Join us on Sunday, November 22. Worship will be livestreamed from our sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. Worship will be posted online on Facebook, YouTube, and our Worship Page. 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 continue, 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, one at 2:00 p.m. in DC and one at 3:00 p.m. in Virginia. Please join us while the weather allows!
Stewardship 2021
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.
Thanksgiving Day Livestreamed Service
Thursday, November 26 at 10:00 a.m.
On Thursday, November 26, St. John's will celebrate a Thanksgiving Day Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. Please plan to join us. Worship will be livestreamed and posted online on Facebook, YouTube, and our Worship Page. We are able to open the Thanksgiving Day service to 15 people. If you would like to RSVP to attend the service, please contact us here.
Vestry Nominations
The deadline for nominations is Monday, December 7.
The Vestry Nominating Committee will meet in early December to select the slate for Vestry elections to be held at the Parish’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 7, 2021. The role of the Vestry Nominating Committee is to select, from all those nominated, the 6 candidates who will stand for election; 3 candidates will be elected. Nominees should be pledging members of the congregation, attend worship regularly, and be active in the life of the parish.
St. John's Sunday Schedule
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St. John's Speaker Series
Sunday, November 22, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. | Online via Zoom

Join us Sunday, November 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., for a discussion led by 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 citizenshipFollowing the discussion, there will be opportunity for Q&A.
You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the meeting.
Bible Study
Sunday, November 22 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.
Church School for Children
There will be no Church School for Children this Sunday, November 22. 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.

Youth Group for Grades 6-12
Sunday, November 22 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.
St. John's Advent Party
Sunday, December 6, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Online via Zoom
Virtual Christmas Pageant 2020
Sunday, December 20 at 9:00 a.m.
Registration due by Thursday, December 3
Video submissions due by Thursday, December 10
Yes - there will be a pageant this year and we need your help to tell the Greatest Story Ever Told in a new way. We are preparing for a virtual pre-recorded pageant, editing together many videos filmed from each child's home.

This final pageant production will go live on Sunday morning, December 20 at 9:00 am and will be available on Facebook, YouTube, and our Worship Page.
Once we receive your form, we will send more directions for participation. For more information, please contact the Rev. Savannah Ponder.
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.
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.
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 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:
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, Lydia Olson, Bob Patchell, 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), 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), Harry Davis (Mary and Carl Raether), Wendy Addiss Dellar (Joanne Hutton), Karl Dornemann (Deb Dornemann), Bobby Doyle (Alex Pappas), Jimmy Gallagher (Joanne Hutton), Courtney Jordan Hillman (Erika Northcutt), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), 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), Samantha McClellan (Thom Sinclair), 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), Wendy Strothman (Richard Metzger), Ashley Sukenik (Holly Sukenik), 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), 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 who died:

From our parish: Caitlin Warren Archer who died November 15.

Those who were married:

From our parish: Allison Elizabeth Gardner and Eric William Fischer.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: McGowin Anderson, Thomas Bell, Diane Bitsberger, Barbara Brown, Julie Cellucci, Ronald Fletcher, William Heaton, Bob Hoback, Lara Kanitra, Mary Landrieu, Magnus Lecompte, Harry Marshall, Chrystal Martin, Chris Siddall, Holly Sukenik, Ella-May U, Reed Usher, Anna Wieger, and Emma Wilson.

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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