Posted: June 30, 2022

News for Sunday, July 3, 2022

Easter 2022


Welcome to the Rev. Paul Evans
Paul Evans took to the pulpit for the first time as Associate Rector last Sunday, and delivered a first-rate message based on the day’s Gospel reading from Luke. At the reception following the service, the congregation’s pleasure in both content and tone was apparent, and the sense of welcome was everywhere. We are most grateful, and look forward to a long, happy relationship.

Independence Day Picnic This Sunday
This Sunday we’ll have only the 10:30 a.m. service using the 1790 First American Prayer Book, after which we’ll adjourn to Monroe Park for a picnic, featuring Lee’s fried chicken and hot dogs, and the singing of a collection of July 4th-themed songs. We’ll have some chairs out there for those of you for whom bringing your own is a burden.

Youth Service Day with Red Door
On Friday, July 8th, between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., our youth will be front and center to help with Red Door lunch. Please contact Alan Lai, Kitchen Coordinator, Red Door Volunteer Coordinator to sign up and participate.

Spirited Sisters
This month’s gathering for spirits and supper is happening on Monday, July 11th, at 5:30 p.m., most likely at Burger Bach. Please be sure to take a look at the July 8th eNews and/or the July 10th Bulletin insert to make sure of the locale. Call Cathy Saunders for more information.

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.

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

7/03 | One Service Only at 10:30 a.m., 1789 Book of Common Prayer
7/03 | Independence Day Picnic Following the Service (Monroe Park)
7/08 | Youth Service Day with Red Door, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
7/09 | Corbin Blackwell & Kevin Donahue’s Wedding at 5:30 p.m. (GHTC)
7/11 | Spirited Sisters at 5:30 p.m. (Burger Bach on Cary)
7/12 | Circles Meeting – 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (Parish Hall)
7/16 | Haley Cagle & Mason Mire’s Wedding at 5:30 p.m. (North Carolina)
7/17 | Service Night with Shood, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (Midlothian Workspace)
7/22 | Parents’ Night Out, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (Boathouse – Rockett’s Landing)
7/23 | Funeral Service for Barbara Zerkle at 1:00 p.m. (GHTC)
7/24 | Hymn Sing at 10:30 a.m. Service (GHTC)
7/26 | Circles Meeting – 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (Parish Hall)
8/01 | Welcoming Asst. Choirmaster and Organist Sean McDonald


David Wheeler, Organist and Pianist for this Sunday
Thank you to David Wheeler, who is our guest organist for this morning’s 1790 service, and our pianist for Independence Day songs in the park. David served as the Director of Music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Richmond for thirty years. We are grateful to David for sharing his musical gifts with us during this celebratory day honoring our nation’s history.

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, and 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 Grace & Holy Trinity Church (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.

Banns of Marriage
I publish the Banns of Marriage between Anne Corbin Blackwell of New York and Kevin Robert Donahue of New York.  If any of you know just cause why they may not be joined together in Holy Matrimony, you are bidden to declare it. This is the third time of asking.

– Book of Common Prayer (BCP)  p. 437

I publish the Banns of Marriage between Haley Elizabeth Cagle & Mason Randall Mire of Maidens.  If any of you know just cause why they may not be joined together in Holy Matrimony, you are bidden to declare it. This is the second time of asking.

– BCP  p. 437


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. service, 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

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).


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 12th and July 26th.

Needed for the Red Door Clothes Closet
The clothes closet is still in need of men’s underwear and summer t-shirts (M, L, & XL), simple toiletries, and also of plastic grocery bags to send them off in. You may leave those things in the “Service Ministries” collection box in the elevator hall on your left as you come up the stairs from the parking lot in the rear of the church. For more details, contact the Kitchen Coordinator.

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

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Or, call or stop by: (804) 359-5628 or 8 North Laurel Street, Richmond, VA 23220