October Meeting of the Northside (Sinners and) Saints This Sunday!!!

Monthly Gathering

of the


(Sinners and) Saints


October 17, 2010


All Christ-following Northside residents and those who love or serve the Northside are invited to attend.

All Souls Presbyterian Church

19 Overbrook Road   (enter on the Miller Avenue side entrance)
Richmond, VA 23222

Purpose of the Gathering

1 – Fellowship – get to know one another
2 – Learn – to hear what Jesus is doing in our community
3 – Share – to encourage one another
4 – Pray – to lift up community needs and to glorify and worship the Lord.

Future Dates (3-4:30pm)

2010                                                      2011

Sunday, November 14                           Sunday, January 9

Sunday, December 5                             Sunday, February 6

For More Information

Please contact Marti Williams

Northside (Sinners and) Saints Gathering

Today, we had our first gathering of Christ-followers in the Northside, and we look forward to meeting again!  It was a blessed afternoon in the presence of the Lord.  Thanks to All Souls Presbyterian for hosting us. And..thanks to everyone who attended and helped out!  For more info on our gathering, read Gathering of Northside Saints.

There was a diverse group of 30 people present…from 16 different churches, with no more than 2-3 families/individuals from any one church. People responded to email invitations, phone calls, invitations mailed to the local churches, from the blog post and from Facebook.  Most live in the community, although several attend church or serve the community through ministries.

Many of us didn’t know each other.  After a short welcome and opening prayer, we spent some time getting to know one another through a normal icebreaker.

  • Find 3 people who you haven’t met before and get their name, neighborhood and why they came.
  • Find 3 people to finish these 2 sentences…”Our God can….” and “Our community can….”
  • Find 3 people to learn 2 things you have in common.  Needless to say….it got kinda noisy and energetic….but it was FUN!!!

Then, we broke up into small groups of 6 people and discussed the following questions.

  • What has God been doing in Northside? How have you seen God at work in Northside?
  • How has the Lord been at work on your street?
  • What has God been saying to you? What has scriptures been speaking to you?
  • What should we be praying/interceding for?

Lastly, we spent time in prayer for the local church, the community, new ministries, etc. A lot of good stuff came out of our time together; and we hope to do this more often – on a monthly basis.  Please join us in praying for the Northside of Richmond!

Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done.                             On Earth as it is in Heaven.

To God be the Glory!

(The rest of the summary and future gathering dates will be forthcoming. If you are interested in being a part of future gatherings, be sure to let me know.)


Last night we had a blast playing Bananagrams!!!  It was my last night alone!!!! Thankfully, Louis will be home tonight!!!  YAY!!!  We love to “play” Bananagrams…although it doesn’t hold our attention for very long.  Terence, Bishop, Deshawn and Larry kept me company on my last night alone!  Ya’ gotta love those guys!!!

Next Saturday 6.26 from 4-6 we are partnering with U-Turn and 2 (maybe 3) Commonwealth Chapel Missional Communities to throw a neighborhood cook-out for the kids 7-12 and their parents.  We are introducing a new Saturday morning program that will allow kids to go to U-Turn to play, have a snack and take a little time for the Word.  Praying that Larry, Deshawn and Bishop will go.  Terence is a little too old, but maybe he can be a Jr Leader.  We will have to see.  Please join us in prayer for this outreach!

Victory Reading Program

Check out the new STEP video. STEP is a ministry that I work with that serves Gilpen Court in downtown Richmond, VA. We recently celebrated the end of another year of the Victory Reading Program. We are so proud of the children and thankful for the parent participants and the volunteers. Check out what parents had to say.

We are looking for funding and volunteers to support our summer programs and would greatly appreciate your help!  See below for more information.

Thanks sooo much for watching, listening, reading and considering!

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Life and Faith Tour ~ Richmond VA

Reposting on 5/17 as a reminder to everyone to get your tickets and select STEP as your Cause!  Thanks!!!

On June 19th the Life and Faith Tour will be in Richmond VA.  The event includes many popular Christian artists in concert including Mercy Me, Amy Grant, Hawk Nelson, Aaron Shust, Natalie Grant, Israel Houghton, Point of Grace, Shenandoah, Meredith Andrews, Justin Teseniar Band, and Chris Hendrickson. There are a variety of other entertainers as well. For more on the event go to Life and Faith Tour Christian Music Concerts Richmond VA.

Tell your friends!!!

