Announcements, 11.6.13

COMING UP THIS WEEK

This Week’s Sermon Text: This Sunday Erik will preach on John 2:1-12. We invite you to read ahead to help prepare yourself for this week’s sermon.

Prayer Tomorrow: At City Church we strive to be a community of prayer: dependent on God for His purpose, protection, and provision. Please join us tomorrow, November 7th, at 7am to pray for individual needs, City Church, and for the city of Richmond. We'll be meeting this week at the Church office, 3rd floor at Grace Covenant. Enter in the back entrance of building. Hope to see you there. (City Church prayer takes place every other Thursday.)

How to Talk to Your Friends About God (new start-time): As Christians, we are called to show and tell the world about the good news of Jesus Christ…but often we don’t because we’re not sure how to do it without ruining a friendship or alienating a friend. On Saturday, November 9th from 9:15 to noon in room 212 at Grace Covenant, City Church will host a workshop called “Authentic Outreach”, led by Stuart Holt. If you need help figuring out how to share the Gospel with your friends, this seminar is for you. If you’re planning to attend, please fill out this form to register. Child care is available for $10 per child (maximum of $20 per family). Feel free to contact John Bourgeois (john@citychurchrva.com) with questions about the seminar. If you have questions about registration or child care, email Valerie Catrow (val@citychurchrva.com). If you are need of child care, please make sure to RSVP by the end of the day today so we can make sure we’ve got an accurate count.

Christmas Pageant Workday: From 10am to 4pm THIS SATURDAY, the Pageant Planning Committee will be getting together at Lauren Mathews’s home (606 W. 26th Street) to begin constructing costumes or the Christmas Pageant. All are welcome to join us and help out, no matter your skill set or level; there are plenty of jobs to go around! If you're planning to attend to Saturday seminar, feel free to come by once that's over. Email Lauren Mathews (lbmmathews@gmail.com) or Liz Morton (mcentee.liz@gmail.com) if you have questions. We will have food to enjoy throughout the day, so come join us and bring a friend! (A second workday will take place on Saturday, November 16th when we will paint the sets.)

Screening of Sex+Money -- A National Search for Human Worth: As part of an ongoing partnership with the Richmond Justice Initiative, a local nonprofit dedicated to ending human trafficking, please join us on Sunday, November 10th at 7pm at Peyton Mawyer and Lane Burgess’s home (1229 Lorraine Avenue) for a movie night featuring Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth. This is a documentary about domestic minor sex trafficking and the modern-day abolitionist movement fighting to stop it. We will also learn about ways to get involved locally. We will have snacks and drinks, but feel free to bring your dinner. Email laneburgess@gmail.com with questions.

NEW

CommonGoodRVA -- Educators' Perspectives: CommonGoodRVA is hosting a panel discussion on education in Richmond, offering educators' perspectives on their vocation and work for the common good of Richmond. Thursday, November 21st, 7:30 to 9:00PM at Veritas School (3400 Brook Road Richmond, VA). For more information email commongoodrva@gmail.com or go to facebook.com/commongoodrva.

Bi-monthly Dinners: We are organizing another Friday night potluck in various homes throughout Richmond on November 15th, and want you to join us! This is a casual dinner open to all – members, visitors, neighbors, etc. – that will provide a chance for us to get to know new people within our community. The host of each home will provide the main dish, and each attendee (up to 12 per house) can bring a side of their choosing to share with the group. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP no later than Tuesday, November 12th to Lara Kling at laragateskling@gmail.com, and she will be in touch with details.

Host an International Student for Thanksgiving: VCU Global Education Office is in search of families and individuals interested in showing friendship and hospitality by inviting international students and scholars into their homes to share Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving is a great opportunity for international students to be in a home, to share a meal and their culture with Americans and to gain a better understanding of American culture. If you're interested, download a volunteer form here or contact Pamela Haney, Student Engagement Coordinator, at pohaney@vcu.edu.

Missions Updates: When you get a moment, please stop by the City Church website for updates on some of the ministries we are currently supporting through financial contributions and prayer.

REMINDERS

International Student Outreach: City Church is working with the VCU Global Education Office to help connect international students with conversation partners and friends. If you are interested in being a conversation partner or participating in social events with international students, please contact Ellen Kelly at ellenheart at gmail dot com for more information.

City Church Christmas Pageant: As a way to kick-off this year’s Christmas party, the kids of City Church will put on our first-ever Christmas Pageant! The pageant will take place on Saturday, December 7th at 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall at Grace Covenant; the party will begin right after the pageant ends at around 6. We will also hold a brief rehearsal after our regular service on Sunday, November 24th. Kids of all ages (steady walkers and up) are invited to take part. Email our co-directors Liz Morton (mcentee.liz@gmail.com) and Lauren Mathews (lbmmathews@gmail.com) with questions.