Matching Gift Challenge | May 15th through June 30th
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Help us to finish the fiscal year well!  With our eyes fixed on Jesus, we have charted a fruitful year of life-impacting outreach.  But without a funding event this fiscal (July 2017 - June 2018) year, we face a shortfall to fiscally finish well the race marked for us. 

Our Board of Directors, along with a generous group of friends, have established a matching gift fund to persevere to meeting our budgeted needs.  This $30,000 fund will match, dollar for dollar, all first-time and increased gifts made through June 30th. 

  • A first-time gift of $50 will be matched by an additional $50.

  • An increased gift of $100 over last year's $250 will be matched by an additional $100 

Needle's Eye Ministries functions when your prayer-filled financial gifts equip and join with daily service by the staff and over 100 volunteers.  This is where faith and work intersect!  We thank you for your partnership! 

Take the challenge! 

Katherine Hodges
Ken Barnes on "Redeeming Capitalism" - Sept 22
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Is capitalism redeemable?  Is capitalism worth redeeming?  How can we work against the excesses of capitalism to salvage the good? How can Christians help bring morality back into economics?

Last fall, more than 150 attendees from around Richmond joined us for a conference with Rev. Dr. Kenneth Barnes, an expert on faith, work and economics.  Dr. Barnes is returning this fall to speak from his exceptional new book "Redeeming Capitalism."  Paul S. Fiddes, director of Love in Religion Project at Regent's Park College in Oxford writes, "This remarkable and timely book by Kenneth Barnes is essential reading for all those who are disturbed by a moral vacuum at the heart of business or who want to know how the Christian faith can speak into our present financial crisis." 

Join us the morning of September 22nd, 2018 as we hear Dr. Barnes' teaching and discuss tangible steps each of us can take; optional book signing to follow.

 

More details and registration to come soon!

 

Needle's Eye Hiring Communications Coordinator & Ministry Assistant
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Needle’s Eye Ministries is dedicated to connecting marketplace men and women to life-changing faith in Jesus – encouraging them to impact their workplaces and our community with His values, ethics, and love.

The Communications Coordinator & Ministry Assistant will provide marketing, social media, and web presence by utilizing cutting-edge and creative design as well as professional content writing skills.  We are looking for a mature Christian who is continually growing in their faith and has a heart for reaching others for Christ.

Key responsibilities include:

•         Provide marketing support for all aspects of the ministry, including special events

•         Design and deliver digital enews as well as hard copy newsletters

•         Maintain and update Needle’s Eye website

•         Keep blogs and social media content current and relevant

For more information and a full job description, please send a resume and cover letter and your request to Karen Cunningham at needleseyehr@gmail.com.

Katherine Hodges
Men's Mentoring | Butch Joyce
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When Butch Joyce was 40, he and his wife Judy moved their family and business (Joyce Engineering) to Richmond, Virginia.  A new believer, Judy was adamant about finding a Bible-believing church, and she quickly signed up for an evangelism course.  One night, Judy was sharing what she learned with Butch. 

"She had kind of been practicing on me.  I was her guinea pig, haha.  I said, 'You know, I don't think I've ever done that.  I've never prayed to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior.'  And so we did.  And it was pretty cool actually." 

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Butch began devouring the Bible.  "I was very interested in learning what a businessman who was a Christian looked like, talked like, decided like."  Not long afterwards a speaker came to their church named Buddy Childress, Needle's Eye Ministries' Executive Director.  It was God's perfect timing. 

Buddy connected Butch to a Needle's Eye Christian Presidents Group where he could be supported and learn from other business owners and CEOs looking to lead like Jesus.  Today Butch mentors other Christian men, and he will be an official mentor in Needle's Eye Ministries' new mentoring program launching this spring.

Katherine Hodges
The Cabell Childress Group is Hiring a Listing Specialist!
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Job Summary:

Work with one of the top Real Estate teams in the Richmond area as the listing specialist. We are seeking someone who works with a sense of urgency, extreme detail, can meet deadlines, multitask and take initiative. We sell over 250 homes a year and have a fun, but busy office environment and carry anywhere from 20-40 active listings at any given time.

