Save the Date!

Fall Retreat: November 2-4, 2018. Capon Springs Resort  in Capon Springs, West Virgina. 

Whether you’re brand new to the Grace Downtown family or you’ve been a member since the beginning, we hope you’ll join us for the Fall Retreat!

Three days of food, relaxation, games, food, making new friends, encouraging teaching and more food, the Fall Retreat is one of the best ways to forge deeper friendships at Grace Downtown.

VBS 2018: Soul Food 
July 30 - August 3 from 5:30-8pm at Church of the Redeemer (1423 Girard Street NE)
Children ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to try some Soul Food this summer! Register at https://gracedc.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/545/responses/new. Dinner will be provided

Each year, between Mother's Day and Father's Day, Grace Downtown raises money for the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center, one of our partner ministries, in our Baby Bottle Fundraiser. The concept is simple:

1. Grab an empty baby bottle from the info table in the foyer after the service

2. Take it home

3. Fill it with spare change from beneath your sofa cushions

4. And bring it back to church!

The coins we collect every year from the Baby Bottle Fundraiser make up a surprisingly hefty chunk of the Pregnancy Center's annual budget.

Thanks in advance!

Contact: Hudson Hollister at hudson.hollister@gmail.com 

You are invited to journey with author, speaker, and professor Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil as she leads us toward greater understanding across racial lines in the body of Christ.  

Saturday, June 16th will be a 4-hour workshop entitled Leading Bravely: a call for courageous Christian leaders for such a time as this.  The workshop will lay a Biblical foundation for justice and reconciliation as well as provide practical advice on how to pursue ministry toward racial unity.  

Date: Saturday June 16

Time: 2:30 pm- 6:30 pm

Place: Christ Our Shepherd Church, 801 North Carolina Ave SE. Washington, DC 20003.

Cost: $50 for the workshop. Purchase tickets HERE.

Co-sponsors: DC Unity & Justice Fellowship, Little Lights, The District Church, and Christ Our Shepherd Church

 

Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil

Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil is a dynamic speaker, author, professor, and evangelist with over 30 years of experience in the ministry of reconciliation. Her mission is to inspire, equip and empower emerging Christian leaders to be practitioners of reconciliation in their various spheres of influence around the world.

Dr. Brenda earned a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Doctorate of Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary, and was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from both North Park University and Eastern University. She is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church and serves as a member of the pastoral staff of Quest Church in Seattle, WA.

Dr. Brenda is known as an international trailblazer, leading individuals, communities, and organizations to biblical reconciliation. She was featured as one of the 50 most influential women to watch by Christianity Today in 2012. She is the author of Roadmap to Reconciliation (2016), A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race (2008), and The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change (2005), coauthored with Rick Richardson.

Grace Meridian Hill will host our annual combined worship service with Grace Downtown and Grace Mosaic on Sunday, on June 10 at 10:30am at 810 Shepherd Street NW. Please join us for this time of worship with brothers and sisters from across DC followed by our annual members’ meeting where we will hear updates about each congregation, the 2017-18 budget, and vote on the leadership candidates.

Weather permitting a picnic at the Petworth Rec Center will immediately follow.

Join us for our annual, combined worship service and members meeting for all the congregations of our congregations - Grace Downtown, Meridian Hill and Mosaic.   

This year's combined service and meeting will be hosted by Grace Meridial Hill, at their new worship location, 810 Shepherd St NW, Washington, D.C. (inside the building of the First Church of Seventh Day Adventists), at 10:30am on 6/10/18.  

Please note, there will be no worship service at Grace Mosiac on 6/10/18 so that members can attend the combined worship service and meeting.  

Join us June 10th at 10:30 am at Grace Meridian Hill, 810 Shepherd Street, NW for the Network worship service and Members' Meeting.  All three congregations of the Grace DC network will meet to worship, hear ministry and budget updates and vote on leadership candidates.  There will be no 5pm Downtown worship service that night.

Grace Downtown has two candidates for deaconess.  Please pray for these women and we and they continue to discern their call.  

