Announcements, 12.19.12

This week’s sermon text: This Sunday (the fourth Sunday of Advent) Erik will preach on Acts 26:1-32. We invite you to read ahead to help prepare yourself for this week’s sermon. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: We are still in need of a few readers for the 11pm Christmas Eve Service. If you're willing to help out, please contact Erik (erik@citychurchrva.com) as soon as you can. Thank you for considering!

**COMING UP THIS WEEK**

Prayer tomorrow: Please join members of City Church’s leadership and staff to prayfor City Church tomorrow, December 20th, from 7am-8am at the church office (1520 W. Main Street, Suite 105).

Caroling with Grace Covenant: The members of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church have invited us to join them for an evening of caroling in the Fan on Friday, December 21st. We’ll meet at Brian Baird’s house at 6pm for snacks and drinks. Caroling will start at around 6:30 and last about an hour. Please bring a small dish or appetizer to share. Contact Brian with questions at brian.baird5@gmail.com.

Christmas Eve Services: We will host two services on Christmas Eve at Beth Ahabah: one at 4pm and one at 11pm. The 4pm service is “family-friendly” and will feature readings by some of City Church’s younger attendees. The 11pm service will included lessons, carols, and communion. There will be no nursery care or Children’s Worship during our Christmas Eve services, but please feel free to bring the whole family — we would love to celebrate and worship with you all. Please note: we will not have access to the Beth Ahabah/St. James Parking Deck during these services. However, VCU has given us permission to use their parking deck at 1111 W. Broad Street (entrances at the corner of Broad and Harrison or Broad and Shafer). **NEW**

January-April 2013 Volunteer Schedule: The volunteer schedule for January through April 2013 is now available for viewing; click here to do so (or visit the volunteer schedule page on the City Church website). Should you have conflicts, please notify your team leader and arrange a substitute as soon as possible.

Baby Shower for Meg Haden: Ladies of City Church, please join us on Saturday, January 5th at 2pm at the Blanchards' home to celebrate Meg as she and Jon-Marc prepare for the arrival of their baby boy. Please RSVP to Melise Rowan at melise930@gmail.com. Meg is registered at myregistry.com and Franklin Goose.

Baby Shower for Jenny Fisher: Ladies of City Church, please also join us on Saturday, January 12th at 3pm at the Shays' home to celebrate Jenny as she, Matt, and Cash prepare for the arrival of Baby Girl Fisher. RSVP to Aubree Shay at aubreeshay@gmail.com. Jenny is registered at myregistry.com.

Change to guidlines for end-of-year contributions: After consulting other churches in the area, we'll be making a small change to how we handle end-of-year contributions. All checks need to be in-hand or postmarked by 12/31 to go towards 2012 deductions. Checks with a postmark of 12/31 (or before) will be counted as 2012 giving if they are received no later than January 10th. Online gifts will still need to be made by 12/31 (some credit cards take 3-5 business to process, so please take that into consideration). Thank you for your cooperation on this. Please contact Valerie Catrow (val@citychurchrva.com) with questions.

**REMINDERS**

City Church Basics: Our next session of City Church Basics will take place the evening of Friday, January 11th, and the morning of Saturday, January 12th. 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 interested in taking part in this session, get in touch with Val at val@citychurchrva.com. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erik at erik@citychurchrva.com.

CommonGoodRVA: CommonGoodRVA is a two-day conference focused on helping Christians exercise vocational stewardship for the common good of Richmond. During this conference we’ll explore what it means to see our everyday work as a meaningful part of our Christian calling. The conference will take place on Friday, January 18th (7-9:30pm) and Saturday, January 19th (9am to 3pm) at The Early Center at Union Presbyterian Seminary. The registration fee is $55. There are 200 spots available and it is expected to sell out, so please register as soon as you can! To learn more about CommonGoodRVA and to register, visit commongoodrva.com.