Greetings from Grace! 
In this Issue: "Fat Sunday" Brunch, Spring Koinonia, Ice Skating Party Pictures, Bishop's Conversation with Gun Owners and More!  


Grace Episcopal Church
1041 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
202.333.7100 | 
In this issue...
Fat Sunday, February 10th
Spring Koinonia -- Join Us!
Ice Skating Party Pictures
Stewardship Campaign Update
Vestry Notes: Eastbanc Project Update
2013 Budget Highlights
Bishop Seeking Conversation with Gun Owners
Upcoming Events
Sunday, February 3rd
After the 10:30 AM Service
Coffee Hour hosted by the 20s/30s/40s Group
Noon in the Sanctuary
Promoting a Just Peace in the Holy Land
Please join us for this presentation by the Companion Diocese Committee; this will also serve as the 20s/30s/40s group's first Sunday Gathering
Sunday, February 10th
After the 10:30 AM Service
"Fat Sunday" Brunch
Join us for indulgences and live jazz music; hosted by the Outreach Committee with help from the Music on the Lawn volunteers
After the 10:30 AM Service 
Pastoral Care Knitting Circle
We'll meet in the Rose Room as we do the second Sunday of each month; contact Susan Tobias for more information
Wednesday, February 13th
Ash Wednesday
12:15 PM and 7:00 PM
Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes 


Sunday, February 17th
After the 10:30 AM Service
Coffee Hour hosted by the Memorials Committee
Sunday, February 24th
10:15 AM
Prayers for the Nation and the World
at the Memorial Cross immediately before the 10:30 AM Service


After the 10:30 AM Service
Coffee Hour hosted by the Greeters
After the 10:30 AM Service
Training for New Servers / Communion Ministers 
Training will last approximately one hour. If you're interested in one or both of these ministries but cant' attend this training, please contact the Rector to arrange an alternate date. 


Sunday, March 3rd
After the 10:30 AM Service
Coffee Hour hosted by the Vestry


12:30 PM
20s/30s/40s/ Bible Study
This group will meet with young adults from other Georgetown Episcopal churches for a special Lenten series on Forgiveness. 


Christ Episcopal Church, 3116 O Street NW, will host these gatherings. 


Sunday, March 10th
After the 10:30 AM Service
Coffee Hour hosted by the Gardens and Grounds Committee
After the 10:30 AM Service
Pastoral Care Knitting Circle
We'll meet in the Rose Room as we do the second Sunday of each month; contact Susan Tobias for more information
Sunday, March 17th
After the 10:30 AM Service
Coffee Hour hosted by the Grace's Table Volunteers
20s/30s/40s/ Bible Study
This group will meet with young adults from other Georgetown Episcopal churches for a special Lenten series on Forgiveness. 
Christ Episcopal Church, 3116 O Street NW, will host these gatherings. 
Sunday, March 24th
Palm Sunday
8:30 AM and 10:30 AM 
Holy Eucharist with the Reading of the Passion and Palm Blessing
5:00 PM
Holy Eucharist with the Reading of the Passion


After the 10:30 AM Service
Coffee Hour hosted by the Seminarian Lay Committee
Thursday, March 28th
Maundy Thursday
6:30 PM
Simple meal
in the sanctuary
7:00 PM
Informal Eucharist
with foot washing and stripping of the altar in the sanctuary
Friday, March 29th
Good Friday
11:15 AM Sharp
Procession to Mt. Zion departing from Grace Church; earlier than in previous years as we will include three "Station Prayers" at selected points along the route
Noon to 1:30 PM
Service of the 7 Last Words
at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1334 29th Street NW
7:00 PM
Solemn Liturgy
at Grace
Saturday, March 30th
Time TBD
Easter Vigil at Grace
Beginning after sunset
Sunday, March 31
Easter Sunday
8:30 AM
Holy Eucharist
10:15 AM
Prayers for the Nation and the World
at the Memorial Cross immediately before the 10:30 AM Service
10:30 AM
Holy Eucharist 
with special music from the choir and the Sunday School


After the 10:30 AM Service
Coffee Hour hosted by the Retreat Committee
After the 10:30 AM Service
Easter Egg Hunt
5:00 PM
Holy Eucharist
GracesTableGrace's Table
Volunteers Needed

We are looking for some volunteers to cook lunch for Grace's Table over the next few months. 


The most immediate need is on Saturday, March 30th. We may also need some additional people for other dates in February and March.  


The Georgetown students will be around to take care of set-up, clean-up, serving and dessert.  This lightens the load considerably!


We have been feeding up to 50 guests on these cold winter Saturdays. This does not include the volunteers, who do not eat unless there are leftovers.


If you can volunteer to cook a meal please contact Sarah Haft and Kay Horst via the Grace's Table email address


The Outreach Committee is happy to reimburse Grace's Table volunteers for their out-of-pocket costs of providing food and parking.
Seminarian Seeking Summer Housing
We have a request from a Sewanee Seminarian who will be doing his Clinical Pastoral Education work at Sibley Hospital here June 1st through August 18th. 


