Sunday, February 21, 2010

An End to an Era

Today was The Ridge's last day at the movie theater, we are moving this week to a local high school.  It was a bittersweet day I think for all of us.  Eric and I did not have the privilege to be at The Ridge when it first started 3 years ago, we were still living in Ohio and had no clue that The Ridge even existed.  Funny how God plans things...

But we have been at The Ridge since it's 2nd birthday, and it's been truly amazing.  I know you all love your church, but I really love our church, and I really love the people at The Ridge too.  I mean really, where else can you hear Bon Jovi, or Ozzy Osbourne?  Today we left with the band playing "Carry on my wayward son..."  If it's from the 80's, we play it.   

We had a lot of help loading up everything into trucks and unloading it at our office/warehouse.  This week we get to sort through it all and load it back up to move on Saturday.  Please pray for us...we have a lot to do still!

As we watched a little "movie" from the last 3 years it was very apparent that God is in all that we do at The Ridge.  I am not sure how else to explain or word it, but I just feel God in all that we do.  Our church is not perfect, we are far from it, we have issues, of course we do, our church is made up of flawed humans, but our goal, our focus remains the same in all that we do...The Ridge exists to help people find and follow God.  And I feel very confident in saying that we are accomplishing that goal.  We still have a long way to go...85% of Milwaukee is unchurched.  But we are making a dent, I can just feel it.  We went from 30 to 500 in 3 years, that is ALL God.  Not us, not the preaching (sorry Mark), not neighborhood groups, God.  All of those aspects help reach the people and bring them closer to God, but God has absolutely orchestrated everything good that has happened at The Ridge. 

So an end to an era of our church meeting at a movie theater, and the beginning of our church meeting at a school.  I am so excited to see how God is going to use The Ridge in the next coming months, years, and forever in Milwaukee. 

7 comments:

Kari @ p.s. love.love. said...

How exciting for you guys. I'm sure it was emotional at the same time. Cool song to be playing for you to hear.

Your church is doing amazing things. Thank God, literally, for hearts like yours!

Kristin said...

I bet that was a great service today at your church! I am very excited for you! I can tell God is doing wonderful things there. Will you be able to leave all of your things at your new location....how will that work? I hope it goes well as you transition. Our church building is coming along great. They got the 2 kids rooms walls framed this weekend, with just Morgan and 3 others. That's all that showed up to volunteer :( but they made great progress!

April said...

It is wonderful that you love your church! I know that with all that God has done with your church in 3 years, there's no stopping him now :)

I think I was one who thought you were turning 29... but I understand what you meant now :P I remember thinking "Wow - she looks younger" LOL

So jealous you made it to the Discovery World! I didn't get there before moving out of Milwaukee in 2008 but would LOVE to go now. I am glad you enjoyed your birthday and the time with your family!

He & Me + 3 said...

Wow I was just blown away by the numbers. 30 to 500 in three years. Amazingly God! Keep on sharing Jesus! That is awesome! May your church continue to reach your area for Christ.

{:miss v:} said...

What an amazing thing to go from 30 to 500! Awesome! I'll be praying for your church!

Because of Love said...

I know that is so exciting for you and your church! We love, LOVE our church and one of the things I love about it is the celebration of what God is doing. Isn't it great to see God moving?!

Holly said...

God is definitely working to grow the church like it has. I hope He continues to do amazing things to reach the people of Milwaukee.