Greetings from Grace!
In this Issue: Bike Ride with the Bishop, Blessing of the Animals, Bishop Mariann on Same Gender Marriage and More!


Grace Episcopal Church
1041 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007 
202.333.7100 | 
In this issue...
Bike Ride with the Bishop
Nominations for Vestry
Music on the Lawn Wrap Up
Vestry Notes: Sandstone Arches and More
Taste of Georgetown Wrap Up
2012 Grace Gala Wrap Up
Same Gender Marriage Discussion
Upcoming Events
Sunday, October 7
10:30 AM
Blessing of the Animals
Bring your pets and celebrate St. Francis Day at Grace!
The blessing will take place on the terrace at the beginning of the service; all God's creatures are also welcome in the church for the service -- leashes and carries are recommended.


Sunday, October 7
Following the 10:30 AM Service in the Sanctuary
Brief Refresher for Servers and Communion Ministers
Please plan to attend if you missed the September 23 refresher; 15 minutes
Sunday, October 7 and Sunday, October 21 
Following the 10:30 AM Service in the Rose Room 
20s-30s-40s Bible Study
Our topic this fall is Old Testament Prophets: Leading Us to More Ethical Ways of Living. Seminarian Robert Hartmans will lead us; childcare will be available. Contact  Jane Mosbacher Morris to get on the discussion list so you have the readings. 
Saturday, October 13
Rides begin at 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM; Lunch at Grace starts at 12:30 PM 
Bishop Mariann's Bike Ride and Lunch at Grace
Join the riders (details at right) and/or contact Helen Buhr to volunteer to bring food and welcome riders to Grace (we need 4 to 6 volunteers).
Sunday, October 14
Following the 10:30 AM Service
20s-30s-40s Group Brunch We'll be going to Cafe La Ruche on 31st Street, Dutch treat. Contact Jane Mosbacher Morris to RSVP and let her know if you need child care. 
Friday and Saturday,

November 2 and 3

3rd Annual Grace Church Parish Retreat

We'll be meeting once again at the Bon Secours Retreat Center in Marriottsville, MD. Only a few spaces left!


Information and registration forms are available at Grace and by request from the office; register now to reserve your space!


Sunday, November 18 

Following the 10:30 AM Service 

Annual Parish Meeting

We'll hold elections to fill vacancies on the Vestry (details at right) and report on the past year. Please join us!


Please complete and submit your 2013 pledge cards as soon as possible so the Budget Committee can get started on formulating a budget.

If you haven't received a card, please request one from the office
Support GMC at Work
You can support the work of the Georgetown Ministry Center through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaigns! Here are GMC's numbers: 

United Way Campaign: 9635

Combined Federal Campaign: 31661

Georgetown Ministry Center is dedicated to guiding homeless individuals towards stability and housing through street outreach; providing a safe and welcoming clubhouse environment where everyone is treated with respect; and educating the community about homelessness.


Learn More

Donate Directly to GMC

October Parishioners Birthdays
Sally Avignone
Brandel France de Bravo
David Bujard
Peyton Craighill
Russ Davis
Shirley Davis
Preston DeMeo
Carolyn Kroon
Ianthy McCree
Terry Murphy
Lenore Reid
Lauren Gonzales- Torres
Walker Valdez   

We'd like to include you in this list! Please email us with your birthday!
Flowers for the Altar
It's always a pleasure to see flowers in the church!
If you have a loved one or an event you'd like to commemorate, please consider contributing flowers for the Sunday services! 
You may deliver flowers to the church yourself on Saturdays or call (202-333-7100) or email the church office and we can order them and have them delivered for $65. 
Write for Greetings from Grace!
We'd love to have more writers contribute to the newsletter.

Committee Chairs
Let us know what your group is working on!

Volunteer to write a Parishioner Profile or "cover" an event. 

Friends of Grace
Is there a topic "beyond the gates of Grace" that you believe our readers would be interested in? 

Contact our editor, Jeanne Jennings, to discuss opportunities and see about getting on our editorial calendar.  

Greetings from Grace is published every month to inform and engage members and friends of Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown.
MOTLpicsMusic on the Lawn 2012
Henry and Stacy Carter with Sally Stanfield, enjoying a picnic and the music! 

