Greetings from Grace! 
In this Issue: Youth Group Overnight Lock-in, Third Space, Holy Week Services, Annual Gala and More!  


Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown
1041 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
202.333.7100 | 
In this issue...
Quiet Morning, Lenten Study
Annual Gala and Silent Auction, April 27th, 2014
Youth Group Overnight Lock-in
Third Space
Grace is Going Green
March Madness: From the Grace Archives
Vestry Notes from March
UpcomingEventsUpcoming Events
Saturday, April 12
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
"Darkness, Light and the In-between"
Join us for a Quiet Morning in the sanctuary as a wrap up to the Lenten psalm study (all welcome)
8:00 AM to Noon
Gardens and Grounds Committee work day
Contact Diana Dick to learn more 

Sunday, April 13th
Palm Sunday

After the 10:30 AM Service
Young Adult Bible Study

4:00 PM
St. John's Passion at the National Cathedral
Tickets are $29 each; contact Sally Avignone for information

Thursday, April 17th 
Maundy Thursday

6:30 PM
Agape Meal
Please join us for a simple potluck supper in the Parish Hall

7:00 PM
Informal Eucharist with Footwashing
This will also take place in the Parish Hall; Procession into the Sanctuary follows, with Stripping of the Altar 

Friday, April 18th
Good Friday

11:00 AM
with 3 'station' stops from Grace to Dumbarton United Methodist Church

Noon to 1:30 PM
Service of the 7 Last Words
At Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton Street NW

7:00 PM
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Death
Please join us at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3240 O Street NW 

Saturday, April 19th
7:30 PM
The Great Vigil of Easter
Please join us at Christ Episcopal Church, 31st and O Streets NW
Sunday, April 20th
Easter Sunday - The Sunday of the Resurrection

8:30 AM
Holy Eucharist

9:35 AM
Adult Forum
in the Parish Hall

10:30 AM
Festive Holy Eucharist
with special music and Coffee Hour
10:30 AM
Children's Chapel
After the 10:30 AM Service
Children's Easter Egg Hunt
5:00 PM 
Evening Eucharist 

Tuesday, April 22nd
6:30 to 8:00 PM
Third Space
Please join other young adults from Christ, Grace and St. John's at Le Pain Quotidien, 2815 M Street NW

6:15 to 8:45 PM
Parents' Night Out
Please let Helen know by 4:00 PM if you'll be bringing your children; Attend Third Space or just have a night to yourself. 
Learn More

Saturday, April 26th to Sunday, April 27th
6:00 PM Saturday to 10:00 AM Sunday
Youth Group Event: Overnight Lock-in

Sunday, April 27th
After the 10:30 AM Service
Young Adult Bible Study

5:00 to 8:00 PM
Annual Friends of Grace Gala and Silent Auction

Saturday, May 10th
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Youth Group Serves Lunch for the Homeless at Grace's Table
Please mark your calendars; more details to come.  
Coffee Hour Hosts
6th Choir
13th Eucharistic Ministries
20th Vestry
27th Music on the Lawn
4th TBD
11th TBD
18th TBD
25th TBD
wednesdaysHoly Eucharist, Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Catherine of Siena

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: 



2nd James Lloyd Breck, Priest

9th Deitrich Bonhoeffer

16th Wednesday of Holy Week

23rd Wednesday of Easter Week
30th Catherine of Siena
Please join us for this brief (30 minutes) but spiritually rewarding service. 
PNOParents' Night Out,
Tuesday, April 22nd
Leave your little ones with us on Tuesday, April 22nd from 6:15 to 8:45 PM and enjoy an evening in Georgetown, attend the Third Space event or simply get 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 by 4:00 PM on April 22nd if you plan to come. 
April Birthdays


Rosalie Alligood

Jeanne Jennings

Helma Lanyi

Francine Mate

Will Ollison

John Seferian

Elizabeth Tyner


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

FlowersEaster Flowers for the Church

Your contributions for this very special day are greatly appreciated. Please sign up on the kiosk or email

If your gift is given in thanksgiving for or to honor someone or something, please note that and it will be included in the Easter Service bulletins. 
Please place your check, marked "Easter Flowers" on the memo line, in the collection plate on Sunday or mail it to the church office. 
                                                                            April 8, 2014

It's that time of year again! Holy Week will soon be upon us. See the full schedule of events at Grace and our sister churches in Georgetown at the left; we hope you can join us for one or more of the services, including the Quiet Morning happening this coming Saturday, April 12th. 

