Worship With Us This Sunday - The Feast Of Epiphany
January 10
Join us on Sunday, January 10. Worship will be livestreamed from our sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. Worship will be posted online on FacebookYouTube, and our Worship PageWe will commemorate the visit of the Three Kings!

If 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.

Our outdoor gatherings will take a pause at this time.
Visit www.stjohns-dc.org for more information.
2021 Vestry Candidates' Presentation
Sunday, January 31, 11:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Vestry Candidates

Paul Barkett, Senior Warden
Clark Ervin, Junior Warden

Vestry (voting for 3):
Krista Rimple Bradley
Wendy Fibison
David Gallalee
Julia Koster
Katherine McClintic
Alfred Thesmar

Rotating off:
Andrew Clarke
Martha Ellison
Jeff Hantson
Jessica Sanchez

A Call to Work for Shalom 
Dear St. John's Community,

The Hebrew word shalom is painted on one of the beautiful murals currently outside our church.

Shalom is commonly translated as “peace,” but a better translation is fullness, wholeness, completeness or health. 
Sometimes, shalom requires us to pass through that which is not peaceful! Truth, justice, love, and righteousness are often not achieved without sacrifice, struggle, vulnerability, suffering, and even conflict.

With that in mind, I believe that this troubling moment that we have witnessed Wednesday is more than anything a moment for us to behold the lack of shalom that exists in the state of our country right now. This lack of wholeness has been brewing and has finally spilled over. There is work to do to bring justice and order to address the events of this day, but the harder—and more important—work will be to bring shalom to the broader community of our nation as we are so far from it.

Paul wrote in one of his more optimistic moments that "all things work together for good." (Romans 8:28)

I believe Paul is right. Even on this unthinkable day when we have seen images most of us would not have imagined we'd see in our lifetime, I pray that we open ourselves to discover how we address that brokenness of which today was a symptom.

The good news is that God's shalom is actually bigger than we are. Jesus said to his disciples: "My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives." (John 14:27)

This gift of God's peace has been entrusted to us, and now we must live into its fulfillment and manifestation.

I invite you to pray for our nation, for ourselves, and for God's guidance as we answer the call to strive against the powers of destruction and instead toward the healing that only God can provide.


The Rev. Rob Fisher
Stewardship Update
Thanks to the support and generosity of more than 300 individuals and households who have made a pledge already, we are nearing our goals but are not quite there yet. If you have not yet pledged, it is not too late. Any pledge, large or small, is important and provides necessary information as our vestry makes decisions for the 2021 budget which we will finalize later this month. Thank you 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.
Virtual Coffee Hour
Sunday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Andrew Clarke, the chair of the Vestry Nominating Committee and an outgoing member of the Vestry, will host the coffee hour Sunday, January 10, at 10:00 a.m. Join us Sunday to socialize, catch up, and talk about the service. Send a message here for the link to participate.
Bible Study
Sunday, January 10 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, January 10 at 11:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
The youth will meet on Sunday, January 10, 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, January 10. 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.

Service of Compline
Tuesdays, 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. on Tuesdays for this peaceful liturgy as our day ends.  

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.
St. John's Sacred Ground Community Meeting
Sunday, January 17, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon | via Zoom
On Sunday January 17 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, there will be a Sacred Ground Zoom meeting for all participants in all the Dialogue Circles. This will be an opportunity to explore not only what Sacred Ground is doing for us as individuals and in our small groups, but also what its impact is on us as part of the community of St. John's. We will look back, look forward, and have breakouts between members of different Dialogue Circles to share experiences and insights. You will shortly receive a Zoom invitation to participate, and it would be very helpful if you could accept (or decline) the invitation, so we can construct the breakout rooms. Please contact the Rev. Will Morris with any questions.
St. John's Speaker Series Schedule
Sundays | January 31, February 14, February 21, and February 28
11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. | Online via Zoom
February 14: Howard Means, author of The Avenger Takes His Place: Andrew Johnson and the 45 Days That Changed the Nation. He will speak on his book and the Andrew Johnson presidency.
February 21: Elizabeth Varon, American historian and Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia. She will speak on Andrew Johnson’s Impeachment and the Legacy of the Civil War.
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 and the Andrew Johnson presidency.
Registration links to come.
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.
Staffing News Update
This winter we bid goodbye to Evangeline Gravina, who had served on the staff of St. John’s for nearly two decades. We wish her well in her new endeavors.

Please direct messages relating to parish directory changes, Sunday flower dedications and other program questions to Charley Griffin.

We hope to recognize Evangeline's years of service when we are fully re-opened.
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: Sarah Agnew, Tung-Lin Anikeeff, Tony Anikeeff, Eve Atkeson, Garry Dalby, Bobbie Falk, Susan Herrington, Nelda Johnson, Jim Mullins, Lydia Olson, Bob Patchell, Matthew Taylor, 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.

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

Those who are in the hospital: 

Friends and family of our parish: Marsha Bonnett (Kerri Stelcen), 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: Bonnie DeWitt, Lizzie Ehrich, Spencer Galm, Hannah Hahn, Jack Herzog, Gabriela Koch, Kevin Kozlowski, Julie Neff Lippman, Jessica Martens, Cami Pease, Raymond Petniunas, Natalie Popovic, Ellen Spencer, Ken Starling, Chandler Van Orman, Willy Wolter, and Renée Yancey.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Fruzsina Harsanyi and Raymond Garcia, Kate Bedingfield and David Kieve, and Emily and John Lucio.

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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