This Sunday’s Gospel • Matthew 24: 36-44
Jesus said to the disciples, “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be...[ continue reading ]. Weekly scriptures are from the  Revised Common Lectionary ; passages are from the  New Revised Standard Version  of the Bible.
Happy Thanksgiving at 7:00 p.m. Tues. 11/26 with the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir
Take an hour and focus on your faith at the annual Thanksgiving Service featuring music from the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir ( GRCC ). Offerings during this service will benefit the GRCC which practices on Monday and Tuesday evenings at the church. Child care (nursery-preK) will be offered from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Note: Although the service begins at 7:00 p.m., please arrive early for parking.

Help Families this Christmas
Last Sunday, more than a dozen people volunteered to help families in need from Dumbarton Elementary School. However, more opportunities to serve are available. You can help pass out information on Dec. 1 or Dec. 8, sponsor a child and purchase gifts, or deliver the gifts after the Dec. 15 InGathering in the Parish Hall. We are also seeking donations of hats and gloves for women and men for the Red Door Ministry and school supplies (colored pencils, markers, glue bottles and notebooks) for Dumbarton Elementary School. Questions? Contact Nancy Smith or Mother Kim .
Make Advent Wreaths this Sunday, Dec. 1
This Sunday we will continue our annual tradition of gathering together in the parish hall to make Advent wreaths on the first Sunday of Advent. Come join us in beginning the season of preparation for the birth of our Lord with this fun inter-age activity. Please remember to bring greenery as the church can only provide so much for everyone to share.

12 th Annual Memorial Service
On Monday December 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. join us at St Stephen’s for an ecumenical service of light and hope especially for families who have lost children during this season. If you have any questions please contact Mother Kim who is participating.

Dec. 8 | Lessons and Carols at 11:00 a.m.
This traditional service occurs during the second week of Advent. Filled with beautiful hymns and carols sung by the Grace and Holy Trinity Church Adult Choir, it's the perfect opportunity to invite a friend to church. A reception will be held after the service in the Parish Hall.
Dec. 15 | Photos in the Parish Hall
On Sunday, Dec. 15, you can stop by the Parish Hall and have a free digital portrait made by volunteer photographer Andrew Peacock. These images will help us (and our new rector) get to know one another via our online member directory . We hope to have a photo of every member by February of 2020—please help us by taking a minute to be photographed before you attend worship services!

On the Church Calendar
Dec. 1 at 10:00 a.m. | Inter-generational Advent Wreath Making (Parish Hall)
Dec. 8 at 10:00 a.m. | Adult Forum: Triangle of Hope (Joe Krzyston)
Dec. 8 at 11:00 a.m.| Festival of Advent Lessons & Carols
Dec. 8 at 12:15 p.m. | Reception honoring Barbara Hobson-Simpson
Dec. 15 at 10:00 a.m. | Adult Forum: Unplug the Christmas Machine (Bill Queen)
Dec. 15 at all three services | Head shot photos in the Parish Hall for the church directory
Dec. 15 at 6:00 p.m. | Foyer Dinner at the home of Cary and Mary Ann Blankenship
Dec. 22 at 10:00 a.m. | Combined Service featuring children in the Christmas Pageant

Children’s Chapel Sign-Ups and Readings through December
Did you know that we have a Children’s Chapel program at 8:45 a.m. in the chapel and at 11:00 a.m. in room #7? There are opportunities for kids and their parents to not just attend this service but get involved too. Each week we use the Psalm and the Gospel from the Sunday readings in our worship and if you want to check those out beforehand they can be easily accessed here. If you have any questions about the program or getting involved just ask Aaron Davis.
Sell Parking: A 90-minute Holiday Service Project
Our unique Monroe Park location presents both challenges and opportunities. Help the church by volunteering to sell our parking spaces before a show at the Altria Theater next door. Contact the person listed below if you can help. It’s easy for a team of 3 or 4!
Wed., Nov. 27 at 5:30 p.m. for Red Door -
Sat., Nov. 30 for overall outreach at 12:00 p.m.-
Sunday, Dec. 1 at 5:00 p.m. for Missionary Society -
Wed., Dec 4 at 5:30 p.m. for overall outreach -
Friday, Dec. 6 at 6:00 p.m. for Missionary Society -
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 5:00 p.m. for Missionary Society -
Thurs., Dec. 26 at 6:15 for Red Door -

December Deadlines for Year-End Gifts
Have you considered making a year-end gift to GHTC? Some people pay their annual pledge (or make an additional gift) through appreciated stock or other investments. The church’s brokerage is Davenport & Co. To plan ahead and learn more , contact either Barb Dodd or Judy Bowman at 804.359.5628.
Parishioners in the News
Watch this video news story about a local writer who is re-writing fairy tales to be more empowering to girls— it features our own Neel Williams regarding his podcast “Now Upon a Time.” Congratulations!

Foyer Dinner: Dec. 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Please make your plans to join us for a Christmas gathering with Mary Ann and Cary Blankenship enjoying pulled pork and pulled beef. Please contact Lu Treadwell at 804-269-5675 if you are coming and what you plan to bring.
Advent Podcasts by VCU Students
Recently, the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Virginia Commonwealth University created a series of podcasts for Advent. These recordings are unscripted and feature both scripture and children’s stories. Click here to listen. Thanks to Mo.Kim for her assistance!

Final Exam Outreach
Spare a half-hour to support our neighbors as they take finals. A few minutes of handing out a sweet or savory snack to VCU students will go a long way in making finals more manageable. You can offer some hospitality to strangers by handing out a little something before final exams from either the front porch or the back parking lot. So many students walk right past our building every day when walking from the parking decks to classes. We just want them to know that we are praying for them—it’s an easy way to be a good neighbor.  Sign up online and if you have any questions contact Mo. Kim.  

Diocesan Convention Highlights
Read all about the recent diocesan convention by downloading this document or online .

Do You Want to Be Heard?
The Discernment Committee wants to hear from every member of Grace and Holy Trinity! Please help us by keeping the lines of communication open…and updating your contact information. Whether you have moved, retired, or turned off your landline and now rely on your cell phone for voice calls, please let church staff know so you can hear about the search for the new Rector. Learn more about the Discernment Committee online at the church website.

Interim Events Update
In case you were unable to attend any of the Interim Events the information has been posted online; you can download a copy today! The latest sermons are online as well under the publications page.

Vestry Elections Upcoming
Grace and Holy Trinity Church will elect five new members to the Vestry for three-year terms at the Annual Meeting on February 2, 2020. The Nominating Committee (the retiring Vestry Class of 2020) is asking that all members of the church share the names of those who might be qualified and interested. Please click this link to learn about what is required to be a Vestry member. It is essential that any nominee meets these requirements and has agreed to have their name put forward. You can talk with any member of the Nominating Committee to propose a name–yourself or others. The Vestry has decided that, unlike the past several years, the slate for this election will present more names than the five positions to be filled.