Announcements, 9.9.15

PREPARE & CONNECT

This Week's Sermon: This Sunday we'll kick off a new sermon series entitled "Word of Life." Erik will get us started by preaching on Acts 16: 1-5 and 1 Timothy 6:20-21. 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.

Prepping for UCI World Road Championships: UCI World Road Championships will be in Richmond September 19th through 27th. Please read this post for details on how City Church’s parking and traffic flow will be affected.

GATHER

Women’s Social: Come and join women from City Church on September 9th, 7-9pm, for an evening of drinks, snacks, and desserts! This will be a great evening to kick off the fall and spend time with new and old friends. Bring a drink or a snack to share! We’ll meet at Caitlin Wise’s home: 411 Chimborazo Boulevard. View the invite here.

Hope for People-Pleasers: Fearing Less, Loving More: One of the deepest, most common roots of our relational problems is the act of replacing God with people. Whether it is labeled peer pressure, people-pleasing, or need for attention and approval it is seen in how we overachieve, feel easily embarrassed, or get angry when are faults are exposed. This is a universal problem. This course examines those roots and outlines God’s antidote. Begins September 13th at the church in room 303 from 2:45-3:45pm for 6 weeks. Childcare available by request (please RSVP for childcare here). joshua@citychurchrva.com for info.

Women’s Fall Bible Studies: Our fall Bible studies begin September 14th and 16th, Monday evenings, 7:30-9pm OR Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:30am (childcare provided) . Please join us this fall as we study the book of Ephesians! In this letter, Paul writes of the amazing community that God has created among believers through Jesus and also encourages us to mature in our faith and life with Christ and one another. Please register using this form so we can plan for booklets and childcare.

Save the Date: City Church Harvest Party! City Church’s Annual Harvest Party is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd. We’ll meet out at Smithfield (the Rumrill family’s farm) to share a meal, play some games, and enjoy each other’s company. More details here!

Women’s Retreat: Our 2015 Fall Women’s Retreat will take place Saturday, November 7th through Sunday, November 8th at Wintergreen Resort. Courtney Thompson of RUF at UVA will be our speaker. Registration is already underway, and prices go up after September 18th, so don’t delay! Register for the retreat here. And please do NOT let cost prohibit your from attending; please contact Meg Haden (meg@citychurchrva.com) to discuss financial assistance if needed.

Hope in the Darkness & Destination Rest: On September 26th, Stony Point Presbyterian church will host a day of seminars taught by Meredith Spatola, LPC, of the Barnabas Center’s Charlotte office. The two seminars, “Hope in the Darkness” and “Destination Rest” will focus on depression and anxiety. The seminars are meant to be helpful to those struggling with depression and anxiety as well as the caregivers of those struggling. Cost is $50 for one seminar or $80 if you register for both. For more information–and to register–visit think link.

SERVE

Welcome, Baby Haden! Martha Carr "Marnie" Haden was born at 3:05am on Monday, September 7th, weighing in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces and measuring 21 inches long. We'll provide meals for Meg, Jon-Marc and proud big brother Chapin for the next several weeks as they adjust to life at home as a family of four. If you'd like to serve them in this way, visit takethemameal.com to sign up. The log-in is Haden and the password is Marnie.

Mercy & Justice Service Opportunities: We've got several service opportunities coming up over the next few months, including chances to work with CARITAS, Jobs for Life, and Randolph Community Center. For more details--and links to sign-up forms!--visit the Mercy & Justice page on the City Church website.