Posted: September 15, 2022
News for Sunday, September 18, 2022
Save the Date: Parish Ministry Fair – Sunday, September 25
Next Sunday, September 25th, after the 10:30 a.m. service, representatives from the various ministries of the church will be available at tables around the parish hall, where they can 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. Additional raffle prizes include gift cards to local restaurants and shops. Find the list of all ministries »
Expanded Worship Opportunities
In addition to our regular Sunday morning worship services, we also offer three additional services each week. On Wednesday evenings at 8:00 p.m., we offer a service of sung Compline, a quiet, reflective order for prayer from the Book of Common Prayer. On Fridays at noon we offer a healing service, and all are welcome. On Sundays at 5:00 p.m., we offer a simple service Evening Prayer with Holy Communion, a chance for you to relax, unwind, and enter into the week centered in prayer. Learn more about worship at Grace and Holy Trinity »
This past weekend Associate Rector the Rev. Paul Evans was ordained to the Priesthood at St. George’s Church and longtime parishioner the Rev. Dawn McNamara was ordained a Deacon at Trinity Church, both in Fredericksburg. We congratulate them on these landmark moments in their ministries, and we also congratulate the members of this parish for their role in forming these two ordained ministers into the faithful servants they are.
To watch the videos from last Sunday’s service highlights, click:
9/16 | Red Door Healing Service – 12:00 p.m (Parish Hall)
9/21 | Church office closed for staff luncheon – 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
9/25 | Parish Ministry Fair – 12:00 p.m. (Parish Hall)
10/01 | Commonwealth Concert Opera: Songs of the Season – 7:00 p.m. (Church)
10/02 | Communion Preparation Class A – 9:30 a.m.
10/02 | Parish Forum: The Rector’s Hurricane Katrina Story – 9:15 a.m. (Multipurpose Room)
10/06 | Worship and Lunch – 10:30 a.m. (Westminster Canterbury)
10/09 | Communion Preparation Class B – 9:30 a.m.
10/23 | Acolyte & Chalice Bearer Training – 9:30 a.m.
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 ghtc.org/give.
Wednesday Evening Sung Compline Service
Last Wednesday, we began the sung 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.
Worship and Lunch at Westminster Canterbury
On Thursday, October 6th, the Rev. Duane Nettles and the Rev. Paul Evans will visit Westminster Canterbury for a service of Holy Communion followed by lunch. We hope all of our Westminster Canterbury residents will be able to attend and share in this opportunity for worship and fellowship. Contact the Rev. Paul Evans for more information, (804) 359-5628 ext. 16.
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 the Rev. 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. Please register here or contact Kate Given at (804) 229-3110 or use the staff contact page. Please plan to register by September 28th.
Children’s Formation During the Program Year
Children are invited to gather for Children’s Choir at 9:30 a.m. From 10:00 a.m. to 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 the Rev. 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.
Youth Formation Seeking Volunteers
Youth Formation is taking on a new look this program year. We will have Fellowship Breakfast each Sunday at 9:30 a.m., monthly events, and quarterly retreats. Our first retreat is next week, following the ministry fair. We are seeking volunteers to sit with youth at breakfast on Sundays and to support the quarterly youth retreats with their presence and by sharing their own faith journey. If you can help, please contact Kyle Bomar at (804) 543-4258.
Fall Programming Has Returned
Now that the summer months, during which many parishioners have been traveling or away, are over, we are beginning the 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 — has returned, and we will be offering new opportunities for worship. Consult the Fall Newsletter for more details about all upcoming events and programming. If you haven’t received one, please contact Kyle Reed using the staff contact page.
RVA Art Song Series Concert: Songs of the Season
On Saturday, October 1st, at 7:00 p.m., the RVA Art Song Series will present “Songs of the Season” with Halloween in mind, in the church. The performance will include art songs such as Schubert’s “Der Tod und das Mädchen,” Saint-Saëns’s “Danse Macabre,” “Herr Oluf” from Carl Loewe, Schumann’s “Belsazar,” and Schubert’s masterpiece, “Erlkonig.” Cheryl Van Ornam will join us to play Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor on the organ. We’ll also have poetry readings from Edgar Allen Poe. Join us in an evening of great music, made more accessible with narration providing translations and context for each song. Our show is just over an hour. The dress code is casual, for you and the cast. Tickets are $15 at the door, and include a glass of wine or a soft drink.
Parish Forum: The Rector’s Hurricane Katrina story
At our first parish forum this fall, The Rev. Duane Nettles, a native of New Orleans, will talk about his life and work in post-Katrina New Orleans. When Katrina hit New Orleans, Duane’s second child was on his way. The levee failure that followed Katrina inundated his family’s home with eight feet of water. He went on to help rebuild New Orleans, serving at the Free Church of the Annunciation (Episcopal) as Executive Director of the church’s non-profit, The Annunciation Mission. The Annunciation Mission housed over 13,000 volunteers from around North America and rebuilt 109 homes in the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans.
Choir Room Improvements
Thank you to the team of volunteers who recently helped with the job of preparing 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.
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.
Campus Ministry Seeking Volunteers
We are excited to see so many VCU students attending church on Sundays. We are looking for volunteers to help us connect these young people with our parish community. If you would like to learn more or volunteer, please contact Kyle Bomar at (804) 543-4258 or Kyle Reed at (804) 480-2605.
Help Us Share Your News
We invite you to share your announcements about ministries of the parish by sending them to email@example.com 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.