Events & Announcements
All interns welcome for a weekly dinner and Bible study.
Tuesdays, June 4–July 30
Held at the Garriott Home
2908 18th St. NW
Washington D.C. 20009
(Walking distance from the Red line Woodley Park station and the Yellow/Green Line Columbia Heights station)
June is shaping up to be a big month for Grace Downtown and for Grace DC. You can support our network-wide congregational meeting, our upcoming forum on Faith, Innovation and Social Change, our search for new pastors and staff members, and our diaconate nominees at this weekend’s Prayer Brunch.
Join us at the Grace DC office (637 Indiana Ave NW, Suite 300) this Sunday at noon for a potluck brunch and lively, engaging prayer for the Grace DC community.
Prayer Brunch is a monthly event held by Grace Downtown’s Prayer Team, which creates opportunities for our congregation to learn more about prayer and pray together for our church, our city and our world.
On June 16, all three Grace DC congregations will meet together for a special worship service and congregational meeting, followed by a potluck meal. One of the pieces of church business we will review at the meeting will be voting new Deacons and Deaconesses onto our church’s leadership team. Members who serve in these roles play an active role in steering our community’s life and in counseling and supporting our members and visitors.
After being nominated by our congregation and undergoing nine months of training with our pastors and elders, the following members of Grace Downtown have decided to pursue leadership. They have all received the support of our current leaders.
To meet these candidates and get to know them better, join us at the Meet The Candidates session on June 2 at 7pm after the Grace Downtown worship service.
DC resident since 2007
Grace Downtown involvement: 6 years
Former Communion Team coordinator, former CG leader
Ian was raised by Christian parents, but key relationships in high school and college challenged him to consider what Christ’s sacrifice meant for him. Marriage and fatherhood (he and his wife Allison have three children) have helped him understand both the depth of his own sin and the height of God’s grace in new ways. After participating in last year’s 28:19 Discipleship Catalyst, Ian was encouraged to take part in God’s work of reconciliation and renewal in our city.
DC resident, 4 years
Grace Downtown involvement, 4 years
Mercy Team member
Ben grew up in a vibrant Christian home, and through his church youth group had two mentors who developed his understanding of the gospel. Now in DC, Ben has been learning to trust God and be emboldened by his faith that God will reconcile and redeem. He feels that the Grace Downtown community has given him much, and hopes that by serving on the Diaconate he can humbly pour back into the church.
DC resident, 10 years
Grace Downtown involvement, 9 years
Has served as Children’s Church teacher, offering team member, social events team member, Fall Retreat planning committee
At a Young Life camp in 1999, Ann came face-to-face with her own emptiness and exhaustion. Realizing that she isn’t able to control the circumstances of her life, that she can’t accomplish enough to satisfy herself, that she really does need a savior, has allowed her to offer a level of compassionate love to others which she wouldn’t have known otherwise. God is at work restoring people around us, and as Ann goes through that process of restoration, she wants to welcome others through it, as well.
There are 1300 children in the DC foster care system, and 300 of them are looking for adoptive homes. Join the DC127 Foster Care Initiative for monthly prayer gatherings for the children living in foster care, the families God is calling to respond, and the Church as we unite around this issue. Our first prayer gathering will be on May 21st in Columbia Heights.
DC127 is a new initiative in DC that seeks to unite churches around the foster care-related issues. DC127′s goal is to recruit and support foster families so that there are no more children waiting for a family, but rather families waiting for children. For more information, contact Chelsea Geyer
DC Foster Care Prayer Gathering
Tuesday, May 21st at 7:30pm
3333 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
Today’s Spring Picnic is still on!
When is it? Saturday, May 18, 1pm–5pm
Where? Rock Creek Park, Grove 13 (map to come Monday)
Who’s invited? Everyone— feel free to invite friends, family, co-workers or anyone else you think would have a good time.
What should I bring? Grace Downtown is providing the main dishes (burgers, hot dogs), but it’s up to everyone else to supply the rest. What to bring depends on when you were born:
- Jan–Mar: Desserts
- Apr–Jun: Beverages
- Jul–Sep: Appetizers
- Oct–Dec: Sides
Whatever you bring, try to bring enough for five people or more.
Can I help out? Absolutely! The sring picnic is always one of everyone’s favorite Grace Downtown events of the year, but making it so is a team effort. There are plenty of opportunities to help out, including
- Setup/Greeting Team
- Grill Transport Team
- Grillmasters/Server Team
- Cleanup Team
- Loans of coolers and grill equipment
- Carpool drivers
If you’d like to volunteer your time, your cooler, your grill, or your services as a carpool driver (or if you need a ride), contact Jonathan.
Wondering how to find Grove 13? Click the map below for a full-sized image:
Fourth Friday Dinner continues to be one of the best ways to meet new people at Grace Downtown. Whether you are new to the city and looking to establish a network or you’re a longtime member of our community looking to start putting names with more faces, Fourth Friday Dinner is a great way to do it while having good food in the process.
This month’s dinners are being held on May 24. Sign up online today!
Celebrate what God is doing in our city, and prepare our church for the year ahead.
Just five years ago, Grace DC was one congregation meeting in the middle of the city. Today, our church comprises three congregations worshipping in and serving neighborhoods throughout DC.
On June 16, Grace Downtown, Grace Meridian Hill and our new congregation serving Upper Northeast DC will meet together for a special worship service and congregational meeting, followed by a potluck meal.
All are welcome. As we will be voting on church business during the congregational meeting, church members are especially encouraged to attend.
Grace DC Network-Wide Worship Service And Congregational Meeting
June 16, 2013
Columbia Heights Educational Campus, Auditorium
3101 16th Street, NW (16th and Irving Streets)
One block from the Columbia Heights Metro Station on the Green Line
Childcare available 9:40–11:30am
Worship Service and Congregational Meeting 10am
Potluck Meal 11:45am
Grace Downtown is excited to co-host The Future Of Race In American Evangelicalism a panel discussion with Dr. Anthony Bradley. The event is part of the launch of Dr. Bradley’s new book, Aliens In The Promised Land. Pastor Glenn Hoburg will be moderating the panel discussion.
This event is free and open to the public, and will take place at Clavary Baptist Church on Tuesday, May 14, from 7:30 to 9pm. As well as hearing from panelists, there will be a time for audience Q&A. Copies of the book will be available.