Update from the Rector Search Committee
The Rector Search Committee has presented to the Vestry three finalists for their ultimate determination. This concludes an eleven-month committee endeavor, which included conducting and analyzing a parish survey; hosting focus groups; developing a parish profile; receiving and reviewing nearly 40 applications; hosting 15 video interviews; making nine site visits; and hosting five semi-finalists in Washington. 
 
Thank you for keeping the Rector Search Committee in your prayers across these many months. Please continue to pray that the Holy Spirit guides St. John's through this final phase of 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
March 3 | Jazz Music Festival Service
The St. John's and Parish Choirs will join forces with the Dan Dufford Jazz Ensemble to perform selections from Robert Ray's Gospel Mass and André Thomas' Mass in Celebration of Love and Joy in the context of the liturgy. Additionally, the anthems that morning will be Judith McAllister's spirited Hallelujah, You're Worthy and Ola Gjeilo's sublime Evening Prayer

Please join us on Sunday, March 3 at 11:00 a.m. for our annual jazz service on the last Sunday of Epiphany. 

March 3 | Dedication of Togo West Parlor
On Sunday, March 3, following the 11:00 a.m. service, we will
formally dedicate the Togo D. West, Jr. Parlor by unveiling a
portrait of Togo that will now hang in the room where so many
of the activities and social occasions he valued and participated
in at St. John's take place. Please plan to join us for this brief
ceremony to honor Togo for his contributions to our parish, our
community, and our nation. Togo greatly valued community
service. To honor his memory, please consider going
downstairs to the dining room following the ceremony to
participate in Sandwich Sunday, as we seek to help feed those
in our community who are hungry.
March 6 | Ash Wednesday Services


Service Schedule

7:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes with Sermon
The Rev. D. Andrew Olivo

12:00 noon
Choral Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes with Sermon
The Rev. Michele Hagans

7:00 p.m.
Choral Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes with Sermon
The Rev. W. Bruce McPherson
March 3-17 | St. John's Clothing Drive
Need more space in your closets? Clear them out and help your
neighbors in D.C. at the same time!

The St. John's Clothing Drive begins on Sunday, March 3 and ends on Sunday, March 17. Volunteers will be in the Togo West Parlor of the Parish House on Sundays before and after the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services to collect your gently-used clothing. We accept all types of clothing for men, women, and children. Additionally, we are requesting parishioners donate new, basic socks as they are always needed by our partnership organizations. Tax receipts will be available. If you are interested in helping to sort clothes on one of the Sundays, contact Matthew Taylor.
St. John's Book Club
If you like to read and meet with others who like to read and talk about books, the Book Club is for you. We meet on the first floor of the Parish House, in the Multi-Purpose Room. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Leila Taaffe.

Upcoming Books:

March 7
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
April 4
The Power of Love: Sermons, Reflections, and Wisdom to Uplift and Inspire by the Most Rev. Michael Curry
May 2
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh
Sundays in Lent | Children's Music Initiative
March 10-April 7
Parish House Second Floor, 10:10-10:45 am (during Speaker Series)

Children with and without prior music experience welcome. Join us for an engaging formation experience taught by a professional music educator. Children will learn stories of faith through song and will grow in their sense of belonging in the family of God.

Ages 3+ welcome to join independently.  Infants-age 3 welcome to join with parent/guardian.

Breakfast snacks will be served before Church School begins at 10:45 am.
March 13 | Theology on Tap
In an age where church attendance is declining and belief in conventional formulations is dwindling, this discussion will focus on how and why Jesus is important for Christians and on ways to think about him that may inspire a more meaningful faith. 

You're invited to a discussion with the Rev. Susan Flanders on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John's Church. Susan is on staff at St. Columba's EpiscopalChurch and spends much of her time working with parishioners on issues surrounding end-of-life spirituality, choices, and care. Her current book is If I Ever Lose My Mind: Aid in Dying with Advanced Dementia. Food, drinks, and good conversation will all be provided. For more information about Theology on Tap, please contact the Rev. Andy Olivo. All are welcome!
March 15 | Parents' Night Out 


