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Parking Lot Prayers, Hindus, & God’s Voice

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Spring/Summer 2017 Young Professionals Workshop

“I’m a Christian. Is there any way I can pray for you?” is what Rachael Newmister asked the 80 year-old woman in the grocery store parking lot. The Lord had nudged her to pray for this woman, and sure enough, He knew what He was doing. The woman was going to celebrate July 4th with her family and all were mourning the loss of three grandchildren. The woman was about to cry, moved by God’s love for her in this tough time.
Rachael is the Executive Director of East End Pregnancy Center and participated in our Young Professionals Workshops that wrapped up last week. “When [the group discussed] the 6 Ms for Fruitful Living on the Frontline we talked about how these are some things you can use to evangelize in the workplace and it doesn’t always start with sharing.”
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Rachael is seeing this play out with Hindu neighbors she is building relationships with.

“I talk about Jesus, but I haven’t been able to share the Gospel yet. I did give one girl her first Bible the other day, and I prayed with her and she said, ‘Wow! I felt the power of God in that. Can you teach me?’ It’s just neat. I think God gives us moments every day to show His glory to others.”
Sometimes God calls us to pray for a complete stranger in a parking lot. Sometimes He asks us to simply love our neighbors and wait. It’s the same in our workplaces. Needle’s Eye Ministries wants to equip you to hear His voice amidst deadlines and emails.  We do this through our many marketplace ministries, and November 17-19th we’re doing this by bringing one of the best conferences on faith & work Richmond has ever seen.

Reclaiming Faith, Hope, & Love at Work

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Who: For Richmond’s Christian Professionals
What:
Seminars, Workshops, and Speaking Events on Faith & Work
When: November 17-19, 2017
Where: Bon Air Baptist Church
Save the date!  Details coming soon!

About the Speaker:  Prior to embarking on a career in academia, Rev. Dr. Kenneth Barnes spent more than 25 years as a senior international executive for several multi-billion dollar companies doing business on six continents. Ken has also worked with enterprises and start-ups and continues to serve as a company director and mentor to young executives.

ken barnesHe was named a Fellow in the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Charles Dickens, Adam Smith, Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, William Hogarth, John Diefenbaker, Stephen Hawking, and Tim Berners-Lee are some of the notable past and present Fellows.

Dr. Barnes’ main areas of research and teaching are: The Intersections of Theology and Economics/Faith and Work; Christian Apologetics; Old Testament Hermeneutics; Reformed Theology; Reformation History; and Philosophy of Religion. He has published numerous papers in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. His publication Spirituality and Business Ethics: Religious Perspectives on Business, Routledge Companion to Business Ethics, is due out this spring. Two forthcoming books include: God and Mammon: Wealth, Virtue and the Redemption of Post-Modern Capitalism, and Light From the Dreaming Spires: Reflections on Ministry to Gen Y.

In July of 2016 Ken began serving as the Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology and Business Ethics, and the Director of the Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Needle’s Eye Ministries is hiring an Office Administrator!

Hiring

Needle’s Eye Ministries has an opening for a self-motivated Office Administrator.  This person will support a team environment and possess the qualities of flexibility and grace.  The ideal person will be a mature Christian with a four-year college degree.  The individual will have experience in office management (including direct staff reports), human resources (including oversight of insurance and benefit plans, as well as understanding of H.R. policies and procedures), bookkeeping and payroll (including management of accounts payable, creating monthly financials and year-end government reports), and functioning as an executive assistant to management.

Viable candidates will have a background in the description above and fit in well with Needle’s Eye Ministries’ mission, values, and culture. Links and details here: http://www.needleseye.org/about-us/

Competitive Salary – Based on Experience

Competitive Benefits – Long-Term Disability, Short-Term Disability, Life Insurance, and stipend for a broad range of health benefits provided; 403B option

Please give this opportunity thought and prayer. Should you feel you are a viable candidate, please send a cover letter and resume to NeedlesEyeHR@gmail.com as soon as possible.

YP Women’s Study | None Like Him

Heather Heah

Friendship, conversation, spending time in the Bible, and praying for one another are key components when these women get together each Tuesday. Whether you need a small group to commit to, or one for a season, this YP women’s small group would love to have you.

From the Publisher:  God is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible.

We’re not.

And that’s a good thing.

Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone. Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God’s limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God.

About the Leader:  Heather Heah is originally from upstate New York. After graduating from Nazareth College in 2010, she moved to Richmond to work in VCU’s marketing department. She became involved with Needle’s Eye Ministries because a coworker invited her to the Young Professionals Workshop. It was life changing. Now she’s on the Young Professionals Advisory Group and has been leading small groups the past three years. In her spare time Heather enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants!

When: Tuesdays, starting June 13, 2017, ending August 22, 2017
Time: 7:00-9:00PM
Where: The Near West End  (The exact address will be emailed.)
Cost: Purchase your own book. (None Like Him by Jen Wilken)
Register: Click here to register!

Young Professionals Workshop | Summer 2017

YP Workshop

Register: Click here to register

The YP Workshop is a 6 week deep dive into what it means to be a child of God and live out faith in the world.  It is for any young professional interested in learning more, regardless of where you are with God and faith.  If you want to see what Christianity is all about, this is a great way to do it.  If you’ve been a Christian for a long time and are wondering how to keep growing and going deeper, this workshop will help you do just that.

Some of the major topics to be covered include:
-In light of God’s loving Fatherhood, how do we live as free and beloved children?
-In light of God’s worthy Kingship, how do we live as obedient and called ambassadors?
-Prayer – developing a heart relationship with God
-Bible Study – how to understand and discern the things of God
-Singleness, Sex, Sexuality – honoring God with our feelings and desires
-Embracing Both Strength and Weakness – living out our faith in community
-Being Christ’s Ambassadors in the Workplace – public faith in a post-Christian world
-Being Christ’s Ambassadors in the Culture – engaging in issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, technology, and politics as a faithful follower of Christ

CaptureJordan for WordPressAbout the Leaders: Previously the Intervarsity Director at UNC Chapel Hill, and currently the Small Group Coordinator at Needle’s Eye Ministries, Jordan Maroon has more than a decade of experience teaching and training men and women to follow Jesus within the challenges and complexities of modern life.

Meagan Miller attended the YP Workshop years ago and it was a life-changing experience for her. She has been leading a YP women’s group for several years, encouraging women with the tools she learned herself through Needle’s Eye.

When: Tuesdays for 6 Weeks | May 30th – Early July (Will work around Independence Day)
Time: 6:30-9:00pm
Where: Needle’s Eye Office | 104 Berrington Court, Richmond VA 23221
Cost for Materials: $40
Register: Click here to register!

What past participants say about their experience in the YP Workshop:

Dan AllowayDan Alloway: 

“The Needle’s Eye YP Workshop helped transition me from constant behavior-modification to lasting identity-realization. Discovering WHO I really am helped me to make choices and begin living a life that is more truly me; and with that came all the things I’d been striving for but could never attain in any lasting way.”

Jackie RolesJackie Abramov:

“It was a privilege to participate in the YP Workshop! The workshop challenges us to step beyond our cultural views of Christianity and see that God is much more powerful, much greater and bigger than we could ever imagine, and to stand out in our generation as counter-cultural sons and daughters not willing to compromise on our faith or on the promises of God.”

Marina PustinovichMarina Pustinovich:

“Through the YP Workshop, God has begun the process of  transforming my religion-hardened heart to a heart filled with authentic love for Him and others. I strongly encourage anyone who is struggling with identity and purpose to join. As it was for me, this may be your first step to a life of freedom and purpose in Christ!”

James LeeJames Lee:

“Since the workshop, I’ve overcome many fears, doubts, and insecurities about faith and identity in Christ. Through much learning, prayer, and community, I have a much stronger foundation in my walk with Christ and a spirit of joy, hope, and victory despite my circumstances. I’m sure it will do the same for others!”

Whole-Life Discipleship

Is sharing the gospel with a co-worker the only way to serve God at work?  What about workplaces that don’t allow for such opportunities?  Does God only care about your evangelistic relationships or does He have a purpose even for the most basic and routine parts of your job?  Join us as Jordan Maroon unpacks these questions at Willow Oaks Country Club.

And special thanks to our sponsor, Integrity Landscaping Solutions!

Practical Application with Jordan Maroon (Two Dates/Times to Choose From)
When:
 Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 7:15am to 8:00am (Coffee starting at 7:00am.)
Where: Willow Oaks Country Club | 6228 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23225
Cost: $12 through May 7th, $14 after May 7th
Register: Click here to register!

