Speaker Series
Sunday, February 16, 10:00 a.m.


Robert Strong , William Lyne Wilson Professor in Political Economy at Washington and Lee University. He will speak on The Jimmy Carter Presidency .
Submit a Devotional or Sign Up 
to Receive Pathways Through Lent


We invite you to share your thoughts on the season of Lent by writing a brief reflection for our online daily devotional. Entries may be written individually or as a group (e.g. on behalf of a committee or a family) and should be no more than 250 words long. Your reflection can be inspired by the appointed scripture verse of the day (which we will share when we confirm your assigned date) or some other Lenten or spiritual topic Submissions are due by Friday, February 21 so we can launch the devotional on Ash Wednesday, February 26.  Please email Jack Reiffer and Sara McGanity to choose a date  

Note: if you were subscribed to Pathways in 2019, you should automatically begin receiving devotionals on the morning of February 26; if you would like to sign up for the daily email, please subscribe here.
Ash Wednesday Services and Ashes To Go
February 26

7:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes
Sermon -- The Rev. Robert W. Fisher

         12:00 noon          
Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes
Sermon -- The Rev. Robert W. Fisher
(with St. John's Choir)

7:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes
Sermon -- The Rev. Robert W. Fisher
(with Music)

Ashes To Go
Church Plaza (16th and H Street, NW)
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  
Adult Bible Study
Sundays at 10:00 a.m.


The study of The Gospel of Matthew continues on Sunday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the third floor conference room. All are welcome. Contact Jack Reiffer for further information or at 202-230-1481.
Attention St. John's Youth 


Donuts + Faith in Real Life, the Sunday gathering for St. John's middle school and high school students, will start meeting every week at 10:00 a.m. in the youth room on the second floor of the Parish House. We hope to see you for this fun and inspiring chance for youth to get to know one another, explore their faith-and eat donuts!
 
When this new program kicked off in the fall, we met only on the 3rd Sunday of the month. The number of youth attending has been growing steadily and sustainably, and we are thrilled to have been asked by parents move it to the more consistent weekly format. 
 
Stay tuned for more about the group's next service project and other youth events that we are planning.
 
Lenten Labyrinth Walk
Thursdays
February 27, March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26, and April 2
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information please contact the Rev. Jane Hague
St. John's Book Club
Thursday, March 5
The St. John's Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 5. We will meet in the second floor teens classroom of the Parish House at 6:45 p.m. to discuss Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide by Tony Horwitz. If you love to read, please join us for an evening of discussion and socializing. For more information, contact Leila Taaffe.
7th Annual  St. John's Women's Retreat
Friday to Sunday, March 6 to March 8, 2020
This year we are excited to welcome our own, the Rev. Jane Hague, who will lead us in a deep reflection of the poems of Mary Oliver. At this retreat we will enjoy fellowship as we explore the spirituality of the poetry and writings of Mary Oliver. Oliver gives us through her words  Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. Mary Oliver,  "Sometimes" Devotions, page 104.
 
Jane's goals for this retreat are:
 To be present and open to God.
 * To learn to use prayer and poetry as a method of  worship and   
        deepening into God.
 * To appreciate Mary Oliver as a poet and spiritual  writer.
 
We welcome all women in the St. John's community and even friends and family who might benefit from this special gathering of women.  Becoming part of the St. John's "Sisters" is not just joining us in retreat, it is also about becoming part of a supportive group of women who are there for each other in times of good and challenge. The retreat is limited to 25 women.
 
The retreat is held at the beautiful and spacious Felix Dupont Memorial House in Rehoboth, Delaware.
  
The rooms are cozy with ensuite bathrooms, and are generally shared (really, it's ok!) with healthy, generous meals, walks on the beach and the opportunity to rest, reflect and connect. The cost covers lodging and meals Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.
 
The retreat cost is $290 
and is due by Monday, February 24 by check.  

If you need financial assistance, please contact the Rev. Jane Hague.
 
For more information,  please contact Lisa Kirchenbauer.
The 2020 Spring Adult Inquirers' Class
Saturdays, March 14 and March 21
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
If you would like to be baptized, confirmed, or received into membership in the Episcopal Church at St. John's, we invite you to join the 2020 Spring Adult Inquirers' Class. The two-day class will meet on two Saturdays, March 14 and March 21, 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 or by phone at 202-347-8766, ext. 317 .  

