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Women’s Far West End Small Group | Starting Feb. 5th!


As we begin the new year, Needle’s Eye wants you to be challenged, inspired, and most importantly, transformed. 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, most 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. 5th, 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” because of 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: Wednesday, July 23, 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

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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!

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

RightNow Media | Staff Pick for December!

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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 share our favorite study from RightNow Media for the month of December: The Thrill of Hope by Andy Stanley!

Do you remember as a child what it was like enduring those days before Christmas? It was the anticipation that made Christmas, Christmas. That same dynamic is what made the first Christmas so extraordinary. For generations, men and women had been waiting anxiously for the birth of their Messiah, with no assurance that they would live to see Him.

And like us, they probably wondered, Is this really going to happen? After all, God has been silent for years? Has He forgotten about us?

Do you have those same doubts? Do you feel like God even knows you exist? Do you wonder if it’s worth it to follow Christ? In The Thrill of Hope, Andy Stanley makes the case that the Christmas story is your story.

Thrill of Hope

What is RightNow Media?

RightNow Media is like the “Netflix” of video Bible studies and training tools, and it is a FREE online resource for anyone who is involved with Needle’s Eye!

So how do I get RightNow Media?
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Spiritual Shots™ | JUSTICE: Hasn’t Religion Done More Harm Than Good?



Join us on Tuesday, January 6th for this quarter’s lively discussion: “JUSTICE: Hasn’t Religion Done More Harm Than Good?” facilitated by Percy Strickland. No RSVP required; includes live music & FREE pizza!

When: Tuesday, January 6 | 6-7:30 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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TGIF | “Planks, Specks, and Stones” this December

TGIF 12.5

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.

Planks, Specks, and Stones: Does the Bible Contradict the Current View of Judgment?
 with Buddy Childress

When: Friday, December 5 | 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!


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