"Go and Bear Fruit"
Lectionary art by Rev. Rebekah Krevens

This week's sermon:
"Marks of True Friendship"
John 15:9-17
Rev. Russ Boyd preaching 

This week we continue looking more closely at Jesus' farewell discourse to the disciples in the Gospel of John. Jesus describes what true friendship looks like, and invites us to practice that friendship as his disciples today.

Click here for a preview of the worship bulletin
We are thrilled that as Covid numbers remain lower in our community we are able to safely worship outdoors! Read below for more details.

Outdoor Worship

We will gather outside in the courtyard at 11:00 am. Chairs will be provided. 

Please see our Covid Covenant for attending in-person events at Ridglea on our website.

There will be a nursery available in the parlor for children newborn to 4 years old. There will an outdoor pray-ground area in the courtyard available for any child. Kids can pick up a children's worship bag with lots of fun surprises! Outdoor Worship & Wonder for children age 3 - 2nd grade will meet outdoors in the memory garden and the playground. Children will depart for Worship & Wonder after the Children's Sermon.

Livestreamed Worship

Worship will be streamed live online at 11:00 am on YouTube and Facebook, and the stream will be screen shared on Zoom. (Note: Though we are able to share the stream on Zoom, the video and sound will be clearer on Facebook and YouTube.) After the service ends, it will be available to view any time on YouTube or Facebook. We are committed to making sure that everyone can worship together as one body of Christ wherever we are.

INA in our Learning Garden
We loved welcoming refugee and immigrant students from our partners at International Newcomers Academy to our Jubilee Community Garden this week!  Thanks students for helping us to grow fresh healthy food for our neighbors!
Welcoming a Refugee Family

Today, thanks to you, we are welcoming a refugee Congolese family of 7 to Fort Worth! You have spent the last 2 weeks buying items off the Amazon wish list, donating items from your house, sharing money to help to fill their fridge with groceries that will taste like home, setting up their apartments and welcoming them at the airport!  You have spent the last 2 weeks living out Jesus' call to us welcome the stranger and love our neighbor!  Thank you church for being the gospel in action!
Clergy Continuing Education
Over the next 2 weeks Russ & Allison will both be learning!

May 17-20 Allison will be at a conference with other Disciples pastors called, "What's Next: Congregational Ministry After Covid19: A Retreat for Collaborative Reflection and Creative Thinking" at Christmount Christian Assembly.  Keep her and other pastors participating in your prayers as they listen to each other and the spirit to see where God might be leading us next.

May 10-21 Russ will be completing his next level of military education as an Army Reserve chaplain, the Operational Religious Support Leaders Course. The class usually takes place at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, but due to Covid restrictions Russ will participate online from his office at church Monday - Friday over the next two weeks.

Moving help for the Rike Family

Cameron, Lea & Nathan Rike are moving into a new place and need help with the move! If you can help this Saturday, May 8 at 2:00 pm contact Russ at russ@ridgleachristian.org. Rike family, we are so excited about your new home!

It's time to play!  All Ridglea families with kids newborn - 10 years old and their siblings are invited to come play tomorrow at Berney Park (6312 Rosemont Ave) together!

We can't wait to celebrate all of the graduates this year on Sunday, May 30!  If you or a family member are graduating let us know at allison@ridgleachristian.org so we can celebrate with you in worship!
Children's Sunday School 
Sunday Morning at 10:00 am

In-person outdoors & on Zoom

This week we will continue with hybrid Sunday School! We will meet in-person in the Memory Garden and online on Zoom. We will be learning about John 15:9-17 This is for kids Kindergarten - 6th grade.  

Click here to access Sunday School on Zoom

Meeting ID: 824 2780 2775

Passcode: Ridglea

No Youth Group this Week for Mother's Day!
Church Camp at Disciples Crossing
Church Camp is back this summer! There will be camps for kids in 1st -12th grade, as well as Family Camps for kids & adults of all ages.

Visit https://www.disciplescrossing.org/upcomingevents for dates & details, to learn about their Covid-Safe policy, and to register.

All Ridglea kids will have half of the fee paid by the Pointer Scholarship. When you register, click "invoice the church," and we will partner with you to take care of the payments.

Want to help ensure all Ridglea kids can go to camp no matter their families ability to pay?  Donate to the Pointer Scholarship at Ridglea!  Visit www.shelbygiving.com/ridglea and choose "Pointer Scholarship" from the drop down menu!

In Person or on Zoom
This class is studying the prophets! All are welcome.  If you would like a study book, let the church office know. The class meets in the foyer on Wednesdays at 11:15 am, or online using the Zoom info below.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88956846059
Meeting ID:889 5684 6059

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

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84724873091
This week in our Joint Bible Study with Community and South Hills Christian Church we will be studying the character of Mary Magdalene
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