December 9 | Speaker Series - Danielle Brian
Danielle Brian continues the Advent Speaker Series this Sunday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m. with a discussion of Ethics in Government.  

Danielle Brian is the Executive Director of the Project On Government Oversight (POGO). POGO is a nonpartisan independent government watchdog whose investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, and ethical federal government. Ms. Brian and her staff frequently testify before Congress, and have done so eighteen times since 2015.
December 9 | St. John's Advent Party

Sunday, December 9, 2018
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Togo West Parlor
All Are Welcome!

Bring your family and friends. Holiday music presented
by the St. John's Choir Quartet and all carolers present.
Nursery care will be available from 4:45 p.m. until 7:15 p.m.
Special activities and food will be provided for children.
Adults, please sign up to help with children's activities during the Advent party! 
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 12 & 15 | Annual Christmas Gift Drive & Wrapping Party
The annual Angel Tree Gift Drive is coming to a close.  There are just a few angels left on the tree. Please consider taking an angel and filling a child's Christmas wish!

The deadline for returning your unwrapped gifts is Wednesday, December 12. If you wish to purchase books from the wish list, they can be shipped directly to St. John's (see instructions below). Gift distribution will begin on December 17, so it is important that we have all donations on time.  When you take an angel, please leave your name and contact information so we can keep track of donations.

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.

Directions for accessing and using the Amazon Wish Lists are as follows:
  • From the Amazon home page (, select "Accounts & Lists" (top right of the screen) and then "Find a List or Registry"
  • Search for "St. John's Church-DC"
  • Click on an organization name (left side of the screen)
  • To select the gift(s) you would like to purchase, select "Add to Cart"
  • When you have finished shopping, select "Proceed to Checkout"
  • During checkout, be sure to select the shipping address for the church.
Thank you in advance for your generosity this holiday season!
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 | 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 | Coat Drive with Communities  in Schools
WINTER IS HERE, but many of the students at Cardozo 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.

All participants and volunteers must be registered by Thursday, December 13 for their names to  be printed in the bulletin.  Register for the Christmas Pageant here.
The service prelude of anthems and carols will begin at 3:30 p.m.  All participants must arrive at 3:15 p.m.

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
Opportunities to be involved

Sunday, December 9
Following the 11:00 a.m. service, there will be a  meeting of St. John's Refugee Committee. Please attend  if you want to learn more about St. John's work in this

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 Mario, who was released from detention and obtained permission to come to the Washington/Baltimore area to seek asylum a few weeks ago. Mario is 39 years old and has worked as a systems engineer for U.S. companies in Nicaragua. 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.
Walking in Welcome: An Advent Series with Episcopal Migration Ministries 

Leading the webinars will be Lacy Broemel, Episcopal Church Refugee and Immigration Policy Advisor; Allison Duvall, Episcopal Migration Ministries Manager for Church Relation and Engagement; and Kendall Martin, Episcopal Migration Ministries Manager for Communications. Registration is required.
  • December 13 at 4:00 p.m. - The second installment of the webinar: One Community's Journey to Welcome: The Story of West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry will offer listeners the opportunity to hear how one interfaith group of local leaders have come together to educate, advocate, and provide welcome to refugees and immigrants.  
  • December 18 at noon - The final webinar is Partners in Welcome: Join Us on the Way, which 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.
One Journey's Global Holiday Market
Saturday, December 8, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
St. Alban's Episcopal Church, DC 

This holiday season make a difference with every gift you buy! Enjoy a wide selection of holiday gifts, music, refreshments, jewelry, handcrafts, jams & preserves, baked goods, coffee, clothing, accessories, and more. All provided by refugee entrepreneurs and organizations supporting refugees.  Get your free ticket now!  
January 3, 2019 | St. John's Book Group
The St. John's Book Group will meet on January 3 at 6:45 p.m.  The next meeting dates and books are as follows
  • January 3: 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 .
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
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).
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, 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), 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: Antonina Gawel (Margaux  Polanski), 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 who have died:
Friends and family of our parish: Dona Coultice, who died  November 22, Elizabeth Steeg, who died November 27, and  George H. W. Bush, who died November 30.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Carlos  Arriaga, Charles Bader, Robert Beizer, Mary Jane Checchi,  Sarah Demarest, Linda Gaines, Annie Gardner, Debby Hailey,  Geraldine Hayhurst, David Kieve, Alan Kirk, Thomas  Montgomery, Kelly Mufarrige, Sandy Sierck, Brian Sojka,  Anne Stewart, Lucie Vogel, Jonathan Wakely, and Richard  Young.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week:
Jessica and Alex Sanchez.

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 - Pete Burgess, Seminarian

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

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

9:00 a.m.
Baptism, and Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon - Pete Burgess, Seminarian

10:00 a.m.
Speaker Series - Danielle Brian, Executive Director of
the Project on Government Oversight (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.
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon - Pete Burgess, Seminarian

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

5:00 p.m.
Advent Party (Togo West Parlor)
December Speaker Series Schedule
The Speaker Series is held at 10:00 a.m. on the following Sundays in the Togo West Parlor:

The Sunday Speaker Series for December will concentrate on "Ethics in the Public Square."

December 9
Danielle Brian, Executive Director, Project on Governmental Oversight

December 16
Dr. Timothy Sedgwick, Professor of Christian Ethics, Virginia Theological Seminary
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