Greetings from Grace! 
In this Issue: Celebration of Jean McKinney's Life, Music on the Lawn, Fall Koinonia, Youth Group Pizza Party and More!  


Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown
1041 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
202.333.7100 | 
In this issue...
Music on the Lawn 2013: Live Jazz
Fall Koinonia Sign-up
Episcopal Youth Group and Confirmation Classes
New Children's Ministries - Play and Pray
Parishioner Profile: Stephane Le Bouder
1963, from the Grace Archives
Upcoming Events
Sunday, September 1st
2:00 to 5:00 PM
Celebration of the life of Jean McKinney
Please join us; Details 

Thursday, September 5th
5:00 to 7:00 PM
Music on the Lawn:
Sandra Y. Johnson and Friends (jazz, blues and R&B vocals)
Details on all events

Saturday, September 7th
Deadline to sign-up for Fall Koinonia Groups

Sunday, September 8th
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM and 5:00 PM
Sunday Services return to their Labor Day through Memorial Day start times

9:35 AM
Adult Forum Returns
Every Sunday; Our Autumn theme is "Teach us to Pray"

5:30 PM
Multi-Parish Youth Group Pizza Party at St. John's
Parishioners ages 12 to 18 and their parents are invited
Email RSVP; Details on the event

Tuesday, September 10th
6:30 to 9:00 PM
Parents Night Out
RSVP to Helen Buhr via phone (301.529.2511) or email; Details

Thursday, September 12th
5:00 to 7:00 PM
Music on the Lawn:
Cloudburst (vocal jazz ensemble)
Details on all events
Saturday, September 14th
10:00 AM
Sunday School Work Party
Thursday, September 19th
5:00 to 7:00 PM
Music on the Lawn:
The Larry Brown Quartet (instrumental jazz)
Details on all events

Thursday, September 26th
5:00 to 7:00 PM
Music on the Lawn:
Marshall Keys and Herman Burney
(alto sax and upright bass)
Details on all events

Friday and Saturday, November 1st and 2nd
Annual Parish Retreat
Bon Secours Retreat Center, Marriottsville, MD
Phone (740.607.7420) or 
email Mystelle Ruble to learn more. 
Coffee Hour Hosts

1st  Vestry
8th  Music on the Lawn Committee
15th  Retreat Committee
22nd  Seminarian Lay Committee
29th  Stewardship Committee
6th  Newsletter Committee
13th  Counters
20th  Sunday School
27th  Choir
AdultForumAdult Forum
Every Sunday, 9:35 AM

Our theme for autumn is "Teach us to Pray"


Our primary text will be Margaret Guenther's
The Practice of Prayer,
readily available in e-book and paperback form at online sites like Amazon and Alibris.

Karl Rahner's The Need and the Blessing of Prayer will help us go a little deeper. 
Rahner's book is a more challenging read, but well worth the effort for those who'd like to take it on.
Holy Eucharist, Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Hildegard of Bingen

Each Wednesday during the 12:15 PM service we celebrate a holiday or the life of someone important in the church. Here's the upcoming line-up: 



4th Paul Jones, Bishop

11th Prayers for Peace

18th Hildegard of Bingen

25th Sergius, Abbott
Please join us for this brief (30 minutes) but spiritually rewarding service. 
PNOParents Night Out,
September 10th
Leave your little ones with us on Tuesday, September 10th from 6:30 to 9:00 PM 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 phone (301.529.2511) or email Helen Buhr if you plan to come. 
JeanCelebrating the Life of Jean McKinney
Jean McKinney, Taste of Georgetown 2012
Photo Courtesy of
Rob Cahill

God's sweet chariot swung low on August 20th, 2013, picked up our beloved Jean McKinney, and took her to the refuge of the everlasting arms.

All her children and many of her grandchildren were with her, and her passing was very peaceful. "She just let go," one of her daughters said; a granddaughter added, through tears, "It was beautiful."

Jean issued strict guidelines for mourning before she passed away: "Wear bright, festive colors when I die, and enjoy your life."  I encourage you to do as Jean said. 

If you didn't know Jean, please keep those of us who did in your thoughts and prayers.


She was, and is, a great soul; none of us who knew her, loved her and now grieve her passing will ever be the same.


