Ridgewood Park Church

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Youth Pie Auction & Taco Bar are tomorrow at 11:30ish after our 1 church service (10:30AM)! Don't miss out on the delicious, tasty pies!!! Here are a few pies that will be there just to wet your appetite... pecan pie, candy crunch pie, coconut cream pie, strawberry pie, & sopapilla cheesecake!!! Don't forget that someone will also get to bid on putting a whip cream pie in Sara's face!!!
Ridgewood Park ladies, please join me starting Friday, March 8th for Christine Caine's Unexpected Bible Study. We will meet from 9:30-11:30AM at my house. Please message Jennifer Newman for more information. You will need the Study Guide, your Bible and a pen. Life is an unpredictable journey full of twists and turns. The good news is that while we don't always know what's going to happen, we can always trust that God uses everything in our lives as an invitation to rely on Him more deeply and completely. While most of us have been trained to fear the unexpected and want everything to be "under control," god wants us to anticipate the unexpected with a faith-filled perspective rooted in trust. He has never been taken by surprise. Hope you can join us!
Great service today, Pastor Bill!
Thank you, devoted Choir and Nick La Rocca. Our well-worn hymnals tell a story.

A diverse, loving church community of all ages that worships, studies, serves, & goes through life together committed to Love God & Love One Another! Sunday School Classes @ 9:30 AM Sunday Worship @ 10:30 AM

[03/30/20]   A pastoral thought for today:

Each of us finds ourselves somewhere we have never been before. We are new to this place of social isolation. We are new to this reality of pandemic. We are new to this. Most who lived through the influenza pandemic of 1918 have since passed. We could learn much from their wisdom today, especially seeing the patterns of social responses between then and now.

I have been so wonderfully surprised by the great examples of generosity around us. I have also been challenged concerning the hatefulness, spite, and fear-mongering I have seen. The COVID-19 virus does not care about politics, borders, economics, social status, or gender.

As we navigate these difficult waters, we do so together. As we journey with Jesus to the cross in Jerusalem, let us learn from Jesus and put LOVE at the center of how we respond to this new reality. Let love be our primary response, not fear, anger, and panic. Let us love. I share with you a devotional from Carlo Carretto, In Search of the Beyond.

We are not happy because we are unforgiving, and we are unforgiving because we feel superior to others.
Mercy is the fruit of the highest degree of love, because love creates equals, and a great love makes us inferior.
First, let us establish 3 premises:
1. Those who do not love feel superior to everyone else.
2. Those who love feel equal to everyone else.
3. Those who love much gladly take the lower place.
Each one of us can identify their position somewhere along this spectrum, which comprises the 3 degrees of the spiritual life here on earth:
1. Death for those who do not love.
2. Life for those who love.
3. Holiness for those who love much.
The beatitude of the merciful relates, like all the beatitudes, to the realm of holiness and we have to admit that Jesus set his sights high when he had the courage and confidence to place this lofty ideal before us. It is the beatitude that he himself lived to the full, stooping, out of love, to the lowest place, even to the extent of being rejected as a common criminal, fit only to be hung on a gibbet. -Carlo Carretto

So my friends, simply put, let us love like Jesus.

Pastor Bill Eason
Senior Pastor of Ridgewood Park Church in Dallas.

[03/30/20]   Where do you find inspiration today?

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Ridgewood Park Church

We need you! Please prayerfully consider giving a generous gift today to help us maintain our mission and ministry to our Dallas Community and to help spread the love of God and serve those in need. How can I give? There are 3 easy ways that you can give:

1. You may give online by visiting our website and making an online contribution from checking, savings, or credit card. You may give a one-time gift or a recurring gift. Simply click on the link at the bottom of this post and it will take you there. Click on the "Give" tab and follow the prompts.

2. You may give by our text-to-give option. In less time than it takes to write a check, you can now make your contribution to RPUMC with a quick text message to 214-666-5367.

Simply text the $ amount ($3 minimum) to the dedicated number and the gift will be charged to the designated card. Recurring donations can be set up through Text to Give.

3. You may send in your gift by check at the following address:
Ridgewood Park Church
6445 E. Lovers Ln.
Dallas, TX. 75214

Thank you so much for your wonderful and generous gift. We will get through this pandemic together! We are better, together! TOGETHER!

