Greetings from Grace! 
In this Issue: Music on the Lawn for Whitsunday, Easter Pictures, Welcome Reverend Sarah Motley and More!  


Grace Episcopal Church
1041 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
202.333.7100 | 
In this issue...
The End Times in the Bible
Music on the Lawn for Whitsunday
Star Gazing Party
Easter at Grace
Parishioner Profile: John Boynton
Vestry Notes
Lenten Interchurch Bible Study a Success
SWAN Day a Success
Upcoming Events
Sunday, April 7th
After the 10:30 AM Service
Coffee Hour hosted by Crystal Romeo and Christopher Upperman

After the 10:30 AM Service
20s/30s/40s Bible Study
We'll be discussing the apocalypticism genre in Scripture; all are welcome

Tuesday, April 9th 
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM 
Parents' Night Out
Learn More

Saturday, April 13th
9:00 AM to Noon
Grace's Garden Committee 
New member orientation and spring clean-up; it's not too late to volunteer! Contact Paul Alligood or Kimberly Ludwig, both can be found in the church directory, for more information

Sunday, April 14th
After the 10:30 AM Service
Coffee Hour hosted by the Stewardship 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, April 21st
After the 10:30 AM Service
Coffee Hour hosted by the Sunday School

After the 10:30 AM Service
20s/30s/40s Bible Study
We'll be discussing the apocalypticism genre in Scripture; all are welcome
Sunday, April 28th
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 Choir

Saturday, May 11th 
9:00 AM to Noon
Grace's Garden Committee 


Sunday, May 12th
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, May 19th
Noon to 2:00 PM
Music on the Lawn to celebrate Whitsunday
Live music in Grace's Garden; details to come, but save the date, invite friends and join us! Learn More
Sunday, May 26th
10:15 AM
Prayers for the Nation and the World
at the Memorial Cross immediately before the 10:30 AM Service

Saturday, June 1st
Taste of Georgetown
Save the date, volunteers will be needed; details to come.

Sunday, June 23rd
Friends of Grace Gala and Silent Auction
Save the date and please let us know if you, a friend or a relative have anything to contribute to the silent auction. Learn more about donating to the auction here; More details to come on the Gala. 
July 2013
The 20th Grace Church Bach Festival
  • Sunday, July 7th
  • Wednesday, July 10th
  • Saturday, July 13th
  • Sunday July, 14th
Save the dates! More details to come.

Friday, July 12
7:30 PM at Wolf Trap
Grace's own Steven LaBrie, baritone soloist, in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with the National Symphony Orchestra
Save the date! More details to come.  
EasterFlowersFlowers for the Church
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.
April Birthdays

Rosalie Alligood

Jeanne Jennings
Francine Mat
Will Ollison
John Seferian
Elizabeth Tyner  

We'd like to include you in this list! Please email us with your birthday!

sarahWelcome Reverend Sarah Motley!

The Reverend Sarah Motley, who assisted with the Vacation Bible School program last summer, has joined Grace's staff as a half-time Assistant to the Rector. 


John interviewed four outstanding candidates for this position. Any of them would have made an exemplary assistant, but he was convinced that Sarah best meets the needs of Grace at this time in our history. 


Her duties will include Sunday School oversight, the 5:00 PM service, spiritual growth offerings and sharing in the ministries of pastoral care, worship leadership and preaching.


We'll have a profile of Sarah in the May newsletter, but in the meantime please say hello and let her know how happy we are to have her staying with us!

PNOParents' Night Out

Leave your little ones with us on Tuesday, April 9th and enjoy an evening in Georgetown or simply some time to yourself. Helen Buhr and Chris Kreutziger will be on hand to have fun with the children. 


Please contact Helen via email or phone (301-529-2511) if you plan to come. 

gmcGeorgetown Ministry Center Needs Men's Shoes

New or gently used; sizes 10 to 12 are most often requested.


