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+

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  
August 10 | Refugee Committee Preps New Home
St. John's Refugee Committee will be preparing an apartment for an incoming refugee family on Saturday, August 10. Please contact Jessica Sanchez if you'd like to help!
Through September 1 | Join the Summer Choir!
Singers, whether experienced or not-so-experienced, are invited to sing in the choir on Sunday mornings at St. John's through Labor Day Weekend. The rehearsal begins at 9:30 a.m. sharp each Sunday morning in the church, to prepare for the 10:30 a.m. service. Members of both the St. John's Choir and the Parish Choir will be on hand to lend their voices as well, and you may sing for one Sunday or all Sundays. Please sign up here if you are interested in singing in the Summer Choir.
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. The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Ninth Bishop of Washington, will preside at the service. A reception will follow at the Army and Navy Club.
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.
Be Aware and Vigilant Against Email Phishing
Dear Parishioners,

Community members have received messages purporting to be from me, asking for gift card purchases. These emails are not from me, and furthermore, I will never email anyone asking for gift card purchases. Treat this as a red flag and report it to church staff immediately.

Any email from clergy or staff will have an address that ends with stjohns-dc.org. Common phishing 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.

The Rev. Rob Fisher
Rector
Cleaning Out Our Medicine Cabinets
Most of us have medicine cabinets containing remnants of bottles, pills and ointments leftover from earlier aches and pains, injuries and illnesses. How should we get rid of surplus medications? Some have very specific instructions on disposition, which of course should be followed, but most don't. Our mothers told us to flush them down the toilet, but that is seldom the right action, as those medicines remain unfiltered in the watershed and contaminate the water, the plants and animals in it, and ultimately ourselves. In recent years, major drugstore chains, such as Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS, have installed drop-off boxes to take back excess medicines. If no such facility is convenient, mix the medicines with an unpalatable substance such as kitty litter or coffee grounds (being careful not to crush tablets or capsules), seal the mixture in a plastic bag, and put it in household trash. 

What we can do: 
  • Periodically thin out our unneeded and expired medicines. 
  • Use a drop-off box at the pharmacy, or seal and dispose of in trash. 
  • Unless specifically instructed to do so, do not flush down the toilet.
- 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: 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), 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), 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: Chantay Griffin (Geegee
Bryant and Charley Griffin), 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:
Claudette Cox, Eleanor Demarest, Will Doffermyre, Mona
Dooley, Richard Duer, Kathryn Falk, Abigail Fine, Jennifer
Gardner, Carl Hampe, Anne Harrington, Andrée Leonelli,
Morgan Maclver, Anderson Mehrkam, Johannes Mueller,
Laura Patten, Matt Ponder, Brittany Rabbe, Susan Sierck,
Allison Smith, and Margo Wiegenstein.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week:
Kathryn and Geoffrey Baker, Susan and Pete Carlson, Bessie
and Will Doffermyre, Lily and Brad Kosegarten, Hilary and
Noah Mehrkam, Nkem and Uche Onwuamaegbu, Savannah
and Matt Ponder, and Rachel Bright and Thomas Traxler.

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.
Baptism, Choral Holy Eucharist, and 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
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,
Flower Deliveries
Help brighten the day of parishioners who can't be with us by taking them flowers, located in the side chapel. A card is attached to each vase with contact information. Thank you for checking to see if a delivery address is convenient for you.

Flowers need to be delivered on Glenbrook Terrace, NW, Washington, DC.
In Case You 
Missed it...
Listen now to past Sunday Sermons and Speaker Series.
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