The Regathering Task Force of St. John’s is hard at work preparing for us to enter a new phase for worship. We will include various ways for people to gather physically, as safely as possible, while also continuing to offer continuing high-quality online worship. Communion will be coming back as well! Read more about it on our new Regathering webpage here.
March on Washington
Friday, August 28, 11:00 a.m.
Please consider joining, in person or virtually, the 2020 March on Washington, Friday, August 28, at 11:00 a.m. The march will commemorate the 1963 March for civil rights and serve as a commitment by the nation to restore the dream of equality. We have been reminded, since the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and too many others, that the legacy of injustice and abuse is still with us. As a church community, we have committed ourselves to the requirement in Micah to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. The time is now, in the words of the late John Lewis, to "Stand up, speak up, and speak out."  

The Washington Post article is a comprehensive guide to the logistics of the march and rally.
Join Us on YouTube this Sunday for a Service of Morning Prayer
Sunday, August 30
Facebook live at 9:00 a.m. and on YouTube anytime
Worship with us on Sunday, virtually! Click on the YouTube image above to participate. There will be music, prayer and preaching.

Watch it together "live" with others at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on our Facebook page or 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.
Virtual Coffee Hour Honoring the Rev. Jane Milliken Hague
Sunday, August 30, 9:30 a.m. | Online via Zoom

Join us Sunday at 9:30 a.m., for a Zoom coffee hour 
to recognize the Rev. Jane Milliken Hague and her service to St. John's and to wish her farewell.

Service of Compline
Monday to Friday, 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | Online via Zoom
Compline is a service for the completion of the day or Night Prayer. Join us at 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for this peaceful liturgy as our day ends. 

Summer Christian Formation for Children
Sundays | Online via Zoom
Summer Christian Formation for children will take place as pre-recorded video sessions emailed to parents each Sunday morning by 7:00 a.m.

Centering Prayer
Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Interested in joining a Centering Prayer Zoom gathering on Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m.? Experience a few moments of peace and comfort through the contemplative practice of centering prayer. Newcomers welcome! Contact Thom Sinclair for more information.
St. John's Youth
Monday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. | Online via Zoom
The youth will meet this Monday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder for the links to participate.
Book Group
Thursday, September 3 at 6:45 p.m. | Online via Zoom
The St. John’s Book group will meet on Thursday, September 3, at 6:45 p.m. via Zoom to discuss The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. 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.
St. John's Speaker Series
Sunday, September 13, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Join us Sunday, September 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., for a discussion led by John Barry, award-winning author of several books including the best-selling The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History. An advisor to the Bush and Obama White Houses and to the United Nations and WHO on pandemic preparedness and response, he is a professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He will speak on The Great influenza Pandemic of 1918: Lessons Learned and Not Learned--and Where We Are Now. Following the discussion, there will be opportunity for Q&A. Registration link to come.
Speaker Series Schedule
Online via Zoom
September 20: Christian Appy, Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He will speak about the Vietnam War.

September 27: Elaine Pagels, American religious historian and Professor of Religion at Princeton University. She will speak on her book, Why Religion, A Personal Story.

October 4: Jim Tankersley covers economic and tax policy for The New York Times. 
He will speak on his upcoming book, The Riches of This Land: The Untold, True Story of America's Middle Class.
The 2020 Fall Adult Inquirers' Class
Saturdays, September 19, September 26, and October 3
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon | Online via Zoom
If you would like to be baptized, confirmed, or received into membership in the Episcopal Church at St. John’s, join the Adult Inquirers’ Class. The class will meet online via Zoom for three Saturdays for 90 minutes each day. The sessions will include breakout groups to provide a relaxing, engaging way for participants to get to know each other. The Rev. Rob Fisher, Rector of St. John’s, will lead the class. Anyone interested in learning more about our Christian faith and life, the Episcopal tradition, and the ministry of St. John’s Church, is encouraged to attend. 

For information or to register, please contact Kaye Edwards. Those who participate in the class may attend a Service of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows at a date to be determined.
Baptism at St. John's
If you are interested in having a child baptized, or in baptism for yourself, please contact Kaye Edwards. 
Please note that the parents or grandparents of children being baptized must be active, pledging members of St. John’s. Adults interested in baptism for themselves must attend the Rector’s Adult Inquirers’ Class and be active, pledging participants in the life of the parish. 

To help give families options during this extraordinary time, and until St. John's is open for full Sunday services, the Rector will discuss options to a church service with families, including baptisms at home (and preferably outdoors) or a private baptism at the church. All baptisms must comply
with health and safety guidelines.
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 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: Eve Atkeson, Bill Brownlee, Bobbie Falk, Susan Herrington, Nelda Johnson, Bob Patchell, Dace Vidins, and Jeff White.

