Forest Hill & 43rd Street
Richmond, VA 23225

To Know Christ and to Make Him Known


Church of the Good Shepherd

The Rev. Dr. Ross M. Wright, Rector

Danny Corneliussen, Director of Music

Sherry MacLaughlin, Administrative Secretary




Good Shepherd Happenings

Ross Writes: 

Meet the Bishop Candidates: There will be four walk about opportunities around the Diocese. These open public forums with the nominees gives everyone a chance to meet them, ask questions of them and hear their responses.

Thursday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m.; Hungars Parish, Eastern Shore; 10107 Bayside Road, Machipongo

Friday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m.; Galilee, Virginia Beach; 3928 Pacific Avenue, Virginia Beach (will be available live and on-demand on the diocesan website) 

Saturday, September 7 at 1:00 p.m.; Chanco on the James; 394 Floods Drive, Spring Grove

Sunday, September 8 at 3:00 p.m.; Johns Memorial, FarmVille; 400 High Street, Farmville

Sunday’s Readings, August 18 (Isaiah 5:1-7; Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56): Before coming to church or while preparing for worship, read the scripture texts appointed for the day. (The sermon title: The Song of the Unfruitful Vineyard)

Blue Grass Sunday: Get ready for our annual Blue Grass Sunday on August 25th!

Bishop Magness joins Presiding Bishop Curry in inviting churches to take part in Healing Day National Bell Ringing: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Bishop Magness invite Episcopal churches to take part in a national action to remember and honor the first enslaved Africans who landed in English North America in 1619 by tolling their bells for one minute on Sunday, August 25 at 3:00 p.m. The national bell ringing is among the Healing Day events being held at Fort Monroe National Monument to commemorate the 400th anniversary. Watch Presiding Bishop Curry’s video message hereClick here for more information.

Summer Book Discussion – Tuesday, August 20 – 6:00 p.m.: Join us as we share individual ‘book reports’ on a nonfiction book of your choice. Bring a dish to share. Please RSVP to our hostess or call the church office.

Important information for New Shoes for Back to School Volunteers

Saturday, August 24: Volunteer orientation, 10:00 – 12:00 at Lyndale Baptist Church, 8320 Hull Street Road, Chesterfield. Attendance strongly recommended. Lots of fun! Experts do the training; meet your co-workers. Please let our coordinators know if you plan to attend (or call the church office).

Sunday, August 25: After church, Good Shepherd shoe packing party. Volunteers of all ages needed — including young people. Lunch provided.

Sunday, September 1 at 12 noon: Volunteers needed to deliver shoes to distribution site, 6255 Old Warwick Road and finalize set up.

Monday, September 2: Volunteers needed for shoe distribution during morning shift or afternoon shift.

A Note About Scheduling Activities: A friendly reminder. Good Shepherd Church and facilities are used for many purposes throughout the week by various groups. We need to make sure we can accommodate everyone’s needs. Please confirm space availability through the church office before you schedule a meeting or event. Contact the office by email at info@goodshepherdrichmond.org or by phone at 233-2278.

Acolyte Festival: We are planning to attend the National Acolyte festival this year. The date is Saturday October 12 at the National Cathedral in Washington DC. Registration is open and is done individually. The cost for registering is $10 per acolyte, however, there is no cost for any family members or friends that are attending the service but not processing as an acolyte. Register here: https://cathedral.org/acolytefestival/

A service of Morning Prayer is held every Tuesday beginning at 8:15 a.m. and ending promptly by 8:45. This informal service offers an opportunity to begin the day with praise and thanksgiving. In addition to the standard parts of the service, there is an opportunity to join together in offering intercessory prayers for those in need, as well as to offer thanksgiving for our many blessings.

Liberation Lunches: We are in need of donations for the lunches prepared for the Liberation House. We need juice boxes, snack bars, individual serving size bags of chips, pretzels or other snacks. Please mark donations for “Liberation Lunches” and place in cupboard under the big window in the kitchen. Thank you for your continued support of this outreach program.

The first Sunday of each month the “loose offering” (i.e., funds not designated as a regular pledge offering) will be contributed to the discretionary fund for “relief of the poor” and “such pious and charitable uses as shall be thought fit” by the rector (Constitutions and Canons of the Episcopal Church). The fund allows me to offer acts of mercy to the needy and to extend Good Shepherd’s ministry beyond the provisions of the budget. You can contribute by writing a check to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and designating it “Rector’s Discretionary Fund.” RW

We are invited to participate in the activities of nearby parishes and churches. Click here to learn more.  Nearby Opportunities

This Week at Good Shepherd:

Aug 20, Tue., 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. – Morning Prayer

9:00 a.m. – Bulletin Deadline

6:00 p.m. – Book Group and potluck dinner (See announcement above.)

Aug 23, Fri., 7:00 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study

Aug 24, Sat., 10:00-12:00 – Shoe Ministry Orientation (See note above.)

Aug 25, Sun., 9:30 a.m. – Blue Grass Service (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)

After church – Shoe Ministry Packing (See note above.)

After church – Men’s Choir Practice

Looking Ahead:

Aug 27, Tue., 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. – Morning Prayer

Aug 30, Fri., 7:00 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study

Sep 1, Sun., 9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)

Aug 4
Aug 11
Aug 18 Aug 25
Lector I L Wright T Morgerson S Bray M Hodge
Lector II B Ernst W Simmons B Wilson N Hardin
E Minister C Coreth H Coalter S Reamy D Boelzner
Intercessor C Coreth H Coalter S Reamy D Boelzner
Presenters G Swineford
T Swineford
S Reamy
L Wright
F vanHeuveln
H vanHeuveln
A Starr
M Starr

Greeters E Bradford
A deButts
N Thompson
V Welshman
B Kelley
A Hymes
T Swineford

Ushers R Allen
R Swineford
J Vaughan
S Pauls
M Starr
K Yartz
S Neblett
H vanHueveln

Crucifer R Simmons E Swineford R Simmons R Simmons
Servers W Simmons
B Wilson
S Bergman
B Wilson
J Brown
K Post
H Bergman
W Simmons

Nursery N Hardin A Houghtaling D Fulcher J Bradley