February 3 | Annual Meeting, Election of Vestry, and Reception
Vestry Candidates
Richard Metzger, Senior Warden
Paul Barkett, Junior Warden
Vestry (voting for 3):
Desirée Davis Stolar
Lauren Edwards
John Herzog
Nora Rigby
Chase Rynd
Leila Taaffe

Parish Reception at the Decatur House to follow the 11:00 a.m. service.
Join the St. John's community at the Annual Parish  Reception immediately after
the 11:00 a.m. service at 
the Decatur House on H Street. We will gather to  celebrate
the re-opening of the Parish House as well as 
a promising 2019 with all parishioners and newly  elected vestry members of St. John's Church.  We will  also honor Hayden Bryan
after eighteen years of 
faithful service to St. John's as Executive Director for  Operations. 
There will be wine and non-alcoholic  beverages in addition to heavy hors d'oeuvres.

Please RSVP at  www.stjohn2019reception.splashthat.com/  or
call (202) 347-8766 by Wednesday, January 30 
so that
we can accurately confirm the food order 
for the reception.

All are welcome!
Valet Parking will be extended to 2:00 p.m.
January  15 |
Teen Confirmation Retreat Forms and Payment Due
Save the date for your Teen Confirmation Retreat! March 16-17, 2019

Location: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center
Teachers attending: Matthew Taylor, Grant Kraus, Hap Rigby, Nora Rigby, and Pamela Venzke
Departure: Saturday, March 16 at 8:00 a.m. Location TBD.
Return to DC (St. John's): Sunday, March 17 at 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 | Scholarships Available

Please return the permission slip in person during confirmation class, by mail to St. John's (1525 H Street NW, DC 20005), or by email to Savannah Ponder. If you are requesting a scholarship to attend, please email Savannah (or call 202-347-8766 ext. 304).

You may make your payment online by selecting "Confirmation Retreat 2019" from the drop-down menu. You may also send a check to the Parish Office or bring to confirmation class.
St. John's Refugee Committee
Upcoming Events 
Sunday, January 20 after the 11:00 a.m. service 
Parish Lunch hosted by the Refugee Committee, and prepared in part by Sadiq and Fazia, a refugee couple we have supported over the past year.  Please come and enjoy Afghan food and listen and ask questions when Sadiq tells us about his family's journey to the DMV. This event was rescheduled from Sunday, January 13 due to the threat of inclement weather.

Saturday, February 2, 4:00-6:00 p.m. 
Community gathering of refugee supporters at St. George's Episcopal Church (915 N Oakland St, Arlington, VA 22203). This will be an informal meeting to review the impact made as a community in 2018, look forward to plans for 2019, and most importantly, bring like-minded and kind-hearted community members together. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Feel free to bring finger food/ snacks to share. 

Interesting Reads
Interactive and comprehensive AP resource on all things immigration policy in the Trump presidency.
January 20 |
The Parlor Series - George ... Don't Do That!

Sunday, January 20, 5:00 p.m.
George...Don't Do That!
Devised and performed by Catherine Flye

Through a host of familiar, funny and endearing characters, actres s Catherine Flye and pianist Michael Lodico celebrate the work of Joyce Grenfell in song and the spoken word. Catherine Flye is Artistic Director of the Interact Theatre Company and has been nominated over a dozen times for Washington's Helen Hayes Awards. 

The Parlor Series offers an hour of entertainment in the newly-renovated Togo West Parlor. Performances are ticketless, free, and followed by a reception. 
February 6 | First Wednesday Concert
Wednesday, February 6
12:10 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
Baritone Bob McDonald's Broadway Show

Please consider joining us during your lunch break on the First Wednesdays of the month, through June, and bring a friend. See full season details on the church website at www.stjohns-dc.org. Each concert is ticketless, free of charge, and held in the nave of our historic church.
February 6 | Latrobe: Trivia Night!
Wednesday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Trivia Night!

Trivia night is back! Join us at 7:00 p.m. for a celebration of the Holy Eucharist followed by dinner and an evening where you get to show off just how much you know. For more information, please contact the Rev. Andy Olivo. All are welcome! 
February 7 | St. John's Book Group
The St. John's Book Group will meet on February 7 at
6:45 p.m. The group will discuss  The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin.

If you like to read and meet with others who like to read and talk about books, the Book Club is for you. The meeting will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room on the first floor of the Parish House.  If you have questions or would  like more information, please contact Leila Taaffe .
Host a Sunday Parish Lunch
We are happy that our Sunday Parish Lunch tradition will resume on January 20, 2019. 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! I am happy to answer any questions and offer guidance.

To sign up or ask questions, contact Holly Sukenik, the lunch coordinator, (or at 202-332-2952) or the Parish Office at 202-347-8766 or by email to kaye.edwards@stjohns-dc.org.

