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Keep It Shut | Women’s Study

Come join this multigenerational women’s group where it is safe to love and be loved, to know and be known as we learn how to be strong in the Lord together.

This video-based small group Bible study challenges women to dig deep into what the Bible says about the ways we use our words – both in person and online.  Topics include:

  1. Sparks, Squabbles, Spats, and Such: Our Words Matter
  2. On Filling Gaps and Zipping Lips: Listen to Others, Talk to God
  3. Opinion-Slinging and Salty Speech: Assessing Our Digital Tongues
  4. Gossip, Flattery, and People-Pleasing: How to Speak the Truth in Love
  5. Pause Before You Pounce: On Cultivating Soft Speech
  6. As Sweet as Honey: Wonderful Ways to Use Your Words
  7. Bonus Session: Just Gotta Have the Last Word

Leaders: Cathy Tankersley and Pat Rossi
When: 
Thursdays, starting January 25, 2018, and ending March 8, 2018
Time: 
7:00-8:30PM (Feel free to arrive as early as 6:30PM to fellowship.)
Where: 
Far West End, near the Steward School ( The exact address will be emailed.)
Cost: 
Purchase your own book. (Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman)
Register: 
Click here to register!

Spotlightcathy1 on Cathy Tankersley: Cathy Tankersley originally comes from the blue collar town of Granite City, Illinois. Recruited by Signet Bank, she made a career move to Richmond in 1989. In 2004 she stepped out in faith and started a small group. Years later she acknowledges it was the best decision of her life. Small group ministry has provided her with her deepest friendships, countless wonderful memories, timely lessons, and a deeper walk with the Lord.  One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 10:24-25: And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Super Bowl Party for 20s-40s

Last year’s Super Bowl party was such a hit we had to find a bigger space, and we couldn’t be more excited about this one. Come out to Atlas 42 to cheer on your favorite teams (or commercials) with 100+ other Richmonders in their 20s to 40s.  While watching you can meet new friends over games like ping pong, cornhole, bocce ball, giant Jenga, and more.  We’ll provide tons of free food – just pay for your drinks.  You can tell your friends and co-workers everyone is welcome to drop in whenever!

When: Sunday, February 4, 2018
Time: 6:00pm to End of Game
Where: Atlas 42 | 4032 Cox Rd Suite A, Glen Allen, VA 23060
Cost: Free!  (Just pay for your drinks.)
Register: No need to register ahead of time, but if you have Facebook, you can help us get a headcount for food by RSVPing HERE.

Averill Byrd

Coming to Richmond last year on a fiancé visa most definitely complicated the job search process for Averill Byrd. In the Philippines she was a speech writer in the Senate. She had a master’s degree. But here she struggled to get a job at any level!

“At some point you have to admit that you can be well equipped, but it’s God who opens the doors. If He wants to keep you in a holding pattern then it’s His business, and I was so sick of being told it was because I was doing something wrong.”

Averill found Needle’s Eye’s Career Transition Group – an open group for those in the job search, and for the first time she was encouraged.

“Here I was, a young girl, a foreigner, brown. I wasn’t sure if connecting would be hard, but everybody was just really open and talked about their own ups and downs in the job search. I didn’t feel judged. I always felt accepted there.”

Today Averill has a great job IN HER FIELD. She’s so thankful to those who donate to Needle’s Eye Ministries.

“Your gift to Needle’s Eye definitely goes to people who need help. Job searching is a time when people really need to be ministered to. Something I like about the organization is it’s sort of a niche where you can come into orbit with people who wouldn’t necessarily step into a church, and so that’s what you’re giving to – that kind of reach.”

Instead of an entitlement, Averill and her husband look at their income as a bonus from God. “Now that we have my salary we say, ‘Well what does God want to do with it? Let’s ask Him!'”

Will you ask the Lord if a bonus year-end gift towards life-changing outreaches through Needle’s Eye is where He would have you invest His money that He entrusts with YOU?!

You can give here: http://www.needleseye.org/become-a-partner/make-a-gift/

Address the Mess | Women’s Study

Join Richmond businesswomen for this study starting Thursday, January 18th at the office of Needle’s Eye Ministries. Debbie Bannister will facilitate. Register below!