Job Duties:

  • Organize listing leads and help schedule listing appointments

  • Prepare CMA and other information before listing appointment

  • Prepare listing paperwork for clients to sign

  • Schedule pictures with photographer

  • Take detailed notes and measurements of homes

  • Prepare MLS input form

  • Handle all marketing of active listings: Flyers (Just Listed, Price Reduced, etc), Direct Mail, Social Media, Open Houses, Networking

  • Coordinate sign and lockbox installation and removal

  • Follow up with showing agents for feedback and communicate to sellers

  • Call sellers once a week with updates

  • Provide timely response to emails and calls from clients and vendors


    Job Responsibilities:
     

  • Must be able to work in a fast paced environment

  • Must be able to multitask and have a quick memory

  • Must be able to hit deadlines reliably and consistently

  • Must have strong communication skills, both verbally and written

  • Must be able to work at quick pace

  • Must be able to deliver a high level of customer service

  • Must be able to work independently as well as on a team

  • Must be able to take initiative and perform tasks without being told

  • Must be able to anticipate what is next and be a step ahead of our clients

     

    This is a salaried, office position. Some after hours and weekend work required. Prior real estate experience and active real estate license strongly preferred, but not required. Please send cover letter and resume to amanda@cabellchildress.com

Katherine Hodges
Mentoring Program
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We expect to launch more mentoring groups this summer! 

Why mentoring?

All of us want to grow personally, professionally, and spiritually, but life is full of challenges we feel ill-equipped to handle alone.  Wise decision-making and good friends can help, but often what we need is someone older and wiser who has been through our circumstance.

Throughout the Bible, we see examples of older believers mentoring (discipling) younger believers and essentially saying, as Paul did, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).  As we try to grow as Christ-followers, we are exhorted to seek out the wisdom and life-experience of our elders.  Needle’s Eye Ministries is fortunate to have a huge pool of potential mentors who can attest to the faithfulness of God through every life circumstance.  We want to connect YOU to a great mentor!

How will this work?

Through short-term book studies (around 6 meetings) a few young professionals will be grouped with two mentors (all the same gender).  Between meetings you will read sections from one of the top books on maturing as a man/woman of God.  Your mentors will listen to your response to the content, ask questions, and share about their own experiences.  That’s it.  Simple, short-term, but rich.  If you feel a connection with one of the mentors when the group concludes, you can approach them about potentially continuing to meet.

How do I get involved?

Because there is limited space in each mentoring group, we want to make sure everyone is seriously committed.  The mentors are picking the times and locations that work for them.  We will continually publicize new groups, so don't worry if one does not fit your schedule.

If you are interested in participating in a mentoring group, fill out the form below for our Small Group Coordinator Jordan Maroon.  Doing so will get you into the pool for all future mentoring groups.

If you are interested in being a mentor, email Jordan (jmaroon@needleseye.org) for more information.

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Welcome Karen Cunningham to the Needle's Eye team!
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Karen Cunningham is a native of San Diego, California but spent most of her formative years in the New Orleans, Louisiana area.  She is a graduate from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where she majored in communications and marketing.

Karen has varied marketplace experience including, but not limited to insurance, human resources, and operations.  Her most treasured responsibility, however, has been to take care of her five children - Joshua, Nathaniel, Jacob, Meg, and Asher (as well as Dave, her husband)!

Karen is amazed at the way God orchestrated her joining the team at Needle’s Eye.  His timing, details, and synchronization were perfect and confirmed that Needle's Eye Ministries is the place where God would have her serve as Office Manager.  She is excited to see God working in and through Needle’s Eye and is looking forward to what God has in store for this ministry.

To welcome Karen to the team, you can email kcunningham@needleseye.org.

Katherine Hodges
Averill Byrd's Career Transition Story
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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/

Katherine Hodges
Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral Hiring a Part-Time Cathedral Secretary
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This position reports to the Dean of the Cathedral, provides administrative and secretarial support, and assists the Cathedral Dean and Parish Council in carrying out the tasks and obligations of the Cathedral.   

The position description includes:

  • Part time, 25 – 30 hours per week, flexible hours Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Answer and screen phone calls, greet visitors and parishioners, process incoming/outgoing mail.
  • Assist with managing appointments for Cathedral Dean, maintain Cathedral calendar.
  • Database and recordkeeping: maintain current Cathedral membership and mailing database; manage weekly volunteer positions in support of Cathedral services, events and activities; maintain a current list of parishioners home bound or in health/support communities.
  • Record vital Parish records such as Baptisms, Weddings, etc.; prepare related applications, certificates and correspondence.
  • Assist and prepare correspondence for Cathedral Dean.
  • Maintain all documents of official cathedral meetings, assist Cathedral Dean and Parish Council in coordinating and communicating meeting information and documents.
  • Layout and prepare weekly and special occasion bulletins.
  • Layout and prepare monthly newsletters, and deliver to Sandstone Post Office for mailing.
  • Administer use of the security system.
  • Provide Notary Public services for Cathedral staff and parishioners.
  • Assist with special projects and events.
  • Maintain highest level of confidentiality.

