Annual Parish Retreat
The 2016 Annual Retreat, Spiritual Practices and Disciplines, took place on December 9 and 10 at Bon Secours Retreat Center in Marriottsville, Maryland. The Retreat Leader was Wesley Theological Seminary President and Professor of Christian Formation Rev. Dr. Robert Martin. Read the Retreat Flier 2016 to learn more about the schedule and content of last year’s retreat. Information about the 2017 retreat will be posted later in the year.
To help us prepare for Lent, the Outreach Committee sponsor a brunch every year on “Fat Sunday“, the last Sunday after the Epiphany, following the 10:30 service. In 2017 Fat Sunday fell on February 26th. “Fat” or “Shrove Tuesday” is a traditional occasion for using up the cooking oils, lard and butter in a household before the fast of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (February 10 this year). Grace has moved this celebration to the preceding Sunday so everyone can enjoy it. And we’ve got plenty of food lined up, so if you’re not already signed up to cook, “enjoy” is all you need to do!
Friends of Grace Spring Gala
This congregational party will be held on June 4, 2017 at Pinstripes Restaurant, across Wisconsin Ave. on the north side of the C & O Canal. This year’s event will celebrate Grace’s 150th Anniversary and ongoing life. Proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction go to Saving Grace, a special fund set up to maintain and improve Grace’s buildings and grounds. Great music and great food, along with good fellowship and a good cause, make this celebration a perennial Grace favorite.
The annual Bach festival is organized and directed by Grace Church’s organist/choirmaster, Francine Maté, DMA, and features performers from the United States and Germany. Visit Grace’s Bach Festival for a full description of the concerts and performers.
Don’t miss The Taste of Georgetown! This event generally takes place on the first Saturday of October.
This annual event offers a true “Taste” of the unique culinary flavors of Georgetown, as well as opportunities to participate in family activities, and purchase raffle tickets for excellent prizes donated by local businesses.
The “Taste of Georgetown” brings friends far and near to lower Georgetown, and offers live music and activities in addition to food.
For many years Grace Church and the Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) for the homeless have worked together to organize and staff the event, which helps support GMC’s work with our homeless neighbors.
In 2004, the Georgetown Partnership—Business Improvement District (“BID”) joined with Grace Church and GMC to present this very special community and family event, and the partnership continues.
The “Taste” needs lots of volunteers to be successful. Contact the Grace office if you can help sell tickets, greet and direct guests and customers, set up and take down tents, tables and food venues, and count and deposit revenues. Volunteers generally receive 2 free tasting tickets, a t-shirt, and discounted parking.
All proceeds from the event are donated to the Georgetown Ministry Center for the homeless.
Check the Upcoming Events page every year for event details.
Grace generally holds its Annual Meeting on the third Sunday of November. At this gathering, the whole congregation receives and considers reports from the church’s various organizations and ministries, as well as a year-to-date financial report with year-end projections. Also, members in good standing vote for representatives to the church’s Vestry (governing board) and for Senior and Junior Warden, the parish’s chief lay officials.
The Congregation Based Shelter opened in 1992. Each year in late November/early December, area congregations host the shelter in blocks of a week, providing 10 homeless men and women with dinner and breakfast and a safe and warm place to sleep from 7 pm until 7 am. The shelter guests are screened by Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) staff and are among the more fragile of their clients. In addition to providing a safe haven from the harsh winter and creating a comfortable, low-demand environment for sometimes service-resistant homeless people, the CBS program seeks to link all residents to the continuum of care, including case management and psychiatric services, thereby encouraging them to make the changes necessary to prevent them from returning to the streets. Parishioners, friends and community volunteers cook and serve dinner each night, engaging in fellowship with the guests. Overnight volunteers, who share the evening meal and assist the paid GMC staff member with breakfast, also are a key part of this program.
Grace will host the shelter from December 4 to 18, 2016. Contact the Grace office for more information, and to volunteer.
As is previous years, GMC staff works to place shelter residents in transitional or permanent housing following the shelter’s closing.