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Councilmember Pinto will worship with us this Sunday to honor our 250th Anniversary as the oldest Methodist Church in Washington DC. Ms. Pinto is the youngest elected Councilmember in the history of the District, and the first woman to represent Ward 2, which includes Georgetown. During her swearing-in ceremony, she pledged to uphold the values of integrity, transparency, and accountability in office, and believes that “government not only can use its resources to improve lives but has the moral obligation to do so.”

Join us in person or online on Sunday at 11:00 am.


Sunday January 30th!

12:30 - 3:00 PM

Dumbarton United Methodist Church

3133 Dumbarton St. NW - First Floor Art Gallery

Open to the Public, with Covid Protocols in place.

In July 2­­021, quilters nationwide were invited to celebrate the opportunity for Washington, DC to become the 51st state. To date, we have received 59 quilts made by 45 artists from 14 states and DC.

These quilts celebrate the future Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, and speak to the challenges that DC residents face to achieve the full rights of US citizenship.

This exhibit is a small sampling of these quilts, representing the work of quilters in the DC area. Additional works by quilters who live outside the DC region will be exhibited in DC later in 2022 in a larger show.

To see all entries, visit our Virtual Gallery  www.lwvdc.org/quilts4dc.


Please note: Covid Protocols in place include Masks, Proof of Vaccination, Sign-in Sheet


2022 is Dumbarton's Big 250 Year Celebration as a gathered group of faithful Methodists in Georgetown

Dumbarton is pleased to be celebrating its 250th birthday in 2022 as the oldest continuously open Methodist congregation in Washington DC, and one of the oldest in the nation. The year will be filled with events calling on the church to be “Looking Backward But Living Forward.”

Please join us for the following celebratory events:

  • Date now TBD due to Covid precautions: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton worships at Dumbarton to commemorate its 250 th anniversary.
  • January 16: Justice Sunday. Joint virtual service with Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Baltimore-Washington United Methodist Conference Bishop LaTrelle Easterling preaching.
  • January 18: 6-week book club discussion of selections from Many Witnesses, a history of Dumbarton United Methodist Church.
  • January 30: Brooke Pinto, DC City Council member for Ward 2, worships at Dumbarton to commemorate its 250th anniversary.
  • January 30: Quilts 4 DC Statehood Exhibit - 12:30 to 3:00 PM. In July 2­­021, quilters nationwide were invited to celebrate the opportunity for Washington, DC to become the 51st state. To date, we have received 59 quilts made by 45 artists from 14 states and DC.
  • February 6: Former Dumbarton Pastor Mary Kay Totty is guest preacher.
  • February 27: 35th Anniversary Reconciling Sunday: Bishop Peggy Johnson preaching.
  • March 6, First Sunday in Lent: Dramatic monologue of Abraham Lincoln reflecting on his March 1863 attendance of Dumbarton’s first worship service after being a field hospital for the wounded from Manassas. Dedication of ceramic artisan Maria Otero’s Communion cup and plate made for Dumbarton’s 250 th Anniversary.
  • April 30: Dumbarton Concert Series recognizes Dumbarton Church for providing a home for DCS concerts since 1978.
  • May 1-30: Alliance for New Music Theatre’s production of Many Voices, a dramatic musical excavation of the lives of some of those buried at the Mt. Zion/Female Union Band Society (FUBS) cemeteries formerly owned by Dumbarton.
  • May 22: Pot-Luck Supper with Mt. Zion UMC at Dumbarton.
  • June 19 /26: Walking tours in honor of the late Walter and Luella Wells, 2-4 p.m. (June 19: Neighboring historical sites. June 26: Tour of neighborhood churches’ stained glass windows.)
  • July 10: Picnic at FUBS/Old Methodist Burying Ground Cemetery near 27th and Q Streets.
  • August 28: Outdoor time capsule burial.
  • September 18: possible AJ Welch performance of Stained Glass Window composition at Dumbarton UMC.
  • October 16: Homecoming Service, with Dumbarton congregation Art exhibit: Alice in Blunderland song.
  • Nov. 1: All Saints Day Worship Service. Dramatic monologues of Abraham Lincoln and other prominent figures in Dumbarton history. Reading of the names.
  • Nov. 15: Veterans History Day featuring the names on the WWII brass plaque.
  • December 24: Dumbarton’s 250th birthday.


The Re-entry Taskforce met on Jan. 2 following worship and decided to move our worship experiences online — for the next two weeks. Our services will be all virtual/delivered via Zoom on Sunday, Jan. 9, and Sunday, Jan16. 
Please know that all the plans we have in place for both services will go forward. They will just shift to Zoom. Additionally upcoming Dumbarton-specific church functions planned between now and Jan. 16 will be moved online and/or postponed. 
More specific details will be provided in this week’s edition of eChips on everything happening at our church building over the next two weeks, so please look for that email.

The taskforce will meet again on Sunday, Dec. 16, following worship to reassess. 

Zoom info for Jan 2 & 16:

Meeting ID: 898 3876 7270

Passcode: 312148

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-- Friday, 24th at 6:30 pm ET -- in-person and online

Las posadas means "the inns" in Spanish, and this service is based on a tradition from Mexico that commemorates the journey of Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a safe refuge where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus.

All are welcome! This intergenerational service will include Christmas music and candle lighting, and will end with the breaking of a piñata!
Zoom info:
Meeting ID: 999 3922 5293
Passcode: 702231
Dial in: +1 301 715 8592 US

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3133 Dumbarton St
NW Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: (202) 333.7212

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All are welcome for in-person worship at Dumbarton Church each Sunday at 11:00 am--masks and social distancing will be required. For more information about our Covid safety protocols, please click here

You can also join us on Zoom where our in-person worship will be broadcast simultaneously using: Meeting ID: 898 3876 7270 Passcode: 312148, or dial by your location 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

 Adult Education is also held in-person and via Zoom most Sundays at 10:00 a.m..

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What People Say About Us

--"There is a welcoming fellowship and a continuing challenge to be engaged in social justice."--Harry K.

--"I love how Dumbarton continues to stand up for the rights of the marginalized, especially LGBT people"

--"I appreciate the incredible lay participation and leadership - it is unrivaled elsewhere, in my experience."--Jamie M.

--"Everyone at Dumbarton is honestly and uniquely who they are - there are no pretensions or facades to pretend to be someone we are not." Michelle D.

--"I like the time in the service when we prayerfully express our joys and concerns."--Joan C.