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NEW Getting Real Series | Starting this October!

Getting Real Rattners

Leave it to Bill and Lisa Rattner to turn up the heat with our first Getting Real Series topic! Starting this fall, Needle’s Eye is launching an all new series that is designed to “get real” about some of life’s most difficult subjects, such as sex, justice and suffering.

“Before Bill and I were believers, we both thought sex was about our own personal pleasure. We were not bound to the religious dogma that made sex outside of marriage off limits. We were wrong,” says Lisa. “We’ve had to deal with the fallout from believing this lie – the consequences of an abortion and the resulting shame, difficult and stunted conversations about our past, and challenges to true intimacy. But God redeems and restores! I know someone needs to hear this message.”

Following the October series, Bill and Lisa will host a four week small group to continue this discussion. “We want to create a safe community for people to ask us questions and know they’re not alone.”

About the Getting Real Series
Getting Real is a series that features personal stories of tragedy, triumph, and the places in between. Join us to see how God meets people in their circumstances and how He can reveal His purposes in your own lives.

Dates & Locations:
Monday, October 6 | 5:30 – 7 PM
Sam Miller’s Restaurant
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Wednesday, October 8 | 12 – 1 PM
Willow Oaks Country Club
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Wednesday, October 15 | 5:30 – 7 PM
Water Coastal Kitchen
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Thursday, October 16 | 12-1 PM
The Place at Innsbrook
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For more information, visit

RightNow Media


Needle’s Eye is always looking for ways to serve and equip you as you live out your faith throughout the week. We’re excited to announce that we’re offering a new online resource to develop and share your faith… And it’s completely free for you! Now, subscribers to the News @ Needle’s Eye blog will have access to this amazing resource.

RightNow Media is essentially the “Netflix” of video Bible studies, leadership development and training tools. With instant access to thousands of great videos, you can search by category, topic, or speaker, and have access to speakers like Andy Stanley, John Maxwell and Tim Keller, just to name a few. View these videos from your phone, tablet or computer. And you can also use them in your small group setting through a TV or projector.

Are you interested in having access to RightNow Media? Be sure to subscribe to our News @ Needle’s Eye blog by entering your email address and clicking the SUBSCRIBE button at the top right. Lisa Rattner will send you an invitation to connect to this awesome resource!

The SUBSCRIBE button looks like this (please do not click on the image below!):



NEW TGIF Lunches Starting This Fall!

TGIF-lunch with Buddy(final)Practically speaking, what does it look like to be Christ in my workplace? How do we live for God in an ungodly world? How does humility fit into a culture that values individualism and competition? Let’s talk about it!

Bring your lunch, and we’ll bring the speakers (beverages provided too)! Together, we will examine what Scripture has to say about real life issues that affect our faith, family and work.

“When the Going Gets Tough” with Buddy Childress

The Apostle Paul didn’t rely on his own logical travel plans. He didn’t have a GPS or a travel agent. Instead, he had the Holy Spirit directing his every step. Journey with Buddy and Paul on this wild adventure and see what plans God may have for you.

When: Friday, September 19 | 12-1 PM
Where: Needle’s Eye Office | 104 Berrington Ct., Richmond 23221
Cost: Free; bring your own lunch (drinks provided)
Register: Click here to register!

Save the date for our fall lineup!

Fri., September 19 | Fri., October 3
Fri., November 7 | Fri., December 5

Women’s Thursday Night Study | Starting Sept. 18th!

Women's Ministry Thursday Restless - Fall 2014

Do You Feel Like You’re Missing Something?

What if this feeling wasn’t a bad thing? It could be a longing for more of God and a catalyst to living the life that was designed before the foundations of the earth were laid.

If we’re honest, many of us are afraid. We hold our dreams close to our chest. But our passions have a purpose—they were engineered for God’s greater plan and He intends for us to use them for His glory and purposes.

In Restless, Bible teacher and fellow struggler Jennie Allen explores practical ways to identify the threads of your life and how to intentionally weave them together. She explains how your gifts, passions, places, and relationships aren’t random; they’re deliberate and meaningful. And your suffering—it’s possible it has produced the very thing you want to give back to the world.

