December 16 | Festival of Lessons and Carols

St. John's Choir will sing a selection of seasonal anthems, and the congregation will join in for traditional hymns and carols of the Advent and Christmas seasons at the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, December 16, followed by Holy Communion.

Invite your friends to join us for this annual St. John's tradition!
December 16 | Speaker Series - Dr. Tim Sedgwick
Dr. Tim Sedgwick, the Clinton S. Quin Professor of Christian Ethics at Virginia Theological Seminary, wraps up the Advent Speaker Series this Sunday, December 16 at 10:00 a.m.  

Join us!
Deliver Christmas Poinsettias
Please take time to deliver a Christmas poinsettia on Sunday, December 23. Poinsettias will be in the Togo West Parlor along with cards addressed to parishioners who live in Virginia, Maryland, and the District. You're invited to help us share the joy of this holy season by delivering a poinsettia to a parishioner who may not be able to be with us this Christmas.
Thank You from St. John's Angel Tree Gift Drive
Thanks to everyone for taking part in this year's Angel Tree Gift Drive!  All the angels have now been taken and the Amazon wish lists are empty. Please remember to return your unwrapped gifts as soon as possible. Gift distribution will begin on December 17, so it is important that we have all donations on time.  

You can also help by joining us to wrap gifts on Saturday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish House. If you have questions, please contact Jeff Hantson or Katie Hantson.

Thank you for your generosity this holiday season!
Throughout Advent | Flat St. John
Take Flat St. John with you this Advent!  Where will he go with you this Advent Season?  Could he ...
  • Help you light the candles of your Advent wreath?
  • Say compline or bedtime prayers with you?
  • Help make dinner?
  • Come along to church?
  • Go with you on a trip to see friends and family?
  1. Decorate and cut out Flat John. 
  2. Bring him with you on your journey through Advent. 
  3. Take a photo with him on your journeys. 
  4. Send them to Savannah, Assistant for Ministries to Children, Youth, and Families by email or mail to the church. 
  5. Watch for your fellow St. John's community members' photos to be shared in e-news. Post on social media with #flatstjohndc and tag St. John's Church.
December 15 | Bethlehem Christmas Simulcast Service
Celebrate the joy of Christmas with Christians in the Holy Land. Congregations at Washington National
Cathedral and Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem join together to remember the Birth of Jesus Christ.
The two congregations alternate in leading prayers and hymns. The service is December 15 at 9:30 a.m. EST.

Come to Washington National Cathedral, or join online at Contact Matthew Taylor at for more information.
December 16 | Coat Drive with Communities  in Schools
WINTER IS HERE, but many of the students at Cardozo High School do not have adequate winter outerwear. On Sunday, December 16, parishioners working with Communities in Schools will be collecting donations of new or gently used winter jackets in adult sizes small, medium, and large. The school is also seeking new socks, gloves, hats, and blankets. St. John's was not able to hold a clothing drive during the Parish House renovations, so now is the time to clean out your coat closet!

Donations accepted at the Parish House on December 16, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. For further information, please contact Livy More (202-291-8783).
December 24 | 
SAVE THE DATE for the Christmas Pageant
Monday, December 24, 4:00 p.m.

Required Rehearsal in the Nave of the Church
Saturday, December 22, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Lunch will be served following rehearsal.

Children ages three and up are invited to participate in the Pageant as an Angel, Shepherd, or  Friendly Beast. All children who wish to participate must attend the rehearsal on Saturday,  December 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  

Contact Savannah Ponder, Assistant for Ministries to Children, Youth, and Families at  for more information.
2018 Christmas Serivce Schedule
St. John's Refugee Committee
Updates and opportunities to be involved and to give

