Join us on Sunday, September 27! Worship will be live-streamed from our sanctuary at 9:00 a.m. (attended by service participants only). In the afternoon we will have outdoor gatherings for prayer, fellowship, and receiving communion to which all are welcome! Read more about it on our new Regathering webpage here.
For outdoor worship this Sunday,
you must register by noon on Friday, September 25.
St. John's Speaker Series
Sunday, September 27, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. | Online via Zoom

Join us Sunday, September 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., for a discussion led by Elaine Pagels, American religious historian and Professor of Religion at Princeton University. She will speak on her book, Why Religion? A Personal Story. Following the discussion, there will be opportunity for Q&A.
You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the meeting. 
Save the date for upcoming St. John's Speaker Series events:
Online via Zoom
October 4: Jim Tankersley, economic and tax policy reporter for the New York Times. Over more than a decade covering politics and economics in Washington, he has written extensively about the stagnation of the American middle class and the decline of economic opportunity in wide swaths of the country. He will speak on his book, The Riches of This Land: The Untold, True Story of America's Middle Class.

October 25: Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, and a political analyst for the National Journal Group and NBC News. He will speak about Election 2020.
Join Us on YouTube this Sunday for a Service of Holy Eucharist
Sunday, September 27
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 live-streamed 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 New Sunday Schedule
Visit for more information.
Stewardship Committee Seeking Help
We are nearing the fall stewardship season and could use your help! Like so many other things we're doing together these days, our stewardship drive this fall may be a bit more challenging than in prior years. Stewardship committee members will participate in biweekly Zoom calls, outreach efforts to earn pledges for the next year, and, for some members, video appeals/testimonials. If you'd be willing to join in these activities, please send an email to Toby Stock of the Stewardship Committee.
Bible Study
Sunday, September 27 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, September 27 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, September 27, 3:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA.
This Sunday, we begin having an outdoor church school time for children immediately prior to the 4:00 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.

Book Group
Thursday, October 1 at 6:45 p.m. | Online via Zoom
The St. John’s Book group will meet on Thursday, October 1, at 6:45 p.m. via Zoom to discuss Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story by Marie Arana. 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.
Service of Compline
Monday to Friday, 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. Monday through Friday 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.
Baptism at St. John's
Baptism Class: Thursday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m. | Online via Zoom
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.

The required class with the clergy for upcoming baptisms is Thursday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Register with Kaye Edwards.
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, Judy Campbell Bird, 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), Diane Bender (Peter Odom), Buckley (Chrystal Martin), Tom Burkart (Pamela Venzke), Daisy Carter (Virginia Bader), 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), Jason Hammer (Richard Metzger), Courtney Jordan Hillman (Erika Northcutt), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), Tom Kiernan (Joanne Hutton), Meredith Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), William Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), 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 Beatrice Suarez (Anita and George Diliberto).

Those who are in hospice care:

From our parish: Max Hudgins.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Will Ackerly, Kathryn Baker, Susan Carlson, Nicole Crochet, Clayton Depue, Juliet Faris, Juliet Folger, Deborah Fuller, Peter Hailey, Chuck Hagel, Budd Hallberg, Dolph Hatfield, Diane Hauslein, Lydia Hornbaker, Larry Lecompte, Clayton Lewis, Aurie Lucio, Jett Lyerly, Nancy Martin, Nicolette Neufeld, Rachel Oster, Gay Pasley, Thomas Wade, Barbara Wall, Susan Welch, Gail West, Alexander Williams, and Karen Williams.

Those in our parish celebrating an anniversary this week: Diana Brown Clark and Kirk Clark, Liz and Christian Davis, Leila Taaffe and Arthur Kellermann, Andrée and Joseph Leonelli, Nicole and Michael Neufeld, Laurel and Andrew Tierney, and Alyssa and Andrew Tomlinson.

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).
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:
St. John’s Mask Project Number Two Now Helps Needy Hispanic Immigrants
The Afghan refugee family commissioned by St. John's Refugee Committee to sew surgery masks for George Washington Hospital delivered 521 masks to the hospital when the supply of N-95 masks was inadequate. Now that the hospital is supplied with N-95 masks, St. John's has joined with Christ Church, Alexandria to supply masks to families who are in dire need. The community in Arlandria - most especially, the Latinx community - has been severely affected by the pandemic. For more information, contact Gay and Bob Pasley, the project organizers for the Refugee Committee, here.
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.

Organizing around Utilities for good jobs, environmental justice,
access, and affordability.
Save the date for these actions about our utilities Pepco, Washington Gas, DC Water and internet companies.

Testify at DC Public Service Commission Pepco Hearing
Tuesday, September 29, 2:00 p.m.
Turn out to testify in support of just utility policy. The PSC will decide whether to approve Pepco's proposed rate increase on electricity for Washingtonians. Register here.
In case you missed it
Visiting Loved One's in the Church Columbarium
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