His wife and 3 young daughters will be joining him. 


If you might be away over the summer and willing to let them house sit or rent or know of someone else who might be interested please contact Helen Buhr for more details. 

ministersEucharistic Ministries

Interested in becoming a Server, Communion Minister or Reader? There's still time to sign-up!

We'll be holding training on February 24th; all new Servers and Communion Ministers will be scheduled to apprentice with veterans before going solo.  
Contact John Graham  via email or phone (202-333-7100) to learn more or sign-up.  
February Birthdays
Bobbie Aselford 
Isabel Dower 
Stacy Carter 
Georgia Murphy 
Chloe Pham 
Kimberly Ludwig 
Joan Robinson 
Nancy Seferian 
Elizabeth Shank 
Susan Shank 
Elena Valdez
We'd like to include you in this list! Please email us with your birthday!
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Contact our editor, Jeanne Jennings, to discuss opportunities.  

Greetings from Grace is published every month to inform and engage members and friends of Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown.
                                                                                      February 1, 2013
Dear Friend of Grace,

It's almost Lent! I hope you'll join us for "Fat Sunday" on February 10th to indulge before this season of penance and prayer in preparation for Easter. It's also time to sign-up for Spring Koinonia; learn more about the new "happy hour" option in addition to the traditional pot luck dinners. It's a great way to get to know fellow members of the Grace community a little bit better. 

The Grace Skating Party was a success -- no broken bones and we have pictures of Parishioners having fun on the ice! See who was out there this year and, if you weren't among them, we hope you'll join us next year. 

We're also looking for volunteers for Grace's Table -- and it's not too late to sign-up to be a Eucharistic Minister

There's a lot more here as well, including a stewardship update and budget highlights for 2013 -- please take a moment now to catch-up on the latest news from Grace. 

In Christ's Redeeming Love,
John Graham, Rector
FatSunday"Fat Sunday" -- Join us for Brunch and Indulgences on February 10th!

To help us prepare for Lent, the Outreach Committee will sponsor a brunch on "Fat Sunday" after the 10:30 service on the Last Sunday of Epiphany, February 10th (Ash Wednesday is February 13th).


"Fat" or "Shrove Tuesday" is a traditional occasion for using up the cooking oils, lard and butter in a household before the fast of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Grace has moved this celebration to the preceding Sunday so as to increase attendance.


Come and enjoy an all-star combo from the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra and a rich smorgasbord of New Orleans style brunch dishes, including jambalaya, gumbo and crepes, as well as desserts and other tasty treats laden with fat and totally lacking in any nutritional value. 


To ease guilty consciences, the Outreach Committee will be selling indulgences. All indulgence payments and other contributions support the work of the Outreach Committee, which helps to fund our Grace's Table ministry with homeless neighbors, Music on the Lawn, and Grace's membership in the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN). 


If you are trying to lose weight or simply disapprove of this whole event, the Outreach Committee would still welcome your monetary contribution.

KononiaSpring Koinonia -- Join Us!
By Leila Harrington

A special part of Grace Church are our Koinonia dinner groups, long organized by Jean McKinney. Jean has given the reins to me, and I hope everyone will enjoy their gatherings as much as they did during Jean's tenure.


Koinonia, from the Greek word meaning intimate communion, is a longstanding tradition of parishioners gathering for casual potluck meals at people's homes. Koinonia Groups are being organized for the Spring with lists going out in mid-February.


In addition to our dinner groups of eight, we are adding another option -- happy hour groups! 


Dinner groups will still have eight participants, with the option to invite Reverend Graham. Hosts prepare a main dish and group members bring appetizers, salad, side dishes and dessert.


Happy hours would have half the group bring beverages, and half the group bring light snacks. This option makes it easier to have midweek gatherings. People can drop in straight from work, grabbing their food or beverage contribution on the way. We believe these shorter gatherings with simple appetizers and drinks will be a perfect fit for those with small homes and/or tight schedules.


If you've already been participating in the Koinonia dinner groups and want to continue, you don't have to do anything. If you'd like to switch to the new happy hour option, just let me know. 


If you haven't been involved in Koinonia -- now's the time! It's a wonderful way to get to know other members of the Parish. Just let me know whether you prefer a dinner or happy hour group. 


You can reach me via email or phone at 202.330.1717. I hope to see all you at a Koinonia dinner or happy hour in the spring!

Skating Grace Church Ice Skating Party a Success! By Jeanne Jennings
Wilson with his penguin -- he was skating solo by the end of the session!

Roughly 20 parishioners, young, old and in-between, braved the cold weather on January 27th to participate in Grace's First Annual Ice Skating Party!

Thanks to all who attended for making it a success, including:

The Bujard Family  |  The Carter Family  |  Vicki Carlson  |  Diana Dick  |  The Daly Family  |  The Dunn Family and friends  |  The Molinaro Family  |  The Motley Family and friend  |  The Smith Family

A good time was had by all and we'll be making this an annual event, so if you missed it this year please plan to join us next winter! 

