Posted: June 16, 2022

News for Sunday, June 19, 2022

Easter 2022


The Passing of Barbara Zerkel
It is with profound sorrow that we report the passing of Barbara Zerkel, beloved parishioner and choir member, who died on Friday, June 10th, following a brief illness. A funeral service will be held on July 23rd in the early afternoon. Details will follow in a later edition of the eNews.

Parents’ Night Out is a Hit
Both the parents, out on the town, and the children, with food and activities under the watchful eyes of our staff and volunteers, had a wonderful time spending the evening apart! Sixteen children were looked after here while their parents had cocktails with Duane, and then went wherever they pleased. Kate Given sends special thanks to the staff, particularly Kyle Reed for his help setting up; and to volunteers Lisa and Phil Dawson and Theo Given. Save the date for the next one on July 22nd.

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 has particular experience in church and church school administration and communications. Paul’s presence will be a gift to all of us. Read more about Paul’s  history and connections in Richmond »

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 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 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 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. To contribute to this fund, you may mail a check or handle the cost online at, and indicate “sound system” on your gift.

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

  • Sample from Sunday: This week’s “Samples from Sunday” is Postlude on Old Hundredth by Fred Bock. It was presented by Mark Koontz, whose last Sunday with GHTC was the 12th. Thank you to Mark for his excellent music ministry at Grace & Holy Trinity. We wish Mark and Joyce many blessings in the years ahead.
  • Entire service

Summer Office Hours
For the rest of the summer season, the church office hours will be from 9:00 a.m.-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 after Labor Day.

Upcoming Events

6/19 | 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)
7/08 | Youth Service Day with Red Door
7/09 | Corbin Blackwell & Kevin Donahue’s Wedding (GHTC)
7/15 | Haley Cagle & Mason Mire’s Wedding (North Carolina)
7/17 | Service Night with Shood (Midlothian Workspace)
7/22 | Parents’ Night Out at the Boathouse (Rockett’s Landing)
7/23 | Funeral Service for Barbara Zerkle (GHTC)
7/31 | Hymn Sing at 10:30 a.m. Service



Flowers on the Altar
This Sunday’s altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of William M. Blankenship and Helen Solak Blankenship, on the 50th anniversary of their passing, by Cary and Mary Ann Blankenship. 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

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 first time of asking.


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

We Are Grateful to the Breakfast Crew
The best breakfast in Richmond is on hiatus for the summer months, and will return to the Parish Hall on the 11th of September. Thank you to all our talented and patient chefs, both leadership and worker bees.

June 26 Youth Event Canceled
Due to an unforeseen disruption in Kyle Bomar’s long-standing travel plans, the Youth Field Day originally planned for the late afternoon of June 26th in Monroe Park has been canceled.

Independence Day Picnic – July 3
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.


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.

Needed for the Red Door Clothes Closet
The clothes closet is 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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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