Greetings from Grace! 
In this Issue: Christmas at Grace, Changes to the Sunday School Program, Youth Group Events and More!  


Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown
1041 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
202.333.7100 | 
In this issue...
Sending off Kimberly
Jazz Vespers December 8th
Upcoming Youth Group Event
Christmas Flowers for the Church
Sunday School Update
Parishioner Profile: Lauren Gonzales-Torres
Youth Group Skates in Washington Harbour
Parish Retreat: Notes
Grace's Annual Parish Meeting: Minutes
UpcomingEventsUpcoming Events
Sunday, December 1st
After the 10:30 AM Service
20s30s40s Bible Study

Sunday, December 8th through
Sunday, December 22nd
Congregation Based Shelter at Grace
Volunteers needed;

Sunday, December 8th
Following the 10:30 Service
Coffee Hour in Honor of Kimberly Ludwig

Assemble Care Packages for Georgetown University Students
Email David Bujard to learn more

Following Coffee Hour
Presentation on the work of the International Justice Mission

5:00 PM
Jazz Vespers
Featuring the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra

5:00 to 8:00 PM
Youth Group Jazz Vespers and Dinner with GMC Shelter Guests

Tuesday, December 10th
6:30 to 9:00 PM
Parents Night Out

Sunday, December 15th
10:30 AM
Service of Advent Lessons and Carols

After the 10:30 Service
20s30s40s Bible Study

Sunday, December 22nd
10:30 AM Service
Children's Advent Pageant: Jesus is Coming

Tuesday, December 24th
Christmas Eve
4:00 PM
Children's Service with Participatory Homily
Kids will help assemble the manger scene

6:00 PM
Service with Homily

10:30 PM
Carol Sing

11:00 PM
Festive Eucharist

Wednesday, December 25th
Christmas Day
10:30 AM
Holy Eucharist with Christmas Carols

12:15 PM
Spoken Eucharist

Sunday, January 5th
10:30 Service
Children's Epiphany Pageant 

Tuesday, January 7th
6:30 to 9:00 PM
Parents Night Out

7:00 PM
Iman Green, Diocesan Youth Missioner, on 'Spiritual Literacy' and parish life initiatives for the youngest members
Childcare available thanks to Parents Night Out

Sunday, January 19th
2:00 PM
Service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
St. John's Georgetown
Coffee Hour Hosts
1st Grace Staff 
8th Pastoral Care Committee
15th Koinonia
22th Grace's Table
29th Family of Edwin James Derredenger, in celebration of his baptism
5th Memorials Committee
12th Stewardship Committee
19th 20s30s40s Group
26th Choir
wednesdaysHoly Eucharist, Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
St. Nicholas

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 St. Nicholas

12th Virgin of Guadalupe; music and prayers en Espaņol

18th St. Thomas, Apostle

25th Christmas Day
Please join us for this brief (30 minutes) but spiritually rewarding service. 
ShelterGMC Shelter at Grace, December 8th to the 22nd
Volunteers are still needed to make dinners -- we also have openings for volunteers to spend the night and help with breakfast in the morning. 

If you can help, please contact Helena Dunn via email or phone (301.654.2184). 

Thank you!
PNOParents' Night Out,
Tuesday, December 10th
Leave your little ones with us on Tuesday, December 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. 
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.
Grace's Table

The guests at Grace's Table on November 30th made a holiday tree full of ornaments on which they wrote greetings, thank-yous, bible verses, etc.


The tree will be delivered to KIPP Elementary School in DC which donated baggies of trail mix to the guests last fall.


Pictured are Georgetown University students who help each week at Grace's Table.

December Birthdays

Angelina Alessi

Robert Bujard
Yvonne Mar
Patricia Sherman Murphy
Sophia Murphy
Stacy Notaras Murphy
Doretta Shull
Rupert Wallace


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

Non-Violent Social Change
Special monthly series, beginning after Christmas: Non-violent Social change, led by Helma Lanyi
This series will feature films and discussions; days and times to be announced. 
Please contact  Helma Lanyi if you are interested and let her know what days and times are best for you.
IJMInternational Justice Mission
International Justice Mission (IJM) is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.
Through the good offices of Jane Mosbacher Morris, a representative will be present for our 10:30 service on December 8th, and offer a presentation on IJM's work after Coffee Hour.
Learn more about IJM here.


