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 address from clergy or staff should end 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.
May 5 | The Parlor Series presents The Giant Turnip
The Beech Tree Puppets perform 
The Giant Turnip
5:00 p.m., Togo West Parlor

This humorous tale celebrates care for the earth and community. Artfully told and sung with hand-crafted rod and shadow puppets, classically-trained singers Ingrid and Ola Has delight audiences of all ages with their spellbinding show.

The Parlor Series offers an hour of entertainment in the newly-renovated Togo West Parlor.  Performances are ticketless and free, and The Giant Turnip will be followed by a kid-friendly reception..
May 5, 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 5, 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 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 Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis 

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.
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.
The Parish Lunch Schedule
May 5 - Greeters

May 12 - No Parish Lunch (Mother's Day)

May 19 - No Parish Lunch
Join us May 5 for our last Parish Lunch for the program year.

If you have not participated in the past, please begin a new tradition of your own and plan to come to our lunch 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.

To sign up or ask questions, contact Holly Sukenik, the lunch coordinator or the Parish Office at 202-347-8766.
Celebrating the Baptism of Mae and June
On April 28, we welcomed Mae and June 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.
The Functionality and Danger of Microbeads
Microbeads are often in toothpaste or used as exfoliants in cosmetic products to scrub the skin clean. They do their job well, which is why we use them, but we do so at long term and pervasive cost. They are not obvious, but if the product ingredients label lists polyethylene or polypropylene, the item likely contains microbeads. After use, these tiny beads wash down into our water supply, rivers, lakes and the ocean. There, they can be mistaken for food by fish and marine life. Eventually, the consequence is that the food chain can bring them right back to us. For the sake of our own health and the health of other creatures, we can just not buy products with microbeads.

- St. John's Care of Creation Group
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, 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), 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), Sanaullah (Gay Pasley), 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: 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 who have died:
Friends and family of our parish: Nancy Gray Pyne, who died April 27.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Nikki Allen, Preston Cherouny, Laura Doucet, Allison Eydt, Philip Faris, Lee Folger, Kaleb Froehlich, Gordon Heil, Robyne Johnston, Marcus Lemon, Stewart Lillard, Todd Rich, Cinda Rose, Laurie Rossbach, Robert Schwartz, Alex Stolar, Hilary West, and Sarah Yi.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Christine and Thomas Arrasmith, Carrie and Jim Garland, and Caroline and Judd Littleton.

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 - Eric Schwartz

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.
Choral Holy Eucharist with Sermon - The Rev. Andy Olivo

12:15 p.m.
Parish Lunch

Tour of the Church

Hospitality Hour

12:30 p.m.
St. John's Choir Rehearsal (4th Floor)

1:00 p.m.
Oraciόn Vespertina

5:00 p.m.
Parlor Series:
The Beech Tree Puppets perform The Giant Turnip
Speaker Series Schedule
The Speaker Series is held at 10:00 a.m. on the following Sundays in the Togo West Parlor:    

May 5
Eric Schwartz, President of Refugees International and the former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration. He will speak about the current refugee crisis. 

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.
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,
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; Oaklyn Drive, Potomac, MD; and Woodley Place, NW, Washington, DC.
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
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