Speaker Series
Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

Hank Handler, noted craftsman and master builder, co-founded Oak Grove Restoration Company 40 years ago to specialize in the conservation, preservation, restoration, and retrofitting of historic buildings. He will speak about the restoration of the Dolley Madison House.

Bishop Walker School
Sunday, March 8
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services | Parish Lunch

Friends of Bishop Walker School are hosting a parish lunch on Sunday, March 8 to celebrate and support the school. During the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services, outgoing Executive Director James Woody will share more about the school's progress during his tenure and its future plans, as well as the memorable moments from the recent 12th Annual Dinner. The lunch is not a fundraiser, but an opportunity for parishioners-whether you support BWS or are interested in learning more about the school-to meet. Andrew Clarke and Wande Johnson (Board members), Anthony Pegues (Parish Rep), Cary Kelly (BWS supporter), and Desirée Stolar (Auxiliary Council member) will be there to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you Sunday! 

Teresa Huettner Funeral Service
Friday, March 6, 11:00 a.m.
The people of St. John's Church, Lafayette Square are grieving the death of parishioner  Teresa McVicar Huettner on Monday, February 24.  A funeral service for Teresa will be held at St. John's Church on Friday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.
Lenten Labyrinth Walk
March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26, and April 2
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Church Plaza (16th and H Street, NW)
Weather Permitting

For more information please contact the Rev. Jane Hague
Pathways Through Lent 

Pathways Through Lent, St. John's daily online devotional, is now live and will run through Easter Day. Published and produced by members of our greater church community, the reflections offer opportunities to meditate on Lenten themes through lectionary readings and shared experiences. 

Note: if you were subscribed to Pathways in 2019, you should automatically begin receiving devotionals; if you would like to sign up for the daily email, please subscribe here.
Adult Bible Study
Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
The Adult Bible Study will continue meeting at 10:00 a.m. during the Sundays in Lent. We will study the Book of Genesis and its place in the Lenten themes of preparing for Easter. Contact Jack Reiffer for further information or at 202-230-1481.
Agape Dinners
During Lent, we will be employing an early church practice called "Agape dinners" to provide members of St. John's with an opportunity to gather in a member's home, share a meal together, and reflect on the significance of Lent in their lives.  We will be organizing the dinners by neighborhood so that members who live near each other can get to know each other better.  If you are interested in participating, please  contact Holly Sukenik
The Agape dinners will be on the following dates:

NW, Washington DC

Sunday, March 8
52nd Street, NW

Saturday, March 14 
32nd Street, NW

Saturday, March 21
2nd Street, NW (Bloomingdale)

Saturday, March 28
1st Street, NW (Bloomingdale)

Sunday, March 29
Q Street, NW (Logan Circle)
Andrew Clarke and Chip Sherrill   
Full Capacity

Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Sunday, March 15
3rd Street, NE (Capitol Hill)

Southern Montgomery County, MD/Silver Spring,  Chevy Chase

Sunday, March 29
Plymouth Street, NW


Sunday, March 8
Lynnhurst Drive, Fairfax

Friday, March 13
27th Street N, Arlington

Sunday, March 29
S Jefferson Street, Falls Church
The 2020 Spring Adult Inquirers' Class
Saturdays, March 14 and March 21
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
If you would like to be baptized, confirmed, or received into membership in the Episcopal Church at St. John's, we invite you to join the 2020 Spring Adult Inquirers' Class. The two-day class will meet on two Saturdays, March 14 and March 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days.  The Rev. Rob Fisher, Rector of St. John's, 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 or by phone at 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 Saturday, May 9.
Men's Lunch Group
Wednesdays, March 18, April 15, and May 20
Wednesdays | March 18,  April 15, and May 20
12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Togo West Parlor
Please bring $15 for lunch
For more information please contact the Rev. Jane Hague
Study Group on Work and Faith
Thursday, March 19, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The time that seemed to work best for people was Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., so the first meeting of our Study Group will be in the third floor conference room on Thursday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m.  We'll look at the first chapter of Where is God at Work? (currently an absolute bargain on Amazon!) to examine the case for believing that God can be found - wants to be found - in the workplace, as well as what the possibilities for our workplace ministry might be. 

The text that underpins the whole book is Jacob's words when he awakes from his dream in the wilderness at Bethel after seeing angels ascending and descending between earth and heaven: "Surely the Lord is in this place - and I did not know it? ... How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."  We need to look for God in unexpected places - including , perhaps especially, in the workplace. 

All are welcome, whether in paid or unpaid work, retired, or never in the workforce - and feel free to bring a friend.  A glass of wine will be available afterward.