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When you buy tickets, please help STEP.  Helping STEP is easy. Just click on the purchase tickets tab and select “I would like to choose an organization”.  This will bring up a box titled “Church or Charity”, just type in Strategies to Elevate People and we will receive $10 for every ticket purchase

Click here to buy Richmond tickets

TODAY! National Day of Prayer – Christian Leadership Prayer Breakfast

What a great way to start the morning!  Louis and I started our day at the Christian Leadership Prayer Breakfast at St. Paul’s Baptist Church.  As we ate a wonderful breakfast, we were provided the following questions to discuss at our tables.  What a wonderful time of hearing what’s happening around our city!!!

Discussion Questions

  1. Share a story about a Christian who is using his/her gifts and faith in Christ to impact our Community.
  2. What are some of the primary needs in our Community where the body of Christ could work together to bring healing and redemption?
  3. Are you aware of any consistent prayer gatherings in the Great Richmond Area?  Share them with your table.

Our focus was on the following Interwoven Destinies.

“Each one should look out for one another’s interests, not just for your own.”
Phil 2:4 TEV

  1. Demonstrating unity in the body of Christ through RELATIONSHIPS. Where am I praying with other Christian leaders?
  2. Transforming our community through PARTNERSHIP. Where am I serving alongside other Christian leaders, congregations, or ministries?
  3. Serving Metropolitan Richmond through LEADERSHIP. Where am I using my gifts to serve beyond my local congregation?

Prayer Points: We spent time at our tables praying as a group and in smaller groups of 2-3 for the following topics.

  • Military and Government
  • Justice and Peace
  • Racial Reconciliation
  • Poverty and The Poor
  • Christian Leaders

Enjoy a few of the pictures below and if you want to see the whole album check out this link – Christian Leadership Prayer Breakfast.  Mark your calendars for next year’s Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 5, 2011!!  For more information see www.ndp-richmond.com.  In addition, on-going prayer gatherings around the Metro-Richmond area will soon be listed on that site.

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National Day of Prayer ~ Christian Leadership Prayer Breakfast

5/6 Edit – If you would like to read a recap of the event and see some pictures, check out this post – TODAY! National Day of Prayer. Thanks so much for reading…and for praying with us.  To God be the Glory!  Miss Marti

I posted this the first time on 4/7…so, now it’s up as a reminder….

Dear Pastors, Church & Parachurch Leaders-

You are invited to

National Day of Prayer ~ Christian Leadership Breakfast

Thursday, May 6, at 7:00am.

The St. Paul’s Baptist Church

4247 Creighton Road, Richmond, VA 23223

A Call to Pray

Held on National Day of Prayer, this prayer breakfast seeks to join together the Christian pastors, church and parachurch leaders of the many diverse groups and denominations in Metropolitan Richmond. Praying and seeking God’s grace and mercy for the healing of separations among us will ultimately enhance our effectiveness in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, in serving the poor and needy, and in glorifying our Father.

Prayer Point Leaders

Don Coleman

Ben Campbell

Audrey Burton

Mark Becton

Jennifer Parham

Geronimo Aguilar

James Anderson

Wayne Mancari

Be a part of building Christ-centered bridges into the community of Richmond. Seating is limited. 

RSVP: By May 1, 2010 
Cost: $14 per registrant

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Embracing Diversity Celebrating Unity

I first posted this on 4.7.2010.  Although Louis and I are in Orlando, we are praying for this event!!!  May God move in a MIGHTY way!

Use the following links if you need a printable version of the above flyer or a tri-fold brochure.

Embracing Diversity-Flyer

Embracing Diversity-Brochure

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Theology on the Ground Reminder – TONIGHT!

REMINDER….this is tonight!  Hope to see you there!

Urban Ministry Forum

“Theology on the Ground”

Wednesday, April 7th from 7-9pm

Union Theological Seminary

You will hear from urban ministers, whose work in Baltimore, DC, and Richmond are truly rooted in building community, empowering the marginalized, and helping people at their point of need.

  • Rev. Dr. Anthony Hunt will be discussing how he’s been creating ’shalom’ zones in some very poor parts of Baltimore;
  • Rev. Dr. Roger Gench will be discussing what it’s like to be an urban parish minister and how collective action among churches can accomplish change; and
  • Richmond Hill’s Rev. Ben Campbell will describe how spirituality and prayer create ecumenical bonds which then forms concrete social action to help transform this great city.

Union understands that effective ministry means opening one’s doors, offering radical hospitality, and creating relationships to develop the ‘beloved community.’

See the attached flyer for more details>Theology on the Ground and refer to their website Union Theological Seminary.

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