Last week members of the St. John's Refugee Committee supported faith leaders across Washington who represent the Interfaith Immigration Coalition.  A press conference was held to speak about the need for a budget that values immigrant communities, and the need for compassionate and humane immigration laws that respect the dignity of every human being.
The Refugee Committee recently participated as one of several communities of faith in providing funds for housing support for Mario Fernandez,  a Nicaraguan asylum seeker. Holy Trinity Catholic Church sponsors Mr. Fernandez, who was released from detention and obtained permission to come to the Washington/Baltimore area to seek asylum a few weeks ago. He is 39 years old and has worked as a systems engineer for U.S. companies in Nicaragua. Mr. Fernandez's housing needs will continue while he awaits an asylum determination and we expect to make an additional commitment to Holy Trinity. Contact the Pasleys  (703-683-4346) for more information.
Tuesday, December 18 at noon
The final webinar Partners in Welcome: Join Us on the Way, will include an overview of the Partners in Welcome program that Episcopal Migration Ministries is actively involved in developing, building, and recruiting. Registration is required. Request registration links here

Sunday, January 6, 10:00 a.m.

The Refugee Committee will host Elizabeth Mandelman, the Director of Policy and Advocacy at HIAS at the Sunday Forum. Founded as the  Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe, HIAS has been working with refugees for more than 130 years. Ms. Mandelman will speak about her experience and HIAS' approach to advocacy. 
January 9, 2019 | First Wednesday Concert
Wednesday, January 9, 12:10 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
Music by French Composers
by concert organist Colin Lynch, 
Associate Director of Music at Trinity Copley Square, Boston

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 at Each concert is ticketless, free of charge, and held in the nave of our historic church.
January 9, 2019 | Latrobe: Champagne Tasting
Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Champagne Tasting
St. John's Church

Join the Latrobe Fellowship as we raise our glasses and toast the New Year with a champagne tasting on Wednesday, January 9 at 7:00 p.m. We will gather at St. John's for a celebration of the Holy Eucharist followed by champagne and sushi. Sparkling cider and other non-alcoholic beverages will also be included. Please RSVP to the Rev. Andy Olivo by Friday, January 4 so that we know how much food to prepare for the evening. $10 suggested donation. All are welcome! To RSVP or to get more information about the Latrobe Fellowship, 
please contact the Rev. Andy Olivo
January 10, 2019 | St. John's Book Group
The St. John's Book Group will meet on January 10 at 6:45 p.m.  The next meeting dates and books are as follows
  • January 10: News of the World by Paulette Jiles
  • February 7: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
If you like to read and meet with others who like to read and  talk about books, the Book Club is for you. The meeting will  be held in the Togo West Parlor. If you have questions or would  like more information, please contact Leila Taaffe .
Update from the Rector Search Committee
The Rector Search Committee has completed its initial webcast interviews and has progressively narrowed the list of candidates in order to perform site visits across November and December; subsequent in-person interviews are expected to occur thereafter in order to recommend finalists to the Vestry for ultimate consideration. The progress of the committee can be followed on the Rector Transition page of our website. Please continue to pray that the Holy Spirit guides us throughout the Rector Search process.

Rector Search Committee
Hilary West (Chair), Krista Becker, Betsy Danello, Clark Ervin, Wendy Fibison, Andrew Hunt, Powell Hutton, Frank Klotz, Michelle Mangrum, Sara McGanity, Ralph Olson, and Lisa Russo.
Sunday Parish Lunches Return in January 2019!
We are happy that our Sunday Parish Lunch tradition will resume on January 13, 2019. 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. Hosts are needed. Gather your friends and family to help plan, cook, and serve in our new kitchen! 

To sign up or ask questions, contact Holly Sukenik, the lunch coordinator at 202-347-8766 or by email to Kaye Edwards.

There will be no Parish Lunch on the following dates: April 14 (Palm Sunday), April 21 (Easter Day), and May 12 (Mother's Day).
Hayden Bryan to Retire
After eighteen years of faithful service to St. John's, Hayden Bryan, Executive Director for Operations, has announced his retirement. Hayden has seen the parish through two major renovations, innumerable personnel changes, and a myriad of operating issues, both large and small. His retirement will be effective as of December 31, 2018. He will be greatly missed. Hayden will be honored at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 3, 2019.
Prayer List
Our prayers are requested for the special needs and concerns of this congregation, especially: 

Those who are sick or recovering:
From our parish: Jimmy Lowe, Ginger Parra, Bob Patchell, Gordon Richmond, Diane Spaulding, and Samuel Watson.

