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St. George's Episcopal Church


Fourth Sunday After Pentecost ~ June 20, 2021


160 U Street Washington DC 20001


This Parish of the Episcopal / Anglican Church was founded in 1930 as an Episcopal Church for African Americans. St. George's witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as expressed through the Anglican Tradition. We serve as a guiding light for our parishioners as well as the larger community.  We bid you welcome in the name of the Lord! 


Priest-in-Charge: The Rev Marilyn Jenkins

Associate Priest: The Rev Yolanda Rolle


Happy Father's Day


God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless those fathers who have taken upon themselves, the responsibility of parenting. Bless those who have lost a spouse to death ... or divorce who are parenting their children alone. Strengthen them by your love that they may be and become the loving, caring persons they are meant to be. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen


General Order Number 3

19 June 1865


June 19 marks the anniversary of the day in 1865 when Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and his troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced to slaves there that they had been freed. The Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln had taken effect on Jan. 1, 1863, but the order had little effect in the parts of the South still controlled by the Confederacy during the Civil War. And even though the war ended in April 1865, former slaves in Texas didn’t receive news that they were free until two months later.


One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began most significantly with:


"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer."


From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.


Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement, and for planning the future.


DC Juneteenth Events:


St. George’s Summer Bible Study


This summer St. George’s will be offering two Summer Modules. Each module is 3-weeks in duration; and engage topics that are relevant for this moment in our life together. While these modules are not exhaustive, they do provide an opportunity for us to engage a good conversation that will hopefully generate additional and exciting inquiries of study. All are invited to attend.


Summer Module I: Book of Common Prayer

Beginning June 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 891 6259 5431

Passcode: 018378

Join Zoom Meeting


Week 1: Why? A Very Brief History of the Book of Common Prayer

Week 2: An Instructed Eucharist I

Week 3: An Instructed Eucharist II


What do you need? A copy of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP Online)


Summer Module II: The Creation Story

Beginning July 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 891 6259 5431

Passcode: 018378

Join Zoom Meeting


Week 1: The First Biblical Creation Story and Other Creation Stories 

Week 2: The Second Biblical Creation Story

Week 3: Christian Ethics on Creation


What do you need? A copy of The Bible: New Revision Standard Version (The Bible).


Sunday Schedule

The Next Sunday Service in Church will be determined by Public Health Indicators and implemented in a phased approach

7:30 a.m.      

Holy Eucharist RITE I with Sermon -- The Rev. Marilyn Jenkins


8:30 a.m.

Hospitality Hour


9:00 a.m.      

Parish Choir Rehearsal        


9:00 a.m. - Conf. Room     

Bible Study with The Rev. Marilyn Jenkins


10:00 a.m.  

Choral Holy Eucharist RITE II with Sermon -- The Rev. Marilyn Jenkins


11:00 a.m.

Hospitality Hour 


Coming Up


June 19 - Juneteenth

June 20 - 7:30 a.m. Outdoor Eucharist


June 20 - 9:00 a.m. Bible

June 20- 9:45 a.m.

Zoom Worship


June 26 - 9:00 a.m. Kwanzaa Kitchen



DC Housing Assistance


Rent and utility

assistance when

you need it.


Regathering News


Outdoor 7:30 Service: On Sunday, June 6, 2021 we will begin to hold an outdoor Eucharist on the Conversation Court. We will continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing. All are welcome.


Indoor Regathering: We are working with St. Luke's and Calvary to provide a date when we will regather in person. As you know we have grown into a shared community and we are prayerfully discerning how we continue in together in community even as we plan in the near future to worship in our own spaces.



Bishop T. Walker School for Boys

Juneteenth Giving Campaign


This first ever BWS Juneteenth campaign was conceptualized as an opportunity to raise awareness of our School and the imperative role we play in shifting the educational narrative and experience of boys living East of the Anacostia River in Southeast DC.


Increasing calls for investment in Black communities have been amplified during Juneteenth in response to what appears to be a mass racial awakening, and the Bishop Walker School sees its mission and work as a shining example of what can be done to lay a firm foundation in the lives of our next generation of Black male leaders. The Bishop Walker School is an Episcopal school which strives to ignite in boys a love for learning and a commitment to serve others in an intellectually rich and socially engaging environment.




St. George's Oral History Project


We are excited to announce that our Congregational Leadership Initiative (CLI) through the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) - St. George's Oral History - has received a $7,000 grant from the DC Humanities Council. We will be working hard over the next five months to conduct an oral history that is done right and done well in order to preserve our history contributing to our legacy.



Racial Justice Audit of Episcopal Leadership



As you may have seen, the Episcopal Church recently released a racial justice audit of Episcopal leadership: 


This is a watershed study that will likely impact how the Church sets priorities as we continue to dismantle racism and pursue justice and healing. I encourage us to become familiar with the findings which will also help congregations and the Church look at ourselves and set priorities for action. There is a series of informational webinars being offered by The Episcopal Church, the first one being Tuesday evening and then two more in the month of June. Feel free to share this more widely.


·     The Racial Justice Audit: An Overview: Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 6:00 pm (EDT) – Register here

·     The Racial Justice Audit: The 9 Dominant Patterns: Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 6:00 pm (EDT) – Register here

·     The Racial Justice Audit: Where Do We Go from Here?: Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at 6:00 pm (EDT) – Register here



This Sunday's Worship

St. George's ~ St. Luke's ~ Calvary


This Sunday, June 20, 2021 we will again worship via zoom joining St. Luke's and Calvary live. Please join us on Zoom if you can. Or you may join us on St. George's Facebook page as we will stream the Zoom worship live onto Facebook and on St. George's YouTube Channel.


Sunday Worship:

Date: June 20, 2021

Time: 9:45 a.m.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID number: 362-627-1076. If asked for password -- 001891


If you are calling in by cellphone, we ask you to use this number: 301-715-8592, meeting ID: 362-627-1076. 


If you must use landline to call in, use 1-877 -853-5247, meeting ID: 362-627-1076. Password is 001891 (this is toll-free, but it costs us)


St. George's Facebook Page Livestream Here


St. George's YouTube Channel Livestream Here




Outreach: Serving the Community



Kwanzaa Kitchen: Janis has been able to come up with a unique way in which we will continue to feed the hungry in this important ministry. It involves fewer than 6 people and we will pack the food to go and place it outside on tables for people to take their breakfast with them. We will continue this way until we are able to gather groups together again.







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