Please join us on Sunday, September 1st to celebrate her life: 

2:00 PM Visitation
3:00 PM Funeral Service, followed by reposal of ashes in the Peggy Lincoln Memorial Garden and a party in the Parish Hall
September Birthdays


Catherine Aselford

Mario Bravo

Peter Dunn

Tom Horst

Diana Martin

Margaret Lenzner

Grace Molinaro

Martha Molinaro

John Christian Noer

Kagiso Seferian


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

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.
                                                                                      September 1, 2013

I hope you can join us to celebrate the life of our beloved Jean McKinney today, Sunday, September 1st, beginning at 2:00 PM. Per her wishes, please wear festive colors; we'll be honoring her with a party featuring her favorite foods after the funeral service. 
It's September and that means Music on the Lawn, every Thursday night in Grace's Garden. It's also time to sign-up for the Fall Koinonia Dinner and Cocktail party groups (deadline is Saturday, September 7th). 
We're very excited to be launching a Multi-Parish Episcopal Youth Group and Confirmation Class here in Georgetown. Parishioners ages 12 to 18 and their parents are invited to a Pizza Party on Sunday, September 8th at 5:30 PM to meet the youth group leaders and discuss plans. Please save the date. RSVP via email and join us!
And we're starting Play and Pray, new Children Ministries offering during Sunday School. Parents and Interested Parishioners are invited to attend a meeting to learn more at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 14th. 
And, as always, please take a moment now to get caught up on upcoming happenings at Grace. 

In Christ's Redeeming Love,
John Graham, Rector
MOTLMusic on the Lawn 2013: Live Jazz in Georgetown
By Marie-Laure Poire


To celebrate the end of the summer and the beginning of fall, please join us every Thursday of September to listen to some wonderful Live Jazz music surrounded by the beautiful gardens of Grace Church (in case of inclement weather, the performance will be moved indoors).


Bring a picnic, blankets, good company, and a bottle of wine if you like! Chairs will also be available. 


Gates open at 5:30 PM; music from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. 


To help defray the costs, we suggest a $5 donation. 


We're looking forward to your joining us! 


Here's the lineup:


Thursday, September 5th  

Sandra Y. Johnson and friends (jazz, blues and R&B vocals)


Thursday, September 12th
Cloudburst (vocal jazz ensemble)


Thursday, September 19th

The Larry Brown Quartet (instrumental jazz)


Thursday, September 26th

Marshall Keys and Herman Burney (alto sax and upright bass)

KoinoniaSign-up to Participate in Fall Koinonia
By Leila Harrington

Koinonia, from the Greek 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 Fall with lists going out in early September. 

In addition to our dinner groups of eight, we are adding a different facet. If you prefer, cocktail party groups have been added. 

Please contact Leila Harrington no later than September 7th for information or to join the list for the fall. 
youthgroup Faith, Fellowship & Fun in New Grace - St. John's Programs for Young People  By The Reverend Sarah Duggin

If you are a teen or preteen (you will turn 12 by May 2014), this should be an exciting fall as we begin two programs just for you!


Grace and St. John's Episcopal Church have come together to form a new Youth Group and a Confirmation Class for preteens and teens.


Both programs offer opportunities for learning more about your faith and having fun with friends while you do so!


Youth Group

Our new Youth Group will begin with a pizza party for parents and kids on September 8th at 5:30 p.m. in Blake Hall at St. John's, 3240 O Street, here in Georgetown.


Please RSVP to Jeanne Jennings at 202.365.0423 or via email, so we will be able to order enough pizza for everyone.


This first session will be a meeting to introduce our leaders, work out logistics, and contribute ideas for fun and faithful activities. Following this initial meeting, kids and leaders will meet once a month. 


The purposes of the Youth Group are to:

  • provide our young people with a Christian-based community for fellowship
  • help them explore and strengthen their faith
  • enable them to have a positive impact in the community by living into gospel teachings.  

Youth Group members will engage in a variety of activities, such as walking the labyrinth in Georgetown's Waterfront Park, watching and discussing movies that relate to faith and life, helping with dinner and bingo ministries at the Georgetown Ministry Center, attending a Nationals game, and going ice-skating together.


We are very fortunate to have two wonderful leaders in Jeanne Jennings of Grace and Patrick Scanlon of St. John's.  


Jeanne earned her Master's degree at Georgetown University. Then, she "fell in love with the village and decided to stay!" Jeanne is an active parishioner at Grace Episcopal Church where she is involved in the music program and the gardening group. She also serves as the editor of the Grace monthly newsletter.


