Announcements, 8.21.13

COMING UP THIS WEEK

This Week’s Sermon Text: This Sunday Erik will preach on 2 Samuel 18:31-19:15. We invite you to read ahead to help prepare yourself for this week’s sermon.

Men's Dinner at Tanglewood Ordinary: This Thursday (tomorrow), the gentlemen of City Church are headed out to Maidens, Virginia for dinner at Tanglewood Ordinary, an all-you-can-eat, family style restaurant serving amazing Southern food. Cost is $23 which covers as much food and drink as you want, dessert, tax, and tip. Meet at the Robert E. Lee statue at 6:30 on Thursday, August 22nd. We'll carpool from there. We should be back by 9:30 or 10. Contact Stefan Kling (stefanmkling@gmail.com) to let him know you're coming. If you plan on driving yourself, the address is: 2210 River Rd W, Maidens, VA 23102.

City Church Fall Kick-Off: All are welcome to join us after the August 25th service for our Fall Kick-Off. We’ll meet in the fellowship hall (in the basement at Grace Covenant) for dinner; following dinner we’ll have a brief time where you can learn more about ways to get involved in City Church ministries this fall. BBQ (chicken and pork) will be provided. If your last name begins with A-M, please bring a side dish to share. If your last name begins with N-Z, please bring a dessert to share.

Gilpin Games: Saturday, August 24th at 9:30am, STEP (Strategies to Elevate People) will host its annual Gilpin Games, a back-to-school event to promote school readiness for families in the Gilpin Court housing project. We are looking for several volunteers to join us for the morning on August 24th, when we will be offering several carnival-style games for the children.  If interested, contact Lauren Mathews at lbmmathews@gmail.com.

Mercy Fund on Sunday: We will take up a special mercy fund offering at Sunday’s service, as we always do on the last Sunday of the month. Whatever is given will be kept separate from our general budget and will be used to aid those in our congregation, and in our community, who have emergency needs. Please prayerfully consider what you might give.

NEW

Labor Day BBQ with International Students: Grace Covenant will host a Labor Day BBQ for VCU's international students on Monday, September 2nd from 4pm to 7pm here at the church. City Church is welcome to attend! If you're interested in bringing a dish or side to share, you can sign up here. Contact Huey Lee (hueyhlee@gmail.com) with questions.

Cultivating Communities of Mercy Seminar: Extending our friendship to those in difficult circumstances can feel challenging when we try to do it alone, apart from Christian community. On Saturday, September 21st from 9:30 to noon, we'll explore how to build networks of support to strengthen our ability to care for our friends both within and outside of City Church. We'll hear stories of how God has been at work, explore training resources, and dream about where God is taking us next. Contact Patrick Shay (patrickdavisshay@gmail.com) or Blake Stack (blakestack@icloud.com) for more information. Refreshment will be provided. Childcare will also be available for a small fee. Stay tuned for more details and how to sign up.

CASA Volunteers Needed: Richmond Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is in the process of putting together its Fall training class. Richmond CASA advocates for safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children in the city. Volunteers are critical to the court process and serve as the eye and ears of the judges in the city’s most serious cases of child abuse and neglect. The Richmond CASA program follows the National CASA curriculum for training which includes 30 hours of classroom interaction and 5 hours of courtroom observation during the training period. Fall training is scheduled to begin October 8th. Classes are held in the evenings during a period of 5 weeks in the Oliver Hill Courts Building Sheppard Conference Room. For more information about CASA, please watch this video. If you're interested in learning more, please contact Peg Ruggiero at Peg.Ruggiero@RichmondGov.com or 804-646-0518.

REMINDERS

City Groups: City Groups are groups that meet in people’s homes each week to read the Bible, share life together, pray for one another, and out of these groups serve their neighbors. For more information and to get connected to a group, email john@citychurchrva.com.

Truth Project Discussion Group: Two City Church members–Jimmy Balta and George Davis–invite you to join them this Fall for a Truth Project Discussion Group. Designed to equip Christians with a comprehensive biblical worldview, the Truth Project utilizes a DVD-based small group discussion format. Each lesson examines a specific area of culture (e.g. Work & Labor, Philosophy & Ethics, History, Science, Theology, Government) through the lens of Scripture. The study will meet on Tuesday evenings, September 10th through December 10th. For more information contact George (davis.g@law.wlu.edu) or Jimmy (jimmybalta@hotmail.com).

Sexual Sanity Groups: Sexual Sanity groups exist to serve men at City Church by helping us re-create our minds in our sexually insane culture. If you are male and need help, contact sexualsanity@gmail.com to get connected with a group.

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