 

Alicia Akins

Candidate for Deaconess

Alicia came to DC and to Grace Downtown 3.5 years ago. She has co-led a CG and been part of the prayer team. She currently helps lead the Cultural Intelligence Ministry and the Connect Team. Despite spending much of her life itinerant—living in 4 countries and 11 cities—she’s thrilled to call DC home.

Alicia was reminded recently of a journal entry she wrote to encourage herself to “walk with the slow.” To her, these words meant noticing those left out or who had fallen behind and making sure they didn’t walk alone. This is part of what the diaconate does and she’s excited to get to participate in that ministry on a scale beyond her personal relationships.

 

 

Yan Lee

Candidate for Deaconess

Yan moved to DC and began attending Grace DC in 2005. She has led CGs and currently co-leads the Connect Team. She also sits on the board of The Porch, one of Grace Downtown’s partner ministries. In her leisure time, she likes to read, garden and take naps, and will cook for loved ones if requested.

Yan has experienced a growing sense of peace over the last few years, which has allowed her to engage with others in a more genuine and integrated way. The decision to join the Diaconate has been a long process for Yan. Ultimately, she feels called, and desires to be obedient to God’s will.  

Please join us for our first Grace Mosaic and Grace Downtown pre-teen/teen retreat June 8& 9 at the Carpenter's farm in Winchester, VA. We'll play games, hang out, worship and "work" with the goal of forming an identity as preteen/teen at Grace DC, and a community where they can encourage one another. It'll be a brief overnighter, starting with dinner at 7 PM, and ending with lunch on Saturday. If you have any questions, please email Mike at mike@gracedc.net.   Register here.

Parents, if any of you are willing to drive, could you volunteer on the registration form.  Thanks!

How can you say there is only one way to God? What about other religions?  Join us for a judgment-free discussion on the following topics of Faith, God, and Reason. Contact Andrew@gracedc.net for details.

If you're an intern in DC this summer, you're invited to COMMONS, a weekly dinner and discussion group on Tuesday nights at 7pm, 2908 18th St NW. Contact sampsoncm1@gmail.com with questions or for more info.   Starts June 5th.

Meet at 4pm the first Sunday of each month in the Fellowship Hall classroom on the 1st floor of Chinese Community Church to pray with others for our church, our city and our world. 

Saturday June 2nd, 9:00am-12:00pm, at the church office, 637 Indiana Ave NW Ste 300

This seminar is for anyone in the church interested in learning more about leading in one of these four group ministries--Neighborhood Groups, Mom's Group, Men's Fellowship, and Ladies In Fellowship Together. 

Join us for the Strawberry Jubilee Festival at Great Country Farms in Bluemont, VA. Enjoy playgrounds, wagon rides, a jumping pillow, farm animals, a pie-eating contest and more! Bring family and friends and make a day of it!   

Date: Saturday, June 2

Time: You can go early to pick your own strawberries from 9 am - 11 am or gather with Grace Downtown at the Shed (see map) from 10am - 2pm.

Place: Great Country Farms, 18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, VA 20135

Cost: Group tickets at the gate are $8 for guests ages 3+. (Tell them you're with Grace Downtown). 

Food: There is food for purchase there, but you can also bring potluck picnic fare to share.  

RSVP here!

Saint Augustine is one of the most significant Christian leaders of all time.  And though he is known primarily as a theologian and philosopher, he was also an influential pastor, having preached nearly 10,000 sermons over his lifetime.  Several men of Grace Downtown will be meeting every-other-week to discuss Augustine’s sermons.  Please join us the following Tuesdays: May 22 and June 5 at 7:30 am, Kevin Offner’s house, 704 Maryland Ave, NW.  Please phone or email to confirm:  202-546-3326, koffner@verizon.net.

Interested in learning more about prayer, the services our Prayer Team provides, and/or joining the Prayer Team?  Join us at the church for an informational meeting and discussion on May 20th at 9:00 am.  We'll talk about different forms of individual and group prayer, praying for ourselves and for others.  No commitment is necessary to show up, just bring yourself and an eagerness to learn.  Email Eddie Lee for more information.  

Our diaconate will host a coffee fellowship Sunday, May 20th, from 8:30am - 9:15am. Come grab a cup of coffee and get to know others in our Mosaic community!

