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May 2014 Speaker Series | Holly Delano

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May Speaker: Holly Delano

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What if the person who made you whole went away in the blink of an eye?

After Holly Delano lost her young husband in an accident, everything changed. Life went on but she was left with an enormous hole where love used to be.

Holly didn’t know it at the time, but God had a plan. He knew she had the strength to raise her three-year-old son, start a successful business, and live in abundance again.

This May, Holly will share how God led her on a journey to discover who would make her whole again.

Real answers about love, loss, and new directions.

Dates & Locations

DATE: Wednesday, May 14
WHERE: Willow Oaks Country Club (6228 Forest Hill Ave, 23225)
WHEN: 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
COST: Pre-payment is $11 (due by Mon, May 12)
Late registration is $13 (payment made May 13 or 14)

DATE: Thursday, May 15
WHERE: The Place at Innsbrook (4036-C Cox Road, 23060)
WHEN: 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
COST: Pre-payment is $11 (due by Tue, May 13)
Late registration is $13 (payment made May 14 or 15)

DATE: Wednesday, May 21
WHERE: Water Coastal Kitchen (3411 W. Cary St., 23221)
WHEN: 5:30 PM – 7 PM
COST: Pre-payment is $11 (due by Mon, May 19)
Late registration is $13 (payment made May 20 or 21)
*Seating is limited

Thanks to our May Speaker Series sponsor, Dr. Jim Schroeder, first-time guests are free! 

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NEW YP Fan LIFE Group | Beginning in May!

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Has God put a burden on your heart to make Jesus know in the Fan? Are you ready to take the spiritual training wheels off, go deeper with others in accountability relationships, and develop your leadership skills to serve the Kingdom? The Young Professionals Fan LIFE Group launching on Tuesday nights, beginning May 6th, may just be for you.

We are seeking YPs (22-35 years old) who want to exemplify the love of Christ – those who are willing to be humbly submitted to the Lord and to one another so that He will be made known in Richmond.

Our Pillars:

  • Love one another, just as Christ loved us
  • Pursue the heart of God, and let Him fully into ours
  • Strengthen our discernment and other spiritual muscles
  • Remove the barriers that impact our Faith, be bold
  • Pour out a foundation of Prayer over everything

The Fan LIFE Group will be limited to 20 YPs who are serious about their faith and committed to meet every Tuesday evening from May 6 through year-end. Our prayer (and our goal) is that we will build a strong foundation of leaders who can then replicate this experience and create additional Fan LIFE Groups within 6 months. If this is stirring your heart and you are ready to commit, register no later than Thursday, April 24th. We will attempt to balance the group between men and women so you will be notified about your placement in the group by May 2nd.

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Questions? Contact Lisa Rattner, Director of Small Group Ministry at

Women’s Ministry Book Club | Starting in May!

Women's Ministry Book Club

Do you have a desire to engage with other women and build some new friendships? Needle’s Eye is launching a monthly book club for women to develop deeper relationships over a book discussion and light snacks. You are welcome to invite your friends, neighbors or colleagues too!

hadassah2This May, we will explore the fictional book: Hadassah: One Night With the KingAuthor Tommy Tenney breathes life into the incredible story of Hadassah, a simple peasant girl who is chosen over 127 other young women to become Esther, queen of Persia. Interwoven in this gripping drama are extraordinary new insights into the Book of Esther, its purpose and message.

Karen Wright will facilitate each book discussion throughout the summer, but others are welcome to host in their homes! Please contact Lisa Rattner if you are interested in hosting.

What: Women’s book discussion, led by Karen Wright
Tuesday, May 13, 6 PM - 8 PM
Where: The home of Karen Wright, 9359 Colvincrest Drive Mechanicsville, 23116; 804.746.0876
Cost: Purchase your own book! Hadassah: One Night With the King by Tommy Tenney 
Reserve Your Spot: Click here to register!

Questions or interest in hosting a summer book study? Contact Lisa Rattner at or call 804.358.1283.

About Karen Wright

Karen Wright has worked as a real estate paralegal with three Richmond law firms and has experience in asset management with the Resolution Trust Corporation, managing foreclosed properties in the southeastern United States.  In 1998 she transitioned to Chicago Title Insurance Company as Assistant Vice President/Senior Commercial Coordinator, working on multi-state projects.  Sensing in 2006 she wanted to make a career change, Karen attended the Career Transition Group at Needle’s Eye and soon found a position as Manager of Volunteer Services with Hospice of Virginia.  During her employment with hospice Karen also enjoyed helping Jim Hunter facilitate the Wednesday morning Career Transition Group.  After six years with hospice, Karen resigned in 2012 to help care for her mom who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Karen and her husband Stan are active members at Cool Spring Baptist Church in Mechanicsville where she currently serves in Women’s Ministry.  She has three grown daughters, and two granddaughters.

