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 by virtue of a route manner (as we do weekly in Traditional worship and occasionally in Contemporary).
This is certainly an excellent way to learn the prayer Jesus gave us.
But it is was given for additional reasons besides it being a model, an example for “how” to pray.
It is LIFE-DEFINING.
The words of the Lord’s Prayer (called “The Our Father” by our Catholic friends) illustrate distinctive Christian spirituality.
This Sunday I invite you to consider the richness and meaning of praying, “Give us, this day our daily bread…”
Join us and invite others for in-person-worship:
Thoughtful, engaging TRADITIONAL worship at 9am;
Inspiring, relatable CONTEMPORARY worship at 11am.
Join us and tell your friends (especially those who say they “want to stay home” to join us from their living rooms at those same times: www.ringgoldumc.TV.
Or they can experience RUMC worship services live or “on demand” by using our YouTube Channel on their smart TV at a more convenient time.
Of course we livestream on Facebook as well.
Speaking of which, please consider “sharing” our live-stream of worship on your Facebook page. Our viewership increases dramatically when even a small number of people do this.
You can share our livestream on FB whether or not you are worshipping in person or online.
Those in person, I also want to encourage you to post where you are at the start of worship to your various social media accounts [Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat].
That’s a pretty easy witness to just let people know you are worshipping Jesus at Ringgold United Methodist Church.
It’s Mother’s Day Sunday. We’ll be recognizing this but as always we’ll be very sensitive about how we do it.
For some, this is a GREAT day. For others it brings mixed emotions and still for others it is one of the most difficult days of the year.
We keep all of this in mind when we plan those elements in worship that commemorate the day.
So come for a recognition of this your special day… or please don’t let this be a reason you don’t come to worship this Sunday. We have you in mind too.
Are you “new” to RUMC or maybe not new per se, but just starting to plug in or get to know things?
Join me at 10am this Sunday for Coffee with Chris. It’s an informal time of getting to know me and other Staff better as well as other new people. his question is not only for those in person but also those online.
Please encourage the people who came with you on Easter to return this Sunday for Mother’s Day and if appropriate invite them to join me at 10am for Coffee and doughnuts.
If you are wondering about Easter attendance this year, in-person attendance was larger this Easter than in 2021.
We had 156 people in Traditional Worship compared to 139 last year.
In Contemporary, 199 people worshipped in person compared to 146 the year before.
Online attendance dropped off roughly by half from 2021 in both Traditional and Contemporary. [There are reasons for this that I won’t go into at this time. However, we’re more confident about our online ministry than ever, and it will continue to be a very important part of our strategic outreach and mission going forward.]
Easter felt very much like a celebration this year. As a church we have navigated through very difficult times these past two years with the Pandemic, deaths in our congregation, staff changes and families moving away or otherwise connecting in other places.
While there are surely plenty of challenges ahead we find ourselves in a good position to continue to BE RENEWED as individuals and as a church.
We had a great confirmation class and celebration and we’re gearing up for our next Membership Celebration and the Staff will be doing strategic ministry planning in June for the back half of 2022.
I’m looking forward to our new three week worship theme on the Lord’s Prayer starting this Sunday as well as the conclusion of our Spring Bible studies and small groups and then on to our summer programming and plans.
Here is a sneak peak at worship this summer: Last year we had a great experience working our way through 1st John with a theme of “Songs of Summer.” Ask someone who was here, if you weren’t.
This year we’re going for round 2 with a twist, not Songs but “Psalms of Summer” as we look at different Psalms each week and the great Hymns and Contemporary Songs that have been inspired from them.
Colossians 3:16 – Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Pastor Sally is “cooking up” (pun intended) something called, “Supper Clubs” for the summer…
We’re look at offering a revision of our Life-Sport summer mission to children as this year being: “Life-n-Wonderland” [July 17 – 21]…
We’ll return to the Ringgold City pool for some church-sponsored afternoons…
And, you never know when the Kona ice truck will just show up after worship…
Hey did you know that Rev. Sally is leading a Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group at L.I.F.T. first Monday night of the month and the third Sunday night of each month, both 7pm-8pm.
She is the lead facilitator but is partnering with Julianne Miller, a parent who lost a child to suicide and Michael Hastilow M.S. who will join the group as the Mental Health Advisor.
Would you be interested in this group or would you know somebody who could benefit by it? Contact Rev. Sally for more information.
Never forget our mission: To develop, support and share active relationships with Jesus Christ.
Let’s be in mission.