Announcements, 3. 11.15

PREPARE & CONNECT

This Week's Sermon: Our Lent series on the Seven Deadly Sins continues this week with a sermon from Erik on Proverbs 23:20-21. We invite you to read ahead as a way to prepare for Sunday's service.

Session Meeting on Sunday: The City Church session will meet Sunday evening. If you have any questions, concerns, or prayer requests you would like addressed, please contact Erik (erik@citychurchrva.com).

Save the Date: Men's Overnight! Our 2015 Men's Overnight will be from Saturday, May 2nd to Sunday, May 3rd at Chanco on the James. More details coming soon!

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 Sunday, 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).

Save the Date: Backyard Bible Clubs! Our Backyard Bible Clubs will take place July 6th through 10th. Backyard Bible Clubs will be similar to the week-long Vacation Bible Schools churches host, but they will take place at (or close to) homes of two or three City Church members. If you're interested in volunteer and/or sending your kids to Backyard Bible Clubs, please take moment to fill out this interest form.

GATHER

Missions Meeting & Book Study: After the service on March 15th at 7pm we will be meeting on the 3rd floor of Grace Covenant to better understand why God loves missions and develop our hearts for the world. We'll start a discussion on a book by John Piper called, A Holy Ambition and be updated on how we can be praying for and partnering with our overseas missionaries. Please join us! Contact Cara Campbell (cara.campbell47@gmail.com).

Good Friday Service: We will hold a Good Friday service on April 3rd at 7pm at Grace Covenant. The Good Friday service is a somber service of Lessons and Songs to help us mark the Passion of Jesus Christ our Lord. (Childcare will not be provided during this service.)

Faith and Work Lunches: City Church hosts regular faith and work lunches in various parts of the city. These are bring your own lunch affairs that feature a brief discussion around the subject of how your work intersects with God's work in the world. Several lunches are planned over the next two weeks. For more information contact the following liaisons for each area:

  • Downtown -- Grant Russell, grant.s.russell@gmail.com
  • University of Richmond -- Blake Stack, blakestack@icloud.com
  • Glenside -- Hatch Reppard, hatch.reppard@gmail.com
  • Capital One -- Liz Thomson, elizparent@gmail.com

SERVE

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 contact Mary Conkright at mary.conkright@gmail.com. To sign up to donate, visit this link and enter "goodfriday" to be directed to our sign-up form.

Randolph Volunteers Needed! 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, any day of the week form 4pm to 6pm! (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.)! Additionally, on April 18th, local churches, VCU, members of the Randolph community, and the City of Richmond will be coordinating a day of service to continue restoring parks and public spaces in the Randolph neighborhood from 9am to 12pm. This will be a day to serve, celebrate, and build community. A cookout will be held afterwards and all are welcome! To participate in either of these opportunities, please email Blake Stack blakestack@icloud.com.

Helping The Gray Haven Project: The Gray Haven Project, a local ministry dedicated to caring for victims of human trafficking. As we partner with Gray Haven to serve these individuals, we have the opportunity to fill practical needs as they start a new life free from slavery. Here’s how we can help...

  • Create move-in bags (for those settling into a new housing situation): could include staple pantry items, cleaning supplies, regular-sized toiletry items, and dish towels
  • Provide requested items, such as: devotional books, bus passes, gift cards with smaller amounts (to be used as incentives for clients to attend group therapy sessions), vitamins
  • Collectt pantry items for clients: ramen noodles, water bottles, instant coffee, chicken stock, Ritz crackers, quinoa, couccous, rice, flaxseed, whole old fashioned oats, tea, breakfast/power bars, peanut butter, olive oil

If you (or your City Group) can provide any of the items–or if you have questions–please contact Ben Morehead (ben.h.morehead@gmail.com) or Addie at Gray Haven (ddie@thegrayhaven.org).