Service Times
  • Sunday
    • 10:30 AM Worship Service and Sunday School
Upcoming Events
10/18/2017 - 6:30 PM   Soup & Bible Study
10/21/2017 - 8:00 AM   Neighbors Walk/Run
10/22/2017 - 10:30 AM   Worship Service and Sunday School
10/22/2017 - Confirmation Hike to Rock Creek Park
10/25/2017 - 6:30 PM   Soup & Bible Study
10/28/2017 - 8:00 AM   Neighbors Walk/Run
10/29/2017 - 10:30 AM   Worship Service and Sunday School

Grace is a diverse congregation, with members hailing from every continent and reflective of the neighborhood in which we are located. We have become known for our ministry and outreach to the African immigrant community in the Washington, DC metro area. Our programs and community life mirror that diversity throughout.


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND SUNDAY SCHOOL


The Lutheran tradition places great emphasis on Christian education, and that begins with our children and carries through to our golden years. Sunday school for children 6-13 is offered Sunday at 10:30 a.m. A special teaching moment for children of all ages is incorporated toward the end of every worship service. The pastor meets personally to train all children of high school age in preparation for confirmation. Children enrolled in Sunday school also learn by taking an active participatory role in the in worship service, by serving as acolytes, ushers or lectors.


But Christian education doesn’t end at confirmation. Each service is oriented towards teaching and understanding God’s will for us.

 

Throughout the year, Bible study is featured for all ages, immediately after the service. And during Lent, a more in-depth study is undertaken as part of our Lenten devotion.



LOAVES AND FISHES


Grace's team prepares and serves meals in rotation with partner churches on the first Saturday of January, March, May, July, September and November.


Interested in helping? This is also a great opportunity for youth to earn community service hours. For further information please contact Grace coordinator Judy Reed at (202) 291-7493.



HOSPICE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM


Grace Church, in collaboration with Vitas Innovative Hospice Care®, reaches out to its neighbors and other Washington residents with its prayer ministry and volunteer program for hospice patients. Vitas has been a leader in the hospice movement since 1978 and is the nation’s largest provider of end-of-life care. Grace members who have received Vitas’ training remember the dying in prayer and call upon patients and their families to provide comfort. Vitas has four levels of care that provide the right kind of care in the appropriate setting for your situation.

•Routine Home Care

•Intensive Comfort Care in the Home

•General Inpatient Care

•Respite Care

Last but not least Vitas is about Life. Our staff cares for patients and their families. Grace church in partnership with Vitas provides trained Spiritual Care Volunteers to comfort patients at the end of life-and their families- through prayer, music, devotional readings, life review and sometimes just by listening. They may attend religious services with someone who needs support or arrange for a clergy visit.

For more information Please call: Denise Fraction, Manager, Volunteer Services, Vitas-Washington DC, (202) 638-2450.


Contact Grace coordinator Loretta Walker at (410) 730-8029. You may also learn more about Vitas by visiting http://www.vitas.com.




IMMIGRANT OUTREACH


In the past 20 years, Grace has welcomed members from Africa, South America and other continents, often assisting them with the many struggles immigrants face in a new land: legal issues surrounding ability work in the U.S., housing, and the everyday practical aspects to establishing a new life in a new home. Grace is considered the most diverse Lutheran congregation in the District by virtue of these many years of conscientious outreach. Africans in particular have found a welcoming community consisting of other Africans that help ease their transition to life in the U.S. Services incorporate music and tradition that celebrates those African roots.



MUSIC


Music is a central component of worship at Grace Church, and we are particularly blessed with some magnificent voices in our Chancel Choir—several of whom are trained in opera, the classics, and theater. Our choir is under the capable direction of Catherine O. Greigg, wife of the late Congressman Stanley Greigg. The design of the sanctuary provides excellent acoustics to the powerful, and newly restored, 1927 Lewis and Hitchcock organ. For the music lover, the rich sound of the organ, combined with these talented musicians, delivers an unforgettable worship experience every Sunday. Grace celebrates its faith through a choral program that reflects traditions in music from Bach, to spirituals, to the contemporary. In addition, Grace hosts a multitude of musical events throughout the year featuring a diversity of musical genres.

For years, Grace has also lent its sanctuary to a wide variety of musical events including choirs from the U.S. and Europe, Renaissance-era madrigal singers, African traditional, and harp recitals to name a few. Our location along busy 16th Street offers a high-visibility venue for benefit concerts, and an adjoining formal lounge make for an elegant reception setting. To learn more, please contact the church office at (202) 829-9400.



OROMO EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH


The Oromo Evangelical Lutheran Church (OELC) of Washington, D.C. holds services and maintains offices at Grace. The OELC is a vibrant congregation of the ELCA which consists of Ethiopians whose heritage and language is Oromo. Grace’s ties with the Oromo congregation go back to the 1990’s, with many OELC members calling Grace home since immigrating here. Though separate ELCA congregations, Grace and the OELC participate in joint activities and hold occasional joint services. For more information on the Oromo Evangelical Church, please click on the following link: http//:www.wdcoelc.org.



PRE-SCHOOL


Amazing Life Games operates a pre-school for children 2.5 to 5 years of age out of Grace’s facilities. ALG supports children by encouraging what comes naturally to them: play. Highly trained teachers foster each child’s natural curiosity of and care for the world around them. Families contribute their unique experiences and talents to the school by participating in our cooperative. Children leave ALG ready to embrace, question, and contribute to their community. For more information, click here to visit ALG’s Web site.
http://www.amazinglifegames.org 


PRISONER REENTRY MINISTRY


At Grace, we feel it is important to be part of and contribute to the greater community. Individual members volunteer with a host of area services, as well as through Grace’s community partnership programs like the returning offender program sponsored by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA). This partnership was forged in 2001 between CSOSA and several clergy in the city to raise awareness of the needs of offenders returning to the community after incarceration, and to develop mechanisms through which faith institutions could help to meet them. Grace is one a 160 faith institutions in the District with members trained and certified to serve as mentors to offenders reentering the community. For more information, visit CSOSA’s Web site by clicking on the following link http://www.csosa.gov/partnerships/faith_community_partnership.aspx. To learn how you can participate, call the church office at (202) 829-9400.