Announcements, 11.21.12

This week’s sermon text: On Sunday John will preach on Romans 13:8-10. We invite you to read ahead to help prepare yourself for this week’s sermon. *COMING UP THIS WEEK*

Mercy Fund: As this Sunday is the last Sunday of the month, we will be taking contributions to our Mercy Fund. The Mercy Fund is kept separate from our regular budget and is used to provide financial support to members of our congregation and community who are in need. Please prayerfully consider what you might be willing to contribute.


Update on Tucker Sibiga: Tommy and Ellie Sibiga recently learned that Tucker's transfer from the NICU at Henrico Doctors Hospital up to Boston Children’s Hospital (originally scheduled for Monday the 26th) has been postoned due to some ongoing challenges with Tucker's lungs. We ask you to pray for Tucker's health, his doctors, and for Tommy and Ellie as they continue on this journey with their baby boy. We will continue to collect gift cards for food, gas, and groceries to lighten their financial load during Tucker's stay in the NICU here in town and for when he eventually gets transfered to Boston. If you have a gift card you’d like to contribute, please pass them along to Caley Crawford or leave them in the offering basket at church. If you’d like to make a financial contribution to Tommy and Ellie directly, you can do so via PayPal on their blog:

City Church Christmas Open House: We will be holding a Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 8th from 7pm to 10pm at the home of Brian and Julie Kastelein. Please an appetizer or dessert to share. This is an open house, so bring your dish whenever you plan to come. All are welcome, and we hope to see you there!

Randolph Place Caroling & Crafts (and donuts!) Join us on Saturday, December 15th for a family-friendly morning of caroling and visiting with residents of Randolph Place, a senior housing community in the Byrd Park/Randolph area. We will be meeting at the Bonkovskys’ home at 9am for donuts before we head over. We will also be working on a small craft with the residents. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Murphy at All are welcome!

Nursery Volunteers Needed: As City Church continues to grow, so does our need for volunteers to serve in the church nursery and help care for the youngest members of our church family. We are still in need of about 12 additional volunteers to achieve our goal of opening a third childcare room (one for infants, one for sitters/crawlers, and one for toddlers) starting in January. If you're interested in serving City Church in this way, or have questions about what working in the nursery involves, please contact Valerie Catrow at

Update on Young Life Capernaum: Lauren Sharp put together a great update for the City church website on the work being done through Young Life Capenaum, a ministry dedicated to sharing the gospel and building relationships with kids and young adults with disabilities. Please take a minute to read it to find out more about how this ministry continues to grow in Richmond (and how you can be a part of it).


Register for Early Childhood Seminar: Registration is now open for “Early Childhood: The Apprenticeship of Being Human”. Graham Scharf will join us to lead two 45-minute talks. The first presentation will focus on love, language, and literature as keys to producing character in children. The second will focus on the topic of story and its role in shaping virtue. He will cover both theory and practice, talking about the importance of early childhood, while also emphasizing grace. The seminar will take place on Saturday, December 8th from 8:45 to noon at All Saints Reformed Presbyterian Church (3000 Grove Avenue). Childcare is available at $10 per chid (maximum of $20 per family). To register for the seminar: please click here (and feel free to pass the link along to anyone you think might be interested!)

CommonGoodRVA: CommonGoodRVA is a two-day conference focused on helping Christians exercise vocational stewardship for the common good of Richmond. During this conference we’ll explore what it means to see our everyday work as a meaningful part of our Christian calling. The conference will take place on Friday, January 18th (7-9:30pm) and Saturday, January 19th (9am to 3pm) at The Early Center at Union Presbyterian Seminary. The registration fee is $40 for the month of November; it will increase to $55 on December 1st. There are 200 spots available and it is expected to sell out, so please register as soon as you can! To learn more about CommonGoodRVA and to register, visit

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

[1] Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! [2] Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! [3] Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. [4] Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! [5] For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100)


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