Come to out to this (free!) lunch to get to know our Mission Partner:
International Cooperating Ministries!
Sunday, February 17
12:30 p.m. | Room 101
Come and hear from Geof Stiff about the impact that ICM has globally. Third Church and its members have had global impact by sponsoring 225 church buildings in 40 countries that provide a place of worship for over 43,000 believers all across South America, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Far East, and Africa.
Questions? Contact Rebecca Hatton.
CommonGoodRVA exists to help equip Christians to steward their vocations for the common good of Richmond. Join them for this great annual conference.
At their annual conference this March, our Covenant Partner, Justin Earley, author of The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction, will serve as the keynote speaker. Together, we will look to answer these questions:
1. How is the structure of modern life in Richmond shaping our habits in positive and negative ways?
2. What habits must change in your life, your work, and our city for the sake of the common good?
We'll also hear insight on our topic from local speakers:
Erin Rose, our Pastoral Intern, and the Worship Director and Teaching Pastor at East End Fellowship and vocalist with Urban Doxology
Alex Brito, Partner at CURE and member at City Church.
The morning will conclude with a Q&A moderated by Becca Payne, Third’s communications director.
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Early registration is $15 and runs through February 28th
Regular registration and door tickets are $20. Your conference registration fee includes a $5 voucher to be used for lunch at a local restaurant (TBA) where we’ll have the chance to continue our conversations inspired by the morning’s discussion.
Childcare available for ages 2 and up for $10 per child but must be registered by the early registration deadline.
Buy tickets: commongoodrva.com
Come join us on Tuesday, February 12 for The Common Rule Book release!
Come celebrate the publication of The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction at 2810: a community gathering place in Carytown. Join us for drinks & snacks (and some live music!) starting at 6:30pm, with some brief reflections on the book from the author, Justin Whitmel Earley, at 7PM.
Books will be available for sale at the discounted price of $14 ($4 off the cover price) AND a week before online sales go live on 2/19.
Please RSVP if you're planning to come and spread the word!
Below is a synopsis of The Common Rule below, and you can also find out more at www.thecommonrule.org:
Habits form us more than we form them. The modern world is a machine of a thousand invisible habits, forming us into anxious, busy, and depressed people. We yearn for the freedom and peace of the gospel, but remain addicted to our technology, shackled by our screens, and exhausted by our routines. But because our habits are the water we swim in, they are almost invisible to us. What can we do about it? The answer to our contemporary chaos is to practice a rule of life that aligns our habits to our beliefs. The Common Rule offers four daily and four weekly habits, designed to help us create new routines and transform frazzled days into lives of love for God and neighbor. Justin Earley provides concrete, doable practices, such as a daily hour of phoneless presence or a weekly conversation with a friend. These habits are “common” not only because they are ordinary, but also because they can be practiced in community. They have been lived out by people across all walks of life―businesspeople, professionals, parents, students, retirees―who have discovered new hope and purpose. As you embark on these life-giving practices, you will find the freedom and rest for your soul that comes from aligning belief in Jesus with the practices of Jesus.
WHAT IS FEBRUARY TERM?
Each February, we push pause on our normal Sunday school classes so we can spend a month together as a full church community studying a topic that has bearing on all our lives. February Term proves to be one of our most special events each year—when else do we get to spend 4 Sundays all together in one room?!—so we hope you join us.
Sundays in February
10:00 a.m. | Fellowship Hall
WHAT WILL WE STUDY THIS YEAR?
In this year’s class, we’ll be looking at how powerful and pervasive habits are in the substructure of our lives, and how Scripture calls us to be much more intentional and thoughtful about our habitual lives than we normally are. We’re excited to welcome Justin Earley as our key teacher of this 4 week class. Justin is is a covenant partner, a shepherding elder, and also the author of the forthcoming book, The Common Rule, Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction.
Week 1 - February 3: How Habits Inevitably Shape Our Lives [Teacher: Justin Earley]
Week 2 - February 10: Habits that Cultivate Love for Neighbor [Teacher: Justin Earley]
Week 3 - February 17: Habits that Cultivate Love for Community [Teacher: Derek Mondeau]
Week 4 - February 24: Habits that Cultivate Love for God [Teacher: Corey Widmer']
Third Church Men’s Retreat
Adam’s Return: The communal journey towards cruciform (cross-shaped) masculinity
Friday, February 1: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 2: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Speakers: Bill Copeland and Derek Mondeau
In American society today, men have plenty of everything—money, sex, power, education—and many voices telling them how to be happy and successful. There are also voices telling them they are little more than sources of oppression in a world marked by the abuse of power.
In this context, whether you are young or old, the question of what it means to be a man is confusing. Most men long for the support and nurture of other men to help in the journey toward masculinity, maturity, and a deeper experience of God. But rarely do we get to actually experience what we long for.
During this retreat, Derek and Bill will use three things as a framework to explore your own masculinity, your own spirituality, and your own potential for leadership.
The first is Scripture, in order to understand the masculine journey in the context of redemption.
The second is Richard Rohr’s book Adam’s return, in order to understand how masculinity is embodied and bestowed in community.
The third is Bill and Derek’s own story, and the story of men in our midst, in order to understand how men walking with one another, across generations, can lead to deep Gospel transformation.
As Rohr says, “Men are people, not gods. We need to confront suffering, loss, and death before we can live with cruciform wisdom and vision.” We hope this weekend will empower and equip us to become men of cruciform vision and cruciform wisdom.
About our speakers:
Bill Copeland is the Pastor of Christ Community Church, Charlottesville Virginia. Bill is a former linebacker for UVA. Before entering the pastorate, Bill career in Christian education and the development of young men and women. He worked for one of the most well known Christian private schools — Stony Brook. Derek says, “Bill is simply the best discipler of men, and particularly older men, that I know.”
Derek Mondeau is Third Church’s Pastor of Discipleship and Parish Ministry. After serving for 11 years with Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship on the campus of the University of Virginia, he then served as IV Area Director until 2017. Derek and his wife Sue then came to Third to help lead and develop discipleship ministries and birth Third’s Parish ministry.
The deadline to register is Wednesday, January 30.
On Sunday morning, December 30, we’ll be changing our normal service times. Instead of our 3 services, we will meet at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary, with time in-between for meeting and catching up with friends new and old.
9:00 a.m. Service in the Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. Extended time for fellowship and coffee in the Fellowship Hall.
11:00 a.m. Service in the Sanctuary
Sunday school will not meet (except for Good News Class in Room 101), but childcare will be available for kindergarten and younger in both services.
Due to the impending snow in the forecast for tomorrow morning- December 9- we're choosing to hold one service at 8:45 a.m. Childcare will still be available for our kids kindergarten and younger. If you can’t make it, feel free to stream our service here, and download our worship guide here.
We'll cancel both the 10:00 and 11:15 a.m. services. Stay safe everyone!
We are partnering with CommonGoodRVA to bring in author and speaker, Amy Julia Becker for a conversation about privilege, power, and the common good.