Join us online for Easter Day, April 4 at 11:00 a.m. The Festival Worship will be livestreamed from the sanctuary on Facebook and on the Worship Page of our website at 11:00 a.m. A recording of the service will also be posted on Facebook, YouTube, and our website's Worship Page after the service ends. Visit for more information. (Registration for in person worship is closed.)

Easter Outdoor Gatherings with Music, Prayer, and Communion at 3:00 p.m.
You do not need to pre-register. Sign in with an usher when you arrive, agreeing to our
St. John’s Church Regathering Covenant.

Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia.
The service at Virginia Theological Seminary will be more casual and perfect for families, with an Easter egg hunt to follow. Click here for the map for the Labyrinth at Virginia Theological Seminary. Click here for the VTS parking information.

Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
The service at the Cathedral’s Amphitheater will be a full Easter service. We will have a celebration of the Eucharist, with brass and singing. Click here for the map for the Cathedral Amphitheater. Click here for the Cathedral parking information. Note: South Rd. will be closed, so enter at Pilgrim Rd. for the Amphitheater. The Cathedral parking garage will also be available.
Maundy Thursday
April 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Service with Stripping of the Altar and Foot Washing.
In person at the church. (Registration is closed.)
Livestreamed on Facebook and our website's Worship Page.
Good Friday
April 2 at 12:00 noon
Good Friday Service with Communion from the Reserved Sacrament.
In person at the church. (Registration is closed.)
Livestreamed on Facebook and our website's Worship Page.
Lamentations: Music and Reflections for Holy Week
We commend to you Lamentations, a recording of Wednesday night's outstanding Holy Week concert with music from members of the St. John's Choir and reflections by the clergy, as you continue your journey to Easter.
Pathways Through Lent
St. John's Church has successfully created and evolved many elements of its ministries during these months of the pandemic. For Lent this year, we are encouraging everyone to take advantage of the several weekly gatherings and postings as part of our Pathways through Lent. Weekly prayer services, Holy Habits podcast, Sunday gatherings and worship, the messages we get from our clergy—all of these combine to offer opportunities for reflection, gathering, and prayer. We are also publishing parishioner reflection on Friday morning.
Lenten Reflections
Sent as email Friday morning.
If you were subscribed to the reflection list-serv in 2020, you should automatically receive these again this year. If you would like to begin receiving the devotions this year, please subscribe here.
Holy Habits Podcast
Sent as email Saturday morning.
Holy Habits is a podcast from St. John’s, journeying through Lent. In these conversations, we explore the disciplines we need to live our faith here and now. This is an exploration into the shape of a life well-lived, that is, a life oriented to receiving the gift of belonging in God’s life. The Holy Habits podcast will be sent to the same list as our weekly eNewsletter The Word. Click here to subscribe
Youth Group for Grades 6-12
Monday, April 5, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Online via Zoom
The youth will meet on Monday at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Click here to join the St. John's Youth Group meeting. Please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder for more information
Worship Offerings for Children
Please join us for an Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday afternoon, April 4! This will happen immediately after the 3:00 p.m. outdoor service at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Please see this booklet to tell the story of Holy Week with your children.

Click below for the Children’s Bulletin with coloring pages of stories from this Sunday’s scripture readings.

Latrobe Young Adult Fellowship
Wednesday, April 7 at 6:45 p.m. | Online via Zoom
The Latrobe Young Adult Fellowship, an active and engaged group of adults primarily in their 20s and 30s, invite you to join us for a Zoom fellowship. Celebrate Easter and enjoy some interesting wines together. There will be a short guided tasting of a sparkling wine and a more free-form tasting of a rosé wine (or whatever other beverage you prefer to toast). For those who wish to participate in the guided sparkling wine tasting, we recommend Freixenet, which should be commonly available at grocery stores or wine stores for purchase. For the second bottle, participants are encouraged to try a rosé wine of their choice. We will meet online via Zoom on Wednesday, April 7, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET. Click here to join. Contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder with questions or to be added to the Latrobe email list.
Book Group
Thursday, April 8 at 6:45 p.m. | Online via Zoom
The St. John’s Book group will meet on Thursday, April 8, at 6:45 p.m. via Zoom to discuss The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri. This moving novel puts human faces on the Syrian war with the immigrant story of a beekeeper, his wife, and the triumph of spirit when the world becomes unrecognizable. If you love to read, please join us for an evening of discussion and socializing.

For more information and for links to participate, contact Janet Edmond.
Bible Study
Sunday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Please contact Jack Reiffer, who leads the class, for the link to participate.
Upcoming St. John's Speaker Series Event
Sundays | April 11, May 16, and May 23
(New Time) 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. | Online via Zoom
April 11: George Will, Washington Post columnist. He covers politics and domestic and foreign affairs. He will speak on The Function of Conservatives: What they Exist to Conserve, and What Only They Can Do. Click here to register to attend on April 11.

May 16: Karen Travers, senior member of the ABC News White House team, having covered the Bush, Obama and Trump Administrations and now the Biden Administration. She serves on the board of the White House Correspondents’ Association. She will speak on Reflections of a White House Correspondent. Registration link to come.

