Speaker Series
Sunday, January 19, 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. in the Togo West Parlor 

Our speaker this Sunday is  David Garrow Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   He will speak on The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King. Jr.
Readers Training
Sundays, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. and January 26 at 12:15 p.m.
Please plan to attend a training session for readers at St. John's worship services. Parishioner Carolyn Crouch will lead the workshop as preparation for beginners and as a refresher for those who are already on the roster for readers.  To be a reader at St John's is an important ministry and a privilege. Please attend either training even if you are a seasoned veteran .
  • Sunday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, January 26 at 12:15 p.m.
We will meet at the lectern in the Sanctuary. For questions or if you cannot attend one of the workshops, contact the Rev. Jane Hague or by phone at 202-347-8766, ext. 301 so we can arrange an alternative time.
Way of Love Class Sunday
Sunday, January 19, 10:00 a.m.
St. John's will have  a youth class introducing the Way of Love and developing a Rule of Life. We will be gathering on Sunday, January 19, at 10:00 a.m. in the youth room on the second floor of the Parish House, for donuts and discussion. If you have any questions about this class, contact Matthew Taylor.
New Adult Bible Study
Sunday, January 19

The study of The Gospel of Matthew continues on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in the third floor conference room. The group will not meet on January 26 and February 2, so that everyone can attend the presentation of vestry candidates and the annual meeting of the congregation. This Bible Study will resume on Sunday, February 9. All are welcome. Contact Jack Reiffer for further information or at 202-230-1481.
Youth Retreat
Saturday and Sunday, January 25 and 26
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites the youth of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington for a Dusk-2-Dawn retreat on January 25-26, 2020, at Bishop Walker School focusing on living in the Way of Love. The Way of Love is a series of practices, or a rule of life, for living a Jesus-centered life encouraging prayer, study, service, and reflection. Please register to go with St. John's youth here by January 20.
Epiphany Lessons and Carols and Holy Eucharist
Sunday, January 26, 11:00 a.m.

Join the Parish Choir for a service of Lessons and Carols for the Season of Epiphany. More ancient than the celebration of Christmas, the early church highlighted three manifestations-or epiphanies-of Jesus' life and early ministry: the visit by the Magi, the revelation that he was God's beloved child at his baptism in the Jordan, and his first miracle at the wedding feast at Cana. Explore these stories through music and readings for the season of Epiphany.

Please be in touch with Brent Erstad, Acting Director of Music, to learn more. 
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 (voting 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

St. John's Annual Parish Reception
Sunday, February 2, after the 11:00 a.m. service

Join St. John's community at the Annual Parish Reception on Sunday, February 2, after the 11:00 a.m. service. We will gather with our new rector, the Rev. Rob Fisher, as well as a promising 2020 with all parishioners and vestry members of St. John's Church.  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.
  All are welcome!
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.

Volunteer at Cardozo Education  Campus
January Opportunity
Communities in Schools, which is supported by St. Johns Church, is looking for volunteers at Cardozo this January.  The school has made an urgent  request for tutors during January. Tutoring will take place after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No special training is needed. Tutors will be working with vulnerable students who are in danger of failing the term. Volunteers are welcome at one, some, or all sessions as they are able.
Please contact Livy More  for more information.
More Jesus, More Love Revival
Sunday, January 26

General admission tickets for the More Jesus, More Love Revival service with Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry are now available. This event is free, but requires a ticket for entry. Tickets are limited to six per person and available on a first come, first served basis.

How to reserve tickets:
Tickets will be mailed in January 2020.  Learn more at the EDOW website .

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
Pledge envelopes are available. 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!

