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

Parish Directory: Copies of the 2017-2018 Parish Directory are available in the church library.

Ross Writes: I will be teaching A Journey of Faith, a five-week educational program for those seeking baptism, confirmation, and a deeper connection to the Good Shepherd community. The series culminates on October 15, when Bishop Hollerith will be present for Confirmation Sunday. A Journey of Faith will meet from 11:00 – 12:00 on Sunday mornings, beginning on September 10. Each session will consist of a 15 to 20-minute video on the topics listed below, followed by discussion and time for you to ask questions. The course is designed for all those seeking full membership at Good Shepherd, adults as well as young people. If you have already been confirmed but would like to reaffirm your commitment to Christ and to this congregation, you are warmly invited to participle in A Journey of Faith and to renew your baptismal vows on October 15. Please let me know if you are interested in attending the course at wrightross@goodshepherdrichmond.org

A Journey of Faith

Sept. 10   Your Spiritual Journey

Sept. 17   The Ten Commandments and the Great Commandment

Sept. 24   What We Believe: The Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed

Oct. 1   The Baptismal Covenant

Oct. 8   Finding Your Place at Good Shepherd

Oct. 15   Service of Baptism, Confirmation, and Renewal of Baptismal Vows with Bishop Hollerith: Celebrant and Preacher

Sermon Series: The sermon of August 13 began the first of a six-week series from the Old Testament on the stories of Joseph, Moses, and the deliverance of Israel from slavery. The Joseph story reveals the surprising providence of God, who preserves our lives through what may appear to us to be random, meaningless suffering. The Passover and the deliverance of Israel through the Red Sea are the defining events of the Jewish people – as central to the Jews as Easter is to Christians – and these events set the stage for our redemption through the New Moses, Jesus of Nazareth. RW

 Aug. 13    Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 — Joseph’s brothers betray him: “They sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver.”

 Aug. 20    Genesis 45:1-15 — Joseph reveals himself to his brothers: “So it was not you who sent me here, but God.”

 Aug. 27    Exodus 1:8 — 2:10 — Moses is adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter: She named him Moses, “because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

 Sept. 3  Exodus 3:1-15 — The Lord reveals his name: God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM  Say to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you.”

 Sept. 10 Exodus 12:1-14 — The Lord establishes the Passover: “When I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you.”

 Sept. 17    Exodus 14:19-31 — The Israelites pass through the Red Sea: But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.

Message from The Most Reverend Michael Curry Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church: Long ago the prophet Malachi taught that we are all children of God by virtue of our creation by the same God. “Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us?” he asked (2:10). Jesus taught the same thing when he told a story about a Good Samaritan. We are indeed all the children of God. And if we are all God’s children, then we are all brothers and sisters. As you know, our brothers and sisters in Texas now need our help. Our support of Episcopal Relief & Development is a tangible, practical, effective and reliable way to do that, not just in the short term, but for the long haul. Thank you for whatever you can do for together we are the human family of God. Please make checks payable to Episcopal Relief & Development; P.O. Box 7058 Merrifield VA 22116-7058.

Invite-Welcome-Connect -Saturday, October 21 – 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. – Williamsburg: Ross is attending this and invites you to join him. Equip and empower your congregation to bring more people into your church. Live out Jesus’ great commission to “Go and make disciples” through practices in evangelism, hospitality, and connectedness. Come be trained in the transformative newcomer ministry method, Invite-Welcome-Connect, created and presented by congregational development consultant Mary Parmer.

In the last four years, clergy and lay leaders from congregations and dioceses across the country have attended this dynamic training and report measurable results after using the materials. This transformative newcomer ministry process has brought new energy and spirit to congregations and sustained, real growth where the essentials of Invite-Welcome-Connect are followed. 

This workshop is a cooperative effort of St. Martin’s, Williamsburg; St. Michael’s, Bon Air; St. David’s, Richmond; and the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Cost is $15 dollars and includes box lunch. Registration deadline is Sunday, October 15 Click here for more info and registration.

Women’s Bible Study – Thursday, October 5 – 5:00 p.m.: Our Ladies Bible study will resume on Thursday, October 5th. This fall we will be studying the Psalms, using C. S. Lewis’ book ‘Reflections on the Psalms’. Any other reference material you may have on the Psalms will also be helpful. Our class meets in the Church Library for a time of prayer at 5:00 with the study beginning at 5:30. NEW MEMBERS WELCOME!  Look forward to seeing everyone.

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:

Sep. 19, Tue., 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. – Morning Prayer

Sep. 20, Wed., 7:00 p.m. – Choir Practice

Sep. 22, Fri., 7:00 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study

Sep. 24, Sun., 9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Looking Ahead:

Sep. 26, Tue., 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. – Morning Prayer

Sep. 29, Fri., 7:00 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study

Oct. 1, Sun., 9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Oct. 5, Thu., 5:00 p.m. – Women’s Bible Study in the Church Library (See note above.)

Sep 3
Sep 10 Sep 17
Sep 24
Lector I C Coreth C Pauls M Hodge S Pauls
Lector II J Vaughan D Fulcher B Sutton S Bray
E Minister H Coalter B Swineford S Reamy M Lyell
Intercessor H Coalter B Swineford S Reamy M Lyell
Presenters S Neblett
N Thompson
A Ernst
B Ernst
J Welshman
V Welshman
J Bergman
M Bergman
Greeters E Bradford
A deButts
N Thompson
V Welshman
A Starr
A Watts
A Hymes
T Swineford
Ushers R Allen
R Swineford
M Lyell
S Pauls
K Yartz
M Starr
S Neblett
H vanHueveln
Crucifer  M Swineford W Simmons E Swineford W Simmons
Servers R Simmons
W Simmons
J Brown
R Simmons
M Swineford
S Swineford
H Bergman
R Simmons
Nursery E Bradford N Thompson J Rayfield N Hardin