And if you need some practice in the meantime... Feel free to join me at the rink almost any Sunday after the 10:30 service (the rink is open through February).

Here are some photos of the fun!
stewardship Stewardship Campaign Update 
Grace's 2013 stewardship campaign is drawing to a close. Here's a quick look at where we are:
  • 113 total pledges; 13 were new this year, 60 of these were higher than their 2012 pledge amount
  • $331,517 pledged; this is a nearly 6% increase over 2012 and nearly 12% over 2011

Our gratitude goes to all who have made pledges, but in a special way to Scott Murphy, whose extraordinary competence and commitment are rich and continuing blessings to us all, and to the Stewardship Committee he leads:


Helen Buhr  |  David Crawford  |  Diana Dick  |  Amy Aden Dunn  |  Jane Mosbacher Morris  |  Will Ollison  |  Marie-Laure Poire  |  Janet Sale 


Special thanks also go to the hosts of our stewardship gatherings:


Helena Dunn  |  Margaret and Drew Davis  |  Peter and Beth Wallace  |  Jane and Nate Morris 


The high number of increases and new pledges for this year can be attributed, at least in part, to the warm hospitality -- itself an act of generosity -- extended by these Grace members. 

Vestry Notes from the January Meeting By Barbara de Beaufort


  • The Vestry approved by voice vote the proposed 2013 Budget as discussed and amended. The Vestry thanked Peter Wallace for his incredible work on the Budget.  See "Budget Highlights", elsewhere in this newsletter, for more details.
  • We gave Adam Harrington thanks for his analysis of comparable residential and commercial properties, as well as an analysis of the GMC space/use related to percentage of Grace utility costs. These helped to put a value on our support of GMC.
  • The Vestry set up the schedule of Vestry meetings through May, 2013. We will meet on the third Monday evening of the month.
  • The Eastbanc project, a combined residential-retail building in the Verizon parking lot adjacent to Grace, has still not started. They seem to have no urgency about when they start.
  • Eastbanc was concerned about the condos' view of the Ritz. They provided a well designed garden enhancement plan which was integrated with what we have now in the garden. The enhancement is complete. Some plants were relocated. Bulbs were planted. The new trees will provide screening without growing too tall. We will receive approximately $30,000 more from Eastbanc for garden maintenance.
  • John Graham announced with much sorrow that Elizabeth Hill is leaving our parish for personal reasons and will no longer chair our Gala committee. We are going to miss her and her fabulous ideas very much.
  • The Vestry is planning to look at Grace's Strategic Plan. Our "Envisioning Grace" plan ran from 2007 through 2011, and we would like to assess again our goals and vision for the future of Grace.
Full minutes of Vestry Meetings are in the binder in the Volunteer Office of the Rectory after they have been approved by the Vestry.


budgetBudget Highlights By John Graham

The 2013 budget passed by the Vestry at its January 14 meeting includes a substantially increased amount of anticipated pledge income, thanks to the hard work of the Stewardship Committee and the generosity of Grace's members and friends.  

The budget also includes a significant increase in the monthly Utility Supplement paid by Georgetown Ministry Center. 
GMC's monthly contribution for use of space is fixed through 2021, in accordance with the provisions of an agreement negotiated when GMC's alley space opened in 2003, but reimbursement for utilities is negotiable year by year. The amount paid through the end of last year was set in 2006. 
Increased usage of GMC's space since 2006 - more shower and laundry capacity, longer hours, more members - led to a new agreement this year. We're grateful for GMC's increased level service to our homeless neighbors, and for their willingness and ability to reimburse Grace for the increased utility consumption their service level requires.

Grace's anticipated rise in income for 2013 has also allowed us to strengthen our ministries through a targeted increase in expenditures:
  • We're now able to hire a half-time assisting priest beginning March 1 - search and interviews are in process;
  • We've been able to bring staff compensation within shouting distance of levels recommended by the Diocese of Washington;
  • We're able to meet new national church standards regarding benefits for lay and clergy employees alike;
  • We're able to increase the amount the Grace operating fund contributes to compensation for professional choristers to augment our volunteer choir, reducing the amount paid from a special donation made two years ago - our goal is to transfer this expense completely to the operating fund within the next few years, and we're making progress in this direction.

The full 2013 budget is available by request from the office.


Beyond the Gates of Grace: Bishop Seeking Conversation with Episcopalian Gun Owners

Dear Friends, 

As our church has become engaged in the national conversation regarding gun violence, I recognize that many in our faith communities value the constitutional right to bear arms. Several Episcopalian gun owners have written or called me, given my recent public statements, asking that I take seriously their concerns, and I do. 

In my desire to be a more educated leader and to engage gun owners in the urgent need to address escalating gun violence, I invite all Episcopalian gun owners of our diocese into an intentional conversation.

If you would like to be part of a gathering of gun owners or an online exchange with me, please contact the bishop's office via my assistant Keely Thrall. As soon as I learn the scope of interest, we will work to establish meeting times or ways to be in conversation with one another. 

Bishop Mariann  
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