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 June, I will use my two weeks of continuing education to attend three conferences in Princeton. On June 12 – 15, I will attend the annual conference of the Society of Scholar-Priests, a network of Episcopal clergy who use their academic training to support the church’s ministry. This year’s conference on “Local Formation in Context” will explore new models for preparing people for ordination. In addition to the traditional three-year residential program at seminaries such as Virginia Theological Seminary, the church is exploring alternative ways for people to attain a Masters of Divinity by studying locally,  an option which is increasingly important given the costs of residential theological education. During my tenure on the diocesan Executive Board, I worked with a group exploring the possibilities for Local Formation in our region, and I am attending the conference both to impart what we learned and to explore resources for Southern Virginia. The link below will take you to the web site with information about the Society of Scholar-Priests and the conference. https://scholarpriests.org/

The annual Karl Barth Conference at Princeton Theological Seminary (June 16-19) is devoted to Barth’s contributions to eschatology, the church’s teaching about Christ’s return and our call to live in watchful expectation. Following the conference, the Barth Translators’ Seminar will convene to present our translations for peer review. The group has received a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and we have contracts with Westminster John Knox Press to produce three additional volumes of Barth’s untranslated work. My contributions to date are in Volume Two of Karl Barth in Conversation.

During my absence, the services will be conducted by Fred Huntington (June 9) and Sandi Bray (June 16). In the case of pastoral emergencies, I have arranged for several Episcopal clergy in neighboring parishes to be on call.

Sunday’s Readings (June 9): Before coming to church or while preparing for worship, read the scripture texts appointed for the day, with special attention to the sermon text. Genesis 11:1-9; Acts 21:1-21; John 14:8-17

Altar Flowers: There will be a few Sunday’s this summer available to give flowers. Please contact a member of the Altar Guild on any Sunday.

Outside Work Day on Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m.. Please join us and bring your gardening tools.

Summer Dinner/Book Discussions: Ladies, please join us for a pot luck dinner and discussion of the book Educated by Tara Westover. It’s an unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge. Join us Wednesday June 19th, at 6:00 p.m. Contact the church office for more information.

Dream Group: Join us as we explore the meaning of our dreams and how God may be leading us in our lives. No prior knowledge or experience with dream work is necessary. Our next meeting will be on Friday, June 21 at 6:00 in the parlor. We will also meet: July 12; July 26; August 9.

On Sunday, June 30, after church T. Veasley will be giving a presentation on the Reformation in the United Kingdom. She is leading a tour to Scotland and England May 22 – June 4, 2020. Come learn more about the beginnings of the Presbyterian and Anglican/Episcopal traditions and the colorful lives of such characters as George Wishart, John Knox, Thomas Cranmer, and the royal families of England and Scotland.

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:

June 11, Tue., 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. – Morning Prayer

9:00 a.m. – Bulletin Deadline

June 14, Fri., 7:00 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study

June 15, Sat., 10:00 a.m. – Outside Work Day (See note above.)

11:15 a.m. – Liberation Lunches (See note above.)

June 16, Sun., 9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist (First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday)

Looking Ahead:

June 18, Tue., 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. – Morning Prayer

June 19, Wed., 6:00 p.m. – Summer Dinner/Book Discussion (See note above.)

June 21, Fri., 7:00 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study

June 23, Sun., 9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist (Second Sunday after Pentecost)

June 2 June 9
June 16 June 23 June 30
Lector I K Yartz B Sutton H vanHueveln J Vaughan D Fulcher
Lector II C Coreth L Post J Samitt S Reamy G Swineford
E Minister B Swineford C Coreth H Coalter B Ernst MP
Intercessor B Swineford C Coreth H Coalter B Ernst MP
Presenters J Yartz
K Yartz
K Day
G Hodson
B Swineford
G Swineford
S Pauls
J Vaughan

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

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

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

Nursery J Bradley K Houghtaling J Yartz N Hardin A Houghtaling