Announcements, 4.8.15

PREPARE & CONNECT

This Week’s Sermon: Jon-Marc Haden will preach on John 20:1-2, 11-18 this Sunday. We invite you to read ahead as a way to prepare this this week’s service.

City Church Basics: Our next session of City Church Basics will take place on Friday, May 8th (7-9:30pm) and Saturday, May 9th (9:30-noon)at Grace Covenant. City Church Basics explains who we are as a church and what it means to be a member. It is a necessary step towards formally joining the church, although membership is not required. If you’re interested in taking part in this next session, please RSVP to Val Catrow (val@citychurchrva.com). Contact Erik (erik@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).

New Parking Policy: Grace Covenant instituted a new parking policy this week that will require visitors to place temporary permits on their rear view mirrors when visiting the building outside of church service hours (i.e. you won’t need a permit on Sundays or during special church services). For more information on this new policy, please read this post on the City Church website.

GATHER

NEW Adult Christian Formation Series: For the next six Sundays (beginning April 12th) we will explore the Ethics of Resurrection Life (topics will include: love, forgiveness, empathy, steadfastness, and gratitude. This discussion will take place from 3-3:45 PM in Room 303 at Grace Covenant and will be facilitated by Erik, Meg, and other leaders at City Church. Childcare will be available in the Children's Worship room for those who need it. For more information, contact Erik (erik@citychurchrva.com).

Women’s Happy Hours: Bring a friend and join other women from City Church for  Happy Hours from 5:30-7:30pm around town this week. Come to one or come to all!  5:30-7:30 Wednesday at Shyndygz, and Thursday at Pasture. Contact Meg Haden (meg@citychurchrva.com) with questions.

Feast or Famine: From feast to famine, the Bible is laden with passages about food. Hungry to know more? Join us for a dinner series exploring the roles bread, wine, and meat play in the relationship between God and his people. We’ll meet 3 times this spring to hear from an expert on each of those foods, explore scripture, and gather around the table together. There will be a participation fee of $35 to cover ingredients, dates will include 4/25, 5/31, and 6/27. Space is limited. Contact Ann Douglas Enghauser (memento.ade@gmail.com or 804-247-2995) to learn more or sign up.

SERVE

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.

Toast to Life: The East End Pregnancy Test & Help Center (eastendpreg.org) is hosting its fourth annual Toast to Life on Saturday, April 18th at Veritas School (3400 Brook Road, RVA 23227) from 6pm-10pm. The Center, which serves families in Richmond’s East End, offers life-promoting services including free pregnancy tests, optional counseling, and pre- and post-natal spiritual and material support. The Toast to Life will feature drinks, dancing, tasty treats and delicious eats. Tickets and sponsorships are available at Toast2Life.org. If you have questions, please contact George or Julie Davis (davis.g@law.wlu.edu or juliedavis1013@gmail.com).

Stewards of Children Training: City Church will host Stewards of Children Training, a nationally recognized sexual abuse prevention training that educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Typically, our mentality toward the idea of sexual abuse is, “it won’t happen to my child, or anyone I know.” We hope and pray that this is true, but, based on the statistic that 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before they are 18, the reality is you will most likely know someone who was sexually abused at some point in their life, if you don’t already. This course will take place on Sunday, April 19th from 1:00pm-3:30pm in room 311 at Grace Covenant. Representatives from Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) will conduct the course. All are welcome to attend–feel free to invite others outside of City Church. As April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Greater Richmond SCAN is offering this training free of charge.If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP to Jennifer Murphy (jennifer@citychurchrva.com) by April 15th.