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Here is a family guide to help you study and reflect upon the worship experience. You may find it very helpful to read the scripture again and reflect upon these faith questions privately, with your friends, and with your family.

Welcome to RPUMC Online Worship! We are so glad you are here

Only 1 hour until we get to worship with each other through Facebook live. Your worship guide is attached to this post. Please, please participate in worship with us. All of you! We are always stronger together! In the midst of this pandemic, let our voices ring out proclaiming the goodness of our God.

We miss you! We can't wait to see you in 2 hours as we have our 3rd live-stream worship experience right here on Facebook. Can't wait to see you at 10:30 am.

Only 3 hours until we worship together through Facebook-live. We can't wait! We miss seeing each and every one of you in person. We are so looking forward to the holy and sacred moments of worship just 3 hours away.

[03/28/20]   A thought today following our Bible study of Hebrews chapter 11, which starts off this way, "now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."

We experience and live faith in many ways - trust, confidence, belief, and obedience to God. Faith is a wonderful gift of God in our lives that we cultivate and tend throughout our faith journey so that it may grow and produce wonderful fruit.

How is your faith today? This is a question rooted in our early days of Methodism. How is your faith?

It is easy to succumb to the panic and fear that exists in the world around us during these dark and difficult days of pandemic. We watch the news out of New York and we are afraid. We see the community transmission levels in Dallas and we are fearful. It is easy to lose sight of our faith in the midst of evil.

This reminds me of the hope given to beloved children of God who were living in captivity and found themselves far from home. Isaiah 41:10, "Fear not! For I am with you always."

We are reminded that God is with us. God's love surrounds us. God walks with us in these dark and difficult times. While we are isolated, we are never truly alone!

Praise be to God! Praise God for each and every one of you! You are a most wonderful blessing! God loves you so much!
We are a people of Hope!

Grace and peace,
Senior Pastor Bill Eason

Join us for our live-stream worship experience Sunday morning at 10:30 AM. There are some wonderful advantages to joining this live-stream and worship from your home:

1. You don't have to shower
2. You don't have to worry about parking
3. You can refill your coffee in the middle of the sermon
4. No one will sit in your favorite spot
5. You can still wear your morning pajamas. No one will know!
6. You can sing without worrying about what the person in front of you will think of your voice.
7. You can control the volume
8. You can nap during the sermon and the pastor won't see you (you know who you are!)

[03/28/20]   Where do you find evidence of faith today?

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Fence gallery at Ridgewood Park showcases art from neighborhood kids

Check out the hope children in our community are providing during this pandemIc. Photos by our very own Kristy Ladner. https://lakewood.advocatemag.com/2020/03/27/ridgewood-park-fence-art-gallery/

lakewood.advocatemag.com A neighborhood art gallery at Ridgewood Park. (Photo courtesy of Kristy Ladner.) Dallas' art museums may be closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but there's still plenty of art to see in the neighborhood. (Photo courtesy of Kristy Ladner.)

We are in this together! We will get through this together!

[03/27/20]   Where do you find your joy today?

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[03/27/20]   Here is a thought: This is perhaps the Lentiest Lent I have ever Lented.

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A group of Nashville studio singers perform an epic cell phone choir

Check out this epic cell phone choir sing It Is Well With My Soul. An interesting and moving response to social distancing and shelter in place.

wsmv.com NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -- Many people are working from home during the COVID-19 outbreak, but what if your job is as a studio background vocalist?

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[03/26/20]   An interesting piece by Methodist Scholar Jonathan LeMaster-Smith on how Methodists responded to the Spanish Flue Pandemic of 1918 and a wonderful poem from that time of social distancing.

The Methodist Episcopal Church (our UMC predecessor) published several accounts of what happened during the flu pandemic of 1918:

* -Pastors were overburdened with visitations and funerals, many died from the flu or subsequent pneumonia.
* -Churches closed for several weeks or months to prevent spread, and encouraged their members to practice proper social distancing and hygiene.
* -Major conferences and meetings were altered, postponed, or cancelled, so that the pastors and laity could focus on their communities and to prevent the spread of the illness.
* -Communities were hit by the disease more than once (they would think they were in the clear, and then it would re-escalate when people relaxed their social distancing).
* -The church worked hard to dispel myths about the influenza (the idea whiskey as a cure was being circulated)
* -Churches gathered money and supplies as needed.
* -Some churches became hospitals for caring for the sick.
* -Various people wrote poetry, essays, and other writings related to the state of the church in this situation.
* -Churches took time to remember those sick and dying in their correspondence.
* -The church was already publishing Sunday school resources in the Advocate so readers could continue their formation.
* Attached is one of the poems from the October issue of the New York Christian Advocate.