Using the story of Joseph, the dreamer, Jennie explains how his suffering, gifts, relationships—all of the threads of his life—fit into the greater story of God and how our stories can do the same. What would happen if God got bigger than your fear and insecurity, and you spent the rest of your life running without reservation after his purposes for you? You were created for more.

When: Thursdays, September 18 to November 6, 5:45-7:30 PM
Where: Needle’s Eye Office | 104 Berrington Ct., Richmond. 23221
Cost: Purchase your own study guide (Restless by Jennie Allen)
Register: Click here to register!
Questions: Contact Lisa Rattner at or call 804.358.1283.

Young Professionals Group Workshop | Starting 9/23


YPG is a provocative eight-week experience for young professionals (20s/30s) to explore issues such as: identity, purpose, vocation and calling, relationships, and work-life balance. Topics also include spiritual warfare, “cultural Christianity” and authentic community.  The YPG workshop is co-facilitated by J.C. Cancelleri and Lisa Rattner – credentialed coaches and trainers.

When: Tuesday nights, September 23 through November 18 6 PM to 8 PM

Where: Needle’s Eye Ministries Offices | 104 Berrington Court | Richmond 23221

Cost: $40

Register Now

What participants say about their experience in YPG:

Carrie WorthamCarrie Wortham:

“I came into YPG feeling locked in a box. During the sessions, the people and topics helped me to realize my closed state and embrace where I was without feeling judged. I can genuinely say that the workshop liberated me. Don’t miss out on the challenge to confront the invisible walls in your life, so that you can experience freedom as I did.”

Dan AllowayDan Alloway:

“The Needle’s Eye YPG 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 Roles:

“It was a privilege participate in YPG! 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 YPG, 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 any one who is struggling with identity and purpose to join YPG. 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. Lisa and JC helped me transform from death to life in many areas of my life. I’m sure it will do the same for others!”

Women’s Book Group | September 24

Women's Book Group

Calling all readers or wannabe readers! Get connected to talk about those fun and inspirational books that have challenged your faith, made you laugh until you cried, or kept you up late into the evening with intrigue and suspense! Over the summer we’ve opened up our homes and our hearts monthly to talk about a book we love while getting to know friends – old and new. It’s been a blast, so we’re continuing through the fall! 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!

We are also in need of event hosts for the fall! If you are interested in hosting, please contact Lisa Rattner at 804.358.1283 or

discerningBOOK: Discerning the Voice of God

From the pen of one who has been where you are: loving God and longing to hear his voice, Priscilla Shirer shares her insights based on practical experience and years of biblical study in this new edition of Discerning the Voice of God. In it she writes:

Through His longsuffering and steadfastness, God has invited me to know Him better. And the more intimate I’ve become with Him, the more acquainted I’ve become with His voice. He has proven Himself to me not because I’m more special than anyone else, but because He loves proving His Word is true-to all His children. To you.

When: Wednesday, September 24, 6-8 PM
Where: The home of Sheri Ogburn
Cost: Purchase your own book (Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer)
Register: Click here to register!

Spiritual Shots™ | SEX: Why Are Christians so Prudish & Narrow-Minded About Sex?


Join us on Tuesday, September 16th for this quarter’s lively discussion: “SEX: Why Are Christians So Prudish & Narrow-Minded About Sex?” facilitated by Corey Widmer.  No RSVP required; includes live music & FREE pizza!

When: Tuesday, September 16 | 6:00-7:30 PM
Where: Bottoms Up Pizza at the corner of 17th and Dock Streets
1700 Dock Street | Richmond, VA 23223
Cost: FREE

About Spiritual Shots™

Spiritual Shots™ is a forum for people to explore their questions about Christianity in a relaxed environment. The atmosphere is casual, not confrontational. No name tags, no prayer, no church “insider” language. You don’t have to have any knowledge of the Bible. Spiritual Shots™ is designed to offer honest answers to your tough questions about Christianity.

Questions? Visit for more information or contact Tera Barry at 804-358-1283 or

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