Greetings from Grace!
In this Issue: Bible Study on Sexual Ethics in Spirituality, Annual Meeting, Vestry Candidate Bios, Christmas Pageant and More!
Grace Episcopal Church
1041 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
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. All spaces are taken, but it's not too late to get on the waiting list!
Information and registration forms are available at Grace and by request from the office; register now to reserve your space on the waiting list!
Sunday, November 4
Coffee Hour hosted by the Adult Forum Committee
Sunday, November 4
Following the 10:30 AM Service
20s/30s/40s Bible Study: Sexual Ethics in Scripture
Sunday, November 11
Coffee Hour hosted by the 20s/30s/40s Group
Sunday, November 18
Coffee Hour hosted by the Vestry
Sunday, November 18
Following the 10:30 AM Service
Annual Parish Meeting
We'll hold elections to fill vacancies on the Vestry and report on the past year. Read the candidates' bios and review the meeting agenda in this newsletter. Please join us!
Following the 10:30 AM Service
Grace's Knitting Circle
We'll sit together and knit while we attend the Annual Parish Meeting; Learn More Below
Sunday, November 18
Following the 10:30 AM Service and the Annual Parish Meeting
20s/30s/40s Bible Study: Sexual Ethics in Scripture
Thursday, November 22
Sunday, November 25
Coffee Hour hosted by the Koinonia Committee
Sunday, December 2
Coffee Hour hosted by the Outreach Committee
Sunday, December 9
Coffee Hour hosted by Eucharistic Ministers
Sunday, December 9 through Saturday, December 22
Community Based Homeless Shelter at Grace
Sunday, December 16th
Coffee Hour host needed
Sunday, December 16
During the 10:30 AM Service
Annual Christmas Pageant
Rehearsals begin on November 11th! Volunteers are needed to participate and sew costumes -- learn more in the article to the right or contact Jacqueline Walters.
Sunday, December 23
Coffee Hour hosted by Billy and Stacy Carter
Sunday, December 30
Coffee Hour hosted by the Choir
|Grace's Knitting Circle|
Grace's Knitting Circle makes blankets for our congregation's newly baptized babies.
It's fun and rewarding to see a brand new Christian wrapped in a blanket you have made!
Please join us to knit and chat the third Sunday of every month after the 10:30 AM service.
If you have forgotten to bring needles and yarn - or even if you don't know how to knit - we can help you out.
Please complete and submit your 2013 pledge cards as soon as possible so the Budget Committee can get started on formulating a budget.
|November Parishioners Birthdays|
We'd like to include you in this list! Please email us with your birthday!
|Georgetowner Holiday Benefit & Bazaar|
Looking for unique holiday gifts? Want a fun way to kick-off the holiday season and help a worthy cause? |
Please join us for the 3rd Annual Georgetowner Holiday Benefit & Bazaar, presented by Eagle Bank!
Parishioner Jeanne Jennings is on the host committee and it promises to be a lovely evening!
Shop for unique gifts from select vendors. Warm your senses with seasonal cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, including the fan favorite Mashed Potato Bar!
Gather in the joy of giving this holiday season; all proceeds benefit The Georgetown Senior Center, based in St John's Episcopal Church here in Georgetown.
It all takes place on Thursday, November 29th from 6:00 to 10:00 PM at the Historic George Town Club, 1520 Wisconsin Avenue NW.
Tickets are $45 in advance; $65 at the door. Purchase your tickets online today!
|Blessing of the Animals at Grace|
Abigail Chase Riley was just one of the pets blessed at Grace on Sunday, October 7th in conjunction with St. Francis of Assisi Day. |
We had a full house at the 10:30 service, as parishioners brought dogs, cats and other beloved animals to be sprinkled with holy water.
|"Get Hitched" Event Hosted by Grace|
On Thursday, October 18th, over 40 couples engaged to be married gathered in the Garden at Grace to participate in the 2nd Annual "Get Hitched in Georgetown" event sponsored by the Georgetown Business Improvement District. |
The brides participated in a game of 'Musical Chairs,' which knocked about a quarter of the couples out of the competition.
Next it was the grooms' turn; two rounds of 'Tug of War' left only half the couples in the running for the grand prize.
