Announcements, 2.26.14

PREPARE & CONNECT

This Week’s Sermon: This week Erik will preach on John 6:60-71. We invite you to read ahead to help prepare yourself for this week’s sermon.

Lent Resources: Next week we enter a season in the Church calendar called Lent. For people who didn’t grow up going to church or who grew up in churches that didn’t mark Lent, it can be confusing. We’ve pulled together some resources to guide you through your worship in the coming weeks. Please take a moment to review them and let us know if you have any questions.

Prague Mission -- Summer 2014: Ellen Kelly has put together a blog post on the City Church website offering more information about the trip to Prague scheduled for June 14th through 23rd, including details on how you can get involved and how you can pray for the trip. Read it here.

Welcome, Baby Bourgeois! The Bourgeois family (John, Mary Clarke, and big brother Leo) welcomed Mary Landon Elizabeth Bourgeois on Sunday, Febrary 23rd. Mary Landon was 9 pounds, 4 ounces and 20 inches long. We will provide meals for the Bourgeois family for several weeks as they adjust to life at home with their new baby girl. See below for information on how to sign up.

Welcome, Baby Reppard! The Reppard family (Hatch, Shannon, Hudson, William, and Anna) welcomed Warren Hatcher Reppard, Jr. on Monday, February 24th. Hatcher weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces. We will provide meals for the Reppard family over the next several weeks as they adjust to life as a family of six. See below for information on how to sign up.

GATHER

Friday Night Dinner: Our next Friday night dinner is on March 14th, and we 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. Hosts 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, March 11th to Lara Kling at laragateskling@gmail.com, and she will be in touch with details.

Ash Wednesday Observance: We will hold a service in observance of Ash Wednesday on March 5th at 7pm at All Saints Presbyterian Church (3000 Grove Avenue). All are welcome!

Create During Lent. City Church member and artist, Kim Nix, is organizing an effort to get people to create something every day during the season of Lent. This discipline for artists (and non-artists) has the potential to draw us into deeper intimacy with God. Towards the end of Lent, on the evening of Saturday, April 5, participants are invited to meet at the Nix's home for a discussion and celebration. For more information and encouragement, please contact Kim at ktnix5@gmail.com.

City Church Spring Banquet! The third annual City Church Banquet will take place on Sunday, March 23rd immediately after the service in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to join us for this semi-formal, catered event when we will share a meal and celebrate all that God has done for and through our church over the last year. An Evite with RSVP information will go out on Friday, so keep an eye out!

Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt: To mark our celebration of the Easter season with our kids and families, we will hold a special event open to all at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, on Saturday, April 5th at 9:30am. The event will include a special Walk through Holy Week for the kids as well as a brunch and an Easter Egg Hunt. This event provides a non-threatening opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to learn more about why the Church celebrates Easter.

Save the Date: Men’s Overnight! The City Church Men’s Overnight is Friday, May 9th. It will be held at Chanco on the James (located about forty-five minutes south of Richmond). Stay tuned for more details!

SERVE

Meals for City Church Families: We are currently providing meals for four City Church families: Jane and Mabel Marshall; Mack and Rebecca Hendrix; John and Mary Clarke Bourgeois; and Hatch and Shannon Reppard. If you're interested in caring for them in this way, visit takethemameal.com. Use the family's last name as the log-in and password. Contact Valerie Catrow (val@citychurchrva.com) with questions.

Help Finish the Children’s Worship Mural! The mural in the Children’s Worship classroom is almost complete, but we are in need of a few additional volunteers to help us reach our goal to finish painting by March 23rd (the date of the City Church Banquet). Painting times are flexible, and all skill levels are welcome. Contact Jennifer Murphy (jennifer@citychurchrva.com) if you’re interested in helping.

RVA4SouthSudan: RVA4SouthSudan is a network of individuals and churches from various denominations who are joining to send medical supplies, blankets, and pots to Moyo, Uganda in order to help native Ugandans and refugees from South Sudan who are fleeing conflict. It is our desire to show, in a tangible way, that God cares about hurting and displaced peoples. Want to help? City Church is gathering blankets (new or *clean* used). If you’re interested in purchasing a blanket at a bulk rate discount, or for more information contact Ruthie Byrne at info@rva4southsudan.org, or visit RVA4SouthSudan.org. You are also welcome to make a financial contribution (tax-deductible) through City Church; just write “RVA4SouthSudan” in the memo line of your check or select “RVA4SouthSudan” from the dropdown menu when making an online gift.

City Church Summer Ministry Internships: City Church is looking to hire three summer ministry interns: women’s ministry intern, children’s ministry intern, and pastoral intern. Full job descriptions are available on our website. If you are interested, please contact a member of the City Church staff for full application details.

Summer Mission Trips: City Church will be going on two missions trips this summer: an evangelism-related trip to Prague (June 14th through 23rd) and a mercy-ministry-related trip to Chattanooga (July 5th through 12th). Both trips are open to all! For more information, email John Bourgeois at john@citychurchrva.com.

(Want to be added to the City Church mailing list? Email Valerie Catrow to sign up.)