The Men's Fellowship Breakfast is a once monthly gathering for men to gather together for breakfast and discuss life.  

The next gathering will be Saturday May 19th at 9:30am.  Email Hlase, hbaloyi@gmail.com, for the address or join the group.  

**Due to continued rain in the forecast, we have to cancel our service day at Redeemer. ** 

Any updates on rescheduling will be posted as soon as we have more information.

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The diaconate at Mosaic is partnering with Redeemer to help push back the undergrowth and overgrowth surrounding the grounds at Redeemer. The work will include eradicating poison ivy, trimming undergrowth, picking up debris and felling some dead trees and replacing sharp landscaping greenery with flowers.

Please RSVP to Ian Milne at immilne@gmail.com by May 11th so that tools and equipment necessary for the work can be assembled. Unfortunately childcare will not be provided, but children 5 and up are welcome to work on cleaning up and replanting two flower beds which will be led by a member of the deaconate.

The folks at Redeemer would like to provide pizza and drinks afterwards as well

LIFT is a once monthly gathering for women to get to know one another and discuss life and study the Word together.  

The next gathering will be Friday May 18th at 8:00pm.  Email info@gracemeridianhill.org for the address or join the group.  

Interested in learning about Grace Meridian Hill - our vision and history, as well as our community? Perhaps you are ready to move forward with your first step towards membership? Please join us at our Introduction to Grace Meridian Hill seminar. You'll hear from our pastors, elders and staff on the vision and core values of our church. Light refreshments will be served in the morning and a lunch break will be included.

Childcare will not be provided but if this is an impediment to you please email info@gracemeridianhill.org.  

Please RSVP here.

Date: Saturday, May 12th
Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm (Breakfast snacks provided; lunch break included)
Location: Grace DC Office (637 Indiana Ave NW)

Our host, Church of the Redeemer, is having their annual scholarship dinner on Friday, April 27.

For the past 17 years, Church of the Redeemer has provided college scholarships to local high school students through their men's and women's groups. This dinner is their annual fundraiser for the scholarship, and they have extended an invitation to anyone from Grace Mosaic who would like to attend. More information is available in the church foyer.

Please contact Carl Payne (carlpaynend@gmail.com) for information on how to purchase tickets.

GMH will be holding an Easter Potluck meal after the service on April 1st. If you would like to bring a dish, please sign up on the GMH app or on the website.  

Or contact petramollet@gmail.com.

Sign up for the Easter Potluck here.

April 6-8

For the first time at Grace Meridian Hill, join other women for a Women’s Retreat at Camp Wabanna to share fellowship and discipleship in Christ on the topic of Sabbath and Prayer.  RSVP here. 

Please find info about the speaker and agenda below. Registrations must be submitted by March 29.

 

(If you are a woman and didn't receive this information sent out through the LIFT group or our newsletter, please let me know so that you can be included in future communications. Thanks! )

You can register here!

 


About Rev. Dr. Jamie Noling-Auth:
Rev. Dr. Jamie Noling-Auth serves as the University Pastor and Dean of Spiritual and Intercultural Life at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Prior to her move to Oregon, Noling-Auth served as an Associate Campus Pastor and Director of Discipleship Ministries at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California for nine years.  She has also taught as an adjunct professor for Azusa Pacific University’s School of Theology and Communication Department.  Noling-Auth earned her Doctor of Ministry degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, her M.A. in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, and her B.A. in Communication at Pepperdine University.  Noling-Auth has worked in Christian Higher education for the past 18 years, including work at Gordon College, Vanguard University, Westmont College, and she has served on the CCCU Spiritual Life Commission.  Noling-Auth’s publications include articles related to discipleship and ministry leadership.  She is an ordained minister in Presbyterian Church (ECO.)  Jamie and her husband, John, are parents to three little boys, Andrew (4.5 years) and Luke (3 years) and Daniel (8 mo).  For fun, Jamie loves to travel, swim, try new restaurants, play with her kids, and enjoy good conversations with friends.  

 

Women's Retreat Theme:

The overarching theme scripture for the weekend will be Acts 2:42-47: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common…” She will seek to deepen our personal prayer lives and the prayer life of our church. 
 