A final 'Newlywed Game' challenge fashioned after 1970s TV show narrowed the field, until only one couple was left standing.
The grand prize? A lavish Georgetown wedding package including a Bachelor Party at Mortons, a Bride's Spa Day at the Boutique Spa in the Ritz-Carlton, a Wedding Suite at the Four Seasons Hotel and a post-Wedding Brunch at Sequoia.
A good time was had by all, and Grace was happy to open their garden for the event.
|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.
Donate Directly to GMC
|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.
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| November 1, 2012|
Dear Friend of Grace,
October was a busy month at Grace and November promises more of the same!
Read on for information on our Annual Meeting and biographies of the candidates for Vestry. The 20s/30s/40s group has an interesting Bible Study lined up for November on Sexual Ethics in Scripture, which they hope you'll join them for.
We're also looking for volunteers to help with the Christmas Pageant and Congregation Based Homeless Shelter in December. And there's even more, right here in this issue.
In Christ's Redeeming Love,
Annual Parish Meeting Agenda|
Sunday, November 18, 2012
After the 10:30 AM Service
Declare the meeting open
- Introduce candidates for Vestry and Senior Warden (biographies below)
- Entertain motion for election by acclamation
IF NO MOTION FOR ACCLAMATION IS MADE AND PASSED:
- Distribute ballots
- Balloting to be closed after 15 minutes
- Election results will be announced when tally is completed and will become the next point on the agenda at that time.
Approve minutes of the 2011 Annual Parish Meeting
Senior Warden's Report
Junior Warden's Report
Motion to close the meeting
| 20s/30s/40s Bible Study By Robert Hartmans|
The 20/30/40's bible study got underway with two sessions on biblical prophets in October. The theme was prophets and the contemporary ethic.
The Bible study meets the first and third Sunday of every month; the structure is designed to allow easy access into biblical topics. The discussion topics change monthly and are designed with a come as you are approach; all are welcomed.
There were seven or eight participants in each of the October discussions. We explored the theme of what defines a biblical prophet, what is prophecy, and who are contemporary prophets. Many insights were offered as we considered prophetic voices in our own day and time.
Some offered the insight that prophets are often rejected in their own time, others focused on the love and power message that a prophet brings, and still others suggested that prophets challenge their cultures in some significant way.
We talked about Isaiah, Amos, and Hosea and the specific indictments they offered Israel, but also their message of profound hope in dire situations. We discussed troubling aspects of the prophetic literature, such as how do we take meaning from literature that was written for people who held a very different social ethic than we do. This part of the discussion turned us toward the November topic of the bible and human sexuality.
In November we will have two sessions on sexual ethics in scripture. The first Sunday, November 4th, will be an introduction to some of the many different sexual norms and ethics held in scripture, and a brief look at "biblical marriage." Next we will consider how some people look to the bible to derive a contemporary sexual ethic, and consider some approaches that might be helpful to us.
November 18th (after the parish meeting) we'll host a panel of people to answer questions about sex and scripture. We hope to have many perspectives and voices during these two discussions. Readings will go out by email a week before the first session, and will include some questions for consideration.
Participants shouldn't feel that they need to have completed the reading before coming, the reading is a resource for those who want to engage deeper with the topic. If you don't get the email or if you have questions do not hesitate to talk to me or Jane Mosbacher Morris. We will see you in November!
| Casting Call for Christmas Pageant|
By Jacqueline Walters
Come one and ALL. Pageant time is here again!!
We would love to see everyone this year!! We need a Joseph and a Mary. We need shepherds, towns people, angels, and everyone's favorite baby sheep.
In addition to actors, we need help with costumes. Our number of sheep have multiplied exponentially.
Please contact me or Amy Dunn and let us know how you would like to get involved this year!!!
November 11 - During Sunday School
November 18 - During Sunday School
November 25 - During Sunday School
December 2 - During Sunday School
December 9 - During Sunday School
December 15 - ALL CAST SATURDAY DRESS REHEARSAL
December 16- PAGEANT
| Grace to Host Homeless Shelter December 9th to 22nd|
One of Grace's primary areas of ministry is serving the homeless population of Georgetown. In addition to Grace's Table, a meal and fellowship program held for the homeless every Saturday, Grace parishioners, together with other community volunteers, also participate every year in the Congregation-based Shelter.
