Posted: June 9, 2022

News for Sunday, June 12, 2022

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RVA Art Song Series Concert
At 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11th, in the Parish Hall, Commonwealth Concert Opera will present Johannes Brahms’s Die Schone Magelone, a cycle of fifteen songs from a novella by Ludwig Tiek, and Brahms’s only such cycle, in a new, singable English translation with a narrator. Performing will be Richmond’s Three Tenors (Tracey Welborn, Alan Chavez, and James Taylor) accompanied by pianist Charles Lindsey. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Children’s Chapel
Beginning this Sunday, June 12th, and 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 after the Song of Praise, the children will process out of church to attend a simplified children’s liturgy in the chapel behind the back of the sanctuary. Each day, we will sing, offer prayers, hear a Bible reading, and learn about one of the saints. Parents are asked to pick their children up immediately following the service.

Thank You and Farewell to Mark Koontz
Mark Koontz, who has served as our fine Assistant Organist for almost two years, has resigned this position. This Sunday, June 12th, will be his last Sunday with us. Mark has enriched our worship services with his musical gifts, playing the organ for preludes, postludes, hymns, and service music; and both accompanying and directing the Parish Choir. We are most grateful for Mark’s excellent musical leadership and dedicated service to the glory of God, and to us.

Last Sunday for the Full Parish Choir
This Sunday is also the last day of the season for our full Parish Choir, until they return at full strength in the fall. They have given us all so much joy, and opened our hearts to the Holy Spirit again and again by giving so freely of their musical gifts and hard work, particularly for the recent glorious music during Duane’s Investment service and the Bishop’s visit and Confirmation last Sunday. So we give thanks to them  and for them.

St. James’s Juneteenth Celebration – June 19
At 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 19th, our neighboring parish St. James’s is having a Juneteenth “Celebration of Freedom.” The celebration will be a musical feast, including spirituals sung by the choirs of St. James’s and Norfolk State University, and featuring world-renowned organist Dr. Carl Haywood playing his original Juneteenth compositions on their excellent organ. Admission is free, and there will be a reception following.

We Welcome the Rev. Paul Evans – June 26
We are delighted to welcome Grace & Holy Trinity Church’s (GHTC) new Associate Rector, the Rev. Paul Evans, whom many of you will remember from his service to this Parish before he went to seminary and was ordained. He is a lifelong Episcopalian with particular experience in church and church school administration, and with the development of annual giving campaigns. His presence will be a gift to all of us. Read more about Paul’s  history and connections in Richmond »

Last Sunday
To watch the videos from last Sunday’s service highlights, click:

Upcoming Events

6/11 | Circles Graduation – 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Parish Hall)
6/11 | RVA Art Song Series Concert at 8:00 p.m. (Parish Hall)
6/12 |  Children’s Chapel Begins
6/13 |  Spirited Sisters at 5:30 p.m. (Burger Bach, Cary Street)
6/19 | Baptism & Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m. Service
6/26 | Welcoming the Rev. Paul Evans, New Associate Rector
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)


Flowers on the Altar
This Sunday’s Altar Flowers are given by Saint George Pinckney to the glory of God and in memory of Yvonne T. Pinckney. If you would like to remember or honor a loved one by giving the altar flowers, please contact Judy Bowman at 804-359-5628 (ext. 14), with dates and specific requests (such as colors and/or particular flowers). The cost is $100. You may mail a check or handle the cost online at


Endowment Fund Scholarships
Grace and Holy Trinity gives need-based scholarships through the GHTC Endowment Fund to active members of the Parish. The funds are by the Scholarship Committee chaired by Billy McGuire. For additional information or to make a request, please contact Billy, or mail correspondence to GHTC; 8 N. Laurel St.; Richmond, VA 23220; Attn: A. Gray.

Parish Life

Spirited Sisters
The next meeting of the Spirited Sisters will be on Monday, June 13th at 5:30 p.m. We’ll gather for spirits and supper at Burger Bach on Cary Street. We’re happy to report that three more people are joining the group. If you’re interested or have questions, please contact Cathy Saunders.

Independence Day Picnic – July 3 (One Service Only)
On Sunday, July 3rd, we’ll have only the 10:30 a.m. service, after which we’ll adjourn to Monroe Park for a picnic, featuring Lee’s fried chicken and hot dogs. Bring a blanket or a chair, and enjoy each other’s company over good food in the lovely park.

New Sanctuary Sound System
We are still raising the last funding for the complete new sound system in the church, which will replace the sound board and all the microphones, speakers, and wiring, so that every parishioner will hear every word and note. We are more than halfway to the goal, and welcome your participation as we raise the remaining money to make this long-overdue improvement in the life of the parish. To contribute to this fund, you may mail a check or handle the cost online at, and indicate “sound system” on your gift.


Return of CirclesRVA to the Parish Hall
After many months of meeting only on Zoom, the Parish Hall will once again be the place where CirclesRVA will convene in person on selected Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Circles will also hold their graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 11th, from 11:30 a.m until 1:00 p.m. We congratulate the graduates and wish them every good thing in the coming years.

Needed for the Red Door Clothes Closet
The clothes closet is in need of men’s socks and t-shirts (M, L, & XL), 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 information, visit the News page or call the church at (804) 359-5628.

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Talk with Rector and Staff

Feel free to contact the Rector, Duane Nettles, or any member of the staff. See the full Church Staff Directory.

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