City Church Announcements, 11.3.09

All new announcements this week. Take a look... Cry of the Orphan Simulcast, 11/8, 6:45 to 9pm All are invited to take part in the Cry of the Orphan Simulcast this Sunday at West End Presbyterian Church (9008 Quioccasin Road). The simulcast will take place in WEPC Chapel (back right corner main floor) and children are welcome. For more details on the simulcast, visit http://www.orphansunday.org/concert.

Loaves & Fishes, 11/15, 11am to 2pm Our monthly opportunity to serve at Loaves & Fishes is Sunday, November 15th. We will be meeting at the Conrad Center (1400 Oliver Hill Way) to prepare and serve a meal to those who need it. Please plan on staying from 11am until around 2pm. If you're interested in helping, please RSVP to Kira Disse at kmdisse [at] gmail.com.

Microloans & Microbrews, 11/23, 6pm to 7:30pm Join us for drinks and appetizers and learn how communities around the world are being transformed through microfinance and the work of HOPE International. The event will take place at Capital Ale House (623 E. Main Street) and includes a $20 cover charge. Cover charge includes 2 drink tickets and appetizers. See the flyer (Microbrews_for_Microloans) for details. Please RSVP by November 19th to Adrianne Thompson at athompson [at] hopeinternational.org. Richmond Missions Trip, 12/11-12/13 City Church of Richmond is taking a weekend missions trip in Highland Park on December 11-13th! As we cross geographic, economic and social lines in our city, our hope is to serve the community in the name of Jesus, learn from others who bear God’s image, and partner with local ministries in the neighborhood. Join us as we work alongside the Northside outreach center, Boaz and Ruth, and Grace Community Outreach Church! The trip will cost $25 and will have limited spots. Contact Matt Fisher (mattmoment [at] gmail.com) to sign up.

City Church Flickr account! It's a work in progress, but a few photos have already been uploaded. Feel free to take a look at them here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/citychurchrva/

We invite all of you to share your photos featuring City Church and church-related events with the City Church Flickr group (found here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1272833@N21/). Not only will this tool help to develop a continually updating gallery of photos from City Church life, but hopefully it will also generate photos to be used for the City Church website redesign (with your permission of course.)

If you have questions about this or how to use Flickr, contact Val (val [at] citychurchrva.com).

Have a great week! -- Valerie Catrow Administrator City Church of Richmond

workin' for the weekend

Here are some photos from our most recent service project, a workday at William Byrd Community House in Oregon Hill.  We re-mulched the playgrounds and re-sanded the sandboxes, trimmed unwanted vegetation, and just cleaned up in general around their grounds. Besides a lot of work, there was a lot of laughter and good conversation happening.  We'd love to have you at one of our upcoming service events, so keep your eyes on the announcements in our church bulletin or email us at outreach [at] citychurchrva.com to see how you can get involved.

Coffee for Light in Africa

As we have announced over the past few weeks, during the month of June Blanchard's Coffee will roast a special Tanzanian Peaberry coffee. This bright and hopeful roasted coffee will cost $15/pound (whole bean or ground) and $10 from every pound will go directly to Light in Africa (the organization in Tanzania that Jake Lyell works with). Please consider buying some of the coffee and encouraging others (friends, neighbors, coworkers) to do the same. Coffee will be available for sale at worship services throughout June. We will also sell the coffee at the James River Market on Saturday mornings in June. If you can help out by selling coffee either June 6th or June 27th please let Erik know (erik [at] citychurchrva.com). Or, if you can stop by the market and say hello to those of us who are manning the coffee table that would be great to.

A postcard describing the fundraiser (and designed by Haley Hollenbach) is here.

And we encourage you to check out the following websites: www.lightinafrica.org www.jakelyell.com/blog www.blanchardscoffee.com

Valerie Catrow Administrator City Church of Richmond val [at] citychurchrva.com

Mercy and Justice survey

Our Mercy and Justice team is conducting a survey over the next couple weeks in order to research and explore different ministry options that we might want to pursue as a church. If you weren't at church on Sunday February 8 to take the handwritten survey, we've put a version up online. It's very short and should only take you a couple minutes.

Click here to take the survey.

This week at FSC, 1.20.09.

FSC, Here are your announcements for this week...

1. January 25 - Vespers Beginning this month, we will be gathering on the last Sunday of the month for FSC Vespers - an evening for friendship, prayer, and worship. After church on Sunday January 25th, please plan on staying for a potluck dinner and a time of prayer together. We'll divide up the meal as follows: Last names A-F -- Main dish Last names G-N -- Side dish Last names O-T -- Dessert Last names U-Z -- Drinks

2. Mercy Fund As this coming Sunday (the 25th) is the last Sunday of the month, we will be collecting for our mercy fund. The mercy fund is kept separate from our general budget and is used to provide financial support to members of our congregation and community when in need. Please be prayerful about contributing to this fund.

3. Central Virginia Food Bank Collection For the next two weeks, we will be taking collections for the Central Virginia Food Bank. Please bring canned and/or dry goods to church with you! Some possible items include pasta, peanut butter, and canned meats.

