Sunday Schedule
Day of Pentecost | May 23
Bishop's Visit to St. John's on the Day of Pentecost
The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington, will celebrate Pentecost with us Sunday, May 23, preaching at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services. Please join us in welcoming the Bishop and celebrating our shared ministries and partnership.  

The 9:00 a.m. service will be livestreamed on Facebook and on the Worship Page of our website. The service will be recorded and uploaded for later viewing on these sites, as well as our YouTube channel. Visit for more information
If you would like to join us for in-person worship, you may simply show up on Sunday for either service. We request that you arrive 15 minutes or more before the service begins. If you have a large party, please write us ahead of time here.
Services are open to those who agree to our St. John’s Church Regathering Covenant.
Regathering Update

In accordance with new city and diocesan guidelines, St. John's is updating our covid safety practices, starting this weekend. You can expect the following two exciting changes:
  • Our full professional choir will return. (They are 100% vaccinated.)
  • Congregational singing with masks in place will now be allowed.
For everyone’s continued safety, many guidelines will remain in place, including the requirements that masks be worn at all times, physical distancing be maintained, and signing in should contract tracing be needed. Click here to read the detailed statement from the Rector and Wardens.
Free valet parking will be available for services, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you are able, we hope you will join us for in-person worship. If you are not able to join us in person, please be assured that we are committed to continuing indefinitely a strong online offering for worship.
Speaker Series
Sunday at 10:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Join us May 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., for a discussion led by Susan Glasser and Peter Baker. Susan B. Glasser is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She founded the award-winning Politico Magazine and went on to become the editor of Politico throughout the 2016 election cycle. Peter Baker is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, responsible for reporting on President Biden, the fifth president he has covered. He previously wrote about Presidents Donald J. Trump and Barack Obama for The Times and Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush for The Washington Post. They will speak on The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James Baker III. 
Following the discussion, there will be opportunity for Q&A. Click here to register to attend on May 23. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the meeting.
Congratulations to Education for Ministry Graduates!
On Sunday during the 11:00 a.m. worship service, three members of St. John’s parish, Sylvia Martin-Estes, Martha Spieker, and Matthew Taylor, will graduate from the Education for Ministry (EfM) program. Sylvia, Martha, and Matthew have spent the past four years in the company of other St. John’s EfM participants reading through the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, a history of Christianity, and a collection of contemporary theology books. Each week the entire group gathers for worship, sharing, discussion, and reflection. Education for Ministry fosters the means to articulate our faith, shape that faith into action, and become involved in ministries not only in our parish, but also in our greater community.

Since its inception in 1975, more than 100,000 people have participated in this vital program. EfM groups meet once a week for 36 weeks in nearly every diocese of The Episcopal Church, in six provinces of the Anglican Communion, and some in virtual classrooms with participants from across the globe. An EfM group has been meeting weekly at St. John’s for over twenty years.

If you’d like to learn more about Education for Ministry visit A new group of participants will start the program at St. John’s this fall. Contact Carolyn Crouch here if you are interested in joining or simply want to chat about what EfM is all about.
Zoom Meeting with the Rev. Sharron Dinnie
Founder, Kwasa College, Springs, South Africa
Thursday, May 20, at 12:00 noon | Online via Zoom
Please join the Outreach Committee for a conversation with the Rev. Sharron Dinnie, founder of the Kwasa College, St. John's partner in South Africa since 2004.  Sharron established Kwasa (a Zulu word for “light and peace after the storm") to provide vital schooling for children from an informal settlement near Springs.  Sharron will report
on life at Kwasa during Covid and the path forward. 
Click here to register to join the meeting. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the meeting.
Youth Pentecost Party
Monday, May 24, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Online via Zoom
All middle and high school students are invited to join us for a Zoom party celebrating Pentecost. Please wear something red and bring something red to eat. We will socialize, have a discussion about Pentecost, and pray together. Click here to join. For more information, please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder
We Are Hiring
Communications Manager
St. John’s is looking for a Communications Manager, which will be a much needed part-time role on our staff. While we do not hire parishioners, you can be helpful by spreading the word. The job description is posted here
Reader Training Workshop
Sunday, June 6 at 12:15 p.m.
On June 6, we are hosting a training session for all interested in reading scripture during worship services. Parishioner Carolyn Crouch will lead the workshop as preparation for beginners and as a refresher for those who are already on the roster for reading. We will meet at the lectern in the Sanctuary. For more information, please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder.
Upcoming St. John's Speaker Series Event
Sunday, June 27
10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. | Online via Zoom
June 27: Catherine Rampell, an opinion columnist for The Washington Post and commentator for CNN and the PBS NewsHour. She will speak on the state of the U.S. economy. Registration link to come.

The Speaker Series will continue during the summer months. For more information and the schedule, visit our website at
Worship Offerings for Children
Click below for the Children’s Bulletin with coloring pages of stories from this Sunday’s scripture readings.

Join the Greeters Committee
The Greeters Committee offers the first line of welcome to all who attend our services.
In this transition time, when we are limited in how many can be present inside the church, greeters also ask worshipers to sign in so that we can track attendance. Being a greeter is a wonderful way to get to know your fellow St. John’s parishioners and to offer visitors a friendly welcome.

If you are interested in joining the Greeters Committee, please contact Eleanor and Peter Odom.
In case you missed it
Click here to listen to past Sunday Sermons and Speaker Series.
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, Bobbie Falk, Barbie Harper, Susan Herrington, Nelda Johnson, Jimmy Lowe, Bob Patchell, Hillary Stuart, 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), Vera Hyncik (Holly Sukenik), Martha Jenkins (Thom Sinclair), Tom Kiernan (Joanne Hutton), Melanie Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), William Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), Sherill Mason (Kaye Edwards), Betty Mauldin (Susan Welch), Tammy McCleaf (Matthew Taylor), Kathryn McGraw (Mary and Carl Raether), William Scott Miller, Jr. (Johnathan Miller), Julia Morris (Will Morris), Timothy Mullins (Jim Mullins), Judy Nicola (Cynthia Walker), Wendy Paeth (Margo Wiegenstein), John Perry (Joanne Hutton), Carlen Powell and Anthony Ramsey (Virginia Bader), Susan Roberts (Kaye Edwards), Cawley Scott (Robyne Johnston), Ashley Sukenik (Holly Sukenik), Zoe Taaffe (Leila Taaffe), Richard Van Horn (Kaye Edwards), David Williams (Rob Fisher).

Those who are in rehabilitative care: 

From our parish: Marcella Odom.

Those who are in the hospital: 

From our parish: Jeanne Grimmett. 

Friends and family of our parish: Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker) and Travis Rogers (Robert Carroll).

Those who are in hospice care: 

Friends and family of our parish: Frances Bode (Matt Bode).

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Karolina Arias, Leslie Blakey, Charlotte Hantson, Francis Hortenstine, Virginia Jones, Nancy Klotz, Abbott McCartney, Katherine McClintic, Katherine Montgomery, Greg Morrison, Rob Mosbacher, Uche Onwuamaegbu, Harker Rhodes, Samantha Scheff, Andrew Tierney, Audrey Trotman, Michelle Turner, Adrienne Usher, and Sophie Vandergrift.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Elizabeth Lewis and David Abernethy, Christina and Matthew Berlin, Joanne and Powell Hutton, Sara and Bill Josey, Katherine and Nate Rawlings, and Jennifer and Henrik Weng.

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).

For those in the military who are deployed:

Friends and family of our parish: Donato Mercury (Denzel Ramirez).
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