Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
For many months now, Ridglea Presbyterian Church has been anticipating the day when we will leave the building and land that has been our home for more than 75 years. After many false starts, that day is now plainly in view.
At a called meeting of the session last Sunday, the session determined that Sunday, July 29, at 10 a.m. will mark the final Service of the Lord’s Day in our building at 6201 Camp Bowie. It will be a day of both celebration and tears. We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, and we will welcome colleagues in ministry from Grace Presbytery who will help us decommission the spaces where we have gathered around and responded to the Word of God. Plans are underway for a time of fellowship and refreshments following the service, and more details will be forthcoming.
Until our new home is ready for us to move in, beginning Sunday, August 5, we will be meeting at the site of the former John Knox Presbyterian Church at 4350 River Oaks Boulevard.
In an effort to anticipate the many questions that are sure to come, we have prepared the Q&A below. As always, if your question is not on this list, please contact any of the elders listed below.
Your servants in Christ,
|The Session of Ridglea Presbyterian Church|
|John Godwin||Blythe Lee||Julie Ritz|
|Martin Cleworth||Marsha West||Butch Saxton|
|Marsha Dueease||Bill Long||Tom Sisolak|
|Ivey Ramsey||Will Stallworth||Renee Stuart|
Rev. Dr. Ryan Baer, Moderator
Karen Landon, Clerk
Q: Why does the timeline suddenly seem so short?
A: We closed on the sale of our current building in late May. The terms of that contract state that we have three months of free rent, and then beginning September 1, we may remain in the building by paying $15,000 per month in rent. Grace Presbytery has offered us use of the former John Knox building at very reasonable terms as a temporary home, and the leadership of the church feels that this is good stewardship of God’s resources. This will also give us time to complete the close out of 6201 Camp Bowie while the building is unoccupied during the month of August.
Q: How long will we be worshiping at River Oaks?.
A: We are still working with our architect to determine a targeted occupancy date for our new home at 5000 Southwest Boulevard, but we will make every effort to keep our time in temporary quarters as brief as possible.
Q: I heard that a Korean church is meeting in River Oaks. Won’t we be in their way?
A: The First Korean Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth currently meets in River Oaks. However, at present, they are only using one office on weekdays and the Fellowship Hall on Sunday afternoons for their worship services and other activities. Ryan Baer and John Godwin have held meetings with Pastor Myunggil Kim of the Korean congregation and Joanna Kim of Grace Presbytery and have established an excellent working relationship between the two congregations and Grace Presbytery.
Q: What can I do to help?
A: First of all, pray! Please pray for the perseverance of Paul, the passion of Peter, the love of John, the wisdom of Solomon, and the patience of Job! Also, many hands make light work, and we need yours! The River Oaks site needs some cleaning and TLC. Volunteers are needed to join Boy Scout Troop 326 on Saturday, July 14th starting at 8:00 AM. Bring gloves, a mop, Swiffer, vacuum, or just yourself to 4350 River Oaks Blvd. Lunch will be provided. This is an excellent opportunity for Scout and church members to work together as a team, and all are needed! Sign up here!