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.
February 24 | Stewardship of Creation Meeting
The new Stewardship of Creation group will gather for the first time on Sunday, February 24, after the 11:00 a.m. service on the second floor of the Parish House. You are welcome to bring luncheon from the dining room in the basement with you. We plan to finish our conversation by 2:00 p.m. All are welcome. If interested but unable to join us this week, please contact Joanne Hutton. The church charges us with making intentional decisions about living lightly and gently on God's good earth. How will we take this to heart and put it into action, here and at home and work? 
By March 1 | Submit a Devotional for Pathways Through Lent

The submission deadline has been extended to March 1, 2019.

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, March 1  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.
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
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 the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry
May 2
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh
March 15 | Parents' Night Out 

The F
riday night program, which offers parents an opportunity to enjoy free time while St. John's provides child care, a light supper, and entertainment for children infants through age 10. All we ask is that you sign up by noon on Wednesday, March 13 so that we will have an adequate number of attendants and that you pick up your children before 9:00 p.m. when the doors will be locked. To sign up, fill out this form or contact Savannah Ponder, Assistant for Ministries to Children, Youth, and Families.
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 Refugee Committee
Sunday, March 17, after the 11:00 a.m. service
The next Refugee Committee meeting will be the Togo West Parlor in the Parish House, on Sunday, March 17 after the 11:00 a.m. service. 

Upcoming Events and Opportunities for Action

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. 

A message from Oxfam America's Refugee Lead

As I reflect on the second anniversary of President Trump's Muslim Ban, I am distraught that portions of this policy remain in effect - but also encouraged by newly proposed legislation that starts to dismantle this discriminatory ban. On January 16, members of the US House of Representatives introduced the Freedom of Religion Act (HR 590) to prohibit religious discrimination in our immigration system. With 124 original co-sponsors - and the additional support of dozens of non-governmental organizations including Oxfam - the bill would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide that no one can be denied admission or entry to the United States, or other immigration benefits, because of his or her religion. Now is the time to amplify this powerful message of religious tolerance and inclusion. Call the US Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and tell your representative: I support the Freedom of Religion Act to dismantle the Muslim Ban! Please pass HR 590.


Washington Interfaith Network Forums related to Immigration

  • Thursday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 23, 10:00 a.m.
  • Monday, February 25, 6:30 p.m.
Did you know that immigrants, unlike US citizens, are not guaranteed a right to a lawyer? That means that our good neighbors who worship with us, run businesses, and contribute to the culture of our city are working several jobs just to pay off lawyers' fees-and that's if they're able to get a lawyer at all. Studies show that immigrants who obtain legal counsel are much more likely find relief instead of facing deportation. And yet, thousands of immigrants in DC are fighting to protect themselves and their families without access to representation. We need DC leaders to step up to protect our neighbors by expanding legal services so that all DC immigrants who need to see a lawyer, can. DC's 2020 budget is currently in the works, and right now is our opportunity to help shape it.  Mayor Bowser is hosting Budget Engagement Forums, and we want a strong group of WIN leaders to hold the city accountable to $2.5 million for immigrants' legal services funding and to ensuring detainees can access those funds. Arrive 30 minutes before the event for team prep, and WEAR BLUE. Email Arleen Vargas with questions.
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
The Parish Lunch Schedule
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)

March 24 - The Rector Search Committee
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: Ann Gardner, Bob Patchell, Gordon Richmond, 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), Sanaullah (Gay Pasley), Cawley Scott (Robyne Johnston), 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), 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), Lucien Johnson (Wande Johnson), Shirletta Lewis (GeeGee Bryant), Aiden Mylnikov (Lindsey Bowen), Conyers Thompson, Jr. (Joanne Hutton), and Larry Watson (Catherine Outten Olivo).

Those who were born:
From our parish: Justin Bouma, who was born on February 3.

Those who have died:
Friends and family of our parish: Peter Winkler, who died
February 15.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Meg Beasley, Ryan Bishop, Krista Bradley, Jamil Bussie, Nelson Crouch, Pat Czerwonky, Timothy Edwards, Callie Ervin, Kenneth Faunteroy, Graham Froehlich, Ben Garland, Tonya Kirchner, John Martin, Sharon Park, Molly Raab, Katrina Robson, Wiley Simonds, Jeri Sparling, Cooper Thesmar, Charlie Wagnon, Tripp Whitbeck, and Kris Zeller.

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

8:30 a.m.
Nursery Opens

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

10:00 a.m.
Speaker Series: Warren Finch, Jr. - The Presidential Series -George H.W. Bush

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

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

11:00 a.m.
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon - Pete Burgess, Seminarian

12:15 p.m.
Hospitality Hour
Parish Lunch
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 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 .

March 17
M. Salih Sayilgan, Professor of Islamic Studies at Wesley Seminary. He will speak on Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in America. 

March 24
Dr. Brahmachari Sharan, Hindu Chaplain, Georgetown University and Dr. Anthony Tambasco, Theology Department, Georgetown University. 

March 31
Dr. Ian Markham, Dean, Virginia Theological Seminary. He will speak on Why Interfaith Dialogue Matters to the Episcopal Church.

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:

* 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