Whether we’re religious or not, we’ve all made some messes along the way. We’ve all thought, “My life is a mess.”  So, let’s talk about it.

When: Thursdays, starting January 18, 2018 and ending February 8, 2018
Time: 5:45pm to 7:30pm
Where: Needle’s Eye Ministries | 104 Berrington Court, Richmond VA 23221
Cost: Free!
Register: Click here to register!

About the Leader: A native to Richmond, Debbie Bannister has worked for Seay Real Estate for the past 20 years.  Currently she is an Associate Broker for the company.  It was through her Broker and then Board Member of Needle’s Eye, Chad Seay, that she became acquainted with Jesus.  Her Needle’s Eye relationship began with attending a speaker luncheon with Chad and other co-workers in 1999.  Through the luncheons, she was introduced to small group life.  The women’s small group she joined was just one of the ways Debbie was afforded the opportunity to grow in her understanding of the Bible and Christ.  The safe environment in which women come together from all ages and walks of life is what Debbie enjoys most about small group life.  Debbie also serves as a biblical counselor at Christian Counseling & Training Center and as a Bible study grader for the jail ministry at her church, Harvest Christian Church in Mechanicsville.  Debbie’s recent free time passion is attending Paint Nite, but she also enjoys spending time with extended family or hanging out at home with her cat, Corvette.

God Working At One Richmond Business

Lee Mitchell (above) has a great story of co-workers coming to know Jesus, but remember it all started with prayer.  Show the Lord you’re available, and let HIM do the work!   

OFFICE PRAYER TIPS
1) James 5:17 tells us Elijah was a man just like us, and look what he did! Know your prayers can be powerful, but you’re human. You’re going to forget. Put a sticky note on your screen before you leave reminding you to start your work with prayer in the morning. Set a reminder on your phone or Outlook.

2) Matthew 6:21 could be used on our calendars. Have you scheduled at least one lunch a week to get alone with the Lord and pray for your work? Start small. Have you set aside at least one lunch a month?

3) In Matthew 6:16 Jesus said WHEN you fast (not IF), so He was expecting His followers do it. How often have you fasted for God to move at your work? Nothing like hunger to remind you to pray without ceasing! Maybe your Needle’s Eye small group could do this together quarterly. (You don’t have to just fast from food. For resources on fasting click HERE.)

4) The Father rewards prayer done in secret Jesus said in Matthew 6:6. Can you close your office door like you would with a phone call, then get on the floor and quickly pray before a meeting? If you don’t have a door, can you pause for 10 seconds in a storage room, stairwell, or restroom? If work demands you in your seat, simply turn your chair and pause throughout the day asking God be with you in your work. A change in space can give reverence and fight distraction.

In Daniel 10:13 the angel tells Daniel his prayer was heard from the beginning, but for three weeks the angel was detained from getting to Daniel because of spiritual warfare. Remember our “struggle is not against flesh and blood”. Don’t let Satan distract you from this mission. Know God hears your cries for hearts to know Jesus. He hears your cries for work that will bless the city of Richmond. “Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” We can’t wait to hear how God shows up for you in 2018!

Amazon Smile

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

Can I change my charity?

Yes, you can change your charity any time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. To change your charity, sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”

What charities can I choose from?

You can choose from almost one million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.

What if my selected charity does not register to participate in the AmazonSmile program or becomes ineligible?

If your selected charity does not register to participate, becomes ineligible, or requests to be removed from the program, you will have a chance to select a different charity to receive the accrued donations that have not yet been disbursed to your charity. If you do not select a different charity, the accrued donations will be distributed to other organizations receiving donations.

If I represent a charitable organization, how can I learn more about registering my organization for AmazonSmile?

Go to org.amazon.com to learn how to register your organization to receive donations.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?

Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

How can I learn more about AmazonSmile?

Please see complete AmazonSmile program details.

First Words of Jesus | Women’s Study

Join Richmond businesswomen for this study starting Thursday, November 16th at the office of Needle’s Eye Ministries. Debbie Bannister will facilitate. Register below and buy your book today!

