Posted: September 8, 2022

News for Sunday, September 11, 2022

Easter 2022


Worship Services Return to the Church on September 11
After seven weeks of services in the parish hall, on Sunday, September 11th, we will at last re-enter the newly refurbished nave. There you will notice new felts on the kneelers, perfectly polished brass, spotless pews, and the newly painted floor! We are spectacularly grateful to so many. Thank you: To the contractors who made significant repairs, painted the floors and the outer doors; to the parishioners who helped carry all the books out during our last service in the church before the renovations; to Jack Sutor who came to preach and serve the Communion services in Duane’s absence; to Beth Davis and Sean McDonald for musical inspiration; to the Altar Guild teams who kept things blooming; to Andrew Peacock, Billy McGuire, and the property committee for making repairs to the pews and kneelers; to Jodie and Thomas Pully, Dougie Erikson, and the other volunteers for polishing the pews; and above all, to our sexton Roland Boone for his dedication to making our worship spaces orderly and reverent.

Fall Programming Returns Sunday, September 11
After the summer months during which many parishioners have been traveling or away, we look forward to the start of a new program year. The Best Breakfast in Richmond will once again be served from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and programming — including Children’s Chapel and Adult Formation will return — and we will be offering new opportunities for worship. Keep an eye out for the Fall Newsletter for more details about all upcoming events and programming.

Wednesday Evening Sung Compline Service starts Wednesday, September 14
Beginning Wednesday, September 14th at 8:00 p.m. we will start a weekly service of Compline, with prayers led by our compline quartet singers. The service provides a meditative respite from the busyness of our lives and makes room for us to pause, breathe, and pray. Join us following the service for cookies, coffee, and conversation.

Save the Date: Parish Ministry Fair – Sunday, September 25
On Sunday, September 25th, after the 10:30 a.m. service, representatives from the various ministries of the church will be available at booths around the parish hall, where they will talk to you about what they do, and encourage new volunteers to participate. There will be catering to sustain you while you investigate the possibilities. Everyone who comes into the Parish Hall to visit the fair will get a raffle ticket – one for each household. At the end of the fair, someone will win dinner for four prepared by our New Orleans-born-and-bred rector at his house.

Thank you, Billy & Meredith McGuire
The afternoon garden party and picnic at the McGuires at their lovely house in the beautiful Goochland countryside was an absolute delight. The food was wonderful, the children had a ball in the pool, the parishioners thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company, and even when the skies opened, the McGuire hospitality never wavered, and the party kept right on. In particular, we are enormously grateful for their flexibility, not only in including everyone in the invitation, but also in accommodating our request to hold an evening service as well. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who made the day such a success.

Paul and Molly Evans Expecting a Baby
We are excited to announce that Associate Rector Paul Evans and his wife Molly are expecting a baby boy in January! Paul and Molly welcome your prayers as they prepare to become parents.

Choir Room Improvements
Thank you to the team of volunteers who recently helped with various tasks to prepare the choir room for the start of the new program year. This group of volunteers anchored newly purchased bookcases, organized and filed music in new choir folders and new music file boxes, and hung wall decorations. Thank you to volunteers Billy McGuire, Porsche Pierson, Donna Campbell, Jane Chaffin, Nancy Trego, Betsy and Jim Featherstone, Abigail Stinnett, and Ann Gray. Special thanks to Catherine Perrin, our fabulous music librarian, for her dedicated and faithful service, and to Porsche Pierson for donating two beautiful bookcases.

Thank You for your Support of the Anna Julia Cooper School
Thank you to everyone who donated school supplies in support of the Anna Julia Cooper School in Church Hill, one of our community partners serving families and children with limited resources.

Last Sunday
Samples from Sunday is on holiday for the summer, and will be back after Labor Day. To watch the videos from last Sunday’s service highlights, click:

Upcoming Events

9/11 | Fall Programming & Worship Schedule Returns
9/11 | Evening Worship Returns – 5:00 p.m.
9/12 | Spirited Sisters 5:30 p.m. (Burger Bach – Carytown)
9/14 | Sung Compline Begins – 8:00 p.m.
9/25 | Parish Ministry Fair  – 12:00 p.m. (Parish Hall)
10/1 | Commonwealth Concert Opera: Songs of the Season- 7:00 p.m. (Church)


Flowers on the Altar
This Sunday’s altar flowers are given to the glory of God. 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


Children’s Chapel During the Program Year
Children are invited to gather for Children’s Choir at 9:30 a.m. From 10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., all children are invited to a special breakfast with a member of the parish or staff. In September, Senior Warden Jodie Pully and Associate Rector Paul Evans will host children’s breakfast. At 10:30 a.m., Children’s Chapel begins in the Sunday School Classroom upstairs. The children will return to church for Holy Communion.

Communion Preparation

This October, we invite children who are in 3rd through 5th grade to join Children and Young Families Minister Mrs. Kate Given and Associate Rector Paul Evans for a deeper look at Holy Communion. During these classes, children will look into the way this sacrament shapes our lives as Episcopalians and Christians. Parents, please plan to bring your children for two Sundays in October for instruction, and then to attend church on November 6th to watch them receive the sacrament with a deeper understanding of its meaning. Keep an eye out for the registration link.

Parents’ Night Out – Future Dates
Parents’ Night Out has been a huge hit! Keep an eye out for registration for the next Parents’ Night Out, November 11th. Future dates include January 6th, 2023, and March 17th, 2023.

Parish Life

Spirited Sisters – September 12
Spirited Sisters, a women’s group of the parish, will meet Monday, September 12th 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.

A Word About Setups
In an effort to help Roland, our intrepid sexton, do his job to the best of his ability, please contact Paul Evans if you need anything set up, or want to ask for anything else that is Roland’s part of the forest.  This will centralize the source of what we ask him to do, and allow him to plan properly and to manage his time.

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.

Parish Office Hours

On Tuesday, September 6th, church office hours returned to the regular 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. schedule. If you would like to reach a specific staff member, please refer to the contact page on our website.

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