There will be no Parish Lunch on the following dates: April 14 (Palm Sunday), April 21 (Easter Day), and May 12 (Mother's Day).

January 20 - Refugee Committee
Hosted by the Refugee Committee, and prepared in part by Sadiq and Fazia, a refugee couple we have supported over the past year. Please come and enjoy Afghan food and listen and ask questions when Sadiq tells us about his family's journey to the DMV. This event was rescheduled from Sunday, January 13 due to the threat of inclement weather.

January 27 - Super Bowl Chili Cook Off!
Calling all chili chefs: after a one year hiatus, the Super Bowl Chili Cook Off is back! Contact Robin and Chuck Schwartz if you are interested in participating.
Children's Music Ministry Survey
St. John's is organizing to expand the current educational experiences for children to include a music program
meeting during the Speaker Series time block (10:10-10:45 a.m.). Please fill out this survey to support growing a sustainable children's music ministry.
Update from the Rector Search Committee
The Rector Search Committee has completed its site visits and will be conducting final interviews in Washington with five semi-finalists across January and February. From there, the committee will present two to three candidates to the Vestry for 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
Prayer List
Our prayers are requested for the special needs and concerns of this congregation, especially: 

Those who are sick or recovering:
From our parish: Jimmy Lowe, Ginger Parra, 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), 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), Henry Farrington (Samuel Watson), Ted Fibison (Wendy Fibison), Kate Fisher (Katherine Kehoe), Elisabeth Fisher (Ellen Parke), Nancy Francisco (Ellen Parke), Allison Gardner (Elizabeth Gardner), Antonina Gawel (Margaux Polanski), Joe Heitzler (Mike Becraft), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), John Linton (Cay Buser), Linda Linton (Cay Buser), Rosemary Mariner (Carolyn Becraft), William Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), Tammy McCleaf (Matthew Taylor), Hattie McDowell (Ellen Parke), Timothy Mullins (Jim Mullins), Judy Nicola (Cynthia Walker), Jerry O'Hagan (Lance Jensen), Jonathan A.I. Olowu (Elizabeth Leach), Susie Pappas (Alex Pappas), Lisa Pell (Mike Becraft), Elizabeth Soyster (Debby Hailey), Jim Tatosian (Pat Dalby), Dick Van Orden (Ellen Parke), Henry and Sandy Welles (Donna Welles), John Wilson (Neil Wilson), Sonya Wilson (Neil Wilson), and Peter Winkler (Betty van Iersel).

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

Friends and family of our parish: Robert Hohman (Wendy Fibison), Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), Aiden Mylnikov (Lindsey Bowen), Conyers Thompson, Jr. (Joanne Hutton), and Larry Watson (Catherine Outten Olivo).

Those who have died:
Friends and family of our parish: Michael Deland, who died on
January 8; Nancy Newman Fulgham, who died on January 9.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week:  Bonnie DeWitt, Lizzie Ehrich, Naomi Froehlich, Spencer Galm, Kenner Gutterman, Hannah Hahn, Jack Herzog, Ann Hughes, Gabriela Koch, Jessica Martens, Julie Neff, Bob Pasley, Raymond Petniunas, Margaux Polanski, Natalie Popovic, Daniel Rasmussen, Ellen Spencer, Ken Starling, Chandler Van Orman, Benjamin Watson, and Willy Wolter.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week:
Missy and Michael Grealy and Emily and John Lucio.

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. W. Bruce McPherson

8:15 a.m.
Parish Choir Rehearsal

8:30 a.m.
Nursery opens

9:00 a.m.
Baptism and Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon - The Rev. W. Bruce McPherson

10:00 a.m.
Speaker Series: Jeremy Ben-Ami, Executive Director of J Street, an organization that advocates for policies that advance shared US and Israeli interests (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.
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon - The Rev. W. Bruce McPherson

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:

January 13
Jeremy Ben-Ami, Executive Director of J Street, an organization that advocates for policies that advance shared US and Israeli interests as well
as Jewish and democratic values, leading to a two-state
solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

January 20
General Eric Schoomaker, former Commanding General, United States Army Medical Command. He will address advances made in trauma care in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

January 27
Vestry Candidates' Presentation

The Presidential Series - George H.W. Bush

February 10
Mark Updegrove, President and CEO of
The Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation. He will speak on George H.W. Bush: President and Patriot
Baptism Dates
The next dates for 
Holy Baptism are:

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

If you are interested in having a child baptized, or in baptism for yourself,
Flower Deliveries
Help brighten the day of parishioners who can't be with us by taking them flowers, located in the side chapel. A card is attached to each vase with contact information. Thank you for checking to see if a delivery address is convenient for you.

Flowers need to be delivered on Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA; Moncure Drive, Alexandria, VA; and Lynnhurst Drive, Fairfax, VA. 
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