Stephanie Chan from Georgetown Ministry Center joined us and set up a table to sell some of the adorable knit and crochet items handmade by GMC clients. 

See the article above for more information on Music on the Lawn 2012 
                                                                                      October 2, 2012
Dear Friend of Grace,

Happy Fall! Music on the Lawn 2012 is over, but there's still a lot going on here at Grace! 

Please join us for the Blessing of the Animals on October 7, and read on to learn more about the upcoming Bike Ride with the Bishop, Vestry Nominations and thoughts on same gender marriage from Bishop Mariann.   

In Christ's Redeeming Love,
John Graham, Rector
Bikeride Bike Ride with the Bishop 4 
Saturday, October 13

Join fellow Episcopalians for the fourth in a series of DC Bishop's Bike Rides, all culminating at Grace Church Georgetown for lunch at 12:30 PM!

There are three rides to choose from:
  • Short Ride: Family friendly! Six miles, all downhill, starting at 11:00 AM from St. Dunstan's Church in Bethesda on the Capital Crescent Trail. 
  • Intermediate Ride: 16 miles on the Capital Crescent Trail (part gravel) and Beach Drive, starting from St. Dunstan's Church in Bethesda at 11:00 AM; thick tires advised
  • Expert Ride: 40 miles one way, beginning at 8:00 AM at St. Peter's Church in Poolesville, along the C&O Towpath to St. Dunstan's (11:00 AM) and on to Grace Church Georgetown.  
All rides are free; lunch at Grace Church Georgetown is $10. Registration and optional bike checks begin at 10:00 AM at St. Dunstan's Bethesda. 

Childcare is available from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at St. Dunstan's Church (advanced sign-up requested).   

Order a "Ride with the Bishop" Episcopal Bike Jersey for $75. 
Register onlinelearn more or Contact the ride coordinator, Elizabeth Schwinn.

To volunteer to bring food or to be a host at Grace for the Bishop and other riders please contact Helen Buhr. We need 4 to 6 volunteers. 
VestryNom1Nominations Open for Vestry 

At the Parish meeting next month we'll be electing at least two new vestry members. Ever thought about serving on the vestry? Nominations are open (more below); here are some things about the vestry you might not know.
The term vestry originated in Great Britain and referred to the room next to the nave of the church where the sacred vessels and vestments were kept. Those conducting parish business met in this room and came to be known as the vestry.
The executive committee of the vestry is made up of the two wardens, the rector, the treasurer and the secretary. The principle behind this, as well as the whole structure of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, is one of ordered and diffused authority.

The canon law of the Church charges the vestry with the following responsibilities:

  • responsibility with the Rector in promoting the spiritual welfare of the parish.
  • aid the Rector in the institution, conduct, and development of the program of the Church both within and without the Parish.
  • agent and legal representative in all matters concerning property: maintain the buildings and furnishings, maintain other property (rectory, parking lot, grounds, etc.), provide adequate insurance,
  • responsible for the finances of the parish, raising money, prompt payment of salaries and bills, prudent care of trust funds, endowments and bequests, sale and transfer of securities and other assets, maintain records, annual report, budget (approve expenditures and recommend and approve salaries)
  • recruit, encourage, train, and guide candidates for Holy Orders
  • represent the parish in its relations with the Rector
  • serve as a "Council of Advice" for the Rector when requested
  • elect a Rector if there is a vacancy

To serve on the Vestry in the Episcopal Church, one must meet the following requirements:

  • be 16 years of age or older
  • be an active communicant of the parish for at least 6 months
  • be a pledging member of record
  • participate in the Eucharist every Sunday "unless for good cause prevented."

VestryNom2If you'd like to nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission) for vestry, please contact Janet Sale, Barbara deBeaufort, Daniel Capizzi, Leila Harrington, Will Ollison or the Church Office (202-333-7100).

MOTLarticleMusic on the Lawn 2012 -- A Success!
By Jeanne Jennings

Many thanks to everyone for making Music on the Lawn 2012 a success! I hope everyone that attended enjoyed themselves! 


