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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!
As I look outside and see a bright blue sky, listen to birds chirping, and feel the breeze coming through open windows, it’s hard to believe we’re still in February. It feels more like April, and I wonder if Punxsutawney Phil has seriously miscalculated the power or duration of winter this year. However, I know that March can be full of surprises, and we may well have frigid temperatures again, as well as the possibility of other winter weather before spring is here. For now, I’m enjoying the mild temperatures and fresh air. It does make choosing what to wear a little bit challenging, however.
Is it time to drag out warm-weather clothing or should we hold on to heavy sweaters and thermals? Navigating the weather takes some careful planning. Multiple layers that can be removed help too. In a similar way, as we enter into Lent, we are challenged to navigate changes and challenges. In this season, we strip away what is not needed and surround ourselves with what brings true comfort and life.
Through these weeks of Lent, we will be led into the Wilderness, look to the heavens for inspiration, seek out healthy relationships, find our way through times of darkness, reclaim life, follow traffic, and ultimately hold on to the source of our life, breath, and hope. When we are navigating roads, waters, or relationships, we use tools to help us find our way and to know where we are. A GPS, compass, roadmap, telescope or insights into human behavior and psychology can help orient us and give direction about when to keep going in one direction and when to make a turn. In our lives of faith, we use the words of scripture, the faithful witness of other believers, and the leading of the Holy Spirit in our midst. Lent is all about turning and re-orienting ourselves to follow in God’s paths.
Along the way, there are challenges and surprises. Like the weather we are currently experiencing, there are moments to simply observe and appreciate. There are also sure to be times when we hold on to whatever gives us comfort to get through cold and stormy times. Lent can take us places we wouldn’t choose to go on our own, but if we are prepared and aware of the resources around us, it doesn’t have to be a barren or frightening time. This time of journey and adventure has the potential to draw us closer to God, to look at our lives on a deeper level and to understand our neighbors with greater clarity and compassion. As we navigate Lent this year, let us be open to twists and turns, opportunities to see life from a new perspective, grateful for days of warmth and light, and full of trust that as we walk in the footsteps of Christ, we will not get lost. Even if there are times when we have trouble finding our way through fog or blizzard-like conditions, God continues to lead us. Let us keep going on these paths together, navigating Lent as we make our way toward Easter.