Announcements, 10.22.14

PREPARE & CONNECT

This Week's Sermon: We will continue our series on John this week as Erik preaches on John 16:4b-15. We invite you to read ahead as a way to prepare yourselves for Sunday’s service.

Art for Advent: To accompany City Church’s 2014 Advent Theme, we’re issuing a call for artwork across various media to further our worship of God in the time of waiting for the coming of Jesus. This year’s theme is O Come, O Come, Emmanuel and it will be built around four verses of the familiar Advent hymn. Advent begins on November 30th, so we will need submissions by November 23rd. For more information, please read this post from Erik on the City Church website.

GATHER

City Church Harvest Party: City Church’s Annual Harvest Party will be on Saturday, October 25th out at the Rumrills’ farm. There will be music, activities for kids, a pie contest, as well as smoked pig and Brunswick stew. The party begins at 4pm, with dinner starting promptly at 5:30. For details — including directions, what to bring, and what to expect — please visit the City Church website.

Youth Pumpkin Carving Contest: The kids from our student ministry group will be taking part in a pumpkin carving contest Sunday evening after church. If you have a 6th-12th grader interested in attending, please contact Jamie Mock at jamesmock5@gmail.com for details.

Women’s Retreat: Registration for the Fall Women’s Retreat is open! It will take place 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 is $130 and includes meals and lodging. Contact Meg Haden with questions at meg@citychurchrva.com. Don’t let cost prohibit you from attending; please contact Meg (meg@citychurchrva.com) to discuss financial assistance, if needed. Also, if you're interested in offering financial support to those who would like to attend but need assistance, contributions to the Women's Ministry Scholarship Fund are welcome and can be made online or via a check made out to City Church of Richmond with "Women's Scholarship" in the memo line.

Next Common Good RVA Event: Join us on Thursday, November 13th at 7:30 for Common Good RVA: Business. Don Flow (Chairman and CEO of Flow Companies) will join us to share how he integrates his faith into his business practices. We will then hear from local panelists who will share their experiences doing business here in Richmond. For more information, please contact Barrett Clark at bclark@ivyventures.com.

SERVE

Mercy Fund: 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.

2nd Annual City Church Christmas Pageant: This year’s Christmas Pageant will take place on Saturday, December 6th here at Grace Covenant. If you would like your child to participate, please contact Jennifer Murphy at jennifer @citychurchrva.com. We will also be having on next pageant workday on November 15th for those interested in helping with costumes and sets. Please contact Jessica Mayes (jessica.e.mayes@gmail.com) about our pageant work days.

On-Call Workers Needed for Nursery and Children’s Worship: We are still in need of on-call workers for nursery and children’s worship for this volunteer rotation. On-call workers are scheduled to serve as last-minute fill-ins should our regular volunteers be unable to serve. If you’re interested in a low-commitment but greatly valued volunteer opportunity here at City Church, this is it! Please contact Jennifer Murphy (jennifer@citychurchrva.com) for more details.

Randolph Community Center After School Program: Out of Christ’s love, members of City Church are partnering with the Randolph Community Center to serve as mentors and tutors in their after school program! (Think of CHAT, but just a few blocks away from City Church!) This is an exciting opportunity to love on kids in our local neighborhood by helping them with their homework and teaching them something new and exciting (i.e. art, sports, music, etc.)! Blake Stack is currently looking for volunteers who can commit to serving one day a week from 4pm to 6pm For more information, please email him at blakestack@icloud.com.