July 28 | Final Service for the Rev. Andy Olivo
The Rev. Andy Olivo has accepted a call to be the next rector of St. Elizabeth's Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey and will begin work there in September. 

On July 28, the Rev. Andy Olivo will preach and preside at his final Sunday services as Assistant Rector at 7:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The main celebration for the morning will take place during the 10:30 a.m. service. A reception will follow at the Togo West Parlor. 

Please plan to join us for this special day as we give thanks for the Olivo family's five years at St. John's Church.
Potluck Suppers with our New Rector!
St. John's will continue its popular parishioner potluck suppers this summer, and our new rector and his wife Sarah Wood plan to attend. The potlucks are a wonderful opportunity both to meet our new rector and to connect with fellow parishioners. This summer's potlucks will be spread around our geographic area, and we hope you will be able to make it to the one in your area. 

Potluck suppers will continue in the fall. If you are interested in hosting one, please contact Holly Sukenik. Please contact the hosts to RSVP and indicate what you can contribute. Attendance is limited. Please plan on bringing something ready to place on the table.

Saturday, July 20, 6:30 p.m. 
Bethesda, Maryland  
RSVP to hosts Laurie Adams and Matt Bode

Friday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.
Spring Valley, NW Washington, DC
RSVP to host Gail West

Saturday, August 3, 6:30 p.m. 
Cleveland Park, NW Washington, DC  
RSVP to hosts Alma and John Paty

Saturday, August 17, 6:30 p.m. 
Alexandria, Virginia  
RSVP to hosts Carrie and Jim Garland

Sunday, September 1, 4:00 p.m. (Labor Day weekend) 
Cathedral Heights, NW Washington, DC  
Family and kid friendly event (pool available)  
RSVP to hosts Pamela and Patrick Venzke  with numbers of kids/adults  
July 21 | Learn about Education for Ministry at St. John's Church
On Sunday, July 21, immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service, Carolyn Crouch and Lyle Elder will host a small gathering in the third floor conference room in the Parish House. Take a look at the books read in EfM, hear about how a typical seminar session goes, and meet current and former EfM participants. This is a good opportunity to explore what EfM is all about, whether you are intending to enroll this fall or discerning what it might mean to participate in the future. Please join us!
Through September 1 | Join the Summer Choir!
Singers, whether experienced or not-so-experienced, are invited to sing in the choir on Sunday mornings at St. John's from Sunday, June 16, through Labor Day Weekend. The rehearsal begins at 9:30 a.m. sharp each Sunday morning in the church, to prepare for the 10:30 a.m. service. Members of both the St. John's Choir and the Parish Choir will be on hand to lend their voices as well, and you may sing for one Sunday or all Sundays. Please sign up here if you are interested in singing in the Summer Choir.
Summer 2020 | Youth Pilgrimage to Kwasa College


Rising high school juniors and seniors are invited to participate in a pilgrimage next summer to The Kwasa College in Springs, Gauteng, South Africa. Kwasa is an educational center for children age three through grade five. St. John's has had a long relationship with Kwasa, both supporting their ministry financially and sending volunteers to visit the community. The Rev. Sharron Dinnie, the rector of Kwasa, has warmly invited St. John's youth to return to Kwasa next summer to build relationships, serve with the school, and learn more about their ministries with children. The requirements leading up to this pilgrimage would be participation in the following: monthly group meetings for prayer, faith formation, and fundraising planning, hosting fundraising events at St. John's leading up to the trip, and leading one presentation at St. John's after the trip. 

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Savannah Ponder, Assistant for Ministries to Children, Youth, and Families.
Be Aware and Vigilant Against Email Phishing
Dear Parishioners,

Community members have received messages purporting to be from me, asking for gift card purchases. These emails are not from me, and furthermore, I will never email anyone asking for gift card purchases. Treat this as a red flag and report it to church staff immediately.

Any email from clergy or staff will have an address that ends with stjohns-dc.org. Common phishing attempts use very similar looking email addresses from free services like Gmail or Yahoo.

Please do not open any suspicious emails that may come from any account. Delete them immediately. If you are unsure, please contact the Church Office (202-347-8766) for assistance.

