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Grace Presbyterian Church gets its new steeple. The top section is being turned to fit. The new, 6500-pound fibreglass steeple was constructed by Stealth Concealment Solutions, Inc., of North Charleston, S.C. The new steeple, costing $270,000, will house a Verizon cell tower and is being paid for by the communications corporation. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 6 March 2017

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Grace's new steeple arrives on-site. The new steeple, constructed by Stealth Concealment Solutions, Inc., of North Charleston, S.C., is a 6500-pound fibreglas piece, is one of two sections that will replace Grace's old steeple. The new steeple will house a Verizon cell tower and is being paid for by the communications corporatiion. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 2 March 2017

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Rev. Ben Trawick preaches his first sermon as the new senior pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 26 February 2017

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The removal of the steeple at Grace Presbyterian Church was completed 24 February. The steeple is being replaced by an exact duplicate made of non-ferrous materials since the new steeple will house a Verizon cell tower. Verizon is providing the new steeple and renting the space for their cell tower. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 26 February 2017

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A crane lifts part of the steeple off Grace Presbyterian Church this morning. The steeple is being replaced by an exact duplicate made of non-ferrous materials since the new steeple will house a Verizon cell tower. Verizon is providing the new steeple and renting the space for their cell tower. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 23 February 2017 (Photo courtesy Kyle Hollo)

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Rev. Dr. Lisa Kenkeremath is surprised by another gift from the congregation of Grace Presbyterian Church --- a H-P laptop computer. Dr. Kenkeremath is completing four years of service to the Grace Presbyterian Church, the last two and a half as Interim Pastor. Dr, Kenkeremath was feted at a luncheon in Wester Hall. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 12 February 2017

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Rev. Dr. Lisa Kenkeremath, Interim Pastor, cuts a cake presented to her by the Session at her last Session meeting prior to departing. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 25 January 2017

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The Sanctuary is prepared for the annual Christmas Cantata, 10:30 a.m., Sunday, 18 December. Grace Presbyetrian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 16 December 2016

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Grace Presbyetrian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 16 December 2016

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Members of the congregation of Grace file in to Wester Hall for the Amigos' Annual Christmas Brunch, their gift to the Grace congregation. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 11 December 2016

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Circle 6, Presbyterian Women, led by Mary Hemantoler (back row, third from right), gathers in the Family Room at Grace Presbyterian Church to study Gospel of Luke and celebrate Christmas. Circle 6 is a small group devoted to fellowship and Bible study. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 7 December 2016

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Bob Patrick, center, recalls history of Jefferson Building for Aging With Grace visit to the Library of Congress. Greg Suess, Dee Dee Faulkner, Caroline Hayes, Pat Ferrell, Joe Miller, Mary Hemantoler, Greta Miller, Frances Gipson and Yvette Moy were among the participants. Library of Congress, Washngton, D.C. 17 November 2016

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Rev, Susan Wisseman gets a kiss of appreciation as she blesses one of the dogs at the Blessing of the Animals service. The practice of blessing animals was introduced by the Catholic saint St. Francis of Assisi roughly 800 years ago. The event was open to the public. Pets also received a signed certificate. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 16 October 2016

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Members of Grace Presbyterian Church, along with meet-up volunteers, built 730 hygiene kits this morning for Church World Service. The build was conducted in the church's Wester Hall. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 11 September 2016 [Photo by Jim Drinkard]

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Kim Hatfield, left, and Ed Bryant, right, present departing Youth Director Alisa Laska with a quilt representing all her interests and youth program logos during the celebration of her nine-year ministry. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 31 July 2016

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The 2016 Honduras Mission is commissioned.  For the past 16 years, Grace has sent mission teams each summer to central Honduras through our relationship with Honduras Outreach Inc. The teams participate in community improvement projects. The mission trips have a lasting impact not only on the villagers, but on the mission team members as well. Information on past trips can be found on the Honduras mission page. The Honduras Home Team also raises funds to provide scholarships for Honduran high school students, as public education is available only through sixth grade. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 24 July 2016

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Members of the Grace Presbyterian Youth Group and youth from Grace's partner churches in Nablus and Rafidia, Palestine, gather at the picnic tables after spending the day tubing at Pohick Bay Regional Park. Lorton, Va. 24 July 2016

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Father Ibrahim Nairouz, pastor the St. Philip's Church in Nablus, Palestine, and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rafidia, Palestine, presents a hand-made cross to Rev. Susan Wisseman, Associate Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church. Grace and the Nablus/Rafidia churches have been partner churches for the past decade. The cross was made by Father Ioustinos, priest of the Greek Orthodox Convent and Church of Saint Photina in Nablus. Father Ioustinos made all the icons in his church. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 24 July 2016

