Join us for Worship and Special Events This Summer!

Join us for worship at 7:45 and 10:30 a.m. The Nursery will open at 9:45 a.m. and Summer Church School opens on June 2 (through July 21).
June 2 | Summer Church School Begins
Our Summer Church School begins June 2 and meets through July 21 with our one-room class for grades pre-K through five. Children will be learning stories of faith through Godly Play storytelling and creative response time. Summer Church School starts at 10:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Parish House. Students will join their families for Communion. We need three leaders each Sunday. We will provide the curriculum, training, and supplies. If you are interested in teaching, please email Savannah Ponder or sign up to teach via this form.
June 5 | FWC: The Air Force Strings and Brent Erstad
12:10 p.m.-12:45 p.m. 
The Air Force Strings with pianist Brent Erstad 
John Rutter's Suite for Strings  
Frederick Delius'  Two Aquarelles (Watercolors) 
Gerald Finzi's Eclogue for Piano and Strings

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. Each concert is ticketless, free of charge, and held in the nave of our historic church.
June 5 | Latrobe: End of Year Party
Join the Latrobe Fellowship as we end another program year. We will gather at 7:00 p.m. for a Service of Holy Eucharist followed by a year-end party and beer tasting. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Please contact the Rev. Andy Olivo with questions. All are welcome!
June 6 | St. John's Book Group
The St. John's Book Group is reading  Why Religion by Elaine Pagels, for discussion on Thursday, June 6.

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 on the second floor of the Parish House in the Teen Classroom. 

The St. John's Book Club will be taking its usual summer recess. We will resume in  September book with  The Overstory by Richard Powers. This book was the winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Leila Taaffe.
June 9 | Visiting Choir
The GenOUT Youth Chorus will join the St. John's Choir at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, June 9. Affiliated with the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington DC, GenOut is the area's first vocal ensemble for LGBTQ+ youth and allies. Members represent sixteen different schools throughout greater DC. 
Regrets from the Imani Milele Children's Choir
We regret that the Imani Milele Children's Choir from Uganda must postpone their visit to St. John's due to a delay in the arrival of their travel visas. We will truly miss this unique opportunity for fellowship, friendship, and musical partnership on Sunday, June 16 and hope to be able to welcome them in the future. Please see the following video message from the choir:

2019 Imani Milele Choir Message

Beginning June 16 | 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 contact Michael Lodico if you are interested in singing in the Summer Choir or wish to talk about the program.
A Message from the Rector Transition Committee
In order to help settle our wonderful new rector, Rob Fisher, and his family in Washington and at St. John's, the vestry has formed a Rector Transition Committee. The Committee is chaired by Nora Rigby, and members are Betsy Danello, Laura Herzog, Andrew Hunt, Frank Klotz, Sara McGanity, and Holly Sukenik. Rob, his wife Sarah Wood, and their daughter, Zoe are all very excited to meet the parishioners of St. John's. Stay tuned for more information as events are scheduled.
A Message from the Wardens on Security
Dear Fellow Parishioners:
We have all been shaken by the numerous recent attacks on houses of worship around the world. These incidents have left us all concerned about safety at our beloved St. John's Church. Rest assured that St. John's will continue to be open and welcoming, as it has for over 200 years. But we will also be vigilant. Our staff, led by Director of Operations Kim Carlson, is in regular communication with homeland security agencies at both the federal and local levels. Earlier this year, the United States Department of Homeland Security performed a comprehensive vulnerability and risk analysis of both our facilities and operations. We have just received their report and are in the process of reviewing and prioritizing their recommendations as part of a wide-ranging plan for enhancing the safety and security of our church and parish house. As you might guess, some changes will be clearly visible while others might be subtler or not visible at all, but they will all be designed to assure the safe continuity of our worship and programs.

Feel free to be in touch with comments, suggestions or questions.

Richard Metzger, Senior Warden
Paul Barkett, Junior Warden
St. John's Refugee Committee
Upcoming Events and Opportunities for Action

Thursday, June 27- Friday, June 28
Love God, Love Neighbor Advocacy in Action training on refugee resettlement issues hosted by Episcopal Migration Ministries. 
A two-day interactive training for clergy and laity interested in developing or improving their advocacy skills and having the opportunity to advocate directly to members of Congress and their staff about protections for refugees.  Space is limited; please submit your registration as soon as possible . Registration deadline is May 17. Questions?  Contact Melissa Coulston .
Saturday, June 29
One Journey Festival, a day-long festival held on the grounds of the National Cathedral, celebrates refugee contributions to our community. Sign up for updates and to volunteer. We hope to have a strong St. John's presence at the festival this year.  See last year's recap video here Sign up here.
Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry is a unique four-year program in theological education based on small-group study and practice, and EfM groups have been part of the St. John's community for two decades. EfM participants, who commit to one year of the program at a time, bring their wide range of perspectives and beliefs to weekly meetings during the school year. There we engage in study, prayer, and reflection, seeking out and preparing for the daily ministries to which all Christians are called. We also break bread, support each other, and have fun! If you would like to find out more, please contact co-mentors Lyle Elder or Carolyn Crouch
We All Need to be Sheepdogs for God's Creation
From the Rev. Andy Olivo's Good Shepherd Sermon on May 12:

