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

Ann M. Boelzner, Director of Music

Darlene Spires, Administrative Secretary




Good Shepherd Happenings

Ross Writes: During the season of Lent, Christians throughout the world engage in acts of devotion in order to prepare for the celebration of our Lord’s passion and resurrection. This year at Good Shepherd, we are using materials prepared by Christianity Today called Journey to the Cross: A Devotional Guide for Individuals and Groups. During the six weeks of Lent, we will examine the devotion of Jesus as he made his way toward the cross. Each week, the sermon will feature one of the biblical scenes leading up to and including the passion. Study materials will be available for individual use and for group study. The schedule for Lent can be found by clicking on Adult Education.

Journey to Narnia: During Lent there will be a presentation of the movie, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, along with a discussion period. The class will meet weekly during the morning service from 9:30 to 10:00. All children ages 7 to 13 are welcome.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: We are having a Pancake Supper on March 5 beginning at 6:00 p.m. All families of the church and school are invited. You are welcome to bring neighbors and friends to share this tradition with us.

Pancake Supper Volunteers: Those who can, please show up early to set up tables and start cooking. (We will let you know later what time we can get in the kitchen.) Other helpers please get there when you can to help get the food on the serving tables and cook as needed.

St. Monica’s Guild will meet on Tuesday, March 5, after the pancake supper to assemble Chrismon kits.

Ash Wednesday Service: On March 6, at 7:00 p.m. we shall have a service of Holy Eucharist with the imposition of ashes. Every practicing Christian should be in church somewhere on Ash Wednesday; check churches near work or home if our service is inconvenient.  RW

Lenten Wednesday Evenings: Beginning March 13, bring a sandwich and join us for Holy Communion at 6 p.m. and Bible Study: Journey to the Cross at 6:30. RW

The Bell Choir will rehearse for Lent at 10:30 a.m. on the following Saturdays: March 9, March 16, and March 23. There will be a warmup at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 24 in the sanctuary. New members are welcome. If you are interested in playing bells, please contact aboelzner@gmail.com

Hymns Class: Hymns are an integral part of our worship services and are used on other occasions as well. But how much do you know or even think about what we’re singing? David Boelzner, who was diverted for 30+ years into the law but started out as a composer and then musicologist, will lead an exploration beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 10 for six sessions of how hymn singing came to be part of worship; the origins of hymns, historically and musically; the sources of many of our hymns, textual and musical; the interaction between words and music and its implications for worship; how hymns work to achieve their aesthetic effectiveness; and anything else Professor Boelzner happens to think of. Each session will include hymn singing.

Acts of Faith Plays: On Sunday, March 10, St. Monica’s Guild will attend the play An Act of God and on Saturday, April 6, Molly Sweeney; these plays are open to the entire congregation. Please sign up on the bulletin board or contact K. Lehman.

An Act of God: The Alpha and The Omega has finally come to answer the tough questions that have plagued mankind since Genesis. God, along with a multitude of heavenly hosts, are here to tell it like it is, and end the debates once and for all!  Tickets are $10 – $30. You may order tickets online or ask K. Lehman to order them for you. We will meet at the church at 3:00 p.m.

Molly Sweeney of Ireland has been blind since infancy, but that’s never kept her from living a full and happy life. Molly is content in her world of darkness, but her husband, Frank, dreams his wife will see again. A riveting contemporary drama about our faith in medicine and the terrible consequences of a medical miracle. Pay what you can: $1- $20. We will meet at church at 1:00 p.m.

 CARITAS Snacks: St. Monica’s Guild will provide healthy snacks for the women’s CARITAS program on Monday, March 18 and Monday, April 1. We shall meet at church at 4:00 p.m. and carpool to St John’s at Stuart Circle. Sign up sheet on bulletin board. Questions, contact K.Lehman.

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

Inclement Weather Policy: On the rare occasion when the Sunday service is cancelled due to inclement weather, please tune into channel 6 for closings. If possible, an email will be sent Saturday night or Sunday morning and it will be posted on our Facebook page. The parish office is closed if Good Shepherd School closes for bad weather.


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:

Mar. 5, Tue., 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. – Morning Prayer

6:00 p.m. – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper!! (See note above.)

After 7:00 p.m. – St. Monica’s Guild (See note above.)

Mar. 6, Wed., 7:00 p.m. – Ash Wednesday Service of Holy Eucharist with the imposition of ashes

Mar. 7, Thu., 5:00 p.m. – Women’s Bible Study in the library

7:15 p.m. – Choir Practice

Mar. 8, Fri., 7:00 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study

Mar. 9, Sat., 10:30 a.m. – Bell Choir Practice

Mar. 10, Sun., 9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist (The First Sunday in Lent)

9:30 a.m. – Journey to Narnia for Children (See note above.)

11:00 a.m. – Adult Christian Education

Looking Ahead:

Mar. 12, Tue., 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. – Morning Prayer

6:00 p.m. – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper!! (See note above.)

After 7:00 p.m. – St. Monica’s Guild (See note above.)

Mar. 13, Wed., 6:00 p.m. – Holy Communion

6:30 p.m. – Bible Study: Journey to the Cross

Mar. 14, Thu., 5:00 p.m. – Women’s Bible Study in the library

7:15 p.m. – Choir Practice

Mar. 15, Fri., 7:00 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study

Mar. 16, Sat., 10:30 a.m. – Bell Choir Practice

Mar. 17, Sun., 9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist (The Second Sunday in Lent)

11:00 a.m. – Adult Christian Education

Apr. 11, Thu., 7:00 p.m. – St. Monica’s Guild (Palm Crosses)

Mar 3 Mar 10
Mar 17 Mar 24 Mar 31
Lector I J Yartz S Reamy D Boelzner D Boelzner A Goethals
Lector II C Coreth M Dodson S Dodson W Simmons S Firestine
E Minister B Swineford H Coalter S Reamy B Ernst MP
Intercessor B Swineford H Coalter S Reamy B Ernst MP
Presenters H Coalter
J Coalter
A Hymes
S Neblett
R Swineford
T Swineford
J Yartz
K Yartz

Greeters A Hymes
A deButts
N Thompson
V Welshman
A Starr
A Hymes
T Swineford

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

Crucifer E Swineford W Simmons J Brown R Simmons E Swineford
Servers J Brown
K Post
S Bergman
B Wilson
K Post
E Swineford
H Bergman
W Simmons
R Simmons
B Wilson
Nursery D Fulcher J Bradley K Houghtaling J Yartz N Hardin