Join Us on YouTube this Sunday for a Service of Morning Prayer
Sunday, July 5
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.
Join WIN (Washington Interfaith Network)
at an Action for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Thursday, July 2, 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Online
As the District starts to reopen in phases during the pandemic, uprisings across the country make clear that we cannot and will not go "back to normal."

WIN invites members of St. John’s (one of WIN’s founding congregations) to join WIN’s 1000 person July 2 Virtual Public Action as a first step in its organizing in our Nation's Capital to confront systemic racism, and fight for a District of Columbia where all can be truly free.

On July 2, days before the Council’s final budgetary decisions, we will meet for an interactive Zoom call to take immediate steps that build power around our demands here and now. We will also discuss steps to keep our institutions committed to organizing in the long run as we build a base of 20,000 over the next year. Two goals for the action include:

  • Hold Councilmembers accountable on our budget agenda: On July 2, we will publicly share where each Councilmember stands on our goals so that they know that our base is paying attention.

  • Build towards engaging 20,000 voters over the next year to create and organize behind a Reimagine DC agenda that prioritizes jobs, housing, and infrastructure in Black and brown communities. Building WIN’s base and getting input starts this Thursday.

More than 1,000 persons have signed up to attend by Zoom, but the meeting will still be available on WIN’s Facebook Live page.

Will you join us? Stream live on Facebook once the action starts at 6:45 p.m. July 2:
Virtual Coffee Hour
Sunday, July 5, 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Join us Su nday, July 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., for a  Zoom  coffee hour, to socialize, catch up, and talk about the service. Send a message here for the link to participate.
Bible Study
Sunday, July 5 at 10:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
The Bible Study led by Jack Reiffer will meet at 10:00 a.m. online on Sunday via  Zoom Please contact Jack Reiffer and the Rev. Jane Hague for the links to participate .
St. John's Youth
Sunday, July 5 at 10:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
The youth will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday via  Zoom .   Please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder for the links to participate .
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. On the fourth Sunday of each summer month (July 26), we will have a live church school session via  Zoom .

Service of Evening Prayer
Sunday, July 5, 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Online via Zoom
For more information, please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder .
Service of Compline
Monday to Friday, 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | Online via Zoom
For more information, please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder .
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:  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), Rachael Buckley (Chrystal Martin), Pete Burgess (Debby Hailey and Jack Reiffer), 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), Bobbie Falk (Kathryn Falk), Geri Lucas Haji (Judy McKevitt), Courtney Jordan Hillman (Erika Northcutt), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), Vera Hyncik (Holly Sukenik), 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), Ginger Parra (Leila Taaffe), 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:  

Friends and family of our parish:  Diane Bender (Peter Odom), James Hodges (Matthew Taylor), Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), 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 are in hospice care:  

Friends and family of our parish:  Steve Heidenberger (Jane Hague).

Those who died:  

Friends and family of our parish:  Eleanor Hunt who died June 27, 2020.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week:  Annette Anfinrud, Garry Dalby, Cash Davis, Justin Dean, Anna Demarest, Evangeline Gravina, Barbie Harper, Robert Harrington, Bill Kaye, Arthur Kellermann, Catherine Koch, Owen Littleton, John Lucio, KayAnn Schoeneman, Riley Temple, and Pat Welch.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week:  Laura and John Herzog and Nancy Mathis and Shawn Maher.

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).

Those serving in the Armed Forces including those who are deployed, and for the Armed Forces Ministry of the Episcopal Church:

Friends and family of our parish who are deployed:  Peter T. Watson (Wendy Fibison).
The Latrobe Young Adult Fellowship
Wednesday, July 8, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Online via Zoom
The Latrobe Young Adult Fellowship at St. John’s Church is an active and engaged group of adults, primarily in their 20s and 30s. 

We invite you to join the Latrobe Fellowship for a  Zoom  happy hour and discussion. We will meet online via Zoom on Wednesday, July 8, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. July's theme is bring your favorite drink or snack and tell the group what it tastes like and why you like it. Click the link below to request the Zoom link. Due to the July 4th Holiday, responses to Zoom link requests will be delayed until Tuesday, July 7.