Started in 1992, the program supports 10 to 12 homeless men and women with dinner, breakfast and a warm safe place to sleep from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM. Ten congregations work together to host the shelter during the winter months. The shelter residents are screened by the Georgetown Ministry Center staff. In addition to providing a safe haven from the harsh winter weather, this program seeks to link the residents to a continuum of care to help them get off the streets.
This year Grace is hosting the shelter from Sunday, December 9th through Saturday, December 22nd. Cooks and volunteers are needed to prepare and serve dinner each night, joining the shelter residents for dinner in the Rose Room. Also needed are overnight volunteers who will have dinner with the shelter residents and staff, stay overnight and assist with the breakfast preparation in the morning.
If you can volunteer to cook and serve dinner, stay overnight or bring breakfast items to the church during this period, please contact me or sign-up at the kiosk. Also posted on the kiosk are guideline for cooks and overnight volunteers.
Volunteering for the shelter is a worthwhile family activity. It is also an opportunity to introduce friends to one of the many activities here at at Grace. Reimbursement for food costs is available.
Please feel free to phone (301-654-2184)or email me with questions or to sign-up.
| Vestry Notes By Barbara de Beaufort |
- Barbara de Beaufort submitted the Nominating Committee's list of nominees to the Vestry. There is one candidate for each opening in the Vestry.
- Margaret Davis will stand for a second term as Senior Warden
- Barbara de Beaufort will stand for a second 3 year term
- Diana Dick and Marie Laure Poire will both stand for 3 year terms
- See their bios below
- The Vestry unanimously approved the motion to waive the bylaw on contested elections. It is still possible to nominate someone by petition within the 21 day deadline before the November 18 Annual Meeting.
- John Graham, Peter Wallace, and Braden Murphy interviewed candidates for the bookkeeper position. They found two highly qualified finalists and John will announce their selection shortly.
- The Stewardship campaign has held receptions at several parishioners' homes. The response has been positive and generous.
- The landscape designer for Eastbanc, the company that is building luxury condos in the former Verizon parking lot next to Grace Church, has submitted a beautiful garden plan for the portion of the churchyard garden on the side of the Ritz Carlton. Two of the goals of the plan are to screen the Ritz building and to create a more sheltered feeling in that area.
- John Graham has been in the process of searching for an assisting priest. He describes the priest he is looking for as someone who will be a liaison with the Sunday School and with Grace's Table; someone who would develop the 5:00 PM service; who would initiate new spiritual growth opportunities; and who would share pastoral duties as well as officiate on Sundays at communion and preaching.
Full Minutes of Vestry Meetings are in the notebook in the Volunteer office of the Rectory after they have been approved by the Vestry.
|Vestry: Candidate Biographies|Margaret Davis
For election to a second term as Senior Warden
While Drew and I found Grace Church a few years ago, Grace Church truly found us.
After attending the National Cathedral where I was an associate dean, we were searching for a church community that was focused on fellowship and learning, living and sharing the Gospel together. What we discovered was this and more.
If John Graham and members of Grace Church determine that our faith in Grace and my professional experience can help our community grow and thrive, it would be an honor to work to advance Grace Church's mission through service on its Vestry and in a second term as Senior Warden.
Drew and I share a commitment to the ministry of Grace through its Sunday services as well as in hosting Grace's Table, reading, greeting and serving at the altar and over coffee hour, garden tending and assisting Georgetown Ministry Center.
I am privileged to have worked in non-profit management and governance for a few decades where dedication to mission coupled with good business practices usually insures a robust future. The Davises are committed in all ways feasible to the health and well-being of Grace Church with its warm and loving community as we are to the broader world we all serve together in Christ's name.
Barbara de Beaufort
For election to a second term as Vestry Member
I grew up in the Catholic Church -- attending Catholic schools through graduate school. I converted to the Episcopal Church when my children were small. I have been a member of Grace Church for 10 years and feel like I have found my spiritual home.
I retired from Fairfax County Public Library 4 years ago. For many years, I was an assistant branch manager at very busy community and regional libraries. I have lots of experience working on teams, juggling many projects at once, working with the public and with people issues, and organizing the nitty-gritty details that keep things running smoothly.