And please join us for the Annual Gala and Silent Auction, Sunday, August 27th. 

The First Third Space event for Young Adults was a hit last month. Read about it and plan to join the group this month -- Tuesday night, April  22nd (childcare available at Grace via the Parents' Night Out program). 

The Youth Group will be having an overnight lock-in at Grace later this month. This "mini-retreat" will focus on questions of faith -- the members will be using music and film to further explore their own beliefs. 

As always, please take a moment now to get caught up on upcoming happenings at Grace. 

In Christ's Redeeming Love,
John Graham, Rector
QuietMorningQuiet Morning in the Church
Saturday April 12,  9:30 - 11:30

Light, Darkness and the In-Between

Two Psalms for Lent


As the season of Lent draws to a close in mid-April, a Quiet Morning will be offered in the church for those seeking time for reflection and preparation.


A shortened version of the Lenten study sessions held following the 5:00 PM Sunday services, the time will be spent examining Psalm 51 and Psalm 30. These Psalms exemplify expressions of the human condition and also call to confession of both shortcomings and gratitude.


Led by John Hassell from the 5:00 PM congregation, and the Reverend Sarah Motley, the Quiet Morning is open to all. 


Contact Sarah for further information or with questions.

gala Friends of Grace Gala 


What is going on?

Please set aside the evening of Sunday, April 27, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, for the Friends of Grace Gala. 


Come enjoy "A Louisiana Bayou Bash" with the goal of raising money for our Saving Grace Fund. Cajun food, cold beverages, games of chance and zydeco music from the "Little Red and the Renegades" band will fill the sanctuary for a fun night of dancing and fellowship. 


Childcare will be available, and there will be reduced rate parking for the evening thanks to the Colonial Garage at 1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW. Dress for the event is party casual -- come in your Bayou Best!


How can I get involved?

First - Purchase tickets for the Gala, come, and have fun! RSVP using the reply card included in the Gala invitation. Invitations arrived in late March  - contact the office via email if yours did not arrive. The ticket price will be $100 per person and $175 per couple, as in prior years.   


Second - If you can make a commitment beyond ticket purchase, consider becoming a sponsor; your invitation will provide information about levels of sponsorship. Higher-level sponsorships are especially needed and welcomed this year. 


Third - Help out with the Silent Auction because it is historically the biggest source of revenue for the Gala. Whether or not you can attend the Gala we would love contributions to the Silent Auction. The categories for past donations have included: 

  • Great Escapes - vacation homes, frequent flyer miles or special outings;
  • Fabulous Feasts - prepared food or gift cards;
  • Cultural Treats - tickets to sporting events or theater; and
  • Superior Services - what each of us can do - babysit, dog sit, edit, computer help, lead a tour.

Think creatively about what you can do or who you know that may be willing to contribute. Think about local businesses that you patronize such as your hair salon, gym or local restaurant that may be willing to donate a gift certificate. Please contact Gala co-chair Scott Murphy or Silent Auction chair Ari Lynn Tonini - they'll be glad to hear from you!


How is this "Saving Grace"?

The Gala raises money for the Saving Grace Fund to support maintenance, repair and restoration of Grace's buildings and grounds. This year, the focus is on the stone arches at the front of the church, or its fašade - which has deteriorated significantly over the past 150 years.


The first priority is to remove and replace the crumbling stone from the three windows above our entrance. These arches are key to the church's structural integrity and their deterioration will pose a safety hazard if not addressed, so black netting has been installed to keep them in place until the restoration is finished.


Estimated total cost for restoration of the west fašade is almost $150,000. And that's just the beginning - restoration of the stone on the north and south "elevations" of the church will cost over $200,000 each. A surplus of funds built up over the past ten years will help us pay for the first phase, but we will have to replenish the Saving Grace fund to pay for the restoration of the north and south elevation.


