Worship With Us This Sunday - The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
February 14
Join us on Sunday, February 14. Worship will be livestreamed from our sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. Worship will be posted online on FacebookYouTube, and our Worship PageIf you would like to be put on the list for attending services as space becomes available, please write here. We are able to open these services to 15 people each week on a rolling basis..
Visit www.stjohns-dc.org for more information.
Ash Wednesday Schedule
Wednesday, February 17
Congratulations to St. John's New Vestry Members
Paul BarkettSenior Warden
Clark ErvinJunior Warden

K. Scott Raab
Krista Rimple Bradley
Wendy Fibison
David Gallalee

St. John's 2021 Annual Meeting now on YouTube
Please click the image below to watch the 2021 annual meeting and Vestry election held last Sunday, February 7.
Bishop Walker School Annual Dinner
Tuesday, February 23
Virtual Happy Hour at 6:00 p.m. and Virtual Program at 7:00 p.m.
The Presiding Bishop, the most Rev. Michael Curry, to speak and Yo-Yo Ma and Ysaÿe M. Barnwell to perform. You are invited to cocktails with the Rev. Rob Fisher and his wife, Sarah, at 6:00 p.m.

Now is your chance to see Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Yo-Yo Ma, and Ysaÿe M. Barnwell while helping one of St. John’s long-time ministries at a time when its need is great and its mission is resonating more than ever! Click here to buy tickets for the annual dinner on February 23 for Bishop John T. Walker School, which serves boys from under resourced DC neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. 
This year's fundraiser will be virtual, but tickets will start at a more accessible $150, and the same special dinner and wine is available for pickup at most ticket levels. All St. John’s parishioners are invited to a pre-dinner virtual happy hour at 6:00 p.m. with the Rev. Rob Fisher and his wife, Sarah.
Spring Adult Inquirers' Class
Thursdays | March 4, March 11, and March 18 | 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom
The 2021 Spring Adult Inquirers’ Class will be held via Zoom on three Thursday evenings, March 4, March 11, and March 18, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Rector, the Rev. Rob Fisher, will lead the class. The sessions are designed for those who wish to find out more about St. John’s and our ministry, as well as for those who are seeking baptism, confirmation, reception into the Episcopal Church, or reaffirmation of baptismal vows, as well as weddings and baptisms. Our faith, the history and tradition of the Church, and the spiritual life of the Episcopal Church, and of St. John’s, will be explored. The Zoom sessions will include breakout groups that provide a relaxing, engaging way for participants to get to know each other. 

Those who complete the class may take part in a Service of Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation on a date to be determined. Please contact Kaye Edwards to register for the class or for more information.
St. John's Speaker Series Schedule
Sundays | February 14, February 21, February 28, and March 7
11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Part 1 in a 3-Part Series on Andrew Johnson.

Join us Sunday, February 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., for a discussion led by Howard Means, author of The Avenger Takes His Place: Andrew Johnson and the 45 Days That Changed the Nation. Kicking off our February series on Andrew Johnson, he will speak on his book and the Andrew Johnson presidency. Following the discussion, there will be opportunity for Q&A.
Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the meeting.
Save the date for upcoming St. John's Speaker Series events.
Part 2 in a 3-Part Series on the Presidency of Andrew Johnson.

February 21: Elizabeth Varon, American historian and Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia. For the second installment in the series on Andrew Johnson, she will speak on his impeachment and the legacy of the Civil War.
Part 3 in a 3-Part Series on the Presidency of Andrew Johnson.

February 28: Brenda Wineapple, author of The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation. She will speak about the book, concluding the series on Andrew Johnson.
March 7: Edward Watts, Chair and Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego. He will speak on why Rome's Republic fell and how it might have saved itself.
Virtual Coffee Hour
Sunday, February 14 at 10:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
The Rev. Savannah Ponder will host coffee hour. Join us Sunday at 10:00 a.m. to socialize, catch up, and talk about the service. Send a message here for the link to participate.
Bible Study
Sunday, February 14 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.
Youth Group for Grades 6-12
Sunday, February 14 at 11:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
The youth will meet on Sunday, February 14, at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. Please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder for more information.
Church School for Children
There will be no Church School for Children this Sunday, February 14. 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.

