Posted: September 22, 2022

News for Sunday, September 25, 2022

Easter 2022


Parish Ministry Fair – Sunday, September 25
This Sunday, September 25th after the 10:30 a.m. service, we will celebrate and renew our commitment to the many ministries of Grace and Holy Trinity Church. Ministry leaders will be available at tables around the parish hall where they will explain what they do and encourage new volunteers to participate.

  • Catering from Cuisine a la Carte will be available during the fair.
  • We’ll also have a raffle with prizes. The Grand Prize is dinner for four prepared by our New-Orleans-born-and-bred Rector at his home.
  • You’ll find a list of all of the ministries here.

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. Please register online or contact Kate Given at (804) 229-3110 or use the staff contact page. Please plan to register by September 28th.

Parish Forum Sunday, October 2: 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. The forum will start at 9:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room. Don’t forget to grab a plate from the breakfast bar and bring it in with you.

Many thanks to Ann Gray
As Rector, I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to Ann Gray who has served as my interim assistant since March of this year. She will end her time on our staff this week, after staying on for an additional month in order to allow me to have some much needed retreat and vacation last month. Ann agreed to come on staff in an interim capacity to assist me and the staff through this transition year. She has been indispensable and a great help to all of us. Thank you Ann for your wonderful support.

An ever-grateful Rector, the Rev. Duane Nettles

Last Sunday
To watch the videos from last Sunday’s service highlights, click:

Upcoming Events

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 – 9:30 a.m. (Multipurpose Room)
10/05 | Lectio Divina – 7:00 p.m. (Zoom)
10/06 | Worship and Lunch – 10:30 a.m. (Westminster Canterbury)
10/09 | Communion Preparation Class B – 9:30 a.m.
10/10 | Spirited Sisters – 5:30 p.m. (Burger Bach – Carytown)
10/15 | Moore-Osinski Wedding – 5:00 p.m. (Church)
10/16 | Communion Preparation Class A – 9:30 a.m.
10/16 | Parish Picnic & Worship – 4:00 p.m. (Brad Sauers’ Home, 5999 River Rd, Richmond, VA 23226)
10/23 | Communion Preparation Class B – 9:30 a.m.
10/23 | Acolyte & Chalice Bearer Training – 9:30 a.m.

Save the Date

10/30 | Children & Youth Sunday followed by “Grace & Holy-Ween”
10/30 | All Saints’ Choral Evensong – 4:30 p.m. (Church)
11/06 | All Saints’ Sunday and Communion Preparation Celebration – 10:30 a.m.
11/11  | Parents’ Night Out – 5:00 p.m.


Wednesday Evening Sung Compline Service
On September 14th, 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 and coffee.

Lectio Divina – October 5
Returning on October 5th at 7:00 p.m., this zoom group meets to discuss the upcoming Gospel for the upcoming Sunday. If you would like to join, please contact Beth McClellandor Mary Ann Blankenship.

Holy Baptism offered on All Saints Sunday, November 6
Holy Baptism is the sacrament through which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s body. If you or your child would like to be Baptized at the 10:30 a.m. service on All Saints’ Day, November 6th please contact the Rev. Duane Nettles, Rector using the staff contact page. You can learn more about the service of Holy Baptism on page 299 in the Book of Common Prayer.

Flowers on the Altar
This Sunday’s altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in honor of the Shining Examples Brass Polishing Committee members Jerry Cherry, Bill DeShazo, and Dougie Erikson. 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 Formation During the Program Year
Children are invited to gather for Children’s Choir at 9:30 a.m. From 10:00 a.m. – 10:25 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.

Youth Formation Seeking Volunteers
Youth Formation is taking on a new look this program year. We will have Fellowship Breakfast each Sunday, monthly events, and quarterly retreats. 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.

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, which will happen on November 11th. Mark your calendars for this one, and for January 6th and March 17th, 2023.

Parish Life

Volunteers Needed in the Parish Office
The Rev. Paul Evans, Associate Rector, is seeking volunteers who might be willing to help in the parish office on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons of each week from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Tasks involve answering the phones, helping to stuff bulletins, and other basic clerical tasks. If you feel called to serve in this way, please contact Paul by calling (804) 338-5779.

Banns of Marriage
I publish the Banns of Marriage between Ann Russell Moore of Richmond, Virginia and Drew Wheatley Osinski of Weston, Connecticut. If any of you know just cause why they may not be joined together in Holy Matrimony, you are bidden to declare it. This is the first time of asking.

Book of Common Prayer  p. 437

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.

Spirited Sisters – October 10
Spirited Sisters, a women’s group of the parish, will meet next on Monday, October 10th 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.

Parish Picnic & Worship – October 16
Replacing the 5:00 p.m. service on October 16th, will be a parish picnic and worship service at Brad Sauers’ home, 5999 River Rd, Richmond, VA 23226, at 4:00 p.m. Please register online by October 10th. You may also register using the sign-up form by the coffee.


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 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.

Sunday Services

8:00 AM • 10:30 AM • 5:00 PM

Wednesday Compline

8:00 PM

Friday Healing

12:00 PM

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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