Summer Schedule Begins May 26


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 will open on June 2 (through July 21).
May 27 | St. John's Church and Parish Office Closed


St. John's 
Church and Parish Office will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.
June 2 | Summer Church School Begins
Our Summer Church School will begin June 2 and meet 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 to 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 & 16 | Visiting Choirs
In June, St. John's will welcome two visiting choirs to enrich our worship.
  • June 9: GenOUT Youth Chorus will join the St. John's Choir for the 10:30 a.m. service. 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.
  • June 16: The Imani Milele Children's Choir from Uganda will sing at the 10:30 a.m. service. The choir comes from the Imani Milele Community, which serves over 4,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda. 
June 16 | Sing with the Imani Milele Choir!
On June 16, the Imani Milele Choir from Uganda will be leading St. John's in music during the 10:30 service. The children and youth (age three and older) of St. John's are invited to perform with them through song and movement. One rehearsal is required, which will be held on Saturday, June 15, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's. The rehearsal will include a lunch and time for meeting the Imani Milele choir members. Children with or without prior music education are welcome.

Register by June 1 by contacting Savannah Ponder, Assistant for Ministries to Children, Youth, and Families. 
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
Please mark your calendars for the Refugee Committee's next monthly meeting, Sunday, May 26 after the 10:30 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
Changing Fast Food Options
We have all frequented fast food restaurants. One of the reasons they can be "fast" is because they dispense single-use plastic ware that saves time and effort in preparation, delivery, and clean up. The world's largest fast food enterprise is MacDonald's, operating in 101 countries, with 36,000 establishments, serving 69 million people a day. They have started phasing out plastic straws and using paper rather than plastic products. That's a big shift in policy with a truly global impact. We can do our bit, too. The next time we go to a fast food place, ask for paper, not plastic or polystyrene foam containers. If they cannot or will not, maybe it's time to frequent another spot.

- 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 st.johns-dc.org. 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
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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), Shirletta Lewis (GeeGee Bryant), Aiden Mylnikov (Lindsey Bowen), Travis Rogers (Robert Carroll), Rebecca Teems (Justin Dean), and Larry Watson (Catherine Outten Olivo).

Those who were born:
From our parish: George Sigvart Olson Miller, who was born May 11.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Elizabeth Alison, Karolina Arias, Leslie Blakey, Gary Hailey, Kyle Hankey, Abbott McCartney, Katherine McClintic, Rob Mosbacher, Uche Onwuamaegbu, Carl Sukenik, Andrew Tierney, Donni Turner, Adrienne Usher, Dace Vidins, Amy Wagnon, Tim Wagnon, and Lilly Wall.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Maggie and Steve Coppinger, Amy and Mark Klug, Katherine and Scott Raab, and Katherine and Nate Rawlings.

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

11:45 p.m.
Hospitality Hour

Tour of the Church

Refugee Committee Meeting (Togo West Parlor)

1:00 p.m.
Oraciόn Vespertina
Upcoming 
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,
In Case You 
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St. John's Church, Lafayette Square
1525 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
P: (202) 347-8766
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