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Women’s Lunchtime Small Group | Starting Feb. 18th!

Praying the Lord's Prayer 2.18

A consistent prayer life is a challenge for many in the workplace.  The “busyness” of work and life made even more intense by technology  has dampened our ability to quiet our hearts and minds. Often, we are left wondering, “Did God hear me? Does He even care?”

In his book, Praying the Lord’s Prayer, an excerpt from Growing in Christ, J. I. Packer presents a powerful truth: prayer is a natural activity between the Heavenly Father and his children. As Packer works through each phrase of Christ’s pattern of prayer, readers will begin to grasp the basic principles and guidelines of prayer. As readers apply the truths of this book to their prayer lives, they will experience intimate communication with God and will strengthen their own conversations with their Father in heaven.

Leader: Janice Beacham
When: Wednesdays, Starting Feb. 18th, 12-1 PM
Where: Estes Office, 3901 Broad St., Richmond, VA
Cost: Purchase your own book (Praying the Lord’s Prayer by J.I. Packer)
Register: Click here to register!
Questions: Contact Lisa Rattner at or call 804.358.1283.

Women’s Thursday Night Study | Starting Feb. 5th!

Named By God

You were created to live with purpose and power, yet so many times, life causes us to forget that we were named by God. Join the Needle’s Eye women for an all-new Thursday Night Women’s Study starting February 5th!

About Named by God
In many ways, Kasey Van Norman has suffered more heartbreak than one woman can bear. Growing up, she endured her parents’ divorce, date rape, and years of addiction to sex, cutting, and eating disorders. As an adult, Kasey has endured a painful miscarriage; the heartbreak (and restoration) of infidelity; a cancer diagnosis; rejection by her friends, church, and community; and her mother’s death from cancer. But at the end of this twisting path of sorrow, Kasey walked out of the wilderness and into a place of God’s merciful and miraculous healing and redemption. In Named by God, Kasey shares her story of God’s infinite grace and compassion so that others might learn from her experience as they encounter a depth of Jesus like never before!

When: Thursdays, starting February 5, 5:45-7:30 PM
Where: Needle’s Eye Office | 104 Berrington Ct., Richmond. 23221
Cost: Purchase your own book (Named by God by Kacey Van Norman)
Register: Click here to register!
Questions: Contact Lisa Rattner at or call 804.358.1283.

Women’s Far West End Small Group | Starting Feb. 12th!


As we begin the new year, Needle’s Eye wants you to be challenged and inspired. We are committed to helping you grow, so get plugged into a small group today!

About Gideon: Your weakness. God’s strength.
When we hear the name Gideon, many of us think about his 300 soldiers or the fleece he laid out under the evening sky. But Gideon’s story is so much bigger than that – bigger than any one man and his mark on Israel’s history.

Like everything else in the Bible, this is a story about God and His people. His love for them, as well as His strength operating in spite of their weakness even through their weakness. And because God’s people includes you and me, Gideon’s story is also about us our lives, our doubts, our struggles, and our possibilities as believers. From a state of fear, weakness, and insecurity, Gideon emerged as Israel’s hero, filled with God’s presence and His passion for deliverance.

In what ways do you feel insufficient? Those places create the greatest opportunity to experience the sufficiency of God. Instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, see them as the gifts that they are, given specifically and strategically by God to unlock the door of God’s strength.

Leader: Cathy Tankersley
When: Thursdays, Starting Feb. 12th, 7 PM
Where: The Home of Cathy Tankersley (near the Steward School)
Cost: Purchase your own study guide (Gideon by Priscilla Shirer)
Register: Click here to register!
Questions: Contact Lisa Rattner at or call 804.358.1283.

Four Week Women’s Book Study | Starting February 4!

He Loves Me

He Loves Me. Four Week Study. Too often, as women, we come under a performance mentality that tells us we are only as good as what we produce. We strive to keep up with work, home and community. Fear of failing, shame and condemnation are feelings that creep in and rob us from living confidently, or, simply put, living loved. Ready to kick this to the curb?

Join us and invite colleagues, neighbors and friends as we dig deeper into this 4-week transformational study on living as beloved daughters of the Most High God.

