Building Dedication and 1st Annual Homecoming 2016

rambling on logo for newsletterSunday’s Dedication of our building is an important event in the history of The Ridge church. Please make it priority to attend.

Dedication sets apart a person, an object or a place for the worship and service of God. When we observe a child dedication the church makes a commitment to the Lord, to the parents, and to each other to assist the parents as they set apart their child to serve the Lord.

A building dedication is similar. The church makes a commitment to the Lord, to the community, and to each other to assist in setting apart the building in service to the Lord.

This building dedication marks an important moment in the life of our community as well, for it represents a time of new vitality and life for worship, fellowship and mission.

The building, while NOT the church, stands as an ever-present image of the Church. God’s temple built from living stones – where God is worshiped in spirit and in truth.

Through this dedication service we give thanks to God for the past, we enjoy him in the present and we entrust the future to his guidance and grace. We then go out into the world in the power of the Holy Spirit, as living witnesses to his dwelling among us. See You Sunday!

We labor Together With God, Wes

“I’m Too Busy For …”

rambling on logo for newsletterIf you have opportunity to read Jim Muir’s Thursday columns in The Southern don’t overlook them. They are always thought provoking. He also manages to make a daily post on Facebook. Here is a Facebook post from Monday.

‘Too busy is a myth.’ People make time for the things that are really important to them. Be stronger than your excuses.’

I read a short story recently that said in every aspect, every single, small detail, life boils down to either finding a way to do something or an excuse not to do it. Think about that phrase – ‘you either find a way or you find an excuse’ – and then plug in the details of every single thing you do in your life.

Regardless if its attending church, going to the gym, doing a little extra at work, spending more time with your family, building a closer relationship with God, etc. — and it really does come down to finding a way to get things done or finding an excuse not to do it at all. When I saw the quote I posted today, particularly the last five-word sentence – Be stronger than your excuses – I immediately thought of that story. Find a way … or find an excuse.

In the fast-paced world we live in it’s not easy for anybody, including me, but being stronger than your excuses and finding a way instead of an excuse is a very good first step to a better, more productive and more importantly a more satisfying life.

God’s blessing to you on this day and my prayer is that we all find a way to be stronger than our excuses. Have a great Monday and a blessed day.

We labor Together With God, Wes

The Ides of March

As I bask in today’s balmy 78 degree weather I must remind myself that it is still March.  In fact it is the “Ides of March,” a time for heightened awareness and caution. So I looked at the calendar and determined we have a very busy week ahead leading up to the celebration of the Resurrection.

Sunday our Community Easter Egg Hunts begins at 3 pm. I hope you have been inviting your friends, families, and neighbors to attend.  We will meet at the Pavilion.  This is an outreach event. Every family that participates will receive a copy of “Easter Uncut” by Carl Laferton, Ridge Church information, VBS invitation, and a Bible.

Also on Sunday at 5:30 pm is the Spaghetti Dinner and Talent Show fundraiser for Youth MFUGE camp. Our goal is to raise $3,500.

On Tuesday at 2 pm. The deacons and the pastor will serve the Lord’s Supper to residents at Prairie Living.

Maundy Thursday service will begin at 6:15 pm with prayers and mediation and then we will move to tables and observe the Lord’s Supper.

On Sunday morning at 7 AM we will begin our celebration of the Resurrection with a sunrise service at our Pavilion followed by breakfast, and Small groups at 9:00 AM. The Ridge Choir will present the cantata, “Blessed Dawn” at 10:15.

I hope you will find opportunity to attend many if not all of these events. Please be mindful of those around you who need a place to worship this coming week. Invite them, bring them, and befriend them.

We labor Together With God, Wes

 

Is Your Sunday School Class/Small Group Reaching New People?

rambling on logo for newsletterAsk yourself this important question: Does my small group or Sunday School class consistently reach new people for Jesus? Try some of these simple tips to keep your class fresh and growing:

  • Am I late? Cultivate a high-energy, welcoming atmosphere before class. Encourage members and guests to arrive early for fellowship.
  • Teach members to truly greet. When guests arrive, all members must immediately, intentionally turn their focus toward meeting, befriending and including them. Eternity may be at stake!
  • The list. Prepare a members/guest list with email or phone numbers. Ask guests’ permission to add their names; then update it before next week
  • Hi, WES. Enhance fellowship with permanent nametags, readable from six feet away. Provide Sunday School literature and Bibles for guests to use.
  • Open God’s Word. A great Bible study class must have — surprise! –quality, life-changing Bible study. Is more time spent discussing ailments and town trivia? Change that. Consider printing announcements and prayer requests.
  • Respect minutes. Consistently begin precisely on time. It’s imperative to always dismiss with ample time to arrive before worship begins. Leaders demonstrate that priority by eagerly leading the way.
  • Stagnate or multiply. Make a class goal to multiply at least annually. That means your class will intentionally reach new people and birth a new, reproducing class. Train an intern teacher, set numeric goals and schedule the multiplication date.

*Adapted from www.tinyurl.com/trc-ideas

We labor Together With God, Wes

Submerged 2016

rambling on logo for newsletterThe most exciting part of this year’s VBS is the biblical content. The reason it is so exciting is that five of the most common and used passages of the Bible are being presented.

These passages are so well known that we often miss the subtle aspects of the passage that have such a wealth of information to teach us.

These are the topics for this year’s vacation Bible School. June 13-17; 9 am til noon

Day 1: Jesus saw Zacchaeus – Don’t block the view of Jesus from others.

Day 2: Jesus saw the Woman at the well – Jesus had a divine appointment.

Day 3: Jesus saw Nicodemus – Nicodemus had it all … But had nothing.

Day 4: Jesus saw a Blind man – Jesus spent time with an outcast.

Day 5: Jesus saw the children – Do nothing to keep the children from Jesus.

We begin each day at “The Helm” for the Worship Rally

Bible study takes place at the “Observation Deck

Crafts: Deep Sea Crafts

Music: Deep Sea Music

Recreation: Deep Sea Recreation

Missions: Deep Sea Missions

VBS is a program over 100 years old that is still used to draw Kids, teenagers, and adults to God, if we will get out of the way and let it happen.

We labor Together With God, Wes