Ridgewood United Methodist Church
100 Dayton Street, Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450
Telephone 201-652-2868 FAX 201-652-6522
November 12, 2013
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
God has a mission for the Ridgewood United Methodist Church. God, so full of grace, wants us to discover our part in the plan. It’s the old, old story of Jesus and his love, of God making all things new. It is Jesus calling us over the tumult; calling us all to participate each according to our unique abilities, gifts and talents. “We are servants of Christ and stewards of God's mysteries (1 Corinthians 4:1).” How can we be worthy of trust in accomplishing this mystery of God's love? The answer: God trusts us to do it because God has given us the means of grace to achieve this mission. We need you to be a bigger part of God’s mission for Ridgewood United Methodist Church. We have three ambitious goals for 2014. We committed to them at our last Church Conference. You can find those goals on our website: www.ridgewoodumc.net Let us know if you would like them mailed to you.
God knows personally our shortcomings and brokenness but still receives us as beloved children - the very image of divinity in Jesus’ eyes. It is grace, all grace. The sunlight knows. The trees reveal it; and the sea sings it. We invite you to hear that grace, see it, and demonstrate it. God’s mission needs your response and your commitment. We are God’s hands, legs; Christ’s body the church that God is using to transform the world into the wonderful vision that God designs.
We have been hearing about the way some of our own friends experience God in their lives. We invite each of you to more fully participate with God with your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness to fulfill God’s mission. God has a place for us all. We want to help you find your place. And we need your help to fulfill God’s mission here. Commitment Sunday is November 24 during worship, bring your commitment card to the altar table for consecration, email your pledge confidentially to email@example.com or mail it to the church office, Attn. Pledge. Thank you.
With the Love of Jesus,
The Rev. Dr. Victor R. Peterson and your Stewardship Team