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: Thank you for supporting our participation in New Shoes for Back to School Ministry! Distribution day on Labor Day Monday was a huge success. It was a joy seeing 15 Good Shepherd volunteers at George Wythe High School, along with a dozen parents and students from Good Shepherd Episcopal School. There was a great spirit in the place as we teamed up with energetic folks from the other 10 area churches. Our congregation is being greatly enriched by our partnership with this rich diversity of Christian communities throughout Richmond. In case you didn’t see it, there was a front-page  article about the ministry in Tuesday’s Richmond Times Dispatch. Let’s do it again next year!

September 23 – Serious Questions Class considers “Who Do You Say That I Am?”: On September 23rd, the adult class will resume its discussion of “Serious Questions about the Christian faith.”  This section of the class will focus on Jesus by considering the following questions:

  • How did Gnostic Christians’ view of Jesus in the early church differ from picture of Jesus found in the New Testament Gospels?- September 23
  • How has Jesus been viewed by a more recent effort to recover the Jesus of history known as the Jesus Seminar? – September 30
  • No class on October 7
  • Was Jesus the real founder of Christianity?Or was the Apostle Paul? – October 14
  • How does the God of love revealed in Jesus Christ fit with the God of “an eye for an eye” in the Old Testament? – October 21
  • Is the bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ central to the Christian faith? – October 28

Handouts for the first session of this class on September 23rd will be available from Joe Coalter at church on September 16th. 

Parish Directory: Copies of the new Parish Directory are available in the parlor and the church library.

Small Dinner Groups – Sign up by September 16: As part of our ‘Invite, Welcome, Connect’ efforts we are reinstituting a plan for small dinner groups. Small dinner groups are a great way for us to get to know one another and many of us have participated in them at Good Shepherd in years past.

Here is how it works. Everyone is invited to sign up to be part of a dinner group. Those who sign up are randomly divided into small groups (about 8 per group). One participant from each group gets the dinners started by choosing a date and hosting the first dinner. After that, group participants rotate hosting duties and try to get together about once a month. Place and time for dinners vary by group, many choose to meet at a restaurant or go out for lunch after church. Others may host the dinner in their home, usually as a “pot luck” or something similar. Those of us who have participated in the past have really enjoyed the opportunity for fellowship with others. It may also give you an opportunity to invite neighbors or friends to dinner to meet members of our Good Shepherd Church community.

Questions? Call the church office or contact  V.Curtis. We have a sign-up sheet available at Church on the bulletin board at the 43rd Street entrance. We hope to get the groups organized in time for a September dinner for each group so please sign up by September 16th.

Choir rehearsals are moving to Thursday nights with a new start time of 7:15 pm. Our first rehearsal will be September 6th. Choir is open to all youth and adults. If you are interested in joining the choir or would like more information please contact A. Boelzner.

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/

Liberation Lunch Donations: Our cupboard is in need of individual items for lunches like boxed or pouch drinks, snack items, chips, pretzels, fruit cups, and granola bars. These can be left in the box in the church kitchen. Many thanks to those of you who fill up our donation box with lunch items.

Francile Bilyeu Service – Saturday, October 6 – 4:00 p.m.: The music department will celebrate Francile’s life and teaching on Saturday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall (the old church) which is at 1015 Grove Ave. All are invited to attend.

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

Sep 20, Thu., 7:15 p.m. – Choir Practice

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

Sep 23, Sun., 9:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

11:00 a.m. – Adult Class begins (See note above.)

Looking Ahead:

Sep 25, Tue., 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. – Morning Prayer

Sep 27, Thu., 7:15 p.m. – Choir Practice

Sep 28, Fri., 7:00 a.m. – Men’s Bible Study

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

11:00 a.m. – Adult Class (See note above.)

Sep 2 Sep 9
Sep 16 Sep 23 Sep 30
Lector I S Dodson S Pauls C Pauls K Lehman H Coalter
Lector II J Vaughan M Dodson D Tuimavana S Firestine J Samitt
E Minister B Ernst B Swineford B Swineford C Coreth MP
Intercessor B Ernst B Swineford B Swineford C Coreth MP
Presenters F vanHueveln
H vanHueveln
A Starr
M Starr
R Swineford
T Swineford
K Day
D Day
Greeters A deButts
A Starr
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

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