Of What Value Is The Scripture To Our Everyday Life?

I believe that is a foundational question and drives our desire as a congregation to listen, read, and study the scripture. For, we believe without any hesitancy that the scripture is the foundation of every aspect of our life. In fact, who believes the Bible the most, has been a point of contention for years in our Convention.

What I find quite ironic in all of this is that as loud as we shout our allegiance to the scripture almost to the point of idolatry, we fail miserably in memorizing what it contains. And, in this day of Google search it may be a moot point, since we can just “google” what we are hoping to find.

I would agree except for one little point. You see, when Jesus was tempted by the devil he did not “google” his response. Rather, he quickly, confidently responded by quoting scripture. Therefore, if Jesus needed to do that to overcome the beguiling serpent how much more do we, if we plan to resist the “flaming darts of the evil one.” Our lack of desire to memorize scripture is often quite evident.

For those who are motivated and desire to remember scripture but need some assistance (myself included) let me introduce you to a free APP “Scripture-Typer”

Download it and register your account. Then look for our group and logo, “The Ridge”. Join the group. Our first verse from “God’s Plan For Me” is Psalm 32:8, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

We Labor Together With God, Wes

Results from our Gorham Outreach Block party

I’m excited to share the results from our Gorham Outreach Block Party. I’ll give you the numbers first and then share a challenge.

We were hoping for about 50 and the Lord blessed with about 175. The day was magnificent. I must brag on the number of folks who participated from The Ridge. Not only were you there but you interacted with the Gorham folks. As Matt Blagg commented, “That is the Church being the Church.”

Speaking of Matt Blagg, he was just the right person for the event. His music was uplifting, encouraging, and he shared the gospel through his music and testimony.

Now the challenge is what to do next. My prayer is that we will act on the momentum and the movement of God’s blessing and become active in the community with a weekly after-school event for the children. It would begin about 4 or 4:30 pm and include an activity, a snack, and a Bible lesson.

Are you up for the challenge? Will you be willing to support this mission opportunity? Let’s pray and move forward.

We Labor Together With God, Wes

Gorham Block Party

A big weekend for The Ridge Church as we reach out to our communities 

Saturday is our Outreach to Gorham. I am quite impressed with the number of folks signed up to help. Thank You!

Block party is from 1-3. The concert will start around 2:15-2:30 (last about 45 minutes). We will have a basket give away around 3 pm and Matt Blagg will finish. He will also present a gospel message through his music and words.

Weather forecast is in the low 70’s and no rain. Everyone is invited!

Goal: To share the love of Jesus with the community of Gorham through music, games, food, engaging conversation, fun, and God’s Word.

Expectation of crowd: We would love to have 50 people register. We may only have 20 or we could have 150. Whatever the number we will be happy because they are the ones God has planned for us to encounter. Back to Church Sunday

Back to Church Sunday

Then, Sunday, October 1 is “Back to Church Sunday” A Celebration with Matt Blagg in Concert. We will receive a love offering for Matt during the concert.

Please do me a favor and reach out to your family, friends, and neighbors and invite them to come to worship with you?

We Labor Together With God, Wes

Sunday School A Team Effort

David Francis. LifeWay’s director of Sunday School writes,

When I am speaking to a group of teachers about organizing their classes, someone will invariably say, “We don’t have an outreach leader” or “We don’t have an outreach leader.” I always respond the same way: “Yes, you do!” You see, if you are the leader, and you don’t have someone in those or other positions, you ARE that leader! However, it is too much for any one person. So we need a team.

Time: Developing a high performance team takes time. The ideal is a weekly planning meeting. Also the entire Sunday school team should meet monthly. These meetings need to be well planned and balanced with information and motivation

Encouragement: The fuel that powers effective teams is relationships. Sometimes leaders get so busy they can burnout. Each class needs an inreach leader to encourage the class.

Accountability: Effective teams have clear roles and responsibilities, and hold each other accountable. There is one thing worse than a vacancy: a filled vacancy with one who has the title, but doesn’t do the job. Often, the reason is that the responsibilities were not communicated when they were enlisted for the job.

Mission: High performing teams share a common purpose and goal. For Sunday School teams, a mission that compels is bigger than just showing up on Sunday mornings and going through the motions. It is rather a commitment to utilizing Sunday School as an intentional strategy to help people connect to the church, to Christ, to each other, and to opportunities for ministry. Is your Sunday school/small group team built around a mission to help people invite, discover, and connect?

