February 17 | Guest Music Teacher during Church School
A guest music teacher is coming to lead a special formation time with music for preschool-third grade during the regular 10:45 a.m. Church School time block. Grades 4-6 and Teen Confirmation will meet with regular curriculum.
February 20 | Theology on Tap
In an age where church attendance is declining and belief in conventional formulations is dwindling, this discussion will focus on how and why Jesus is important for Christians and on ways to think about him that may inspire a more meaningful faith.

You're invited to a discussion with the Rev. Susan Flanders on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John's Church. Susan is on staff at St. Columba's Episcopal Church and spends much of her time
working with parishioners on issues surrounding end-of-life spirituality, choices, and care. Her current book is If I Ever Lose My Mind: Aid in Dying with Advanced Dementia. Food, drinks, and good conversation will all be provided. For more information about Theology on Tap, please contact the Rev. Andy Olivo. All are welcome!
By February 22 | Submit a Devotional for Pathways Through Lent

It's time to think about your contribution to our daily Lenten devotional. We invite you to share your thoughts on the season of Lent by writing a brief reflection. Submissions only need be about 250 words long and can be inspired by the scripture verse of the day or some other Lenten or spiritual topic.  Submissions are due by Friday, February 22, 2019  so that the devotional can be ready by March 6 (Ash Wednesday). Please  email the Rev. Andy Olivo  to choose a date or for more information.
St. John's Refugee Committee
Sunday, February 17, after the 11:00 a.m. service
The next Refugee Committee meeting will be the Teen Classroom on the second floor of the Parish House, on Sunday, February 17 after the 11:00 a.m. service. Please join us to discuss our goals and budget planning for 2019.

A big thank you to all the Refugee Committee members and St. John's parishioners who participated in the Parish Lunch hosted by the Refugee Committee last Sunday. Sadiq and Fazia, the Afghani couple who were hosting the meal unfortunately had a family emergency and spent Sunday at the children's hospital in Fairfax. Resilient Refugee Committee members quickly came up with a Plan B and hosted a chicken curry meal from Sakina's Halal Grill, who gave St. John's a very generous discount on a delicious lunch.  Most importantly, we learned Monday that Sadiq and Fazia's baby does not have a subdural hematoma as was feared. Many thanks to Bob, Gay and Virginia Pasley for spearheading the lunch. 

Upcoming Events 

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 3:00-4:00 p.m. 

Join VFAI as we gather military veterans and Special Immigrant Visa recipients (interpreters and translators who helped U.S. troops in Iraq or Afghanistan) and refugees to sip coffee, build their networks, and share the challenges and victories of life in the U.S. Hosted monthly, SIV Sips convene service-minded individuals and fosters personal and professional development. All are welcome!  Free. Register here.

Friday, March 8, 7:00-11:00 p.m. 
A Celebration of Women Refugee Entrepreneurs. On International Women's Day, join One Journey as they celebrate the success, tenacity and resilience of women refugee entrepreneurs. The evening event will feature cuisine by refugee chefs with Foodhini, coffee by Sudanese Refugees, and more inspiring stories from incredible entrepreneurs. Tickets can be purchased here or you can make a donation if you are unable to attend but would like to support the effort. 

Interesting Reads/Videos
The documentary film Displaced, which was shown at the U.S. Institute for Peace in December, does an excellent job describing the refugee crisis of the Rohingya in Bangladesh. View the film here.
February 23 | Community Building Event
The next community building event will be held Saturday, February 23, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Parishioners Robin and Chuck Schwartz, who live on 15th Street across from McPherson Square, will host a Tex-Mex Potluck supper. Space is limited to 16 guests. Please contact Robin if you can attend or for more information. 
Parishioners continue to host fellowship opportunities on a neighborhood basis and also events open to all parishioners. These events may be potluck suppers, brunches, cocktail parties, happy hours at local restaurants, picnics, or wherever our creativity leads us.  If you are interested in participating by hosting or organizing an event, please contact Holly Sukenik at hsukenik@hotmail.com.
March 3-17 | St. John's Clothing Drive
Need more space in your closets? Clear them out and help your
neighbors in D.C. at the same time!