In her professional life, Jeanne is a consultant specializing in online marketing strategy. She is an avid fan of the Washington Capitals, the Redskins and the Nationals, and she enjoys spending time with her niece, nephews, and friends' children.  


Jeanne reports that she was thrilled when a few of the young parishioners at Grace suggested that she would be an "awesome" person to help lead the new youth group. We are thrilled to have her! 


Patrick has been a part of St. John's since he was six months old. He attended The Potomac School and then received both his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Virginia.Patrick now practices labor and employment law at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, in the firm's D.C. office.


Patrick is a Nationals fan, and he enjoys running and kayaking.  He has been drawn to ministry with young people since he worked at a camp for underprivileged kids when he was a teenager himself. Patrick is says he is happy to have an opportunity to work in this exciting new ministry. We are delighted that he has agreed to serve as one of our Youth Group leaders!


Confirmation Classes

What does it really mean to say we believe in the Holy Trinity? What is the difference between the Ministry of the Word and the Ministry of the Table? Why do we have a Book of Common Prayer? Come to confirmation class to find the answers to these and many more questions!


We will talk about logistics for the Confirmation Class at the September 8th Youth Group meeting. Grace's Rector, the Reverend John Graham and St. John's Interim Rector, the Rev. Bruce McPherson, will co-teach the class. 


Bruce and John anticipate scheduling about 8 sessions between October 2013 and April 2014.  Participants who are ready to go forward will be confirmed by our Bishop at the May 2014 service at the National Cathedral. 


The preliminary plan for the class is to meet at St. John's or Grace on scheduled dates after the 10:30 and 11:00 services (from approximately from 1:00 to 2:15 PM) We will do our best to ensure that the schedule does not conflict with Redskins games!


Parents will be asked to provide a light lunch for participants.  We will work together in class and then ask participants to do some homework to dig even deeper as we study about our faith and learn what it means to be a committed Episcopalian in the world today.

Children Children's Ministries - Play and Pray
By The Reverend Sarah Motley

Grace Church is blessed to have over fifty children involved (from one time to another) in the nursery and the Sunday School. Ages range from babies to young elementary schoolers. 
This fall, there are some new offerings and schedule changes that will enhance the experience for Grace's children - and allow them to continue offering Grace their own special gifts.


To hear more about these developments, a meeting will be held Saturday morning, September 14th, beginning at 10:00 AM. The time will be devoted to:

  • introducing a new approach to Sunday School lessons (Godly Play and Weaving God's Promises)
  • organizing, cleaning and decorating the Sunday School and Nursery rooms
  • and - yes - talking about the need for Sunday School teachers - volunteers are asked to give just a small amount of time downstairs with the children - one month out of the year. Training will be provided, and the rewards are great!

All parents and all interested parishioners welcome!


In addition to introducing the new curriculum, this fall will see:

  • the initiation of a monthly children's chapel in the Rose Room, to be held during class time
  • a change to first-Sunday-of-the-month-only (instead of weekly) 'Welcoming the Children' at the 10:30 AM service
  • a quarterly Sunday School newsletter
  • and a move for the Holiday Pageant to the Sunday morning of Epiphany Eve, January 5.

The children among us are one of Grace's most precious gifts.  We look forward to the year ahead!


For more information contact Jacqueline Walters or The Reverend Sarah Motley.

Parishioner Profile: Stéphane Le Bouder
By The Reverend Sarah Motley

"Running a little late...drop off at pre-school took longer than anticipated" was the message I received the morning that Stéphane Le Bouder was heading to church for a Grace Greetings parishioner profile coffee.


He actually arrived right on time, but it was a good way nonetheless to begin our talk.


He and his family have been regulars at the Sunday 8:30 morning Eucharist, and daughter Kaya, 2 (being dropped off for her first day of school) and brother Caleb, 4, are well-known at the "early service" and bring to the altar there the special wonder of a child.


Stéphane is the newest member of Grace Church's Vestry, appointed last spring. He finds the Vestry "very interesting, seeing the inner workings of a church," how much goes in to running a mid-size parish, maintaining an old building, reaching out to the community.


He and his wife Monica have been members since just after moving to the area in 2009. Prior to that they attended a Korean-American Church.  They lived in Georgetown, and wandered down Wisconsin one day, stopped for a service at Grace, met with the Rector once, and "that was it."


Tracing Stéphane's background is to take a tour around the world. Born in the Central African Republic, moving briefly to the Caribbean before settling in DC, he attended the French International School, then McGill University in Canada for both Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. A few years later, he received a degree from Harvard Business School.


