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April 2012 May Speaker Series: Haider Sharifi and Robert Fitch 35 Year Feature Story Small Groups and Studies For more news, visit our blog:

NEEDLE’S EYE NEWS 35 YEARS AND GOING STRONG The Needle’s Eye office was buzzing several weeks ago with honored guests (former board members from “The Early Years”) celebrating the memories and blessings of 35 years of Needle’s Eye Ministries! Stories of the early years abounded: recounting open-air preaching, mission trip bonding and blessings, the testing which produced perseverance, the joy of serving with brothers and sisters from many denominations, and many more. After absorbing Lisa Rattner’s presentation on the multi-focused and varied small group ministry and Jennifer Parham’s sharing of the depth and breadth of the women’s ministry, Caren Fields exclaimed that Needle’s Eye is now experiencing “the fulfillment of years of prayers and hopes for this ministry.” We are so thankful to God for these wise servants who invested in establishing this ministry and continue to play a part - for the fruit of their efforts, the connecting of business and professional men and women to life-changing faith in Jesus in our beloved Richmond!

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS LIFE GROUP It’s time to do LIFE together. Get connected with other Christian young adults through this life-giving bible study, complete with prayer, eating and socializing! What: Sermon on the Mount When: Thursdays, 7-9:30 PM Where: Far West End Led By: Mary Ruth Coleman, Julianna Comer, Andi Keefer, Stephen Peeks and Patrick Hiltz Email:

Monthly Speaker Series MAY 2012



Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney


A Real Hope: A hand that will hold you when you stand at the precipice

Sam Miller’s Restaurant Wed, 5/2, 12-12:45 PM

In 2008, the global financial system started sliding down a hill that ended in a precipice. In March 2009, we were at that precipice standing on the tips of our toes. When there’s nothing around you to hold on to for support, what do you grab? What will keep you standing? Haider will share his story of conversion from Islam to believing in the God of the Bible and how the knowledge of the true and living God helped him to stay standing at the precipice. Haider Sharifi was born in Lahore, Pakistan. He immigrated with his family to Arlington, VA and graduated from the University of Virginia. In 2003, Haider joined Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and now serves as a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional. In addition to serving as the current President of the UVA Club of Richmond, he also serves on the board of Needle’s Eye Ministries. He is also actively involved in numerous committees with the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Richmond Business Council Cabinet. Haider is a 2009 graduate of the Richmond Christian Leadership Institute. He is a member of Kingsway Community Church. 

The Place at Innsbrook Thur, 5/10, 12-12:45 PM ROBERT FITCH The Westwood Club Thur, 5/3, 12-12:45 PM Willow Oaks Country Club Wed, 5/9, 12-12:45 PM

The May Speaker Series is sponsored by


CEO & Chief Servant, James River Wealth Advisors Ultimate Security: Peace and contentment from a real relationship with Christ As a businessman whose main goal was to build a financial planning business that would be widely recognized as the “most prestigious in Richmond,” Bob Fitch’s priorities were motivated by his desire for ultimate financial security. But pride, prestige, and “success” did not provide the peace and contentment that he so desired. With the help of a former business partner, Bob found the ultimate source of security and a new direction in his life that gave him hope, peace, and contentment. Bob is a financial planner and registered investment advisor with a 42-year track record. He is a board member for Veritas Classical Christian School and serves as an elder at St. Giles Presbyterian Church. He has also served as a board member for Needle’s Eye, CrossOver Ministry, and U-Turn Sports Academy. Bob is a native of Richmond, VA, and is an alumnus of Randolph-Macon College and Campbell University. He and his wife, Susie, have been married for more than 41 years, and have been blessed with two children and six grandchildren. 

SMALL GROUP CONNECTION MEN’S GROUPS What: Study of Matthew When: Fridays, 7-8 AM Where: Needle’s Eye Office (104 Berrington Ct.) Led By: Dan Fryer, small group leader What: When: Where: Led By:

Study of Joshua Mondays, 12:15-1:30 PM Needle’s Eye Office (104 Berrington Ct.) Fred Larmore, small group leader

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Topical Bible Study Wednesdays, 12-1 PM Needle’s Eye Office (104 Berrington Ct.) Phil Sisk, small group leader

Thanks to our sponsor, when you register a first-time guest, your guest eats free!

RESERVATIONS Easy online registration n at, or call 804.358.1283. Read more about our speakers at the Needle’s Eye blog: needleseyeministries.

CROSSROADS CAREER EXPLORERS A seven-week, Christ-centered workshop for job seekers. Participants use a six-step process and “Explorer Guide” – tools to find calling and purpose, prepare resumes, prep for interviews, network and more! When: Wednesdays, April 25 – June 6, 2-3:30 PM Where: Needle’s Eye Office (104 Berrington Ct.) Cost: $30 More Info: If cost is a factor, please email before registering. CAREER TRANSITION GROUP Hope, encouragement, networking and support for the unemployed and underemployed. When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2-3:30 PM & Wednesdays, 7-8:30 AM Where: Needle’s Eye Office (104 Berrington Ct.) More Info:

To learn about all small group opportunities, visit or contact Lisa Rattner at or 804.358.1283.

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