This week's sermon:

I've Always Wanted to Hear a Sermon About:
Keeping the Faith in Times of Doubt

John 20:19-29

Rev. Russ Boyd preaching


This is the sixth Sunday of our summer sermon series entitled "I've always wanted to hear a sermon about _________." Each week will focus on a suggestion submitted by someone in the congregation. This week the sermon will explore the idea of maintaining Christian faith when our experiences cause us to doubt or question our beliefs.

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

 

As we begin a new school year, we invite all of our church's students and educators to bring their backpack or bag for a blessing! During the worship service on Sunday, August 14 at 11:00 am we will offer a special blessing - whether you're worshipping in-person in the sanctuary or online through our livestream. Be sure to grab your backpack for worship next Sunday!
 
 
New church staff positions approved

At their meeting on July 26, the Personnel Committee approved two new church staff positions with a projected start date of September 1. At the end of 2021, a "transition year" proposal approved by the board tasked the Personnel Committee with the responsibility of developing a new staffing structure that would "rightsize" the church staff to match the current budget. After reviewing updated year-end financial projections from our co-treasurers, the committee felt confident in approving a new 10 hour-per-week Office Administrator position and restructuring our Ministry Intern position into a year-round, 20 hour-per-week position.

The Personnel Committee delegated to Rev. Russ Boyd the responsibility of advertising the positions and screening applicants. Once candidates for each position are identified, the Personnel Committee will assist with the approval and hiring process. To read the draft job descriptions approved by the committee, click on the links below:


Office Administrator

Ministry Intern
 
 

On Wednesday, July 6 the COVID-19 Community Level for Tarrant County was raised to orange (high) based on the number of positive tests reported and the current impact on the local health care system. When a county reaches this level, the CDC recommends that everyone wear a mask in indoor public spaces.

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 masks are required for all indoor church programs when the level reaches high (orange)

Click here for details on how the change affects church programs
 
School Uniform Drive

Help support students at International Newcomer Academy


Our partners at International Newcomer Academy need our help!  They have asked if we can help provide 100 navy blue uniform shirts for newly arriving refugee students at their school! There are 3 ways you can help:

1) Buy shirts and bring them to church (sizes needed are from youth small to adult large).

2) Order on Amazon and they will be delivered to the church:
Amazon Wish List

3) Donate money. Write a check and put INA Uniforms in the memo line or donate online at www.shelbygiving.com/ridglea. Choose "Refugees" from the drop down menu and in the comment section put "INA shirts."

Thanks for your support and love of our neighbors!
 

Sign up to volunteer for a future session!

In the months of July & August we are partnering with True Worth Place to provide a space for some of our neighbors experiencing homelessness to get out of the dangerously hot weather and crowded shelters to stay for the night. If you have not volunteered with Room in the Inn before, it is an amazing opportunity! We will provide 7 guests every other Friday night with a home-cooked meal, a chance to watch tv, play games, shower, and rest with a quiet, safe, cool place to sleep.  As a volunteer you will get to build friendships with some of our neighbors you might not have ever met and have lots of fun!

To welcome our neighbors, we need volunteers to help bring food, drive, do laundry, set up, serve as an innkeeper, and serve as a Friday night host. Learn more about the opportunities and sign up you and your family or friends for a night to welcome our honored guests at the link below. Kids are definitely welcome! All of our guests come from our partners at True Worth Place and will be checked for health concerns before arriving. With the COVID-19 Community Level currently high in Tarrant County, masks are required for all of our volunteers and guests. 

We have upcoming sessions August 19.  For August 5 we still need 1 innkeeper (overnight host).  For August 19 we need 1 Friday afternoon driver to help pick up our guests and bring them to the church. Click the link below to sign up for a volunteer opening.

 
Weekly Updates
 
1) Final groups of the summer
We had amazing Connect Week's this week!  Connect Fort Worth hosted our final summer weeklong group, First Christian Church Kilgore This amazing intergenerational group spent the week supporting, learning from, and advocating for hunger relief.  They partnered with WestAid, Presbyterian Night Shelter, Agape Meal, Neighborhood Needs, Children's Closet, LVTRise and more! Connect Nashville's last group of the summer season is next weekend and will be Independence Boulevard Christian Church of Kentucky! We can't wait to see what these groups do when they return home.

Tomorrow, Saturday August 6th, we are excited to host University Christian Church in Fort Worth for their Back to School retreat!  They will be serving at Neighborhood Needs and at Ridglea!  At Ridglea they will be helping us clean up from the summer season, make Will Be Fed bags, make welcome to school posters for International Newcomer Academy & more!



2) Summer Impact & Numbers
Thanks to you church this summer we have been able to empower 192 participants from 19 churches to put their faith into action through service and justice in ways that are relational, sustainable and dignity affirming!  That is 192 people ready to go back into their own communities to partner with their neighbors to help make our world more like the world God dreams of!  We have been able to say yes to 23 nonprofit partners over and over again this summer to help them live out their missions to love our neighbors.  Together we have volunteered 79,800 hours with our partners this summer!  Thank you church for making this possible

3) Thank YOU
Thank you SO much to all of you who have volunteered with our Connect groups this summer!  From all of you who have helped provided and hosted dinner, led our groups in the garden, even Nancy & Rob Jack who offered their home pool to our groups!  We can't say thank you enough!

4)  Connect T-shirts
Our Connect shirts are available for 2022!  Your purchase of these shirts helps spread awareness about our ministry and raises funds to support our mission.  You can purchase yours here to be delivered to you or buy one next time your at church:  https://connectministrytrips.org/merch. We will also have shirts available in the foyer on Sunday morning for a donation of $20

5) Follow us on Social Media
Want to learn more about what Connect is doing with our partners and community each day?  Follow us on social media!  We now have a facebook, instagram & tik tok account!

-Rev. Allison Lanza
 

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! Watch the weekly news for summer fun events for kids and families.
 


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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