Posted: May 2, 2024

News for Sunday, May 5, 2024

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Upcoming Events

05/05       10:30 a.m.  Children & Youth Sunday (Church)
05/05        1:00 p.m.   Sunday Funday & Children & Youth Mission Project (Church)
05/12       10:30 a.m.  Senior Recognition Sunday (Church)
05/19                            Day of Pentecost
05/19                            End of the Program Year

Save The Date

05/27                            Office Closed for Memorial Day
06/02       9:00 a.m.   
Centennial Celebration (Reception to follow | Church)*
*Trolley service begins at 9:00 a.m. Congregation photo at 10:15 a.m. One service only at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Bulletins are posted by Friday at


Centennial Celebration: Call for Photos
Please submit your photos from weddings, baptisms, and confirmations in the Sanctuary, from Sunday, April 7th through Sunday, May 12th to display at our Centennial Celebration. During the weekdays, please drop off your photos at the Communications Office on the second floor of the Parish House. On Sundays, you may drop off your photos with a Centennial Committee Member collecting them in the Parish Hall. You may also submit digital photos of other ministry moments by sending them to communications [at]

Centennial Celebration: “Centennial Celebration Kickoff: Stories From our Past” led by Parishioners
This Sunday, May 5th, in the Adult Forum, several long-time members of the parish will share their own stories of the church from years past. We invite you to join this important conversation as we begin our Centennial Celebration events.

Children & Youth Sunday – Sunday, May 5
This Sunday, May 5th, is Children & Youth Sunday! Young people in grades 3 through 12 will be serving as lectors, ushers, and greeters on that day in church. This Children & Youth Sunday will follow the form of the Holy Eucharist, and young participants will support our clergy in that service. Please note, there will be no Sunday School. Questions? Visit our website at and select Kate Given from the drop down menu.

GHTC Scholarship Grant Applications Open
Through the Grace and Holy Trinity Endowment Fund and the Mason Memorial Fund, GHTC provides need-based scholarships to active members of the Parish. The funds are administered through the Scholarship Committee chaired by Billy McGuire. Applications are due this Sunday, May 5th. To learn more about applying for a scholarship, visit our website at and select Scholarship Committee from the drop down menu.

Sunday Funday with Teens & Tweens Mission Project – Sunday, May 5
A reminder for those who have signed up: Immediately following worship on Sunday, May 5th, our youth will enjoy pizza and fellowship while putting together summer comfort kits for the homeless population. At 1:00 p.m., we will head out front for time in the Game Truck as well as sports and yard games in Monroe Park. For more information, please contact Laura Lee by visiting our website at and selecting Youth Events from the drop down menu.

Senior Recognition Sunday – Sunday, May 12
All high school seniors are invited to the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, May 12th to be recognized. All seniors will be invited to come forward at The Peace to receive a gift to support them in their next chapter.

Adult Formation Sunday Series – Upcoming Offerings
Discover meaningful insights and deepen your faith with engaging presentations and conversations as part of the Adult Formation Sunday Series. This Sunday, there is no Adult Formation Sunday Series. Coming up, the forum will explore the following topics:

05/05   “Centennial Celebration Kickoff: Stories From our Past” led by Parishioners
05/12   “Women of the New Testament” led by The Rev. Charles Joy
05/19   “Moving Forward Together” led by The Rev. Shirley Smith Graham, Transition Minister of The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia

Parish Life

Spirited Sisters – Monday, May 13
Spirited Sisters, a women’s group of the parish, will meet next on Monday, May 13th at 5:30 p.m. at Mosaic Restaurant in River Road Shopping Center at 6229-A River Road for lively conversation and a meal. For more information or to RSVP, please visit our website at and select Spirited Sisters from the drop down menu.


Seeking Volunteers for Pace Center Graduation Lunch – Wednesday, May 15
Help us celebrate our graduating VCU students! Students carry out almost all duties at the Pace Center, but the Graduation Lunch is the one event each semester where students are asked not to help, but to enjoy the celebration with each other. A few spots are still open to help clean up after lunch, click here to register.

Other Communications

Whom do I contact for…?
If you have a question or need to contact GHTC, please use the following email addresses and their respective subjects to help direct you to the correct staff member(s):

Worship (including Holy Baptism and Marriage) & Mission Questions | The Rev. Greg Bezilla
Communications Questions | The Rev. Paul Evans
Adult Formation Questions | The Rev. Paul Evans
Children and Youth Formation Questions | Kate Given
Pastoral Care Questions (Including the Rite of Reconciliation) | The Rev. Stephen McGehee
Music Questions | Dr. Elizabeth Melcher Davis
Paying Your Pledge Questions | Judy Bowman
Property & Church Records Questions | Lauren Frazier
Vestry Questions | Meredith McGuire

For questions outside of these subjects please visit or call (804) 359-5268.

Pastoral Care
Grace & Holy Trinity is committed to providing spiritual guidance, support, and a compassionate presence to all in times of need or spiritual growth. If you would like to speak with the clergy, please email pastoralcare [at] or call the Parish Office at (804) 359-5628.

Update Your Information in Shelby (Church Directory)
Please take a moment to log into the church’s database and confirm or update your contact information. The church utilizes the address on file to mail parish communications such as newsletters, postcards, and financial statements. Visit our website at to log in. Questions? Please contact Kyle Reed. If you need assistance with your password, please contact Judy Bowman. Visit

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 by visiting

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.

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