Friends and family of our parish: Niels Beck (Michelle Mangrum), Diane Bender (Peter Odom), Buckley (Chrystal Martin), Tom Burkart (Pamela Venzke), John Frew Carter (Margo Arnold), Bill Clark (Clark Ervin), Brian Cohen (Jane Hague), Harry Davis (Mary and Carl Raether), Karl Dornemann (Deb Dornemann), Bobby Doyle (Alex Pappas), Ruth B. Ginsburg (Riley Temple), Courtney Jordan Hillman (Erika Northcutt), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), Tom Kiernan (Joanne Hutton), 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), Jose Obregon (Victor Obregon), Ginger Parra (Leila Taaffe), Charles Pope (John More), Lloyd Poplin (Joy and Dick Nathan), Cawley Scott (Robyne Johnston), Zoe Taaffe (Leila Taaffe), Garland Treadway (Karen Zachary), 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: Judy Campbell Bird.

Friends and family of our parish: James Hodges (Matthew Taylor), Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), Vera Hyncik (Holly Sukenik), Phyllis Lambert (Will Morris), Chase Madar (Rob Fisher), Gina Robinson (Matthew Taylor), Travis Rogers (Robert Carroll), and Mary Seidman (Nora and Hap Rigby).

Those who died:

Friends and family of our parish: John Dias who died August 24.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Jamie Agnew, Bill Bode, Elena Braithwaite, Rachel Bright, Casey Evans, Stephen Faris, Nicholas Gardner, Adrienne Gaziano, June Guerin, Paul Holder, John Peters Irelan, Stevan Johnson, Bernard Malloy, Greg Mays, Eric Peters, Sarah Platts, Nancy Roe, Zain Sadqi, Harry Simmonds, William Stolar, Philip Tierney, Edwin U, Susan Volgenau, and Suzanne Whitmore.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Susan and Timothy Heil and Lara Kanitra and Kevin Kozlowski.

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).
St. John’s Mask Project Number Two Now Helps Needy Hispanic Immigrants
The Afghan refugee family commissioned by St. John's Refugee Committee to sew surgery masks for George Washington Hospital delivered 521 masks to the hospital when the supply of N-95 masks was inadequate. Now that the hospital is supplied with N-95 masks, St. John's has joined with Christ Church, Alexandria to supply masks to families who are in dire need. The community in Arlandria - most especially, the Latinx community - has been severely affected by the pandemic. For more information, contact Gay and Bob Pasley, the project organizers for the Refugee Committee, here.
Episcopal Diocese of Washington Covid-19 Emergency Relief Appeal
Many of us are asking how we can help during this pandemic. In our Diocese, we are seeing members of our churches suffering from food insecurity and other hardships. Congregations in low-income communities are an essential part of an increasingly fragile safety net for their most vulnerable neighbors.

To support the most vulnerable parishes, the diocese has suspended the Annual Bishop’s Appeal for the diocesan budget and has replaced it with a Covid-19 Emergency Relief Appeal. 

St. John’s parishioners have shown a desire to support others through this crisis. If you would like to help, supporting this relief fund would be an excellent way. You can make a gift on the diocesan website at this link:
Washington Interfaith Network Actions
St. John's is a founding member of the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), a faith-based, multi-racial, interfaith grassroots organization dedicated to improving the life of all residents of the District of Columbia. Please email John More with questions about any of these events.

Reservation 13/Public Lands Action and Watch Party
Wednesday, September 2, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Join WIN to watch the virtual presentation of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) about the surplus process, the first step to preparing the land for development. The public action and watch party will help build power behind our demands for family sustaining jobs and robust affordable housing at Reservation 13, with 1/3 priced below 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI), 1/3 below 60% AMI, and 1/3 market rate. Register here.

Organizing around Utilities for good jobs, environmental justice,
access, and affordability.
Save the date for these actions about our utilities Pepco, Washington Gas, DC Water and internet companies.

Utilities and Pepco Learning and Action
Thursday, September 17, 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WIN leaders recently met with Pepco's regional president around WIN's priorities and campaign for PEPCO jobs. Join us to continue building power behind this campaign. Register here.

Testify at DC Public Service Commission Pepco Hearing
Tuesday, September 29, 2:00 p.m.
Turn out to testify in support of just utility policy. The PSC will decide whether to approve Pepco's proposed rate increase on electricity for Washingtonians. Register here.
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