The St. John's Clothing Drive begins on Sunday, March 3 and ends on Sunday, March 17. Volunteers will be in the Togo West Parlor of the Parish House on Sundays before and after the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services to collect your gently-used clothing. We accept all types of clothing for men, women, and children. Additionally, we are requesting parishioners donate new, basic socks as they are always needed by our partnership organizations. Tax receipts will be available. If you are interested in helping to sort clothes on one of the Sundays, contact Matthew Taylor.
March 3 | Jazz Music Festival Service
The St. John's and Parish Choirs will join forces with the Dan Dufford Jazz Ensemble to perform selections from Robert Ray's Gospel Mass and André Thomas' Mass in Celebration of Love and Joy in the context of the liturgy. Additionally, the anthems that morning will be Judith McAllister's spirited Hallelujah, You're Worthy and Ola Gjeilo's sublime Evening Prayer

Please join us on Sunday, March 3 at 11:00 a.m. for our annual jazz service on the last Sunday of Epiphany. 
March 3 | Dedication of Togo West Parlor
On Sunday, March 3, following the 11:00 a.m. service, we will
formally dedicate the Togo D. West, Jr. Parlor by unveiling a
portrait of Togo that will now hang in the room where so many
of the activities and social occasions he valued and participated
in at St. John's take place. Please plan to join us for this brief
ceremony to honor Togo for his contributions to our parish, our
community, and our nation. Togo greatly valued community
service. To honor his memory, please consider going
downstairs to the dining room following the ceremony to
participate in Sandwich Sunday, as we seek to help feed those
in our community who are hungry.
March 6 | Ash Wednesday Services

Service Schedule

7:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes with Sermon
The Rev. D. Andrew Olivo

12:00 noon
Choral Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes with Sermon
The Rev. W. Bruce McPherson

7:00 p.m.
Choral Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes with Sermon
The Rev. W. Bruce McPherson
Wednesdays in Lent | Prayer That Goes Deeper 
March 20, March 27, April 3, and April 10

For four Wednesdays in Lent, beginning on Wednesday, March 20, St John's will offer Prayer That Goes Deeper: A Short Course in the Practice of Prayer. Participants will meet at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. The evening will conclude by 8:00 p.m. The Rev. Martin Smith will lead the first two sessions. The Rev. Bruce McPherson, St. John's Interim Rector, and the Rev. Andy Olivo, St. John's Assistant Rector, will lead the last two. Fr. Smith previously served as Superior of the Order of St. John the Evangelist and on the staff of St. Columba's Episcopal Church. He is the author of a number of widely read books including Reconciliation, A Season for the Spirit; The Word is Very Near YouLove Set Free; and Compass and Stars. If you plan to attend, please  let us know by emailing Evangeline Gravina .
Sundays in Lent | Children's Music Initiative
March 10-April 7
Parish House Second Floor, 10:10-10:45 am  (during Speaker Series)

Children with and without prior music experience welcome. Join us for an engaging formation experience taught by a professional music educator. Children will learn stories of faith through song and will grow in their sense of belonging in the family of God.

Ages 3+ welcome to join independently.  Infants-age 3 welcome to join with parent/guardian.

Breakfast snacks will be served before Church School begins at 10:45 am.
St. John's Book Club
If you like to read and meet with others who like to read and talk about books, the Book Club is for you. We meet on the first floor of the Parish House, in the Multi-Purpose Room. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Leila Taaffe.

Upcoming Books:

March 7
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
April 4
The Power of Love: Sermons, reflections, and wisdom to uplift and inspire by Michael Curry
May 2
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh
March 8-10 | Sixth Annual Women's Retreat
You are invited to join the women of St. John's at a special weekend retreat on March 8-10  at the Dupont Memorial House in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Our featured leader and speaker will be the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington, following the theme of "The Power of Love."  The weekend is a wonderful opportunity to connect more deeply with other St. John's women, rest, rejuvenate, and dig more deeply into your own spirituality.  The retreat house is warm and inviting and the food is delicious. Located just a couple of blocks from the beach, there is downtime on Saturday afternoon to walk, rest and commune with other women. 

Reservations will be secured by sending in a $285 check (includes room and food), payable to St. John's Church and with "Women's Retreat" noted in the memo section of the check. In preparation for the weekend, please read Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's The Power of Love.  The deadline for sending your check to secure a place is Thursday, February 28. Space is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible. For more information, please contact Lisa Kirchenbauer.
March 17 | Parlor Series Concert
Sunday, March 17, 5:00 p.m. 
Soprano Tory Wood with pianist Joey Arkfeld perform Art Song 

Tory Wood, from Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula, sings in the St. John's Choir and will be in chorus appearances in Tosca and Faust with the Washington National Opera this spring. Her husband Joey Arkfeld recently obtained his Master of Music in Piano from the University of Maryland and is artistic director and composer for the ensemble New Dynamic. They will perform works by Bachelet, Strauss, and Ricky Ian Gordon. The Parlor Series offers an hour of ticketless, free entertainment followed by a light reception in the newly-renovated Togo West Parlor in our Parish House.
March 23 & 30 | Spring 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 Spring Adult Inquirers' Class. The two-day class will meet on Saturdays, March 23 and March 30, from 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. both days. The Rev. Bruce McPherson, Interim Rector and the Rev. Andy Olivo, Assistant Rector, 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 (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 May 11, 2019.
Update from the Rector Search Committee
The Rector Search Committee has completed its last round of interviews with five semi-finalists. In the coming weeks, the Committee will present to the Vestry 2-3 finalists for their ultimate determination.The progress of the committee can be followed on the Rector Transition page of St. John's website. Please continue to pray that the Holy Spirit guides us throughout the Rector Search process.