She will be using post-resurrection stories such as the Road to Emmaus, disciples returning to Jerusalem to pray and wait for the Holy Spirit, and some of the early happenings in Jerusalem after Jesus’s ascension into heaven, to invite us into deeper practices of prayer and leaning on the Holy Spirit in our day to day lives and work. 
 
We will also focus a significant amount of time on Sabbath, being encouraged to separate ourselves from our regular flow of life and business in order to commune together and with God. We will spend time in prayer together and have a significant chunk of quiet prayer time alone.

 

Women's Retreat Agenda

Friday, April 6

4pm - Check in opens

FREE TIME

9-10pm, Welcome, Worship, Vision Casting for the weekend

10pm FREE TIME

Saturday, April 7

8am-9am Breakfast

9am-10:15am Worship and sermon

10:15am - 11:30am Small group discussion and prayer

11:30 - 12:30 Individual processing and prayer time

12:30 lunch

FREE TIME

6-7pm Dinner

7-8:15 Worship and sermon

8:15-9:30 Small group discussion and prayer

FREE TIME

Sunday, April 8

7:30-8:00am breakfast

8-9 Closing session, worship, and prayer

 

FAQ's: 

Are Scholarships available? 
Yes, you can approach the church leadership, Joanna Giddens, or Deacon, Shapri LoMaglio, about the scholarships to be used for the Women's Retreat. Money should not be a barrier to attend this retreat. 

What if I can't come on Friday night or if I'm going to be late? 
Retreat arrivals can occur 4-9pm in time for a Speaker Event of Vision Casting. If you arrive on Friday 9-10pm, please contact a retreat administrator, Erin Brindle, to let her know you will be late but we should watch out for you. The Directions to Camp Wabanna are clear and cell service is good near the camp. All are welcome for whatever part of the schedule works for you! 

How can I get there if I don't have a car? 
The retreat planners will provide a ride board for people willing to give rides and for people who need rides to connect. You may be assigned to a car if you need a ride leaving at a certain time. 

Can we bring our own food/drinks? 
The Camp Wabanna Retreat Center welcomes us with wonderful food during 3 meals on Saturday and a Sunday breakfast. Snack bar with food and drinks will be available at night. We can bring our own pre-packaged food as needed with access to a fridge and microwave but Camp Wabanna requests we don't bring homemade foods. Camp Wabanna's chef will accommodate dietary restrictions and requests as long as these requests are submitted to retreat planners prior to one week before the retreat, until March 31. Please contact Erin Brindle or Shapri LoMaglio about your dietary needs on the Retreat. 

What is to do at Camp Wabanna? 
Camp Wabanna offers outdoor activities: kayaks, hiking/running trails, basketball, volleyball, tennis, foosball, ping-pong, and other games. 

Off-site activities for Saturday afternoon may include a visit to Annapolis for boat cruise ($17), walking tour of The U.S. Naval Academy, and variety of restaurants for interested retreaters. 



Photos of Camp Wabanna

This will be our 8th ANNUAL Easter Party!  The event has an Easter egg hunt, lots of food, face painting, basketball, music, dancing, and many other games and activities, and is meant to bless our neighborhood and bring us closer in our relationships with each other at Grace Meridian Hill and with our neighbors. This year's Neighborhood Easter Party will be held on Saturday, March 31, from 11am-2pm at Girard St. Park (1450 Girard St NW).

Last year's Neighborhood Easter Party was a blast thanks to everyone who contributed and helped out!  We need volunteers for this year's Easter bash. Do you have an idea for an activity or want to help with food, hiding eggs or face painting?  Contact Akite and Kristin if you'd like to help in any way, and particularly if you can paint faces, plan food, lead line dancing, provide decorations or hide eggs? 

Maundy Thursday

Join us Thursday & Friday of Holy Week for 2 special services. 

Thursday, March 29, 7pm
Maundy Thursday Communion Service
@ Grace Meridian Hill (810 Shepherd St NW, Petworth)

Friday, March 30, 12pm
Good Friday Service
@ Grace Downtown (Calvary Baptist - 755 8th St NW, Downtown DC)

**Please note that there will be no childcare provided at these services.