Announcements, 3.19.15

PREPARE & CONNECT

Mission Trips Update: Two important items from our missions team: 1) The trip to Granada has been cancelled. 2) All those interested in joining the team going to Prague in June, please turn in your application ASAP (deadline is March 29th). If you need an application, email Val Catrow (val@citychurchrva.com).

This Week's Sermon: Our Lent series on the Seven Deadly Sins continues this week with a sermon from Erik on Proverbs 11:6. We invite you to read ahead as a way to prepare yourself for Sunday's service.

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!

GATHER

Prayer Tomorrow: At City Church we strive to be a community of prayer: dependent on God for His purpose, protection, and provision. Please join us tomorrow, March 19th, at 7am to pray for individual needs, City Church, and for the city of Richmond. We’ll be meeting this week at the Church office, 3rd floor at Grace Covenant. Enter in the back entrance of building. Hope to see you there. (City Church prayer takes place every other Thursday.)

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

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.)

SeeJesus Seminar with Paul E. Miller: April 17th and 18th, Paul E. Miller (author of A Praying Life and A Loving Life) will lead a seminar entitled "Believe the Gospel" at West End Presbyterian Church (9008 Quioccasin Road). Using stories from his own life built around Philippians 3:1-11, Paul will explain how the very shape of Christ's life affects the shape of our lives: What does it mean to be "in Jesus"? What does it mean to have your life pattern Jesus' life? How do we not merely believe the gospel, but also become the gospel? The cost is $29 per person. For more information, visit this link. Registration ends on April 8th.

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.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

City Church of Richmond NCAA Bracket Challenge: Quick! If you haven't already filled out your bracket for this year's City Church of Richmond NCAA Bracket Challenge, please do so! Should you win, you will be forever honored on our office plaque. To fill out your bracket, visit the link below (password: franklin). Please contact James Murphy jamesmurphyp@gmail.com with questions.

Bracket link: http://citychurchrva.mayhem.cbssports.com/e?ttag=BPM15_paste_cbsinv