A Word from the Rector on Regathering
There are two new features to our in-person worship that I would like to share with you.

First, we are now making 15 seats available to anybody who would like to attend our Sunday morning services. Please submit your name, including the names of others in your household who would like to attend, by clicking the button below.
We will put your name on a list and pull the names on a rolling basis. You’ll get an email when there will be a space for you. If you can’t attend on that particular week, just let us know and we’ll put your name back on the list. 
Also, our outdoor gatherings continue this month, and you are now welcome to join without needing to sign up in advance. However, please check the website here for locations and times. This weekend, we’ll have two services, both at 3:00 p.m. Because we will be recognizing All Saints Day, you are invited to bring photos of those whom you love but see no longer to set on the table. Please join us while the weather allows!

I am so glad for the agility this parish has shown as we find new ways to gather during this unusual time.

God’s peace,

The Rev. Rob Fisher
Stewardship 2021
We have begun to receive pledges for 2021—over 100 of them already totaling roughly $400,000—and we are very grateful! If you have not yet received letters from the Rev. Rob Fisher and Toby, Chair of the Stewardship Committee, and your pledge card, you soon will, but of course you can always pledge online by clicking the button below.
This year St. John's needs you more than ever. While our budget has been under strain from the pandemic, we have forged ahead with our ministries and outreach thanks to the generous support of our members. If you are in the fortunate position of being able to make an early and even increased pledge to our church for 2021, we would very much appreciate it. Any pledge, large or small, is important and provides necessary information as our vestry makes decisions for next year. Thank you for considering this request and 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.
Join Us on YouTube this Sunday for a Service of Holy Eucharist
Sunday, November 1
Facebook Live at 9:00 a.m. and on YouTube any time
Worship with us on Sunday, virtually! Click on the YouTube image above to participate. There will be music, prayer and preaching.

The service will be livestreamed starting at 9:00 a.m. on every Sunday on our Facebook page or you may choose to participate at any other time you like on YouTube.

Feel free to share the link with others.
St. John's Sunday Schedule
Visit www.stjohns-dc.org for more information.
St. John's Speaker Series
Sunday, November 1, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. | Online via Zoom

Join us Sunday, November 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., for a discussion led by Victoria Arbiter, CNN Royal Commentator. She will speak on The Windsors: A Chat about the British Royal Family. Following the discussion, there will be opportunity for Q&A.
Save the date for upcoming St. John's Speaker Series event:
Online via Zoom
November 15: Katharine Hayhoeclimate scientist and endowed professor of Public Policy and Law at Texas Tech University who can often be found talking to people about why climate change matters and what we can do to fix it. She will speak on Barriers to Acceptance and Action on Climate Change in 2020.
November 22: Eric Liu, co-founder and CEO of Citizen University. He directs the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship and American Identity Program. He served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President’s deputy domestic policy adviser. He will speak about the concept of American citizenship.
Bible Study
Sunday, November 1 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, November 1 at 11:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
The youth will meet on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. Please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder for the links to participate.
Outdoor Church School for Children
Sunday, November 1, 2:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA.
This Sunday, we will have an outdoor church school time for children immediately prior to the 3:00 p.m. Outdoor Communion Gathering on the grounds of Virginia Theological Seminary. This will include biblical storytelling and movement. An adult will need to accompany each child to ensure social distancing and mask wearing. Please register by Friday at noon.
Please click below for the Children’s Bulletin with coloring pages of stories from this Sunday’s scripture readings.

Service of Compline at the end of Election Day
Tuesday, November 3, 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. Please join us for a special Compline service that begins at 8:00 p.m. as the polls begin to close on Election Day. The Rector will be leading this time of prayer. 

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.
Book Group
Thursday, November 5 at 6:45 p.m. | Online via Zoom
The St. John’s Book group will meet on Thursday, November 5, at 6:45 p.m. via Zoom to discuss To Keep the Sun Alive by Rabeah Ghaffari. 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.
Welcome to St. John's Newest Members

On Saturday, October 24, Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde officiated at a Service of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation at Washington National Cathedral's Amphitheater.
St. John's Rector Rob Fisher and Associate Rector Savannah Ponder sponsored 17 new members of
St. John's Church and the Episcopal Church. Join us in welcoming them!
Baptism at St. John's
If you are interested in having a child baptized, or in baptism for yourself, please contact Kaye Edwards. 
Note that the parents or grandparents of children being baptized must be active, pledging members of St. John’s. Adults interested in baptism for themselves must attend the Rector’s Adult Inquirers’ Class and be active, pledging participants in the life of the parish. 

To give families options during this extraordinary time, and until St. John's is open for full Sunday services, the Rector will discuss options to a church service with families, including baptisms at home (and preferably outdoors) or a private baptism at the church. All baptisms must comply with health and safety guidelines.
DC Students and their Families are Struggling: Volunteers are Needed

St. John's partner, Communities in Schools, is seeking volunteers to make phone calls and to assist with food deliveries. Knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not required. If you can help students in DC public schools, or would like more information, please contact Livy More for details.
Washington Interfaith Network Actions
St. John's is a founding member of the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), a faith-based, multi-racial, interfaith grassroots organization dedicated to improving the life of all residents of the District of Columbia. Please email John More with questions about any of these events.

WIN Social Media for Hill East / Reservation 13
If you would like to be involved with promoting WIN social media content in the campaign for truly affordable, mixed-income housing at Hill East / Reservation 13, email us here with your interest.
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, Joy Nathan, Bob Patchell, Dace Vidins, and Jeff White.

Friends and family of our parish: Niels Beck (Michelle Mangrum), Diane Bender (Peter Odom), George Beury (Garrett and Lisa Russo), Buckley (Chrystal Martin), Tom Burkart (Pamela Venzke), Bill Clark (Clark Ervin), Brian Cohen (Jane Hague), Harry Davis (Mary and Carl Raether), Wendy Addiss Dellar (Joanne Hutton), Karl Dornemann (Deb Dornemann), Bobby Doyle (Alex Pappas), Jimmy Gallagher (Joanne Hutton), Jason Hammer (Richard Metzger), Courtney Jordan Hillman (Erika Northcutt), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), Tom Kiernan (Joanne Hutton), Howie Lutt (Virginia Bader), Meredith Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), William Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), 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), Cawley Scott (Robyne Johnston), Zoe Taaffe (Leila Taaffe), Diane Mark and Otis Tomlinson (Andrew Tomlinson), Garland Treadway (Karen Zachary), and Richard Van Horn (Kaye Edwards).

Those who are in rehabilitative care: 

From our parish: Marcella Odom.

Those who are in the hospital: 

Friends and family of our parish: James Hodges (Matthew Taylor), Julie Howell (Cynthia Walker), Vera Hyncik (Holly Sukenik), Phyllis Lambert (Will Morris), 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: Max Hudgins and Jimmy Lowe.

Friends and family of our parish: Barbara Strutz (Garrett and Lisa Russo).

Those who were baptized:

From our parish: in thanksgiving for the baptism on October 31 of Charlotte Dalton Highsmith.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Alison Adkins, Christian Berlin, Larry Bradley, Julia Brandus, Rhys Dodd, Lizzie Eversole, Ella Fuller, Clara Hallett, James Harmon, Susan Jess, Judd Littleton, Claire Montgomery, Susan Morefield, Elizabeth Morrison, Matilda Rossbach, Lily Venzke, Alexian Wines, Hunter Yeomans, and Jessica Zavala.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Kristy and John Highsmith, Katie Adams Holder and Paul Holder, Chrystal and John Martin, and Desirée and Alex Stolar.

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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