During the past three years, I have had the privilege of serving on the Vestry at Grace. During most of this time, I have served as Secretary to the Vestry. I have also contributed as a Communion minister, a server, a reader and a volunteer at the Taste of Georgetown. I have recently been writing Vestry Notes for the Grace Newsletter.
I offer my experience and commitment. I hope you will give me the honor of serving a second term on the Vestry.
For election to a first term as Vestry Member
I am a life-long Episcopalian, raised in the Chicago suburbs and New York City, where I spent several summers during college staying at the rectory of our church, Holy Trinity, at 88th St and 3rd Ave.
I served on Grace's Vestry during the mid-eighties, with Bob Tobias, Rob Cahill, Ken Bacon and others you may know or recognize. During those 10 years at Grace, my main interest, when I had the time as a single mother, was outreach and I also took part in an every-member-canvass, making calls at parishioners' homes. I had been formerly married to the Canon Precentor at the National Cathedral during his time there and at Memorial Church, Harvard.
Professionally, after moving to Boston in 1992, I was the development director for an independent school, the operations manager/senior administrator for the legal department of an $8B international medical R&D company, the development department of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Wellesley College.
While in Boston, I was a parishioner for 16 years at Trinity Church, Copley Square where I sang in the choir and served on the outreach committee for 3 years. In 2008, I incorporated my own business, My Concierge in Boston and then here since 2010, and I also subcontract as a project move manager and senior professional organizer.
My work invariably involves "people skills," from helping the domestic logistics for a high administration official and his daughter who lost their wife/mother to breast cancer, to assisting a retired government attorney prepare taxes and medical paperwork for her child in a treatment home, to helping many seniors (reluctantly) move into retirement facilities.
I currently serve on Grace's gardening, lay and stewardship committees. I have one son Sam Cave who is a professional punk rock musician/personal trainer living in Toronto with his wife Judy Chun and a soon to be 2 year old (cutest-in-the-world) granddaughter Millie.
I am honored to be considered for Grace's Vestry this time round.
For election to a first term as Vestry Member
I am Franco-American, but was born and raised in France until I moved to Washington, DC in 2002.
My first visit to Grace Church happened thanks to my very good friend Goranka Henegar who, at the time, was living alone as Alexander, her husband, was serving in Iraq. It was in 2004. I never left Grace since then.
Just as much as Goranka came to Grace to find the strength, warmth, comfort, love and faith she needed while Alexander was deployed, it became quickly evident to me that Grace excels in providing all this to whoever walks through its big red doors, including me. I often say that, although I was raised Catholic, I found that my faith got stronger at Grace and despite being far away from my family who I miss very much, I found a new home at Grace.
Whenever I can, I very much enjoy partaking in all the activities and programs Grace organizes. I have been involved in many of them, but always on the periphery. Becoming a Vestry member would be a wonderful opportunity for me to give back to Grace who has giving me so much and to make my commitment to Grace more central and substantial, rather than just peripheral.
Final 2012 Bike Ride with the Bishop a Success
|Vicki Carlson and Kate Elmore rode with the Bishop|
By Katie Elmore
On Saturday, October 13, approximately 30 bicyclists of all ages and skill levels gathered at St. Dunstan's in Bethesda for the last of four rides with the Bishop during 2012.
Two rides, 6 and 16 miles long, included portions of the Capital Crescent and Rock Creek Park trails and culminated at Grace with a picnic lunch.
The crisp fall weather offered an invigorating ride and mostly downhill routes accommodated riders of all fitness levels.
Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, an avid cyclist herself, kicked-off the rides with an opening prayer and blessing of the bicycles before joining riders on the 16-mile route.
|Helen Buhr, Bishop Mariann and Margaret Davis after the ride|
Grace's Helen Buhr and Margaret and Drew Davis joined volunteers from St. Paul's K Street to prepared a delicious picnic cookout of hamburgers, hot dogs, salad and fall-themed desserts.
Previous rides with the Bishop this year included a June tour of historic St. Mary's County in southern Maryland and a Strawberry Festival ride in May.
