Announcements, 4.9.14

PREPARE & CONNECT

Sunday’s Sermon: Jon-Marc Haden will preach on John 12:12-19 this Sunday (Palm Sunday). We invite you to read ahead as a way to prepare yourself for this week’s sermon.

City Church Basics: Our next session of City Church Basics will take place on Friday, April 25th (7pm-9:30pm) and Saturday, April 26th (9:30am-noon) at Grace Covenant. City 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 contact Erik at erik@citychurchrva.com.

GATHER

Good Friday Service: This will mark the fourth year in a row we have observed a Good Friday service. It is a somber service of Lessons and Songs to help us mark the Passion of Jesus Christ our Lord. Join us on April 18th at 7pm at Grace Covenant.

Toast to Life: The East End Pregnancy Test & Help Center (eastendpreg.org) is hosting its third annual Toast to Life on Saturday, April 26th at 6pm (214 Paxton Road). The Center, which serves families in Richmond’s East End, offers life-promoting services including free pregnancy tests, optional counseling, and pre- and post-natal spiritual and material support. The Toast to Life will feature hors d’oeuvres, drinks, live music, and a live and silent auction. Tickets and sponsorships are available at Toast2Life.org. If you have questions, please contact JimmyBalta (jimmybalta@hotmail.com) or George Davis (davis.g@law.wlu.edu).

SERVE

Randolph Community Building Event: On Saturday, April 12th from 9am to 12pm, VCU Students, Randolph community members, and local churches will gather at Petronus Jones Park to restore the walking trail, repair benches, mulch flower beds, and do some painting. This will be a practical way to share Christ’s love in our neighborhood as we build relationships and care for Richmond’s public spaces. To RSVP, please email Blake Stack at blakestack@icloud.com.

Stewards of Children: City Church will host Stewards of Children Training, a nationally recognized child sexual abuse prevention training that educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. This course will take place on Saturday, April 26th from 10am to 12:30pm in room 311 at Grace Covenant. Representatives from Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) will conduct the course. All City Church members and attendees are welcome to attend. As April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Greater Richmond SCAN is offering this training free of charge. If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP to Jennifer Murphy (jennifer@citychurchrva.com) by April 21st.

Support for Prague Team Members: The team headed to Prague in June is now in the process of raising money for their trip. If you would like to offer financial support to the team (either as a whole or toa specific team member), you may do so online or place your contribution in the offering box during our regular service. If you are giving to specific team member, please be sure to select his/her name from the dropdown menu when making an online gift or write his/her name in the memo line when paying by check.

Our team members are: Shelby Thompson Lauren Mathews Jeremy Pryor Ellen Kelly Chris Cloud John Tarala

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