Privilege, Power, and the Common Good

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An evening with Amy Julia Becker

Tuesday, November 13th | 7-8:30pm

Third Church Fellowship Hall (600 Forest Avenue)


Just one more day until Common Good RVA’s evening with author, speaker, and thinker Amy Julia Becker!

During her time with us, Amy Julia will help us name the problems of privilege—who it excludes and how it harms—and the importance of taking that knowledge and moving towards confession and humble, loving,collectiveaction.

Amy Julia’s latest book is White Picket Fences: Turning Toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege. Other titles include A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny, andSmall Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most.

Jonathan Chan, Chief Development officer for CHAT (Church Hill Activities & Tutoring) will provide some Richmond-based context following Amy Julia’s talk. Our evening will conclude with a time of Q&A moderated by Corey Widmer, lead pastor of Third Church and Common Good RVA co-founder.

We'll meet from 7pm to 8:30pm in Third Church's Fellowship Hall (600 Forest Avenue). This event is free, but we would love to know if you're coming!

About Amy Julia Becker:
Amy Julia Becker is the author ofWhite Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege(NavPress, 2018);Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most(Zondervan, 2014);A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations and a Little Girl Named Penny(Bethany House), named one of the Top Books of 2011 by Publisher’s Weekly; andPenelope Ayers: A Memoir. A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, her essays about faith, family, and disability have appeared in theWashington Post,USA Today,Christianity Today, theChristian Century, and online forThe New York Times,ABCNews, theAtlantic,Vox, andThe Huffington Post. Amy Julia is a member of INK: A Creative Collective. She lives with her husband Peter and three children, Penny, William, and Marilee in western Connecticut. (Via  

Johnson Elementary Partnership - Volunteering

Thanks to those who signed up for volunteer opportunities last Sunday!  This Sunday, information about the various volunteer opportunities, along with a sign up sheet, will be posted on the Missions bulletin board in the hallway at the church.  Please take a look and sign up if there is something you are interested in volunteering for.  This will help with letting the school know what we are able to help with.

One of the biggest needs at Johnson Elementary right now is having volunteers sit with  Kindergarten & 1st grade students during the school day to practice alphabet tracing. The school is having a Volunteer Orientation/Training for those interested in helping with alphabet tracing, on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 11:45AM-12:45PM. During this time, they will show the volunteer video, fill out volunteer forms, and go over the ABC  tracing with their Reading Specialist.

Please let Cherilyn Christie know if this is something you’d be interested in, so she can let the school know how many volunteers to expect at the training.


Memorial Service for Rexx Victor Knapp

There will be a memorial service to celebrate the life of Rexx Victor Knapp, Susie Fletcher’s son, on November 17, 3:00 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Susie has requested that no flowers be given. If you want to make a gift in Rexx’s honor, you can give to Crossover Ministry.

Ladies Fellowship Night


Ladies, you’re invited to an evening of fellowship at Rachel Anderson’s house (3800 Cheyenne Rd. 23235), Saturday, 11/17, starting at 7 p.m. Bring chocolate if you want!

Men's Retreat

Men! If you’re planning on attending this year’s Men’s Retreat (November 9-11), we need to know! And please bring your $100 payment to church tomorrow if possible. This will cover room and board for the weekend. Checks can be made to Christ Presbyterian Church with “Men’s Retreat” in the memo line. You could also submit payment online, here, and indicate that it is for the Men’s Retreat.

STEP Christmas Store

Each year STEP collects donations of new, unwrapped, children's gifts with the original purchase price intact. These donations are then marked to half price or less and made available to the parents of children living in Gilpin Court. The Christmas store offers parents the dignity of making a sacrifice of love for their children at an affordable price. Suggested items include: skateboards, stuffed animals, arts and crafts, sports equipment (like basketballs), building blocks, electronics, toy cars/trucks, bikes, African-American dolls, educational toys and gift cards to fast food restaurants (McDonalds, Burger King, Chick-Fil-A). Containers will be available at church to collect donations beginning this coming Sunday through Tuesday December 4th. Take advantage of the upcoming holiday sales!


Thanksgiving with the Wibberlys

You and your family are invited (the Wibberlys would LOVE to have you) join us for Thanksgiving Dinner if you don't have plans yet or simply don't want to cook.  We usually sign up to host a couple of international students/families from VCU or U of R, though we haven't heard anything about it this year yet for some reason.  Hoping that may still happen.  Either way, festivities (meaning appetizers) begin at 2 PM, dinner at 3 PM....and you are invited to just hang out after the food coma for games and to pick at leftovers  Please RSVP to Kathy or Leo by Friday November 16 (sooner is better) at or text 434.906.4960.  Your admission ticket is a donation to the STEP Christmas store - either bring it with you on Thanksgiving Day or drop it in the container at church (we trust you!)

Update on Slate of Nominees

At our congregational meeting this Sunday, Ocobter 28, the slate of nominees from the Nominating Committee is John Lindner and Karen Carr for Elder; Rob Bies and Charlotte Davis for Deacon.