Congratulations and Blessings to our Graduating Seniors!
Clockwise from top left: Clark Agnew, Alex Anikeeff, Jimmy Duke, Juliet Faris, Lynne Faris, Tyler Young, Cal Wilson, Wiley Simonds, Obi Onwuamaegbu. Not pictured: Bibian Arriaga, Jett Lyerly, Nadia Sadqi, Katherine Schwartz, John Siddall.

Learn more about our Graduating Seniors on our blog.
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
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, 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.
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 and delete any suspicious emails that may come from any account. 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.
May 12 & 19 | Children's Music
Back by popular demand and made possible because of volunteer support, St. John's will host three more sessions of Children's Music. Children with and without prior music experience are welcome. Join us for an engaging music formation that will help children find a space of belonging and learn stories of faith. Children's Music will take place on the second floor of the Parish House during the Speaker Series hour (10:10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.) on Sunday, May 12, and 19. Infants through age three are welcome to join with a parent. Children ages three and up are welcome to join independently. For more information, contact Savannah Ponder, Assistant for
Ministries to Children, Youth, and Families.
May 12 | Music for Royal Weddings - Music Festival
Each English royal wedding since Elizabeth II has included newly commissioned choral works. On Sunday, May 12 at the 11:00 a.m. service, the St. John's Choir will present a selection of this music by Mathias, Mealor, Rutter, and Grayston Ives' Missa Brevis in the context of liturgy.
May 17 | Parents' Night Out

The Friday night program offers parents an opportunity to enjoy free time while St. John's provides child care, a light supper, and entertainment for children and infants through age ten. All we ask is that you sign up by noon on Wednesday, May 15, 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, please fill out this form or contact Savannah Ponder, Assistant for Ministries to Children, Youth, and Families.
May 18 | Grace's Table
Volunteers needed to prepare a meal for our homeless neighbors through Grace's Table at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown next Saturday, May 18. If you can help with food preparation ahead of time or lend a hand in serving on Saturday,  please contact Jess Sanchez.
May 19 | The Rev. Luis León Portrait Dedication
Please join us in the Togo West Parlor after the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, May 19 for the unveiling and dedication of the portrait of the Rev. Dr. Luis León, 14th Rector of St. John's Church.
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 
Gerald Finzi's Eclogue and John Rutter's Suite for 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 at Each concert is ticketless, free of charge, and held in the nave of our historic church.

In May, we hosted the world premiere of Fanfare for Trumpet & Organ by Paul Leavitt. Please enjoy the video of the performance.

World Premiere of
World Premiere of "Fanfare" for Trumpet & Organ by Paul Leavitt

St. John's Refugee Committee
Please mark your calendars for the Refugee Committee's next monthly meeting, Sunday, May 26 after the 11:00 a.m. service.  Please contact Jessica Sanchez   with any questions.
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
The Unseen Cost of Synthetic Clothing
Some 60 percent of the material that makes up clothing worldwide is synthetic-polyester, nylon, acrylic and the like-all plastic based. Synthetics are versatile, giving warmth and flexibility, but at a cost. When washed, those synthetic materials release microfibers too small to be caught by filters. By one estimate, washing a single polyester fleece can release as many as one million microfibers which, just like microbeads, end up in the watershed and ultimately in the food chain. One study concluded that a third of the microplastics in the ocean could come from clothing. We can minimize this problem by buying our clothing made of organics such as cotton, wool, flax or silk.

- 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 .

Prayer List
Those who are sick or recovering:
From our parish: Teresa Huettner, Judy McKevitt, Bob Patchell, Gordon Richmond, Chuck Schwartz, Leila Taaffe, and Dace Vidins.

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), Emily DeHaan (Carolyn Crouch), 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:
From our parish: Samuel Watson.

Friends and family of our parish: Bob Adams (Laurie Adams), Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), Joan Keeney (Richard Metzger), Shirletta Lewis (GeeGee Bryant), Aiden Mylnikov (Lindsey Bowen), Travis Rogers (Robert Carroll), Rebecca Teems (Justin Dean), and Larry Watson (Catherine Outten Olivo).

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Sarah Agnew, Audrey Anikeeff, Aimee Azzarello, Gabrielle Beaumont, Joan Best, Stephanie Bode, James Doty, Kristine Ellison, Ellie Garland, Eric Generous, Whitley Herndon, Nicholas Jones, Brad Kosegarten, Betty van Iersel, and William Wilson.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Laura and René Doucet, Kelly and Matt Hallett, Katherine and Patrick Hanniford, and Dalia Zabala and Larry LeCompte.

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

8:15 a.m.
Parish Choir Rehearsal

8:30 a.m.
Nursery opens

9:00 a.m.
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon - The Rev. Andy Olivo

10:00 a.m. 
Speaker Series-Kathryn Keane: The Queens of Egypt 

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

Children's Music Initiative (2nd Floor)

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

11:00 a.m.
Music Festival, Acolytes and High School Seniors Recognition, and Holy Eucharist  with Sermon -  The Rev. Andy Olivo

12:15 p.m.
Tour of the Church

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:    

May 12
Kathryn Keane, Vice President of Public Programming at the National Geographic Society and Director of the National Geographic Museum. She will speak about the museum's current exhibit titled, The Queens of Egypt

May 19
Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today. She will speak on her newly released book, The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty.
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 East Place, NW,
Washington, DC; Ladybank Lane, Oak Hill, VA; and
Oaklyn Drive, Potomac, 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
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