                                                                            December 3, 2013

With Thanksgiving over it won't be long until Christmas is upon us. Check out the Upcoming Events section for our Christmas schedule at Grace, including a new 4:00 PM service for children on Christmas Eve, and consider contributing toward Christmas flowers for the Church.  

Also here, news of changes to the Sunday School program, notes from the annual parish meeting and a follow-up on the retreat

And don't miss Jazz Vespers this Sunday!
As always, please take a moment now to get caught up on upcoming happenings at Grace. 

In Christ's Redeeming Love,
John Graham, Rector
Kimberly2Sending off Kimberly: Prayers, Thanks and Celebration 

Sunday, December 8th at the 10:30 AM service, we'll offer special prayers for Kimberly Ludwig as she prepares to serve our nation and its ideals in Afghanistan, give thanks for her rich and varied contributions to the life of Grace Church, and commend her to God's care and protection.

Coffee Hour, hosted by the Pastoral Care Committee, will celebrate her ministry here at Grace and her courage and commitment to service, as well as providing opportunities for individual good wishes. 

We'll say 'Hasta luego' (until later), not 'Farewell', as we look forward to seeing her whenever her Foreign Service commitments allow for a short or long visit. 

Vespers Jazz Vespers Returns to Grace


On Sunday afternoon, December 8th, Grace Church will once again be graced by musicians from the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra who will offer selections at a 5:00 PM Jazz Vespers.


The Youth Orchestra holds its rehearsals in the Grace Church parish hall on Sunday afternoons, bringing together young musicians from throughout the DC metropolitan area.


The Orchestra, led by Michael Bowie, is dedicated to continuing the legacy of big band jazz. Their way of saying 'thank you' is to contribute some of what they have learned to occasional services or events at Grace.


All parishioners, their families, friends and neighbors, are invited to this Advent tradition. This year, the Grace-St. John's Youth Group will be especially welcome, as they meet following the service to be the first to cook dinner for and greet GMC Winter Shelter guests.


Jazz up your Advent and join in!

YGFutureYouth Group Upcoming Event

By Jeanne Jennings


If you are a teen or preteen (you will turn 12 by May 2014), please join us for this upcoming Grace-St. John's Youth Group Event!


Sunday, December 8th 

5:00 to 8:00 PM

Jazz Vespers then Make Dinner for and Eat with the GMC Shelter Guests at Grace

We'll be attending the 5:00 Jazz Vespers service at Grace, then making and eating dinner with the GMC shelter guests. The deadline to RSVP was December 1st, but if you missed it and you'd like to join us please email Jeanne Jennings. 


We're still working on our January event -- watch your email for more details!

christmas_candles.jpgFlowers Christmas Flowers for the Church

If you would like to contribute to the flowers for the church at Christmas please mail your contribution to the church office or put a check in the offering plate marked "Christmas Flowers."

Please let us know if the flowers are in thanksgiving or in memory of loved ones and your requst will be included in the Christmas bulletins. 

Our address: 
Grace Church Georgetown
1041 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
SundaySchoolSunday School's New Year
By The Reverend Sarah Motley

Advent season is the church's new year, and Grace Church's Sunday School will have some new beginnings to show for it. A new curriculum, monthly children's chapel, and, in January, a parents' evening on 'Spiritual Literacy' with guest Iman Green, Diocesan Youth Missioner.


The new curricula will be offered in both the nursery/child care room for toddlers, and the Rose Room for children over 5. For the younger children, a Montessori-based approach will allow the children to gather for a quiet time, and hear a biblical story demonstrated with the use of simple objects. 


For those a bit older next door in the Rose Room, the curriculum follows the Episcopal lectionary (readings) so the lesson will be the same as that heard in church. Jacqueline Walters is always on the lookout for assistance with Sunday School, and would welcome any expressions of interest as these exciting new offerings are begun - training provided! Email Jacqueline if you are interested.  


