Speaker Series
Sunday, January 5

10:00 a.m. in the Togo West Parlor 

Our speaker this Sunday is Richard Bell , scholar, writer, and associate professor at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on the history and culture of the United States between 1750 and 1877. H e will speak on his new book, Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home.
New Adult Bible Study
Sunday, January 5
Beginning on Sunday, January 5, and for most Sundays until Lent,
a new adult Bible Study will meet at 10:00 a.m. in the third floor conference room. Jack Reiffer will lead a study on the Gospel of Matthew, the lead gospel for our current Year A church year. We will examine the major themes that are part of this year's gospel readings and how the Matthew lessons are assigned to the various Sundays in the church year.
Way of Love - Youth Winter Series
January Sundays 5, 12, & 18
The Rev. Savannah Ponder and the Youth Leaders will be leading an introduction to the Way of Love and developing a rule of life on the Sundays preceding the lock-in during formation hour. We will be gathering on Sunday, January 5, 12, and 18, at 10:00 AM, for donuts and discussion about following Jesus in the Way of Love. If you are a youth interested in attending the retreat or a parent interested in chaperoning, please contact Savannah Ponder here. If you have any questions about the Youth Winter Series,  contact Matthew Taylor .

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites the youth of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington for a lock-in from "Dusk-2-Dawn" on January 25-26, 2019, 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.
The Latrobe Fellowship presents
Champagne  Tasting!
Wednesday, January 8
Join the young adult Latrobe Fellowship for our monthly First Wednesday celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8. Following the service, we will gather in the Togo West Parlor for snacks and champagne tasting. For more information, please contact Matthew Taylor. All are welcome!
First Wednesday Concert: David Heinze
Wednesday, January 8
First  Wednesday Concerts is pleased to welcome organist David Heinze to Lafayette Square in a program of Bach, Widor, Schumann, and Litaize. Mr. Heinze is Associate Organist of Grace Episcopal Church in Providence, Rhode Island. He recently completed graduate studies at the University of Cambridge where he was Graduate Organ Scholar at Selwyn College as well as organist for St. John's Voices at St. John's College. A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, he is an alumnus of Interlochen Arts Academy and Hope College. Following his studies in Cambridge, David was appointed Gerre Hancock Fellow in Church Music by the Association of Anglican Musicians. He has performed throughout the US, UK, and Europe and is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.
St. John's Book Club
Thursday, January 9
The St. John's Book Club will meet on Thursday, January 9. We will meet in the second floor teens classroom of the Parish House at 6:45 p.m. to discuss Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. 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, January 11
5:30 p.m. in Rosslyn, VA (two blocks from the metro). Children are welcome. RSVP to Alex and Desirée Stolar

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.
Volunteer at Cardozo Education  Campus
January Opportunities
Opportunities 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, starting January 7. 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.
  • The monthly food market will be on Tuesday, January 14, starting at 1:30 p.m.
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:
  • Go to https://www.edow.org/news-events/morejesus-more-love-revival.
  • Click on Reserve Your Tickets.
  • Select the number of tickets to reserve.
  • Click the View Options box, then click Add Tickets to Cart.
  • At check-out, use your Washington National Cathedral login if you've purchased Cathedral event tickets previously, or create a login.
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 fall'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 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
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: Teresa Huettner, Nelda Johnson, Bob Patchell, KayAnn Schoeneman, 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), 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), Gideon Donoho (Thom Sinclair), Karl Dornemann (Deb Dornemann), Bobby Doyle (Alex Pappas), Ted Fibison (Wendy Fibison), Lois Herrmann (Kaye Edwards), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), 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 have died:
From our parish: Samuel Watson, who died December 23. 

Those who are in the hospital:  
Friends and family of our parish: Courtney Jordan Hillman (Erika Northcutt), Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), Edwarda Johnson (Wande Johnson), Anthony Lewis Jr. (GeeGee Bryant), 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: Celia Boddington, Linda Douglass, Hyman Field, William Hankey, Bud Harrell, Will Morris, Becky Quinn, Renée Yancey, and Jude Zeller. 

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Anna and Rob Ehrich, Fruzsina Harsanyi and Raymond Garcia, and Robin and Chuck Schwartz.

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.       
Speaker Series: Richard Bell,  speaking on his new book,  Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home. (Togo West Parlor)

No Church School Godly Play class for age 3-grade 5
Youth (grades 6-12) Way of Love Class-( 2nd Floor Parish House Youth Room)
Matthew Bible Study
(3rd Floor Parish House Conference Room)

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

11:00 a.m.     
The Visitation of the Magi and Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon -  The Rev. Robert W. Fisher

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

Parish Lunch

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 12  
C hris Costa, former intelligence officer of 34 years, former Special Assistant to the President and current Executive Director of the International Spy Museum.  

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.
Baptism Dates
The next dates for 
Holy Baptism are:

Sunday, January 12, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.
Class: Saturday, January 11, at 10:00 a.m.

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