Stewardship 2021
This year St. John's needs you more than ever. While our budget has been under strain from the pandemic, we have forged ahead with our ministries and outreach thanks to the generous support of our members. If you are in the fortunate position of being able to make an early and even increased pledge to our church for 2021, we would very much appreciate it. Any pledge, large or small, is important and provides necessary information as our vestry makes decisions for next year. Thank you for considering this request and for helping to make St. John's a place for healing grace in 2021 and beyond. Please contact the Stewardship Committee here with any questions.
St. John's Sunday Schedule
December 20
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St. John's Speaker Series
Sunday, December 20, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Join us Sunday, December 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., for a discussion led by John Negroponte, American Diplomat. Negroponte was the first Director of National Intelligence, Deputy Secretary of State, Deputy National Security Advisor, and Ambassador to the UN, Iraq, and several other countries.

He will speak on The Biden Administration’s Foreign Policy. Following the discussion, there will be opportunity for Q&A.
Virtual Coffee Hour
Sunday, December 20 at 10:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Join us Sunday at 10:00 a.m. to socialize, catch up, and talk about the service. Hosts this Sunday are parishioners Nancy and Frank Klotz. Send a message here for the link to participate.
Bible Study
Sunday, December 20 at 10:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
The Bible Study led by Jack Reiffer will be held on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. online via ZoomPlease contact Jack Reiffer for the link to participate.
Church School for Children
There will be no Church School for Children this Sunday, December 20. Please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder for more information.
Please click below for the Children’s Bulletin with coloring pages of stories from this Sunday’s scripture readings.

Youth Group for Grades 6-12
Sunday, December 20 at 11:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
The youth will meet on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. Please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder for more information.
Liturgy of the Longest Night | Special Service of Compline
Tuesday, December 22, 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | Online via Zoom
This hopeful service of prayer seeks to make space for acknowledging the darkness we experience in our lives and our longing for light, especially as we approach a Christmas which may be marked by grief and loss. 

Note: We are using the Zoom platform for this service. It is lovely for us all to be able to see the faces of one another and if you would feel more comfortable to have your camera off, you are most welcome to do so. Please know that you can pray with us as you are.

