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.
Regathering Information
Join us on Sunday, November 29. 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.

Our outdoor gatherings will take a pause this week.
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.
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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Bible Study
Sunday, November 29 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 29. 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 29 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 more information.
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.
St. John's Speaker Series
Sunday, December 20, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Join us Sunday, December 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., for a discussion led by John Negroponte, an American diplomat. He has been Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as Director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as Deputy National Security Advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush. His most recent position in government was as Deputy Secretary of State. He will speak about the Biden Administration’s Foreign Policy.

Following the discussion, there will be opportunity for Q&A. Registration link to come.
St. John’s, the Church of the Presidents
Presented by the White House Historical Association
Since the James Madison presidency, St. John’s Church has been an important part of the life of Lafayette Square and of the nation at large. In this special Thanksgiving episode, White House Historical Association President Stewart D. McLaurin interviews the Rector of St. John’s Church, Rev. Rob Fisher, about the many historic ties that it shares with the White House, and how its congregation approaches both its history and its contemporary mission.
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.
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.

Campaign Updates from WIN

Wednesday, November 18 (Living Wage Jobs)

WIN co-hosted an energy jobs information session with Pepco last Wednesday, November 23. We heard from representatives from Pepco and DC’s Infrastructure Academy as they prepare for their next training cohort. Thank you WIN for the strong showing. 

Thursday, November 19 (Temple Courts Groundbreaking)
After over a decade of organizing, WIN and the District broke ground at the new Temple Courts last Thursday! The groundbreaking was a joyous event and an important step in our campaign for just redevelopment and maximized affordability at Temple Courts. In case you weren't able to make it, please take a look at the recording of the groundbreaking and of the reflections following the groundbreaking--the links are below.

Friday, November 20 (Hill East/Reservation 13 Redevelopment Request for Proposal (RFP) Released)

Last Friday, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) released its Reservation 13 Redevelopment RFP, setting affordability standards that potential land developers must abide by. DMPED’s RFP includes WIN’s language of ⅓, ⅓, ⅓. The deeply affordable and the middle-income thresholds are not perfect but are better than it would have been without our organizing! And this is only the beginning! WIN needs YOU to continue sharing our social media content in order to raise broader community awareness and maintain DMPED’s attention--this is only the beginning. Our next step is to meet developers and challenge them to maximize affordability in their proposals. 
Together, we will ensure our calls for maximum deeply affordable and affordable housing continue to be heard.
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), Ashley Sukenik (Holly Sukenik), Wendy Strothman (Richard Metzger), 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 were baptized:

From our parish: Anne Harper Duthe, who was baptized November 21, and Scarlett Parker Johnston, who was baptized November 24.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Kim Carlson, Andrew Clarke, Henry Coxe, Carolyn Crouch, Luciana Curtin, Diana Duncan, Amanda Eversole, John Firestone, Ursula Gunzel, Vivienne Harris, Karen Jeffers, Liz Kosobucki, Michele Mullins, Javier Obregon, Mead Osborn, Avo Reid, Edward Simmer, Holly Smith, Megan Tierney, and Pamela Venzke.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Liz Schoetz and Greg Mays, Stevan Johnson and Brandon Montgomery, and Jason Munro and Anthony Pegues.

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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