Our new schedule begins on Sunday, September 13th! 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.
Mural Painting Event
Saturday, September 5, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. we will host a special event with artists painting the plywood that currently covers our windows with images promoting peace, love, unity, justice and healing. This is a collaborative event with P.A.I.N.T.S. Institute (Providing Artists with Inspiration in Non-Traditional Settings) and the DowntownDC Business Improvement District.

There will be a short opening prayer service outside at 10:00 a.m., and a prayer service to dedicate the art work at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend and support this uplifting artistic endeavor. We’ll have ways to participate if you’d like to add your own artwork! 
Sacred Ground Dialogue Program on Race and Faith
St John’s will be starting the Sacred Ground Dialogue Program in late September. We will run the program for all interested members of St John’s, 18 and over, during the next twelve months, meeting in small dialogue circles to explore issues of faith and race through course materials of videos and readings. If you are interested, and joined the meeting on August 23, click here to go straight to the sign-up survey, which should be returned by Friday September 11. (If more than one person in a household wishes to participate, please submit individual forms.) If you couldn’t join that meeting, or want to check your recollections, click here first for more information on the course, before completing the survey. You can also contact Rev. Will Morris with any questions.
Join Us on YouTube this Sunday for a Service of Morning Prayer
Sunday, September 6
Facebook live at 9:00 a.m. and on YouTube anytime
Worship with us on Sunday, virtually! Click on the YouTube image above to participate. There will be music, prayer and preaching.

Watch it together "live" with others at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on our Facebook page or you may choose to participate at your usual service time (7:45 a.m., 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.), or any other time you like.

Feel free to share the link with others.
Book Group
Thursday, September 3 at 6:45 p.m. | Online via Zoom
The St. John’s Book group will meet on Thursday, September 3, at 6:45 p.m. via Zoom to discuss The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. If you love to read, please join us for an evening of discussion and socializing. 

For more information and for links to participate, contact Leila Taaffe.
The Latrobe Young Adult Fellowship
Saturday, September 5 at 4:00 p.m.
The Latrobe Young Adult Fellowship at St. John’s Church is an active and engaged group of adults, primarily in their 20s and 30s.

The Latrobe Young Adult Fellowship invites you to join the St. John’s community in dedicating the new artwork being installed on the windows of the Parish House and Church around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 5. Gather at St. John’s Church/Black Lives Matter Plaza at 16th and H Streets, NW. Please stay for the closing blessing with the finished paintings at 5:00 p.m.

Please wear masks, bring water bottles, and practice physical distancing, and other health measures. The dedication on Saturday will be held in lieu of our First Wednesday Zoom gathering. We look forward to seeing you September 5.

Virtual Coffee Hour
Sunday, September 6 at 9:30 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Join us Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for a Zoom coffee hour, to socialize, catch up, and talk about the service. Send a message here for the link to participate.
Bible Study
Sunday, September 6 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.
St. John's Youth
Sunday, September 6 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.
Summer Christian Formation for Children
Sundays | Online via Zoom
Summer Christian Formation for children will take place as pre-recorded video sessions emailed to parents each Sunday morning by 7:00 a.m.

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 7:00 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Interested in joining a Centering Prayer Zoom gathering on Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m.? Experience a few moments of peace and comfort through the contemplative practice of centering prayer. Newcomers welcome! Contact Thom Sinclair for more information or for the link to participate.
St. John's Speaker Series
Sunday, September 13, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. | Online via Zoom
Join us Sunday, September 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., for a discussion led by John Barry,
award-winning author of several books including the
best-selling The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History. An advisor to the Bush and Obama White Houses and to the United Nations and WHO on pandemic preparedness and response, he is a professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He will speak on The Great influenza Pandemic of 1918: Lessons Learned and Not Learned--and Where We Are Now. Following the discussion, there will be opportunity for Q&A.
You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the meeting. 
Speaker Series Schedule
Online via Zoom
September 20: Christian Appy, Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He will speak about the Vietnam War.

September 27: Elaine Pagels, American religious historian and Professor of Religion at Princeton University. She will speak on her book, Why Religion, A Personal Story.

