Two Opportunities

by Sari Ateek, RectorThe Rev. Sari Ateek, Rector

Building community at the crossroads of faith and life is what we strive for at St. John’s. In addition to the Transforming Questions class which I will be leading beginning this Lent, I would like to bring to your attention two other opportunities for you to take advantage of that will deepen your communal and spiritual life.

Lent Adult Faith Formation Class:
Sunday afternoons 12:45-1:45 pm, March 5-April 12
Parish Hall or Lounge

If you come from a faith tradition other than the Episcopal Church and wish to officially become a member of the Episcopal faith tradition, then this is for you. This class is intended as a preparation class for all those wanting to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal church, and also for those wanting to make a re-affirmation of faith. The class will be led by Associate Rector Elizabeth Tesi and our seminarian intern, Becca Kello. On completion of the course, the class will participate in the Confirmation Service at the Washington Cathedral on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Please register with the Parish Office or online here .

Koinonia Fellowship Dinners

Last year, St. John’s launched a new Koinonia community-building program, drawing on an old Christian and St. John’s tradition – breaking bread together at dinner to build friendship and fellowship in our community.

Based on the very helpful feedback we received from parishioners on their experience with Koinonia in its first year (thank you!), we will continue the program this year with refinements to expand participation and ensure success of the groups.

We invite parishioners to join our new Koinonia network to be launched in March. Based on preferences that participants express, we will establish groups of seven to nine people to get together for a potluck dinner once a month in one another’s homes or at a restaurant (no host) over the course of a year. Participants can elect to join an intergenerational group, a group for families with young children, a group for families with older children, a group for singles, or a group with others of a similar age.

The church office will gather names and preferences of those interested, set up the groups, recruit volunteers to host the first potluck dinners, provide tips on launching a successful group, and put group members in touch. Participants will take it from there!

You can find the Koinonia sign-up form here, or pick up a hard copy in the West Avenue lobby. Please complete and return the forms to the church office (to the attention of Anne Derse) by March 5.

Our Parish is growing quickly, and we’d love to see longstanding and newer members of St. John’s deepen relationships and discover new connections. Join us in building fellowship in our community – join Koinonia!

(The Greek word koinonia appears 19 times in the Greek New Testament and means community, communion, joint participation, sharing and “joyful fellowship.”)

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