From the Publisher: If we didn’t need a cross, we wouldn’t need a manger. This fresh, engaging look at the beginning of Jesus’s life and ministry will change the way you comprehend Christ’s early years. With unique, thought-provoking insights and commentaries from many of Christianity’s leading theologians interspersed throughout, Epperson unwraps, layer by layer, a new understanding of the young boy who was the Son of Man.

When: Thursdays, starting November 16, 2017 and ending December 14, 2017
Time: 5:45pm to 7:30pm
Where: Needle’s Eye Ministries | 104 Berrington Court, Richmond VA 23221
Cost: Purchase your own book. (First Words of Jesus by Stu Epperson, Jr.)
Register: Click here to register!

About the Leader: A native to Richmond, Debbie Bannister has worked for Seay Real Estate for the past 20 years.  Currently she is an Associate Broker for the company.  It was through her Broker and then Board Member of Needle’s Eye, Chad Seay, that she became acquainted with Jesus.  Her Needle’s Eye relationship began with attending a speaker luncheon with Chad and other co-workers in 1999.  Through the luncheons, she was introduced to small group life.  The women’s small group she joined was just one of the ways Debbie was afforded the opportunity to grow in her understanding of the Bible and Christ.  The safe environment in which women come together from all ages and walks of life is what Debbie enjoys most about small group life.  Debbie also serves as a biblical counselor at Christian Counseling & Training Center and as a Bible study grader for the jail ministry at her church, Harvest Christian Church in Mechanicsville.  Debbie’s recent free time passion is attending Paint Nite, but she also enjoys spending time with extended family or hanging out at home with her cat, Corvette.

The God Story Behind This Event

The God Story Behind

Because of an overlooked reminder, no one showed up for the public monthly prayer meeting Needle’s Eye has for its ministries. Though no one else was there, and though she had plenty of emails and graphics to work on, staff member Kat Hodges went into the conference room to pray anyway.

I had an appointment with God on my calendar. I knew He was still showing up,” Kat said. While praying through Scripture, the thought to bless the Richmond marketplace with free headshots popped into her head.  She immediately thought of photographer James Lee, but knew she couldn’t ask him to donate work. He had just donated a large amount of his time on a Needle’s Eye project.

Kat went to share the idea with fellow staff member Jordan Maroon. He added to the idea, saying they could get someone to speak on LinkedIn and personal branding at the event, but he agreed they could not ask James to photograph.

That evening Kat got on Facebook and couldn’t believe what she saw. The VERY HOUR she and Jordan were meeting, James had posted in the Young Professionals group. He said, “I bought new equipment I want to try out. Would some people like free professional headshots for their LinkedIn profiles?”

At that point the staff felt compelled to ask James! For a year now he has been thrilled to donate his skills and business for this event that will bless believers and nonbelievers in Richmond’s marketplace.

Next up the staff needed to find someone who could give a presentation on LinkedIn.  Because the speakers from the young professionals retreat did such a great job, Kat asked them if they had connections to someone who could present on LinkedIn.  Immediately Erin Braford’s name was given, that she had trained businesses on LinkedIn multiple times!

Kat contacted Erin, someone who has never been involved with Needle’s Eye.  Here is her response:

Erin Braford

Erin Braford, our speaker September 19th.

Crazy, crazy, thing is that I was JUST thinking about Needles Eye and wondering if I could do any training…really. For a long time I’ve thought about how I can help young professionals navigate career-life skills, and LinkedIn has always been one of those underutilized tools, especially for folks who don’t go straight to major corporate careers. What’s up, God??”

The staff can’t believe how easy this event came together.  Prayer can save us so much time and effort. Are there new business ideas God might have for you, ready to give you all the resources you’ll need? Put it on your calendar to meet with Him and find out!

(After you mark your calendar for some prayer meetings, click HERE for details and registration on the LinkedIn Headshot Party.)

Psalm 107 | Women’s Study

Join Richmond businesswomen for this study starting Thursday, September 14th at the office of Needle’s Eye Ministries. Debbie Bannister will facilitate. Register below and buy your book today!

From the Publisher: There are times when worship overflows effortlessly from a heart full of gratitude and praise. And there are times when God seems far and we feel we have nothing to offer. Throughout it all, God shows us His steadfast love.