He Loves Me!

About He Loves Me! by Wayne Jacobsen

So many Christians believe God’s love is fickle: when they sin, He turns away in disgust and anger. They vacillate between “He loves me” and “He loves me not” based on their behavior. That reasoning, writes Wayne Jacobsen, is as flawed as pulling petals from a daisy. Rather God’s love is sturdy, enduring, and undisturbed by people’s failings because God loves humankind not for what they do–but who they are. They are God’s beloved creation.

Startlingly honest and empathetically written, He Loves Me! reveals the facts of God’s relentless grace. Readers will learn how to live consciously, confidently in this love all the time. Questions for personal reflection and group discussion help make these truths practical and life-changing. 

When: Wednesdays, February 4-25, 6-8 PM
Where: The home of Susan Werderman | (Intersection of Patterson and Gaskins)
Cost: Purchase your own book (He Loves Me! by Wayne Jacobsen)
Register: Click here to register!


Women’s Book Group | January 21

Radical Gratitude 2

Women of all ages and from various touch points with Needle’s Eye have been getting together monthly to share about a book that has impacted their lives. These evenings have been filled with lots of laughter, great conversation and a sense of community that transcends age, occupation and faith traditions. You’re busy. We get that. Join us when you can – it’s one evening, no ongoing commitment, no homework, no fuss! Just the gift of a good read shared with great women!

If you are interested in hosting, please contact Lisa Rattner at 804.358.1283 or

Radical GratitudeBOOK: Radical Gratitude

Why read a nice book about gratitude? After all, being thankful is not controversial. Everyone agrees that gratitude is a good thing. Nor is it rocket science. It is simple. But radical gratitude is also powerful, provocative, life-changing. It’s like a pair of glasses that get progressively sharper: the more we thank, the more we see to be thankful for. Gratitude is the lens that reveals God’s incredible grace at work. It is the key to tangible, everyday joy. True to Ellen Vaughn’s signature style, this book overflows with unforgettable, surprising stories that show gratitude’s transforming power. It is fun, slightly quirky, deep…and immensely refreshing.

When: Wednesday, January 21, 6-8 PM
Where: The home of Christine Anderson (near Virginia Center Commons)
Cost: Purchase your own book (Radical Gratitude by Ellen Vaughn)
Register: Click here to register!

YP Women’s Small Group | Starting January 5

Girls With Swords

Young Professional women in your 20s and 30s, Heather Zulauf is hosting a four-week small group for YOU this winter in the Fan!  Join a community of like-minded women and learn how to live with purpose, armed with truth, and ready to impact your world.

About Girls With Swords

What if you discovered you have been entrusted with an invisible, invincible, and incorruptible weapon? Would you use it? Would you move beyond only study and begin to wield the Word of God!

If there ever was a time for women to be armed, it’s now. Worldwide, women are the targets of prejudice, sex trafficking, abuse, and even gendercide. Lisa Bevere writes that these attacks say more about who women might be in the future than who they have been in the past. In Girls with Swords she explains how the enemy is seeking to disarm women on every level. It’s time women become the heroes God created them to be and stand—courageous, discerning, forgiving, and wise.

Take up your sword and be a hero!

When: Mondays, starting January 5, 7 PM
Where: The home of Heather Zulauf | Museum District
Cost: Purchase your own book (Girls with Swords by Lisa Bevere)
Register: Click here to register!

Getting Real Series | Save the Date!

Getting Real Justice 1..15

How does our faith impact the way we see justice? What part can we play in seeking justice for others? 

William “Bill” Mims is a former Attorney General of Virginia and current Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. This January, join us as Bill gets real about how we are all called to live out Micah 6:8: “And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Dates & Locations:

Wednesday, January 21
5:30 – 7 PM
Water Coastal Kitchen
Click here to register
Thursday, January 22
12 – 1 PM
The Place at Innsbrook
Click here to register
Monday, January 26
5:30 – 7 PM
Sam Miller’s Restaurant
Click here to register
Wednesday, January 28
12 – 1 PM
Willow Oaks Country Club
Click here to register

For more information, visit

View the 2014-2015 Getting Real Schedule


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