This Sunday’s Gospel • Matthew 3:13-17
Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and ...[ continue reading ]. Weekly scriptures are from the  Revised Common Lectionary ; passages are from the  New Revised Standard Version  of the Bible.
Holy Baptism this Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Join us for the Feast of Baptism of our Lord , where we will baptize two members of the Womack family, Peter (husband of Megan) and Clarence (their child), at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome!
Bible Study: The Good Book Club
Epiphany (January 6) marks the start of a movement to read part of the Gospel of John each day, and to finish it before Lent. Our own Mary Ann Blankenship will facilitate a discussion at 10:00 a.m. beginning on January 12. This first session will be held upstairs in Room 9. Interested? Check out the daily readings and resources online at The Good Book Club.

Children and Youth Volunteer Commissioning this Sunday
Our Christian ed programs for children and youth would not be possible without our wonderful volunteers. Please join us this Sunday at the 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services as we commission and bless those volunteers who are helping form the up and coming generation of Christians in the parish.

Parents of Children and Youth to Gather at 10:00 a.m. on January 12
Parents, please gather in the library on January 12 during the Christian Ed hour, starting at 10:00 a.m. There will be coffee and a discussion about how to best use this time for parents. Ideas include Bible study, service projects or a needlepoint guild. Please bring ideas, opinions or just yourself. For more information, contact Aaron Davis .

Children’s Chapel at 11:00 a.m. Moves this Sunday
Starting this Sunday, the 11:00 a.m. Children’s Chapel will meet downstairs in the chapel. Each week the Children’s Chapel program offers a liturgy of the Word for kids in grades PreK through Grade 5 at 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The children gather in the chapel, connect with Scriptures and prayers, and return to the main church in time for Communion. Questions? Contact Aaron Davis .
Adult Forum in January
Join Bill Queen as he leads the Adult Forum throughout January at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. This month’s topic is The Alien Episcopalian .

Spirited Sisters to Gather on January 13 at 5:30 p.m.
If you are looking for a way to meet more parishioners in a smaller setting, why not join the Spirited Sisters? On the second Monday of each month this group gathers at Legends at Willow Lawn for food, fun and conversation. Contact Cathy Saunders to learn more.
Annual Meeting at 10:00 a.m. on 2/2/20
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. Members of the parish will vote for five of the eleven candidates by a paper ballot at the Annual Meeting. Learn more about this year’s Vestry candidates on the church website .

Brunswick Stew on Sale for Delivery on Feb. 2
The Missionary Society will again be selling Brunswick stew to be delivered on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2. They will be taking orders after each service starting this Sunday. Chuck Ashjan, a dedicated missionary volunteer and head of the Armenian food festival will be the stew chef this year. The cost of the stew will be $10 a quart. Questions? Contact Beth McClelland at 804-304-8823 or Jodie Pully for more information.

From Mother Kim
In case you forgot to share with your prayer partner for the Christmas Season, this is your reminder to contact your person and let them know you were praying for them. Make a new prayer partner for the year maybe, see how their season went. Celebrate the light of Christ in the new year in a new way. 

Survey is Open from the Discernment Committee
Last fall we began the process to find a new rector. Bill Queen held five interim sessions to hear your thoughts. Our average participation in those was around 75. Since everyone’s voice is important in this process, the Discernment Committee has launched a survey and we want to hear from EVERYONE, including you! The survey is available online at this link. A few things to know:
·         Even i f you participated in the interim sessions, we ask that you complete the survey also, as it covers a different area of information, and seeks your individual responses.
·          The survey is entirely confidential. It has about 50 questions and we estimate it will take about 30-45 minutes to complete.
·          We will have print copies of the survey in the parish hall, or you may receive one by contacting the church. We are providing return envelopes (to Nick Sollog of the Discernment Committee) so your input remains confidential.  Please help us select the right rector by completing your survey today. 
Thank you!
The Discernment Committee:   Pem Hall, Chair , Julie Joyce, Meredith McGuire, Alison Martin, Marshall Morton, Nick Sollog, Kim Vullo, Fielding Williams, Harold Williams 
For more information, contact the committee (confidentially) at