Graphic illustrations of the work plan will be on display in the church and Parish Hall in the weeks leading up to the Gala.

Saturday, April 26th
6:00 PM: Meet at Grace


Sunday, April 27th
10:00 AM: Pick-up at Grace
We'll be having fun while exploring questions of faith and spirituality, using music and a movie to help us think about and further flesh out our beliefs. 
The dinner plan is make-your-own pizzas, so we'll be asking attendees to bring toppings as well as contribute something for breakfast the next morning. 
Please also plan to bring a sleeping bag (or sheets and a blanket), a pillow, sweats (or something else that's comfortable but modest) to sleep in and clean clothes for Sunday morning. 


The Reverend John Graham has graciously offered to stay overnight with us. We'll be attending the 8:30 AM Holy Eucharist at Grace before everyone leaves on Sunday morning. 
We'll be sleeping in the sanctuary (we'll be using partitions to create 4 sleeping areas, one for girls, one for boys, one for female chaperons and one for male chaperons). 
Please feel free to contact Jeanne (202.365.0423) with any questions or concerns; she is committed to making this a safe and fun event for all. The Diocese and Reverend Graham have already reviewed and approved the written plan for the event; Jeanne is also happy to share the written plan with any parents that would like to see it. 
Chaperons are welcome, either for the entire overnight or just to help with dinner and/or breakfast. If you have an adult that can help, please let us know on the RSVP form. 
Please RSVP online by Sunday, April 20th (Easter) so we know how many are coming. Questions? Contact Jeanne via email or phone (202.365.0423). 
ThirdSpaceThird Space 
By Christopher Upperman

On Tuesday, March 25, Grace, Christ and St. John's Episcopal Churches held their inaugural "Third Space" young adult gathering at Le Pain Quotidien. The convening was the first of many developed through a collaborative effort among the 3 churches to provide a candid open space for young professionals to network and discuss career, faith, and the intersection of the two. 


Third Space is an offshoot of the "Theology on Tap" series and the objective is similar in nature-to provide a community of local young parishioners who are experiencing similar spiritual challenges in the workplace an opportunity to discuss their careers through the lens of faith. The hope is Third Space will appeal to individuals who normally might not attend a Sunday service, while at the same time offer attending young parishioners a chance to interact with each other in a social setting.




Attendees from the first meeting heard from former White House Economic Adviser, Dr. Sharon Lockwood of St. John's Georgetown. Among her many achievements, Dr. Lockwood's greatest accomplishment has been her service to the DC underserved community. Over the past 30 years she has helped over 37 children from Langston housing project in Northeast DC and Anacostia attend college and graduate; many are doctors, lawyers, and PhDs.


Dr. Lockwood shared intimate moments from her past and time as a young professional traversing politics and academic attainment. She left everyone inspired as she conveyed the sentiment that you can focus on your career while also giving back to others who are less fortunate. Attendees enjoyed a rich and robust conversation, while enjoying a comfortable space to engage with one another. 


Please join us for the next Third Space event on Tuesday, April 22nd from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. It will again be held at Le Pain Quotidien, 2815 M Street NW; childcare is available at Grace via the Parents' Night Out program. 

GoingGreen Going Green

For several years now, Grace has benefitted from the work of The DC Project, a coalition of churches, synagogues and faith-based organizations under the umbrella of the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN).


The project used its combined bargaining power to negotiate cheaper electricity generation services from alternate providers, and Grace and others realized significant savings as a result.


Now The DC Project has become a free-standing not-for-profit called the Community Purchasing Alliance (CPA). On behalf of its members, including Grace, CPA has negotiated a new electricity generation contract with DirectEnergy of Pittsburgh.  


This new contract not only saves us money by comparison with Pepco rates, but it also provides us with 100% green power generation using wind, biomass and other renewable resources. 


Pepco continues to provide billing and transmission.


CPA, no longer receiving a WIN subsidy, now seeks to support its mission through dues from its members. At $750 a year for a group with a budget in Grace's range, it strikes me as a very good deal.