May 23: Susan Glasser and Peter Baker. Susan B. Glasser is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She founded the award-winning Politico Magazine and went on to become the editor of Politico throughout the 2016 election cycle. Peter Baker is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, responsible for reporting on President Biden, the fifth president he has covered. He previously wrote about Presidents Donald J. Trump and Barack Obama for The Times and Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush for The Washington Post. They will speak on The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James Baker III. Registration link to come.
Donate Blood
Saturday, April 17, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Want to help the community in these COVID-ridden times? Donate blood! The Scout Troop sponsored by St. John's Church is organizing a blood drive for the Red Cross on Saturday, April 17 at the Hall of Service (1730 E St. NW, only a few blocks from St. John’s). To sign up, click here.
Every two seconds, someone in the US needs blood. The COVID pandemic has caused a severe blood shortage, and blood banks are in desperate need. By donating you will not only help patients in need of blood, but also support some of the first girls in the Boy Scouts as they pursue the Eagle Scout rank. To learn more about blood donation and who is eligible to donate, visit
Stewardship Update
As we're officially outside of the "season" for stewardship, I'll only say that we're very pleased to have surpassed $980,000 in pledges, putting us above budget for the year. With a few more late pledges trickling in, we hope to be above $1 million for the first time in several years. Thank you to everyone for your support for St. John's! 

A couple other notes: (1) we'll welcome a morning forum with Lisa Kirchenbauer to discuss planned giving later this spring, so if you have any questions you'd like her to address, please email Lisa here or me here; and (2) we have begun working to improve the St. John's website as it relates to online giving and pledging--and if there is anything in particular you suggest we address, please let us know. I'll add that we believe stewardship goes far beyond financial support to include the work you all do as stewards of our faith community. As we begin regathering in greater numbers, I hope you will also give thought to how we can work together to renew our prior habits of showing up on Sundays (and welcoming newcomers once again). Personally, I've gotten a bit too accustomed to being lazy on Sunday mornings! But I look forward to rejoining our in-person services, as I know you all do too.

Toby Stock,
St. John's Stewardship Committee Chair
COVID-19 Pandemic Service and Giving Opportunities
Direct volunteer service or requests for help:

Please send an email to with your name, contact information and details of the type of assistance you would like to contribute or that you need. We are matching volunteers with those requesting help for practical support during the pandemic, such as grocery shopping. 

Financial Assistance: 

  • To support members of parishes in the Diocese of Washington who suffer from food insecurity and other hardships, the diocese has suspended the Annual Bishop’s Appeal for the diocesan budget and has replaced it with a Covid-19 Emergency Relief Appeal You can make a gift on the diocesan website at this link:
In case you missed it
Click here to listen to past Sunday Sermons and Speaker Series.
Visiting Loved One's in the Church Columbarium
If you would like to visit a loved one in the columbarium, please contact us here to arrange a time for your visit.
Prayer List
Our prayers are requested for the special needs and concerns of this congregation, especially:

Those who are sick or recovering:

From our parish: Eve Atkeson, Bobbie Falk, Susan Herrington, Nelda Johnson, Jimmy Lowe, Jim Mullins, Bob Patchell, Dace Vidins, and Jeff White.

Friends and family of our parish: Diane Bender (Peter Odom), Marsha Bonnett (Kerri Stelcen), Barbara Virginia Abalos Branes (Joanne Hutton), Caroline (Wendy Fibison), Harry Davis (Mary and Carl Raether), Wendy Addiss Dellar (Joanne Hutton), Karl Dornemann (Deb Dornemann), Bobby Doyle (Alex Pappas), Jimmy Gallagher (Joanne Hutton), Frances Givhan (Gay and Bob Pasley), Elaine Gravatt (Margo Wiegenstein), Courtney Jordan Hillman (Erika Northcutt), Vera Hyncik (Holly Sukenik), Martha Jenkins (Thom Sinclair), Tom Kiernan (Joanne Hutton), William Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), Sherill Mason (Kaye Edwards), Betty Mauldin (Susan Welch), Tammy McCleaf (Matthew Taylor), William Scott Miller, Jr. (Johnathan Miller), Julia Morris (Will Morris), Timothy Mullins (Jim Mullins), Judy Nicola (Cynthia Walker), Wendy Paeth (Margo Wiegenstein), Carlen Powell and Anthony Ramsey (Virginia Bader), Cawley Scott (Robyne Johnston), Ashley Sukenik (Holly Sukenik), Zoe Taaffe (Leila Taaffe), Richard Van Horn (Kaye Edwards), and David Williams (Rob Fisher).

Those who are in rehabilitative care: 

From our parish: Marcella Odom.

Those who are in the hospital: 

Friends and family of our parish: Alfredo Flores (Javier Obregon), Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), Chase Madar (Rob Fisher), Owen Thomas (Kwasa Centre Partners), and Travis Rogers (Robert Carroll).

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: John Cherry, Diana Clark, Ellie Eversole, Hanna Gardner, Daniel Honeycutt, Heather Hopkins, Charles Kaye, Haley Lyerly, Joy Nathan, Chloe Neufeld, Nicholas Robischon, Chase Rynd, John Staples, and Samuel Wakely.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Sarah and Brady Demarest, Annie and Will Simonds, and Hillary and Alfred Thesmar.

For those on the frontlines in the coronavirus pandemic, especially:

Friends and family of our parish: Janie Abernethy (Elizabeth Lewis and David Abernethy), Sandra Brown (Becca Brown), Nathan Cobb (Livy and John More), Chris Gardner (Ann Gardner), Yee Houston (Quin Woodward Pu), and Marta Kochanska (Livy and John More).

For those in the military who are deployed:

Friends and family of our parish: Donato Mercury (Denzel Ramirez).
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