Greetings from Grace! 
In this Special Issue:
Annual Meeting, Vestry Slate, Parishioner Profile and More!


Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown
1041 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
202.333.7100 | 
In this issue...
Vestry Slate for 2014
Parishioner Profile: David Crawford
Commonplace, Young Adults Gathering
October Vestry Notes
Upcoming Events
Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th
Benedictine Symposium at St. Alban's DC
Dr. Phyllis Tickle is a featured speaker

Sunday, November 17th
After the 10:30 AM Service
20s30s40s Bible Study

2:00 PM
Confirmation Class in the Rose Room at Grace
Email or call  John Graham (202.333.7100) for more information.

Saturday, November 23rd
7:00 to 9:00 PM
Commonplace, Diocesan-wide Young Adults Gathering
St. Margaret's Episcopal Church

Sunday, November 24th
After the 10:30 AM Service
Annual Meeting

5:00 to 8:00 PM
Youth Group Ice Skating Party and Dinner
Contact Jeanne Jennings to learn more

Sunday, December 8th through
Sunday, December 22nd
Congregation Based Shelter at Grace
Volunteers needed; Contact Helena Dunn to learn more

Sunday, December 8th
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Youth Group Dinner with GMC Shelter Guests
Contact Jeanne Jennings to learn more
Coffee Hour Hosts

17th  Greeters
24th  Vestry
We hope you will consider carefully how you can support the work of Grace Church and return your pledge card for 2014 to us by mail or in the offering plate. 

Pledge forms were mailed October 29th. If you did not receive one please pick up a packet in the church entrance. 
wednesdaysHoly Eucharist, Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
William Temple, Archbishop

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: 



20th Edmund, King of East Anglia

27th Thanksgiving Eve
Please join us for this brief (30 minutes) but spiritually rewarding service. 
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! 
We're in the process of setting a date and time for our next knitting session -- and we'd love to have you join us!
If you don't know how to knit, don't worry -- we are happy to teach you!
Contact Susan Tobias to learn more. 
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.
November Birthdays


Alexandra Brennan 
Nolan Dwelle 
John Graham 
Goranka Henegar 
Rachel Luu 
Sakena McWright 
Lawrence Molinaro 
Vriginai Neumann 
Logan Riley 
Sally Stanfield 
Lucinda Wallace


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.
                                                                                November 15, 2013

It's time for our annual meeting, which will take place on Sunday, November 24th immediately following the 10:30 AM service. Childcare will be available; please take a moment to read the biographies of our slate of Vestry candidates. 

Also in this special issue: a profile of parishioner David Crawford, Information on Commonplace, a Diocesan-wide Young Adults Gathering and Vestry notes from the October meeting. 
As always, please take a moment now to get caught up on upcoming happenings at Grace. 

In Christ's Redeeming Love,
John Graham, Rector
 CandiatesBiographies of Vestry Nominees for 2014 

Junior Warden Nominee:
Diana Dick

I am a life-long Episcopalian and grew up outside of Chicago and in New York City.


I served on Grace's Vestry during the mid-eighties during which time my main interests were Outreach, Stewardship and tending to the small children, one of whom was my own. 


I especially appreciated Grace's congregation's care for its individual families.


Between 1992 and 2010, I lived in the Boston area and held positions in the private sector, and for non-profits such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Wellesley College and Harvard University. 


I was a parishioner at Trinity Church, Copley Square where I sang in the choir and served on the Outreach Steering Committee. 


In 2008, I incorporated my own business, My Concierge in Boston, and it returned with me to Washington in 2010.


My work often is helping people to downsize, to move to retirement homes, to organize their homes more efficiently, and lots of other things that pop up.


I currently serve on Grace's Vestry, Gardening, and Stewardship Committees. 


I served on the Lay Committee during Robert Hartmans' last two years, under Bill Mako and then as convener when Bill and Eunok Lee moved to Paris.


I have one son Sam Cave, a music composer, whose previously recorded punk bands are The Tonsils, The Trouble and The Explosion. 


Sam lives in Toronto with his wife Judy Chun and my granddaughter, Millie, age 3 this month and whom I am crazy about.