4. Meals for the Worthingtons Anne and Phillip Worthington are expecting a baby on January 28th! Jennifer Walker will be coordinating meals to be delivered to their home once the baby comes. If you are interested in helping, please contact Jennifer at 804-516-8278 or jennifer.p.walker [at] gmail.com. This is a wonderful opportunity to be of support to them as they adjust to having the baby at home, so please consider helping out.

5. Women's Getaway There is a women's getaway scheduled for the first weekend in March. Stay tuned for updates and more information!

Have a wonderful week!

-Val --

Valerie Catrow Administrator Franklin Street Community

This week at FSC, 1.13.09.

Hey FSC, Lots of exciting things going on... 1. Mid-month prayer -- TOMORROW January 14 All are invited to take part in FSC's mid-month prayer on Wednesday, January 14th (that's tomorrow!) from 6:30am to 8am at Erik's office (1205 W. Main Street, Suite 211). Please think about coming out to spend time in prayer for FSC and our city.

2. Loaves & Fishes -- January 18 Our chance to serve at Loaves & Fishes for the month is Sunday, January 18th. We will be meeting at the Conrad Center (1400 Oliver Hill Way) at 11am to prepare and serve a meal to those who need it. Clean up is usually complete by 2pm. If you're interested in taking part, please contact Kira at kmdisse [at] gmail.com.

3. FSC Vespers -- starting January 25 Beginning this month, we will be gathering on the last Sunday of the month for FSC Vespers--an evening time for friendship, prayer, worship. After church on Sunday, January 25th, please plan on staying for a potluck dinner and a time of prayer together. We'll divide up the meal as follows:

Last names A-F please bring a main dish Last names G-N please bring a side dish Last names O-T please bring a dessert Last names U-Z please bring drinks*

*Those of you not following into this part of the alphabet are also welcome to bring drinks should you have the desire, as our distribution of U-Z names might be a bit low.

4. Prayer & Fasting for RVA Please join us and 10 other churches for a month of prayer and fasting for our city. Contact Erik (erik [at] franklinstreet.net) for more on this if you have questions.

5.  Central Virginia Food Bank For the next three weeks, we will be taking collections for the Central Virginia Food Bank. Please bring canned and dry goods to church with you! They are always in need of things like peanut butter, canned meat, and pasta.

6. Volunteer Rotation The volunteer rotation for our Sunday services for January-March is posted on the FSC website here. You can also just visit the site (franklinstreet.net) and click on the volunteer rotation tab. Keep in mind that as things come up, certain volunteers might be switched around, so be sure to keep checking the web site for the most up-to-date information. If you have questions about the rotation (or would like to volunteer for a position) please let me know!

Have a great week!


Valerie Catrow FSC Administrator valerie.catrow [at] gmail.com  | val [at] franklinstreet.net

Fan Feast

Hey everyone,
Here's an addendum to the announcements for this week:
FAN Feast.
Tabernacle Baptist Church (at Grove and Meadow) is hosting a Thanksgiving Meal tomorrow, Saturday the 22nd, from 12-2. The meal is for friends, neighbors, the hungry, and the homeless from around the Fan. They've invited folks from FSC to join them in the relational ministry of sharing a meal and sharing conversation with the people who come. They don't need help preparing or serving, but they'd love for us to join them in eating with the guests who show up. Volunteers can meet at the church at 11:30 to pray.

Loaves & Fishes this Sunday!

More info from Valerie on Loaves & Fishes this Sunday is below.  Loaves & Fishes is a great way to serve our community by ministering to the most basic need: food.  Also, it's surprisingly fun! FSC,

This Sunday (June 15th) is our day to serve the hungry at Loaves & Fishes at the Conrad Center, and we desperately need people to come and help. There has been a shortage of volunteers the last few sessions - if we don't have volunteers, we can't serve these people in the way they deserve.

Currently we have no one signed up to attend this week's session. Please consider donating some of your time this Sunday to help with this outreach effort.

Here are the details:

Sunday June 15th 11-1:30 Conrad Center 1400 Oliver Hill Way

If you need directions or a ride, please let me know - we don't want that to keep you from coming. If can help out, please contact Kira Disse at kmdisse [at] gmail.com

So please sign up. Bring friends! It's a really great opportunity to not only fellowship with the people you go to church with, but to also serve the community.

Thanks, Val

Christmas Tree Lot a success

Did we sell some trees or what! Well, we didn't sell too many, but we had a great time hanging out and raising money for a great cause, Good Samaritan Ministries, which is buying loads of Christmas presents for needy families this Christmas. If you haven't bought a tree this year, get over to the corner of Cox & Broad in the 7-11 parking lot. That's where Good Samaritan will be set up selling trees on Thursday and Friday, December 20th and 21st. The trees are beautiful, fresh-cut Frasier Firs, and they're tax deductible, which is a huge discount! Plus, the trees are much better than the dead ones for sale at Home Depot (tag: boring).





Christmas Tree Lot Volunteering

Our next service opportunity is coming up on Friday, December 14th from 3pm until 9pm. We will be working with the folks at Good Samaritan running a Christmas tree lot in Innsbrook. The money raised from sales will go to purchase Christmas presents for 50-60 low income kids from Richmond subsidized housing.

