Posted: July 14, 2022

News for Sunday, July 17, 2022

Easter 2022


GHTC Parish Choir SoundCloud
A music video of “Final Journey of the Soul,” “Lux Aeterna,” and “In Paradisum” from the Grace & Holy Trinity presentation of Requiem: A Thanksgiving For Life by composer Sir Philip Ledger, was created to promote the full album of the Requiem. It went live as of last Thursday, July 14th, on the  GHTC Parish Choir SoundCloud, and is the first contribution to a permanent GHTC Parish Choir collection. The link to the Requiem SoundCloud album was shared on GHTC’s Facebook page. Listen directly on the GHTC Parish Choir SoundCloud page »

July Parents’ Night Out
On July 22nd, the second Night Out begins at 5:30 p.m. with a libation with Duane, NOT at the Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing, but at Brambly Park in Scott’s Addition. Take a look at the Brambly Park website for more information. Parents of youth and young children can drop off their kids at church at about 5:00 p.m., and plan to collect them by 9:30 p.m. The deadline to register for this evening is July 20th. Register for Parents’ Night Out now »

Help Us Share Your News
We are eager to include your announcements related to Parish Life and other events. In order for us to best serve you, we ask that those of you at the helm of adult groups submit your announcements to Kyle Reed by the end of the day on the Monday that falls eleven days before you want it to be included in Friday’s eNews and the following Sunday morning bulletin insert. For example, if you would like to have an announcement published in those parish communications in the Friday, July 29th eNews and the Sunday, July 31st bulletin insert, we ask that you submit your information by the end of the day on Monday, July 18th. We put the publications to bed on the following day, so our editing, graphics, proofing, and printing staff members have the needed lead time to get it done up to your standards. Questions? Contact Paul Evans in the parish office »

Last Sunday
Samples from Sunday is on holiday for the summer, and will be back after Labor Day. To watch the videos from last Sunday’s service highlights, click:

Upcoming Events

7/17 | Service Night with Shood – 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m (Chesterfield Towne Center)
7/18 | Spirited Sisters Book Club at 4:00 p.m. (Elaine Quinn’s House)
7/22 | Parents’ Night Out – 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (Brambly Park – Scott’s Addition)
7/23 | Funeral Service for Barbara Zerkel at 1:00 p.m. (GHTC)
7/24 | Hymn Sing at the 10:30 a.m. Service (GHTC)
7/26 | Circles Meeting – 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (Parish Hall)
8/01 | Welcoming Sean McDonald, Asst. Choirmaster and Organist
8/12 | Parents’ Night Out – 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St.)


Steve Henley, Organist
We are grateful to Steve Henley, who is our guest organist for this morning’s 10:30 a.m. service. Steve served as Bon Air Presbyterian Church’s Music Director for twenty years, and has recently retired. We are grateful to Steve for sharing his musical gifts with us.

Hymn Sing at the July 31 10:30 a.m. service
Instead of hearing a sermon at that service, we’ll ask what your favorite hymns are, and then we’ll all sing them. So think about what your choices would be, and come prepared to make your requests and join in to make a joyful noise.

Sean McDonald, Assistant Choirmaster and Organist
We are very happy to announce that on August 1st,  Sean McDonald will be the new Assistant Choirmaster and Organist. Previously, he was organist at Media Presbyterian Church in Media, Pennsylvania, and the elementary music teacher at T.M. Peirce School in Philadelphia. He is now the music teacher at Robious Elementary School. Sean holds a Master of Music degree in sacred music from East Carolina University, a B.A. in music with a minor in jazz studies; and a B.S. in Computer Science, both from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. We look forward to having Sean and his family with us at GHTC.

New Sanctuary Sound System
We are still raising the last of the funding for the complete new sound system in the church, which will ensure that every parishioner will hear every word and note. We are more than three quarters of the way to the goal, and are enormously grateful for all you have already contributed. We welcome your participation as we raise the remaining $18,000 to complete this long-overdue improvement in the life of the parish. The plan is to have the new sound system installed and operating by November. To contribute to this fund, you may mail a check or handle the cost online at, and indicate “sound system” on your gift.


Children’s Chapel
For the rest of the summer, instead of the usual Sunday School, children are invited to join us for Children’s Chapel. We will gather in the church with the whole congregation at 10:30 a.m., and then, early in the service, the children will process out of church and head upstairs to attend a simplified children’s liturgy in the children’s Sunday school room. (The moment will be noted in the bulletin.) Each day, we will sing, offer prayers, hear a Bible reading, and learn about one of the saints. Please collect the children immediately following the service.

Parish Life

Spirited Sisters Book Club
The Book Club will meet Monday, July 18th, at 4:00 p.m. at Elaine Quinn’s house. The book is The Promise by Damon Galgut, a family saga with an unusual narration style. The novel is set in South Africa at the time of the transition from apartheid, and was this year’s Booker Prize winner. For more information or to let us know you’ll participate, please contact Mary Ann Blankenship.

August Parents’ Night Out
On August 12th, start the evening with Duane at the Jefferson Hotel (101 W. Main Street). The bronze alligators that greet you as you leave your car with the valet off Franklin Street are sculptural descendants of the live ones that once lived in the fountain at the center of the upper lobby. The staircase that is the grand descent into the lower lobby was the design inspiration for the one that Rhett Butler famously carried Scarlett O’Hara up in 1939’s Southern epic Gone With the Wind. Registration deadline for this one is August 10th. Register for the August Parents’ Night Out today »

Instead of Breakfast, Donuts and Coffee
The best breakfast in Richmond is on hiatus for the summer months, and will return to the Parish Hall on the 11th of September.  In the meantime, we’ll have donuts with our coffee after both services.

Summer Office Hours
For the rest of the summer season, the church office hours will be from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Outside of those hours, the doors will be locked and the phones will not ring through. Please plan accordingly. We will return to the regular 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. schedule on Monday, September 12th (the Monday after Labor Day).


Working with Shood
On this Sunday evening  (July 17th) from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., young people and their families are pitching in to work with Shood, the non-profit that collects men’s and women’s gently used running shoes, reconditions them, and distributes them to those who are homeless or living in poverty in Richmond. Our volunteers go to their workspace in the Chesterfield Towne Center at Midlothian and Huguenot Roads to help with the process of reconditioning. For detailed directions to the workshop, contact Kyle Bomar »

Return of CirclesRVA to the Parish Hall
After many months of meeting only on Zoom, the Parish Hall is once again the place where CirclesRVA convenes in person on selected Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The next Circles meetings convene on July 26th and August 2nd.

For more information, visit the News page or call the church at (804) 359-5628.

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