Announcements, 1.28.15

PREPARE & CONNECT

This Week's Sermon: Erik will preach on John 19:17-30 on Sunday. We invited you to read ahead as a way to prepare for this week's service.

Session Meeting: The City Church session will meet this weekend. If you have any issues, questions, or prayer requests you’d like addressed, please contact Erik (erik@citychurchrva.com).

Volunteer Schedule: The February-May volunteer schedule is now posted on the City Church website. Please take a moment to review it, note what dates you are scheduled to serve, and arrange substitutes if necessary.

GATHER

Prayer for Foreign and Domestic Peace: Several City Church leaders and members will gather immediately after worship for 30 minutes in the room at the front of the sanctuary on Sunday, February 8th, to pray specifically for peace with regard to ISIS, Boko Haram, and other groups conducting random acts of violence and terror across the globe. We believe that our God is in control of these events and that He intercedes for us as we approach Him in prayer with urgency and expectation, "in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you... and His immeasurably great power for us who believe" (Ephesians 1:18-19). Contact John Bourgeois (john@citychurchrva.com) for more info.

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

Friday Night Dinner: Our next Friday night dinner is on February 6th, and we want you to join us! This is a casual dinner open to all – members, visitors, neighbors, etc... – that provides 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, February 3rd, and we will be in touch with details.

Save the Date: Farewell to the Bourgeois Family! All are invited to join us immediately after our March 1st for a dinner in the Fellowship Hall to celebrate (and say goodbye) to John, Mary Clarke, Leo, and Mary Landon Bourgeois before they make the move to Winston-Salem. The main course will be catered by Kuba Kuba, but we will need people to bring dishes to supplement the menu. If you're interested in helping out, please contact Lauren Cave (laurenmcraecave@gmail.com) or Leigh Anne Jenvey (piercyla@gmail.com).

Women’s Bible Studies: Women's Bible studies started up this week, but all ladies are still welcome to join us. This semester we will be studying the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew chapters 5-7. The Women’s Bible studies will meet at Grace Covenant on Monday evenings, 7:30-9pm -OR- Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:30am. This 12-week study will end the week of April 20th and includes a break the week of Easter. Bible Study Booklets are $5. Childcare provided on Wednesday mornings will be $5 per child per week. Please use this formto register so that we know you plan to attend. Contact Meg Haden (meg@citychurchrva.com) with questions.

The Makers Series|Imagine: The Christian life is one that is rooted in our physical presence in the world, not just in aesthetic or spiritual ideas. So how does art invite us to live more concretely in this world, and invite others to do the same? How do we manage the tension between discipline (spiritual and physical) and expression in creating art? Join MakeRVA on Friday, February 27th from 7pm to 9pm at Third Church (600 Forest Avenue) to hear from Dr. James K.A. Smith and the Taylor Barnett Quartet. There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP. Then on Saturday, February 28th from 7pm to 9pm in Room 1107 in the VCU Academic Learning Commons (1000 Floyd Avenue), Dr. Smith will speak on Re-Imagining the Secular as part of a lecture series entitled Philosophy and Public Affairs, sponsored by the VCU Philosophy Department. This event will serve as the kick-off for Dr. Smith’s Makers|Imagine residency. For more details on what that will entail, keep an eye on MakeRVA’s Facebook page.

SERVE

Night to Shine RVA 2015 (Updated Info): Several area churches in RVA are coming together to throw one spectacular prom for high school students with disabilities on February 13th at 6pm at West End Presbyterian Church. They’ll enjoy a red carpet entrance complete with paparazzi, hair and make up, food, dancing, games and more. Volunteers are needed to serve as "buddies" for the night. Buddies will be paired one-on-one with a prom attendee; WEPC will host Buddy training on February 10th from 7pm-8pm to help you prepare. Contact Erin Sheets at jerinsheets@gmail.com or 804-380-2432 for more information. Register to volunteer here.

Knitting Ministry for World Vision: A few people from City Church will be getting together the third Friday of each month at 7:30pm (rotating locations) to create items in support of Knit for Kids, a World Vision ministry that provides baby blankets, hats, and sweaters. If you're interested in taking part, please email Erin Nogueira erinenogueira@gmail.com. New knitters are welcome, as are donations of yarn and knitting needles!

Nursery and Children’s Worship Volunteers Needed! We are in need of at least 15 new nursery volunteers and at least 5 new Children’s Worship volunteers for the February-May rotation. If you’re interested in serving City Church in this way, please email Jennifer Murphy at jennifer@citychurchrva.com.