I am honored to be considered for the position of Junior Warden on Grace's Vestry. I know that I shall never live up to the accomplishments of Paul Alligood, but I'll give it my best try.


3 Vestry Nominees:

Larry Molinaro

Grace Church has played an important role in my life for twenty years. 


I first got to know the Grace community when I joined the staff as director of music back in 1992 (a position I held through 1998). Whitney Redding and I met at Grace and were married here in 1996. 


In the years since, we have been blessed with three children, Grace, Martha and Lawrence, who also have joined the Grace family. Even though a "cradle" Roman Catholic, Grace Church has been and continues to be an important spiritual home for me. I am honored to be asked to join the vestry. 


Ari Lynn Tonini

I'm originally from Butler, PA and moved to the DC area to attend Hood College in Frederick, MD. After graduating in 2006 with a degree in Political Science, I accepted a position with the Department of State and have lived in/around DC since then, except for a one-year stint in Baghdad, Iraq.


I grew up in a large, noisy Italian family with two older sisters and a younger brother that has now been expanded to include two brothers-in-law, one niece, and four nephews. 


I have been a member of the Episcopal Church for as long as I can remember, having been baptized, raised, and confirmed in St. Peter's Episcopal Church, which my parents still attend.


I have served on the Friends of Gala Committee in the spring of 2013 and now on the Stewardship Committee. I attend the 8:30 service, and  look forward to getting to know all of the 10:30 people very soon.


Lee Tyner

I and my family have been pledging members of Grace since 1980 when we sought a church for our son's baptism. We found Grace through the then-organist, John Fesperman, who was my husband's harpsichord teacher. We never left! 


My involvement has been extensive over the years:  several terms on vestry, including being vestry secretary; search committee member (David Bird) and search committee co-chair (John Graham); co-chair of Appreciative Inquiry; shelter cook and overnight volunteer; seminarian committee chair; involvement with Lenten study group on Handel's Messiah; and many other bits and pieces.


In my view the church is thriving under John Graham's leadership. Long deferred maintenance is being addressed, we have engaged children and young adults, long time members are staying, involvement is high, we have exceptional seminarians, Sarah Motley has joined the staff. As a vestry member I will work to continue the good things.


I am (and have been for many years) employed as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency where I concentrate on Superfund and other emergency response and recovery work.

profileParishioner Profile: David Crawford
By Jeanne Jennings

"It's better than sitting around in my bathrobe eating bonbons"

If you hear the organ playing and it's not during a service or choir rehearsal, it might be David Crawford tickling the ivories up there in the choir loft. 

And there's a great story about how this came to be. 

Back in 1994 parishioner Larry Molinaro, then Grace's organist, offered a series of six organ lessons in Grace's annual silent auction. David bought them -- and he's been playing ever since!

But that's not the only activity keeping David busy in his retirement! He spends about a third of his time volunteering -- the 'four Ts' is what he calls it -- teach, tutor, tour guide and tape record books. 

David teaches English as a second language (ESL), combined with Bible study, one morning a week at Calvary Baptist Church in Chinatown. Initially all the students were Chinese Americans, but that's changed with the neighborhood. Today they have pupils from Egypt, Indonesia, Paraguay and Korea -- and no Chinese Americans at all. 

He's also a tutor, specializing in reading skills, at Hearst Elementary School here in the District. 

And he's a tour guide, or docent, one Saturday a month at the Library of Congress. 

And he tape records books for the blind and dyslexic. These two hour sessions at a professional recording studio usually involve reading books requested by clients, anything from text books to literature. 

David is a long-time Georgetown resident and bicycle commuter who rides his bike to Grace. He moved here in 1970; he was working in the Chicago office of The Wyatt Company and got the opportunity to take a position in their international division in DC. He had visited Washington and saw the job and city as a "winning combination" for him. 

And that's when he moved to Georgetown -- he calls it love at first sight, he knew this was exactly where he wanted to be. Initially he had an apartment on N Street; after he married he and his wife bought a home on 34th Street, where he lives to this day. 