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 (centering prayer and compline), the Holy Habits podcast, Sunday coffee hour and Bible study—all of these combine with the online worship services to offer opportunities for gathering, praying, and reflecting.
Lenten Reflections

Watch for a special reflection on Ash Wednesday by our rector, the Rev. Rob Fisher, followed by parishioner reflections that will go out on subsequent Monday and Friday mornings.

If you were subscribed to the reflection list-serv in 2020, you should automatically begin receiving devotionals on the morning of February 17; if you would like to begin receiving the devotions this year, please subscribe here.

Compline is a service for the completion of the day or Night Prayer. Click the button below to join us at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays for this peaceful liturgy as our day ends. Visit our Facebook or YouTube page at 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays during Lent for a livestreamed sung compline by the St. John's Choir.  

Click here for a copy of the service of compline bulletin. For more information, please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder.
Centering Prayer

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.
Stewardship Update
We’re nearing the end of a strong stewardship season, though of course we’ll still accept & welcome pledges for weeks/months to come. Currently we have 326 pledges, 20 more than at this time last year and nearing last year’s year-end number of 336. We have also hit more than $964,000 in pledged dollars. Last year at this time we were nearly $50,000 less than that. And we are $20k above where we were at the end of last year’s tracking in the summer. By the way, we had 23 out-of-state households pledging so far this year, up from 14 last year. Nearly 94% of our fellow parishioners pay off their pledges in full, which is wonderful! If you haven’t yet had the chance to do that for 2020, I hope you’ll try to do so. Thank you to everyone who made all of this possible, and especially to those who were able to dig a little deeper this year, as well as those who have never pledged before and decided to join in for 2021.

If you know someone new to St. John’s who is intimidated by the stewardship process, please suggest they reach out to me here as I am happy to talk about it. This coming year we’ve mapped out the calendar so as to give us a better chance at reaching an even higher goal. A few years ago, St. John’s was regularly reaching more than $1m in pledges each year, and we think we can get back to those numbers in the near future. We also hope to offer a zoom discussion on planned giving sometime this spring, as our members often have questions about this subject. And a small team will be working together soon to improve the online giving and pledging process, as it is still a bit confusing. I should add—if you’re interested in joining the stewardship committee this year, please reach out! Please contact the Stewardship Committee here with any questions.

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 help@stjohns-dc.org 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: https://www.edow.org/about/giving.
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.
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, Garry Dalby, Bobbie Falk, Susan Herrington, Nelda Johnson, 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), Yee Houston (Quin Woodward Pu), Vera Hyncik (Holly Sukenik), Tom Kiernan (Joanne Hutton), Phyllis Lambert (Will Morris), William Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), Sherill Mason (Kaye Edwards), Betty Maudlin (Susan Welch), Tammy McCleaf (Matthew Taylor), Julia Morris (Will Morris), Timothy Mullins (Jim Mullins), Judy Nicola (Cynthia Walker), Wendy Paeth (Margo Wiegenstein), Ginger Parra (Leila Taaffe), Carlen Powell and Anthony Ramsey (Virginia Bader), Cawley Scott (Robyne Johnston), Ashley Sukenik (Holly Sukenik), Zoe Taaffe (Leila Taaffe), and Richard Van Horn (Kaye Edwards).

Those who are in rehabilitative care: 

From our parish: Marcella Odom.

Friends and family of our parish: Jean Hailey (Gary and Debby Hailey)

Those who are in the hospital: 

Friends and family of our parish: James Hodges (Matthew Taylor), Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), Chase Madar (Rob Fisher), Edith Menzel (Richard Metzger), Floyd Moye (Joanne Hutton), Owen Thomas (Kwasa Centre Partners), Travis Rogers (Robert Carroll), and Mary Seidman (Nora and Hap Rigby).

Those who are in hospice care:

From our parish: Jimmy Lowe.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Tom Abernethy, John Aschieris, Steve Coppinger, Brady Demarest, Susan Lewis, Claire Marshall, Ariana Paslar, Jean Schepers, Desirée Stolar, and Teddy Tierney.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Barbara and Craig Burkhardt and Diane and Peter Spaulding.

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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