If you have some to contribute you can bring them to the church office or deliver them yourself to GMC, which is now open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 


Learn more about GMC

silentauctionGrace Gala and Silent Auction, June 23rd

Categories typically include: 

  • Great Escapes
  • Fabulous Feasts
  • Cultural Treats
  • Superior Services
All proceeds benefit the Saving Grace Fund for the restoration of the stone framing the church windows.


If you, a friend or relative have anything to contribute please contact Hillary Liebtag or Scott Murphy

Maundy Thursday Potluck Dinner and Eucharist

The Maundy Thursday potluck dinner and informal Eucharist is a wonderful Grace tradition. 


About 2 dozen parishioners and friends joined together to enjoy a simple meal of soups, salads and bread in the sanctuary. 


At the end of the service, we all silently helped strip the altar in preparation for Good Friday. 


The picture above doesn't capture the power of the moment when it's time to turn off the lights and leave.


If you weren't able to join us this year, we hope you'll mark your calendar for next year. It's truly a moving experience. 

Camp EDOW, Summer 2013

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington will once again be hosting a week of fun, faith, friends, activities and memories for rising 4th through 8th graders. 


Learn More

                                                                                      April 1, 2013
Dear Friend of Grace,  

It looks like spring has finally Sprung! At least I hope so. We're planning a special Music on the Lawn for May 19, Whitsunday -- more details are to come but please save the date, invite friends and plan to join us. 

I hope you were able to join us for Easter Sunday -- we've got pictures below of the fun and festivities we enjoyed to celebrate the resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ. And if you have any men's shoes lying around that you no longer have a use for, Georgetown Ministry Center's clients sure could use them. 

There's a lot more here, including an official welcome to the Reverend Sarah Motley, so please take a moment now to get caught up on past and upcoming happenings at Grace.

In Christ's Redeeming Love,
John Graham, Rector
biblestudy2The End Times in the Bible, April 7th and 21st 

This is the topic for our April 20s/30s/40s Bible Study. 


The Biblical end of times, the heavenly fight between God and Satan, the mark of the beast, the rapture -- we'll be discussing them all. Look forward to readings from Daniel and Revelation. 


We'll meet after the 10:30 service in the Rose Room, with Robert Hartmans, Seminarian, leading us. Everyone is welcome. 

whitsundayMusic on the Lawn for Whitsunday, May 19th -- Please Join Us!
Whitsunday, also called Pentecost, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the twelve Apostles and other followers of Jesus.
It is sometimes considered to be the "Birthday of the Church."
We will celebrating Whitsunday this year with a special Music on the Lawn performance at Grace, beginning around noon. 
Details are to come, but please save the date, invite your friends and plan to join us for this happy event which (weather permitting) will take place outside in Grace's Garden. 
As all Music on the Lawn events, it will be free and open to the public. If you're able to help with the planning or on the day of the event, please reach out to Jeanne Jennings. We look forward to seeing you there!
Glory of the Heavens: Star Gazing Party in West Virginia
By John Boynton 

Green Bank, West Virginia is one of the few "dark spots" on the east coast. The Green Bank Science Center, part of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, hosts monthly "Star Parties" where visitors can observe he glory of the heavens, both with and without telescopes.

I'd love to go and thought I'd see if anyone else would be interested. 

The Star Parties are one Saturday night a month; they are free to the public. Green Bank is a ways from DC, but I've found reasonable overnight accommodations ($200 per night for a cabin that sleeps 10) at Seneca Rocks National Park, which is about 3 hours from DC and about an hour from Green Bank. We'd also need to cover the cost of gas (if we carpool it'll be less expensive) and food (we can cook in the cabin). 

I'm thinking we could leave on a Friday afternoon or evening and drive to Seneca Rocks. Enjoy activities there on Saturday (they have a heated pool and stables), then head to Green Bank before dusk for the Star Party. We can drive back to Seneca Rocks to spend a second night, then drive back to DC on Sunday (we can either hold our own Sunday worship service or find a local church).  

