Worship With Us This Sunday - The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
January 31
Join us on Sunday, January 31. 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..
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2021 Vestry Candidates' Presentation
Sunday, January 31, 11:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Vestry Candidates

Paul Barkett, Senior Warden
Clark Ervin, Junior Warden

K. Scott Raab

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

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the meeting.
Vestry Election Absentee Ballots
Due on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
If you are not able to attend the annual meeting on February 7, your vote can still be counted. A ballot will be emailed to you or someone you designate. To vote, simply return the email with your choices. The ballot can be completed and scanned or your choices can be listed in the body of your email. Votes will also be accepted by phone. Please note that due to significant delays in mail delivery, we will not be using USPS for voting this year. Votes received by 10:00 am on Sunday, February 7, 2021 will be counted. To request an absentee ballot or for assistance with voting, please contact Kim Carlson via email or by phone at (202) 347-8766, ext 306.
Race and Reckoning: An Exploration into Reparations
Friday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | Online via Zoom
On Friday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m., the Diocese of Washington will host a candid conversation on the history of race both in the United States and in our local area with Bishop Eugene Sutton of the Diocese of Maryland, Bishop Mariann, and representatives of the Diocese of Washington's Reparations Task Force. Bishop Sutton will recount the multi-year process the Diocese of Maryland undertook that led to the passage of a resolution at their September diocesan convention approving the creation of a $1 million seed fund for reparations and racial reconciliation work.
Representatives from the Diocese of Washington's Reparations Task Force will report on what progress has been made in the Diocese of Washington in the effort to reckon with over 400 years of systemic racism in our nation and in our church. The evening will conclude with a Q & A session with the bishops.

We invite you to join us for this important discussion. Click here to register.
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.
A Message from the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys
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.
Virtual Coffee Hour
Sunday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Carolyn Crouch, a member of the vestry, EfM mentor, and Sacred Ground facilitator, will host the 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, January 31 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 31 at 11:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
The youth will meet on Sunday, January 31, 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 31. 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.
The Latrobe Young Adult Fellowship
Wednesday, February 3, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Online via Zoom
The Latrobe Young Adult Fellowship, an active and engaged group of adults primarily in their 20s and 30s, invite you to join us for a Zoom discussion with Prof. George Derek Musgrove, Ph.D., that will draw on DC Black history but also look at the intersections of church history and our local faith communities, race, and struggles for progress in DC. We will meet online via Zoom on Wednesday, February 3, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.

Prof. Musgrove is co-author of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital, and author of Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America. For sneak peaks, check out his interviews with the National Building Museum and The Southwester, and a video interview alongside his Chocolate City co-author with the DC Historical Society.
Contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder with questions or to be added to the Latrobe email list.
Book Group
Thursday, February 4 at 6:45 p.m. | Online via Zoom
The St. John’s Book group will meet on Thursday, February 4, at 6:45 p.m. via Zoom to discuss American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodward. If you love to read, please join us for an evening of discussion and socializing.

For more information and for links to participate, contact Janet Edmond.
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
Save the date for upcoming St. John's Speaker Series events. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the meeting.
Part 1 in a 3-Part Series on the Presidency of Andrew Johnson.

February 14: Howard Means, author of The Avenger Takes His Place: Andrew Johnson and the 45 Days That Changed the Nation. Kicking off the February series on Andrew Johnson, he will speak on his book and the Andrew Johnson presidency.
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.
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.
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), Ginger Parra (Leila Taaffe), Carlen Powell and Anthony Ramsey (Virginia Bader), Cawley Scott (Robyne Johnston), Ashley Sukenik (Holly Sukenik), Zoe Taaffe (Leila Taaffe), 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: James Hodges (Matthew Taylor), Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), Chase Madar (Rob Fisher), Floyd Moye (Joanne Hutton), Travis Rogers (Robert Carroll), and Mary Seidman (Nora and Hap Rigby).

Those who are in hospice care:

From our parish: Jimmy Lowe.

Those who were born:

From our parish: Bianca Celeste Hillery Gaziano who was born January 14.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Thomas Arrasmith, Susanna Blair, Justin Bouma, Gloria Burkhardt, Audrey Wood Corcoran, David Dawson, George Ehrich, Elijah Greene, Lisa Kirchenbauer, Jimmy Lowe, Jim Mullins, Kristina Pasqualone, Michael Waltz, Brenda Wolter, and Harrison Yi.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Sharon and Randy Deangelis, Marisol and Jeffrey Lovelace, and Brittany and Will Rabbe.

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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