Announcements, 8.3.11

*NEW* Children’s Ministry Director Jennifer Murphy has been hired as City Church’s new Children’s Ministry Director, effective August 1st. She will oversee our Nurseries and Children’s Worship, working closely with families to grow children who know God’s love and serve Him faithfully. She will help equip and encourage the many volunteers who do the important work of Children’s Ministry. Jennifer can be contacted at jennifer [at] citychurchrva.com.

Prayer — Thursday Please join members of City Church’s leadership and staff to pray for City Church on Thursday, August 4th from 7-8am at the church office (1520 W. Main Street, Suite 105).

Grace Community Outreach Celebration — 8/7 On Sunday, August 7th Grace Community Outreach Ministry (our church partner in Highland Park) will have its first worship service in their new location: the Parks and Rec building in Ann Hardy Park (3300 1st Avenue). They have invited people from City Church to join them in celebrating God’s blessing on their church. We’re invited for the service and for a meal following. Sunday School is at 10am and the Worship Service is at 11:15am. Please consider attending. They also could use some musicians to help with worship on the 7th and on a more regular basis. Contact Blake Stack (blakestack [at] yahoo.com) for more info. Click the link below for a map to Ann Hardy Park:

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Women's retreat -- 9/16-18 Ladies, mark your calendars for our annual Women's retreat. Please be on the lookout for an evite. Location to be announced soon. Everyone is welcome!

Gilpin Games -- Volunteers & Donations Needed! City Church will be helping STEP (Strategies to Elevate People) with the Gilpin Games this year on Saturday, August 20th from 9am to 12pm, and we’re looking for volunteers. For those of you not familiar with the Gilpin Games, this one day, back-to-school event provides us with an opportunity to get to know residents of Gilpin Court (a 750-unit housing project north east of the VCU/City Church area) and provide the kids with much-needed school supplies. Volunteers are needed to help run the game stations, distribute backpacks, lead groups of kids, and more. For more info, contact Nate Mathews at nathan.t.mathews [at] gmail.com.

If you are unable to help out with Gilpin Games but still want to contribute to the event, you can always donate school supplies! Items we're looking for are: backpacks, crayons 8 ct, blunt tip scissors, boxes of tissues, composition notebooks, one subject spiral notebooks, pocket folders, zipper pencil pouches, Elmer's glue (4oz.), No. 2 pencils, rulers, and glue sticks. Please bring donations to our regular August 14th church service. Contact Valerie Warshaw valeriewarshaw [at] gmail.com for more information.

*REMINDERS*

City Church Basics — 8/26-28 The next session of City Church Basics is scheduled for the weekend of August 26th-28th. Church Basics explains who we are as a church and what it means to be a member. It is a necessary step towards formally joining the church, although membership is not required. If you’re planning on taking part in this next session, please RSVP to Val at val [at] citychurchrva.com. If you have additional questions, contact Erik at erik [at] citychurchrva.com.