This Sunday’s Gospel • Luke 16: 19-31
Jesus said, “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man   ...[ continue reading ]. Weekly scriptures are from the  Revised Common Lectionary ; passages are from the  New Revised Standard Version  of the Bible.
You’re Invited: Parish Picnic Sept. 29
Please join your church family on the banks of the beautiful James River this Sunday (Sept. 29) from 4-7 p.m. Food, beverages, and fun for all ages will help us re-connect and rejoice, so RSVP today ! Add a note to the eVite or contact Barbara Hobson Simpson in the church office so we’ll have enough food. If you didn’t receive the eVite, the church office may not have your correct email, especially if you’ve retired or changed jobs. Please help us update our records by contacting Judy Bowman .

Three Services + Online Sermons
This Sunday, we hope to see you at church at 7:45 a.m., 8:45 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. The picnic will be held at 4:00 p.m. and is an opportunity for us to socialize rather than worship. In case you have been traveling or away from the church, we now have audio files (and the written notes as a PDF) of sermons online. Enjoy!

Children's Chapel and The Upper Room this Sunday
Join us this Sunday (Sept. 29) in Children’s Chapel at 8:45 a.m. (in the Chapel) or at 11:00 a.m. (in Room #7) where we’ll be learning about the Parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus from Luke’s gospel. Be sure to stick around for The Upper Room too, where we’ll meet our next saint: Mary, the Mother of Jesus. For more information about the Upper Room or the Children’s Chapel, contact Aaron Davis .
Bach, Bark or Both
Fall has arrived and with it the opening of the Grace and Holy Trinity Concert Series! This Sat. Oct. 5 concert will feature the fabulous talents of Capitol Opera Richmond and Jefferson Baroque performing “Exclusively Bach.”
This wonderful event will showcase a broad and varied sampling of Johann Sebastian Bach’s gorgeous music for voice, orchestral ensemble, and organ. The music provided by Jefferson Baroque will be performed on period and historic-replica instruments. We are excited to feature the “premiere” arrangement by Jefferson Baroque of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in d-minor for two violins, cello and harpsichord. The concert will also present a Concerto for Two Harpsichords . Help us share our love of music by inviting a friend to this free concert at 3:00 p.m. on Sat. Oct. 5; a greet-the-artists reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Contact Beth Davis for more information about this concert.
This Year's Pet Blessing Moved to Sunday afternoon
If you are joining the Parish Retreat the first weekend in October or attending the Interim Event on Oct. 6, you can still join us for the annual Pet Blessing on Oct. 6 at 5:00 p.m. Furry friends are invited (along with their human) to receive a tag, a treat and a blessing at this uplifting event. Weather permitting, the service will be held in front of the church on Laurel Street.
2019 Parish Shrine Mont Retreat Oct. 4 – 6
Time to save your spot for the Shrine Mont Retreat! Space is limited, so be sure to register here . Join us for a weekend of rest and fellowship, this year featuring a program on Sabbath-taking inspired by J. Dana Trent’s “ For Sabbath’s Sake ” and “ One Breath at a Time .” Single occupancy rooms ($102 per person/night) and double occupancy ($77 per person/night) are available and children (those aged 4-12, $32 per person/night) are welcome. Our staff person in attendance will be Aaron Davis , and he is happy to answer any questions you may have about the retreat. 
Interim Event: Mission Sunday Oct. 6
If you were unable to be part of the first Interim Event on Sept. 22 be sure to mark your calendar for Oct. 6 as the parish-wide conversations continue. Held every other Sunday between services (following an abbreviated 8:45 a.m. service and pick-up breakfast), these conversations help us gain valuable insights into our fellow parishioners, our past and our future. Your voice is vital as we join in this exciting time of discovery. To learn more, contact   Bill Queen .

Collecting Bibles
Between now and Thanksgiving we will be collecting Bibles at the church to be given to the Grace Inside ministry to be distributed to prisoners in the Virginia Prison system. If you have any bibles at home that are not being used please consider donating them. All translations are welcome. Please consider the size of the book, prisoners do not have shelf space for a large family bible.Questions? Contact The Rev. Kim Reinholz .

Mark Your Calendar and Invite a Friend!
Sept. 29 at 10:00 a.m. | Heaven, Hell & Hollywood…Funeral planning (led by Bill Queen)
Sept. 29 at 4:00 p.m. | Parish Picnic on the James River ( RSVP today!)
Oct. 4-6 | Parish Retreat at Shrine Mont ( Register now)
Oct. 5 at 3:00 p.m. | Bach Concert with reception following in the Parish Hall
Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m. | Interim Event: Mission (Parish Hall)
Oct. 6 at 5:00 p.m. | Pet Blessing (with SPCA)
Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m. | Mat Making with Betsy Featherstone
Oct. 13 at 10:00 a.m. | Heaven, Hell & Hollywood...Leaving a Legacy (led by Nancy Trego)
Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. | Parish Party at the home of Neely & Todd Dykshorn
Oct. 20 at 10:00 a.m. | Interim Event: Leadership (Parish Hall)
Oct. 23 at 5:30 p.m. | Parish Party at the home of Suzanne & Harold Williams
Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m.—Braiding Bags for the Homeless
Having a ground cover made from recycled plastic bags is a real blessing for people living on the streets. After much experimenting, we found we can make the mats by simply braiding the simple! Please join us at the church on Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m. for a hands-on demonstration on how to make a mat. Call Betsy Featherstone at 804-353-9760 or Molly Howle at 804-285-3870 if you can come and join us.