My purpose in this note is to give you better information, and to lead us forward together. I’m excited to celebrate 4 years on the Ridge! We’ve seen quite a few changes, and I’m sure there are more to come. Through each and every turn, over every hill and bump, you have been steadfast in your service and have shown grace in the face of adversity… THANK YOU!!
Here is a list of things, I feel, that need to be brought to the fore-front, maybe to clarify…
-Our “heating & air” is now on a programed thermostat, and we will gladly show qualified volunteers how to over-ride the temperature settings and times.
-All three campuses are making plans to take most everyone through a “Financial Peace University” course. Preparation for Home Group participation/training is near, and we begin in January 2014. It is a Dave Ramsey course, and everyone should benefit, myself included.
-The Ridge lake baptism/dinner back in July was not at the top of everyone’s list. Attendance was poor. With all the time and energy and resources spent… the Ridge staff has decided to change it up for the next one… so stay tuned and be ready to participate.
-Folks that volunteer in Guest Services… be always outward focused… the twenty minutes before each service is the critical time to watch for opportunities. Walk the 1st time guest through the maze, and help with their kids.
-The expense of replacing/ordering name-tags with magnetic bars is high. To save money we will use stick-on paper in Kidz Creek, and lanyards like school teachers use for the rest of us. Its very important to be identified. Soon the magnetic name-tags will be taken up.
-Guest Services have an option in shirts! If your group wants to wear a “polo” or button up, then we have options. You must pay for these optional shirts. They are the pretty blues of the current t-shirts.
-We talk about it, but many may not know that we as a church have partnered with the Christian Ministry Center, located out hwy 391 north, a couple miles from Batesburg. They assist folks in need in three counties, and you can help! Check it out! (See Ken Fallaw)
-We now have established relationships at RS-M middle & high schools…with their Fellowship of Christian Athletes organizations!! God opened this door a while ago, but now the door has been flung wide open! We meet with them and help support their efforts to reach students for Jesus!
-If you use Facebook or similar ways of sharing… please be careful of what you post and share. A photo can be seen and misunderstood. A comment can be taken out of context. Think twice before you post/publish/share. WE represent a body of Christ Followers and we are held accountable.
-Rumors can destroy. If you hear of rumors concerning the church or a member or even a staff-member…please find me and ask me. I’ll help us understand and find truth, in confidence. Don’t allow rumors to spoil your worship or cause others to stumble.
-Home Groups are important. Our goal is to establish relationships, helping people find their way back to God. When a Home Group gets too big, people find it difficult to share, and feel left out, and eventually quit coming. If we’ve heard it once, then a thousand times, MULTIPLY!
-Home Groups that have not grown in numbers need to go into the hallways at work/school and invite! Invite a neighbor into your home… “walk across the room” and ask. Never give up. The next lost or hurting person is close at hand.
-There have been times when I’ve been guilty of pride, and “pride comes before the fall”. So, be on guard…guard your heart against pride. Keep your motives pure. Pray for wisdom in all things.
-When you have moment…read Proverbs chapter 16, maybe one verse per day…
Thank you for your time !! I’m so blessed to be part of a body of believers that is truly seeking God’s will and is obedient to His calling us “to help people find their way back to Him….”
Dean A. Derrick