For the generous and obedient way you responded to our annual “Sacrifice of Joy” offering. As I write this on Wednesday, we are right at $250,000 given! And it continues to come in from gifts by those who were not here or out of town this past weekend. Thank you for taking the matter seriously, as you always do. I am never surprised by your generosity when I call you to the need. It is just one of many reasons that I am so proud to be your pastor. And with this offering, as we do each year, we will take 20% of all that came in and will come in, and apply it toward our annual Lottie Moon World Mission offering. Our goal for Lottie Moon is $100,000 each year and we already stand at approximately $90,000 toward that end… Wow! And that is on top of the roughly $250,000+ we will give to CP and all missions through our RBC Ministry and operating budget this year. In other words, by the end 2015 our church will have given well over $350,000 to missions!
I thought you would love to have that information and I hope that it rejoices your heart as much as it does mine. And by the way, the next time you hear someone out there say--- “all the church is about is money”, say, “Not Ridgecrest” we give money, but we give it so we can do ministry in our church, ministry through our church and missions both local and internationally. Taking the gospel, just like Jesus commanded, to the whole world. As Romans 10:14–15 says, “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!””
Alabama State Baptist Convention… will take place Monday, Tuesday and half of Wednesday. Chuck and I will be attending as messengers. Pray for our Convention under the leadership of Dr. Rick Lance. Alabama Baptists are one of the strongest state conventions in all of the SBC. Pray for wisdom and direction for our state leaders during this annual gathering.
America, The Future, and Prophecy… continues this Wednesday. The response has been outstanding. Many are asking if they can get the entire series on CD or DVD. Both formats will be available in their entirety when I finish the study—sometime in December.
Thanksgiving Dinners… As we have in the past, we will continue providing Thanksgiving meals to the Selma St. elementary school students and their family. We adopted this school several years’ back which is considered one of the most needy in the Dothan school district. And this year I have some exciting news… Ricky Treadwell the owner of Piggly Wiggly is partnering with us and funding half of the cost of each meal. That means for just $15 you can provide a thanksgiving meal for a family in need this year. I hope you’ll join us in blessing and making thanksgiving special to many who otherwise would not enjoy it as such. As always we’ll distribute the meals on November 23 &24 and with each meal we’ll include a tract, a New Testament and a message of God’s love from Ridgecrest. Thank you Ricky and Piggly Wiggly!
If you are our guest today… you are visiting a wonderful family of God. He is at work in this place and we are excited to be a part of it all. And we’re very glad you are here to worship with us. If you do not know Christ personally, allow us to assist you with that most important decision. If you are looking for a church home, we’d like to become that spiritual home for you—we love new people!
For all of us… let’s worship with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength today. And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your pastor!
For God’s Glory Alone,
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