Speaker Series
Sunday, February 9, 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Meredith Evans , Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. She will speak about the library, the museum, and the Carter presidency.
Attention St. John's Youth 

Starting this Sunday February 9, 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.
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.
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, the Rev. Jane Hague, and the Rev. Savannah Ponder will 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 W. Broad Street, Falls Church City, VA.
Friday, February 28
6:30 p.m. on East Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC. (Capitol Hill)
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. All are welcome. Contact Jack Reiffer for further information or at 202-230-1481.
Ash Wednesday 
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)
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
The Agape dinners will be on:

NW, Washington DC

Sunday, March 8
52nd Street, NW, Washington, DC

Saturday, March 14 (or Saturday, March 21)
32nd Street, NW, Washington DC

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

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

Sunday, March 29
Plymouth Street, NW, Washington DC

Date to be determined
Q Street, NW, Washington DC (Logan Circle)

Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Date to be determined
3rd Street, NE, Washington DC (Capitol Hill)

SW, Washington DC

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


Friday, March 13
27th Street N, Arlington, Virginia

Sunday, March 29
S Jefferson Street, Falls Church, Virginia

Date to be determined
Lynnhurst Drive, Fairfax, Virginia

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.
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.

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.

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.

We Are Flushing Our Forests Away

We don't usually think about toilet paper until it runs out, but we should.  Its ubiquitous presence and low cost misrepresent the dramatic and irreversible toll it is taking on our boreal forests.  As with paper towels discussed last week, those forests are also the favored source for virgin softwood pulp for tissue products, and in the past 20 years, an area the size of Ohio has been logged, some 28 million acres.  Alternatives to this tree-to-toilet-paper pipeline exist.  Tissue products made from recycled materials emit a third of the greenhouse gasses as that from virgin pulp, and are becoming available at neighborhood stores - see Giant's Nature's Promise line, for example.  Check that what we buy has recycled content, and the more of that the better.  When we buy those popular (and comfortable) brands without recycled material, we are literally flushing our forests down the drain.  Use this NRDC scorecard to check our favorite brands for sustainability.

- 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 February 13. The February Food Market will be held on Tuesday, February 11. Finally, report card conferences will take place on Thursday, February 13. Volunteers will sit down in one-to-one meetings with students to discuss their reports. In the past, St. Johns parishioners have enjoyed helping out in this way.

For information about any of these volunteer opportunities or about the Cardozo Educational Campus, please contact Livy 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), 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), 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 who died:

Friends and family of our parish: Alice Wright Summers Hale who died November 25, 2019 and  Adolfine Estes who died February 1.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week:   John Aschieris, Betsy Danello, Brady Demarest, Anna Fleming, Mary Getz, Missy Grealy, Imogen Hahn, Elizabeth Hill, William Hughes, Robin Keithley, Claire Marshall, Annie Morefield, Richard Price, Jack Reiffer, Jean Schepers, Margy Slaterry, Anderson Waltz, Carl Ward

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Barbara and Craig Burkhardt.

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.   
Formation Hour
* Bible Study (3rd Floor, Conference Room)
* Church School (age three to grade five) Godly Play class (2nd Floor, Parish House)
Youth Gathering (grades 6-12) Donuts + Faith (2nd Floor, Parish House)
Speaker Series-Dr. Meredith Evans (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. Robert W. Fisher

Children's Chapel
12:15 p.m.
Hospitality Hour    
Parish Lunch (Dining Room, Parish House lower level)
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 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.

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.

Baptism Dates
The next dates for 
Holy Baptism are:

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

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