Announcements, 1.9.13

This week’s sermon text: This Sunday Erik will preach on Jeremiah 32:1-15. We invite you to read ahead to help prepare yourself for this week’s sermon. **COMING UP THIS WEEK**

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. There is still time to sign up! 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.

"Trade of Innocents" Screening: On Friday, January 11th at 6:30pm, the Byrd Theater will host "Trade of Innocents," a film featuring Dermot Mulroney and Mira Sorvino, the story of human trafficking in Southeast Asia. The film is presented by the Richmond Justice Initiative and the Christian Medical and Dental Association of Richmond. The suggested donation is $5. Contact Lane Burgess with questions at laneburgess@gmail.com or.

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.

Interested in City Groups? City Groups are smaller groups that meet in people’s homes each week to experience Christ, share life, pray together and serve Richmond. There will be a brief informational session following worship on January 13th. Contact John Bourgeois (john@citychurchrva.com) with questions.

**NEW**

Welcome to the world, Baby Allen! Kate and Frank Allen welcomed their daughter Adeline on Tuesday, January 8th. We'll be providing meals for the Allen family (including their two older children, Jack and Eleanor) as they get used to life at home with their new baby girl. If you're interested in serving them in this way, please sign up at takethemameal.com. The log-in and password are 'Allen'. (Please note that there are peanut and tree nut allergies in their famiy--thank you!)

Officer Nominations: The next few weeks are an open officer nomination period at City Church. All members are invited to prayerfully submit nominations for elder and deacon. Nominations need to be made to Erik or the Session in writing (email is sufficient) and must be received by Saturday, January 26th. If you have questions regarding the office of elder or deacon, please refer to the email that was sent to all members last week, or contact Erik (erik@citychurchrva.com).

Leadership Basics: This winter/spring, we will conduct a course on what it means to be a leader at City Church. We will meet every other Sunday from 9am-11am starting January 27th (location TBD). The first four meetings will include all interested participants; for the six remaining meetings we will split into two "tracks": one for potential deacons and elders (see above announcement) and one for those interested in learning more about other ways to lead and serve City Church. If you have questions about Leadership Basics, please contact John Bourgeois at john@citychurchrva.com. To register, email val@citychurchrva.com.

Conversation Partners Needed: If you would like to sign up to be conversation partners to International students at VCU, please contact Huey Lee (hueyhlee@gmail.com).

Spring 2013 Perspectives Class: January through May of 2013, the Mechancsville Christian Center will host "Perspectives", a 15-week course exploring the biblical, historical, cultural and strategic impact of the worldwide Christian movement. Led by an inter-denominational team, 15 different speakers from throughout the world will speak each week, and there will be assigned readings to do beforehand to prepare for the speakers/discussions. Classes meet on Mondays from 6:30 to 9:30pm, January 14th through May 6th. The cost is $250 which includes meals and course materials; the first night is free and scholarships are available if needed. The Mechanicsville Christian Center is located at 8061 Shady Grove Avenue. For more information (and to register), visit this link.

Women's Spring Bible Studies: City Church's weekly women's Bible studies will start up again the week of January 28th. You can choose between two study times: Mondays from 7:30-9pm (starting January 28th) or Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30am. Childcare is available for the Wednesday morning study at a cost of $10 per child ($20 maximum per family). Both studies will take place at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church (1627 Monument Avenue). Visit this link to register. Contact Meg Haden at meg@citychurchrva.com with questions.

**REMINDERS**

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. To learn more about CommonGoodRVA and to register, visit commongoodrva.com.

Loaves & Fishes: Our next opportunity to prepare and serve a meal for those who need it will be on Sunday, January 20th. We’ll meet at the Conrad Center (1400 Oliver Hill Way) from 11am to 2pm. If you’re interested in helping out, please contact Bo Vaughan at bovaughan@gmail.com.

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