We have a day for giving thanks. Immediately following, we have two days for getting deals. Somewhere along the line, greed replaced grateful, and receiving replaced giving.
This year, on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, we are part of a call to action that will change the calendar and help make history. We are celebrating a day dedicated to giving – when charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will all come together for #GivingTuesday – a movement to celebrate giving and encourage more, better and smarter giving during the holiday season that we are proud to be part of.
So, let’s take a few minutes today on Giving Tuesday to remember to be grateful for all the gifts in our lives, and to make gifts to our favorite organizations working to make the world the kind of place we want it to be.
Will you partner with Needle’s Eye to help transform the Richmond marketplace on Giving Tuesday?
Thank you for your partnership and prayers and may you be blessed as you give this season!
GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens is a Richmond holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains and more. Join the Needle’s Eye Women’s Ministry for a delightful evening touring the lights! If it rains, we’ll reschedule.
When: Thursday, Dec. 5th
Cost: $11 per person (bring cash or credit/debit card to purchase ticket at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens)
Meet us in the rotunda of the Robins Visitor Center at Lewis Ginter at 6:30 PM, where we’ll buy our tickets. Dress warmly—most of the exhibit is outdoors!
If you’d like to come early for a light dinner in the Garden Café, meet in the rotunda at 5:30 PM.
(Even though we are not taking payments for this outing, please register your name and how many will be coming with you so we can have a head count… Thanks!)
YP Advisory Group: (Top) Haider Sharifi, Lee Mitchell
(Middle) Heather Zulauf, Mary Chandler Pruette, Cole Mortimer Wasdin, Jared Wasdin
(Bottom) Patrick Hiltz, Mark Barrett, Dan Alloway
“You’re never too young to be a leader,” says Buddy Childress. “I was 30 years old when God led me to start this organization, and I know firsthand that the future of this ministry is with our young professionals.”
Needle’s Eye has become a proponent of building up the next generation over the last few years through workshops, LIFE groups and mentoring. Most recently, Needle’s Eye formed a Young Professionals Advisory Group to provide new ideas and outreach opportunities — and was notably the catalyst for 360: An Evening with Mark Batterson.
Newlywed Cole Mortimer Wasdin cannot help but smile when she talks about serving with her husband in the YP Advisory Group. “It’s our privilege to help guide this already flourishing community. Our hope is that the YP Ministry continues to grow into strong advocates for Christ, our city, and join with the wider Needles Eye ministry to see more lives changed in the name of Jesus.”
“Having worked alongside these young professionals, it is apparent to me that God is doing something new in RVA. I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” says board member Michael Smith. “Even though these young professionals have come of age in the era of ‘digital connection,’ they are finding a real human community at Needle’s Eye — not just Facebook friends.”
Wasdin recounts how Needle’s Eye has impacted her tremendously: “The YP Ministry has been a true blessing and a Christ-honoring community since our move to Richmond. We consider Needle’s Eye to be our family.”
For more information on each of the YP Advisory Group members, click here.
Is there more to life than being “successful” in the business and professional world? What is my purpose? Whose Kingdom am I serving? Join an eight-week small group workshop for young professionals (20s/30s) to discuss these questions as well explore issues like work-life balance, vocation and calling and cultural Christianity verses authentic living.
Who: Young professionals in their 20s and 30s
When: Tuesdays, September 17-November 5 from 6-8 PM
Where: Needle’s Eye Office at 104 Berrington Court, Richmond, VA 23221
Leaders: J.C. Cancelleri and Lisa Rattner
Register: Click here