I especially want to thank our volunteers and other Parishioners who provided support: 


Catherine Aselford John BoyntonHelen Buhr

John GrahamKay Horst Tom Horst

Chris Kreutziger | Donna Pica | Joanna Riley 

 Thelma Smullen | Sally Stanfield

Ari Lynn Tonini


I also want to thank our wonderful performers: 


Sir Alan and the Calypso Ponzi Schemers 

The Georgetown Chimes 

The Larry Brown Jazz Quartet 

Poet Holly Bass accompanied by a Jazz Trio


Some friends of mine were in DC for a work conference and came to Music on the Lawn on September 13. Afterward they had a moving experience which my friend Dennis Dayman posted on Facebook; I wanted to take this opportunity to share it with you.  


Members of the Wallace Family enjoying the music!

"So I have to get this God moment off my mind. 


"At an outdoor event with Ryan Phelan and Jeanne Jennings last night in Georgetown. As we were helping clean up from the A Cappella Choir and the event overall, went to take down some signs and balloons on the wall of the church and street area.


"Ryan and I joked that we needed to inhale the helium, but then decided to find a kid on the street in front of 

this church (Grace) we were at to give them to. 

"First little one goes by with three adults with her, you can tell they have been out shopping and having a great evening. Ryan says to the little girl in a funny manner if she wanted a balloon. She shyly said yes, smiled, giggled, and began to walk away. 

"One of the adults holds back to thank us and quickly informs us that we've just made her day, which of course we began to think sure, but it was just some balloons...what's the big deal. 

"He then informs us that the little girl is Sean Smith's daughter. We dig deep and quickly realize he's talking about American diplomat Sean Smith, killed in Libya earlier this week. GASP! Only a God as good as ours can do that." 
More pictures from Music on the Lawn 2012 appear at the bottom of the left column
Watch and listen to a brief video clip of The Georgetown Chimes performing "Runaround Sue"at Music on the Lawn
vestryVestry Notes By Barbara deBeaufort 
  • Beth Lee reported that the General Convention, meeting in Indianapolis this summer, authorized trial liturgies for same gender marriage.
  • The Vestry set November 18 as the date for the Grace Church Annual Meeting. Janet Sale will chair this year's Nominating Committee for new Vestry members. She will be recruiting 3 non vestry members to serve on the Committee.
  • Paul Alligood, our Junior Warden has hit a snag in the stonework repair project. The sandstone is hard to find in this day and age. Ours is probably original to the building. The cost is very high, possibly prohibitive. Paul learned about a compound to use instead of sandstone, but the contractor said that in many areas, including the arch around the red door, there is not enough stone for the compound to adhere. Paul is back to the drawing board. The next step may be to have the Cathedral's chief stonemason look at the stonework, assess the risk and help us decide on next steps, if any..
  • John Graham, our Rector, is working on a job description for a new assisting priest.
  • John Graham reported on prospective upgrades to our Grace Church website. One proposal is a 'Keep and Share Calendar.'
  • Kay Horst and Sarah Haft have begun as new coordinators of Grace's Table.
  • We hope to improve the flow of Communion on Sundays. We will have a second Vestry Member in Charge at the altar during communion to assist with serving communion from the center out. 
  • Attendance at 'Music on the Lawn' performances averaged about 50, with several people coming more than once. Jeanne Jennings prepared small plates of light fare for our guests. Music on the Lawn was scheduled on four consecutive Thursdays this year, instead of monthly as in previous years, in order to test the idea that events in close proximity generate higher attendance. The Outreach Committee will assess this year's efforts and make plans for 2013.

Full Minutes of Vestry Meetings are in the notebook in the Volunteer office of the Rectory after they have been approved by the Vestry. 

Taste of Georgetown Raises $28,000 for the Georgetown Ministry Center

The numbers have finally come together and the net raised this year for GMC is $28,000, a plus of $2,000 over last year's earnings of $26,000. 

Thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard selling Taste tickets and acting as greeters on June 2nd. And thanks to Catherine Aselford for organizing them! It was a great day all around!

