Vacation Bible School 2017

Thank You
To all who participated in VBS this past week.
We had a great week with the children and youth.

113 students registered
53 Volunteers registered
Average attendance 113

Also, a special thanks to all who supported our
VBS Celebration Night on Thursday with
your attendance. Your encouragement is appreciated!

No one has a better VBS than we do. Our VBS workers make
all the difference and impact the lives of children for a lifetime.
Thank you sincerely for your efforts and ministry.

This Sunday morning at 10:15 am we observe the
Ordinance of Baptism.
There are nine baptismal candidates.

What a great time to be part of God’s work #OnTheRidge.

We Labor Together With God, Wes

The Most Important Week of the Year!

Monday morning we begin the most important week of the year for the Ridge Church. It is the week of Vacation Bible School. Is it an effective event? Is it a glorified babysitting event? To be sure, it is a financially costly event. It is a time costly event. It is a physically costly event.

But, is it worth it?

I believe this week of Vacation Bible School is worth it because it is the greatest outreach and evangelistic ministry of The Ridge Church. At no other time and at no other Ridge event will we have as many unchurched families as we will have during the next five days. We will spend 15 hours of time interacting and connecting with children and parents.

I believe this week of Vacation Bible School is worth it because it is a sacred week. God has provided us a tool to reach our community with the Gospel. It is worthy of scheduling our personal activities around this great God provided event!

About 25,000 SBC churches will conduct a VBS this summer. They will enroll about 2.8 million students and workers. If past years are an indication, about 80,000 professions of faith will be made; 2,000 decisions to pursue a vocational ministry; 231,000 prospects will be discovered with about 40,000 added to Sunday School programs.

I believe this week of Vacation Bible School is not only “worth it,” it is essential to the life of a functioning, growing church and community.

I came to know Jesus Christ as my personal Savior as an 8 year old boy at VBS. It is extremely important to me. I pray VBS is extremely important to you!

We Labor Together With God, Wes

Sunday – A Day For ______

I thought it was just me, but I guess I’m not the only one who marvels at all the Sunday activities that keeps folks from attending worship. In last week’s newsletter from Carbondale First United Methodist church, Pastor Rhein made a similar observation. (link)

He noted the frustration of so many Sunday morning activities as not just a community thing but also a universal occurrence. He writes and I concur, “I am not being critical of parents, and I am not saying that these young people are “scarred for life” because they miss Sunday school and [worship]. But I do think there is a need for a Sabbath that allows everyone to rest and refresh themselves from the activities of the week.”

He develops his thought by referring to the 4th commandment, “Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.” (Our Sabbath is Sunday, reminding us of Easter and the Resurrection each time we come to worship.)

In Jesus day, it meant no work, and even limited the number of steps taken. In addition, there were 39 categories of activity prohibited on the Sabbath. However, these activities are encouraged on the Sabbath: Spending Sabbath together with one’s own immediate family, temple attendance for prayers, visiting family and friends (within walking distance), hosting guests, singing, reading, studying and discussing the Scriptures. According to Reform Judaism, “one should avoid one’s normal occupation or profession on the Sabbath whenever possible and engage only in those types of activities that enhance the joy, rest, and holiness of the day.”

Of course, I do not think we should list and enforce acceptable and unacceptable activities on Sunday I do however believe we need to remember Sunday as a day for 1) Worship and 2) engage in activities of “joy, rest, and holiness.”

We Labor Together With God, Wes