9 JANUARY 2019
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Winter Life Groups Now Forming
As the new year launches it's time for another round of Life Groups. 

What are Life Groups?  Ask seasoned disciples what helped form their life with Christ, and almost always you'll hear about a small group of some sort.  Life Groups are our plan for such small groups.  There's something about a small circle of Christian friends that really boosts our growth in Christ. 

Jesus thought so.  He interacted with great multitudes, but he really "did life" with a dozen.  And when we do life with a dozen or so we can count on Jesus adding his life to our group!  In fact, that's why we use "Life Groups" as the name for our small groups.  There's a group here at St. Giles for you to do life with!

We're launching a new round of Life Groups now.  They'll run through January and February, with another round beginning with Lent. 

Here are the leaders and times available for you to sign up:
  •       Matt & Lindsay Sherrard: Sundays, 5:30 PM, 907 Ashbrook Landing
  •       Keith and Sarah Hill:  Sundays, 7 PM 4604 Grove Ave.
  •       Heather Agnello & Alycia Greene: Thursdays, 10 AM at the church
  •       LynneChambers:  Thursdays 7 PM, 1211 Santa Anna Rd
  •       Dick Parkinson:  Fridays, 6:30 PM, Hathaway Tower
Sign up sheets are available after worship, or you can mark your desire on the Connection Card.

Sunday Adult Discipleship Classes
Happening Now...

9:30 AM class will feature the Dallas Willard video series "Hearing God."  This series will be presented from January 6 through February 10 and meets in the Robins Room.
11 AM class will feature the stories of Abraham from Genesis, taught by Ross Anderson and Nathaniel Lyle.  This class will run from January 6 to the end of March. Class meets in the Adult Classroom upstairs in the Church House.

God's Ancient Modern Word For You: 
The Prophet Isaiah Speaks
Wednesdays Starting January 9

What could an ancient (2700 years old!) prophecy possibly have to do with modern day you? Come and see, as we hear what God spoke then and speaks now through the prophet Isaiah. We'll gather on Wednesdays, January 9 to April 10. 

Come for dinner if you'd like at 5:45 PM, and Keith will lead our class, from 6:30 to 7:30. The Lord has something to say, and we'll listen  together!

Wednesday Night Dinners -- It's Different Now!!            

Wednesday Night Dinners are now ordered in advance with an outside caterer. Reservations are REQUIRED by NOON MONDAYS

You may sign up on Connection Card the previous Sunday or call the church office by NOON MONDAY.

If you do not have a dinner reservation on Wednesday night and wish to have dinner, please wait until all reserved meals are served to learn if we are able to accommodate you. 

Call the office by Tuesday should you need to cancel your reservation or standing reservation, as we are required to pay for all meals ordered. Prices are $7 adult, $3 children. 

There is no salad meal option available. January Menu here.

HEART SONG  Friday Nights Starting January 11 -- 7 PM

Here's what happens at Heart Song:

When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation.  Let all things be done for building up. 

So, Paul guided the Corinthians long ago, but somehow the Spirit makes our worship fresh every time we gather.  The Spirit ignites our ardor, and along the way we discover that he also brings just the right order - and all to the glory of Jesus. 

We're lifting up our Heart Song each Friday evening in the Patterson Auditorium, from 7-8:30 PM.  Come and join in this service of spontaneous praise.

(Note - As we get Heart Song up and going, we're "traveling light."  We'll add a nursery as we go, as we see the need.)
Open Fellowship 
"Chicken & Blessing"
January 17 :: 12 Noon

Bring a side dish (chicken & dessert provided) and join us in a potluck fellowship, 
"Chicken & Blessing". 

We'll be honoring our longtime friends and St. Giles volunteers, Lonnie & Evelyn Thomas, who are venturing out on the next happy phase of life, with a move to Williamsburg, Virginia. Bring a card, if you'd like! Let's send them off with our blessings and love.



Registration for CGP SUMMER CAMP  i s on the website. It's open to current CGP parents and St. Giles Church Members toPRE-REGISTER until * FEBRUARY 1 to assure a place.  After that date, we will open the registration to the public. Please refer to the website cgprichmond.org for dates and themes.  *IMPORTANT: If registering before February 1, please contact Susan Chester for the PASSWORD at Childrensgardenpreschool1@gmail.com.

ALSO -- Children's Garden Preschool is now accepting applications for the fall of 2019.  Contact Susan Chester at: childrensgardenpreschool1@gmail.com for questions or to request a tour.


Women's Coats & Boots -- all sizes -- in Good Condition

Women's Gloves & Winter Scarves

Drop off at Church Office NOW through FEBRUARY 5


Volunteers Needed

Preparations are in the works for the annual CARITAS visit. Volunteers are needed to help with meal prep and serving, laundry, transporting the ladies to YMCA for showers, overnight watch at the church, set up and tear down.  You may sign up on the Connection Card Sunday, or contact Jo White (804) 937-6836 or Marsha Hitchcock (804) 592-5017.

