Announcements, 2.22.12

This week's sermon text: Our series on Acts continues this week by looking at Acts 3:1-10. If you’d like to read ahead, you can look over the ESV version here. *NEW*

Lent: Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. If you're interested in learning more about Lent and how you can use this time to prepare for Easter, please the read the following posts from Erik recently published on City Church's website: Thinking about Lent and Thinking about Lent (part 2). We also encourage you to take a look at Pastor Kevin Greene's (from our sister church, West End Presbyterian Church) Lenten blog, featuring curated readings and artwork aimed at drawing us into a fuller worship of God.

Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI) Prayer and Worship Night: RJI will be gathering to pray for those who have been oppressed by human trafficking on Sunday, February 26th from 7-8:30 at Walnut Grove Baptist Church in Mechanicsville. Speakers include Christa Hayden (International Justice Mission) and Sam Meyyer-Pastor (Chennia India). With others, worship will be led Alex Mejias from Highstreet Hymns. For more information, please contact laneburgess@gmail.com.

Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI) Benefit for Freedom: RJI will be hosting its first annual Benefit for Freedom on March 12th at 6:30. Tickets are $40 and all proceeds will fund efforts to raise awareness, educate the community and advocate for human trafficking victims. Please RSVP to Betty Cabel Brogan at ecbrogan@gmail.com no later than March 1st. For more information, please see the attached brochure.

Mercy Fund on Sunday: As this is 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.

City Church Basics: The next session of City Church Basics is scheduled for Friday, April 20th and Saturday, April 21st. 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@citychurchrva.com. If you have additional questions, contact Erik at erik@citychurchrva.com.

*REMINDERS*

Ash Wednesday service: An Ash Wednesday service marking the beginning of Lent (a period that the Church has used to prepare for Easter through repentance) will be held this evening (February 22nd) at Beth Ahabah (in the chapel) at 7pm. No childcare will be provided.

Vespers on Sunday: All are welcome to take part in our monthly Vespers meeting on Sunday, February 26th in the fellowship hall of Beth Ahabah (just downstairs from the sanctuary) immediately following our regular service. This is a time for us to share a meal and talk more about the vision of City Church. Please bring a dish to share. Remember: no pork or shellfish products are allowed in Beth Ahabah.

Drinks with Friends: Ladies, please join us on Wednesday, February 29th at 7pm at Amanda Murray's house, for wine and food with women from City Church.  This will be a laid-back time to meet and visit with new and old friends. Please bring a bottle of wine and/or some food to share!  We will have everything from heavy appetizers to desserts. Email Meg Haden (meg@citychurchrva.com) will questions.

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