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POI Homicide 3600 Calvert St NWOn June 19, 53-year-old Joel Johnson Jr. was killed in the portico of St. Luke’s Mission Center (3655 Calvert St.), the victim of a stabbing by an unknown assailant. The Metropolitan Police Department has released the above photo of a person of interest in the case. The person can be seen in the middle of the frame, behind the archway.

Johnson, who studied fine arts in college, was known by local friends as “the Quiet Guy,” according to a profile in the Washington Post. After his employer, a film processing company, closed three or four years ago, Johnson became homeless, though he always told family that he was staying with friends, the Post states. Johnson had planned to sleep under the St. Luke’s portico the night of the attack.

“He was a photographer by profession, with a portfolio that included shots of parades and rallies, of the famous and ordinary, of moments centered on civil rights and social justice causes,” the Post states. “He wrote on his LinkedIn page that he wanted to tell a story ‘that others did not have a chance to witness first hand.’”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

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Burned rainbow banner, St. Luke's, 140204A rainbow banner in support of two Methodist ministers who officiated at same-sex weddings has been vandalized, according to a blog post by the pastor in charge of St. Luke’s church (3655 Calvert St.). “I visited our St. Luke’s campus yesterday to find that someone had burned—yes, burned—our ‘Stop the Trials’ banner, calling for a stop to church trials of clergy officiating at same-gender weddings,” wrote Rev. Dr. Charles Parker, senior pastor the Metropolitan Church, on February 6. An earlier  banner at the church’s sister campus, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (New Mexico and Nebraska aves.) was cut down, Parker noted. “The trials of Frank Schaefer [of Pennsylvania] and Tom Ogletree [of Connecticut] are a shame to our denomination and a national embarrassment,” he wrote. “You may disagree with their decision to officiate at their sons’ weddings, but pastors of integrity and conscience should not be put on trial for acting out of their conscience.” In the post, Parker reaffirmed his own commitment to the denomination’s Social Principles, which reject discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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On Friday, August 17, the E & Me Contemporary Jazz Band  will bring live music back to the courtyard of St. Luke’s Mission Center (3655 Calvert St.) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The performance, a revival of the center’s popular “Jazz in the Garden” series, is free and open to the public. For more information, visit metrocrossroads.org.

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The St. Luke’s Mission Center (3655 Calvert St.) will host a free screening of Where the Wild Things Are on Friday, June 29 at dusk (around 9 pm). The event will be held rain or shine—if rain, they’ll show the film inside the church building—with complimentary popcorn and lemonade.

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Per Idealist:

St. Luke’s Shelter [at 3655 Calvert St., across from Guy Mason], a transitional shelter for 6 chronically homeless men, is looking for a part-time on-call staff aide to join our team in helping to provide a safe, sober, and secure environment for our residents. This person will fill in for shelter staff on a scheduled or emergency basis and must be able to work on a flexible basis.

• Be aware of personal health and welfare needs of residents, and encourage them to seek any needed assistance from their primary case managers.
• Observe and provide appropriate crisis intervention to residents when needed.
• Conduct intake and exit interviews with residents.
• Conduct house meetings as needed.
• In coordination with residential supervisor, other shelter staff aides and the shelter director help lead life-skills groups for residents.
• Maintain accurate shift notes; resident warnings; and critical incident reports.
• Ensure the policies and procedures of St. Luke’s Shelter are carried out correctly.
• Help identify, along with shelter aides, director and residential supervisor, areas for program growth.

SCHEDULE: This is an on-call position, so candidates must be able to work on short notice. The shelter is open from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. every day of the year, including holidays.

Desired Qualification: Experience working or volunteering with individuals who are homeless, and/or have history of mental illness or substance abuse.

Email resume and coverletter to Kate Murphey at kmurphey@mmumc-dc.org.

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St. Luke’s Shelter (3655 Calvert St.), will host a free pre-Halloween pumpkin fest on Sunday, October 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event, to be held in the St. Luke’s Church courtyard across from Guy Mason, features pumpkin painting, games, baked goods, and “fun for all ages.” Though there’s no cover charge, donations are welcome. All proceeds will benefit the shelter, which helps formerly homeless men work toward independence.

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