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Guess Who’s Coming to RVA!

Jen_Head_Shot_hi_resEvery time I mention the name Jen Hatmaker, it seems like every woman wants to be her BFF. After following her blog or tweets for just a few short days (or maybe hours for some of us), we all want to know…is this reeeeaaaally the way that she, Brandon and their 5 kids live? We all want to be there…live and in person…instead of living vicariously through her writings.  In 2014, we will also be able to follow along in their every day walk around lives of loving God, loving others, loving the poor, raising a family of 3 bio kids and 2 adopted, pastoring a church and so much more while renovating a 100+ year old house on HGTV!  Check out Jen’s announcement here>>  Coming to Your TV Set: The Hatmakers , where Jen writes…

Guess what we get to be on network television? Our own selves. We told the people, “Um, we are overtly Christian. This isn’t even a gray area.” And they said, “Yes. We want it all: your family, your prayers, your church, your poor people, your nonprofits, your chaos, your humor. We want you to be exactly who you are.” This feels monumental and special and rare. Our goal is to steward this opportunity with immense care and precision. This little light of mine…we’re gonna let it shine.

Here’s the good news!!!

You will have a chance to spend time with her LIVE and in person here in RVA. We are thrilled to formally announce that Jen Hatmaker is coming to visit and share with us on August 15-16, 2014.  So, go ahead and save the date on the calendar. You won’t want to miss this! I promise!  All the details are in the works and watch for more to come.  Follow this site, so you can be the first to hear about it and get your tickets. Just scroll to the bottom of this page and Follow Into the Neighborhood. Help get the word out, too, by sharing this SAVE THE DATE with your friends.

Here’s the REALLY good news!!!  Keep reading!

In the meantime, join us for Helen Lee on October 19th where we will be giving away 2 free tickets for the Jen Hatmaker weekend.  Register here before the price goes up on October 1st. >>  Helen Lee – Family on Mission.

PODCAST RECORDING: Bob Lupton Speaks: Insights into Serving the City – Richmond, VA 6.8.2012

We are so thrilled that Bob’s talk was recorded and was uploaded for your listening pleasure!  Logan Jones, Worship and Arts Director at Northminster Church, just provided me the link!  WOO HOO! I praise and thank God for Logan and Northminster for such awesome partnership!


7 years ago, I moved into Southern Barton Heights, just a short 1/2 mile from Gilpin Court, the largest public housing complex located between Baltimore and Atlanta.  It was only after living here that I began to truly understand the plight of the inner city of Richmond.  Although I had a car (and then 2 after Louis and I got married) and a full-time job and the resources that I needed to live easily, the struggles and challenges of my neighbors became mine as well.  Because when you enter into a loving friendship and familial relationship, that’s what happens.  Your family’s struggles start to become your own.  Trying to learn as much as I could, I started to research and learn about Richmond’s history and statistics.  I also read everything I could get my hands on from people like John Perkins, Wayne Gordon, and Bob Lupton.  In April of 2011, Louis and I headed to Chicago to attend CCDA’s (Christian Community Development Association) Immersion training, and intensive training on Christian Community Development.

Now, we are sharing our learnings and connections with our friends, old and new, here in Richmond, VA, by inviting folks like Bob Lupton to speak and encourage us to continue on.  Not only do we want to help prepare and equip the church of Richmond to get involved in CCD, but also to network and work in unity with one another as the body of Christ.  We are thankful for the sponsors that made this event possible!

Here’s the podcast.  Be challenged and encouraged and convicted all at the same time.  I pray that you will not only listen to the words of Bob Lupton – as he models a Christ-like way of transforming challenged communities, but that you will also join us in being do-ers.  I pray that God speaks through Bob to your heart, soul and mind.

Peace, Marti

CLICK HERE >>> PODCAST RECORDING:  Bob Lupton Speaks:  Insights into Serving the City

Like what you hear, and want to hear more, come join us at the CCDA National Conference.  For more info check out this link:  

CCDA Nat’l Conference:  RECONCILE

You Made It Happen! Bob Lupton Visit (Post 3)

Some of you asked for the data from the powerpoint slide that ran before and after the event.  Here it is!  Thanks to the sponsors who helped make this event happen!  You guys totally rock!!!  Click the link to watch the Powerpoint from Friday night’s event.

June 8th – Bob Lupton Speaks: Insights into Serving the City

Revision 6.6.2012:  Online Registration will close at Midnight CT on Thursday, 6.7.  Please be sure to register today!  Tickets (Cash/Check preferred) will be available onsite as long as seats are available.  Please email missmartishouse [at] me.com if you plan to pay onsite so we can get an accurate headcount.  Thanks!
As part of our continuing efforts to prepare and equip the church of Richmond in Christian Community Development, we are excited to announce that Bob Lupton is coming to Richmond!

Speaker:  Bob Lupton

 IMG_7866Bob Lupton has invested almost 40 years of his life in inner-city Atlanta. In response to a call that he first felt while serving in Vietnam, he left a budding business career to work with delinquent urban youth. Bob and his family sold their suburban home and moved into the inner-city where they have lived and served as neighbors among those in need. His life’s work has been the rebuilding of urban neighborhoods where families can flourish and children can grow into healthy adults.

Bob is a Christian community developer, an entrepreneur who brings together communities of resource with communities of need. Through FCS Urban Ministries – a non-profit organization which he founded – he has developed two mixed-income subdivisions, organized a multi-racial congregations, started a number of businesses, created housing for hundreds of families, and initiated a wide range of human services in his community. He is the author of five books (Theirs is the KingdomReturn FlightRenewing the City and CompassionJustice and the Christian Life plus his newest book Toxic Charity) and the widely circulated Urban Perspectives – Reflections on the Gospel, Grace and the City. Bob has a PhD. in psychology from the University of Georgia. He serves as a speaker, strategist and inspirer with those who seek to establish God’s Shalom in the city.
Date:  Friday, June 8th
Time:  Doors open at 6:30p, Bob will speak at 7pm.
Location:  Northminster Church – Contemporary Worship Center
Ticket: $10 which can be purchased at:  http://www.ccda.org/gather/event/37  Your confirmation is your ticket.
Please use the attached flyer to announce it at your church, non-profit, website, Facebook, Twitter, etc!  Feel free to forward as well.  We are looking forward to an awesome gathering!!!
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me!