Posted: May 5, 2022

News for Sunday, May 8, 2022

Easter 2022


Rector’s Institution on Sunday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m. (No 10:30 a.m. Service)
After a long pandemic-induced delay, the Rev. Duane Nettles will at last be formally inducted as Rector of Grace & Holy Trinity Church (GHTC) on Sunday, May 15th at 5:00 p.m. This celebration of our new ministry will replace the customary 10:30 a.m. service on that day. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Read more on the Rector’s Institution » 

Prayer Shawls and Other Needlework
Love needles, but not in your arm? Come to Betsy Featherstone’s house on Wednesday, May 18th, at 7:00 p.m. and bring your needles of choice for fellowship, cookies, and a chance to sit and work on your projects. We are continuing to knit prayer shawls for those who are comforted and inspired by them. Don’t know how to knit? We’ll teach you! I have knitting needles and lots of gorgeous “homespun” yarn. If you’re interested, call Betsy Featherstone.

New Sanctuary Sound System
We have contracted for a complete new sound system in the church, replacing all the microphones, speakers, wiring and sound board so that every parishioner will hear every word and note. The funds are more than halfway to the goal, and welcome your participation as we raise the remaining $30,000 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.

Upcoming Events

5/09 |  Spirited Sisters at 5:30 p.m. (Elaine Quinn’s Home)
5/15 NO 10:30 a.m. Worship Service – replaced by Rector’s Institution at 5:00 p.m.
5/20 |  Meet the Candidates for Bishop at 6:00 p.m. (All Saints Episcopal Church)
5/21 |  Holy Strollers at 9:30 a.m. (Richmond Slave Trail)
5/21 |  Chamber Music Concert at 3:00 p.m. (Parish Hall)
5/22 |  Children & Youth Sunday
6/03 |  Red Door Offers New Shoes through the “Shood” Program
6/05 |  Bishop’s Visit – Baptism & Confirmation (NO 8:00 a.m. Service – one service at 10:30 a.m.)
6/10 |  Parents’ Night Out
6/12 |  Trinity Sunday


Bishop’s Visit and Confirmation (One Service Only on This Day)
At the 10:30 a.m. service on June 5th, The Rt. Rev. Susan Goff, Suffragan Bishop of Virginia, will preside and preach, and will baptize and confirm more than a dozen children, youth, and adults. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. The Book of Common Prayer says, “In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop.”  In preparation for this milestone, the confirmands have participated in monthly retreats to study Christianity, the Episcopal Church, and membership in this parish.

Samples from Sunday
This week’s sample from Sunday is the popular “With a Voice of Singing” by Martin Shaw. It was presented by the Parish Choir, Mark Koontz, Organist, and conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Melcher Davis. This arrangement of the joyful anthem has an added Easter text. Watch the video »

Flowers on the Altar
This Sunday’s Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of Charlotte (“Scottie”) DeShazo by Bill DeShazo. 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


Lectio Divina
The Wednesday night group is beginning again via Zoom on May 4 and will continue through June 1. Join the group from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a Lectio Divina meditation on the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday. No preparation is needed. Just show up with a desire to delve deeper into the Gospel. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Beth McClelland or Mary Ann Blankenship directly.

Children’s Sunday School & Nursery
There are activities for children of all ages on Sunday mornings. Contact Kate Given for details: (804-359-5628, ext. 15).

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
This women’s group meets on the second Monday evening of each month for supper, salad, spirits, and socializing. The next gathering is this Monday, May 9th, at 5:30 p.m. at Elaine Quinn’s house. If you’d like to join, contact Cathy Saunders.

Holy Strollers
On Saturday morning, May 21st, at 9:30 a.m. we’ll walk the Richmond Slave Trail. Meet at Ancarrow’s Landing, 1200 Brander Street, Richmond, Va. 23224. The slave trail meanders through woods bordering the James River, crosses over Mayo’s Bridge, winds its way north through Shockoe Bottom to Lumpkin’s Slave Jail site, and then to the serene and lovingly tended African Burial Ground, at 15th and East Broad streets. It is a beautiful and thought-provoking walk through history, in the middle of the city. About 4.5 miles round trip.

Meet the Nominees for Bishop
Richmond’s “Meet and Greet” with the Diocesan Bishop nominees will be held on Friday, May 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at All Saints Church, 8787 River Road. All members of the Diocese are invited to attend.

Chamber Music Concert
GHTC is hosting a chamber music concert in the Parish Hall on Saturday, May 21st, at 3:00 p.m., followed by a reception. The program includes two Trios for piano, violin, and viola, the first in C sharp Minor written in 1921 by Robert Fuchs, a Vienna Conservatory professor; and the second originally written for horn, violin and piano by Johannes Brahms in 1865, and scored for viola rather than horn in 1884. The concert features Katya Lapin, piano; Matvey Lapin, viola, and Violaine Michel, violin. Visit the concerts page for more information »


Supporting Red Door Ministry
Your continued support of the Red Door Ministry allows us to serve lunch every Friday, and to provide seasonal clothing and hygiene products. Please donate through and select Red Door Ministries. To volunteer, contact Molly Howle, chair of the Red Door Steering Committee, or visit and send a message to “Kitchen Coordinator, Red Door Volunteering.”

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