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Ridglea’s summer Sunday schedule begins June 4!
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:00 a.m. – Worship in the Chapel
The May 2017 Newsletter is Now Online
4-2017 newsletter (click to open)
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
As you may have already heard, late yesterday afternoon, we received verbal notification that QuickTrip intends to exercise its option to cancel the contract to purchase the real property of Ridglea Presbyterian Church.
Per the terms of the contract, QT must notify both the church and the title company in writing before the inspection period expires on March 6, and we expect to receive that letter very soon. As far as has been communicated verbally to us, QT’s reasons for canceling have nothing to do with Ridglea’s performance under the contract, but nonetheless, they have determined that it is not in their best interest to proceed. Per the terms of the contract, QT will be refunded all but $10,000 of their earnest money, which will be forwarded to the church from the title company once the written notice from QT is received.
This evening, the session of the church met to digest this news together, and there were decidedly mixed emotions in the room. Some elders were disappointed and angry, some expressed relief, and still others a sense of fatigue. All felt frustration on behalf of the faithful leaders in this congregation who have once again invested an incredible amount of their own time, energy, and professional expertise into this endeavor.
However, we also noted that nothing has really changed except for our expectations about what was potentially going to happen in the near future. Ministry and mission in the name of Jesus Christ continues at Ridglea Presbyterian Church, just as it has since the congregation first began considering this question nearly four years ago, just as it has since the congregation was chartered nearly 75 years ago. This is not now nor has it ever been a conversation about closing or dissolving the congregation. It is and always has been a question of which option is the best stewardship of the abundant resources that God has poured into this ministry.
As the elders who have been called by God and elected through the voice of the congregation, we believe that the upcoming season of Lent is an excellent time for all of us to take a step back from these issues and breathe a little bit. To that end, we are calling the congregation to join us in a Lenten season of prayer, reflection, and discernment. We call you, in your own prayer life during this upcoming season, to be intentional about asking “the God questions:” God, is this your will; yes or no? What are you guiding us to be or do?
In late April or early May, we will be calling the congregation to discuss our next steps and where God might be calling us to go from here. In the meantime, let us pray for the willingness to surrender our own expectations and presuppositions.
Let us be open to the leading of the Spirit, remembering the wisdom of the Proverbs, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Let us be gentle with one another, remembering the admonition of the Apostle to “rejoice with those who rejoice” and “weep with those who weep,” and “so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”
Let us remember that there is nothing, neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
With God’s help, we continue to strive to fulfill our ministry in obedience to Jesus Christ, under the authority of Scripture and the guidance of our church’s confessions, and we seek to serve you with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love. As always, we are here to listen and to pray with and for you.
Your servants in Christ,
Dear Ridglea Family,
The session of Ridglea Presbyterian Church calls the congregation to meet on Sunday, January 29, at 12 noon in the Sanctuary for the annual meeting. The purpose of the meeting is as follows:
- To receive a “state of the church” report from the session, including a report on the church’s 2016 financial performance and updated financial projections for 2017.
- To receive a report from the Ridglea Presbyterian Church Foundation regarding its 2016 financial performance.
- To hear a report from the nominating committee and elect officers to their respective boards.
- To act upon on a recommendation from the session for a change in the pastor’s terms of call, effective January 1, 2017.
This meeting shall fulfill the requirements of G-1.0501 of The Book of Order regarding the 2017 annual meeting of the congregation. Following the meeting, we will adjourn to Currie Hall for a fellowship luncheon.
Your servants in Christ,