The F
riday night program, which offers parents an opportunity to enjoy free time while St. John's provides child care, a light supper, and entertainment for children infants through age 10. All we ask is that you sign up by noon on Wednesday, March 13 so that we will have an adequate number of attendants and that you pick up your children before 9:00 p.m. when the doors will be locked. To sign up, fill out this form or contact Savannah Ponder, Assistant for Ministries to Children, Youth, and Families.
March 17 | Stewardship of Creation Group
The Stewardship of Creation group will gather on March 17, after the 11:00 a.m. service on the second floor of the Parish House. You are welcome to bring luncheon from the dining room in the basement with you. We plan to finish our conversation by 2:00 p.m. All are welcome. If interested but unable to join us this week, please contact Joanne Hutton. The church charges us with making intentional decisions about living lightly and gently on God's good earth. How will we take this to heart and put it into action, here and at home and work? 
Wednesdays in Lent | Prayer That Goes Deeper 
March 20, March 27, April 3, and April 10

For four Wednesdays in Lent, beginning on Wednesday, March 20, St John's will offer Prayer That Goes Deeper: A Short Course in the Practice of Prayer. Participants will meet at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments. The evening will conclude by 8:00 p.m. The Rev. Martin Smith will lead the first two sessions. The Rev. Bruce McPherson, St. John's Interim Rector, and the Rev. Andy Olivo, St. John's Assistant Rector, will lead the last two. Fr. Smith previously served as Superior of the Order of St. John the Evangelist and on the staff of St. Columba's Episcopal Church. He is the author of a number of widely read books including Reconciliation, A Season for the Spirit; The Word is Very Near YouLove Set Free; and Compass and Stars. If you plan to attend, please  let us know by emailing Evangeline Gravina .
St. John's Refugee Committee
Sunday, March 17, after the 11:00 a.m. service
The next Refugee Committee meeting will be the Togo West Parlor in the Parish House, on Sunday, March 17 after the 11:00 a.m. service. 

Upcoming Events and Opportunities for Action

Friday, March 8, 7:00-11:00 p.m. 
A Celebration of Women Refugee Entrepreneurs. On International Women's Day, join One Journey as they celebrate the success, tenacity and resilience of women refugee entrepreneurs. The evening event will feature cuisine by refugee chefs with Foodhini, coffee by Sudanese Refugees, and more inspiring stories from incredible entrepreneurs. Tickets can be purchased here or you can make a donation if you are unable to attend but would like to support the effort. 
 
New Program: "Partners in Welcome"
The Episcopal Church is rolling out a new program called "Partners in Welcome." Read the press release (with a video invite from Presiding Bishop Curry). The PiW online portal will officially launch on February 28, offering network members the opportunity to access resources, exchange ideas, and connect with others involved in refugee and immigrant welcome.
March 17 | Parlor Series Concert
Sunday, March 17, 5:00 p.m. 
Soprano Tory Wood with pianist Joey Arkfeld perform Art Song 

Tory Wood, from Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula, sings in the St. John's Choir and will be in chorus appearances in Tosca and Faust with the Washington National Opera this spring. Her husband Joey Arkfeld recently obtained his Master of Music in Piano from the University of Maryland and is artistic director and composer for the ensemble New Dynamic. They will perform works by Bachelet, Strauss, and Ricky Ian Gordon. The Parlor Series offers an hour of ticketless, free entertainment followed by a light reception in the newly-renovated Togo West Parlor in our Parish House.
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.
April 3 | First Wednesday Concert
12:10-12:45 p.m. in the Nave
Music for Percussion and Organ with 
percussionist Tom Maloy and organist Michael Lodico 

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.stjohnsdc.org. Each concert is ticketless, free of charge, and held in the nave of our historic church.
April 7 | Orchestra in Residence Performs
Our "Orchestra in Residence," the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra (ANCO) will perform the second of their two season concerts. The 90-minute program will include Fauré's Masques et bergamasques, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb with the St. John's Choir, and Haydn's Symphony No. 101 "The Clock." The program engages themes of innocence, wonder, and the passage of time. ANCO is an innovative 30-member ensemble that performs as a full orchestra without a conductor using chamber music techniques. 

Tickets are available for $20 for general admission and $5 for students at the door or via ancoselfconducted.org. For St. John's parishioners and friends, three tickets for the price of two are available through the music office. Contact Michael Lodico for purchase.
The Parish Lunch Schedule
March 3 - Sandwich Sunday

March 10 - The Crouch Family

March 17 - The Parish Choir (with Katherine McClintic)

March 24 - The Rector Search Committee

March 31 - Miller Winecoff and Friends
We are happy that our Sunday Parish Lunch tradition has resumed. 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 the Parish Office at 202-347-8766.
Host a Community Building Event
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.
Congratulations to the Newly Baptized!
On Sunday, February 17, we welcomed Reed, Magnus, and Georgia as children of the light with the sacrament of baptism.

