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RVA: Under Construction – Jen Hatmaker Speaks

INT presents Jen


Jen Hatmaker Speaks…



METRO Richmond, VA is under construction!

WE, the Church, are being called to rebuild it by fulfilling the mission Jesus gave us: 

Love God. Love Neighbor.

Make Disciples who Make Disciples.

Join us in welcoming Jen Hatmaker, as 700+ attendees will hear Jen speak and discuss what it means to live on that mission as an individual, as a small group or family, and as a church!  Jen’s message is NOT just for women only! GUYS – You are welcomed and encouraged!!!  Although many of her books are geared toward women, her message is for everyone who is part of the body of Christ in RVA: men, women, church leaders, young adults, singles and parents!


St. Giles Presbyterian Church
5200 Grove Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226

Weekend Schedule:

Friday  8/15   6-9:30pm

Saturday   8/16     8:30a – 1p

Saturday “Un-conference” - Attendees are encouraged to continue the dialogue following the event with new friends and old by joining them for lunch at various places throughout Richmond. More information will be provided as the date approaches.

Worship Music will be provided by our friends at:



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Who is Jen Hatmaker?

Jen Hatmaker and her husband, Brandon, live in Austin, TX where they lead Austin New Church and raise their brood. They pioneered Restore Austin, connecting churches to local and global nonprofits for the spiritual and social renewal of Austin and beyond. She is the author of nine books and Bible studies, including Interrupted and 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. Jen and Brandon have five children ~ Gavin, Sydney, Caleb; and in 2010 they added Ben and Remy from Ethiopia.

In addition…Jen Hatmakers’ family, faith, and 105-year-old farmhouse will debut on HGTV starting August 7th!  HGTV reached out to Hatmaker in June 2013, after she appeared on the Today Show. This will be a very faith-friendly cable show series over several weeks.

What is Into The Neighborhood?

Into The Neighborhood is a newly formed nonprofit Christ-centered ministry, founded by Louis and Marti Williams, based on scripture:

The Word became flesh…and moved into the neighborhood.    John 1:14 (MSG)

For more information, click here > Into The Neighborhood.

Where can I get tickets?

Please Note:  Early Bird Prices are available through May 31, 2014 July 15, 2014. Prices won’t be this low again, and numbers are limited.

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We are so grateful to our sponsors! Be sure to check them out!

Next Door Neighbor Sponsors

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Good Neighbor Sponsors

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Neighbor Sponsors



Dr Jassy Chiropractic and Wellness

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Where can I get information about sponsorship?

If you are interested in a sponsorship package please contact Marti below.

We are super excited about seeing you at St. Giles on August 15-16 and are praying for all attendees..


Guess Who’s Coming to RVA!



5/22 UPDATE:  Tickets are now on sale! Check it out here:  RVA: Under Construction


Every 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.