Friends and family of our parish: Yvonne Allen (Nikki Allen), Bonni Ashburn (Kaye Edwards), Jim Bailey (Mike Becraft), Barton Edwards Bruce (Kaye Edwards), Rachael
Buckley (Chrystal Martin), John Frew Carter (Margo Arnold), Lane Carter, Ellen Cromwell-Cecrle (Carolyn Becraft), Bill Clark (Clark Ervin), William Frew Conderman (Margo Arnold), Sambar Datta (Ashley Culbertson), Henry Farrington (Samuel Watson), Ted Fibison (Wendy Fibison), Kate Fisher (Katherine Kehoe), Elisabeth Fisher (Ellen Parke), Nancy Francisco (Ellen Parke), Allison Gardner (Elizabeth Gardner), Antonina Gawel (Margaux Polanski), Tyrone Gayle (Jessica Sanchez), Anne Harrington (Anne and Robert Harrington), Joe Heitzler (Mike Becraft), John Linton (Cay Buser), Linda Linton (Cay Buser), Rosemary Mariner (Carolyn Becraft), William Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), Tammy McCleaf (Matthew Taylor), Hattie McDowell (Ellen Parke), Timothy Mullins (Jim Mullins), Judy Nicola (Cynthia Walker), Jerry O'Hagan (Lance Jensen), Jonathan A.I. Olowu (Elizabeth Leach), Susie Pappas (Alex Pappas), Lisa Pell (Mike Becraft), Moon Sa (Richard Metzger), Elizabeth Soyster (Debby Hailey), Jim Tatosian (Pat Dalby), Dick Van Orden (Ellen Parke), Henry and Sandy Welles (Donna Welles), John Wilson (Neil Wilson), Sonya Wilson (Neil Wilson), and Peter Winkler (Betty van Iersel).

Those who are in the hospital:
From our parish: Max Hudgins and Dace Vidins. 

Friends and family of our parish: Beth Graham (Ellen Parke), Robert Hohman (Wendy Fibison), Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), Aiden Mylnikov (Lindsey Bowen), Conyers Thompson, Jr. (Joanne Hutton), and Larry Watson (Catherine Outten Olivo).

Those who are in hospice:
From our parish: Richard Ellison

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Wendy Fibison, Matt Gaziano, Joanne Hutton, Paul Kallaur, James Kreger, Grant Lucio, R.J. Lyerly, Randall Roe, Nadia Sadqi, Peyton Schwartz, and David Taylor.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week:
Pat and Jim Czerwonky, Lisa and James Kirchenbauer, Nayla and Michael Mengel, Susan and Marc Warren, and Suzanne and John Whitmore.

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

8:15 a.m.
Parish Choir Rehearsal (4th Floor Choir Room)

8:30 a.m.
Nursery (Parish House Lower Level)

9:00 a.m.
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon - The Rev. W. Bruce McPherson

10:00 a.m.
Speaker Series - Dr. Timothy Sedgwick, Professor of Christian Ethics, Virginia Theological Seminary (Togo West Parlor)

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

10:45 a.m.
Church School (2nd Floor, Parish House)

11:00 a.m.
Festival of Lessons and Carols followed by Holy Eucharist

12:15 p.m.
Hospitality Hour

Tour of the Church

12:30 p.m.
St. John's Choir Rehearsal (4th Floor Choir Room)

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:

January 13
Jeremy Ben-Ami, Executive Director of J Street, an organization that advocates for policies that advance shared US and Israeli interests as well
as Jewish and democratic values, leading to a two-state
solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

January 20
General Eric Schoomaker, former Commanding General, United States Army Medical Command. He will address advances made in trauma care in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Presidential Series - George H.W. Bush

February 3
Warren Finch, Jr., Director of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

February 10
Mark Updegrove, President and CEO of
The Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation. He will speak on George H.W. Bush: President and Patriot
Baptism Dates
The next dates for 
Holy Baptism are:

* January 13, 9:00 a.m.
* February 17, 11:00 a.m. 
* April 28, 11:00 a.m. 
* June 9, 11:00 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.

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