Congratulations to you and your families! May God bless you on this day and always.
Prayer List
Those who are sick or recovering:
From our parish: Ann Gardner, Teresa Huettner, Bob Patchell, Gordon Richmond, and Samuel Watson.

Friends and family of our parish: Bonni Ashburn (Kaye Edwards), Jim Bailey (Mike Becraft), Mark Bewsher (Powell Hutton), 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), Bobby Doyle (Alex Pappas), Henry Farrington (Samuel Watson), Ted Fibison (Wendy Fibison), Kate Fisher (Katherine Kehoe), Allison Gardner (Elizabeth Gardner), Antonina Gawel (Margaux Polanski), Joe Heitzler (Mike Becraft), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), Lucien Johnson, Jr. (Wande Johnson), 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), Lisa Pell (Mike Becraft), Sanaullah (Gay Pasley), Cawley Scott (Robyne Johnston), Diane Sinclair (Pat Dalby), Elizabeth Soyster (Debby Hailey), Jacob Stein (Samuel Watson), Henry and Sandy Welles (Donna Welles), John Wilson (Neil Wilson), Sonya Wilson (Neil Wilson), Jim Wolter (Willy Wolter), 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), Lucien Johnson (Wande Johnson), Shirletta Lewis (GeeGee Bryant), Aiden Mylnikov (Lindsey Bowen), Conyers Thompson, Jr. (Joanne Hutton), and Larry Watson (Catherine Outten Olivo).

Those who have died:
Friends and family of our parish: Yvonne Allen, who died
February 22.

Those who were born:
From our parish: Charlotte Anne Rhodes, who was born on
February 23.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Laurie Adams, Craig Burkhardt, Thomas Cellucci, Conor Daugherty, Christian Davis, William Davis, Perry Doffermyre, Fruzsina Harsanyi, Jessica Johnson, Chris Jones, Liz Mays, Elizabeth McCormack, Richard McCormack, Nicholas Merna, Peter Metzger, Ashley Meyer, John More, John Noonan, Lydia Olson, Virginia Pasley, Robin Schwartz, Alfred Thesmar, Jennifer Urquhart, and Karen Zachary.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week:
Adrienne and Matt Gaziano.

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. W. Bruce McPherson

8:15 a.m.
St. John's Choir Rehearsal

8:30 a.m.
Nursery Opens

9:00 a.m.
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon - The Rev. W. Bruce McPherson

10:00 a.m.
Speaker Series: Peter Bergen - An Update on Terrorism

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

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

11:00 a.m.
Music Festival and Holy Eucharist-Sermon-The Rev. W. Bruce McPherson

12:15 p.m.
Hospitality Hour

Togo West Parlor Dedication

Sandwich Sunday

Tour of the Church

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:

March 3
Peter Bergen, CNN National Security
Analyst and terrorism expert. He will speak on An Update on Terrorism.

March 10
Jeremy Ben-Ami, Executive Director of J
Street, an organization that advocates for policies that advance shared US and Israeli interests .

March 17
Interfaith Dialogue between Dr. M. Salih Sayilgan, Wesley Seminary and Dr. Anthony Tambasco, Theology Department, Georgetown University  

March 24
Interfaith Dialogue between Dr. Brahmachari Sharan, Hindu Chaplain, Georgetown University and Dr. Anthony Tambasco, Theology Department, Georgetown University

March 31
The Very Rev. Dr. Ian Markham, Dean, Virginia Theological Seminary. He will speak on Why Interfaith Dialogue Matters to the Episcopal Church.

April 7
Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media
and Public Affairs at George Washington University and former CNN reporter.

April 28
Karen King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at
Harvard Divinity School.
She will speak on Death and Life: Some Lesser
Known Views from the Early Christians.
Upcoming 
Baptism Dates
The next dates for 
Holy Baptism are:

* 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,
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 Cedar Street NW, Washington, DC; Ladybank Lane, Oak Hill, VA; N. 33rd Street, Arlington, VA; and Madawaska Road, Bethesda, MD. 
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