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, May 9.
Agape Dinners
During Lent, we will be employing an early church practice called "Agape dinners" to provide members of St. John's with an opportunity to gather in a member's home, share a meal together, and reflect on the significance of Lent in their lives.  We will be organizing the dinners by neighborhood so that members who live near each other can get to know each other better.  If you are interested in participating, please  contact Holly Sukenik
The Agape dinners will be on the following dates:

NW, Washington DC

Sunday, March 8
52nd Street, NW

Saturday, March 14 
32nd Street, NW

Saturday, March 21
2nd Street, NW (Bloomingdale)

Saturday, March 28
1st Street, NW (Bloomingdale)

Sunday, March 29
Plymouth Street, NW

Sunday, March 29
Q Street, NW (Logan Circle)

Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Sunday, March 15
3rd Street, NE (Capitol Hill)

SW, Washington DC

Saturday, March 14 (or Friday, March 20)
G Street, SW

Virginia

Friday, March 13
27th Street N, Arlington

Sunday, March 29
S Jefferson Street, Falls Church

Date to be determined
Lynnhurst Drive, Fairfax

Community Building Potluck Suppers
The potluck supper on Friday, February 28, 6:30 p.m. on East Capitol Street, in Northeast Washington (Capitol Hill), hosted by Elizabeth Lewis and David Abernethy, has reached capacity, so no new RSVPs can be accepted. The next potluck dinner will be held after Easter.  The dinners are a wonderful opportunity to meet and connect with fellow parishioners. If you are interested in hosting a gathering in the spring, please contact Holly Sukenik. Meanwhile, please see the announcement for the Agape community dinners that will be held during Lent at several locations in the area.
Study Group


As part of our faith in the workplace outreach, the Rev. Will Morris would like to gauge interest in joining a study group/book club to discuss work-related issues and dilemmas. Would you like to get together for one hour most months to discuss a chapter in Will's book, Where is God at Work?, and share with others your views on the issues as you find them (or found them; or imagine them) in any workplace with which you are familiar? The subjects that Will covers range from your boss to retirement; from what happens if you have to answer a difficult email to what happens if you are asked to lie; from the relevance of the bible to your work (e.g., the parable of the talents) to the theological implications of open plan and hot desking!

To be very clear, this is open to all, wherever you work, if you no longer work, of if you have never worked. All that is required is an interest in where God might be in the workplace.

Here is a link to a survey where you can express your preference on times and days of the week .

St. John's South Africa Trip to  the Kwasa Centre
St. John's will travel again to the Kwasa Centre in South Africa this summer. The Rector will lead the trip, which will include spending time at Kwasa with its founder and Rector, the Rev. Sharron Dinnie.  Kwasa, now known as the Kwasa College (www.Kwasacollege.org), is a growing Anglican pre-primary and primary school serving children from a nearby informal settlement.  St. John's has supported and been in partnership with  Kwasa since 2004 and has made several mission trips there, as well as hosting students and teachers from Kwasa on a regular basis.

If you have questions or are interested in being part of the pilgrimage, please
contact Sigi Block or Abbott McCartney.
Host a Sunday Parish Lunch
through May 17
Sign Up to Host A Sunday Parish Lunch!

Your help is needed to make it happen.  Participate in one of the best fellowship opportunities at St. John's.  Make new friends -- both members and visitors - and  catch up with old friends.  We encourage individual members, families, and groups and ministries of our church to host lunches.  Working with family and friends is fun!  It takes at least two people to pull it off.  So... t alk to a friend -- or two or three -- about joining you to host a Sunday Lunch. The more the merrier!

Hosts may be reimbursed for expenses or receive  a tax receipt as you choose.  Detailed guidelines are sent to anyone who inquires.


There will be no Parish Lunch on the following dates: February 16, April 5 (Palm Sunday), April 12 (Easter Day), and May 10 (Mother's Day).
Care of Creation 
Sunday, February 23 at 12:30 p.m.
The Care of Creation interest group Meeting

The Care of Creation interest group will gather on Sunday, February 23 at 12:30 p.m. to make plans for this spring and summer. All are welcome.  Please grab lunch and join us on the 3rd floor, Conference Room.

The Problem with Biodegradable Trash Bags

We all want to do the right thing when we throw out our trash.  And that trash, unless it is composted or recycled, goes to a landfill.  EPA requires that landfills block out air, moisture, and sunlight, all essential ingredients for proper biograding (and composting as well), so any trash bag labeled biodegradable has an attractive cachet, but provides no benefit if it ends up in a landfill, where it becomes just another plastic bag since it cannot rot.  We're really caught between a rock and a hard place.  The best thing to do?  Recycle or compost where we can.  Otherwise, minimize our trash.  https://rebrand.ly/ecogarb


- St. John's Care of Creation Group.
Mens Lunch Group
Wednesdays, April 15 and May 20
Wednesdays | April 15 and May 20
12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Togo West Parlor
 
Please bring $15 for lunch
 
 
For more information please contact the Rev. Jane Hague
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. to 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.