And thanks to the restaurants that participated: 

Baked & Wired Bangkok Joe'sBodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge
Cafe BonaparteClyde's Daily Grill Dean & DeLuca
Degrees Bistro at the Ritz-CarltonGeorgetown Catering Georgetown Cupcake
J. Paul'sMartin's Tavern Mie N Yu Muncheez Mania NeylaOld Glory
Paolo'sRistorante PiccoloRugby CafeSea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar
SequoiaSerendipity 3Shut Your Pie HoleSprinkles Cupcakes
Thunder Burger

If you visit these restaurants in Georgetown please be sure to thank them for their hard work and support of the Georgetown Ministry Center and the Taste of Georgetown. 
Casablanc 2012 Grace Gala: Update on Use of Funds Raised 

Thanks again to all who came for a Night in Casablanca, and thanks to Elizabeth Hill and the volunteers who made it happen!

Here's a quick update on how the monies raised for the "Saving Grace" fund are being used. 
  • Front part of the Rectory tuckpointed - very noticeable! Cost: about $16,000
  • New flooring in the breezeway between the Parish Hall and the church. Cost: about $2,000
  • See the Vestry note above about the status of the Stone frame around the red doors
Same Gender Marriage Conversation with Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde
By Barbara deBeaufort


In our meeting with Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde on June 10, 2012, the Vestry discussed with her the tension between Canon Law and the 2009 General Convention's  authorization of a "generous pastoral response" to same-gender couples.


To help us with this inconsistency, Bishop Mariann spoke about the values of our Church. She also gave us new insights into how change happens in the Church.


According to Bishop Mariann, our church seeks to have "a discerning mind and an inquiring heart." Our values are compassion, love, and care of our own and care of the outcast. We know  people by the fruits their lives bear. Many Episcopalians believe that unconditional love trumps all.


The Bishop is in favor of same gender marriage. She talked about how the Church is in flux and how change gets accepted. She has studied how ideas move slowly through key influencers. 


It starts with the 'early supporters' A "middle place" follows, where the idea is accepted by a larger group.Finally, it becomes the norm. "There will always be resistance," she said; "We need to discern, 'Is this of God?'"


Bishop Mariann believes that we are in that middle place. She believes in being pastorally generous. She is ready to take the heat on Canon Law, letting the tension with pastoral generosity be there. She wants the Church to find as much common ground as we can, but let differences be accepted and respected. We can agree to disagree.


She foresees that the Church will get ahead of Canon Law on this, and one day look around and say, we really ought to change Canon Law.


The Bishop described how her relationships with homosexual friends and parishioners were a strong influence on her thinking .

Weekly at Grace
8:30 am
Holy Eucharist


9:40 am
Adult Forum: Evil and the God of Love
Held in the parish hall; child care available
10:15 am
Prayers for the Nation and the World
Held outside at the Memorial Cross, includes remembrance of the Fallen (last Sunday of each month; 15 minutes)
10:30 am
Holy Eucharist 
Music, child care and Sunday School


5:00 pm
Service of Prayer, Meditation and Communion


12:15 pm
Centering Prayer
35 minutes
12:15 pm
Holy Eucharist
30 minutes
11:30 am
Grace's Table

Grace's Table offers hot lunch, Bible study and fellowship for persons who are homeless or living on the margins. 

About Grace

Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown, was founded nearly 150 years ago to serve the laborers, craftsmen, shopkeepers, and watermen of the Georgetown waterfront.

By 1857 regular services were being held in a wooden chapel that stood in the southwest corner of the churchyard, where the World War I Memorial Cross now stands.

Outreach to the community, particularly lower Georgetown, remains a vital ministry of Grace.

To that end we host a variety of events for the public, including an annual Bach Festival and Music on the Lawn. Our parishioners are also active volunteers for the Taste of Georgetown, which supports the Georgetown Ministry Center, located in the basement of our Rectory. 

Grace Church is committed to providing a spiritual refuge for everyone living and working in the Georgetown area regardless of their religious affiliation. 

Visitors to Grace find a warm welcome, wonderful music, and a heartfelt faith. We are located on the east side of Wisconsin Avenue, just below M Street and the Canal, in the heart of Georgetown. 

Please join us for a service, an event, or just moment of quiet during your day. A weekly schedule of events appears in the column to your left.

Grace Episcopal Church
1041 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
2 hours free parking, with Grace validated exit ticket, is available in the Cinema Garage on K Street (just east of the intersection of Wisconsin and K Streets, one block south of the church):
  • Sunday until 1:00 pm
  • Monday through Thursday until 11:00 pm
  • Friday until 6:00 pm