Announcements, 8.12.15

PREPARE & CONNECT

This Week’s Sermon: Our series “Songs of Summer” continues this week as Erik preaches on Psalm 58. We invite you to read ahead as a way to prepare for Sunday’s service.

City Church Basics: Our next session of City Church Basics will take place on Friday, September 11th (7-9:30pm) and Saturday, September 12th (9:30am to 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.

Thinking About...Seven Years: If you haven't yet, please take a moment to read Erik's recent blog post in which he reflects on seven years as pastor of City Church.

GATHER

Welcome Back Sunday! All are welcome to join us for dinner immediately after our service on August 23rd to celebrate Welcome Back Sunday (previously known as “Fall Kick-Off”). This is a time when will share a meal, reconnect with students coming back for the new semester, and learn about what we’ve got coming up in the fall. View the Evite here–and if you’re interested in helping out with this event, please contact Val Catrow at val@citychurchrva.com.

Richmond Czechyourself: Join the City Church Prague Team on Tuesday, August 25th at 7:30pm for an evening of stories, snacks, fun, and grand tales of the adventures they experienced during their trip back in July. View the Evite here--we'll meet at Julia Sjostrom's place (2104 Stuart Avenue).

City Group Leaders: Join our pastor overseeing City Groups, Joshua Earman, on Saturday, August 29th from 10-11:45 am for our Fall launch meeting. Current and new leaders will attend to hear this year’s specific emphasis for City Groups and how leaders will receive training and oversight from Joshua and the session of City Church. Childcare is provided for those who RSVP to val@citychurchrva.com We will meet at Grace Covenant in Room 303. Questions? Contact joshua@citychurchrva.com.

Save the Date! Cornell West to speak in Richmond: Public intellectual and Princeton University professor Cornell West will kick off the VCU speaker series titled, “Race, Citizenship, and Memory in the South.” The series aims to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery and to recognize the nation’s ongoing journey toward racial justice. This particular event will be held at the Stuart C. Siegel Center (1200 W. Broad Street) at 6pm on September 3rd and is free and open to the public.

First RUF @ VCU Large Group! The first large group of the 2015-2016 school year will be on Tuesday, August 26th at 8pm at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (819 S. Cathedral Place). We'll be studying a selection of Jesus's parables. For more information contact Jacob Lee at jacob.lee@ruf.org.

SERVE

Conversation Partners Needed: In August, VCU begins receiving international students from around the world. VCU’s Global Education Office offers students opportunities to connect and form friendships with the community through a conversation partner or friendship/family partner. If you’re interested in being a conversation partner or friend, please contact Barrett Clark at Barretteclark@gmail.com or 804-241-4734.

Looking for new City Group Leaders: City Groups are small groups of people who meet at least twice a month for Bible study, meals, service, and prayer. All groups are led by trained lay-leaders from the congregation who receive continued oversight and support from our pastoral staff. If you are interested in leading a City Group for the first time contact joshua@citychurchrva.com for more information.