Thank You to the Christmas Flower Guild Team!

St. John's Church thanks  the Christmas Flower Guild team for creating such beautiful arrangements throughout our church.

The Flower Guild watered and bagged 200 mini and pixie poinsettias! Joanne Hutton brought one huge bag of strong magnolia cuttings from a tree that had just been clipped and another bag of boxwood from her neighborhood. We added hurricane lamps with pillar candles to brighten up the stained glass windows in place of large flower arrangements. We set up both the large and the small creche this year, which was delightful. Putting bows on wreaths and hanging them occurred earlier in the week and always takes much longer than one can imagine. And, we thank Garry Dalby for prepping our candles for display.

The team included:
Joanne Hutton and Elizabeth Lewis - Main Altar
Kristin Josey and Julia Koster - Pulpit 
Joanne Hutton - Lectern 
Thea Crouch - Advent Wreath
Jennifer Urquhardt - Chapel 
Pat Dalby - Large Balcony Arrangements - Wreaths -Hurricane Lamps
Katherine  Kyle - Narthex - Wreaths - Hurricane Lamps

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
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.
St. John's Refugee Committee
Elizabeth Mandelman, the Director of Policy and Advocacy at HIAS has taken ill and will not present at this Sunday's Speaker Series. We hope to reschedule her sometime this spring.

Sunday, January 13, after the 11:00 a.m. service 
The Refugee Committee will serve the first parish lunch in our newly renovated kitchen. In the past year, our committee has helped a number of refugees as they settle into the greater Washington community. They come with minimal belongings, but a deep appreciation of what this country is offering them. With the support from St. John's and other churches and NGOs one such family, Sadiq, his wife, Fuzia, and their four children, have done an impressive job of settling into Northern Virginia.  Fuzia will prepare several special Afghan dishes which our committee will complement with other dishes. Sadiq will speak briefly about his experience as a refugee departing from Afghanistan, getting established in this country and arranging for his family to join him.
January 9 | First Wednesday Concert
Wednesday, January 9 
12:10 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
Music by French Composers
by concert organist Colin Lynch, 
Associate Director of Music at Trinity Copley Square, Boston

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 Each concert is ticketless, free of charge, and held in the nave of our historic church.
January 9 | Latrobe: Champagne Tasting
Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Champagne Tasting
St. John's Church

Join the Latrobe Fellowship as we raise our glasses and toast the New Year with a champagne tasting on Wednesday, January 9 at 7:00 p.m. We will gather at St. John's for a celebration of the Holy Eucharist followed by champagne and sushi. Sparkling cider and other non-alcoholic beverages will also be included. Please RSVP to the Rev. Andy Olivo by Friday, January 4 so that we know how much food to prepare for the evening. $10 suggested donation. All are welcome! To RSVP or to get more information about the Latrobe Fellowship, 
please contact the Rev. Andy Olivo
January 10 | St. John's Book Group
The St. John's Book Group will meet on January 10 at 6:45 p.m.  The next meeting dates and books are as follows:
  • January 10: News of the World by Paulette Jiles
  • February 7: 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 Teen classroom on the third Floor of the Parish House. If you have questions or would  like more information, please contact Leila Taaffe .
January  13 | Sunday Parish Lunch Returns
On Sunday, January 13, the first Parish Lunch in the renovated Parish House will be sponsored by the Refugee Committee. If you or a group wish to sponsor a future lunch, please sign up on the sheet provided in the new vestibule or reach out to Evangeline Gravina in the office.

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  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.
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. 
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), Moon Sa (Richard Metzger), 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: Beth Graham (Ellen Parke), Robert Hohman (Wendy Fibison), Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), Aiden Mylnikov (Lindsey Bowen), Conyers Thompson, Jr. (Joanne Hutton), and Larry Watson (Catherine Outten Olivo).

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Celia
Boddington, Linda Douglass, Hyman Field, William Hankey, Bud Harrell, Becky Quinn, John Siddall, and Renée Yancey.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week:
Anna and Rob Ehrich, Fruzsina Harsanyi and David Garcia,
Kate Bedingfield and David Kieve, and Kathleen and Brian

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. Michele Hagans

8:15 a.m.
Parish Choir Rehearsal

8:30 a.m.
Nursery Opens (Lower Level Parish House)

9:00 a.m.

Choral Holy Eucharist with Homily - The Rev. Michele Hagans

10:00 a.m.
St. John's Refugee Committee Speaker (Togo West Parlor)

10:10 a.m.
St. John's Choir Rehearsal (Nave)

10:45 a.m.
Church School (2nd Floor, Parish House)

11:00 a.m.
The Visitation of the Magi and Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon - The Rev. Michele Hagans

12:15 p.m.
Hospitality Hour

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.

The Presidential Series - George H.W. Bush

February 3
Warren Finch, Jr., Director of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

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,
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