Announcements, 9.17.14

PREPARE & CONNECT

This Week's Sermon: Erik will continue our series on John with a sermon on John 13:21-38. We invite you to read ahead as a way to prepare yourself for the service.

City Groups: City Church is not a church with small groups, but a church of small groups. At City Church, we call these groups City Groups. City Groups are a place where we are known and loved, and also a place from which we are sent out into the world. Most City Groups are starting up this week, so if you’d like to learn more or get connected, email John at john@citychurchrva.com.

Registering for Common Good RVA: Common Good RVA is two-part conference exploring how we can work for the common good of Richmond in our everyday jobs and lives. We'll meet first on the evening of Friday, October 3rd at the Virginia Historical Society for a public exploration of the common good. On Saturday, October 4th, at the Early Center at Union Seminary, we'll take a deeper dive into faith, vocation, neighborhood, and vocation, with attendees taking part in one of seven tracks:

1. Discovering vocation 2. Learning 3. Justice 4. Healing 5. Design 6. Wealth 7. Message

Both events will feature local speakers as well as Skye Jethani, Executive Editor of Leadership Journal and author of Futureville. Tickets are $20 for Friday only (includes a performance from No BS! Brass and a post-even reception); $30 for Saturday only; and $45 for Friday and Saturday (Saturday tickets also include the cost of a boxed lunch). For more information--and to register--vist commongoodrva.com.

GATHER

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, September 18th, 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.)

Christian Education: This Fall, we will be offering two Adult Christian Education classes. Getting Jesus Wrong (and Right) (9/21-10/26) will be a study on early church heresies and their relevance for our worship today. The Art of Neighboring (11/2-11/23) will be a workshop geared towards best practices for loving our neighbors. These classes will meet on Sundays from 2:30-3:30pm in room 303 at Grace Covenant. Email john@citychurchrva.com with questions.

Save the Date: City Church Harvest Party! City Church's Annual Harvest Party is scheduled for Saturday, October 25th. We’ll meet out at Smithfield (the Rumrill family's farm) to share a meal, play some games, and enjoy each other’s company. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details!

Save the Date: Women's Retreat! Please save the date for the Fall Women’s Retreat, Saturday and Sunday, November 8th and 9th, at Roslyn Retreat Center here in Richmond (www.roslyncenter.org). This will be a wonderful time to be with old and new friends and develop community with other women at City Church. Our speaker will be Paula Rinehart, a counselor and author of Strong Women, Soft Hearts and Better Than My Dreams. Registration coming soon! Contact Meg Haden with questions at meg@citychurchrva.com.

SERVE

Volunteer Opportunities: We are in the process of putting together the October-January volunteer rotation. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available--nursery, music, welcome team, baking communion bread, etc.--for those interested in serving City Church in a practical way during our services. If you'd like to volunteer in some way, please contact Val Catrow at val@citychurchrva.com.

Helping Without Hurting: This one-day event offers a gospel-centered approach to poverty alleviation, looking at the spiritual, financial, and social challenges of the poor. You can watch a brief video about it here: http://vimeo.com/29984656. It will be held on October 11th in McLean, VA and the cost is $45. (If needed, please don’t hesitate to ask for financial assistance.) For more information or to register, please contact Liz Crim (liz.crim@gmail.com).