Centering Prayer
Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Centering Prayer is a form of Christian prayer that allows us to experience God’s presence within us. Join us as we quiet our mind and begin our day with 20 minutes of silent prayer together. No experience needed. Contact Thom Sinclair for more information or for the link to participate.
Holy Habits
A new podcast from St. John's Church, Lafayette Square
Journeying through Advent + Christmas
This is Holy Habits, a new podcast from St. John's, Lafayette Square journeying through Advent and Christmas. 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. 
Baptism at St. John's
If you are interested in having a child baptized, or in baptism for yourself, please contact Kaye Edwards. 
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 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.
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
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.
Thank You for Pledging
As of Wednesday, December 16
Anonymous (6)
David Abernethy & Elizabeth Lewis
Jennifer Agiesta & Paul Hortenstine
John & Renate Alison
Nikki Allen
Tony Anikeeff & Tung-lin Wu
Margo & Doug Arnold
Thomas & Christine Arrasmith
Rev. Dr. Harvey E Bale, Jr. and Carolyn Bale
Sarah Banks
Paul J. Barkett
Joanne Bauers
Jordan & Angelle Baugh
Meg Beasley
Krista Becker
Bob Beizer
Laura Belman
Kate Benner
Matt & Christina Berlin
Judy Campbell Bird & Coleman Bird
Diane Bitsberger
Herbert & Mary Ellen Bittner
Matt Bode & Laurie Adams
Patrick Bond & Emily Able
Leo & Raluca Bouma
Jeff Bozman
Sarah Bradshaw
Russell & Barbara Brown
Jackson Browning
Craig & Barbara Burkhardt
Richard Busch
R Byron Carlock
Pete & Susan Carlson
Robert Carroll
Andrea Charters
Merrell & Preston Cherouny
Virginia Chew
Carlye Christianson & Pascal Joly
Carolyn Clark
Savanna Clark
Andrew Clarke & Chip Sherrill
Gwinneth Ann Clarkson
Whitt Clement
Whittington Clement
Pam Covington
Robert & Jamie Craft
Clayton Crawford & Lauren Moriarity
Joe Creech
Stephen & Nicole Crochet
Carolyn Crouch
Gwendolyn Cunningham
Garry & Patricia Dalby
Betsy Danello
Christine Davies
Susan Dawson
Justin Dean & Matthew Sipala
John Derrick
George & Anita Diliberto
Christine Dodd
Rhys Dodd & Bailey Thomas
Richard Doege & Julia Koster
Deb Dornemann & Jeff White
Jim & Joan Doty
Laura Doucet
James Doyle
Nora Duesterhaus & Everett Haugh
Brenna Duncan
Diana Duncan
James Eastwood
Janet Edmond
Janice Berry Edwards
Kaye Edwards
Lauren Edwards
Karen & Christopher Eifert
Martha Ellison
Erika Emery
Clark Ervin & Carolyn Harris
Doug Estes & Sylvia Martin Estes
Le & Casey Evans
Amanda & Eric Eversole
Allison Eydt
Denis Faherty
Stephen & Caroline Faris
Cathy Feig
Wendy Fibison
Hyman & Anne Field
John & Susan Firestone
Rob Fisher & Sarah Wood
Carol Cole Flanagan
Linda Gaines
David Gallalee
Elizabeth & Christopher Gardner
John & Ann Gardner
Jim & Carrie Garland
Kay Gilley
John Goheen & Haleigh Hildebrand
Ted & Sandy Graves
Michael & Missy Grealy
Dick & Jeanne Grimmett
Sandra Hackworth
JD Hague
Gary & Debby Hailey
Nick & Kate Hailey
Budd Hallberg & Susie Jess
Jerry & Marlene Hamer
Carl Hampe
Kristie Hansen
Barbie Harper
Robert & Anne Harrington
Fruzsina Harsanyi
Dolph Hatfield
Diane Hauslein
Timothy & Susan Heil
John & Laura Herzog
Kristy & John Highsmith
Bob & Tammi Hoback
Karen Hoffman
Katie & Paul Holder
Cecil & Lydia Hornbaker
Pamela Howard
Stephen Huettner
Kate Huffman & Chris Gorud
Gerry Hughes
William & Ann Hughes
Andrew Hunt
Powell & Joanne Hutton
John Peters Irelan
Renee Iverson
Wande Johnson
Mac Johnston
Robert & Whitney Johnston
Bill & Sara Josey
Bill & Ann Kaye
Carter & Fran Keithley
Anne & Loren Kieve
Richard & Justine Kingham
James & Lisa Kirchenbauer
Frank & Nancy Klotz
Elizabeth P. Koehler
Liz & Jon Kosobucki
Brandon Kough
Grant Kraus
Daniel & Mary Kroese
Iris Lan
Bill Lawrence
Patricia Leslie
Leo Lex
Stewart Lillard
Jeffrey & Marisol Lovelace
John & Emily Lucio
Kathy Luhrman
Jan H. Lupton
Carly Lyerly & Collier Connell
Maura Lynch
Troy & Maggie Lyons
Bernard Malloy
Michelle Mangrum
Patricia Markunas
Harry & Claire Marshall
Sandy & Nancy Martin
Samuel Mather
Nancy Mathis & Shawn Maher
Ted & Susan McAdams
Abbott McCartney & Sigrid Block
Clayton McCleskey
Katherine McClintic
Sara McGanity
Matthew McMurray
Ellen McPeake
Richard Metzger
John & Livy More
John & Catherine Morefield
Will & Michelle Morris
Rob Mosbacher, Jr.
Dick & Joy Nathan
Julie Neff Lippman
Amber & Peter Neville
Peter & Eleanor Odom
Uche & Nkem Onwuamaegbu
Owen & Felicia Owunwanne
Laurie Page
Alex & Nancy Pappas
Robert & Sharon Park
Bob & Gay Pasley
Cami Pease
Anthony Pegues & Jason Munro
Robin Pennington
Bruce & Pam Perkins
Eric Peters
Ray & Susan Petniunas
Savannah & Matt Ponder
Natalie A. Popovic
Richard J. Price
Tricia & Kelly Pulsifer
Scott & Katherine Raab
Will Rabbe & Brittany Prime
Allie Raether
Carl & Mary Raether
Denzel Ramirez
Larry Redway
Jack Reiffer
Harker & Gini Rhodes
Christi Rich
Hap & Nora Rigby
Chris Rogers
Caitlin Rooney & Austin Schrimsher
Chase W. Rynd
Clara Sachs
Jessica & Alex Sanchez
Tim Schantz
Brian & KayAnn Schoeneman
WonYong Shim
Sandy & Susan Sierck
Adelle Simmons
Will & Annie Simonds
Thom Sinclair & James Kreger
Patrick Osborn & Mead Sissman
Ellen I. Spencer
John Staples & Scott Raspa
Ken George and Susan Starling
Anne Stewart
Toby & Margy Stock
Alex Stolar
Catherine Stolar
Desiree Stolar
Hillary & Tim Stuart
John & Holly Sukenik
Meredith Sullenger
Matthew David Taylor
Dorothea Teipel
Dax & Veronica Tejera
Riley Temple
Hilary & Alfred Thesmar
Celia Thompson
Jocelyn Tichenor
Philip Tierney
Ian Timberlake
Thomas Traxler & Rachel Bright
Cal Trepagnier & Marta Cook
Anthony Turner
Jennifer C. Urquhart
Peter & Barbara Van Allen
Paul & Susan Van Nice
Susan G. Volgenau
Jonathan Wakely & Jennifer San Pietro
Chris Wall
Alis Wang & Amy Stulman
Carl Ward
John Ward
Thomas Ward
Marc & Susan Warren
Rodger Watson
Susan Welch
Gail West
Hilary West
John & Suzanne Whitmore
Tripp Whitbeck
Margo E. Wiegenstein
Kathleen Wilcox
Christina Wilson
Emma Wilson
Andrea Winchell
Anita L. Woehler
Willy & Brenda Wolter
Susan Woodward
William Wright
Renee B. Yancey
Sarah & Hugh Yeomans
Sang and Sarah Yi
Richard Young
Paul Zehfuss
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: Tung-Lin Anikeeff, Tony Anikeeff, Eve Atkeson, Garry Dalby, Bobbie Falk, Susan Herrington, Nelda Johnson, Jim Mullins, Lydia Olson, Bob Patchell, Dace Vidins, and Jeff White.

