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A budget is more than columns full of numbers. A budget is a story, and at Ridglea Presbyterian Church, our annual budget is one way that we “tell the old old story of Jesus and his love.”
A narrative budget is a way of talking about the future needs of the church to carry out its mission and ministry. It’s a different way of organizing (but not a replacement for) our “line-item” budget that lists columns of numbers under the heading of different departments such as “Property”, “Personnel”, “Worship”, and “Education.” Our narrative budget focuses on the three ways we plan to continue our mission of changing lives for Christ.
This December, celebrate the season with Fort Worth Opera and and experience the magic of Gian Carlo Menotti’s ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors.’ This 45-minute, one-act opera tells the story of a wondrous star, three wise kings on a journey to Bethlehem, a mother with a heart of gold, and a disabled young boy named Amahl, who learns that compassion and a generous spirit can truly work miracles.
A collaboration with Ridglea Presbyterian Church, this 45-minute, one-act family opera is part of FWOpera’s renewed commitment to fostering collaborative partnerships and bringing opera out into the community. With its glorious music and inspiring message of forgiveness and redemption, this Christmas classic is a perfect holiday treat for the child in all of us.
The curtain will rise on Sunday, December 10, at 3 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 817-732-3388.
Dear friends in Christ,
I came home from church yesterday morning with a full heart. Our All Saints Day worship was a true testimony to the resurrection hope we have in Jesus Christ. You surprised me and blessed me with a wonderful reception marking the fifth anniversary of God’s call to us as pastor and congregation.
And then I saw the devastating news about the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.
Less than 24 hours later, I’m still struggling to name my own emotions. I’m incredibly sad for the families and friends of those who perished. I’m furious that these events continue to happen in our nation. I’m feeling so very fatigued by all of the mindless rhetoric that fills the airwaves and news feeds.
And truthfully, I’m frightened. When I look at the faces of the saints of FBC Sutherland Springs, I cannot help but also see your faces, and the faces of my own wife and children. In coming days, your elders will be reviewing RPC’s security procedures. The word pastor is derived from the word for shepherd, and shepherds protect the flock. Yet it grieves me to the center of my being to know that even the most careful plans cannot immunize us from evil.
In my prayers this morning, the Spirit reminded me of Ephesians 6:12:
For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
The Spirit reminded me that these “cosmic powers of this present darkness” want us to be afraid. They want us to be angry. They want us to arm ourselves and turn on one another. They want us to be numbed and desensitized to violence. They want to sow chaos and discord among us, and they will do anything to stop us from doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with our God.
I was also reminded in my prayers this morning of the lyrics to a song called “The Change.”
And I hear them saying you’ll never change things
And no matter what you do it’s still the same thing
But it’s not the world that I am changing
I do this so this world will know
That it will not change me
Let us not yield to cosmic powers of this present darkness, dear sisters and brothers.
Let us refuse to be paralyzed by fear or hardened by cynicism or numbed into indifference.
Let us refuse to meet violence with violence or hatred with hatred.
Let us bear testimony with our words, our actions, and if necessary, even with our very lives to these truths:
Goodness is stronger than evil.
Love is stronger than hate.
Christ is risen, and all will be well, all will be well, all manner of things shall be well.
RPC is responding in a number of ways to the needs of our neighbors who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. We are joining with Presbyterians across the nation to stand in the GAP.
Give – This Sunday, September 3, we will collect a special offering for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. One hundred percent of our gifts will go to support the work of recovery and rebuilding. (PDA’s yearly operating budget is supported by the annual One Great Hour of Sharing.)
Act – As a congregation, we have set a goal of making 500 Hygiene Kits that we will send to support the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. In order to ensure that we have enough supplies, please go here to select from the list of items and bring them to church by Sunday, September 10. We will assemble the kits on September 17 and 24 between services. Stay tuned for other opportunities to act in the near future.
Pray – We continue to pray daily for God’s mercy and healing for all of our neighbors who have suffered through this terrible disaster.
Join us as we kick off our 2017-2018 program year with Rally Day this Sunday, August 27!
Then join us for our Rally Day Fellowship Luncheon in Currie Hall as we break bread together! We’ll also hear a report from our Property Negotiating Team as we prepare for a called congregational meeting on Sunday, September 10.
Join us as we celebrate and serve together!