Qualifications and skills requirement:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong record keeping and organizational skills.
  • Strong computer skills and experience in Microsoft Office, church database software, publishing software, and Adobe InDesign preferred; assist with maintaining cathedral website.
  • Strong skills in the use of standard office tools (copy machine, typewriter, postage machine, etc.).
  • Ability to work with and support of individuals and ministry teams.

Salary:

Hourly commensurate with experience

Part-time position without benefits

To apply, please email your resume to Financial Secretary, Caroline Moses at: caroline@vagocathedral.org

Katherine Hodges
International Mission Board Hiring a Temporary/Substitute Classroom Assistant
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Do you have experience working with children in an educational setting?

The International Mission Board, a nonprofit religious organization in Richmond, VA, is hiring temporary classroom assistants to help in training children of missionaries during orientation and debriefing programs in Rockville, VA!

TEMPORARY SUBSTITUTE CLASSROOM ASSISTANT:

Location: Rockville, VA
Rate: $11.32/hour
Dates: January 23rd, 2018 to March 9th, 2018
Hours: Mondays 7:30-3:30, Tuesdays-Fridays 8:30-3:30

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Assist with various classroom activities which may include:
• bible activities
• cultural learning activities
• physical education
• music and art activities
• sharing information about missions and different people groups/cultures
• various other activities that help students as they grow in their walk with the Lord

REQUIREMENTS:

• High school diploma or GED required
• Previous teaching experience in any setting from early education through high school required. (This can include public or private school setting, daycare, Sunday School, VBS, etc.)
• Overseas experience is a plus but not required.
• Must be flexible to work with various age groups as needed

Please apply online at: www.imb.org/us-jobs under Temporary / Substitute Classroom Assistants.

Katherine Hodges
Parking Lot Prayers, Hindus, & God’s Voice
 Spring/Summer 2017 Young Professionals Workshop

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.”

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.

CEOs Praying for Strangers on the Street
  From Left: Wesley Mullins, Geoff Lawrence, Todd Peace, Howe Rice, Tim Ryan, (Dan Cooper not pictured)

From Left: Wesley Mullins, Geoff Lawrence, Todd Peace, Howe Rice, Tim Ryan, (Dan Cooper not pictured)

It’s not every day you find CEOs across Richmond getting together, and it’s ESPECIALLY not every day you see them get together to walk the streets of Richmond and pray for strangers, but that’s something that’s been on Christian Presidents Group member Howe Rice’s heart for some time.

“You know in Scripture where it talks about Jesus sending them out in twos… so I just kind of felt compelled to do that, to go out in pairs.  I shared it with these guys and they’re crazy enough to be like ‘Yeah, let’s do that!’  And so that’s what we did.”

Different pairs walked around the city, introduced themselves, and asked people if they’d like any prayer.  Some people said “no, thank you,” but some were very receptive.

“Howe started a conversation with a gentleman who appeared to be homeless.  He was open about the fact that he didn’t know what he believed.  He wasn’t sure if he believed in God.  Howe took time to walk him through some Scriptures, ask him what he believed.  We probably talked with him for about 15 minutes and really got down to the heart level,” said Tim Ryan.

Howe said, “Tim was great.  He would go right up to people and say, ‘Hey, what can we pray for?  There’s no other agenda here.  We just want to pray for you.’ And I was honestly shocked at how many people said ‘Yeah, actually I’m struggling with this.  I would appreciate some prayer here.'”

At one point Tim and Howe were walking around praying to the Lord, asking Him, “Who should we talk to? Who do you want us to approach Lord?”  They came across a man who looked busy moving boxes, so they kept going.  Then Tim felt a tug to turn around.

“We went back to him,” Howe said, “and he had this really tough guy look and I think that’s why I kept walking, but Tim felt the Spirit pulling us back to him and as soon as Tim said ‘we just want to pray for you’ he started smiling.  You could just feel the burden lifted from him.”

This Christian Presidents Group knows Christianity in America can be a comfortable life.  Geoff Lawrence said, “One of the comments Howe made 11 years ago when this group started was he just wants to end the race bloody, beaten, and sliding in front of Christ, like sliding into the gates and running hard, not worried about how it looks, what people around him are doing, but being so focused on it that you’re running as hard as you can run.  And it’s like that runner’s so focused on it that they’re diving for that line.  And so that comes out of uncomfortable situations.  That doesn’t come out of comfort.  You can’t sit on your couch and show Christ’s love.  That’s what he’s spurring us on to do, to step out of our comfort zone, because Christ is in the uncomfortable situations.”

If you know a Christian President looking for other presidents or CEOs serious about being the hands and feet of Christ then be sure to tell them about our Christian Presidents Groups.

Katherine Hodges