This week's sermon:

"The Letter or the Spirit?"

Luke 13:10-17

Rev. Russ Boyd preaching

This Sunday's gospel lesson tells the story of Jesus healing  a woman on the Sabbath, drawing criticism for not following the Law of Moses. It's a story that invites us to consider how following "the letter of the law" vs. "the spirit of the law" might inform our faith and actions today. Come find out how this scripture continues to speak to us today as we worship together!

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Last Sunday in worship we had a special blessing for all of our students and educators as a new school year is underway! If you're starting a new year of school and have not yet received a backpack tag - good news! We will have them available at church on Sundays, and will gladly send one to your home as well. If you'd like one (or more) mailed to you, let us know at

Blessing and reception for Rev. Allison Lanza

Sunday, August 28

On Sunday, August 28 we will have a special blessing for Rev. Allison Lanza in our worship service, followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. Come give thanks for Allison's ministry at our church, and celebrate her new full-time nonprofit director role as Connect Ministries merges with Reach Beyond Mission to become Be The Neighbor. Mark your calendar and plan to join us for a special day!

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!

While the transmission metrics for Tarrant County have begun to trend downward, the COVID-19 Community Level for Tarrant County is still at 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
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!

Weekly Updates

1) 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

2) Looking Ahead
We had an incredible summer and can't wait to see what God has in store next!  On September 15th we will officially launch as our new organization Be The Neighbor.  Be The Neighbor is a uniting of Connect Ministries and Reach Beyond Mission!  Stay tuned for ways you can support us during this launch.  If you are giving with us currently as a Connector on a recurring basis we will let you know soon how transfer your giving to Be The Neighbor!

We are also currently registering for fall weekend and spring break trips to our sites in Fort Worth, Nashville, Tucson and Kansas City!  Groups can also fill out interest forms for summer 2023 and official registration will begin September 15th.  We already have 9 groups who have filled out interest forms for next summer!  Let churches and school groups you know see how they might want to get involved.  They can learn more at

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)  Be The Neighbor Launch
Be The Neighbor (the merger of Connect Ministries and Reach Beyond Mission) will officially launch on September 15th.  We would LOVE for YOU to be a part of our launch! You can do this by making a donation on or before that day (you can become a Founding Neighbor by signing up for a recurring monthly donation or making a one time donation of $500 or more), by submitting a short video (2 minutes or less) about why you are excited about this new ministry that we can share on our social media on that day, and by praying for us!  For more information on how you can support our founding reach out to me at

5) How to find me
Starting September 1st I will officially transition to working full time for Be The Neighbor. You can email me at, check out our new website at, or still call me at 817-913-6925. My main office will be at South Hills Christian Church, and I will also have office space at Ridglea to use when groups are on-site!

-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! 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 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
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:

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:

Meeting ID: 889 5684 6059
Passcode: opendoor
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