Gleanings March Madness: Gleanings from the Grace Archives
By John Boynton

One of the few consolations (to some of us) for this protracted and dreary winter is March Madness, where barrages of basketballs provide a distraction from barrages of snowflakes. 
Even though we stand a much better chance of being struck by lightning otherwise sensible parishoners ponder filling out brackets of challengers as though we had some mystical source of wisdom as to the outcome.
One of the many entertaining surprises in reviewing the Grace Church archives for our 150th Anniversary in 2016 was the discovery of a Diocesan Basketball League where DC parishes contested for a seasonal championship. In the 1930s teams played each other yearly in a winter seasonal. 
Epiphany Church at 13th and G Streets NW has a spacious parish hall that within my memory was still a gym where neighborhood kids of the 1960s played hoops. There are team photos of Grace "Cagers," a basketball nickname that had survived from the earliest days when courts were enclosed in chicken wire to keep basketballs within the court. 
No chickenwire constrained these hoopsters in team pictures which survive in the archives (perhaps someone two or more generations younger can scan in a photo of these players for a future newsletter).
Locked up with the Sunday silver is a trophy from that era commemorating a Grace team as league champs. I don't know the year and don't have the safe combination, but suffice it to say Grace rocked.
Teams of no more than six or seven players took to the courts multiple years in the 1930s and were but one example of the richness of parish life during the tenure of Grace's longest serving rector. The Reverend C. Miles Perkins, who served the congregation for 24 years until the late 1950s, was known citywide not only for serving his congregation but also for supporting the families of lower Georgetown. 
The last canal boats passed through the Georgetown locks of The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in 1924, and our then economically marginal neighborhood not only endured that shutdown but the beginning of The Great Depression in 1929 and the long harsh years that followed in the 1930s. 
Grace was there not only with sports activities but with frequent elaborate meals prepared by the women of Grace and available to all comers for 25 cents for an entree and two sides with other additional options for a nickel or a dime.
Not many church records other than press clippings, menus, trophies and photos survive this period. Another of Grace's longer serving rectors, the Reverend Jo C. Tarrt, wrote letter after letter to other churches in the 1970s replying to requests for the records of past parishoners, verifying their membership on his personal recognizance as baptismal, confirmation and marriage certificates were no longer available (if they ever existed).
So recollect on C. Miles Perkins by the enduring reputation of his being pastor to lower Georgetown, not only as rector of Grace Church. His contributions, attested to by some yellowed press clips, and the Grace of his time by a few team pictures and menus are worth more than all the missing documentation of the milestones of individual members. In our congregation today, as in his time, Grace abounds.
Vestry Notes from the March Meeting
By Barbara de Beaufort 


The Vestry will review the draft of Wedding Guidelines for weddings at Grace. John Graham hopes to modify the Guidelines in the next two months.
Grace has realized considerable savings on electricity through contracting with the Community Purchasing Alliance. In addition, the contract provides for 100% "green" electricity generation. CPA is a coalition of churches, synagogues, and other faith based organizations to bring greater bargaining power to procurement of goods and services ranging from electricity to copier rental.
John Graham, Peter Wallace, and Diana Dick had a conference call with Beth Lee and her colleague Peter D'Ambrosio at her law firm concerning their review of the contract proposal with Aeon Preservation Services, Inc. (Alfonso Narvaez, Principal.) Many contract issues concerning our Stonework Project were covered. Diana mentioned that we will need to find a place on Grace's grounds to stage the stone once it is prepared. The installation will be a 4 or 5 month project. Diana will ask Alfonso if there is enough lead time to start this spring.
Sarah Motley reported that Children's Chapel, on the third Sunday of the month, has grown in participation. "Each month we add a small responsibility for the children.This month the children brought an offering of a toiletry item for Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC.)"
The Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade will conduct tryouts and rehearsals at Grace Church in April, May, and June. The outdoor performances of As You Like It will be June 19 through 21, and June 16 through 28.
Crystal Upperman has done a superior job locating Louisiana style caterers for the Grace Gala, A Louisiana Bayou Bash, on April 27. Auction donations have been coming in and plans for decorations are underway! The Vestry encourages all to RSVP ASAP!

Full minutes of Vestry Meetings are in the binder 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 (6:00 PM June through August).

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  |  |