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God calls Ridgeway to be a welcoming shelter – a safe place where people grow in faith and service to God.
The Ridgeway Community Church of the Brethren, a congregation within the Church of the Brethren, strives to be a welcoming location for members of the community to grow in faith and service to God.
Whether during Sunday worship, Sunday School, a fellowship gathering, during a small group meeting, or at a youth or children’s event, there’s an activity for all to fellowship, learn and grow.
In addition to the church sponsored activities, the church is used by numerous community groups for meetings and gatherings. Visit the calendar page to see what’s happening at the church this week!
“So Gideon said to Him, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who speak with me.” – Judges 6:17
Even though it is the shortest month of the year, February often feels extraordinarily long. Although the days are lengthening, there is still more darkness than light. Temperatures are low, and although there is the potential beauty of snow, gray skies and dreary days are just as common. We are in the midst of Winter. Spring officially arrives in March, but February doesn’t give more hope for a return of flowers.
Fortunately, the dreary days of the month are interrupted with several holidays. Groundhog Day, with Pennsylvania’s own Punxsatawney Phil, Valentine’s Day, and Presidents’ Day give moments of levity, love, and remembrance. They are breaks from the challenges of Winter and signs of hope for the future.
Although Christmas was just over a month ago, in our lives of faith, we are preparing to move into Lent. As we consider where the call of Christ is leading us, we are challenged to find and hold fast to what gives us life. During this month, worship will be about seeking and finding signs of life. When everything seems dead or barren, experience tells us that new life will blossom and flourish again. In faith, we look for life that inspires us to look at the world and ourselves in new ways. In this season, we find life in the ways we care for each other and seek goodness.
When an angel told Gideon that God would be with him and give him victory over the Midianites, Gideon asked for a sign. The angel’s presence and response to the offering Gideon brought convinced him that he would see life beyond oppression. We seek less dramatic signs to give us encouragement to walk in the pathways of Christ.
This month may be full of challenges, but faith allows us to see life around us and to interpret what we see with a deeper understanding. A groundhog may or may not see his shadow, but we have been given light by the Spirit of God that shines in our midst. Valentine’s Day can feel lonely to those who do not have a partner, but God loves us unconditionally and never leaves us alone or abandoned. We remember two of the most influential presidents of our nation, but we follow a leader who can give us life in all its fullness. While we may share in these holidays, we look for signs of God’s calling and presence to shape our actions and grow in faith. May we be open to seeing these signs and learning from them.