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Two Special Sundays In A Row

An e-Note from Pastor Chris The next two Sundays are very special in the life of Ringgold UMC. One is annual, happening each first Sunday in November. The other is, well, potentially unique and quite possibly historic! THIS Sunday is when we celebrate, “All Saints Day/Sunday.” What is that? Well, actually you already celebrated it, sort of. The word, “Halloween” (October 31) is a shortened and modified version of it’s origin – “All Hallows Eve.” November 1st, is the day…

A Trip Back In Time…

An e-Note from Pastor Chris Kara and I enjoyed last weekend in Owensboro, Kentucky, home of my alma mater, Kentucky Wesleyan College. [I earned a B.A. in 1999 with a double major of Religion/Philosophy and Psychology and a minor in Sociology. I played football for the D-II Panthers from 1994-1998.] While there we got to visit a bit with Larry Black and his family. Larry is the Catoosa County Commissioner Chairperson and his son, Bo, is now a freshman and…

Short e-Note

An e-Note from Pastor Chris Celebrate with one another; currently there are 80 adults in one of our new groups / classes! This is incredible. This number is equal to our best effort in my tenor as your pastor even before the pandemic. Thank you for supporting these new groups. This is the result of a lot of work, planning and team work between ministry areas. In addition to these new groups, the 49rs ministry continues to have attendance of…

Last Chances & New Opportunities

An e-Note from Pastor Chris I spent the long Labor Day weekend with our youth at Camp Glisson. It was a good decision. Around the age of 40, (six years ago) I decided I was done with that sort of thing. (I’ve been on a LOT of retreats and mission trips and all manner of uncomfortable, lack-luster over-night stays.) However, I’m glad I went against this previous decision. I found myself enjoying my time with the youth and the other…

Why Church?

An e-Note from Pastor Chris Why Church? That’s the question, isn’t it? It is the question asked by more people today than ever before. What role does “church” play in one’s faith in God through Christ? Some people treat church like it’s the deposable wrapping paper of the gift of salvation. The truth is, church is God’s plan and guess what? There’s no back up plan. Over the years I’ve come up with 10 reasons for Why Church – enough…

Why Jesus?

An e-Note from Pastor Chris We’ve had a GREAT START to “Bring a Friend” month at RUMC. Keep going! Keep bringing / inviting (in person and online). WHY? is our current worship theme and THIS WEEK we continue with: Aug 21 – Why Jesus? I promise the message will be thought-provoking and engaging. It’s a great chance for us to invite those that have been less than convinced by other more typical religious appeals about Jesus. TRADITIONAL worship at 9am;CONTEMPORARY…

Bring A Friend Month begins with “WHY?”

An e-Note from Pastor Chris I’m truly hoping and praying for a new tradition of August being “Bring a Friend” month at RUMC. I just invited a young couple I know only a few moments ago. Who are you going to bring? Let’s try to bring someone to worship with us each Sunday this month (or invite them to our house, if online or to simply join us online.) WHY? is our worship theme for the next couple months…Aug 7…

no vacation from faith…

An e-Note from Pastor Chris Summer is here! Well, officially it starts next Tuesday, but certainly with the recent heat, it feels it has already arrived with gusto! Kara and I so look forward to the summer every year. It’s her favorite season. Pool time, sunbathing, BBQs and of course various trips and adventures, even those at home for “stay-cations.” I want to encourage you NOT to take a break from your faith this summer. We all need changes of…

What Would You Put In This Subject Line?

An e-Note for Pastor Chris How about some celebrations? We had 11 people take our membership class Sunday night! We had 17 different teenagers participate in youth ministries this last week! We’ve had 20 new “household” (some families, some individuals) visit with us since the start of the new year! And our goal of 100 sponsored Haiti kids from our partner-mission “Friends of Momance,” stands currently at 94 (already 10 more than last year)! The next membership class will be sometime this summer. If you’re ready to take this 90 minute class…

“Our father” – Mother’s Day – easter attendance

An e-Note from Pastor Chris I want to invite you to the start of a new theme in worship that over the next three weeks that will focus on the three requests we make in the Lord’s Prayer:Give us this day our daily bread;Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;Lead us, not unto temptation but deliver us from evil.When Jesus gave his disciples this model prayer he undoubtedly expected it to be repeated and learned…