Psalm 107 is a call to worship. It reminds us that each season of life is an opportunity to reveal the anchor of our souls. Learn to face both storms and deserts with courage and trust in Jesus, and discover how tests in our journeys of faith reveal the true condition of our hearts. For there is no fear for the one who fears the Lord, the one whose soul is anchored in His steadfast love.

When: Thursdays, starting September 14, 2017 and ending November 2, 2017
Time: 5:45pm to 7:30pm
Where: Needle’s Eye Ministries | 104 Berrington Court, Richmond VA 23221
Cost: Purchase your own book. (Steadfast Love)
Register: Click here to register!

About the Leader: A native to Richmond, Debbie Bannister has worked for Seay Real Estate for the past 20 years.  Currently she is an Associate Broker for the company.  It was through her Broker and then Board Member of Needle’s Eye, Chad Seay, that she became acquainted with Jesus.  Her Needle’s Eye relationship began with attending a speaker luncheon with Chad and other co-workers in 1999.  Through the luncheons, she was introduced to small group life.  The women’s small group she joined was just one of the ways Debbie was afforded the opportunity to grow in her understanding of the Bible and Christ.  The safe environment in which women come together from all ages and walks of life is what Debbie enjoys most about small group life.  Debbie also serves as a biblical counselor at Christian Counseling & Training Center and as a Bible study grader for the jail ministry at her church, Harvest Christian Church in Mechanicsville.  Debbie’s recent free time passion is attending Paint Nite, but she also enjoys spending time with extended family or hanging out at home with her cat, Corvette.

Reclaiming Faith, Hope, & Love at Work Conference

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Thanking sponsors together

In the beginning… God worked.  Work was done by a holy and perfect being.  Do you think we’ll be lounging around on clouds in Heaven?  No – we’ll work together with jobs and projects that fit us perfectly.  Work was meant to be life-giving!

 

Bad News: Sin has changed everything.

  • Ever get the “Sunday evening blues”?
  • Ever worry that technology may take away your job?
  • Ever wonder how your work fits into God’s plan?
  • Well, you’re not alone!

 

Good News: This conference will inspire the churches of Richmond to experience God’s restorative plan to reclaim faith, hope, and love at work. The conference will include:

  • Sound Biblical teaching on faith, work, and economics
  • Practical advice for taking your faith to work on Monday morning
  • A glimpse into the future of work and economics (the Second Industrial Revolution!)
  • A call to ignite a 21st Century renaissance in the church

 

21st Century Learning:

  • World-class teaching
  • Face-to-face table discussions with Christians from 20+ area churches
  • Live electronic polling on the landscape of Richmond’s marketplace

 

Who: For Christians in the Metropolitan Richmond Marketplace
What: 
Conference on Faith, Work, & Economics
When: November 17-18, 2017
Where: Bon Air Baptist Church | 2531 Buford Road, Richmond, VA 23235
Why: Because Christ is Lord of all areas of life, we’re bringing churches together to equip them to be light in the area of life where we spend most our time, and where the good news of Jesus has the greatest potential – at work.
Cost: $30
Registration: Click here to register!

 

ken barnes

About the Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Kenneth Barnes has a background as an international executive, a pastor, and an academic.  His resume in any one of these categories is impressive.  We encourage you to view his credentials here, and see why he is one of the world’s top authorities on the intersection of faith, work, and economics.

 

Conference Schedule and Topics:

Friday (7:00pm-9:00pm)
Theology of Work: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

  • The God of work and the work of God – where you fit in.

Table Discussions

Saturday (8:30am-3:00pm) with Light Continental Breakfast, Coffee, & Lunch Provided
How to Share Your Faith without Losing Your Job

  • From Baby Boomers to Millennials – you can confidently (and properly) share your faith with your colleagues at work.

Table Discussions

Work and Economics: Back to the Future

  • The Industrial Revolution gave birth to the Communist Revolution because the Church was absent. That doesn’t have to happen again!

Table Discussions and Lunch (Chick-fil-A)

Love Works: A Renaissance for the 21st Century Church

  • Automated jobs are expected to put 40% of us out of work by the year 2030. How do we respond?  Though our future is uncertain, our God is not.

Q&A

Sunday
Ken will be preaching at Community West Church (meeting at The Steward School) at 10:00am | 11600 Gayton Road, Richmond, VA. 23238

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