When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Time: 12:00pm to 12:45pm
Where: Willow Oaks Country Club | 6228 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23225
Cost: $12 through May 14th, $14 after May 14th
Register: Click here to register!

Give Beyond 40 | March 28th

Give Now

You can go ahead and give today by CLICKING HERE and mentioning “Give Beyond 40” in the memo line of your gift.  Thank you for partnering with us to impact Richmond’s marketplace!

Save the Date

Beginning at 6pm on March 27th we will have a 24-hour period of giving to raise $40,000 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Needle’s Eye Ministries’ day of incorporation.

God has been beyond faithful to Needle’s Eye in its first 40 years, and He is not finished yet.

Join Us

Pledge to participate in Give Beyond 40 for Needle’s Eye on March 28th HERE or by emailing Elizabeth Massie at emassie@needleseye.org.

March 28th check in on our Facebook each hour for fun contests, great stories, and more.

Celebrate with Us

Look for emails leading up to the event with exciting ways to get involved, like and share our Facebook posts, and come by the Needle’s Eye office on March 28th to join in the fun!

Pray

After you give, please pray “to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” and ask that your gift would bring him “glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20)

FAQs

Please CLICK HERE for answers to frequently asked questions.

 

 

2017 Young Professionals Retreat

YP Retreat

Is adult life in your 20s and 30s more complicated than you anticipated it would be?  How do you develop a faith that stands up to the challenges?

The purpose of this retreat is to leave you feeling equipped and excited to “grow up”.  Come gain wisdom from excellent speakers, and come find a group of Richmonders happy to join you on this adventure that is adulthood!

This will be our 4th Young Professionals Retreat and the feedback gets better and better each year.  (See photos from past retreats HERE.)  Spaces fill, so sign up today!

dan and saraAbout the Speakers: Dan Kennedy’s journey has taken him from brand management at Procter & Gamble, to Christian retail, and then three years serving in China doing business as mission. It’s there God gave him the vision for Kumveka, which he founded in 2009.

Sara Kennedy’s early career started as a scheduler, special assistant, and writer for numerous campaigns and elected officials. From 2006 to 2009, she served as the Marketing Director for the Tianjin International School in China. Upon her family’s return to the United States, Sara worked for the Attorney General of Virginia.  Sara also served on the Board of the Richmond Christian Leadership Institute for several years.  Today she is the Director of Communications at Veritas School.

When: Friday night through Sunday morning, April 7-9, 2017
The Weekend’s Schedule: 2017 YP Retreat Schedule
Where: Airfield Conference Center | 15189 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888
Cost: Registration is $100 and includes meals. (Scholarships available for anyone making 30K or less per year.)
Register: Click here to register! (Deadline to register is 5:00pm on Monday, March 20th!!)

Please contact Kathryn Dixon at kdixon@needleseye.org or 804.358.1283 with any questions.

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YP Women’s Study | She Reads Truth

Heather ZulaufFriendship, conversation, spending time in the Bible, and praying for one another are key components when these women get together each Monday. Whether you need a small group to commit to, or one for a season, this YP women’s small group would love to have you.

From the Publisher: She Reads Truth tells the stories of two women who discovered, through very different lives and circumstances, that only God and His Word remain unchanged as the world around them shifted and slipped away. Infused with biblical application and Scripture, this book is not just about two characters in two stories, but about one Hero and one Story. Every image points to the bigger picture—that God and His Word are true. Not because of anything we do, but because of who He is. Not once, not occasionally, but right now and all the time.

About the Leader:  Heather Zulauf is originally from upstate New York. After graduating from Nazareth College in 2010, she moved to Richmond to work in VCU’s marketing department. She became involved with Needle’s Eye Ministries because a coworker invited her to the Young Professionals Workshop. It was life changing. Now she’s on the Young Professionals Advisory Group and has been leading small groups the past three years. In her spare time Heather enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, and wedding planning!

When: Mondays, starting February 13, 2017, ending April 24, 2017
Time: 7:00-9:00PM
Where: The Museum District  (The exact address will be emailed.)
Cost: Purchase your own book. (She Reads Truth by Raechel Myers)
Register: Click here to register!

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