The 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, Lisa Russo
Stewardship of Creation: Calling Interested Parishioners
Last summer the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church recognized the care of God's creation as a priority. The church's triennial Convention affirmed that "as individuals and communities of faith, The Episcopal Church needs to be an example by making intentional decisions about living lightly and gently on God's good earth." Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has also called on the Episcopal Church to take bold action to address the climate crisis, reminding us that we are all trustees and stewards of God's good creation.

What would it mean for our parish and for each one of us to take seriously the charge to be faithful stewards of God's creation in 2019? If you might be interested in thinking through these questions, and in being active to ensure our community honors this charge, please be in touch with Joanne Hutton, and we will find an opportunity to begin those conversations.
The Parish Lunch Schedule
February 17 - Joanne and Powell Hutton, and Jennifer Urquhart

February 24 - 2018 Holy Land Pilgrims welcome back 2019 Pilgrims

March 3 - Sandwich Sunday

March 10 - The Crouch Family

March 17 - The Parish Choir (with Katherine McClintic)
We are happy that our Sunday Parish Lunch tradition has resumed. 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 the Parish Office at 202-347-8766.
An Easy Way to Help Others
When you travel, bring back unopened toiletry items for
homeless shelters. Place them in the basket in the connector
between the Church and the Parish House.
Be Cautious of Scam Emails
Please do not respond to emails sent from Bruce asking for money or gift cards!

It has come to our attention that a number of parishioners have received emails claiming to be from Bruce, asking for money or iTunes gift cards. The persons responsible have created fake email addresses so that it looks like it is from Bruce at first glance. Please do not respond to these messages. Report them as spam to your ISP and delete them immediately.
Prayer List
Those who are sick or recovering:
From our parish: Sarah Agnew, Ann Gardner, Jimmy Lowe, 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), Mark Bewsher (Powell Hutton), 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), Bobby Doyle (Alex Pappas), Henry Farrington (Samuel Watson), Ted Fibison (Wendy Fibison), Kate Fisher (Katherine Kehoe), Allison Gardner (Elizabeth Gardner), Antonina Gawel (Margaux Polanski), Joe Heitzler (Mike Becraft), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), Lucien Johnson, Jr. (Wande Johnson), Jan Lindsay (Catherine Olivo), 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), Lisa Pell (Mike Becraft), Diane Sinclair (Pat Dalby), Elizabeth Soyster (Debby Hailey), Jacob Stein (Samuel Watson), Henry and Sandy Welles (Donna Welles), John Wilson (Neil Wilson), Sonya Wilson (Neil Wilson), Peter Winkler (Betty van Iersel), Jim Wolter (Willy Wolter), and Kristen Wyckoff (Pat Dalby).

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

Friends and family of our parish: Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), Shirletta Lewis (GeeGee Bryant), Aiden Mylnikov (Lindsey Bowen), Conyers Thompson, Jr. (Joanne Hutton), and Larry Watson (Catherine Outten Olivo).

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Tom Abernethy, Timothy Beacom, Emorie Broemel, Steve Coppinger, William Generous, Susan Lewis, Elizabeth Siddall, Stephen Smith, and Maria Thompson.

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

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. Canon Michele V. Hagans

8:15 a.m.
Parish Choir Rehearsal

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

9:00 a.m.
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon - The Rev. Canon Michele V. Hagans

10:00 a.m.
Speaker Series: The Rev. Bruce McPherson 
- Congregations and their Life Cycles (Togo West Parlor)

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

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

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

12:15 p.m.
Parish Lunch hosted by Powell and Joanne Hutton, and Jennifer Urqhart

Tour of the Church

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

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:

February 17
The Interim Rector, the Rev. Bruce McPherson
 will speak on Congregations and their Life Cycles.

February 24
Warren Finch, Jr., Director of the
George H. W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

March 3
Peter Bergen, CNN National Security
Analyst and terrorism expert. He will speak on An Update on Terrorism.

March 10
Jeremy Ben-Ami, Executive Director of J
Street, an organization that advocates for policies that advance shared US and Israeli interests .

April 7
Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media
and Public Affairs at George Washington University and former CNN reporter.

April 28
Karen King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at
Harvard Divinity School.
She will speak on Death and Life: Some Lesser
Known Views from the Early Christians.
Baptism Dates
The next dates for 
Holy Baptism are:

* February 17, 11:00 a.m. 
* April 28, 11:00 a.m. 
* June 9, 10:30 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