Seasons of the Year

A friend of mine loves baseball. He knows just about any baseball fact that is worth knowing. When we visit, he shares some of the old baseball matchups. He has a treasure of St. Louis Cardinal stories stashed away in his mind that he pulls out one after the other and tells each one with little hesitation.

He has informed me many times that he wished baseball season never ended and as soon as the World Series is complete, he looks forward to the pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in February. One might conclude that my friend’s year begins in February, ends in October, and just floats along the remaining three months.

In the church, we might conclude that the church year begins in the spring as we prepare to welcome Easter through the Lenten season, and ends in the winter as we anticipate Christmas during the season of Advent. I suppose it is fitting to consider the leftover months of January and February as a quiet time to refresh and renew. However, I am reminded that betwixt Easter and Christmas we have Vacation Bible School. Further, VBS is a major pillar of the church year.

Now that Easter has come and gone our attention turns to “Galactic Starveyors – Discovering the God of the Universe.” I invite you adults to join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm as we rediscover that the God who created everything is interested in a relationship with us.

We Labor Together With God, Wes

Are You Undecided About Easter Attendance?

Survey: One in Five Americans Undecided About Easter Church Attendance

Easter Sunday Church attendance is not a cut and dry decision for everyone – even for self-identified Christians. There are as many Americans saying they are not attending, as are attending, Easter worship services. However, 20 percent say they are undecided.

This undecided group includes those who rarely attend and those who attend only on religious holidays.

In addition, eighteen percent who attend only on religious holidays do not plan to attend on Easter, as do 92 percent who never go to church. About half of Americans who say they rarely attend church do not plan on attending at Easter.

Also, Americans age 55-64 are the least likely to attend Easter services (29 percent), but those 65 and older (50 percent) are more likely to attend than those in the youngest demographic: 18-29 (41 percent).

Folks of The Ridge Church, we must be mindful of our many friends and family who haven’t ruled out the idea of attending Easter Sunday. It may be that a personal invitation from you is what would make a difference to them.

Easter is the greatest celebration of the Christian faith. As one in five Americans keeps their options open, we have no reason to be shy about asking friends to join us for Easter worship.

We Labor Together with God, Wes

Share the Victory!

We have just concluded a very busy week on The Ridge. Most of it was packed into the weekend. On Saturday, visitation and funeral services for Dave Baggett were here, followed by a meal for the family. Your expressions of sympathy were a great comfort for Dave’s family as well as the outpouring of your help in providing and preparing the memorial meal.

Sunday began with the Ordinance of Baptism during Morning Worship as we welcomed Jakob Wilson and Jillian Wilson into the Ridge family. We can expect more baptisms following Easter Sunday. If you have questions about salvation, baptism, and membership, I am glad to discuss them with you. Please contact me.

Sunday afternoon was time for our annual Community Easter Egg hunt. We had a great turnout. The numbers are located inside “The Witness”. There were many people involved in procuring, filling and hiding over 5,000 eggs.

And then, our Sunday was complete with our Birthday Potluck as we recognized those celebrating birthdays during the month of April.

These events were opportunities for all the folks of The Ridge church to share the victory, give testimony, and demonstrate our faith in Jesus Christ.

The good news of Jesus is too good to keep for ourselves. We must continue to find ways to share it with others.

We Labor Together with God, Wes