Posted: January 18, 2024

News for Sunday, January 21, 2024

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Upcoming Events

01/19       5:00 p.m.    Parents’ Night Out (Parish Hall | Parents’ gathering The Jefferson)
01/27       3:00 p.m.    Three Sopranos in Concert (Church)
01/27     10:00 a.m.   Men’s Group Coffee (Ellwood Thompson’s)
02/04       1:00 p.m.    Confirmation Retreat #3: What does it mean to be an Episcopalian? (Church)
02/05       4:00 p.m.    Westminster Canterbury Happy Hour (Westminster Canterbury Richmond)
02/11       9:30 a.m.    Annual Parish Meeting (Church)
                 10:30 a.m.  One worship service at 10:30 a.m.
                 11:45 a.m.   Mardi Gras Celebration (Parish Hall)
02/12                             Office Closed
02/14     12:00 p.m.   Ash Wednesday (Traditional Language | Spoken | Church)
02/14       7:00 p.m.   Ash Wednesday (Contemporary Language | Choral | Church)

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Annual Parish Meeting and Mardi Gras Celebration – Sunday, February 11
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on February 11th, at 9:30 a.m. in the church. Printed copies of the Annual Report will be available at the meeting and online at There will be one service at 10:30 a.m. on this day.  Following 10:30 a.m. worship, don your purple, green, and gold beads and stay for a reception full of New Orleans Jazz and King Cake!

Three Sopranos in Concert – Saturday, January 27
On Saturday, January 27th at 3:00 p.m., join well-known and loved Richmond soprano Sarah Kate Walston, along with GHTC’s internationally acclaimed soprano Caroline Whisnant, and up-and-coming mezzo-soprano Abigail Stinnett in a concert of outstandingly beautiful works. The program will range from the virtuosity of Verdi to the frivolity of Bacharach. The singers will be accompanied by Daniel Stipe, a virtuoso keyboard artist on both organ and piano who is regarded as one of Richmond’s most outstanding performers. There will be a reception hosted by the Concert Series Committee following the free concert.

Adult Formation Sunday Series Offerings in January
Discover meaningful insights and deepen your faith with engaging presentations and conversations as part of the Adult Formation Sunday Series. In January, the forum will explore the following topics:

01/21    Episcopal 101: The Book of Common Prayer, 1979, led by The Rev. Bruce Birdsey
01/28    Episcopal 101: Church History, led by The Rev. Charles Joy


Greater Richmond Children’s Choir – Sunday, January 21
Now in its 27th season, the critically acclaimed Greater Richmond Children’s Choir will sing during 10:30 a.m. worship on Sunday, January 21st. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Crystal Jonkman, and Associate Director Pete Curry, GRCC offers boys and girls ages 8 to 18 the opportunity to excel through the graduated study and performance of high-quality choral music with students from all around the region. More information about the choirs may be found online at

Lectio Divina – Weekly on Wednesdays
Lectio Divina is a ministry group that originally started as a Bible study and has shifted focus to reading and reflecting on the upcoming Sunday gospel. They meet by Zoom on Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and all are welcome. The current session will continue through February 7th, with another session beginning on February 21st. If you are interested in Lectio Divina, please visit our website at and select Lectio Divina from the drop down menu.

Parish Life

Men’s Group Coffee – Saturday, January 27
The Men’s Group will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27th, at Ellwood Thompson’s in Carytown. A variety of coffee options, bagels, and pastries are available for purchase at the cafe. For more information, please visit our website at and select Men’s Group from the drop down menu.

Westminster Canterbury Happy Hour – Monday, February 5
We invite parishioners of a certain age to join us at Westminster Canterbury on Monday, February 5th at 4:00 p.m. for drinks and conversation with The Rev. Greg Bezilla and The Rev. Paul Evans. If you would like to attend, please sign up at the round table outside the church doors. You can also register by calling the Parish Office at (804) 359-5628 x23 and speaking to Lauren Frazier.

Youth Orchestra Rehearsals – Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
The Youth Orchestra will be rehearsing each Sunday from January 7th through February 11th at 9:30 a.m. in the Children’s Choir Room on the second floor. The rehearsal on February 11th will take place in the choir room before playing the prelude for the 10:30 a.m. service. The Youth Orchestra is open to children in 4th grade and up who play any musical instrument, band or orchestral, keyboards, guitar, etc. If your child is interested in joining the Youth Orchestra, please visit our website at and select Stanley Baker from the drop down menu.

Woodcutters Weekend at Shrine Mont – Friday, February 2
Embrace the beauty of God’s creation while cutting trees and splitting wood during Woodcutters Weekend at Shrine Mont. No experience with chainsaws or tractors is necessary, work alongside staff to contribute to Shrine Mont and take home some wood for yourself. Interested or want to attend? Visit to learn more.


Confirmation Retreat – Sunday, February 4
On Sunday, February 4th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., we will hold our next Confirmation Retreat at the Church. The candidates for confirmation will be exploring what it means to be an Episcopalian. As we have previously communicated, we are repeating the same four retreats held last year in anticipation of a Bishop’s visit on Sunday, April 28th at the 10:30 a.m. service to confirm our candidates. Please register online here by Wednesday, January 31st. To learn more about confirmation, please visit our website at and select Associate Rector Paul Evans from the drop down menu.

Other Communications

Beware of Phishing & Other Scams
Please beware of any communication (email, phone calls, texts) purporting to be from members of our clergy, staff, or someone communicating on our behalf. No member of the Grace & Holy Trinity clergy or staff will ever contact you asking you “for a favor,” such as purchasing gift cards. Scammers use these tactics and are more common than you might think. Please be cautious and use good judgment.

Please Wear Your Name Tags
This is a gentle reminder to please wear your name tags when you come to church. Grace & Holy Trinity is fortunate to have visitors and new parishioners joining us each week. Wearing your nametag is an important part of our hospitality to all and a visible reminder to newcomers and lifelong members alike that we are an open and welcoming community. Please pick up your name tags along the wall in the hallway as you enter from the Cherry Street parking lot, and please leave them there when you leave church. If you need a name tag for the first time or if you have misplaced yours, please contact Communications Associate Tyler Brady,

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