Speaker Series
Sunday, February 23, 10:00 a.m.

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.
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 Adult Bible Study concludes its study of the Gospel of Matthew on Sunday, February 23. Bible Study will continue meeting at 10:00 a.m. during the Sundays in Lent. Starting on March 1, we will study the Book of Genesis and its place in the Lenten themes of preparing for Easter. Contact Jack Reiffer for further information or at 202-230-1481.
Care of Creation Interest Group Meeting
Sunday, February 23 at 12:30 p.m.
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 in the third floor conference room.
Intergenerational Lenten Workshop
Sunday, March 1, 10:00 a.m.
Togo West Parlor
Begin your Lenten season prayerfully in community.  Lent is the 40 day period that Christians observe to get ready to enter into the mystery of Easter. This season is marked by many outward and tangible acts, such as fasting from luxuries and giving to others. It is a time that we are invited to clear away that which distracts us from who we truly are--beloved children of God. Join us for a creative workshop on the first Sunday in Lent where we will put together prayer boxes to help guide us through the Lenten journey of repentance, fasting, and drawing closer to God. This event is intentionally intergenerational, with activities for all ages to make space for God in our lives. For more information, contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder.
Lenten Labyrinth Walk
February 27, March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26, and April 2
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Church Plaza (16th and H Street, NW)
Weather Permitting

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.  
For more information,  please contact Lisa Kirchenbauer.
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
Q Street, NW (Logan Circle)

Capitol Hill, Washington DC

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

SW, Washington DC

Saturday, March 14
G Street, SW

Southern Montgomery County, MD/Silver Spring,  Chevy Chase

Sunday, March 29
Plymouth Street, NW


Sunday, March 8
Lynnhurst Drive, Fairfax

Friday, March 13
27th Street N, Arlington

Sunday, March 29
S Jefferson Street, Falls Church
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 on Work and Faith
Thursday, March 19, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The time that seemed to work best for people was Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., so the first meeting of our Study Group will be in the third floor conference room on Thursday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m.  We'll look at the first chapter of Where is God at Work? (currently an absolute bargain on Amazon!) to examine the case for believing that God can be found - wants to be found - in the workplace, as well as what the possibilities for our workplace ministry might be. 

The text that underpins the whole book is Jacob's words when he awakes from his dream in the wilderness at Bethel after seeing angels ascending and descending between earth and heaven: "Surely the Lord is in this place - and I did not know it? ... How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."  We need to look for God in unexpected places - including , perhaps especially, in the workplace. 

All are welcome, whether in paid or unpaid work, retired, or never in the workforce - and feel free to bring a friend.  A glass of wine will be available afterward.

Thinking about Science and Faith
Monday, March 30, 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Come explore the intersections of modern science and theology. Tony Tambasco, retired chair of the Department of Theology at Georgetown University will be our facilitator.  We will meet on the third Sundays of each month beginning March 30 from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room. For more information, please contact Joanne Hutton.
Attention St. John's Youth 
Sundays at 10:00 am
Lent Madness Begins
(Second Floor Youth Room)

You've heard of that mad basketball tournament in March, but did you know there's a different madness coming this Lent? In preparation for Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent, youth are invited to learn more about Lent and the saints. On Sunday, February 23, we'll be filling out brackets for Lent Madness during Donuts and Discipleship class. Then, each week throughout the Sundays in Lent, we'll meet at 10:00 a.m. to review the saintly winners and losers and tabulate each person's score. We'll have a special prize for the winning bracket on the Second Sunday of Easter. 

If you're interested in participating, but can't make it this Sunday, contact Matthew Taylor before Ash Wednesday for a bracket.  For more information, check out LentMadness.org .
Mens Lunch Group
Wednesdays, April 15 and May 20
Wednesdays | March 18,  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
St. John's on LinkedIn
As many of you know, LinkedIn is the top online business networking platform, with over 630 million registered members. While used primarily to list career and business interests, it also allows you to list (and link) outside interests, memberships and affiliations, including places of worship. As part of our outreach into the community and world of work, we invite you to list your membership (and roles) at St. John's, which will both allow others who might be interested in St John's to connect with you, and also show our interest in, and relevance to, the world of work.  

We have set up a St. John's LinkedIn page, and would welcome congregational participation in building out and populating the page. 

To help with that or with any questions, please  contact the Rev. Will Morris .
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: April 5 (Palm Sunday), April 12 (Easter Day), and May 10 (Mother's Day).
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, Judy Campbell Bird, 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

F rom our parish : Cay Buser.

Friends and family of our parish:  Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), Phyllis Lambert (Will Morris), Chase Madar (Rob Fisher), Peter Meister (Thom Sinclair), Aiden Mylnikov (Lindsey Bowen), Gina Robinson (Matthew Taylor), Travis Rogers (Robert Carroll), and Matthew Wild (Susan Wild)

Those who died:
Friends and family of our parish: Caroline Gaiser who died February 11 and Mac Hansbrough who died February 15.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week:   Meg Beasly, Krista Bradley, Jamil Bussie, Nelson Crouch, Pat Czerwonky, Christine Davies, Callie Ervin, Kenneth Faunteroy, Benjamin Garland, John Martin, Alma Paty, Molly Raab, Charlotte Rhodes, Wiley Simonds, Tripp Whitbeck, and Kris Zeller

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Amanda and Eric Eversole.

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. Savannah Ponder

8:15 a.m.      
Parish Choir Rehearsal                
Nursery opens
9:00 a.m.      
Baptism and Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon --  The Rev. Savannah Ponder

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 + Discipleship (2nd Floor, Teen Room)
Speaker Series-Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat (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. Savannah Ponder

Children's Chapel
12:15 p.m.
Hospitality Hour 
Parish Lunch 
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): 

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.

March 29

Victoria Arbiter, CNN Royal Commentator. She will speak on The Windsors: A Chat about the British Royal Family.

Baptism Dates
The next dates for 
Holy Baptism are:

April 19
11:00 a.m. 
Class: Saturday, 
April 18, 10:00 a.m

May 31
11:00 a.m.
Class: Saturday, 
May 30, 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