Announcements, 3.16.16

Quite a bit going on over the next couple of weeks...

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Care Needed for Mabel on Thursday and Friday: After an extended stay at a care facility following a fall, Mabel, mother of City Church member Jane Marshall, is back at home. While Mabel does have in-home health care, we would love for her to have daytime companionship while Jane is at work tomorrow and Friday. If you are able to give any of your time over the next couple of days to our sweet friend Mabel, visit this link to sign up. Please contact Hillary Bleckley (hillary.bleckley@gmail.com) with questions. Thank you!

PREPARE & CONNECT

This Week’s Sermon: Erik will preach on Genesis 4:8-16 this week. We invite you to read ahead as a way to prepare for Sunday’s service.

Caring for the Vaughans: For continued updates on how Rosalie Vaughan is doing with her treatment–and for ways we can all help care for her and her family–make sure to visit her CaringBridge site: www.caringbridge.org/visit/rosalievaughan. You will need to register with the site to see updates. Thank you for your continued prayer and support for the Vaughans!

Women’s Leadership Team Meeting If you would like to learn more and/or participate in the women’s ministry leadership team, please join us for a meeting on Thursday evening, March 24, at 7:30pm at Meg Haden’s house (2317 Maplewood Avenue, 23220). We will discuss vision, ministry teams, and ways to care for and connect with women in our church. Attendance at this meeting does not require you to be a part of the leadership team—please come to learn more! Contact Meg Haden with any questions (meg@citychurchrva.com).

Finances & Faith: Our next Christian Formation class is a 3 week look at how to practically manage our money. Taught by church members with experience in finance, come to learn skills in planning, debt reduction, and achieving long term goals. April 3rd, 10th, and 17th in Room 301 AFTER church from 5:45-6:45. Dinner provided. RSVP to val@citychurchrva.com. Questions? Contact joshua@citychurchrva.com. For more details on this course, check out the City Church website.

GATHER

Men's Overnight: The 2016 Men’s Overnight will take place from noon on Saturday, April 23rd, to noon on Sunday, April 24th, 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. Use this link to register. Questions? Contact Frank Allen (frank.allen@richmond.edu).

Common Good RVA Pursuing Justice Panel: On Wednesday, March 23rd at 7:30pm Justice Mims of the Virginia Supreme Court along with a panel of Richmonders will offer their insights and experiences on what it means to pursue justice – in our lives, in our vocations, and in our city. It is a free event. RVSPs are not necessary, but appreciated. We'll meet on the 18th floor at the McGuire Woods offices. More info here.

Easter Event: On Saturday, March 26th, at 4pm, we’ll meet at Forest Hill Park to share a meal. The event will include kid-friendly activities and an Easter Egg Hunt. It’s a great opportunity for inviting friends and neighbors to learn more about why Christians celebrate Easter (here’s a PDF invitation we encourage you to share). ALL ARE WELCOME! If you are able to sign up to bring a dish to share, please use this link to do so. Thank you!

Good Friday Service: Join us on March 25th, at 7pm, at Grace Covenant for a Good Friday Service. The Good Friday service is a somber service of Lessons and Songs to help us mark the Passion of Jesus Christ our Lord. This service will be held in partnership with Grace Community Presbyterian Church and the Northside Church of Richmond.

Toast 2 Life: The East End Pregnancy Test & Help Center (eastendpreg.org) is hosting its fifth annual Toast to Life on Saturday, April 16th 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, live music, 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).

Elijah House Academy (EHA) Banquet: EHA is a Christ-centered K through 12 urban school community that cultivates the hearts, minds, and bodies of our city’s children for God’s glory and Richmond’s flourishing. City Church partners with EHA and is hosting a table at their annual outdoor banquet on Thursday, May 19th from 6pm to 8pm. Please email Barrett Clark (bclark@ivyventures.com) or Joshua Earman (joshua@citychurchrva.com) if you would like to attend.

SERVE

Welcome, Baby Crawford! Palmer Copeland Crawford was born today, March 16th, at 10:38am. Palmer weighed in at 9 pounds, 5 ounces and was 22 inches long. We'll provide meals for Caley, Andy, Harry, and Annie for several weeks as they adjust to life as a family of five. If you're interested in serving them in this way, visit takethemameal.com. The log-in and password are 'Crawfords' -- that's with an s. Contact Brianne Baudean (briannebaudean@gmail.com).

Painting Day: We are in the process of renovating room 303 (the space where we hold most meetings and Bible studies). Painting day is the morning of March 19th, and we need some volunteers! If you’re able to help out, please email David Boyce at davidboyce11@gmail.com.

Good Friday Blood Drive: City Church will partner with Grace Covenant and other churches in Stuart Circle to host a blood drive on Good Friday (March 25th) from 9:30am to 3:30pm. The blood drive will take place in the Fellowship Hall of Grace Covenant. To sign up to donate, please visit redcrossblood.org and search for “goodfriday”. We are also in need of volunteers to manage the registration table; volunteers will serve in two-hour windows: 9:30-11:30, 11:30-1:30, and 1:30-3:30. If you are interested in/able to volunteer, please contact Mary Conkright at mary.conkright@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 17th from 1pm-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 13th. Childcare will be provided if needed.

Meals for City Church Families: We are currently providing meals for a few other City Church families as well: Grant, Tracye, and Ethan Woodfin; Jane and Mabel Marshall; Blake, Lindsey, and Calum Stack; Annet and Jake Lyell; Katie and Jeff Palmore; and Genevieve and Brew Embler. If you’re interested in providing meals for these families, please visit takethemameal.com and use the family’s last name as the log-in and password.

ANOTHER 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=BPM16_twt_invite_returning