It was there that he and Monica met. After a few years in New York City, they moved back to DC with baby Caleb. Kaya was born in Washington, two years later. Stéphane's family still lives in the area; Monica's is in Vancouver, B.C.


Stéphane has been working, "lobbying Congress" for the Treasury Department. After working for ESPN and the Washington Post, Monica is currently involved in finance with another media company, WeddingWire. 


As to outside activities, "Work and family take up all our time right now," he says, "the 8:30 Sunday service gave us time after church to occasionally visit a museum, eat lunch, and get home by naptime." 


There are two new developments in the Le Bouder household this fall.


In October, Stéphane will be leaving for three months in Senegal. There he will be working for an investment group that supports African entrepreneurs. "Agriculture, mining, financial services, transportation" he says, "a whole range of businesses by and for Africa and Africans." Mobile phone and IT? "No," said with a smile, "that's up to someone else." 


Senegal is a good place to base such a company, he says. "Good infrastructure, nice climate, stable government." He points out the country's first president after independence in the 1960s was, and remains, one of Africa's most prominent poets. "There are third world problems, but there's also the beach!" he smiles.


With his experience in Africa and multi-nationally, the position provides enormous opportunity for Stéphane to do something he's always had an interest in: really making a difference. If all goes well, the family will join him there in the new year.


The other development in their household? Kaya and Caleb will start frequenting Sunday School at 10:30 on Sundays; but Stéphane and Monica still love the intimacy of the 8:30 congregation, so they will likely start alternating between services whenever possible. Whatever time they attend services, Grace Church is truly graced by their presence. 

The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., March on Washington, 1963
Gleanings from the Grace Archives
By John Boynton

At the time of the first march on Washington, in 1963, Grace Church was in a period of transition. The Reverend C. Miles Perkins, who had recently completed 24 years of service, and who is the longest serving Rector in parish history, had recently retired. 
Activities such as parish dinners for the community and participation in intramural Diocesan sports leagues were a thing of the past. Reverend Perkins' legacy of service not only to Grace but the community was legendary but Grace's congregation had dwindled to fewer than two dozen parishioners. 

A new Priest in Charge had been called; The Reverend Stuart Gast came to Grace with a vision of a parish more in tune with new forms of worship and an exploration of the intersection of all forms of art with spirituality. 

The Reverend Gast, the son of an Episcopal priest with experience in public relations before he chose ordination, belonged to a current of "relevant worship" which sought to expand church membership by relating to a younger cohort.

The Reverend Gast's love for the arts became a part of Grace's future even if his "mod" response to early sixties culture did not. It could be said that Stuart Gast had a dream of his own. In an era when change was accelerating not every dream survived. But he was very much representative of a new generation with new visions and a desire to meet new needs.
Weekly at Grace
8:30 AM
Holy Eucharist


10:15 AM
Prayers for the Nation and the World
Held outside at the Memorial Cross, includes remembrance of the Fallen (only the last Sunday of each month; 15 minutes)
10:00 AM (Moves to 10:30 AM beginning September 8th)
Holy Eucharist 
Music, child care and Sunday School


6:00 PM (Moves to 5:00 PM beginning September 8th) 
Evening Eucharist
Plan to stay for refreshments after the service
Laying on of Hands for Healing, second Sunday of each month at the 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM and 5:00 PM services. 


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. 


Contact the church office for more information or to volunteer.  

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.

Sunday Parking: 3 options


1. South Street Lot behind the church - 20 spaces free until 1:30 PM with one time use pass from Grace Church entrance.


2. Eagle Bank Lot across Wisconsin Avenue from the Church - 8 spaces free until 1:30 PM with one time use pass from Grace Church and limited use based on availability for the 6:00 PM service (5:00 PM beginning September 8th).

Cinema Garage on K Street just east of Wisconsin Avenue - 2 hour free parking until 1:00 PM with a separate exit ticket from Grace (exit tickets just inside the church left side door) - use both tickets at the pay station to leave the garage.

Weekday Parking at the Cinema Garage on K Street just east of Wisconsin Avenue - Monday through Thursday Day and Night and Friday until 6:00 PM. 2 hour free parking with a separate exit ticket from Grace (exit tickets just inside the church on the left) - use both tickets at the pay station to leave the garage.


Grace Episcopal Church
1041 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
202-333-7100  |  |