Once a month, children will be able to attend their own 'chapel,' participating in the service in age-appropriate ways. Beginning Sunday December 29, and continuing on the third Sunday of each month, an entire service will be held in the Sunday School rooms. Musician assistance (guitar, piano) would be most welcome! Please let Reverend Sarah know if you might enjoy helping with a song or two (email her).


Continuing will be the first-Sunday children's homily/presentation during the 10:30 AM service which has been enjoyable for so many this fall.


Finally, on January 7, 2014 at 7:00 PM, we will welcome Iman Green, Diocesan Youth Missioner. She will be with us to lead an evening discussion on 'Spiritual Literacy' and to talk about the bishop's initiatives to invigorate parish life - beginning with the youngest!

profileParishioner Profile: Lauren Gonzales-Torres
By Martin Fischer


Lauren Gonzales-Torres is a young but familiar face at Grace Church. 


At age 13, she has been involved with Grace for about five years, after her parents found it when looking for a congregation to join.


Lauren was born in Maryland and has lived in the Washington area her whole life. 


She attends Gunston Middle School, in Arlington Virginia. Lauren said she "likes the clubs, and how the teachers support you. The counseling staff really likes to take care of you, and it is a really diverse school..."


Lauren has a couple of interesting hobbies. At school, she plays dodge ball and a percussion instrument. 


She also dances, and has for about nine years, which is definitely more than just a hobby!


She performs in a South Indian Classical style called Bharatanatyam. She also dances two Bolivian folkloric styled dances called Tinku and Caporales. She feels that when dancing, she is able to "express who [she] is, what [she] does, and what [she creates]".


In Lauren's free time, she enjoys talking to her friends, watching basketball, going to the park, or just hanging out. She likes to draw when she is bored, especially graffiti or abstract drawings. 


Lauren is part of the newly formed Grace-St. John's Youth Group. She likes it because "it's really fun and the events are cool". In the future, Lauren would like to go bowling, or have an event that is relaxing. 


She really likes Grace, because "of how welcoming everyone is". We are very lucky to have Lauren in our congregation, and if you don't know her yet, be sure to say hi the next time you see her!

The Youth Group on the Ice in Washington Harbour
YGPastGrace-St. John's Youth Group Enjoys Ice Skating and Dinner

The youth group was blessed with perfect weather for ice skating -- cold and clear -- on Sunday, November 24th! 


They met at Grace and ventured down to Washington Harbour for a little winter fun! Afterward they enjoyed dinner at Chadwick's. 


A good time was had by all at this early Advent celebration, including: 


Aves | Axel | Grace | Jasper | Jeanne | Lauren | Martha | Martin | Oliver | Patrick | Rose | Stephanie 


Thanks to all the members that attended -- and to their parents for providing transportation.  


Parishioners ages 12 to 18 are all invited to join Youth Group; learn more about our upcoming events here.  

Mount Purgatorio: The Road to Spiritual Renewal
retreatParish Retreat: "Loss, Letting Go and Love"
By Daniel Capizzi

"This mountain's of such sort that climbing it is hardest at the start; but as we rise, the slope grows less unkind. 


Therefore, when this slope seems to you so gentle that climbing farther up will be as restful as traveling downstream by boat, you will be where this pathway ends, and there you can expect to put your weariness to rest."


Dante, Purgatorio


On November 1st and 2nd, a group of twenty-seven Grace Church parishioners took a break from busy schedules to explore the themes of loss, letting go and love based on an exploration of Paul's letters and Dante's Divine Comedy.


As the leaves changed, we gathered together at the beautiful Bon Secours Retreat Center for two days of thoughtful discussion, worship, and prayer. Beginning with a meditation on love and righteousness, Reverend John Graham led the group in an exploration of the writers' spiritual journeys - from loss of community and loved ones to forgiveness, renewal, and spiritual rebirth.


Participants first explored the nature of sin as a form of "excessive love" that limit us, and then explored the role of righteous love in self-forgiveness and spiritual renewal. Paul, lost to his community of Pharisees, found renewal through his love and connection to early Christian communities in Galatia, Thessalonica, and Philippi. Dante, lost to his home of Florence and his love, Beatrice, found forgiveness and rebirth through his journeys and repentance in Purgatory with the Poet Virgil.


