Minutes of the 6/4 Congregational Meeting


At our congregational meeting last Sunday, we approved moving forward with incorporation (required under ECO's polity) and also the following mission statement:

"Our mission is to be an authentic community that knows, shows, and grows the love of Christ."

You can review minutes of the meeting, here. Please be in touch with me and/or the session with any questions. 

With you in Jesus,


Meals for the Lindners

A big Thank You! to everyone who has been able to help out with meals for the Lindners. There are still several open Sunday and Wednesday evenings in June, on which meals would be a blessing. You can review the schedule and sign-up for an evening by following this link. 

Last Name: Lindner

Password: meals

Youth Group: Grace Retreat, June 28-July 1

Our youth group is planning to attend the Grace Retreat, and we need registrations and payments in by May 31! Please read below and see this form for details. 

Releasing this generation to be free to be all that God made them to be. To take hold of a faith that transforms their lives throughout the week and throughout their lives- and to be released in freedom to worship God and to realize all that God has for them. One verse we are praying through is Exodus 8:1: The Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me." The freedom to be released from bondages bringing this generation down, so that they may worship!

WHEN: Wednesday June 28th at Noon through Saturday July 1 at 1 PM

WHERE: Virginia State University (1 Hayden Drive, Petersburg, VA 23806)

COST: $75 per person (thanks to St. Giles, this 3 day retreat is being offered at a significantly reduced rate – we hope you can attend and bring a friend). Please bring your registration form, signed consent form, and a check made out to St. Giles on/before Wednesday May 31, 2017.

WHAT: Grace Youth Retreat began 16 years ago as a joint youth retreat among a few churches with the help of the Atlantic Korean American Presbytery (AKAP), a division of the Mid-Atlantic Synod of Presbyterian Church USA. In the first year, Grace Retreat 2001 was held at a retreat center near King’s Dominion with 130 participants from 9 churches. In 2012, God brought nearly 500 participants from 4 states (MD, VA, NC, and NJ) and over 40 churches from multiple denominations. There are two tracks devoted to the young people who will attend Grace Retreat. Track One consists of middle school and high school students. Track Two consists of college students and young adults age 18-25.

For more info and to access the registration form, please follow this link. 

STEP Family Share Teams

STEP is relaunching a program they ran in the mid-90s, called Family Share Teams. The hope for this pilot program is to have 3-5 teams of 6 people each. Each team sill come alongside a family living in Gilpin Court for a one year commitment of about twice a month.  STEP would love for one of these initial Family Care Teams to be from Christ Pres.  Already, Scott Gwynn and Bekah Yowell, regular attendees of CPC, are planning to be on a team, and would love for four others from Christ Pres to join them.  

Please read below to learn more about he program, which will start in September, and prayerfully consider whether you might want to join Scott and Bekah to form a Christ Pres Family Share Team. You can also learn more at an introductory meeting with dessert on June 6th (details below).

Please join your friends at STEP for Dessert and the Introduction of Family Share Teams!

What is a ‘Family Share Team?’   This ‘team’ consists of a group of 5 or 6 adults, married or single, along with their children, who are connected with a Gilpin mom and her family for the purpose of encouragement, friendship, practical assistance and, most importantly, to share together the love and presence of Christ within the relationship.

We are excited about launching 3-5 teams in the fall and we would love for you to consider being a part of one!

The folks on each team embark on relationships, committing to a year, with the aim of meeting once a month as a team and once a month coming together as a group with the other teams.  The goal is to provide enough freedom for folks to share time and get to know one another and yet be supported by a larger group for encouragement, fun and for the sense of being part of something bigger.  Family Share Teams are not new to STEP; this concept was implemented in the mid-90s and proved to be effective in helping Gilpin families achieve goals in employment, housing, lifestyle and, for all involved, deepening relationships with Christ.

Please join us to hear more on June 6th, 7-8:30 pm
Hope Midtown Office
4912 W. Marshall St. RVA 23230.  

Childcare will be available upon request.

Please RSVP by June 1st to bekahyowell@steprichmond.org.  

And please share with others who may be interested as well!

Congregational Meeting: June 4

There will be a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, June 4, immediately following the service.   When we moved from the PC(USA) into ECO, one requirement was for us to incorporate, which needs approval from the congregation, with the following motion:

BE IT RESOLVED that the proper authorities of the Church take all steps necessary in order to incorporate the Church pursuant to the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia under the name Christ Presbyterian Church, ECO, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that upon such incorporation, the Church Trustees are directed to convey all personal and real property of the Church to such corporation to the end that the new entity be vested with full title thereto. 

In addition to moving to incorporate, the Session would like to share a new mission statement that it has has been working on, which, with congregational approval, would be added to our Community Agreement and used to guide our ministry. 

Opportunities to Serve with STEP

STEP is in need of volunteers for this summer’s programs.
VBS:  July 10th-14th, 2:30 – 6:00pm.  Volunteer opportunities include: Small group leaders, Drama leaders/actors, arts & crafts helpers, snack helpers, and recreation helpers.  VBS will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church.
Summer Enrichment:  June 26th-July 27th, Monday-Thursday, 2:30 – 6:00pm.  This summer will include:
·         The Junior Achievement program, designed to help children develop entrepreneurial, financial management, and work-readiness skills.   
·         Hands-on skill building with sewing and woodworking projects.
·         Several field trips. 
·         Learning to play chess.
Volunteers are needed on a one-time or regular basis to help with any of the above activities.  The program is also in need of snacks/meals. This is a great opportunity for a small group to “adopt a day” through volunteering and/or providing a meal.  

Here is a link to a sign-up sheet.

Volunteers can also contact Bekah Yowell directly at bekahyowell@steprichmond.org or (804) 648-7552.

Room to rent?

Allen and Shaylene are making plans for a wedding, probably in June. They will be in need of a place to live, and are open to renting a room in a home. They'd be able to pay about $200/month. If you know of some possibilities worth exploring, please be in touch with Allen, Kevin, or the Freemans.

Meals for the Lindners Resumed! :)

An announcement went out earlier today saying to pause meals for the Lindners. That was incorrect! They still need meals, just not meals specifically for Wendy. Please be in touch with Deborah Freeman with any questions. 


Another Christ Prezer in the News

John Lindner's new space downtown won an award. Way to go, John!

"12 commercial projects in Richmond area win recognition as top in their fields
Best Multi-family mixed-use: 93 Octane and Shiloh Lofts, Richmond. Owner/developer, Shiloh Development of Richmond. General contractor, CK Bosworth Construction of Midlothian. Architect, Johannas Design Group of Richmond."

Source: http://www.richmond.com/business/local/commercial-projects-in-richmond-area-win-recognition-as-top-in/article_29654ba7-4148-58f9-b1d6-b2036dd13f93.html