I'm estimating the total cost per person at $100 or less, assuming we have a group of at least 6 people. 

Green Bank hasn't yet announced their Star Party dates for April, May and June, so we don't have a specific weekend in mind, but I wanted to start this process by reaching out to gauge interest. If you'd like to join us to experience the glory of the heavens, please contact me via email or phone (301-213-3947), or get in touch with Jeanne Jennings 
easter Easter at Grace

We hope you were able to join us! Here are some highlights!

Profile Parishioner Profile: John Boynton
By Jeanne Jennings

John Boynton first visited Grace back in the late 1960s. He was single and working in a bookstore here in DC. A friend of his used to perform at the coffee house, which was located in what is now our Parish Hall. 

Coffee house you may think? Things were a lot different then. Grace was a haven for the counter culture, an alternative to the drug scene which existed in much of DC, especially DuPont Circle.  

In addition to the coffee house there was a food bank as well as advice and treatment for substance abuse issues, thank to the local Regional Addiction Prevention (RAP) group.

But as much as John enjoying coming to Grace, he didn't attend a church service here until more than 20 years later. And a lot happened in between. 

John graduated from working in the bookstore to selling books on the road for a publishing company. He married and started a family. Church wasn't a regular part of his life, until...

On the way home from a business trip to Atlanta, John visited Cumberland Island, Georgia. He was admiring a wonderful old Colonial Era Episcopal-Anglican Church. It was about 11:00 AM and people were going in, so he joined them. 
The liturgy made sense to him; he got the feeling that "something good was going on" here. He was in his late 20s and, upon returning to DC, he began attending church (but not Grace) regularly. He was in his late 20s. 
John's career took him to California; his first marriage ended and he had custody of his 2 children. He found a wonderful Episcopal church, a mission church, which he attended regularly and officially converted to the faith. 
In California John met his second wife. She had attended, but not graduated from, seminary and worked in Religious Education at a church in La Jolla. They were married and with her two children, both teenagers, created a blended family.
John and his second wife lost an infant son; it was a difficult period, but because of his faith John always hung onto the idea that there was something bigger going on than his problems. 
John's career took him to Minnesota next, which he found very family friendly. They found a nice church to attend and although his kids went with him, it was sometimes grudgingly. "You're going -- you can work it out in therapy later" was his wife's response to their reluctance. 
Unfortunately, John's career hit a bump in the road. His second marriage didn't survive it. So he found himself back in the Washington, DC area, starting again at 50 years old. 
It was the early 1990s. He had fond memories of Grace and learned that David Bujard was running poetry readings here. It wasn't the same as it had been in the 1960s, but it was nice. John met David Bird, Grace's rector at the time, who nudged him into coming on Sundays. 
John also discovered a new career when he came back to DC. He joined the board of the Georgetown Ministry Center and started working in social services, helping people with psychiatric disabilities live independently. This was very rewarding for him and he found that he genuinely liked 90% of the people he worked with. 
A new chapter is about to start for John. After years of living in Takoma Park he's planning to move to a retirement home in Foggy Bottom. He's be a 5 minute bus ride away from Grace. He's in the process of cleaning out his home and he knows it will be a huge adjustment, but he's looking forward to it. Finding a place where he would be able to easily get to Grace was a primary factor in his choice of where to move. 
You can find John at Grace not just Sundays but also many weekdays. He helps prepare the Sunday bulletin ("under the guiding hand of Helen" he's quick to point out). He also keeps his ears open to other opportunities; as chairman of Grace's Music on the Lawn committee, I was a beneficiary of this. It was great to have John as a volunteer for the events, welcoming guests and manning the food and drink table. 
John is also spearheading a project on the history of Grace, in conjunction with our church's 150th anniversary. As he reads through the trials and tribulations that our church has faced, he says that one thing is clear: "God has been looking out for us." 
John is excited to be welcoming a new grandchild next month; his son Matthew and his wife, who live in Boston, are expecting. He already has two granddaughters, Lucy and Violet. His daughter Anna travels; he says she's a bit of a vagabond. His step-children, Francine and Devon, live in Manhattan Beach and Hollywood, respectively.  