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Alisa Laska, Director of Youth and Preteen Ministries, assisted by Jim Lawson, introduces the Grace Youth who are graduating this month from high school. From the left, Alex (Sasha) Thurman, Bryant High School; Erika Lizarazu, Robert E, Lee High School; and Ryan Hart, West Springfield High School. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 12 June 2016

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Kathy Drinkard, member of the Special Funds Scholarship Committee, announces the recipients of the summer camp scholarships. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 12 June 2016

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Cramer Gilmore, member of the Special Funds Scholarship Committee, announces the recipients of the educational scholarships. The recipients are, from left, Elyse Dunstan (represented by Judy Ross), Josie Wynek, Ryan Hartm and Remy Johnson. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 12 June 2016

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Members of Grace youth were awarded a Training, Mission, or Service Activities scholarships this morning. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 12 June 2016

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Artwork of children from Gaza, presented by the United Palestinian Appeal, is displayed in Wester Hall. The artwork, which remains on display, depicts the day-to-day existence of these children who live under the siege of the Gaza Strip. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 8 June 2016

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Preschool Elder Rachel Amatuzzi, right, applauds the 17 years of service of Margaret Snyder, center, as co-director of Grace's preschool. Children's Discipleship Elder Nancy Machado, left, holds a gift presented to Margaret for her service. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 5 June 2016

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Members of the congregation join the Chancel Choir, the Joyful Ringers bell choirs, and the brass quintet in performing Handel's Messiah at the conclusion of Easter service at Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 27 March 2016

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Interim Pastor Rev. Dr. Lisa Kenkeremath reads the membership questions to the new members joining Grace Presbyterian Church. From left are Evangelism Elder Tim Stryker, Clerk of Session Greta Tosi-Miller, new member Caroline Hayes, new members J.D. and Pam Evett, and new member Valerie Wenderoth. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 6 March 2016

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Guest minister the Rev. Chris Walker delivers a sermon on "Start a Movement" at Grace Presbyterian Church. He provided a day-long seminar on evangelism on Saturday. An ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Chris is the principal writer for "Evangelism Coach" and has led numerous training seminars on evangelism and church renewal throughout North and South America in many different denominations. He and his family are now involved in starting a church for Spanish language immigrants in their current home of Port St. Lucie, Fla. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Streetm Springfield, Va. 6 March 2016

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Members of Grace Presbyterian Church examine the many books for sale in Wester Hall. Proceeds from the sale help fund the 2016 scholarships for Honduran middle and high school students. The sale is sponsored by the Honduran Mission of Grace. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 6 March 2016

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Members of Aging with Grace visit the Voice of America headquarters. The Voice of America (VOA) is the official external broadcast institution of the United States government. The VOA provides programming for broadcast on radio, TV, and the Internet outside of the U.S., in English and some foreign languages. A 1976 law signed by President Gerald Ford requires the VOA to "serve as a consistently reliable and authoritative source of news." The VOA Charter states: "VOA news will be accurate, objective and comprehensive." The United States Congress appropriates funds for VOA annually under the same budget for embassies and consulates. VOA radio and television broadcasts are distributed by satellite, cable and on FM, AM, and shortwave radio frequencies. They are streamed on individual language service websites, social media sites and mobile platforms. The VOA has affiliate and contract agreements with radio and television stations and cable networks worldwide. Some scholars and commentators consider the Voice of America to be a form of propaganda, although this label is disputed by others. Voice of America, 330 Independence Ave., Washington, D.C. 25 February 2016

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Members of the Grace Praise Band and the Praise Band from the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church of Washington in Derwood, Md., practice together in preparation for their concert presented in the sanctuary last night. The concert was presented for the Youth Group. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 21 February 2016

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Rev. Dr. Lisa Kenkeremath presents a representative gift to Krissa Slone, Director of Volunteer and Partner Services of the Fairfax County Department of Family Services (DFS). Annually, Grace Presbyterian Church partners with the DFS to provide gifts to needy families during the Christmas season. Children are given toys while their parents are provided gift cards for food and gas. Greta Tosi-Miller coordinates Grace's outreach to the community. The Grace congregation was extremely generous this year. Also pictured are Cecilia Tatis from DFS and Associate Patsor Susan Wisseman. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 16 December 2015

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The children of the Grace Weekday Preschool perform their annual Christmas Pageant for their parents and friends. For more on the Grace Weekday Preschool, please see http://gracepresby.org/education-an…/grace-weekday-preschool. Grace Presbterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 16 December 2015

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The children of the Grace Weekday Preschool perform their annual Christmas Pageant for their parents and friends. For more on the Grace Weekday Preschool, please see http://gracepresby.org/education-an…/grace-weekday-preschool. Grace Presbterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 16 December 2015

