What a fantastic month for Church on the Ridge! July 2018 is historic in many ways. First, we had the largest 4th of July events to date! In the evening over 7000 people watched and experienced Red, White & Boom, put on by our church family. It was a spectacular celebration of our nation. In the morning over 200 “Pinkies” (volunteers in pink shirts, thanks Jeff!) serving over 1000 families with fun, food and games. Then we had Breakaway 2018. Just this week, 140 of you worked with children, many of whom had never been to church until this ministry event. This month was one of the most amazing displays of servant-hearted people I have seen in a long time. Not only did our community recognize it, but our city officials formally acknowledged the work that our Student Ministries team has done for the youth in this valley (excellent job, youth team).
Jonah would be proud of the volunteers of Church on the Ridge. He ran from God’s call to serve and paid a high price to capitulate and follow through on his divine purpose. Church on the Ridge, through some God-ordained asks, responded beautifully to step up and serve; no whale required. Many of the areas were thankless and unknown, the Mayor and city council members publically proclaimed some, but each one was no less impactful and vital to reaching our community with God’s love. I never heard a single complaint or frustration. That was in itself is a testimony to your devotion to God and others. Paul told us to “do everything without grumbling” (Phil 2:14). Way to go Church on the Ridge!
I wish I could share with you all the comments and feedback I have received from those who were served by these ministry events. I am confident the positive results were directly influenced by the attitude with which you served. People see the heart of our efforts, and that is what draws them to Christ. Jesus said, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:35 NLT). There is a lot of hate, protest, and division in our world; not a lot of real love. When we serve, we are like Jesus, and that is attractive to people. Through July, you all looked amazing.
This weekend we will learn about Jonah and once again see him show his ungodly tendencies; not very pretty. I hope to see you and look forward to welcoming the new families who were impacted by your serving hearts. Thank you again for all your hard work this month. Remember God’s promise “Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (Gal 6:9 NLT).