Outerwear Drive - Thanks for Your Generosity!
Many, many thanks to the entire parish for the generous donations of jackets, blankets, socks, hats, and gloves to Communities in Schools for the students at the Cardozo Campus. Thanks as well to St. Johns for locating funds for the purchase of additional new jackets. The school was able to take care of every child in need of warm outerwear!
December 30 | No Church School

Church School will not meet on Sunday, December 30. The Nursery, located on the lower level of the Parish House, will be available for children age six and under.


Church School will resume on Sunday, January 6, 2019.

January 4 | Funeral for Richard Ellison
Dick Ellison, a longtime member of St. John's, Lafayette Square, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 18, at home. A Memorial Service in thanksgiving for Dick's life will be held on Friday, January 4 at St. John's at 11:00 a.m. Please keep Dick's wife, Martha and their family in your prayers.
St. John's Refugee Committee
Sunday, January 6, 10:00 a.m.
The Refugee Committee invites you to hear Elizabeth Mandelman, the Director of Policy and Advocacy at HIAS as a Sunday speaker. 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 worldwide for more than 130 years. Mandelman will speak about her experience and HIAS' approach to advocacy. She will discuss how the St. John's community can use advocacy to support refugees in our area.  Join us in welcoming her in the Togo West Parlor.  

Sunday, January 13, after the 11:00 a.m. service 
The Refugee Committee will serve the first parish lunch in our newly renovated kitchen. In the past year, our committee has helped a number of refugees as they settle into the greater Washington community. They come with minimal belongings, but a deep appreciation of what this country is offering them. With the support from St. John's and other churches and NGOs one such family, Sadiq, his wife, Fuzia, and their four children, have done an impressive job of settling into Northern Virginia.  Fuzia will prepare several special Afghan dishes which our committee will complement with other dishes. Sadiq will speak briefly about his experience as a refugee departing from Afghanistan, getting established in this country and arranging for his family to join him.
January 9 | 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 www.stjohnsdc.org. Each concert is ticketless, free of charge, and held in the nave of our historic church.
January 9 | 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 | 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 Multi-Purpose Room. If you have questions or would  like more information, please contact Leila Taaffe .
January 20 |
The Parlor Series - George ... Don't Do That!

Sunday, January 20, 5:00 p.m.
George...Don't Do That!
Devised and performed by Catherine Flye

Through a host of familiar, funny and endearing characters, actress Catherine Flye and pianist Michael Lodico celebrate the work of Joyce Grenfell in song and the spoken word. Catherine Flye is Artistic Director of the Interact Theatre Company and has been nominated over a dozen times for Washington's Helen Hayes Awards. 

The Parlor Series offers an hour of entertainment in the newly-renovated Togo West Parlor. Performances are ticketless, free, and followed by a reception. 
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 or 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).
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), Anne Harrington (Anne and Robert Harrington), Joe Heitzler (Mike Becraft), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), 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 have died:
From our parish: Richard Ellison, who died on December 18; John Culver, who died on December 26.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Case Anderson, Tony Anikeeff, Logan Arnold, Matthew Berlin, Lee Buddendeck, Emerson Coxe, James Doyle, Jack Garland, Frances Hampe, Lisa Koehler, Caroline Littleton, Marisol Lovelace, Nicole Neufeld, John Noonan, Lizzie Rigby, Christopher Semkow, Adelle Simmons, Todd Smith, Mary Snellings, Andrew Stover, Richard Ward, Philip Willauer, Neil Wilson, and Jude Zeller.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week:
Becky Schergens and Jack Kinsey and Anne Stewart and Tony Tambasco.

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. Andy Olivo

8:15 a.m.
St. John's Choir Rehearsal (4th Floor Choir Room)

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

9:00 a.m.
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon - The Rev. Andy Olivo

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

11:00 a.m.
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon - The Rev. Andy Olivo

12:15 p.m.
Hospitality Hour

Tour of the Church

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 6
The Refugee Committee invites you to hear Elizabeth Mandelman, the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, founded in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe.

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