Presentation of Vestry Candidates
Sunday, January 26, 10:00 a.m.

The Speaker Series this Sunday, January 26,  will be held at 10:00 a.m. 
in the Church.  The candidates for the Vestry will make presentations.

Vestry Candidates

Paul Barkett Senior Warden
Jeff Hantson, Junior Warden

Vestry (vote 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

Annual Meeting and Election of Vestry   
Sunday, February 2, 10:00 a.m.

Absentee ballots are available at the Parish House reception desk.
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. 
Readers Training
Sunday, 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 training even if you are a seasoned veteran .

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.
More Jesus, More Love Revival Tickets
Sunday, January 26

St. John's has one ticket available for the More Jesus, More  Love Revival service with Presiding Bishop Michael  B. Curry. This event is free, but  requires a ticket for entry. 

If you would like this ticket, please contact Evangeline Gravina. First come, first served. 

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 to celebrate with our new rector, the Rev. Rob Fisher.  There will be wine and non-alcoholic beverages in addition to heavy hors-d'oeuvres.   
Please RSVP at or at  (202) 347-8766
by Thursday, January 30,  so that we can accurately confirm the 
food order for the reception

  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.


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
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. on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. RSVP to Elizabeth Lewis and David Abernethy.
New 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. 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. All are welcome. Contact Jack Reiffer for further information or at 202-230-1481.
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
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.

The Impending Boom in Plastics

We spent a number of weeks last year discussing the danger of plastics in their production, use, and disposal. We emphasized our personal responsibilities for alleviating the problem. Unfortunately, the problem is likely to grow bigger in the near future. Major oil companies, facing the prospect of reduced demand for their products, are ramping up their plastics output. A host of new petrochemical plants, using ethane feedstock supplied by the fracking boom, are coming on line ... in operation, under construction, or awaiting regulatory approval. Since 2010, companies have invested more than $200 billion in 333 plastic and other chemical projects. As individuals, we may have little leverage to affect that, but we can ask: what have we in our own households done to minimize our personal plastic waste?

- 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.
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
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.
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), 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), Ted Fibison (Wendy Fibison), 
Vera Hyncik (Holly Sukenik),  Courtney Jordan Hillman (Erika Northcutt), 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 are in the hospital:  
Friends and family of our parish: 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: Coleman Bird, Paul Bledsoe, Russell Brown, David Dawson, Jennifer Egsgaard, Brent Erstad, Annie Froehlich, Vaughan Johnston, Erika Northcutt, Kristina Pasqualone, Elizabeth Sadqi, Michael Waltz, and Harrison Yi

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Sharon and Randy DeAngelis and Marisol and Jeffrey Lovelace.

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:  Vestry Candidates' Presentation (Church)

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

10:10 a.m.
St. John's Choir Re hearsal

11:00 a.m.     
Epiphany Lessons and Carols and Holy Eucharist with Homily -- The Rev. Robert W. Fisher

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

Parish Lunch (Dining Room)

Readers Training (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: 

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.

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.

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