Donations request for CARITAS ladies.  Drop off in bin outside church office or marked "CARITAS" and placed in refrigerator in kitchen. Frozen items placed in freezer in conference room. 
  • Breakfast items - cereal, instant oatmeal, pop tarts, toaster waffles, eggs to make hard boiled, microwave breakfast meals
  • Fresh fruit, fruit juice, milk, coffee creamer, butter
  • Bread, bagels, cookies, peanut butter, protein bars
  • Individually wrapped snacks, mints, gum
  • Bingo prizes - jewelry, gloves, scarves, change purses, handbags, backpacks, books, bus tickets, $5 gift cards for McDonald's, sweat shirt, socks, umbrellas.
  • Blankets, pillows, twin bed sheets
  • Travel-sized toothpaste
This is the final year St. Giles will host CARITAS, as the organization has acquired its own facility. Let's make it a great visit. Thanks so much!

A Note From Donna Roman               
Thank you my dear St. Giles family for the wonderful send off. The cards, prayers and gifts are much appreciated. I will miss you all and will keep each of my dear friends in my thoughts and prayers. Come see me! With much love, Donna.
A Note from Margaret Bell Herrin              
The family of Billy R. Herrin wishes to thank the congregation of St. Giles for the many kindnesses expressed in love for Billy and his family over the course of his illness and struggles with COPD. We are deeply appreciative of you as a congregation and individually for your acts of love in making his faith journey more meaningful and enriched. Your prayers, cards, visits, phone calls, "junk food", and listening to his stories meant a lot to him and to me. Thank you.

Women's Tuesday Bible Study
Women's Fellowship will begin Jen Wilkin's exciting study  God of Creation. Jane Harler will take orders for books.  Start the year by being part of Women's Fellowship and enjoying our new study.

A Second Grandmothers' Prayers Group
January 9  ::  10:30 AM

A second group of praying grandmothers is being formed for new participants starting January 9 and continuing on the second and fourth Wednesdays each month. The new group will meet at 10:30 AM at the home of Bev Walters, 1734 Chatsworth Avenue, Bon Air 23235.


People have been signing up for 2019 but I have 10 Sundays left to cover.
If you can help this year, please let me know how many weeks you will do. You will have the option to pick up the snacks and put them out yourself, pick up the snacks and put them on the kitchen table for me to put out, or simply donate $20 per number of Sundays you choose and I'll take care of everything. You may sign up on the Connection Card, or contact me directly.

Again, I want to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who provided snacks in 2018 AND for those who have signed up for the coming new year.  Jo White (804) 937-6836, joeloisewhite@gmail.com .

Hearing Heaven's Strategies For Everyday Problems   
Saturday, January 19  ::  9 AM - 4 PM
River Road United Methodist Church
You're invited to join us for a full day seminar to learn how to listen to the Lord and expect to hear His solutions. Come hear local intercessors speak of their experience and share strategies that will help you make decisions with God's solutions. 
Speakers: Jasen Glasbrenner - Intercessor for Richmond and state capitals;  Dianne Claiborne - Prophetic intercessor for maturing the Body of Christ;  Elizabeth Higgins - Intercessor for ministry to intercessors

FREE seminar - Lunch provided (donations appreciated).   Register by January 11. Contact Elizabeth at 804-539-6626 .


If you would be interested in sponsoring flowers for the Chancel in honor or memory of loved ones or a special occasion, please sign up on the Flower Chart in Common Grounds. The arrangements are $65 and are yours to take home after the service. Special thanks to all who sponsored fresh flowers last year, making the sanctuary beautiful for all.

 Around the Community

Pregnancy Resource Center 
of Metro Richmond
Winter Items Needed - Box located outside church office

PRAYER Request
- Parents to get rooted & grounded in a Church

We Have an URGENT Need for the following:

WINTER MATERNITY Clothing - X-Large & Plus Sizes, 
Especially Pants or Leggings  ONLY Maternity items can be Used  ::   Baby Gowns - Boys  ::   Bibs : :  Bottles - 4oz & 8 oz- Neutral  ::   Diapers- Sizes NB, 1 & 4  ::  O nesies Boys, Girls & Neutral colors- 0-3 Months, 3-6 months  ::   Receiving blankets  ::   Sleepers 0-12 Months  ::   Toiletries (Baby Bath, Oil, Powder & Wash)  ::   Towels & Washcloths (Extremely Low)  ::   Vaseline/ Diaper Cream  ::   Wipes (Please - individual packs )   (EXTREMELY LOW)  ::   LAUNDRY BASKETS from Dollar Tree to Make a Beautiful Layette presentation

Maxi Pads, Deodorant & Body Wash
Due to ever changing safety regulations and recalls, we are only able to accept NEW items.

Children's Garden Preschool 
Susan Chester, Director
 with questions or to request a tour.