The Rev. Rob Fisher
Rector
The Beauty of a Native Plant Garden
We all know the value of pollinators, the bees, wasps, butterflies, beetles and hummingbirds. Some three quarters of all plants depend on these pollinators to reproduce. About one out of every three bites we take is made available by the action of an animal or insect pollinator. Too often though, the plants we put in our garden for their color or beauty did not evolve with our local pollinators, and cannot therefore be hosts for them. What we plant in our gardens determines what else can live there. Without host plants, our gardens become sterile ... without insects and inevitably then, without birds, one of the many reasons 40% of bird species are in decline. Did you know, for example, that it takes between 6,000 and 9,000 caterpillars to supply the protein just to raise one clutch of growing chickadees? Only native plants can host those caterpillars. Our gardens become truly alive when balanced with native plants. 

What we can do: 
  • Avoid Asian ornamentals that provide little food value for other wildlife. 
  • Don't worry about unsightly munchings on our plants; the birds can control that. 
  • As we make changes in our gardens, consider replacing exotic trees, shrubs, and perennials with locally native plants.
- St. John's Care of Creation Group

In coordination with the Care of Creation Group's efforts to stop the use of items, such as plastic shopping bags, that are harmful to the environment, St. John's has produced reusable tote bags with the St. John's logo. Please contact the office or see a greeter on Sunday mornings to pick up a bag for your use.
Prayer List
Those who are sick or recovering:
From our parish: James Doyle, Teresa Huettner, Nelda Johnson, Bob Patchell, Gordon Richmond, Robin Schwartz, Leila Taaffe, Dace Vidins, and Samuel Watson. 

Friends and family of our parish: Bruce Anderson (Cay Buser), Rachael Buckley (Chrystal Martin), John Frew Carter (Margo Arnold), Lane Carter, Kevin Chaney (Andrew Tomlinson), Laura Chaney (Andrew Tomlinson), Bill Clark (Clark Ervin), William Frew Conderman (Margo Arnold), Sambar Datta (Ashley Culbertson), Harry Davis (Mary & Carl Raether), Karl Dornemann (Deb Dornemann), Bobby Doyle (Alex Pappas), Henry Farrington (Samuel Watson), Ted Fibison (Wendy Fibison), Kate Fisher (Katherine Kehoe), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), Edwarda Johnson (Wande Johnson), Frederick T. Kraus (Grant Kraus), Jan Lindsay (Catherine Olivo), John Linton (Cay Buser), Linda Linton (Cay Buser), William Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), Tammy McCleaf (Matthew Taylor), Timothy Mullins (Jim Mullins), 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), 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), Joan Keeney (Richard Metzger), Aiden Mylnikov (Lindsey Bowen), Travis Rogers (Robert Carroll), and Larry Watson (Catherine Outten Olivo). 

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Martha Blalock, Rebecca Brown, Jamie Finch, Lily Heil, Vesper Hirst-Wiedower, Lily Kosegarten, Eric Neff, Sam Patten, Alex Pappas, Elizabeth Rose, Marc Warren, Christina Wilson, and Jack Yeomans. 

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Anne and Robert Harrington and Amy Stulman and Alis Wang

Those who are deployed:
Friends and family of our parish: Steve Helmer (Sara McGanity).
This Sunday's Schedule
7:45 a.m.
Holy Eucharist with Homily - The Rev. Robert W. Fisher

9:30 a.m.
Summer Choir Rehearsal (Nave)

9:45 a.m.
Nursery opens

10:30 a.m.
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon -  The Rev. Robert W. Fisher

Summer Church School (2nd floor, Parish House)

11:45 a.m.
Hospitality Hour

Tour of the Church
(Meet at Pulpit)

1:00 p.m.
Oraciόn Vespertina
Upcoming 
Baptism Date
The next date for 
Holy Baptism is:

August 4, 10:30 a.m. 
  • Required pre-baptismal class: Saturday, August 3, 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.
Join us for Worship and Special Events This Summer!


Join us for worship at 7:45 and 10:30 a.m. The Nursery opens each Sunday at 9:45 a.m. and Summer Church School is open through July 21.

St. John's Church, Lafayette Square
1525 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
P: (202) 347-8766