Announcements, 11.16.11

Read on for information about City Church's Advent activity, our Harvest Party, this month's Loaves & Fishes, and more... *NEW*

Loaves & Fishes -- THIS SUNDAY Our next opportunity to serve at Loves & Fishes is this Sunday, November 20th. We will meet at the Conrad Center (1400 Oliver Hill Way) from 11am to 2pm to prepare and serve a meal. If you're interested in helping out, please email Stefan Kling at stefanmkling [at] gmail.com or Lara Kling at laragateskling [at] gmail.com.

Jesse Tree Project & Ornament Swap (Advent activity) A Jesse Tree Project (taken from Isaiah 11:1) is a four week survey of God's work (from creation to Christ), looking at one person or event in the Old Testament each day that points to Jesus. During Advent, a short devotion is read each day and a corresponding ornament is hung on a tree as a reminder of that person or event in the Bible.

If you’re interested in starting a Jesse Tree tradition with you family, we would love for you to join our Jesse Tree Ornament Swap. Click the link below for specifics (and contact Jennifer Murphy at jennifer [at] citychurchrva.com with questions):

http://www.citychurchrva.com/site/2011/11/celebrating-advent/

Mercy Fund — November 27th On November 27th (the last Sunday of the month) we will be taking contributions to our Mercy Fund. The Mercy Fund is kept separate from our regular budget and is used to provide financial support to members of our congregation and community who are in need. Please prayerfully consider what you might be willing to contribute.

STEP Pride for Parents Christmas Store STEP (Strategies to Elevate People) will hold it’s 21st annual STEP Pride for Parents Christmas Store on Saturday, December 3rd at Eternity Church (1900 Chamberlayne Avenue). We hope to have a small group from City Church volunteer at the event itself, greeting children and parents from Gilpin Court. If you are willing to donate a new, unwrapped gift for STEP’s Christmas Store, please bring it to church on November 20th or 27th and leave it in the designated box at the front of the church. Email Lauren Massey at lbmassey [at] gmail.com if you're interested in volunteering.

City Church Basics -- 12/16 & 12/17 The next session of City Church Basics is scheduled for December 16th and 17th. 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 Catrow at val [at] citychurchrva.com. If you have additional questions, contact Erik at erik [at] citychurchrva.com.

*REMINDERS* Downtown Lunch -- TOMORROW Our next Downtown Lunch will take place on Thursday, November 17th from 12-1pm.We will do a ‘bring your own’ lunch and meet in the conference room of Riverfront Investment Group located at 1214 E. Cary Street. Erik will share for 5 to 10 minutes after which we’ll share a meal and a conversation around the table.

Harvest Party -- THIS SATURDAY Church will have our annual Harvest Party on Saturday, November 19th at Richard and Eniko Rumrill’s home in St. Stephens Church. Festivities will begin at 4pm (including kid-friendly activities — games, hayrides, etc.), and dinner will start at around 5:30. We will be roasting a pig, so please just bring a side dish or dessert to share. Dress is “hoedown harvesty.”

For info on directions, contact val [at] citychurchrva.com. City Church Forum 3 -- 12/1 Our next installment of City Church Forum will take place on Thursday, December 1st from 7:30 to 9pm at the Joel House at Beth Ahabah (1123 W. Franklin Street). Katie Nienow, the Director of Development for Hope International, will speak on the topic of ‘Your Money and Your Heart’–a particularly relevant subject for consideration during the holiday rush of spending and consumption.

*UPCOMING* Christmas Eve Services City Church will hold two Christmas Eve services: a family-friendly service at 4pm, and a service with carols, lessons, and communion at 11pm. Both services will be held at Beth Ahabah. We will also be meeting for our regular 4pm service on Christmas Day.

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