2020 Annual Meeting and Election of Vestry
Sunday, February 2, 10:00 a.m.

Vestry Candidates

Paul Barkett Senior Warden
Jeff Hantson, Junior Warden

Vestry (vote for 3):
Laurie Adams
Michelle Mangrum
John More
Anthony Pegues
Jack Reiffer
Carl Ward

Rotating off:
Virginia Bader
Audrey Wood Corcoran
Wande Johnson
Richard Metzger Senior Warden

Absentee ballots are available at the Parish House reception desk.
No Church School 
Sunday, February 2
In order for all to attend the Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 2, the 10:00 a.m. Church School Classes will resume next Sunday, February 9. There will be childcare provided at this time for all ages in the nursery on the lower level.

For questions or more information, contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder.
St. John's Annual Parish Reception
Sunday, February 2, after the 11:00 a.m. service

Join the St. John's community at the Annual Parish Reception on Sunday, February 2, after the 11:00 a.m. service in the Parish House. There will be wine and non-alcoholic beverages in addition to heavy hors-d'oeuvres.   
Please RSVP at rsvp@stjohns-dc.org or at  (202) 347-8766
by Thursday, January 30,  so that we can accurately confirm the 
food order for the reception

  All are welcome!
First Wednesday Concerts Presents
Mark G. Meadows and The Movement
Wednesday, February 5, 12:10 p.m.
First Wednesday Concerts is pleased to welcome Mark G. Meadows to Lafayette Square in an intimate trio version of his band, The Movement, as they reimagine well loved jazz standards and a handful of captivating originals. Debonair on the stage, Mark's voice channels everyone from Nat King Cole to Stevie Wonder to Marvin Gaye.

With CV Dashiell on drums and Romeir Mendez on bass, the chemistry amongst this trio will leave you breathless.

Visit  markgmeadows.com  to learn more about this innovative ensemble.

Please be in touch with Brent Erstad, Acting Director of Music, to learn more. 
St. John's Book Club
Thursday, February 6
The St. John's Book Club will meet on Thursday, February 6. We will meet in the second floor teens classroom of the Parish House at 6:45 p.m. to discuss Hitch 22 by Christopher Hitchens. If you love to read, please join us for an evening of discussion and socializing. For more information, contact Leila Taaffe.
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 need be about 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.
Community Building Potluck Suppers
St. John's will continue its popular parishioner potluck suppers in the New Year! The Rev. Rob Fisher, his wife Sarah Wood, and the Rev. Jane Hague hope to attend. They are a wonderful opportunity to meet and connect with fellow parishioners. If you are interested in hosting one, please contact Holly Sukenik.

Saturday, February 8
6:00 p.m. in Falls Church City, VA. RSVP to Dick and Joy Nathan.

Friday, February 28
6:30 p.m. on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. RSVP to Elizabeth Lewis and David Abernethy.
New Adult Bible Study
Sunday, February 9

The study of The Gospel of Matthew continues on Sunday, February 9 at 10:00 a.m. in the third floor conference room. The group will not meet on February 2, so that everyone can attend the annual meeting of the congregation. All are welcome. Contact Jack Reiffer for further information or at 202-230-1481.

As we welcome 2020, we have exciting ministry awaiting us at St. John's
.  Our annual stewardship giving provides much of the financial support that make all of our ministries possible, and the information provided by pledges allows our church leaders to budget with confidence.  A nonprofit leader of note has described charitable giving as a kind of alchemy, a magical transformation of the giver's resources into a public expression of their values.  We have this good fortune each year -- each week! -- to see our gifts to St. John's turn into beautiful music, inspirational sermons, meaningful outreach, Christian education, and much more. 

Please join us in pledging what you are able 
towards this year's stewardship drive.

Pledge Envelopes Now Available for Pick Up
Please pick up your pledge envelopes at the reception desk in the Parish House.  Envelopes may be picked up from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Envelopes that have not been picked up by February 3rd will be mailed!
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.
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 .

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
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, 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: 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.

Single Use Paper Towels have a Big Impact

Clean, white, absorbent paper towels are a mainstay in most kitchens, but they come at an environmental, if not financial, cost. In the US, much of the fiber likely comes from boreal forests in Canada... mature trees cut down for the purpose. While some fiber may have been recycled or come from logging byproducts, by one estimate some 44% comes from mature trees. Tropical forests are in the news and crucial in absorbing carbon, but boreal forests in the sub-Arctic are far more extensive and absorb almost twice as much carbon (703 vs 375 gigatons) as tropical ones. So instead of reaching for a paper towel and promoting more logging, reach for a reusable and washable cloth, or when we have to use paper towels, buy ones high in recycled content. Ask that unbleached toweling be carried at our grocery stores to reduce environmental effects of unnecessary chlorine.

- St. John's Care of Creation Group.
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. 
Volunteer at Cardozo Education  Campus
February Opportunities
Communities in Schools, a St. Johns Outreach partner, will continue to provide tutoring for Cardozo students on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 3:30 p.m.until 5:00 p.m., through Thursday, February 13. The February Food Market will be held on Tuesday, February 11. Finally, report card conferences will take place during the week of February 10, the specific day or days to be determined.

For information about any of these volunteer opportunities or about the Cardozo Educational Campus, please contact Livy More .
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), Lane Carter, Bill Clark (Clark Ervin), 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), Elliot Josey  and Henry Josey (Sara and Bill Josey), 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), Jonathan A.I. Olowu (Elizabeth Leach), Ginger Parra (Leila Taaffe), Cawley Scott (Robyne Johnston), Diane Sinclair (Pat Dalby), Zoe Taaffe (Leila Taaffe), Gabriel Van Oyen (Carolyn Crouch), Henry and Sandy Welles (Donna Welles), 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), 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 who died:

Friends and family of our parish: Jane Beury who died January 30.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Alexander Anikeeff, Thomas Arrasmith, Susanna Blair, Justin Bouma, Gloria Burkhardt, Audrey Corcoran, George Ehrich, Elijah Greene, Lucy Kehoe, Graham Keithley, Lisa Kirchenbauer, Jimmy Lowe, Jim Mullins, Pam Perkins, Laurel Tierney, and Brenda Wolter. 


Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Gabrielle and Simon Beaumont, Sharon and Randy Deangelis, Marisol and Jeffrey Lovelace, Brittany and Will Rabbe, and Emma and Neil Wilson.


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. Robert W. Fisher

8:15 a.m.      
Parish Choir Rehearsal                
Nursery opens
9:00 a.m.      
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon --  The Rev. Robert W. Fisher

10:00 a.m.   
Annual Parish Meeting (Church)

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

11:00 a.m.     
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon -- The Rev. Robert W. Fisher

Children's Chapel
12:15 p.m.
Annual Parish Reception  (Parish House )

12:30 p.m.   
St. John's Choir Re hearsal
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 9
Dr. Meredith Evans, Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. She will speak about the library and the museum and the Carter presidency.

February 16 
Robert Strong , William Lyne Wilson Professor in Political Economy at Washington and Lee University. He will speak on The Jimmy Carter Presidency.

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.

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