Help us celebrate Palm Sunday
Submissions due by 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2
Help us celebrate Palm Sunday and the commemoration of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem! 

Record a video of you and/or your family waving palms or branches found near your home to be shared in our virtual Palm Sunday liturgy.

Instructions:

  1. Find palm fronds near your home if possible or choose a good looking branch to wave.
  2. Get dressed in your Easter best!
  3. Hold your phone horizontally and shoot a 20 second video of you and/or your family waving palms or branches. Have fun!
  4. Submit your video by clicking on the button below no later than 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.
Join us on YouTube this Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 5
Worship with us on Palm Sunday, virtually! Click on the YouTube image above to participate. There will be music, prayer and preaching. You may choose to participate at your usual service time (7:45 a.m., 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.), or any other time you like. Feel free to share the link with others.
Book Group
Thursday, April 2 at 6:45 p.m. | Online via Zoom
The St. John's Book group will meet on Thursday, April 2, at 6:45 p.m. via  Zoom  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 and for links to participate,  contact Leila Taaffe .
Reflections and Updates from the Rector 
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Bible Study
Sunday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
The Bible Study led by Jack Reiffer will meet at 10:00 a.m. online on Sunday via  Zoom Please contact Jack Reiffer and the Rev. Jane Hague for the links to participate .
St. John's Youth
Sunday, April 5 at 10:30 a.m. | Online via Zoom
The youth will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday via  Zoom Please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder for the links to participate .
Children's Program
Sunday, April 5 at 12:00 noon | Online via Zoom
The children's program will take place at 12:00 noon on Sunday via  Zoom Please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder for the links to participate .
Noonday Service
Monday to Friday, 12:10 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. | Online via Zoom
In keeping with St. John's tradition to have worship every weekday, we will meet via Zoom for a noonday prayer service from 12:10 p.m. to 12:40 p.m., led by both clergy and lay leaders. There will also be an opportunity during this service to share your intentions and petitions. (Limited to 100 people.)
Theology in Troubled Times
Friday, April 10, 7:00 p.m to 7:45 p.m. | Online via Zoom
In this period of pandemic, nothing seems quite as it was, and much seems unsettling. To address the issues and concerns that some of you may have -- and where God may be in this -- we are offering a course to explore "theology in troubled times", led by the Rev. Will Morris, beginning Good Friday, April 10. Please contact the Rev. Will Morris for the links to participate or for more information.
Pastoral Care
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our St. John's community in many ways. St. John's parishioners have expressed the desire to help their neighbors during this difficult time. Please  use this form  to let us know if you:

  • Can provide support for someone in need or
  • Are in need of support.

We will do our best to connect those in need with those who are able to help. If you are not comfortable using this form, please send us an email at  help@stjohns-dc.org  with your name, contact information and details of the type of support you can give or the support you need.

In addition to this direct support from parishioners, our Rector, the Rev. Rob Fisher, has an emergency fund for those who may be in need of financial assistance. If you are in need of financial assistance or would like to contribute to the emergency fund,  please reach out directly to the Rev. Rob Fisher .
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:  Judy Campbell Bird, Nelda Johnson, Neil Wilson, Bob Patchell, Alfred Thesmar, 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), Ana Carases and Jacobo Carases (Kaye Edwards), 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), Vera 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), Fred Parker (Gay and Bob Pasley), Grace Parnham (Karis and TJ Parnham), Ginger Parra (Leila Taaffe), Cawley Scott (Robyne Johnston), Zoe Taaffe (Leila Taaffe), Peabody, Mimi, Elizabeth Hutton and Rob Tinworth (Joanne Hutton), and Gabriel Van Oyen (Carolyn Crouch).

Those who are in rehabilitative care:  

From our parish:  Max Hudgins and Marcella Odom.
 
Those who are in the hospital:  

From our parish:  Bobbie Falk.

Friends and family of our parish:  Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), Phyllis Lambert (Will Morris), Chase Madar (Rob Fisher), Peter Meister (Thom Sinclair), Gina Robinson (Matthew Taylor), and Travis Rogers (Robert Carroll).  

Those who were born:  

From our parish:  Anne "Harper" Duthe who was born March 14, 2020.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week:  Diana Brown, John Cherry, Ellie Eversole, Daniel Honeycutt, Heather Hopkins, Haley Lyerly, Nathan Miller, Joy Nathan, Chloe Neufeld, Nicholas Robischon, Chase Rynd, Chris Singer, John Staples, and Samuel Wakely.

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

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).
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 .
Upcoming Baptism Date
Sunday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m.
The next dates for Holy Baptism and Class are:

Baptism:  Sunday, 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,  please contact Kaye Edwards.    
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.
Thinking about Science and Faith
POSTPONED
The Science and Faith study group, slated to start March 30, will find a new time frame for an organizational gathering, as we move further into our new disciplines and rhythms of life. You may wish to go ahead and spend time with this text:  Science and Faith: a New Introduction  by John F. Haught, Paulist Press, 2012.   Contact Joanne Hutton with questions .
The Care of Creation Group
Bird Walk at Huntley Meadows Park
POSTPONED
St. John's South Africa Trip to the Kwasa Centre
POSTPONED
The St. John's mission trip to South Africa this summer will not take place due to COVID-19. Please keep the Kwasa College ( www.Kwasacollege.org ) in your prayers during these difficult times. 
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1525 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 347-8766