Look for additional rides starting next year. The next proposed ride is an Anacostia EcoTour on January 21, 2013, in coordination with Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the inauguration. Organizers hope to encourage more youth and beginner cyclists to the event.
For more photos and information about the event, check out the Episcopal Diocese of Washington article or St. Dunstan's Facebook page.
Halloween in Georgetown at Grace
|Edgar Allan Poe|
By Catherine Aselford
Halloween came early at Grace Church, as four actors read Edgar Allan Poe's tales of murder, mystery and madness on Saturday night, October 27. Two of the actors, parishioners Catherine and Terence Aselford, organize Halloween in Georgetown each year.
Every year we gather to read stories and poems by Poe, and every year something supernatural happens. This year, we were lucky to have Lenore Reid and her friend Jeannine in the audience. Jeannine helped us identify the ghost.
Earlier hauntings have included Edgar Allan Poe's mother, Eliza, an actress who performed in Washington, DC; the famous "Poe Toaster", who usually appears in Baltimore; the victim of a steamboat wreck on the Potomac; the Cooks, who gave the land for, and later built Grace Church; and (after Hurricane Katrina) famed New Orleans voodoo leader Marie Laveau. This year, the event was haunted by Eddie Yost, an old-time Washington Senator, unhappy that Washington just missed making it to the World Series.
After ruling out the possibility of an exorcism, the ghost was pacified by the reading of a special poem, Frank Jacobs', If Edgar Allan Poe had written 'Casey at the Bat.'
The evening's readings included well-known stories and poems by Poe, Annabel Lee, The Black Cat, The Cask of Amontillado, and the less well-known The Oblong Box. The performance concluded with The Raven.
The actors of Guillotine Theatre (formerly known as The Georgetown Theatre Company) would like to thank the Reverend John Graham and Helen Buhr for allowing them to do spooky things in Grace Church.
| Grace Makes Space for Counseling Clients|
By Stacy Notaras Murphy
What's going on behind the green curtains on the second floor of the rectory?
For anyone who has ever wondered, that's where I have been counseling individuals and couples for the last few years as a licensed professional counselor. It's a lovely little space (feel free to come see it!) with a warm atmosphere that helps people feel comfortable exploring how they might want to improve their lives and their relationships with others.
I like to say that my work has three focal points:
- the present
- the past
- the future
For the present, we immediately address any symptoms or worries that are making everyday life more difficult: anxiety, depression, intimacy struggles, etc. In terms of the past, we may consider old experiences or beliefs, and how they influence the way a person experiences daily life.
As for the future, the promise of counseling, to me, is that it helps people feel clear about real life goals - something we aren't often asked to think about in a regular workday. Together, we create an individualized action plan to achieve these goals.
Some of my additional training has been in Imago Relationship Therapy, which helps focus the work on how a person envisions the connected, relationship-filled life of his or her dreams, and how to get there.
Meeting with both couples and individuals helps me stay attuned to how we operate in and outside our various relationships. I think this is a very important point, in that many people want to work through things with a partner who will not attend therapy.
My aim is never to undermine their relationship. Rather, I help people understand their motivations and to brainstorm more effective ways to get what they really want from their partnership. I also enjoy premarital work and have been gratified to watch many couples I've worked with as they move into married life and build their families.
My passion is for helping couples get to the point of realizing that their struggles with parenting, family, or even their spouse, actually may reflect long-term beliefs about how relationships "should be." We all have these beliefs, and they are formed well before we are even aware of what relationships can really be like. Just by becoming aware of these unconscious thoughts and expectations, we can make better decisions and find more happiness in our lives.
Working on the Grace grounds has been such a benefit to my clients and to my own vision of my practice. Such a variety of people cross through the courtyard, and witnessing how they find peace in this quiet little corner of bustling Georgetown has been a grounding experience for me as I work with clients to make room for that kind of peaceful connection in their own lives.
If you have any questions or if I can be of help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone at 202-460-2667. You can learn more about me and my practice at www.stacymurphyLPC.com.
|Weekly at Grace|
Adult Forum: Evil and the God of Love
Held in the parish hall; child care available
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)
Music, child care and Sunday School
Service of Prayer, Meditation and Communion
Grace's Table offers hot lunch, Bible study and fellowship for persons who are homeless or living on the margins.
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