January  27 | Vestry Candidate Presentation
Join us in Togo West Parlor on Sunday, January 27 at 10:00 a.m. the Speaker Series, featuring the presentation of the 2019 Vestry Candidate slate.
Helping Furloughed Federal Employees
In light of the continuing government shutdown, members of St. John's recently met to discuss how we can help. Several approaches are in the early stages of development, but in the meantime if you are a member in good standing of St. John's and need a small loan to get by, please contact the Rev. Bruce McPherson. If you would like to help others, please be in touch as well.
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.
January 27 | The Parish Lunch is Back!
January 27 - Pizza Party!
Gluten-free and vegetarian pizza will be available
Hosted by Joanne Hutton, Leila Taaffe, and the St. John's Book Club, the first Parish Lunch in the new dining room will be a Pizza Party. Furloughed federal employees/contractors are invited to enjoy lunch at no cost.

February 3 - Annual Meeting and Reception at Decatur House
or call (202) 347-8766 by Wednesday, January 30.

February 10 - Refugee Committee
The Parish Lunch on February 10 will be 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.
We are happy that our Sunday Parish Lunch tradition will resume on January 27, 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!

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.
St. John's Refugee Committee
Upcoming Events 

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. 

Sunday, February 10, following 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.

Sunday, February 17, after the 11:00 a.m. service
The next Refugee Committee meeting will be the Togo West Parlor, Sunday, February 17 after the 11 am service. Please join us to discuss our goals and budget planning for 2019.

Interesting Reading/Videos
  • The documentary film Displaced, which was shown at the U.S. Institute for Peace in December, does an excellent job describing the refugee crisis of the Rohingya in Bangladesh. View the film here.
     
  • The Great Decisions program is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal text for discussion groups across the country.  One of 2019's topics is Refugees and Global Migration. 
February 3 | Annual Meeting, Election of Vestry, and Reception
Sunday, February 3 at 9:45 a.m.
Note: Voting for vestry candidates will be the first order of business, so please arrive on time.
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.
February 6 | First Wednesday Concert
Wednesday, February 6
12:10 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
A Baritone on Broadway: Songs from the Golden Age and Today with baritone Bob McDonald and pianist Lisa Gibbs Smith

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 Teen Classroom on the second floor of the Parish House.  If you have questions or would  like more information, please contact Leila Taaffe .
February 16 | Grace's Table
Please join us in providing a hot meal to the homeless and underserved at Grace's Table. Grace's Table, an outreach ministry, of Grace's Episcopal Church in Georgetown, is a fellowship that provides and shares a meal at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays to the homeless and near homeless. Volunteers purchase and prepare the food, and then gather with guests to eat, and socialize together.  The 60 minutes together each Saturday includes the reading and discussion of a biblical passage. Guests and volunteers take turns reading and participating in discussion with great enthusiasm and insight. A menu will be provided, from which volunteers can select food contributions. Volunteers can be reimbursed for food expenses. Parking is available at meters on the street, or at a lot adjacent to the church, for a $10. fee. For more information, please contact Robin Schwartz or Chuck Schwartz
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.
March 8-10 | Sixth Annual Women's Retreat
You are invited to join the women of St. John's at a special weekend retreat on March 8-10  at the Dupont Memorial House in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Our featured leader and speaker will be the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington, following the theme of "The Power of Love."  The weekend is a wonderful opportunity to connect more deeply with other St. John's women, rest, rejuvenate, and dig more deeply into your own spirituality.  The retreat house is warm and inviting and the food is delicious. Located just a couple of blocks from the beach, there is downtime on Saturday afternoon to walk, rest and commune with other women. 

Reservations will be secured by sending in a $285 check (includes room and food), payable to St. John's Church and with "Women's Retreat" noted in the memo section of the check. In preparation for the weekend, please read Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's The Power of Love.  The deadline for sending your check to secure a place is Thursday, February 28. Space is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible. For more information, please contact Lisa Kirchenbauer.
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.
Submit a Devotional for Pathways Through Lent

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, February 22, 2019  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.
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.
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
Those who are sick or recovering:
From our parish:  Martha Ellison, Frank Klotz, 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),Cindy Beukema, (Ellen Parke),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), Allison Gardner (Elizabeth Gardner), Antonina Gawel (Margaux Polanski),Joe Heitzler (Mike Becraft), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), Lucien Johnson, Jr. (Wande Johnson), 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), Diane Sinclair (Pat Dalby), Elizabeth Soyster (Debby Hailey), Jacob Stein (Samuel Watson), Dick Van Orden (Ellen Parke), Henry and Sandy Welles (Donna Welles), John Wilson (Neil Wilson), Sonya Wilson (Neil Wilson), Peter Winkler (Betty van Iersel) 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), Aiden Mylnikov (Lindsey Bowen), Conyers Thompson, Jr. (Joanne Hutton), and Larry Watson (Catherine Outten Olivo).

Those who have died:
From our parish: Ellen Parke, who died on January 22.

Friends and family of our parish: Pauline Moss, who died on January 16.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week:  Paul Bledsoe, David Dawson, Annie Froehlich, Brent Hayhurst, Virginia Jamerson, Vaughan Johnson, Catherine Kenny, Carter Kenny, Andrew Noonan, Kristina Pasqualone, Michael Waltz, and Harrison Yi.

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

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. Andy Olivo

8:15 a.m.
Parish Choir Rehearsal

8:30 a.m.
Nursery Opens 

9:00 a.m.
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon - The Rev. Andy Olivo

10:00 a.m.
Speaker Series: Vestry Candidates' Presentation (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. Andy Olivo

12:15 p.m.
Hospitality Hour
Parish Lunch (Togo West Parlor)

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 27
Vestry Candidates' Presentation

February 10
Mark Updegrove, President and CEO of
The Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation. He will speak on George H.W. Bush: President and Patriot.

February 24
Warren Finch, Director George H. W. Bush Presidential Library

March 3
Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst and terrorism expert. He will speak on An Update on Terrorism.
Upcoming 
Baptism Dates
The next dates for 
Holy Baptism are:

* February 17, 11:00 a.m. 
* 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