October 4: Jim Tankersley covers economic and tax policy for The New York Times. 
He will speak on his upcoming book, The Riches of This Land: The Untold, True Story of America's Middle Class.
The 2020 Fall Adult Inquirers' Class
Saturdays, September 19, September 26, and October 3
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon | Online via Zoom
If you would like to be baptized, confirmed, or received into membership in the Episcopal Church at St. John’s, join the Adult Inquirers’ Class. The class will meet online via Zoom for three Saturdays for 90 minutes each day. The sessions will include breakout groups to provide a relaxing, engaging way for participants to get to know each other. The Rev. Rob Fisher, Rector of St. John’s, will lead the class. Anyone interested in learning more about our Christian faith and life, the Episcopal tradition, and the ministry of St. John’s Church, is encouraged to attend. 

For information or to register, please contact Kaye Edwards. Those who participate in the class may attend a Service of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows at a date to be determined.
Baptism at St. John's
If you are interested in having a child baptized, or in baptism for yourself, please contact Kaye Edwards. 
Please 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 help 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.
Pastoral Care
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our St. John's community in many ways. St. John's parishioners have expressed the desire to help their neighbors during this difficult time. Please use this form to let us know if you:

  • Can provide support for someone in need or
  • Are in need of support.

We will do our best to connect those in need with those who are able to help. If you are not comfortable using this form, please send us an email at help@stjohns-dc.org with your name, contact information and details of the type of support you can give or the support you need.

In addition to this direct support from parishioners, our Rector, the Rev. Rob Fisher, has an emergency fund for those who may be in need of financial assistance. If you are in need of financial assistance or would like to contribute to the emergency fund, please reach out directly to the Rev. Rob Fisher.
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), John Frew Carter (Margo Arnold), Bill Clark (Clark Ervin), Brian Cohen (Jane Hague), Harry Davis (Mary and Carl Raether), Karl Dornemann (Deb Dornemann), Bobby Doyle (Alex Pappas), Ruth B. Ginsburg (Riley Temple), Jason Hammer (Richard Metzger), Courtney Jordan Hillman (Erika Northcutt), Lucas Hunt (Matthew Taylor), Tom Kiernan (Joanne Hutton), Amy Lowenthal (Andrew Tomlinson), Meredith Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), William Markiewicz (Matthew Taylor), Tammy McCleaf (Matthew Taylor), Scott Miller, Jr. (Johnathan Miller), Kevin Milstead (Andrew Tomlinson), Timothy Mullins (Jim Mullins), Zach Newton (Andrew Tomlinson), 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), Garland Treadway (Karen Zachary), and Gabriel Van Oyen (Carolyn Crouch).

Those who are in rehabilitative care: 

From our parish: Max Hudgins and 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), George William Rabbe III (Kaye Edwards), Gina Robinson (Matthew Taylor), Travis Rogers (Robert Carroll), and Mary Seidman (Nora and Hap Rigby).

Those who are in hospice care: 

Friends and family of our parish: William Agnew (Jeff Agnew).

Those who died: 

From our parish: Biliana Maria Cicin-Sain who died September 1.

Those who were born:

Friends and family of our parish: George William Rabbe III who was born August 21.

Those in our parish celebrating a birthday this week: Krista Becker, Liz Davis, Randy Deangelis, Janice Berry Edwards, Consuello Faunteroy, Elizabeth Gardner, Victoria Jeffries, Claire Kim, Frank Klotz, Julia Koster, Leo Lex, Dexter Moses, Emily Ornstein, Audrey Oster, Emily Price, John Sukenik, Natalie Stolar, Genevieve Tipler, Cal Trepagnier, Alexander Lehmann Weng, and Sebastian Lehmann 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).
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.
Episcopal Diocese of Washington Covid-19 Emergency Relief Appeal
Many of us are asking how we can help during this pandemic. In our Diocese, we are seeing members of our churches suffering from food insecurity and other hardships. Congregations in low-income communities are an essential part of an increasingly fragile safety net for their most vulnerable neighbors.

To support the most vulnerable parishes, the diocese has suspended the Annual Bishop’s Appeal for the diocesan budget and has replaced it with a Covid-19 Emergency Relief Appeal. 

St. John’s parishioners have shown a desire to support others through this crisis. If you would like to help, supporting this relief fund would be an excellent way. You can make a gift on the diocesan website at this link: https://www.edow.org/about/giving.
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.

Utilities and Pepco Learning and Action
Thursday, September 17, 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WIN leaders recently met with Pepco's regional president around WIN's priorities and campaign for PEPCO jobs. Join us to continue building power behind this campaign. Register here.

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.
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