Announcements, 9.24.14

PREPARE & CONNECT

This Week's Sermon: John will continue our series on the book of John with a sermon on chapter 14, verses 1 through 14. We encourage you to read ahead as a way to prepare yourself for Sunday's service.

Volunteer Schedule: The volunteer schedule for October through January is now complete. Please take a moment to review it. If you have any conflicts, please reach out to your team members and/or team leader as soon as possible to arrange swaps or substitutes.

Updates for Hanover Young Life: Dave Blanco, Aread Directory for Young Life in Hanover, shared some updates and prayer requests with us. Please check out this blog post for more on what he and his team are up to and how we can support them prayerfully and financially, if you are so called.

GATHER

Get Your Common Good RVA Tickets ASAP! Registration for Friday and Saturday tickets for Common Good RVA closes one week from today (we need to have an accurate count for catering purposes), so if you haven't registered yet, please do! Friday-only tickets will be available for purchase at the door with cash and credit card only. Common Good RVA is two-part conference exploring how we can work for the common good of Richmond in our everyday jobs and lives. We’ll meet first on the evening of Friday, October 3rd at the Virginia Historical Society for a public exploration of the common good. On Saturday, October 4th, at the Early Center at Union Seminary, we’ll take a deeper dive into faith, vocation, neighborhood, and vocation, with attendees taking part in one of seven tracks:

1. Discovering vocation 2. Learning 3. Justice 4. Healing 5. Design 6. Wealth 7. Message

Both events will feature local speakers as well as Skye Jethani, Executive Editor of Leadership Journal and author of Futureville. Tickets are $20 for Friday only (includes a performance from No BS! Brass and a post-even reception); $30 for Saturday only; and $45 for Friday and Saturday (Saturday tickets also include the cost of a boxed lunch). For more information–and to register–vist commongoodrva.com.

Art and Faith Discussion with Esther Mahlangu: At City Church we believe that the arts and artists have an important role to play in the renewal of our city. Interested in talking about this with some fellow City Church goers? The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts recently commissioned South African artist, Esther Mahlangu, to paint two large murals in their African galleries. Join us to hear her speak and participate in a casual discussion about art and faith in Richmond and in our lives on October 9th at 6pm. Contact Kim Nix (ktnix5@gmail.com) or Erin Sheets (jerinsheeets@gmail.com) for more information.

Christian Education: This Fall, we will offer two Adult Christian Education classes. Getting Jesus Wrong (and Right) (9/21-10/26) is a six week study on early church heresies and their relevance for our worship today. The Art of Neighboring (11/2-11/23) will be a four week workshop geared towards best practices for loving our neighbors. These classes meet on Sundays from 2:45-3:40pm in room 303 at Grace Covenant. Email john@citychurchrva.com with questions.

Save the Date: Women's Retreat: Please save the date for the Fall Women’s Retreat, Saturday and Sunday, November 8th and 9th, at Roslyn RetreatCenter here in Richmond (www.roslyncenter.org). This will be a wonderful time to be with old and new friends and develop community with other women at City Church. Our speaker will be Paula Rinehart, a counselor and author of Strong Women, Soft Hearts and Better Than My Dreams. Registration coming soon! Contact Meg Haden with questions at meg@citychurchrva.com. **If you are interested in volunteering with the retreat planning committee, please contact Taylor Pape at tnpape@gmail.com or Meg Haden at meg@citychurchrva.com.**

Save the Date: City Church Harvest Party! City Church’s Annual Harvest Party is scheduled for Saturday, October 25th. We’ll meet out at Smithfield (the Rumrill family’s farm) to share a meal, play some games, and enjoy each other’s company. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details!

SERVE

Helping Without Hurting: This one-day event offers a gospel-centered approach to poverty alleviation, looking at the spiritual, financial, and social challenges of the poor. You can watch a brief video about it here: http://vimeo.com/29984656. It will be held on October 11th in McLean, VA and the cost is $45. (If needed, please don’t hesitate to ask for financial assistance.) For more information or to register, please contact Liz Crim (liz.crim@gmail.com).

Volunteer Opportunities: We are in the process of putting together the October-January volunteer rotation. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available–nursery, music, welcome team, baking communion bread, etc.–for those interested in serving City Church in a practical way during our services. If you’d like to volunteer in some way, please contact Val Catrow at val@citychurchrva.com.