So the next time you run into John at coffee hour, ask him about his children and grandchildren, his upcoming move or the Grace history project. We are truly blessed to have John as part of our parish family.  
VestryVestry Notes from the March Meeting 
By Barbara de Beaufort
  • Sarah Motley attended the Vestry Meeting as our new assisting priest. John Graham and the Vestry are very happy to have her officially on board. Sarah is going to transition into the 5 P.M. Sunday service. She will be working with the children's education program, and helping with pastoral care, as well. 
  • We firmed up plans for Easter Sunday. Vestry members will be assisting in various ways, such as being communion ministers,ushering and bringing dishes for coffee hour.
  • Our Senior Warden, Margaret Davis, spoke with Joey Rick, the Canon for Congregational Vitality, about the nature of a Mutual Ministry Review. Joey also offered to help us with a strategic plan.
  • Paul Alligood, our Junior Warden, was happy to report that he has six new volunteer gardeners. The second Saturday of the month will be a garden work day.
  • The Vestry expressed its gratitude Beth Lee for all her hard work on the Eastbanc project. The Vestry passed the plan that Beth negotiated with Eastbanc on the crane swing easement.
  • A friend of Adam Harrington, who is a fire fighter, visited Grace and left us with the several suggestions. One of the suggestions was to train the Vestry to give specific orders with key words to help people evacuate. We will develop a plan based on his advice.
  • Adam located and purchased an audio system for the Church. It will upgrade our volume, add speakers to the rear of the Church, replace old speakers, have a security case for protection, and be expandable. Adam plans to install it by Easter.
  • The Gala team is hard at work on the Texas theme, with music, games, and food. The Gala will be on June 23.

The full minutes of the Vestry Meetings are filed in a binder in the Volunteer Office in the Rectory, after they have been approved by the Vestry. 

Lenten Interchurch Bible Study
By Katie Elmore

On March 3rd and 17th, Grace's 20s30s40s group joined the young adult groups from Christ Church and Saint John's in Georgetown for a two part discussion on Forgiveness. 
The discussion had an excellent turnout of about 25 parishioners from all three churches, as well as Reverends Stuart Kenworthy and Thomas Murphy from Christ Church, Bruce McPherson from Saint John's and Grace's own John Graham.

The first part of the enlightening discussion touched on pop-culture references and confronted participants with difficult questions of forgiveness amidst great human tragedy. 
The second session continued with the theme of forgiveness as a transaction. Finally, John Graham led the group in an exploration of the levels of purgatory as described by Dante and the scholar Dorothy Sayers.

Participants were also treated to a generous lunch provided by Christ Church and enjoyed fellowship before and after the discussion. Look for this inter-church Bible study to convene again next year, with possible topics to include poverty and love.
Kimberly Ludwig and Marie-Laure Poire enjoying the Bible Study  
Photo courtesy of Paul Gillis Photography; Copyright 2013
SWAN Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) Day a Success!
By Catherine Aselford

For the sixth year in a row, Grace Church has hosted women artists celebrating DC SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day.


This year:

  • Twelve local women poets read from their works
  • Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group presented SITE/SIGHT, a dance/music celebration of the beauty of Grace Church Sanctuary
  • Annetta Dexter Sawyer performed a dance choreographed to one of the poems
  • Storyteller Ellouise Schoettler presented PUSHING BOUNDARIES, her story of her gradual transition from a 1950's housewife to ERA activist.  

A new international holiday which began in 2008, SWAN Day is traditionally celebrated on the final Saturday in March.  This year DC SWAN Day was celebrated one week early, to avoid Easter weekend. Although SWAN Day events can take many different forms, our DC SWAN Day always features FREE performances by women artists.

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