Financial Series: How to Beat Down the School Loan

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Entrust Financial Credit Union


Entrust Financial Credit Union is hosting a financial series designed to help you discover how to live within God’s plan. Each month, you will be given the tools needed to change the financial trajectory of your life.

APRIL | How to beat down the school loan
Walk away with practical steps and disaster saving tips while paying off a school loan.
When:  Wednesday, April 23 | 6:30-7:30 PM
Needle’s Eye Ministries (104 Berrington Court, Richmond)
Cost: $5
Register: Click here to register!

For more information, contact Lisa Rattner at 804.358.1283 or


Entrust Financial Credit Union was started by Christians, for Christians, to enable individuals to be better stewards with their finances by providing banking accounts that are competitive in the marketplace.

We give banking a higher purpose by providing our account holders with opportunities to improve their finances through free one-on-one budget coaching, Biblically-based money seminars and by supporting ministries.

Faith in Action | Walk

This week, we challenge you to…



Ephesians 5 says, “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

This passage richly explains how we should be mindful of walking in the way of love — complete with a catalog of shoulds and should nots for God’s people (For the full passage, click here). Paul reminds us why it’s important, and he sums it up nicely in verses 15 and 16: “Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

Time to process this for a moment.

Let’s first put a pin in the idea that we are called to follow God’s example, and relish in the fact that we are dearly loved children. Do you know what that means? It means that we have nothing to prove. Even though we may have goals and objectives that are looming over our heads, God values us without what we can get crossed off the list this week.

For some, that’s all you need to hear.

For others, you are compelled to take the next step — to walk forward with what God has made you to be. Walking implies action and moving forward. Good ol’ Webster said it best: “to go with (someone) to a place by walking: to walk with (someone); to pursue a course of action or way of life.”

Walk. Move. Go with someone. Pursue.

Paul isn’t very subtle about the next step. In everything we do, we are meant to live it out and love others sacrificially. At work, we are called to love the ones we like, the ones we don’t like, and even the ones we despise. And when we do, we are making the most of every opportunity to remind them that they are dearly loved by God as well.

What does it mean for you to follow God’s example? Knowing that you are already dearly loved by God, how can you walk in the way of love? What would that look like to your friends, neighbors and coworkers?


About the Faith in Action Challenge

Like many people, you might spend most of your waking hours at work. You’ve likely built relationships with your coworkers, customers, and others in your organization. Whether the prospect of sharing your faith there seems daunting or exciting, the wrong approach could land you in trouble in the workplace.

Yet all around you at work, people are looking for spiritual answers. It’s no accident that God has placed you in your particular job, alongside them. God wants you to share your faith at work as He gives you opportunities, and He will help you do it.

Each week, Needle’s Eye Ministries is offering practical ways you can naturally put your faith in action with people you interact with at work. Our hope is that you are challenged each week to share your faith with those who need it most.

Batter Up! Needle’s Eye Softball Team Starts Monday

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Plaaaaaay ball!

Are you ready for some softball?!?! Needle’s Eye has created a co-ed team to play locally and exhibit God’s love for us through sportsmanship, teamwork, and commitment on the diamond. All levels of skill and experience are welcome!

Whether you’re interested in playing on the team or coming to cheer…
The first two games are Monday, April 7 at 6:30 and 7:20 on Henderson Field #1!

League: River City co-ed recreational in Richmond
Where: 608 Forest Lawn Drive, Richmond, VA. The fields are behind Henderson Middle School and John Marshall High School.
When: Mondays, starting April 7th; back-to-back games at 6 and 7 PM OR 8 and 9 PM each night
Season: 14 weeks (skipping Memorial Day and Independence Day)
Cost: $68; covers team’s entry into the league (i.e. umpires, fields, etc), softballs and t-shirts.
Questions? Contact Chip McCraw at 434-607-9326


April 2014 Speaker Series | Lee Mitchell [Video]

April Speaker: Lee Mitchell

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Dates & Locations

DATE: Wednesday, April 9
WHERE: Willow Oaks Country Club (6228 Forest Hill Ave, 23225)
WHEN: 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
COST: Pre-payment is $11 (due by Mon, April 7)
Late registration is $13 (payment made April 8 or 9)

DATE: Wednesday, April 16
WHERE: Water Coastal Kitchen (3411 W. Cary St., 23221)
WHEN: 5:30 PM – 7 PM
COST: Pre-payment is $11 (due by Mon, April 14)
Late registration is $13 (payment made April 15 or 16)
*Seating is limited

DATE: Thursday, April 17
WHERE: The Place at Innsbrook (4036-C Cox Road, 23060)
WHEN: 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
COST: Pre-payment is $11 (due by Tue, April 15)
Late registration is $13 (payment made April 16 or 17)

Thanks to our April Speaker Series sponsor, Integrity Landscaping Solutions, first-time guests are free! 

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