Book Group
Thursday, July 9 at 6:45 p.m. | Online via Zoom
The St. John's Book group will meet on Thursday, July 9, at 6:45 p.m. via  Zoom  to discuss  The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason. 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, July 19 at 11:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Join us Sunday, July 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., for a discussion led by Professor David Blight of his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography,  Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.   Blight is a Professor of History and Director of the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He lectures in the US and around the world on the Civil War and Reconstruction, race relations, Douglass, and W.E.B. Du Bois, all of which are timely topics as the nation focuses on issues of racial justice. Zoom invitation to come.
Email Whaling/Phishing Scams Persist
Be Aware and Don't Be A Victim!
Again, community members have received messages purporting to be from the Rev. Rob Fisher, asking for favors and gift card purchases. These emails are not from Rob!
Rob and the rest of the staff at St. John's Church will never email anyone asking for gift card purchases. Treat this as a red flag and report it to staff immediately.
Any email from clergy or staff will have an address that ends with  Common phishing/whaling attempts use very similar looking email addresses from free services like Gmail or Yahoo. 

Please do not open any suspicious emails that may come from any account. Delete them immediately. To learn more about whaling/phishing attempts,  visit the Diocese of Newark's blog post on the subject .
Donate to our Youth Sponsored Fundraiser for Kwasa and Grace’s Table
The St. John’s Youth and Sunday School families have a tradition of selling home-baked cookies in front of St. John’s each May to raise funds for the children of Kwasa in South Africa . While the kids are not able to hold a traditional bake sale at the church this year due to the pandemic, the needs of children at Kwasa have only increased. Kwasa is shut due to stay-at-home orders in South Africa, but the Rev. Sharron Dinnie is finding new ways to deliver food to the Kwasa children when not in school. At the same time, the needs of the homeless people served by Grace’s Table here in Washington have also increased. 

Thus, the Sunday School and Youth invite you to join us in supporting both the Kwasa children and the people served by Grace’s Table with a virtual bake sale. Please consider a $10.00 contribution or any other amount f or a virtual dozen of tasty cookies. You can make your donation by clicking on the button below and choosing "Kwasa" from the Fund drop down menu. The cash donations will go to Kwasa and the baked goods will be delivered to Grace’s Table as soon as it b ecomes safe to do so. For more information, contact Sarah Wood, the Rev. Savannah Ponder, or Sigi Block.
St. John’s Mask Project Helps Both Refugees and Medical Workers
In an inspired example of mutual aid in a time of crisis, the St. John’s Refugee Committee this spring commissioned an Afghan refugee family to sew face masks for George Washington University Hospital. The project not only supplied badly needed surgery masks to GW medical professionals fighting the Covid-19 pandemic—it also provided much-needed income to the family of a former translator for the U.S. military, who has been furloughed due to the current pandemic.

Now, having delivered the 521st mask financed by a $2500 grant from the Refugee Committee to GW, project organizers Gay and Bob Pasley are seeking, through the Church, donations from St. John’s parishioners who would like to help keep the family employed and the masks flowing.

“We never dreamed that these two women would be able to make that many masks,” said Gay Pasley, referring to the former translator's wife and sister. The translator himself is doing most of the cutting of parts for the masks, Pasley added.

For this next phase of the project, the Church is seeking $500 to buy materials in bulk and pay the family for its labor. You can make your donation by clicking on the button below and choosing "Refugee Project" from the Fund dro p down menu . For more information, contact the Pasleys here.
Reflections and Updates from the Rector 
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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: .
St. John's on LinkedIn
As many of you know,  LinkedIn  is the top online business networking platform, with over 630 million registered members. While used primarily to list career and business interests, it also allows you to list (and link) outside interests, memberships and affiliations, including places of worship. As part of our outreach into the community and world of work, we invite you to list your membership (and roles) at St. John's. This will allow others who might be interested in St. John's to connect with you, and also show our interest in, and relevance to, the world of work.  

We have set up a  St. John's LinkedIn page , and would welcome congregational participation in building out and populating the page. 

To help with that or with any questions, please  contact the Rev. Will Morris .
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