A Space for the Sacred
Submissions due on Friday, March 20
For her training to be an Interim Minister, the Rev. Jane Milliken Hague is collecting stories about how St. John's has been a place of Grace and Presence for parishioners. She will gather and write an account of what the space on the corner of 16th and H Streets has meant to people. Please send her your recollections of when and why you came to St. John's and found solace. For example, was it after the attacks on 9/11? A time of personal crisis? An election time? Please email your stories by March 20 to the Rev. Jane Hague.
Attention St. John's Youth 
Sundays at 10:00 a.m. 
(Second Floor Youth Room)
Lent Madness Begins

You've heard of that mad basketball tournament in March, but did you know there's a different madness we're exploring this Lent? Youth are invited to learn more about Lent and the saints. Each week throughout the Sundays in Lent, we'll meet at 10:00 a.m. to review the saintly winners and losers and tabulate each person's score. We'll have a special prize for the winning bracket on the Second Sunday of Easter

If you're interested in participating, but don't yet have a bracket,  contact Matthew Taylor.

Saturday, March 21 at 10:45 a.m.

Come join other St. John's youth and their friends for a service project with Grace's Table and bowling at Pinstripes on Saturday, March 21. We'll get started preparing lunch for the guests of  Grace Church at 10:45 a.m. Grace Church is located at 1041 Wisconsin Ave. in Georgetown. After cleaning up from lunch we'll go bowling at Pinstripes across the street. Pinstripes is at 1064 Wisconsin Ave. 

For more information and to sign up all students, friends and parents who are attending, go to: https://rebrand.ly/stjyouthbowling. Be sure to sign up by noon on Thursday March 19. Questions? Click here or email Sarah Wood.
The Refugee Committee Meeting
Sunday, March 22 after the 11:00 a.m. service
The Refugee Committee wrapped up 2019 in a heartwarming and fulfilling way by setting up an apartment in December for a family of six from Afghanistan coming to the United States on special immigrant visas in connection with the husband's support of the U.S. Government in Afghanistan. Thank you again for all the incredible support and generosity!

Please mark your calendars for the first quarterly committee meeting on Sunday, March 22 after the 11:00 a.m. service in the third floor conference room. We will be discussing our priorities for this year. For more information or if you have questions, please contact Jessica Sanchez.
Thinking about Science and Faith
Monday, March 30, 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Come explore the intersections of modern science and theology. Tony Tambasco, retired chair of the Department of Theology at Georgetown University will be our facilitator.  We will meet on the third Mondays of each month beginning March 30 from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room. For more information, please contact Joanne Hutton.
St. John's Book Club
Thursday, April 2
The St. John's Book Club will meet on Thursday, April 2. We will meet in the second floor teens classroom of the Parish House at 6:45 p.m. to discuss The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after Warming by David Wallace-Wells. If you love to read, please join us for an evening of discussion and socializing.  For more information, contact Leila Taaffe .
Holy Week Seder Dinner
Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m.
The entire Parish is invited to come together in our traditional Holy Week Seder Dinner. Please join us as the Clergy lead us through the liturgy of a Jewish Seder dinner. We will serve a full dinner of lamb and vegetables. We will ask for a small donation to cover costs. This is a family friendly event and child care and pizza will be provided for younger children.  We will ask for a donation of $20 per adult and $5.00 per child (10 and under) to cover costs.  Please click here to register in advance to help us have a head count. 

We are looking for volunteers. We need help with preparations, cooking, serving and clean up. If you would like to help, please email Emily Lucio.
St. John's on LinkedIn
As many of you know, LinkedIn is the top online business networking platform, with over 630 million registered members. While used primarily to list career and business interests, it also allows you to list (and link) outside interests, memberships and affiliations, including places of worship. As part of our outreach into the community and world of work, we invite you to list your membership (and roles) at St. John's, which will both allow others who might be interested in St. John's to connect with you, and also show our interest in, and relevance to, the world of work.  

We have set up a St. John's LinkedIn page, and would welcome congregational participation in building out and populating the page. 

To help with that or with any questions, please  contact the Rev. Will Morris .
St. John's South Africa Trip to  the Kwasa Centre
July 6-20, 2020 (Tentative)

St. John's will travel again to the Kwasa Centre in South Africa this summer. The tentative travel dates are July 6 to 20, 2020. The Rector will lead the trip, which will include spending time at Kwasa with its founder and Rector, the Rev. Sharron Dinnie.  Kwasa, now known as the Kwasa College (www.Kwasacollege.org), is a growing Anglican pre-primary and primary school serving children from a nearby informal settlement.  St. John's has supported and been in partnership with  Kwasa since 2004 and has made several mission trips there, as well as hosting students and teachers from Kwasa on a regular basis.

If you have questions or are interested in being part of the pilgrimage, please
contact Sigi Block or Abbott McCartney.
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... t alk 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.