Friends and family of our parish: Bob Adams and the residents and staff of the Juniper Glen Alzheimer’s Treatment Center (Laurie Adams), Lorraine Barkett (Paul Barkett), Diane Bender (Peter Odom), George Beury (Garrett and Lisa Russo), Barbara Virginia Abalos Branes (Joanne Hutton), Buckley (Chrystal Martin), Carrollann and Thomas Burkart (Pamela Venzke), Caroline (Wendy Fibison), Bill Clark (Clark Ervin), Brian Cohen (Jane Hague), Wayne Crochet (Stephen Crochet), Harry Davis (Mary and Carl Raether), Wendy Addiss Dellar (Joanne Hutton), Karl Dornemann (Deb Dornemann), Bobby Doyle (Alex Pappas), Jimmy Gallagher (Joanne Hutton), Elaine Gravatt (Margo Wiegenstein), Courtney Jordan Hillman (Erika Northcutt), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), Vera Hyncik (Holly Sukenik), Tom Kiernan (Joanne Hutton), Phyllis Lambert (Will Morris), Howie Lutt (Virginia Bader), Meredith Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), William Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), Sherill Mason (Kaye Edwards), Betty Maudlin (Susan Welch), Tammy McCleaf (Matthew Taylor), Scott Miller, Jr. (Johnathan Miller), Timothy Mullins (Jim Mullins), Judy Nicola (Cynthia Walker), Jose Obregon (Victor Obregon), Ginger Parra (Leila Taaffe), Charles Pope (John More), Lloyd Poplin (Joy and Dick Nathan), Yvonne Reiffer (Jack Reiffer), Cawley Scott (Robyne Johnston), Ashley Sukenik (Holly Sukenik), Wendy Strothman (Richard Metzger), Zoe Taaffe (Leila Taaffe), Diane Mark and Otis Tomlinson (Andrew Tomlinson), Garland Treadway (Karen Zachary), Richard Van Horn (Kaye Edwards), and Mick Wiegenstein (Margo Wiegenstein).

Those who are in rehabilitative care: 

From our parish: Marcella Odom.

Those who are in the hospital: 

Friends and family of our parish: James Hodges (Matthew Taylor), Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), Chase Madar (Rob Fisher), Gina Robinson (Matthew Taylor), Travis Rogers (Robert Carroll), Mary Seidman (Nora and Hap Rigby), and Kathryn Zielinski (Richard Metzger).

Those who are in hospice care:

From our parish: Jimmy Lowe.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Margo Arnold, Wendy Fibison, Matt Gaziano, Margaret Hampe, Mary Blanche Hankey, Samuel Kallaur, James Kreger, RJ Lyerly, Molly Lyons, Nancy Matthews, Nancy Mathis, and Christine Brown Stehle.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Pat and Jim Czerwonky and Suzanne and John Whitmore.

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).
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