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: I want to alert you to a really creative outreach ministry which will allow us to make a difference in the lives of children and young people in our neighborhood. New Shoes For Back To School (see brochure below) is an ecumenical ministry that provides shoes for students before they begin school in the fall. I have joined the steering committee for the ministry, and I would like to invite you to join me in supporting this worthy ministry. Here are the essentials:

  • We will distribute 3000 pairs of shoes on September 1, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • There are two distribution sites – one in downtown Richmond and a Southside location at nearby George Wythe High School, where our team from Good Shepherd will be serving.
  • The need for shoes is so great that people camp out the night before to assure their place in line.
  • The sponsoring churches have been doing this ministry for decades, so the operation isvery well-organized and has robust support from shoe companies, local media, and the Richmond Police Department
  • We have an opportunity to partner with Good Shepherd Episcopal School in this ministry. I was invited to serve by two GSES parents, Caroline Davidson, and her husband the Rev. Erik Davidson, who is a Baptist minister.

Here’s how you can help:

* Purchase shoes and solicit contributions from stores that sell shoes; the goal for each sponsoring church is 300 pairs of shoes.

* Volunteer to help at George Wythe High School on Saturday, September 1 (Labor Day); we need greeters, translators, shoe inventory workers; line monitors, and people to distribute water and food.

This week, I met with the leadership team for the first time and was moved by the commitment and faithfulness of this ecumenical network of volunteers who are serving neighborhood young people in the name of Christ. I  hope that you will join me in this worthy ministry. More information will follow in coming weeks.

Follow the Blog from the Reformation Tour:  All the posts from each day are linked with pictures and will give you an idea of what this group of travellers (including seven members of the Good Shepherd family) saw and felt on their journey to a deeper understanding of human nature and faith. https://www.upsem.edu/news/reformation-tour-geneva-our-final-stop/

Greeter: Can you be of service – help wanted Sunday mornings 9:00 am!  We are in need of a greeter for the third Sunday of each month. Please contact M. Coreth, if you are interested in this ministry.

Women’s Chorale – Sunday, July 1st: All ladies and girls are invited to sing at the service on July 1; please meet Ann at 9:00 a.m. in the choir room to review music prior to the service.

Chimers: The chimers will practice on Saturday mornings July 7th and 14th at 10:45 a.m. in the choir room. We plan to play in church on July 15th. We welcome new ringers! No prior bell ringing experience is necessary. Some prior experience reading music is helpful but not required — we will teach you what you need to know. For more information about Chimers please contact A. Boelzner.

Parish Directory: Over the summer the Parish Directory will be updated and printed. If any of your information has changed, or you would like to include your cell and/or your work email, please contact the parish office at info@goodshepherdrichmond.org  by August 1st.

Summer Book Club: Please join us on Thursday, June 28th, at 6:00 p.m. for food and fellowship at our first summer read and dinner. Bring a summer dish to share. Our discussion will focus on ideas raised by Dan Brown in his book Origin. (Reading the book is not a prerequisite) Please RSVP to M. Coreth or V. Curtis. Sneak preview: In July we will discuss What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters by Garry Wills;  in August we will each select a biography of interest and share with the group. Just to recap: We do three different things at our summer dinners: 1) EAT,  2) Talk, 3) Read. If you like to do any one of those three, you will love spending the evening with us. For more information contact M. Coreth or V. Curtis.

Financial Peace University: Dave Ramsey’s Seminar: Get out of debt! Tuesday evenings from June 26 thru August 21; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the choir room. $99 covers all expenses (single, couples, family). For  more information and to register visit www.daveramsey.com. Questions? Contact J. Riddle at 232-2335 or jimriddle@mindspring.com

Altar Guild: The Altar Guild is in need of 14 ounce metal cans; please see S. Neblett if you have any to donate.

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:

Jun 26, Tue., 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. – No Morning Prayer

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Dave Ramsey’s Seminar in the choir room (See note above.)

Jun 28, Thu., 6:00 p.m. – Summer Book Club (See note above.)

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

Jul 1, Sun., 9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist (Women’s Chorale meets at 9:00 a.m. in the choir room)

Looking Ahead:

Jul 3, Tue., 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. – Morning Prayer

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Dave Ramsey’s Seminar in the choir room (See note above.)

Jul 6, 7:00 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study

Jul 7 & 14, Sat., 10:45 a.m. – Chimers practice

Jul 8, Sun., 9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Jul 19, Thu., 6:00 p.m. – Summer Book Club (See note above.)

July 1 July 8
July 15 July 22 July 29
Lector I B Sutton H vanHueveln B Ernst D Boelzner D Fulcher
Lector II S Reamy M Hodge J Yartz B Woodell L Post
E Minister H Coalter C Coreth B Swineford B Ernst MP
Intercessor H Coalter C Coreth B Swineford B Ernst MP
Presenters A Ernst
B Ernst
M Hodge
B Sutton
E Bradford
B Woodell
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
J Vaughan
S Pauls
K Yartz
M Starr
S Neblett
H vanHueveln

Cantor  —  —  —
Crucifer J Brown R Simmons S Swineford W Simmons R Simmons
Servers W Simmons
B Wilson
J Brown
W Simmons
K Post
E Swineford
H Bergman
B Wilson
J Brown
W Simmons
Banner  —  —  —  —
Nursery J Yartz N Thompson D Fulcher K Houghtaling J Rayfield