St. Giles News
27 November 2019
Keith's Inkling
No Wednesday Service or Dinner
Enjoy your Family & Friends!
This Sunday at St. Giles
Sunday, December 1
9:10 AM - Prayer (Prayer Room)
9:30 AM - Traditional Worship (Sanctuary )
9:30 AM- Adult Discipleship (Robins Room)
10:30 AM - Coffee & Fellowship (Common Grounds)
11 AM - Contemporary Worship (Patterson)
11 AM - Adult Discipleship (Upstairs Classroom)

Annual Thanksgiving Mission RVA Expansion Offering Dec. 1
Annual Thanksgiving Mission RVA Expansion Offering this Sunday
Support NEW unfunded Mission RVA Projects & Emerging needs of our Ministry partners --

Men’s Friday Gathering Pauses Till the New Year
Our weekly sunrise gathering of guys on Fridays will hit the pause button till January 10. The weekly discussion of parables will pick back up on January 10, at 6:30 a.m. Mark it down and set an early alarm!
Heart Song This Friday
December 6, 7 PM
We gather the first Friday of every month in Patterson from 7-8 PM. Come join us as we lift up songs of praise and follow the Spirit’s lead!
Highlights of the Session Meeting
The Session met November 25. Here are some highlights of their actions:
·          They approved getting a line of credit, should we need it, to make payments on the capital campaign. This may be needed, since the organ is going to be finished about a year earlier than anticipated, and thus full payment will be due sooner than we had anticipated – a nice problem! This will be done in conjunction with encouraging that pledged gifts to the campaign be given sooner than later, if possible.
·          Appointed the 2020 Budget Team.
·          Prayed for the Pastor Search Team.
Lynette Arrington & Curtis Bailey Invite you to Join them as they exchange Marriage Vows, Saturday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon at St. Giles Church.
Children's Garden Preschool Now Hiring Part-Time Lead Teacher
Children's Garden Preschool is looking for a 5 day lead teacher for the older two's and younger three's class. This is a part time position. (Monday-Friday 8:30-12:30) Applicants need to have a 4 year degree to apply. Please contact Susan Chester at   if interested.
Holiday Events at St. Giles
On WEDNESDAY, DECEMBEER 4 , join us for the annual decorating of the Chrismon Tree and the Kids' Clubhouse Players Christmas production! A delightful evening of dinner and festivities. Sign up for dinner on the Connection Card or call church office by Noon, Monday, December 2. More here
You won't want to miss this year's production by the Kids' Clubhouse Players! Join us Wednesday, December 4 for December Eve and the delightful musical, Flower of the Holy Night ! Sign up for dinner on the Connection Card or call church office by Noon, Monday, December 2.
Wreath Making Workshop THIS SATURDAY
December 7, 10 AM - 12 PM
Join us on December 7 from 10 am to 12 pm as Sue Mondeau from leads us in a wreath making workshop. Fresh greenery is provided from Tom Garnett's farm. You need only bring a wreath form (grapevine or metal) and ribbon for your bow (wired is best). Sue will provide paddle wire and clippers. You might also bring gloves as the greenery can sometimes be prickly. Bring a friend! Come join in the fun and fellowship. Be sure to sign up on the Connection Card or contact Patience in the church office. (There is no cost for this event).
Help us Celebrate Foster Families in Richmond!
Did you know there are thousands of children in Virginia in foster care, and there aren’t enough foster families to take them in? We are joining a coalition of churches to bring holiday cheer to local kids and their foster families by helping to host a party with gifts and activity stations!
Would you consider baking two to four dozen cookies so that we can help set up a cookie decorating station?

We want to provide 500 cookies! Cookies can be any plain variety and should be sturdy and ready for icing (circles and/or holiday cut-outs are welcome). Please deliver cookies in an airtight package to the church kitchen by Thursday December 12.

Tuesday, December 24
5 PM - Family Worship Service
10 PM - Candlelight Worship Service

Dec. 21, 5 PM

Bundle up the kiddos and grands!
Grab your flashlight! And join us!
Cookies for Cocoa Cookies & Carols - STARTS NOW
While you baking your BUTTERY, SPARKLY, SUGARY Christmas Cookies, why not bake an extra batch or two to share with our with our annual Cocoa Cookies & Carols crew on Saturday night, 12/21 . Bring to the church house anytime, BUT BE SURE TO MARK THEM "CAROLING."
STEP Christmas Store
December 7 - DUE 12/4
STEP is collecting donations of new, unwrapped children's gifts with original purchase price intact. Donations needed by Dec. 4 at Calhoun Center, 436 Calhoun St. (or bring to church office).
Gather. Create. Make.
Make Studio
Christmas Open House
December 14, 2-5 PM
Stop in throughout the day to create a gift , sip some hot chocolate or apple cider, shop vendors and MAKE!
Create hand made gifts for teachers, stocking stuffers,
“hard to buy for” people and unique gifts!