We Labor Together With God, Wes

Benny’s Is Closing

You are probably thinking I spelled the name wrong and how could the Marion restaurant be closing. Rest assured your Bennies salad with their signature garlic dressing is safe… for now anyway.

Benny’s is a Southern New England chain of 31 stores that has been in business for 93 years, owned by the Bromberg family. The reason given for closure is the monumental changes in the retail industry and desire of this generation of Bromberg’s to retire.

The owners concluded that their business model was no longer viable. Now it wasn’t that they couldn’t compete. The first R.I Walmart opened in Westerly a few years ago right behind a Benny’s. While their business dropped for a time, they figured out how to coexist in the shadow of the box store. The products are always the same but the way to obtain them has changed. However, in order to endure they had to continually innovate and remain fresh and relevant. Ultimately, rather than continue down the road of constant change and innovation the decision to close was made leaving 700 people looking for work elsewhere.

The message of The Ridge Church is always the same, “For God so loved the world he gave his one and only son. Whoever believes in him will not perish but have life everlasting.” However, for The Ridge Church to remain fresh, viable, and relevant we too must continue down the road of constant change and innovation.

The alternative is playing out before us in the business world.

We Labor Together With God, Wes

Great Opportunities to Serve

I am passing on to you an email I received from the Trustees this morning. It is a reminder that we are in a season of physical and spiritual growth. The Lord has blessed in so many ways as we have stepped up to receive each blessing.

One facet of spiritual growth is physical involvement in what God provides. That is, “laboring together” with God in the work God is doing. In this busy time of the year and with the busy lives we lead, we may find ourselves too busy to receive what the Lord is ready to provide. Wouldn’t it be a shame to be too busy and miss out?

Here is the email:

The Trustees are diligently working on many projects at this time! There is currently a GREAT need for helpers at The Ridge!

Before we can add on to the Pavilion storage, we need to do some cleaning and organizing. October 7th at 8:00 am has been set for this project. October 13th and 14th are the days scheduled to do the addition.

We NEED your help! Please see a Trustee for more information or call me at 559-4020.

Many exciting things are in the works (parking lot lights, classroom building, landscaping, etc.); stay tuned for more great opportunities to SERVE!

Louie, Trustee Chair

We Labor Together With God, Wes

Above and Beond

I received a text the other day identifying a few folks who had gone out of their way to meet a church need. The text-er appreciated their willingness to help in an unanticipated situation on a moment’s notice. Most certainly a Hats off is due.

I am reminded of so many at The Ridge Church that go above and beyond what is expected of them as church members. We see many of their contributions on a daily and weekly basis. The Ridge Church could not exist and we could not begin to fulfil our mission from God without their committed service.

In addition, there are many who pull up their sleeves, pitch in, and just do what needs to be done, at the expense of not only their personal time but also contributing their own personal finances, (and NO they don’t deduct it from their weekly tithe). AND, they do it under the radar, quietly, and many times anonymously. While I could mention many tasks and I hesitate to mention any, I will call out those who bring food every Sunday morning for our “Coffee And …”

Let me be quick to add that I recognize there are some who are willing but simply unable to make the kind of personal and physical contributions they used to make. However, their heart moves them to do what they can, and to hold up the ministry, leadership, and mission of The Ridge Church in their prayers.

I confess that I do not show my appreciation often enough. I apologize for that. Nevertheless, allow to me to give all of you a big HATS OFF! Thank you!

We Labor Together With God, Wes

#SummerTime #OnTheRidge

Wow what a summer we had on The Ridge. God has blessed us beyond compare. We had salvations, baptisms, increases in our fellowship, guests, worship, VBS, fun, and of course our #SummerTime #SundayNights #OnTheRidge!

A Hats Off to our Church Council who sponsored, planned, and led each of the different Sunday night activities

  • Brotherhood – Dennis Howell
  • Deacon Chair – Mike Garlinghouse
  • Music – Debbie Henson
  • Outreach – Lisa Hottensen
  • Sunday School – Jeff Yates
  • Treasurer – Rosie Hertter
  • Trustee Chair – Chris Robison
  • WMU – Karen Dover
  • Pastor – Wes Henson

#SummerTime #SundayNights #On The Ridge

  • June 25 Church Picnic
  • July 30 – Bacon Sammich Nite
  • July 16 – Miners Baseball
  • August 13- Show N Tell N Watermelon
  • July 23 – Homemade Ice Cream
  • August 20 – Movie Night

Now let’s give summer one last HURRAH —

Join us this Sunday at 10:15 AM for STEP UP Sunday 

We Labor Together With God, Wes