Announcements, 3.25.15

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 19:11-12. We invite you to read ahead as a way to prepare yourself for Sunday’s service.

Walk Through Holy Week: Even though this Sunday, March 29th, is a 5th Sunday (which is when the kids typically stay in the church service with you instead of heading to Children's Worship) we will be having class for them. Since it is Palm Sunday, we will be holding our third annual Walk Through Holy Week.  Walk Through Holy Week is a simple, interactive play to help the kids gain a better understanding of what happened during the final week of Jesus' life before his death and resurrection. This Sunday's class will take place during the entire service, not just the sermon, so please drop your child off in the Children's Worship Room (3rd floor, Room 311) anytime after 3:50.  We will return them to the sanctuary after communion.  If you have older elementary children who have graduated from Children's Worship and would be interested in joining us this Sunday, they are certainly welcome! Please contact Jennifer Murphy (jennifer@citychurchrva.com) with questions.

Men’s Overnight: The 2015 Men’s Overnight will take place from noon on Saturday, May 2nd, to noon on Sunday, May 3rd, at Chanco on the James (about an hour from Richmond). Registration is $40 for tents or bunkhouse beds and $60 for interior double occupancy rooms. Dinner and breakfast are included but the rest is BYOB. Sign up here so we can plan accordingly. Questions? Contact Frank Allen (Frank.Allen@richmond.edu).

GATHER

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.)

Easter Event: ALL are welcome to join us on Saturday, April 4th from 4pm to 6:30pm at The Stone House at Forest Hill Park for an Easter celebration! We will have a story time and egg hunt for the kids starting at 4:30pm. Dinner will begin at 5pm--it's potluck so please bring a dish to share (you can sign up to bring a specific dish by clicking this link). Please invite your friends, as this is a great way to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior with friends who don't yet know Jesus. You can access a printable/sharable invitation by visiting this link. Contact Jennifer Murphy (jennifer@citychurchrva.com) with questions.

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.

Men's Softball Team: A group of men from City Church is forming a team to play in slow-pitch softball league this summer. Games will be played either Monday or Tuesday nights (depending on availability) starting the second week of April and lasting until mid June. Athletic prowess is not required, although it is encouraged. Leugue entry fees should be around $40/person. If you are interested or would like more information email Josh Barefoot at barefoja@gmail.com. (Please respond by tomorrow--March, 26th--if you are interested.)

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.

Mercy Fund on Sunday: We will take up a special mercy fund offering at Sunday’s service, as we always do on the last Sunday of the month. Whatever is given will be kept separate from our general budget and will be used to aid those in our congregation, and in our community, who have emergency needs. Please prayerfully consider what you might give.