. The Rev. Sharron Dinnie, the rector of Kwasa, has warmly invited St. John's youth to return to Kwasa next summer to build relationships, serve with the school, and learn more about their ministries with children. The requirements leading up to this pilgrimage would be participation in the following: monthly group meetings for prayer, faith formation, and fundraising planning, hosting parish-wide fundraising events leading up to the trip, and leading one presentation at St. John's after the trip.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Savannah Ponder, Assistant for Ministries to Children, Youth, and Families by September 1.
REMINDER: Be Vigilant Against Continued Whaling/Phishing Scams
Email Whaling/Phishing Scams Persist - 
Be Aware and Don't be a Victim!
 
Again, community members have received messages purporting to be from the Rev. Rob Fisher, asking for favors and gift card purchases. 
 
These emails are not from Rob!
 
Rob and the rest of the staff at St. John's Church will never email anyone asking for gift card purchases. Treat this as a red flag and report it to staff immediately.

Any email from clergy or staff will have an address that ends with stjohns-dc.org.  Common phishing/whaling attempts use very similar looking email addresses from free services like Gmail or Yahoo. 

Please do not open any suspicious emails that may come from any account. Delete them immediately. If you are unsure, please contact the Church Office (202-347-8766) for assistance.

To learn more about whaling/phishing attempts, visit the Diocese of Newark's blog post on the subject.
Solutions for Recycling Large Items
If we're remodeling, cleaning or moving, we may want to dispense with some large items no longer needed or wanted. Instead of putting them on the curb, however, if they still have life in them, consider donating them to organizations that will make them available to others. Such items include working appliances, gently used furniture and cabinets, left over and salvageable construction materials, and even old cars. By donating them, we can turn our waste stream into a resource stream.

There may be tax deductions as well. A number of local organizations in the Metropolitan Washington area are not only willing to accept them but to pick them up too.

What we can do:

First check with a member of St. John's Refugee Committee to see if it can be used.
If not turn to:
- St. John's Care of Creation Group

In coordination with the Care of Creation Group's efforts to stop the use of items, such as plastic shopping bags, that are harmful to the environment, St. John's has produced reusable tote bags with the St. John's logo. Please contact the office or see a greeter on Sunday mornings to pick up a bag for your use.
Prayer List
Those who are sick or recovering:
From our parish: Krista Becker, Teresa Huettner, Nelda Johnson, Bob Patchell, Gordon Richmond, Robin Schwartz, Dace Vidins, and Samuel Watson. 

Friends and family of our parish: Bruce Anderson (Cay Buser), Niels Beck (Michelle Mangrum), Jeannie Boyd (Samuel Watson), Rachael Buckley (Chrystal Martin), John Frew Carter (Margo Arnold), Lane Carter, 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), Karl Dornemann (Deb Dornemann), Bobby Doyle (Alex Pappas), Henry Farrington (Samuel Watson), Ted Fibison (Wendy Fibison), Kate Fisher (Katherine Kehoe), Chantay Griffin (GeeGee Bryant and Charley Griffin), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), Edwarda Johnson (Wande Johnson), Frederick T. Kraus (Grant Kraus), 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), Cawley Scott (Robyne Johnston), Diane Sinclair (Pat Dalby), 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: Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), Joan Keeney (Richard Metzger), Aiden Mylnikov (Lindsey Bowen), and Travis Rogers (Robert Carroll). 

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Jeffrey Bozman, Paul Brandus, Robert Dyer, Jeanne Grimmett, Katherine Hanniford, Rebecca Malinick, Judy McKevitt, Diane Melton, Ervin Owens, Felicia Owunwanne, Heather Pasley, Powe Rigby, and Benjamin Russo. 

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Carolyn Harris and Clark Ervin, Susan and Paul Van Nice, Jennifer San Pietro and Jonathan Wakely, and Karen and Wes Williams.
Those serving in the Armed Forces including those who are
deployed, and for the Armed Forces Ministry of the
Episcopal Church:
Friends and family of our parish who are deployed: Steve
Helmer (Sara McGanity).
This Sunday's Schedule
7:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist with Homily - The Rev. Robert W. Fisher

9:30 a.m.
Summer Choir Rehearsal (Nave)

9:45 a.m.
Nursery opens

10:30 a.m.
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon -  The Rev. Robert W. Fisher

11:45 a.m.
Hospitality Hour

Tour of the Church
(Meet at Pulpit)

1:00 p.m.
Oraciόn Vespertina
Speaker Series Schedule
The Speaker Series is held at 10:00 a.m. on the following Sundays in the Togo West Parlor:

September 8

Margaret Carlson, columnist for the Daily Beast. She will speak on The 2020 Elections.
 

September 15

Kate Andersen Brower, author and journalist. She will speak on America's First Ladies

 

September 22

Adam Rothman, professor in the History Department at Georgetown University. He will speak on The Civil War and Reconstruction.
 

September 29

Dr. Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library. He will speak on The Folger and Shakespeare.

Upcoming 
Baptism Dates
The next dates for 
Holy Baptism are:

Sunday, September 22, at 9:00 a.m. 
  • Class: Saturday, September 21, at 10:00 a.m. 
Sunday, November 3, at 11:00 a.m. 
  • Class: Saturday, November 2, at 1:00 p.m. 
Sunday, January 12, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.
  • Class: Saturday, January 11, at 10:00 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.
In Case You Missed It: Welcoming the Rev. Jane Milliken Hague!
Dear community of St. John's,

It is my great pleasure to share with you the good news that we have hired an interim Associate Rector to serve at St. John's. The Rev. Jane Milliken Hague has accepted the job and will be returning "home" to the DC area to be on staff here through next summer.

I believe Jane's presence and ministry gifts will be a blessing for us all at St. John's. She has expressed to me how thrilled she is to be joining us. Her first day will be Sunday, August 25. Please join me in welcoming her.

God's peace,
Rob+

Join us for Worship and Special Events This Summer!


Join us for worship at 7:45 and 10:30 a.m. The Nursery opens each Sunday at 9:45 a.m.

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