It's That Time of Year!
Poinsettias will once again grace the Chancel of the sanctuary for Christmas. Locally grown large-bloom pots are $11 and will be ordered Monday, December 9.
Sign up on the Connection Card, along with dedication. Pots are yours to pick up after service Christmas Eve.
2019 Advent Devotional
Available Now
Richard Haney of Frontier Fellowship has kindly made available to our St. Giles family his 2019 Advent Devotional. Follow along and explore some of the names of Jesus found throughout scripture, celebrating His embodiment of God’s grace that ushered in the dawn of a new Kingdom. 

Copies are located in the Narthex and around the Church House.
St. Giles Women
Glorious Christmas Nights
December 15, 2:30 PM
Ladies of the church this is for you. We have a few tickets to the West End Assembly of God's production, "Glorious Christmas Nights", for Sunday, December 15, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Several ladies from St. Giles are going. We'll return to church for a Christmas party at 5:00. If interested contact the church office. These tickets will go fast.
Women's Christmas Party
December 15, 5 PM
Please bring trays of sweets and savories to the Christmas Party, at 5 PM, following the West End play.
Contact Betsy Johnson and let her know what you're bringing, at

ALSO -- at 4 PM , Betsy could use some help setting up. Let her know if you can help. Help is also needed for cleanup.
First Thursday Book Club
December 5 - Crossroads
Join us at book club for a different kind of discussion. Sharing themes from special children's stories, as well as Christmas stories and poems will be a delightful way to begin Advent. At Crossroads Coffee (3600 Forest Hill Av., RVA.)
Tuesday, December 3
The Christmas Candle
Join us December 10, 10 a.m. for a festive showing of Max Lucado's The Christmas Candle and refreshments.
We'll finish up the last of our Unshakeable Hope series when we meet on December 3.

Grace Circle
Thursdays 10:30 AM

Designed for women to connect and do life together in a small group setting. Hosted by Alycia Greene and Heather Agnello. Meets in Man Cave. Childcare available upon request at
Student Ministry
Joint Youth Group Christmas Party - 12/13
Youth Group Christmas Party for Christ Pres, Community West and St. Giles Youth and friends. For details, Link to Facebook page here
Faith, Fun & Fellowship
Monday Morning Prayer for RVA, 6:30 AM
Join us Monday mornings in the Prayer Room from 6:30 to 7:15 AM for prayer focused on Metro Richmond.
God guides us as we cover our city in prayer. What an incredible blessing:
starting the week by praying for others and soaking in the Lord’s presence! 
Come join in.
(Photo: Bill Draper Photography)
Common Grounds Gallery - On Display Now
The artists exhibiting in our gallery are David Robatin and Alonsa Riddle. The exhibit, featuring acrylic paintings, will be on display through the first week of January.This exhibit features how making and viewing art can aid in emotional and spiritual healing. 
No Open Fellowship in November
There will be no Open Fellowship meal for the month of November. Open Fellowship is held on the third Thursday of every month, but this month the organizers would like to encourage those who usually attend to participate in some of the planned holiday festivities going on at St. Giles. Take a look at events posted on the e-news and enjoy the season!
Kids & Family
No Kids' Clubhouse TONIGHT!
Join us Wednesday, December 4 for our 6:30 PM performance!

Adult Discipleship

Sunday Morning 11 AM
James Anderson is teaching from Psalm 23.

Meets in upstairs Adult
Discipleship Classroom.
Sunday Morning 9:30 "True Stories of the Miracles of Azusa Street and Beyond" by Tommy Welcher.
Live-Streaming Bible Study and Worship

One of our newer ministries is live streaming our worship services and some of our classes. If you’d like to check it out, use this link to our YouTube channel. We’re doing it simply – no fancy sound or cameras. But works to bring you the basics. If you don’t click on during the actual live stream hours, Sundays at 9:30 or 11:00, know that the videos are saved on our YouTube channel page, along with Pastor Keith’s video blogs. Find us at: