This Sunday’s Gospel • Luke 21: 5-19
When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, Jesus said, “As for these things that you see, the days will come...[ continue reading ]. Weekly scriptures are from the  Revised Common Lectionary ; passages are from the  New Revised Standard Version  of the Bible.
Discernment for a New Rector: What to Expect
We are starting the process to find a new rector for Grace and Holy Trinity Church. The process has three phases, each of which requires time and thoughtful consideration. The process has changed in recent years so read more about it online.

Vestry Elections Upcoming
We 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 now asking that all members of the church share 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 (Darrell Alexander, Debra Cole, Neely Dykshorn, Betsy Featherstone) 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. 
Red Door Pantry Refresh
As we finish out our year we have cleared out much of our pantry storage, if you have a box of spaghetti, a jar of marinara sauce or a box of pancake mix you would like to donate bring it to the church in the next few weeks. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions please let Mo. Kim  know.
Mark Your Calendar
Nov. 17 at 9:30 a.m. | Interim Event: The Future (Parish Hall)
Nov. 17 at 12:15 p.m. | Missionary Society—February dental trip (contact Beth McClelland )
Nov. 23 at 9:00 a.m. | Meetup of parents & kids at Huguenot Park (contact Nick Sollog)
Nov. 24 at 10:00 a.m. | Adult Forum—8:45 a.m. service changes debrief (Bill Queen)
Nov. 26 | 7:00 p.m. | Thanksgiving Service with the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir
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 | Headshot 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

Nov. 17 is our last Interim Event
Be prepared to talk and dream about the future this Sunday, Nov. 17, after the abbreviated 8:45 a.m. service! Bill Queen will lead a discussion that will help our parish think about the future from 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. so be sure to join us in the Parish Hall. Breakfast will be served at 9:15 a.m.

Coming Up in Christian Formation for Kids & Youth
This Sunday there will be a children’s homily at the 8:45 a.m. service in the Parish Hall followed by the Interim Event. Next Sunday, we'll be learning about the Church year in Children's Chapel sessions at 8:45 a..m. and 11:00 a.m. and focusing on St. Perpetua and her Companions in The Upper Room at 10:00 a.m. Kids (PreK-5th) are welcomed to a lesson and activities in Room 6 during this time and we hope to see Youth in Room 5 for Doughnuts & Discussion. Don't forget to mark you calendar for our annual Advent wreath making in the parish hall Dec. 1 at 10:00 a.m., and be sure to check out this month's Children, Youth, and Family Ministries update for more. Contact Aaron Davis with any questions.
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Thanksgiving Potluck Lunch on Nov. 20
On Wednesday November 20, 2019 there will be a Ramsgiving Potluck Lunch for students, faculty, staff and friends of the ECM at VCU community. If you are interested in joining us for lunch please email Mo. Kim and let her know what dish you will be bringing. This would be a great opportunity for our “Feed My Rams” folks, our VCU Alumni and our current students to get together for a chance to talk about the things they are thankful for in our shared community.  

From the Diocese of VA: Don’t get phished!
In recent months, many churches have reported instances of “phishing,” where parishioners received emails that claim to be from their priest asking for money in the form of gift cards, donations or wire transfers. Such emails are NOT the way that clergy request support from parishioners. Sometimes, the email address these messages come from is a clue, but sometimes it is hard to tell. When in doubt, call your church office to get the facts before sending money in any form. And if there is a request to click on a link, do not do so! 
Christmas Ministry: Help Needy Families
For more than two decades GHTC parishioners have donated clothing and gifts to families in need at the holidays. This year we continue our work with Dumbarton Elementary students. 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. You can help by passing out information on Dec. 1 or Dec. 8, adopting a family and purchasing gifts, or by helping deliver the gifts after the Dec. 15 InGathering in the Parish Hall. Questions? Contact Nancy Smith or Mother Kim .

Become a Pledging Member as we are Moving Forward Together in Faith
It’s not too late to be a pledging member of GHTC. You can mail a pledge card , turn it into the offering plate on Sunday, or pledge online . Why should you pledge? Because it helps us to plan—the Vestry and Finance Committee appreciate your faithful support!

Traveling? Listen to Sermons Online
In case you are unable to be in church, you can now find sermons online —both in print (PDF) and as audio files. Each week a new sermon is posted at the bottom of the home page on the church's website.

Next Foyer Dinner Set for Dec. 15
The holiday season will soon be upon us, so mark your calendar to attend the Foyer Dinner at the home of Mary Ann and Cary Blankenship. Questions about what to bring? Contact Lu Treadwell .