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Week of September 24, 2017

There are just a few upcoming things to keep in mind/put on your calendar:

1. There will be a brief time of preparation after worship THIS Sunday, September 24th for all who plan on being confirmed October 8th.

Why would one seek confirmation, and who should do so?  If you have been led into membership with our ‘local’ church,  Confirmation is a way of celebrating that movement while seeking the blessing and empowering of the wider church, through the laying-on-of-hands by our bishop.  If you have participated in our ‘Exploring Membership Class’ at any time in the past and would like to be confirmed, please speak directly to Brian+ and plan on being at the meeting after worship this coming Sunday

2. The CTR Men’s Ministry is hosting a night of football (Virginia Tech v. Clemson) and fun for the whole church family at 5:30 pm on Saturday, September 30th at Miles Smith’s house in Ghent Square. Burgers, dogs and drinks will be provided for the adults; the rest will be covered dish. Feel free to bring any dish you are famous (or for you lovers of super spicy stuff, infamous) for. We will have a cornhole set and plenty of room for the kids to run and play. Bring any yard games you’d like to share. Please park on Botetourt Gardens and RSVP Steven Dickinson or Miles Smith (so they know how many burgers/dogs to prepare) or click on this link to RSVP via email: mjsmithiv@gmail.com.

3. We need your help!  Our building has seen a recent increase in rodent activity (four of our chairs in the sanctuary have been seriously damaged by our food seeking friends).  Until further notice, we must stop bringing food into the sanctuary (drink for the moment is allowed, but please be diligent about cleaning spills).  Parents, we also ask you to be sure to clean up after your children wherever they spend their ‘fellowship’ time  after worship. Thank you!

4. Recently, the Leadership Council presented our ‘Three to Five Year Goal’ and asked for the prayers and participation of all associated with Christ the Redeemer:

“We are committed to SEEK the Spirit’s direction for INTENTIONAL GROWTH –in Depth and Breadth—LEADING to STABILITY and PERMANENCE of the ‘Mother’ and the BIRTH of a ‘Daughter’ Church.”

We commend this goal to all of us.

5. Looking Ahead:  Some important dates to remember:

October 6- 8:  Bishop Steve and Sally Breedlove’s visit and                                           Confirmation ceremony
October 17:      6-8 pm  An Evening of pizza and information with 2                              Christian workers who have been ministering to                                  Muslims in Egypt and the Middle East
February 2-4:  Women’s Retreat at the Oceanfront (mark your                                     calendar now!)

Looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.