Announcements, 2.25.15

PREPARE & CONNECT

This Week's Sermon: Erik will continue our series on the Seven Deadly Sins with a sermon on Proverbs 14:30. we invite you to read ahead as a way to prepare for this week's service.

Congregational Meeting on March 1st: City Church will hold a congregational meeting THIS SUNDAY, March 1st, immediately after the celebration dinner for the Bourgeois family. The sole purpose of this congregational meeting will be to formally dissolve the pastoral relationship between John and City Church, so that he can begin work with RUF at Wake Forest University. Any questions can be directed to Erik (erik@citychurchrva.com).

Summer Internships: We are now accepting applications for three summer internships: a women’s ministry intern, a children’s ministry intern, and a discipleship intern. For more information on these internships (and for an application), visit this link. Applications are due March 15th.

Summer Missions Trips: We have three missions trips scheduled for this summer. In mid-June, Erik will lead a trip to Prague, and in July we will send teams to Granada and Chattanooga. Please visit this link for more information on these trips. To request an application, please email Val Catrow (val@citychurchrva.com).

GATHER

Friday Night Dinner: Our next Friday night dinner is on March 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, March 3rd, and we will be in touch with details.

Farewell to the Bourgeois Family: All are invited to join us immediately after this Sunday's service 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).

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

Mentors Needed! On March 5th, STEP will begin their third semester of "Jobs for Life", a 12-week, biblically based work readiness, mentoring program. STEP is excited to be partnering with CHAT this spring, and together they hope to serve 12 students from Gilpin (Northside) and the Church Hill communities. The program will be held at the Eternity Church Building (1900 Chamberlayne Avenue on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm. They are currently looking for mentors to commit to be there for the entirety of the semester; 6:30-8:30pm on Thursdays between March 5th and May 28th (excluding April 9th).  Primarily women and/or couples needed. Please contact Eric Morgan at ericrichardsmorgan@gmail.com for more information.

Good Friday Blood Drive: As we remember the reconciling, life giving grace of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection, we are grateful for this opportunity to unite in offering the life giving gift of blood. On average, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion, and this is a precious gift that cannot be manufactured but only comes through the generosity of donors. We invite you to join us (along with Grace Covenant and St. James) in service to God and our neighbors and partnership with the American Red Cross as we seek to provide 100 successful blood donations. All support is welcome, and if you are unable to donate yourself, we encourage you to consider seeking a substitute donor or volunteering your time. The blood drive will take place in the Grace Covenant Fellowship Hall on Friday, April 3rd from 2pm to 7pm. For more information or to sign up as a donor, contact Mary Conkright at mary.conkright@gmail.com.