The Care of Creation Group has posted 12 messages recently on the enormous detrimental effect plastics have on our earth, on God's creation. Once plastic is created, it is nearly indestructible. Each time we go shopping, we make lots of unconscious decisions, and by being more thoughtful about our choices, we can slow or reverse the damage. The keys are to reduce, reuse and recycle. Especially problematic is throwaway plastic packaging that accounts for 40% of demand, so an overarching goal is to reduce the amount of trash we produce. 
  1. Consider investing in a water filtration pitcher and metal water bottles. St. John's and many public spaces now have refilling stations with filtered water. 
  2. Take your own mug to the coffee shop for a refill. 
  3. Use your St. John's (or other) reusable tote bag at stores. "Just say no" to plastic bags. FYI, paper, though easily recycled, isn't much better than plastic for reducing carbon footprint. 
  4. If you do have plastic bags, reuse them; many can be used for weeks. Even better, ask yourself if a bag is needed for every item. 
  5. Buy loose products rather than those in plastic, but if a plastic container is the only option, buy in bulk and avoid snack sizes. 
  6. Reach for milk in paper cartons instead of plastic and eggs in cardboard cartons; avoid Styrofoam or plastic. 
Want to estimate your plastic footprint? Try out this calculator.

- 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.
ICYMI: Welcome Rev. Robert Fisher, called as 15th Rector of St. John's Church
From a letter from the Wardens on April 7, 2019:

Dear Fellow Parishioners and Friends of St. John's Church:

We are writing to share the wonderful news that the Vestry has voted unanimously to call the Rev. Robert W. Fisher as the 15th Rector  of St. John's Church and that he has accepted that call!  Rob's first Sunday with us will be June 23, 2019 .

Email Phishing Alert
There have been reports of email phishing attempts at St. John's recently. Scammers create fraudulent email addresses and send email posing as our clergy or staff to ask for money for emergencies or favors.

Any email from clergy or staff should have an address that ends with 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.
Parking Policy from our Neighbors
The AFL-CIO has asked us to park only American-made vehicles on their property. In an effort to be good neighbors, we are asking parishioners to respect their policy.  

If you have questions, please contact Kim Carlson, Director for Operations.
Prayer List
Those who are sick or recovering:
From our parish: Teresa Huettner, Bob Patchell, Gordon Richmond, Chuck Schwartz, Leila Taaffe, Dace Vidins, and Samuel Watson.

Friends and family of our parish: Bruce Anderson (Cay Buser), Mark Bewsher (Powell Hutton), Ramon Briosos (Evangeline Gravina), Rachael Buckley (Chrystal Martin), John Frew Carter (Margo Arnold), Lane Carter, Ellen Cromwell-Cecrle (Carolyn Becraft), 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), Antonina Gawel (Margaux Polanski), Joe Heitzler (Mike Becraft), 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), Lisa Pell (Mike Becraft), Cawley Scott (Robyne Johnston), Diane Sinclair (Pat Dalby), Elizabeth Soyster (Debby Hailey), 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), Rebecca Teems (Justin Dean), and Larry Watson (Catherine Outten Olivo).

Those who have died:
Friends and family of our parish: LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., who died May 25, and Matthew Nolan, who died May 27.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Michael DiPaula-Coyle, Claire Gaziano, Kelly Hallett, Stephen Huettner, Ava Kosegarten, Susan Oliphant, Andy Olivo, Jake Parcell, Susan Parcell, Carl Raether, Georgia Rawlings, Caitlin Rooney, Dori Teipel, David Trebing, and Keiko Yoshino.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Laurie Adams and Matt Bode, Anne and Hyman Field, Catherine and John Morefield, Sarah and Avo Reid, KayAnn and Brian Schoeneman, and Adrienne and Chip Usher

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. Andy Olivo

9:30 a.m.
St. John's Choir Rehearsal (Nave)

9:45 a.m.
Nursery opens

10:30 a.m.
Choral Holy Eucharist  with Sermon -  The Rev. Andy Olivo

Summer Church School (2nd floor, Parish House)

11:45 p.m.
Hospitality Hour

Tour of the Church

1:00 p.m.
Oraciόn Vespertina
Baptism Dates
The next dates for 
Holy Baptism are:

* June 9, 10:30 a.m.
* August 4, 10:30 a.m. 

If you are interested in having a child baptized, or in baptism for yourself,
Flower Deliveries
Help brighten the day of parishioners who can't be with us by taking them flowers, located in the side chapel. A card is attached to each vase with contact information. Thank you for checking to see if a delivery address is convenient for you.

Flowers need to be delivered on Ladybank Lane, Oak Hill, VA.
In Case You 
Missed it...
Listen now to past Sunday Sermons and Speaker Series.

St. John's Church, Lafayette Square
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Washington, DC 20005
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