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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!
“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold.” I learned this simple song when I was in Brownies, but the words continue to remind me of lasting values and relationships that are treasured beyond physical possessions. It is not a religious song, and yet it reminds me of scriptures that speak of our treasure being where our heart is, as well as the story of Peter and John who had no money to offer a man who was crippled. Instead, they offered healing in the name of Jesus. That gift was greater than any amount of gold or silver they could have given. Stewardship is about what we offer and about what we value and nurture. As a congregation, it is good to remember where we find and offer our greatest gifts. Some of them come in the form of financial support. My prayer is that all of the gifts come in the form of spiritual blessings.
Our theme, “Live Simply,” is an invitation to reflect on God’s gifts of shelter, water, food, and air and how they symbolize spiritual disciplines of faith, trust, service and witnessing. On October 9th, we will have a collection and celebration of the gifts we offer as a community. However, as we give, we also receive. While the Stewardship Emphasis challenges us to consider what we are called and able to give, the remaining weeks of October are about the blessings and gifts of the Spirit we keep to sustain us.
In times of challenge and struggle, we keep God as our source of light. In times when we get caught up in our own needs and agendas, we keep learning and growing in faith. In times when we feel like the journey is long and lonely, we keep faith and remember those who have traveled this path before us and beside us.
Part of what we keep is the memory of loved ones who have helped reveal God’s presence in our midst. On October 30th, we will have an annual time of remembering “saints.” You are invited to give pictures to Greg of loved ones who have passed away. These pictures will be used in worship during a slideshow of remembrance. As we honor and remember these lives, may God continue to kindle a Spirit of faith and hope within us.
Whatever we give in faith has a way of returning to us in the form of blessings that keep us going no matter what we may encounter. May our giving and receiving, our deepening of long-time friendships and nurturing of new relationships continue to fill us with awareness of the riches we receive through Christ. Blessings be with each of you.