Summer Adult Bible Study
Sundays, July 1–August 26
8:45–9:30 am in Children's Chapel
This summer we will explore the Psalms. No, not all 150 of them as that would be impossible, but we will explore the themes, theology, and poetry that forms so much of how we worship as Christians. Please join us each Sunday in July and August (or for as many as you can) as together, we explore the Psalms. Questions? Please contact the Reverend Justin Ivatts.
- July 1 - Psalms Overview - Led by Stephen Cook, PhD
- July 8 - Psalm 23 - Led by Rod Page
- July 15 - Psalm 32 - Led by Kevin Swanson
- July 22 - Psalm 19 - Led by Jamie Stirn
- July 29 - Psalm 91 - Led by Lori Murphy
- August 5 - (TBD) - Led by Reid Prouty
- August 12 - (TBD)
- August 19 - Psalms 109 and 137 - Led by Randy Sellers
- August 26 - Psalm 136 - Led by Emily Summers
Looking for a good “beach read” this summer?
The Booklovers of St. John’s will be reading Personal History by Katharine Graham, a famously candid and moving autobiography by the former publisher of The Washington Post. The book traces her years as a subservient daughter and wife and later as the first female Fortune 500 CEO, who led the newspaper during its coverage of the Watergate scandal and its release of the Pentagon Papers (recently featured in the film The Post.
In the fall, the Booklovers will kick off the new program year by meeting to discuss the book on Sunday, September 30 in the Smoot Conference Room at 12:30 pm following the 11:15 service. Our fellow parishioner, Jay Morse, who served as CFO of The Washington Post Company, has graciously agreed to join the discussion and share his personal memories and impressions of the author.
Newcomers to the Booklovers of St. John’s are always welcome! It is not necessary to have attended prior discussions, nor is finishing the book a prerequisite. Just come if and when the spirit moves you.
A Visit to the Museum of the Bible
Wednesday, July 18 at 10:45 am
Interested in joining the excursion? Please contact Greg Dole through the Parish Office at 703-356-4902.
The Museum of the Bible documents the narrative, history, and impact of the Bible on mankind. The museum opened on November 17, 2017. With 1,150 items from the museum's permanent collection and 2,000 items on loan from other institutions and collections, the museum has much to explore. The museum claims to have amassed one of the largest groupings of biblical artifacts and texts in the world through collaborations with private donors, institutions, and other museums.
On July 18, the Fellowship and Adult and Education Committees are planning a visit to the Museum of the Bible to see, among other things, the museum’s current exhibit, Jerusalem and Rome—Cultures and Context in the First Century Rome. We will be able to enjoy the cuisine—prepared at one of two restaurants (around 1:30 pm)—mixed with our own scintillating conversation about what we have seen and experienced in the museum.
We plan to drive by car in groups (and not on a bus), so ask who will be going and wants to drive with you. We will meet at the St. John's parking lot at 10:45 am and leave at 11:00 am to see this magnificent museum. There is garage parking nearby as well as two-hour street parking which begins at 7:00 am.
Pilgrimage to Northern England
This summer our faith journey will continue, this time to Northern England. The Reverend Justin Ivatts will be leading a group August 4–11, continuing our quest to discover our religious identity as Anglicans by engaging with sacred sites in England that help to tell the story of Anglicanism. We will visit sites to include York Minster, Durham Cathedral, Whitby Abbey (including a train ride with lunch on board), The Holy Island of Lindisfarne and many more. Learn more HERE.
Have Your Prayers Heard by the Saints in England!
It was traditional in the medieval period for those who could not go on pilgrimage to send handwritten prayers with the pilgrims to be prayed at the various sites. Please stop by the Parish Office and fill out a prayer card and place it in the box provided. Your prayers will be prayed at the sites that the pilgrims visit. For questions, please contact the Reverend Justin Ivatts.
Pilgrimage Blog and Commissioning
If you haven’t already signed up to become a follower of our pilgrimage blog then please do so HERE. Read about previous pilgrimages to the Northern Neck, Southern England and the Holy Land and follow our pilgrims who will be embarking this summer for Northern England (August 4–11). The blog posts will also post to our Facebook Page, so if you haven’t already, like us on Facebook. Please join us on Sunday, July 29 at the 10:00 service when the pilgrims will be commissioned. Come and give them a St. John’s send-off!