This week's sermon:

"A Strange Recruiting Strategy"

Luke 14:25-33

Rev. Russ Boyd preaching


In this Sunday's scripture, Jesus details to the crowd some of the sacrifices they must make if they want to be his disciples. Rather than making it seem like a great opportunity, he stresses how hard it will be and asks them to do things that seem almost impossible. How are we supposed to interpret Jesus's words today? Join us for worship this Sunday as we wrestle with these difficult instructions!

Click here for a preview of this Sunday's worship bulletin

 


Are you new to our church and want to learn more? Did you join during the year of "online church" and feel like you never got a proper introduction? The Ridglea 101 Class is for you! The class will meet for three Sundays starting on September 11, and the time will be chosen based on a poll of the participants (possibly 10:00 am, 12:15 pm, or 4:15 pm). The class will meet in-person, but will also have an option to join via Zoom each week. 

Click here to register, and watch for an upcoming poll to determine the best meeting time.
 
 

On Monday, August 29 the COVID-19 Community Level for Tarrant County dropped to yellow (medium) based on the number of positive tests reported and the current impact on the local health care system. At this level, the CDC recommends that those who are considered high-risk for severe disease wear a mask in indoor public spaces. While masks are not currently required at church events, you are always welcome to wear a mask, and disposable masks for adults and children are available in the foyer.

In March, our church's leadership adopted a COVID mitigation policy based on the recommendations that accompany each COVID-19 Community Level. Masks are not required when the level is low (green) or medium (yellow), but will be required if the level returns to high (orange). You can learn more about COVID-19 Community Levels and the corresponding public health guidance on the CDC website.
 
 

On Tuesday our church welcomed Mollie Donihe Wilkerson as Office Administrator and Ryan Wilkerson as Interim Associate Minister! If you missed the announcement email, click here to learn more about the newest members of our church staff and reach out to offer a word of welcome.
 
 

Free mulch available at the church

After a busy summer of gardening, there are extra wood chips available for anyone who needs them. The mulch pile is in front of our Jubilee Garden, near the corner of Elizabeth and Sappington. Come help yourself!
 
Donations for WestAid
 
WestAid, our food pantry partner, is currently in need of pasta, hamburger helper meals, canned chicken, toilet paper, and feminine hygiene products for our neighbors!  You can drop these off at Ridglea or at WestAid (7940 Camp Bowie West Blvd).  Thanks for helping all our neighbors to thrive!

 

2022 Community Garden Workdays
Will return Wednesdays in September

We are taking a pause on community garden workdays in August and will return for fall planting in September. Whether you rent your own plot or not you are invited to join us every Wednesday at 9:00 am (weather permitting) to help keep our garden looking great, work on our community compost, plant and harvest food in our free food garden for our neighbors and have a great time.  You can RSVP or learn more from Carolyn Sedinger or Janet Lanza or just show up and enjoy a great time!

 

Youth Group & Sunday School
 
Youth Group & Sunday School are on summer break! We hope to launch our weekly youth and children's programming on the Sunday after Labor Day (September 11).

 



Interested in making (or learning to make)
prayer shawls?

 
Over the years, our church's Prayer Shawl Ministry has knitted, blessed, and presented shawls to many individuals and families experiencing a difficult time or significant life event. Whether it's the loss of a loved one, the birth of a child, or treatment for cancer, a prayer shawl provides a warm embrace that reminds the recipient of God's love and the prayers and support of our church community.
 
The group recently started back up, and you're welcome to join in if you are interested in knitting or crocheting prayer shawls! Whether you want to learn how to knit for the first time or you've been at it for years, your presence is welcome. The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm in the church library. If you're interested or would like more information, email Brenda at bwentworth666@gmail.com or let any of the church staff know.
 
Over 30 people participated in a book study with our friends from Community Christian Church and South Hills Christian Church over the last few months! Every other Wednesday we gathered on Zoom and then split into breakout groups of 5-6 participants to discuss a chapter of the book Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation.

Now that we have finished the book, we will be inviting people engaged in the work of bridge building and racial reconciliation in our own community to share with us. We are looking forward to hearing from guests involved in health care, education, city government, nonprofits, and other organizations and agencies who will help us learn more and think about how we can be involved in bridge building work.

 On May 18, we discussed inequality in housing for those experiencing homelessness after our conversation with Bruce Frankel, Executive Director of DRC Solutions. You can click here to listen to a podcast of the conversation, or any of our past conversations.

If you'd like to join the conversation, save the link below to log into the next Zoom meeting in June:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81658261772?pwd=N2wyM1hzdHM0YWI3SnpNZXl4MjZ3Zz09
 
Meeting ID: 816 5826 1772
Passcode: bridge


 
The Disciples Sunday School Class is continuing their study of the the Gospel of Mark. All are welcome!

Zoom Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84724873091?pwd=dVZKTDB0azkrQjEyTjM4R29ZSlVkdz09

Meeting ID: 847 2487 3091
Password: disciples
The Open Door Sunday School Class is studying Bible passages related to the theme "Partners in God's Creation" every Sunday morning at 10:00 am. All are welcome!

If you would like to join the class online via Zoom, please call the church at 817-738-0612 and let us know any time before 9:30 am on Sunday morning so that we can set up the Zoom meeting.

Zoom Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88956846059?pwd=WXducitUV01JY1g4YlpRbG9wWlhuUT09

Meeting ID: 889 5684 6059
Passcode: opendoor
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