In addition to biking, David likes to canoe. In 1990 he and his wife thought canoeing might be a fun hobby. They visited the Washington Canoe Club here in Georgetown, inquired about membership -- and were promptly invited to join the waiting list. Which was fine but a bit of a let down.

But circumstances worked in David's favor and his family was soon granted membership. Turns out that his youngest son Scott was interested in joining the racing program at the Canoe Club, allowing them to jump the list and immediately become members. Scott stayed active for about three years, during which time David discovered his love for recreational canoeing. 

He usually ventures upstream, beyond the rock formation known as the three sisters. He likes the way you're able to quickly leave the feel of the city and experience the rustic side of the Potomac River, the wooded shoreline and the wildlife. 

Although David moved to Georgetown in 1970, it wasn't until 1992 that he started coming to Grace. He was raised in Rochelle, Illinois and attended the local Methodist church there. He also attended a church here prior to Grace, until his wife, who was coming to Grace on a regular basis, suggested he give it a try. 

He found it to be very different from his previous experiences with church, but he liked the liturgy, the structure and the rector (David Bird was here at the time) and soon became a Grace regular. 

In 1998 David was tapped to head stewardship. Finances were thin then, and with Rector David Bird, they set a goal: $200K by Y2K. They asked parishioners to consider substantial increases in their pledges. Response was good, and Grace's fiscal situation improved. 

David is blessed to have his oldest son (Andy), his wife and their to young children, living here in the DC area. Scott and his wife live in Beijing, China, but visit once or twice a year.

So if you run into David, be sure to strike up a conversation! We're blessed to have him as part of our Grace community. 
commonplaceCommonplace: Diocesan-wide Young Adults Gathering, November 23rd

Commonplace is a gathering for young adults across the Diocese. It's an opportunity to hear young people share ideas for ministry and stories of transformation.
It's an opportunity to be inspired and further our imagination for what is possible for young adults ministry in our region.
Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde will join us. Music will be provided by Harp 46. Artist Todd Thomas will be painting throughout the night. And much more to come.

Where: St. Margaret's Episcopal Church,

1830 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC 20009 


When: Saturday, November 23 2013, 7:00 to 9:00 PM


RSVP:via Facebook


Contact with inquiries.

vestryVestry Notes from the October Meeting
By Barbara de Beaufort  


  • Dan Lepore & Sons working with Aeon Preservation have given us estimates for the replacement of the sandstone around the exterior of our church. Pending the clarification of several issues, Phase 1 will be a spring project--we don't have an exact schedule.
  • October Garden Day was October 19. Paul Alligood, the Junior Warden, reported that we are getting the garden ready for winter. The last project will be to remove the leaves after they all fall.  
  • The Stewardship campaign is up and running. Two receptions are scheduled, on November 3 and 17, to thank our pledgers for their support of Grace. 
  • Under the leadership of Mike Osborn and Loie Randall, Nic Mather's seminarian lay committee held its first meeting in September. The members of the committee are Emile Cochet, Chris Upperman, Sally Stanfield, and Sharon Schambra. 
  • Sarah Motley, our Assistant Rector is setting up her new 'corner office' in the rectory. 
  • We will offer the slate of nominations for the Vestry at the Parish Annual Meeting on Sunday November 24.
  • Paige Hill Baschuk and Mystelle Ruble hope to continue for second terms. Larry Molinaro, Lee Tyner, and Ari Lynn Tonini will run. Diana Dick will run for Junior Warden. 
  • Sally Avignone, and Paul Alligood have completed two terms and are rotating off the Vestry, while Stephane Le Bouder has resigned to take a job in Senegal. 
  • Three themes stood out in our discussion of Mutual Ministry Review (MMR) conversations so far: How much our Rector does; helping our choir bolster its ranks with new and younger members; the mission and the hallmarks of Grace.
  • Please keep in your prayers the members of our parish who are having medical, emotional, and spiritual issues. 


Full Minutes of Vestry Meetings are in the notebook in the Volunteer office of the Rectory after they have been approved by the Vestry. 
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)
10:30 AM 
Holy Eucharist 
Music, child care and Sunday School


5:00 PM 
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 5:00 PM service.

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  |  |