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Rev. Dr. John Yieh, New Testament Professor at Virginia Theological Seminary, leads a class in "The Nativity and Its Consequences: A Reflection of Two Tales." There are two accounts of Jesus' birth in the New Testament. Matthew tells a gloomy story of the magi from the East that ends with the slaughter of the infants in Bethlehem, while Luke enthuses his readers with the angelic excitement about the good news of great joy concerning all nations. These two nativity stories have shaped Christian understanding of Christmas since the early church. The class looks into the "history of interpretation" of these two tales to see how they each have been interpreted in Orthodox, Catholic, and Reformed traditions and to consider how their "history of effects" may widen and deepen the reflection on the significance of Christmas today. The Family Room. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 6 December 2015

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Kathy Drinkard sells fair-trade gift items made by Palestinians at the Alternative Gift Fair 2015 in the library. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 22 November 2015

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Members of Grace's Aging with Grace group toured Rose Hill, the home of Frederick Douglass from 1877 to 1895. Frederick Douglass, once a slave, became the Nation's leading 19th-century African American spokesman. The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W Street SE, Washington, DC. 16 November 2015

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Members of the Grace Presbyterian Church share a lunch with members of the Ezher Bloom Mosque, reciprocating for a lunch shared at the mosque earlier this year. Wester Hall. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 15 November 2015

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Francis Gipson explores the rocks during a field trip to Shenandoah National Park by the members of the Aging with Grace ministry.  Skyline Drive, Luray, Va.  19 October 2015

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Grace members and volunteers prepare to deliver 125 backpacks containing food, hygiene and other items to homeless residents of Washington, D.C., October 31.  A monthly Grace program links church members with other volunteers who are part of a group organized online through the Meetup site. On this day, about 40 people gathered at the church to package materials provided through Grace's mission budget and deliver them at two city parks frequented by the homeless. Another 15 large bags of blankets, coats and other clothing also were distributed. Grace Presbyterian Church 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 31 October 2015 

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Members of the Fellowship and Mission Committees of Grace Presbyterian Church led the congregation and volunteers from the community in constructing 1000 food packs October 4 for students of Lynbrook Elementary School. The food packs are intended for distribution for weekends when subsidized lunches are not available. Grace Presbyterian Church 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 4 October 2015

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Rev. Dr. Lisa Kenkeremath delivers a sermon on the Seven Deadly Sins, the first in a series, during services at Grace Presbyterian Church. 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 21 June 2015

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Mike Phillips makes his remarks prior to introducing Amal Nassar, one of the members of the family who owns the Tent of Nations. Ms. Nassar spoke about living conditions on the Nassar farm --- a farm owned by the family since 1916 and which the Zionist settlers in the five surrounding settlements have tried to take from the family by violence. Ms. Nassar's presentation was made in Wester Hall. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 14 June 2015

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Mike Phillips introduces Amal Nassar, one of the members of the family who owns the Tent of Nations. Ms. Nassar spoke about living conditions on the Nassar farm --- a farm owned by the family since 1916 and which the Zionist settlers in the five surrounding settlements have tried to take from the family by violence.

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Amal Nassar, a member of the Palestinian Lutheran family that operates a farm called "Tent of Nations" in the Occupied Territories of the West Bank, discusses how the Israeli settlements --- which many nations of the world and accepted international law have declared as illegal --- affect the lives of the Palestinians who live in the Occupied Territories. When she is not guiding visitors to the Tent of Nations, Ms. Nassar works as a physical therapist at Caritas Hospital in Bethlehem, specializing in treatments for cystic fibrosis amongst infants. She is an educator who also works with Bedouin women who have a high percentage of children with the disease. She toured the U.S a few years ago as a member of Jerusalem Women Speak tours sponsored by the Partners for Peace. The event was co-sponsored by Grace Presbyterian Church, Sabeel-DC, Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace, Israel-Palestine Mission Network - National Capital Presbytery, Ravensworth Baptist Church, and the Alliance of Baptists' Justice in Palestine and Israel group. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 14 June 2014

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Amal Nassar, one of the members of the family who owns the Tent of Nations shows how the land on which the Palestinians have to live has been steadily appropriated by the Israeli government. Ms. Nassar spoke about living conditions on the Nassar farm --- a farm owned by the family since 1916 and which the Zionist settlers in the five surrounding settlements have tried to take from the family by violence.

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The cake for the Tent of Nations presentation in Wester Hall. It has the motto of the Tent of Nations -- "We Refuse to be Enemies. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield, Va. 14 June 2015

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The 2014 Confirmands, their parents, famiies, and mentors. Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street. Springfield, Va. 18 May 2014

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