Announcements, 12.5.12

(Don’t forget to register for the Early Childhood Seminar scheduled for THIS SATURDAY so we know how many families will need childcare! See the link below!)

This week’s sermon text: This Sunday (the second Sunday of Advent) Erik will preach on Acts 24:1-27. We invite you to read ahead to help prepare yourself for this week’s sermon.

*COMING UP THIS WEEK*

Prayer tomorrow: Please join members of City Church’s leadership and staff to pray for City Church tomorrow, December 6th from 7am-8am at the church office (1520 W. Main Street, Suite 105).

Register for Early Childhood Seminar: Registration is now open for “Early Childhood: The Apprenticeship of Being Human”. Graham Scharf will join us to lead two 45-minute talks. The first presentation will focus on love, language, and literature as keys to producing character in children. The second will focus on the topic of story and its role in shaping virtue. He will cover both theory and practice, talking about the importance of early childhood, while also emphasizing grace. The seminar will take place on Saturday, December 8th from 8:45 to noon at All Saints Reformed Presbyterian Church (3000 Grove Avenue). Childcare is available at $10 per chid (maximum of $20 per family). To register for the seminar: please click here (and feel free to pass the link along to anyone you think might be interested!)

City Church Christmas Open House (new info): We will be holding a ChristmasOpen House on Saturday, December 8th from 7pm to 10pm at the home of Brian and Julie Kastelein. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share. This is an openhouse, so bring your dish whenever you plan to come. We'll also have some kid-friendly activities going on as well. All are welcome, and we hope to see you there!

*NEW*

Advent Reflections: Each week this month the City Church website will feature a brief reflection on Advent from a member of the City Church Staff. Erik started things off with this post--take a moment to read it and check out the helpful Advent resources he shared.

Women's Prayer Time: We will have a prayer time for women on Monday, December 10th at 7:30pm at the Blanchards' house. This is open to any women who would like to pray together for the church as a whole and specific needs, as well. If you have any questions, please contact Meg Haden at meg@citychurchrva.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.

City Church Basics: Our next session of City Church Basics will take place in mid-January. 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.

*REMINDERS*

Randolph Place Caroling & Crafts (and donuts!) Join us on Saturday, December 15th for a family-friendly morning of caroling and visiting with residents of RandolphPlace, a senior housing community in the Byrd Park/Randolph area. We will be meeting at the Bonkovskys’ home at 9am for donuts before we head over. We will also be working on a small craft with the residents. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Murphy at jennifer@citychurchrva.com. All are welcome!

Meals for the Hersheys: Gwyneth Estelle Hershey was born on Tuesday, November 27th at 4:22am (7 pounds, 1 ounce; 20 inches). Mom and baby are doing well and will head home from the hospital tomorrow. We are coordinating meals for Kari and Jon as the adjust to life at home with their baby girl. If you’re interested in serving them in this way, visit takethemameal.com–log-in and password are ‘Hershey’. Contact Jennifer Walker (jennifer.p.walker@gmail.com) with questions.

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.

A Note About End-of-Year Gifts: We know that many of you are praying about and planning for additional financial contributions to City Church before the end of 2012. As you do so, please note that contributions must be in our possession no later than December 31st in order for them to be eligible for deduction on your 2012 taxes — regardless of postmark or credit card processing date. Feel free to contact Valerie Catrow (City Church’s administrator) with questions.