Announcements 1.22.14


This Week’s Sermon: This week Erik will preach on John 5:17-30. We invite you to read ahead to help prepare yourself for this week’s sermon.

Heat at Grace Covenant: As Grace Covenant undergoes the process of installing a new boiler, the heating situation there is a bit unpredictable. Please be sure to dress warmly on Sunday, just in case it's still chilly in the sanctuary.

Prayer Tomorrow: At City Church we strive to be a community of prayer: dependent on God for His purpose, protection, and provision. Please join us tomorrow, January 23rd, at 7am to pray for individual needs, City Church, and for the city of Richmond. We’ll be meeting this week at the Church office, 3rd floor at Grace Covenant. Enter in the back entrance of building. Hope to see you there. (City Church prayer takes place every other Thursday.)

Grief Observed: Death is something we will all experience, but it’s difficult to accept and process – sometimes especially as Christians. How can we best support each other, Biblically equip ourselves against the pitfalls of grief, and help the church better engage with grievers? Over 3 Sunday mornings starting January 26th, Grief Observed will provide the framework for us to start answering those questions. Anyone is welcome. Please email Meg Haden,, to sign up and learn more.

Mercy Fund on Sunday: We will take up a special mercy fund offering at Sunday’s service, as we always do on the last Sunday of the month. Whatever is given will be kept separate from our general budget and will be used to aid those in our congregation, and in our community, who have emergency needs. Please prayerfully consider what you might give.


Volunteer Schedule: The volunteer schedule for February through May is now available. Please review the schedule thoroughly and mark your calendars as needed. We have done our best to avoid any scheduling conflicts, but if one does come up, please make sure to recruit someone from your team to substitute for you and/or contact your team leader to let him/her know of the switch. As always, thank you for being so generous with your time and gifts as we all work together to serve City Church!

Update from Jennifer Disse: Please take a moment to read this update from Jennifer Disse, City Church member and missionary serving with World Harvest Mission--she's got some big changes coming up.


Women’s Bible Studies: Women’s Bible study will continue on Monday evenings at 7:30pm and Wednesday mornings at 9:30am beginning Monday, January 27th and Wednesday, January 29th; both studies will meet at Grace Covenant. This spring we will study the book of Proverbs together. Sign up online using this link. Contact Meg Haden ( with any questions.

Women’s Ministry Leadership Team Training: This winter/spring, we will have women’s ministry leadership training–one Tuesday evening a month for 4 months. These meetings will be a time for us to share and learn together about leadership/service generally and how we can love and serve women at City Church specifically. This training will be a prerequisite for being a part of the women’s leadership team. Meetings will take place from 7:30-9pm on January 28th, February 25th, March 25th, and April 29th. Contact Meg Haden ( if you are interested.

Barnabas Training Basic: The Barnabas Center, a counseling center that City Church supports financially and through prayer, will host a training class entitled “Becoming a Better Spiritual Friend” on February 1st at West End Presbyterian Church (9008 Quioccasin Road). This biblically based seminar helps you understand others by gaining a biblical understanding of your own heart. It includes lectures and an interactive small group experience, plus reflective time to practically apply principles to one real-life friendship. Barnabas Training Basic forms the foundation for those who want further training in caring for others. The cost is $110. The training will be from 9am to 4pm with lunch out on your own. For more information (and to register), visit this link.

Mercy Ministry Conference (deadline extended): Members of the City Church diaconate will be headed to the 2014 Mercy Ministry Conference in Washington D.C from March 20th through 22nd and we’d love to anyone who is interested join us!  The cost will be $200 (all inclusive). Please email if interested by January 31st (this is a change). Financial support is available upon request.

February Session Meeting: February’s session meeting will take place the evening of Sunday, February 9th. If you have any questions, concerns, or prayer requests you’d like addressed at this meeting, please contact Erik at

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