Posted: November 3, 2022

News for Sunday, November 6, 2022

Easter 2022


Pledge Drive Continues Through November 6
Thank you to those who have submitted a pledge towards the 2023 parish budget. To date, you all have made 143 pledges. If you have not yet made your pledge, there is still time. You can make your pledge one of the following ways:

  • Mail your pledge card to Judy Bowman in the parish office
  • Drop your pledge card in the offering plate on Sunday morning
  • Make your pledge online

Visit our Pledge page to watch pledge talks from this year’s drive.

If you have any questions about your pledge, please contact Judy Bowman in the church office at (804) 359-5628 x14.

Parish Forum: The Rev. Paul Evans’ Faith Journey – November 6
On Sunday, November 6th, at 9:30 a.m., Associate Rector Paul Evans will share about his faith journey during the parish forum in the first floor classroom. Paul will discuss his Summer 2008 pilgrimage during which he sailed from Bodo, Norway to Cork, Ireland on a 44 foot schooner that included a stop at Iona, the small island in the Inner Hebrides where St. Columba brought Christianity to the British Isles in 563 A.D. Paul will also share about his call to ordained ministry. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming forum guests including The Rev. Sarah Kye Price in December, a representative from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in January, and The Rev. Charles Joy in February.

Register for Parents’ Night Out – November 11
Our successful Parents’ Night Out series which we debuted this summer returns during the program year. Parents, please plan to drop off your children of all ages at the church for an evening of fun and fellowship. Children up through elementary age will learn about parables. Childcare is provided from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and dinner is provided. Parents are invited to gather at the Quirk Hotel lobby bar for drinks from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. before you go off to enjoy your evening. Be sure to register online by Wednesday, November 9th.

The Ordination and Consecration of the Rev. Canon Mark Stevenson – December 3
God Willing and the People consenting, The Reverend Canon E. Mark Stevenson will be ordained and consecrated as the XIV Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia on Saturday, December 3rd. If you would like to attend, please  register online before November 9th.

Upcoming Events

11/05 | Holy Strollers Richmond Floodwall Walk – 9:45 a.m. (Manchester Floodwall)
11/06 | Holy Communion, Rite I with Baptism – 8:00 a.m. (Church)
11/06 | Parish Forum: The Rev. Paul Evans’ Faith Journey  – 9:30 a.m. (First Floor Classroom)
11/06 | All Saints’ Sunday with Communion Preparation Celebration – 10:30 a.m. (Church)
11/06 | Foyer Group Lunch – 1:30 p.m. (The Savory Grain)
11/07 | Prayer Shawl & Needlers Group – 7:30 p.m. (Betsy Featherstone’s Home)
11/09 | Lectio Divina – 7:00 p.m. (Zoom or Library)
11/11 | Parents’ Night Out – 5:00 p.m. (Quirk Hotel Lobby Bar)
11/13 | Lector Training – 9:30 a.m. (Church)
11/14 | Spirited Sisters – 5:30 p.m. (Burger Bach, Carytown)
11/16 | Spirited Sisters Book Club – 4:00 p.m. (Mary Ann Blankenship’s Home)
11/20 | Junior Acolyte Training – 9:30 a.m. (Church)
11/17 | Diocesan Convention (Arlington)
11/25 | Red Door Thanksgiving with Shood – 12:00 p.m. (Parish Hall)

Holiday Schedule

11/24 | Thanksgiving Day Service – 9:00 a.m. (Chapel)
12/11 | Caroling in Monroe Park – 4:00 p.m.
12/24 | Children’s Pageant and Holy Communion – 3:00 p.m. (Church)
12/24 | Christmas Eve Reception – 4:00 p.m. (Parish Hall)
12/24 | Christmas Lessons and Carols – 5:00 p.m. (Church)
12/24 | Holy Communion, Rite I – 11:00 p.m. (Church)
12/25 | Holy Communion, Rite I – 10:30 a.m. (Church)


Lectio Divina – November 9
Lectio Divina meets weekly on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the upcoming Gospel for the following Sunday. If you would like to join, please contact Beth McClelland or Mary Ann Blankenship.

Flowers on the Altar
This Sunday’s altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Nancy Conway Smith given by Porsche Pierson. 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

Parish Life

Holy Strollers – November 5
The next Holy Strollers excursion is on Saturday, November 5th at 10:00 a.m., at the Manchester Floodwall. We will meet in the church parking lot at 9:45 a.m. and carpool to the Floodwall parking lot. Feel free to park at or near 12th Street & Semmes Avenue to meet up with the group no later than 10:00 a.m. We’ll walk about 2.5 miles, possibly more if we decide to continue on the Canal Walk. Please wear comfortable clothes, walking shoes, and don’t forget to bring water! You may want to bring a hat, sunscreen, a jacket, or a snack. Save the date for the next stroll on December 11th at 5:15 p.m. If you have questions or are interested in attending, please contact Susan Hankins.

