Announcements, 12.3.14

PREPARE & CONNECT

This week's sermon: John will continue our Advent sermon series ("O Come, O Come, Emmanuel") with a sermon on Isaiah 11:1-10. We invite you to read ahead as a way to prepare yourself for Sunday's service.

Session meeting: City Church's session will meet this Sunday. If you have any questions, concerns, or prayer requests you'd like addressed, please contact Erik at erik@citychurchrva.com.

Advent resources: For more information on Advent events and resources, please take a moment to read this post from John on the City Church website. It inclues a little background on the practice of Advent, as well as practical ideas to guide your worship.

City Church Basics: Our next session of City Church Basics will take place on Friday, January 16th (7-9:30pm) and Saturday, January 17th (9:30-noon) at Grace Covenant. 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 next session, please RSVP to Val Catrow (val@citychurchrva.com). Contact Erik (erik@citychurchrva.com) with questions.

December 21st service: Our service on December 21st will take place at Beth Ahabah, located at 1117 W. Franklin Street, just a few blocks down the street. We will still meet at 4pm and nursery care and Children's Worship will still be available.

Christmas Eve services: We will hold two Christmas Eve services here at Grace Covenant: a family-friendly service at 3pm and an 11pm service with lessons, carols, and communion. FYI: Childcare will not be provided at these services.

GATHER

Sunday's Meet & Greet: All are welcome to join us for coffee and snacks on the patio following Sunday’s service. Nothing formal–just a chance to enjoy some refreshments, catch up with friends, and meet new people.

City Church Christmas Pageant, Party, and Sing-Along! Our Christmas celebration will take place on Saturday, December 6th here at Grace Covenant. We’ll kick things off with the pageant at 5:30, followed by dinner, and a fantastic Christmas carol sing-along. Please bring a dish to share! If you’re interested in helping with any (or all!) parts of this event, please email Val Catrow at val@citychurchrva.com. Please note: all kids (steady walkers and up) are welcome to take part in the pageant--visitors included.

Friday Night Dinner: Our next Friday night dinner is on December 12th, and we want you to join us! These are casual dinners open to all – members, visitors, neighbors, etc... – that 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 10 per house) can bring a side of their choosing to share with the group. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP using this form no later than Tuesday, December 9th

Randolph Christmas Caroling: On Saturday, December 13th, at 9:30am, we will visit the Randolph Place Retirement Home to sing Christmas carols and visit with the residents, put together a simple craft to leave with them, and share the love of Christ with them. This will be the fourth year we've visited them at Christmas, and it's always such a great time!  We will meet at 9:30 in the Randolph Community Center to warm up our voices and enjoy donuts and coffee together, and will head next door for caroling at 10:00. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Art for Advent reception: Immediately following our service on Sunday, December 14th, we will host a reception in the parlor where the work submitted for Art for Advent will be on display. Please plan on joining us!

SERVE

Meals for City Church Families: We are currently providing meals for the Beckendorfs, the Bleckleys, the Rumrills, and the Halls as they’ve each welcomed new babies in the last couple weeks. If you’re interested in serving them in the way, please visit takethemameal.com to sign up. The passwords are…Beckendorf: woflie; Bleckley: bleckley; Rumrill: rumrill; Hall: hall.