Announcements, 12.12.12

This week’s sermon text: This Sunday (the third Sunday of Advent) Erik will preach on Acts 25:1-27. We invite you to read ahead to help prepare yourself for this week’s sermon. *COMING UP THIS WEEK*

Randolph Place Caroling & Crafts (and donuts!) Join us THIS SATURDAY (December 15th) for a family-friendly morning of caroling and visiting with residents of RandolphPlace, 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!

Loaves & Fishes on Sunday: Our next opportunity to prepare and serve a meal for those who need it will be on Sunday, December 16th. We’ll meet at the Conrad Center (1400 Oliver Hill Way) from 11am to 2pm. If you’re interested in helping out, please contact Erik Bonkovsky at

Parking on Sunday: We will not have access to the parking deck on December 16th and 24th. There should be plent of on-street parking available, but please plan accordingly.


A Message for Parents of Young Kids: Just a reminder that this is the time of year when we see an increase in colds and stomach bugs. If your child has recently been sick, we ask that you please err on the side of caution when deciding whether he/she is healthy enough to stay in the nursery or take part in Children's Worship during the service. While we love seeing and caring for the kids, we need to do all we can to avoid exposing them (and our volunteers) to illness. If you have questions or concerns about this, please contact Jennifer Murphy at

Caroling with Grace Covenant: The members of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church have invited us to join them for an evening of caroling in the Fan on Friday, December 21st. We'll meet at Brian Baird's house at 6pm for snacks and drinks. Caroling will start at around 6:30 and last about an hour. Please bring a small dish or appetizer to share. Contact Brian with questions at

Christmas Eve Services (Readers needed!): We will host two services on Christmas Eve at Beth Ahabah: one at 4pm and one at 11pm. The 4pm service is “family-friendly” and will feature readings by some of City Church’s younger attendees. The 11pm service will included lessons, carols, and communion. There will be no nursery care or Children’s Worship during our Christmas Eve services, but please feel free to bring the whole family — we would love to celebrate and worship with you all.

**Also: we are need of readers to take part in the 11pm service. If you're interested in taking part, please contact Erik at**

Three More Days for CommonGoodRVA Reduced Rate! 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 through December 15th; the price then goes up to $55.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


City Church Basics: Our next session of City Church Basics will take place on January 11th and 12th. 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 session, get in touch with Val at If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erik at


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