We need lots of volunteers. We'll be in charge of the whole operation, from helping customers select trees, taking payment, and making the experience cheerful and friendly. We'll also need a few folks to help carry the trees and put them in customers' cars.

If you can stay the whole 6 hours from 3-9, that's great. If you can only make if for part of the time, that's great too.

If you're interested in helping, please contact Sean via email.

Loaves & Fishes + Some Church Fun

Our resident photographer, Jake Lyell, took some great pictures this past Sunday. Take a look...Georgia and her little one get ready to start cooking the meal for Loaves & Fishes.

Jenny loves to stir gravy!!!

Zach tests out the mashed potatoes.

Serving the folks.

Practicing before the service.

Don't let the scruff and tattoos fool you. These guys love to hug.

Kira is an excellent greeter. And, I mean, she's super cute, too.

The Catrows love church.

Mr. Bonkovsky doin' his thang.

Another little one.

Jesse and Benj chatting it up after the service.

Thanks to Jake for the great pictures. You can see the rest by going here.

Gilpin Games Recap

The Gilpin Games were a tremendous success. We set out to put on an afternoon sports camp for kids, and it turned into a day of fun, food, and a surprise at the end. It was a blessing for everyone. The day started around 11 when kids began filing into the field across from Gilpin. They were organized into age groups and rotated through 30-minute sport sessions where they got instruction and coaching on how to play. It was an extremely hot day in the 90s, but we came armed with water to beat the heat.

We had a wide array of sports offerings. Of course there were the standards - football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, kickball. However, having a diverse set of volunteers allowed us to teach new sports to the kids. Two tennis instructors came armed with a bucket full of balls and tennis rackets for everyone, which was quite a surprise; many of the kids had never played tennis before. However, they picked it up quickly.

Phoebe taught some dancing moves, which turned into a dance-off. Everyone was having a blast dancing to the music, combining dance steps from all genres. There were definitely some naturals.

Dancing was definitely the most labor intensive activity. To beat the heat, kids hung out under the shelter, which provided shade while allowing the breeze to blow through. Plus, the most popular station was right nearby - the water station.

For lunch we served Chic-fil-a with waters and juice boxes. Probably not the healthiest meal, but the kids loved it. Who doesn't love Chic-fil-a?

We wrapped up the day with a special surprise... school supplies for everyone that attended. Shari did a lot of work lining up donations before the event, and it paid off in the end when every attendee got as many school supplies as they could carry. While the kids probably weren't looking forward to going back to school, they sure liked showing off their new backpacks.

photos by Jessee Caleb

Reminder: Feeding The Homeless This Sunday

This Sunday, Franklin Street Community will be serving Richmond's homeless population as part of "Loaves and Fishes" at the Conrad Center (1400 Oliver Hill Way) from 11 am to 2 pm. Churches from the Richmond area handle preparing and serving food to the city's homeless population at the Conrad Center, and we handle lunch on the third Sunday of each month. Typically about 25 men and women (and sometimes children) show up and bring a huge appetite. They usually eat about 60 meals-worth of food.

We've become much more efficient in how we split tasks and prepare the food and have become a well-oiled machine with great teamwork. We've also tweaked the menu to cater to the likes and dislikes of our patrons. For instance, salads are rarely touched. Both a vegetable medley of tomatoes and cucumbers with Italian dressing and cooked corn and lima beans are much preferred.

We've been so fortunate as to serve the poorest of Richmond, because although they may not have much money, they're certainly not poor in spirit. We've learned a lot from the experiences, and have hopefully shared the love of Christ. While it's initially uncomfortable, there's no better way to reach the homeless than getting out there and sitting and sharing a meal with them.

We'd love to have you join us - see you at 11 am.

Put Your Sunday Where Your Mouth Is...

If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?

James 2:16 Every third Sunday, FSC goes down to the Conrad Center on Oliver Hill Way to participate in Loaves and Fishes. We always have a great time and it's an awesome way to get to know the community and those you worship with.

In case you're not familiar with it, Loaves and Fishes is run by a group of churches who each take over one Sunday a month to provide a hot lunch to those who need it. FSC started out by participating in Stony Point Church's Sunday, but we've managed to take ownership of our own week and we are almost self-sufficient at this point.

Our next date for Loaves and Fishes is September 16th. We meet at the Conrad Center at 10:45. Lunch is served at 12:30 and clean up is usually finished by 2:00. If you're interested in more details, want to help, need a ride, let us know.

Keep James's words in mind - a pretty strong call to action, I'd say.

P.S. Whenever we read from James in church and the pastor says, "What James is teaching is that..." I always laugh because when I hear the name James, I automatically think of James Murphy and imagine him scribbling down all of his ancient wisdom onto piles and piles of parchment paper. And now you ALL will be thinking of that, too. Here's a picture of him. That will further ingrain his image into your mind: Here he is enjoying some kind of stew, I believe. Doesn't he look warm and well fed? Totally goes with the verse.