I’ve been encouraged and challenged over the past few weekends as Abraham (Genesis) has taught us what it means for our church to be a family. Isn’t it true that at our deepest level we all want a place where we are welcomed, cared for, and feel like we are part of something greater than ourselves?
As the Ridge Point family, we want to be used by God to welcome people into our family, grow as brothers and sisters, and extend our impact outside the walls of our church.
In the month of October, we will launch into the Reach and Restore Campaign. This year our goal has been expanded as we follow God’s leading into new areas of ministry in our city, region and world.
In Our city, we will be partnering with Habitat for Humanity and two local schools as we continue to love our neighbors. God is giving us an opportunity to tangibly reach our neighbors by addressing the serious affordable-housing issue in our area. Through Habitat for Humanity, we will build a home for a local family. Get out your hammers and tool belts; we’re building a house!
At Ridge Point, we love kids! This coming year, we will continue to build friendships with students, families and staff of two area schools. Many of you have already made connections at Adams Elementary in Zeeland. We will also return to the neighborhood around Rosa Parks Green by researching partnership opportunities with a local Holland school.
In Our Region, God has placed a vision on Ridge Point’s heart to expand His kingdom by planting healthy churches like Ridge Point that have a deep desire to introduce and reveal Jesus to those who don’t know Him. That vision is coming to life! Over the next several weeks, we will be launching Third Coast Community Church in Saugatuck and Cultivate Community Church in Hamilton, as part of the Ridge Point Network of Churches. Let’s plant these churches well by providing the start-up equipment and materials they need to have a lasting impact.
In Our World, how cool would it be to make a life-changing impact in the life of a child who lives in poverty? Did you know 72 Fearless Follower families support 84 children each month through the Jubilee Centre in Zambia? We want to increase that sponsorship by 50 more children. That might mean you! Along with that, we want to give toward the renovation of a transitional orphanage home for kids waiting to be adopted by a local family.
The Reach and Restore campaign gives us the opportunity to come together as a family and make an impact that none of us could make on our own. We need everyone to help. Whether your contribution is large or small, it makes a difference. It means, at the end of the day, that we can say, “We did this together!” Specifically, here is how you can participate:
Pray! Commit to praying each day for the people we are impacting through these Missional Initiatives. You can follow the Ridge Point Missional Living Facebook page for daily prayer opportunities or thoughts on living a life on mission.
Serve! Where is God asking you to get your hands dirty? Consider serving sometime this fall in a tangible way. If you don’t know how or where to get involved, come join us at Mission SENTral on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30pm. God has made each of us with unique gifts and has a place for us in His plan to reach and restore the brokenness around us.
Give! The campaign goal this year has expanded to $300,000. This is triple the goal we’ve had in the last few years. This pushes all of us out of our comfort zone and challenges each of us to ask, “What can I give?” But with this higher investment we will expect God to do more with our resources than ever before. Would you help support these initiatives financially?
Four thousand years after Abraham showed the kind of impact a family could have, we are still reading about and learning from him. Let’s continue as that same kind of family here at Ridge Point – a family that welcomes new people in, builds up the people we have, and has a huge impact in the world around us.