For both Paul and Dante, loss of self and renewal were bound intimately to the power of love. Participants explored the nature of loss, excessive love, and righteousness in their own spiritual journeys, and how to learn from Paul and Dante's experiences. Finally, we reflected on our own spiritual renewal, and how righteous love, pride and anger can play a role in Christian life.


As always at Grace, we shared good food, deep thoughts, and cherished the opportunity to grow closer. All who attended received an opportunity to learn, explore and grow their faith in a supportive, creative, and friendly group of fellow parishioners.


Don't worry if you missed this year's retreat-we'll be doing it again next year!

meetingGrace's Annual Parish Meeting
November 24th, 2014 -- Minutes

By Barbara de Beaufort 


The Annual Grace Church Parish Meeting was called to order after a brief Coffee Hour.


John Graham, our Rector, introduced the candidates for the Vestry: Lee Tyner, Ari Lynn Tonini, Larry Molinaro, Mystelle Ruble, Paige Hill Baschuk; and Diana Dick for Junior Warden.


Paul Alligood, our current Junior Warden, will be leaving. John described what a pleasure it was to serve with Paul.


The motion was made to approve the slate of candidates. The assembled parishioners approved the nominees by acclamation.


The minutes of the 2012 Annual Parish Meeting were passed unanimously.


The Rector, John Graham, the Senior Warden, Margaret Davis, the Junior Warden, Paul Alligood, and the Treasurer, Peter Wallace, gave summaries of their reports. Please refer to the Grace Church, Georgetown, Report to the Annual Meeting, November 24, 2013 and Addendum.


John Graham highlighted three of the points in his Report: 

  • The Parish is a little behind in 2013 pledge payments.
  • Pledges for 2014 are getting close to $300,000. We need $340,000 to fully fund what we are doing now. We need to increase our mid-range of support.
  • Our current capital needs are stone frames around the church windows, and organ maintenance/repair. John is planning to appoint a capital needs task force to begin work in 2014.

Grace has been blessed to have Sarah Motley as our Assistant Rector. She was the first Assistant John chose himself. He spoke of how good it has been to have a colleague to share responsibilities. Sarah said the feeling was mutual.


Our Senior Warden, Margaret Davis, answered the question, 'what does the Vestry do?' One of the most important things is to give support to our Rector. We encouraged him to take one day off every two weeks or more. He would admit that he does too much.


Our Parish is growing and vital. It is an exciting and joyous time for us.

Looking to the future, the Vestry is committed to Mutual Ministry Review. Joey Rick, the Diocesan Canon for Congregational Vitality inspired us to define our mission and vision of ourselves as Christian leaders. We have identified three themes for discussion:

  • How much our Rector does
  • Bolstering our choir and music program for the future
  • Articulating and making more widely known the mission and hallmarks of Grace.

Margaret emphasized what a privilege and joy it is to work in community with the people in Grace. She mentioned how blessed and grateful we are for the commitment of so many to our Parish.


The Parish thanked everyone on the Vestry, and to departing Vestry member Sally Avignone.


Margaret  expressed our deep gratitude to the staff and volunteers who contribute so much: to Helen Buhr, the Office Manager, to Luis Solares, Sexton, to Jacqueline Walters and the Christian Ed team, to the choir and Francine Mate, to the gardeners, and to the leaders of the many ministries.


John expressed special thanks to Peter Wallace, our treasurer. He recognized the work of Assistant Treasurer Braden Murphy and Financial Secretary Daniel Capizzi.


In his closing remarks, John told us that the children's program in December will be different this year. The children will help us observe the Advent season, with a candle-lighting ceremony every Sunday in Advent and an Advent pageant on December 22. Lessons and Carols, on December 15, will also have an Advent focus and tone this year.


He gave us the right (the only) words for when we are asked to be on the Vestry in the future: "Yes, I'd be delighted!"


A motion was made and approved to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 12:50 PM.

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 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  |  |