There will be no Parish Lunch on the following dates: April 5 (Palm Sunday), April 12 (Easter Day), and May 10 (Mother's Day).
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. 
Washington Interfaith Network (WIN)
St. John's is a founding member of the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), a faith-based, multi-racial, interfaith grassroots organization dedicated to improving the life of all residents of the District of Columbia. WIN leaders have decided to become involved in making certain that the District cures the horrendous conditions in the 144 public housing units that serve the District's neediest residents and increases the number of units. The DC Housing Authority is facing $2 billion in deferred maintenance. Residents have to endure lead poisoning, rat infestations, safety issues, and lack of heat and cooling. There is also the threat of further loss of units. This notice is an alert about this WIN campaign and an invitation to become involved - again for many and for the first time for newer parishioners. 

If you would like to get involved in St. John's organizing efforts, please email John More or call 202-256-1515. Visit the Washington Interfaith Network website for more information and to sign up for the newsletter. 
Prayer List
Those who are sick or recovering:

From our parish:  Jennifer Agiesta, Judy Campbell Bird, Nelda Johnson, Bob Patchell, Dace Vidins, and Jeff White

Friends and family of our parish:  Niels Beck (Michelle Mangrum), Rachael Buckley (Chrystal Martin), Tom Burkart (Pamela Venzke), Cay Buser (Carl Ward), Bill Clark (Clark Ervin), Brian Cohen (Jane Hague), Carl Edwards (Lauren Edwards), Harry Davis (Mary & Carl Raether), Karl Dornemann (Deb Dornemann), Bobby Doyle (Alex Pappas), Geri Lucas Haji (Judy McKevitt), Courtney Jordan Hillman (Erika Northcutt), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), V era Hyncik (Holly Sukenik),  Edwarda Johnson (Wande Johnson), Amy Lowenthal (Andrew Tomlinson), William Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), Tammy McCleaf (Matthew Taylor), Kevin Milstead (Andrew Tomlinson), Timothy Mullins (Jim Mullins), Zach Newton (Andrew Tomlinson), Judy Nicola (Cynthia Walker), Grace Parnham (Karis and TJ Parnham), Ginger Parra (Leila Taaffe), Cawley Scott (Robyne Johnston), Diane Sinclair (Pat Dalby), Zoe Taaffe (Leila Taaffe), Gabriel Van Oyen (Carolyn Crouch), 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), Phyllis Lambert (Will Morris), Chase Madar (Rob Fisher), Peter Meister (Thom Sinclair), Aiden Mylnikov (Lindsey Bowen), Gina Robinson (Matthew Taylor), and Travis Rogers (Robert Carroll)

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week:   Laurie Adams, Thomas Cellucci, Savanna Clark, Charles Dewitt, Sandy Graves, Ted Graves, Matt Hallett, Pete Kyle, Cameron McBride, Lyla Mehrkam, Peter Metzger, Katherine Raab, James Rice, Christopher Tierney, Jess Unger, Jennifer Urquhart, and Ashwathi Zachariah

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Jody and Dexter Moses.

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: Peter T. Watson (Wendy Fibison).
This Sunday's Schedule
7:45 a.m.      
Holy Eucharist with Sermon -- The Rev. William Morris

8:15 a.m.      
Parish Choir Rehearsal                
Nursery opens
9:00 a.m.      
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon -- The Rev.  William Morris

10:00 a.m.   
Formation Hour
* Bible Study (3rd Floor, Conference Room)

Church School (age three to grade five) (2nd Floor, Godly Play Room)
Youth Gathering (grades 6-12) Donuts + Discipleship (2nd Floor, Teen Room)
*  Speaker Series -- Hank Handler (1st Floor, Togo West Parlor)

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

11:00 a.m.     
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon -- The Rev. William Morris

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

Parish Lunch 

Tour of the Church  

12:30 p.m.   
St. John's Choir Re hearsal
2019 Annual 
Parish Report
Speaker Series Schedule
The Speaker Series is held at 10:00 a.m. on the following Sundays in the Togo West Parlor (1st Floor) except on March 29 and May 10 which will be held in the Nave: 

March 15 
Dick Grimmett, American historian. He is a member of St. John's Church, and chairman of its Properties Committee. He will speak on Benjamin Henry Latrobe: American Architect.

March 22 
Lillian Cunningham, Washington Post reporter. She will speak on her podcast series, Presidential, which takes listeners on an epic historical journey through the personality and legacy of each of the American presidents.

March 29
Victoria Arbiter, CNN Royal Commentator. She will speak on The Windsors: A Chat about the British Royal Family.

April 19
The Rev. Robert S. Heaney , Director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and Associate Professor of Christian Mission at Virginia Theological Seminary . He will speak on International Episcopal-Anglican Identity: The State of the Communion.
Baptism Dates
The next dates for 
Holy Baptism are:

April 19
11:00 a.m. 
Class: Saturday, 
April 18, 10:00 a.m

May 31
11:00 a.m.
Class: Saturday, 
May 30, 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