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.
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. in Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. RSVP to Elizabeth Lewis and David Abernethy.
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 talk 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. To sign up to host a lunch, contact Holly Sukenik, the lunch coordinator or contact Kaye Edwards in the Parish Office
Care of Creation Message
Seeking Sustainable Pet Food Options

The pet food industry is big business-we spend about $25 billion on it every year, with about the same caloric value as all the food eaten annually in France.  Advertising has tried to convince us that our pets can't possibly live healthy lives without a grain-free and "human grade", meat-based diet, but a Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine study disputes that.  Cats are indeed true carnivores, while dogs have been domesticated over the centuries and are well-adapted to be omnivores.  In other words, dogs need some meat, but can thrive on a more earth-friendly diet that includes animal by-products and plant-based food as sources of good nutrition.  If we're in doubt as to what balance to strike, we can always talk to the vet.

- St. John's Care of Creation Group.
Thinking About Science and Faith
Would you be interested in exploring the intersections of modern science and theology during Lent next year? A few parishioners are exploring ideas for a study group, possibly to take place later in March. If you'd like to be part of this, whether as a participant or planner, please be in touch with Joanne Hutton.
Engaging Faith and the Workplace
What does it mean to engage faith and the workplace? And what is a workplace ministry?

Is it about helping our neighbors at work? Is it about trying to shape the organization in which we work to better serve the community? Is it about creating vibrant businesses that both model good practices, and earn profits that can pay staff, support their families, and enhance the dignity of work? Is it about using and sharing our God-given gifts in the secular world? Is it about gently living lives modeled on Christ?

The short answer is that it can be all of the above! And the good news is that we can all engage in this ministry - and not just those currently in the workplace. As we think about how to build up this ministry, and become still more light and salt for our neighbors and co-workers, we would love to get input from as many of you as possible.  We look forward to working on this new ministry of St John's.

For questions or ideas or simply a request to talk
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. 
Prayer List
Those who are sick or recovering:
From our parish: Jennifer Agiesta,  Andrea Charters, Teresa Huettner, Nelda Johnson, Bob Patchell, Dace Vidins, Jeff White, Susan Wild, and Karen Zachary

Friends and family of our parish: Bruce Anderson (Cay Buser), Niels Beck (Michelle Mangrum), Rachael Buckley (Chrystal Martin), John Frew Carter (Margo Arnold),Lane Carter, Bill Clark (Clark Ervin), Carl Edwards (Lauren Edwards), William Frew Conderman (Margo Arnold), Sambar Datta (Ashley Culbertson), Harry Davis (Mary & Carl Raether), Karl Dornemann (Deb Dornemann), Bobby Doyle (Alex Pappas), Ted Fibison (Wendy Fibison), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), 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), Jim Wolter (Willy Wolter), and Kristen Wyckoff (Pat Dalby)

Those who are shut-in:  
From our parish: Max Hudgins. 

Those who died:
Friends and family of our parish: Bill Kellermann who died January 9 and Lois Herrmann who died January 14.

Those who are in the hospital:  
Friends and family of our parish: Courtney Jordan Hillman (Erika Northcutt), Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), Aiden Mylnikov (Lindsey Bowen), Gina Robinson (Matthew Taylor), Travis Rogers (Robert Carroll), and Matthew Wild (Susan Wild)

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Katie Adams Holder, Alex Brown, GeeGee Bryant, Matson Coxe, George Diliberto, Nancy Fletcher, Victoria Hahn, Hermann Helgert, Dudley Hoskins, Ann Hughes, Jack Kinsey, Nicholas Lewis, Paul Mandelson, Leila Nuzum, Ike Owunwanne, Robert Pahnke, Scott Raspa, Gini Rhodes, Dax Tejera, Susan Van Nice, Patrick Venzke, Benjamin Watson, Peter Watson, Tung-Lin Wu, and Catherine Zeller

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Audrey and Evan Corcoran.

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: Steve
Helmer (Sara McGanity) and 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
*  Speaker Series: David Garrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  (Togo West Parlor)

*  Bible Study
(3rd Floor Parish House Conference Room)

*  Church School (age three-grade five) Godly Play class (2nd Floor Parish House)

Youth (grades 6-12) Way of Love Class (2nd Floor Parish House Youth Room)

Readers Training (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.
Hospitality Hour

Tour of the Church

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: 

January 19
David Garrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He will speak on The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King. Jr. 

January 26
Vestry Candidates' Presentation

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.


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