Foyer Groups – Brunch this Sunday at The Savory Grain
The Foyer Groups, led by Debra and Maurice Cole, will meet this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at The Savory Grain at 2043 West Broad Street. All are welcome. These informal gatherings for brunch, lunch, or dinner, either potluck or at a restaurant, are opportunities to enjoy good conversations with good company. Questions or want to join? Contact Maurice and Debra Cole.

Prayer Shawl & Needlers Group – November 7
The Prayer Shawl & Needlers group will meet on Monday, November 7th at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Betsy and Jim Featherstone. The group will work on current projects and decide when and where to meet going forward. For more information, please contact Betsy Featherstone.

Spirited Sisters – November 14
Spirited Sisters, a women’s group of the parish, will meet next on Monday, November 14th at 5:30 p.m. at Burger Bach in Carytown for lively conversation and a meal. If you are interested in attending contact Cathy Saunders.

Spirited Sisters Book Club – November 16
The Spirited Sisters Bookclub will meet on Wednesday, November 16th at 4:00 Mary Ann Blankenship’s home. We will discuss Rhapsody by Virginia author Mitchell James Kaplan. Rhapsody is the fictionalized story of the decades-long relationship between composer George Gershwin and musician Kay Swift.  In December we will read The Silent Patient and in January The Souls of Black Folk. For more information, contact Judy Carlson or Mary Ann Blankenship.

Fall Fruit Dish Recipe from Evensong Reception
Many thanks to Hospitality Committee members Karin Walker and Sandie Hale for organizing the reception that followed Evensong last Sunday. Several parishioners asked for the recipe for the fruit dish they served at the reception, and both Karin and Sandie are eager to share it with you:

1 Cup chopped apples (either peeled or unpeeled)
1 Cup cranberries
1 Cup raisins
1/2 Cup chopped nuts
1/3 Cup sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Mix all ingredients and bake in a 9 x 9 pan uncovered at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Remove from the oven, stir. May need an additional 10 minutes. Serve hot or cold.

Campus Ministry VCU Basketball Social – January 17
GHTC parishioners who are VCU alumni are invited to join the Campus Ministry for a Rams basketball game on Tuesday, January 17th. This evening of fun and fellowship will begin with light refreshments at the home of parishioner Cathy Saunders who lives just blocks away from the Siegel Center.  The night will also include a tour of the development center (which rivals some NFL and NBA training facilities,) photo opportunities with Rodney the Ram, and of course, the ball game versus UMass. Thank you to Cathy Saunders for all of her work organizing this event! If you attended VCU, please sign up for email updates.


Red Door Ministry Coat & Glove Drive
As the winter months approach, Red Door is seeking donations of coats, gloves, and scarves for Richmonders in need. Please drop off any new or gently used winter gear at the service ministry box between the elevator and the kitchen.

Red Door Thanksgiving with Shood – November 25
Shood will be here on Friday, November 25th, to give slightly used reconditioned athletic shoes to our Red Door visitors at noon. Shood is a non-profit founded by GHTC parishioner Robin Telfian, and operated in partnership with Jeff Wells, owner of two Fleet Feet stores in the area. “Shood makes gently used, high-quality shoes available to those in need through a pop-up shopping experience throughout Richmond, Virginia.”

Christmas Ministry – Dumbarton Elementary
Grace & Holy Trinity will be sponsoring 25 children from Dumbarton Elementary School for Christmas this year. Each family consists of one to four children. Detailed instructions will be provided to each sponsor. Unwrapped gifts can be picked up from your home or be brought to the GHTC parking lot on Saturday, December 10th or Sunday, December 11th. Monetary donations are also appreciated and will be used to purchase grocery store cards to assist families. These donations can be sent to Judy Bowman with the Christmas Ministry noted. If you would like to sponsor a family, make a monetary donation, or have any questions please contact Nancy Smith.

Help Us Share Your News

We invite you to share your announcements about ministries of the parish by sending them to by Monday two weeks before your announcement will run in the weekly eNews and the bulletin announcements. If you’d prefer to call to share your announcement, please contact Paul Evans in the parish office at (804) 359-5628.

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

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