Please be in touch with Brent Erstad, Acting Director of Music, to learn more. 
Washington Interfaith Network (WIN)
St. John's is a founding member of the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), a faith-based, multi-racial, interfaith grassroots organization dedicated to improving the life of all residents of the District of Columbia. WIN leaders have decided to become involved in making certain that the District cures the horrendous conditions in the 144 public housing units that serve the District's neediest residents and increases the number of units. The DC Housing Authority is facing $2 billion in deferred maintenance. Residents have to endure lead poisoning, rat infestations, safety issues, and lack of heat and cooling. There is also the threat of further loss of units. This notice is an alert about this WIN campaign and an invitation to become involved - again for many and for the first time for newer parishioners. 

If you would like to get involved in St. John's organizing efforts, please email John More or call 202-256-1515. Visit the Washington Interfaith Network website for more information and to sign up for the newsletter. 
Prayer List
Those who are sick or recovering:

From our parish: Jennifer Agiesta, Teresa Huettner, Nelda Johnson, Bob Patchell, Dace Vidins, Jeff White, and Susan Wild. 

Friends and family of our parish: Bruce Anderson (Cay Buser), Niels Beck (Michelle Mangrum), Rachael Buckley (Chrystal Martin), Tom Burkart (Pamela Venzke), Lane Carter, Bill Clark (Clark Ervin), Brian Cohen (Jane Hague), Carl Edwards (Lauren Edwards), Sambar Datta (Ashley Culbertson), Harry Davis (Mary & Carl Raether), Karl Dornemann (Deb Dornemann), Bobby Doyle (Alex Pappas), Courtney Jordan Hillman (Erika Northcutt), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), Vera Hyncik (Holly Sukenik), Edwarda Johnson (Wande Johnson), Linda Linton (Cay Buser), Amy Lowenthal (Andrew Tomlinson), William Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), Tammy McCleaf (Matthew Taylor), Geoff Megaree (Cay Buser),Kevin Milstead (Andrew Tomlinson), Timothy Mullins (Jim Mullins), Zach Newton (Andrew Tomlinson), Judy Nicola (Cynthia Walker), Jerry O'Hagan (Lance Jensen), Ginger Parra (Leila Taaffe), Cawley Scott (Robyne Johnston), Diane Sinclair (Pat Dalby), Zoe Taaffe (Leila Taaffe), Gabriel Van Oyen (Carolyn Crouch), 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), Phyllis Lambert (Will Morris), Peter Meister (Thom Sinclair), Aiden Mylnikov (Lindsey Bowen), Gina Robinson (Matthew Taylor), Travis Rogers (Robert Carroll), and Matthew Wild (Susan Wild)

Those who are in hospice care:
 
Friends and family of our parish: Mac Hansbrough (Emily Lucio).

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week:   Tom Abernethy, Steve Coppinger, William Generous, Susan Lewis, Ariana Paslar, Stephen Smith, Desirée Stolar, and Teddy Tierney

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Alyssa and Will Ackerly, Anita and George Diliberto, and Diane and Peter Spaulding.

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: Peter T. Watson (Wendy Fibison).
This Sunday's Schedule
7:45 a.m.      
Holy Eucharist with Sermon -- The Rev. Jane Milliken Hague

8:15 a.m.      
Parish Choir Rehearsal                
Nursery opens
       
9:00 a.m.      
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon --  The Rev. Jane Milliken Hague

10:00 a.m.   
Formation Hour
* Bible Study (3rd Floor, Conference Room)
* Church School (age three to grade five) ( 2nd Floor, Godly Play Room)
Youth Gathering (grades 6-12) Donuts + Faith (2nd Floor, Teen Room)
Speaker Series-Robert Strong (1st Floor, Togo West Parlor )

10:10 a.m.       
St. John's Choir Re hearsal

11:00 a.m.     
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon -- The Rev. Jane Milliken Hague

Children's Chapel
               
12:15 p.m.
Hospitality Hour  
Tour of the Church  

12:30 p.m.   
St. John's Choir Re hearsal
2019 Annual 
Parish Report
Speaker Series Schedule
The Speaker Series is held at 10:00 a.m. on the following Sundays in the Togo West Parlor (1st Floor): 

February 23
Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat , chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter. He will speak on his book, President Carter: The White House Years.

March 8
Hank Handler, noted craftsman and master builder. He will speak about the restoration of the Dolley Madison House.

March 15 
Dick Grimmett, American historian. He is a member of St. John's Church, and chairman of its Properties Committee. He will speak on Benjamin Henry Latrobe: American Architect.

March 22 
Lillian Cunningham, Washington Post reporter. She will speak on her podcast series, Presidential, which takes listeners on an epic historical journey through the personality and legacy of each of the American presidents.
Upcoming 
Baptism Dates
The next dates for 
Holy Baptism are:

Sunday
February 23
9:00 a.m. 
Class: Saturday, February 22, 10:00 a.m. 

Sunday
April 19
11:00 a.m. 
Class: Saturday, 
April 18, 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.

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