"When Churches Are Closed" by Raymond H. Huse

If Christian folk must always pray
Within four walls of brick,
How sad 'twould be to close the church�When half the town is sick!

But Christian folk may also pray
Beneath October skies,
Whose veil of blue can scarce conceal
The hills of paradise!

And in the quiet spots of home,
With those we dearly love,
With chastened spirits may we seek
The grace of God above.

And most of all within the heart,
Far hid from sound or sight,
The human temple's inner shrine,
Where glows the inner light,

Undimmed "when all the hosts
Of ill are most abroad,"
There, with no intervening priest,
We all may speak with God.

So let us keep our gladsome trust
This churchless day of prayer,
And prove again the ancient truth
That God is everywhere.

What say you precious and beloved children of God? How are you today?

Here is a prayer that was shared in Bible study today and one of my favorites from Saint Catherine of Siena.

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Andrea Bocelli - The Lord's Prayer.

Today at noon, I hope you were able to join beloved people of God all over our world as we prayed The Lord’s Prayer together. Here is The Lord’s Prayer as sung by Andrea Bocelli. Let this fill your heart and spirit.

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Andrea Bocelli - My Christmas

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Hi RPUMC Family,

Here is the information for tonight's bible study again. We can't wait to see faces and/or hear your voices!!
If anyone is having difficulty, please comment below and I (Gina) will send you my cellphone number in a private message so I can quickly get you set up. We are here for you all!!!

Wednesday, March 25th, 6:30pm-7:25pm, click on this link to download Zoom and be connected to this meeting.
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Shopping hours for our more seasoned members. Please know that you are loved! You are not expendable! You are as important as anyone else. To God, you are the most precious thing in the universe!

[03/25/20]   What makes you happy today?

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March 25th RPC video reflection by Pastor Bill

Here are some thoughts about our Bible study this week - Hebrews chapter 11. It is also my first attempt at video in these days, so be gentle. I reflect on Hebrews 11:1, "Faith is the assurance of things hopeed for, the conviction of things not seen."

[03/25/20]   As we weather these difficult days of "social distancing" and "shelter in place," our East Dallas community will be stretched and challenged in the weeks to come. Your pastor has been in conversation with other churches in the area as we join in an alliance to face these challenges together and share in our approach to community resources. Irregardless of denomination, we are embodying what it means to truly be one church in Christ Jesus. I rejoice in a new sense and expression of community in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic. Here is list of churches that are walking this road of compassion and healing together:

-Wilshire Baptist Church
-Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
-Ridgewood Park Church
-Greenland Hills UMC
-Lakewood UMC
-Northridge Presbyterian Church
-Zion Lutheran Church
-Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic mission and charity in connection with Saint Thomas Aquinas.

We do not know what will be expected of any of us in the days and weeks to come. As people of God, we will weather this storm together! As people of faith, we will pray and sing of hope and reconciliation. As people of Christ, we will proclaim resurrection in the midst of death. We can do this, TOGETHER! #DallasStrong

Grace and peace,
Senior Pastor Bill Eason

Ever wanted to be a part of a choir, but never felt you had the time? NOW is your chance to join the choir on your schedule. Use the link below to access music, learning tracks and accompaniment and get the whole family singing. As we worship together on Sundays look for your opportunity to sing a long with the choir. Click the link below to access all the materials you'll need. For questions or help feel free to reach out to me anytime at [email protected]

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Children's Choir March 25, 2020

HEY KIDS! This is for you. Watch this youtube children's choir lesson and let's sing, dance and learn together. Don't forget to send me comments, prayers and share this with friends.

See you all soon,

Mr. Nick
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Please see this message from our Bishop and join Christians all over the world as we pray The Lord’s Prayer tomorrow at noon.

United Methodists are joining with Christians around the world to pray The Lord’s Prayer at noon Wednesday in their local time zones, asking God to rid the world of COVID-19. In the words of Pope Francis, “We wish to respond to the pandemic of the virus with the universality of prayer, of compassion and tenderness.” Lord, hear our prayers. Will you pray The Lord’s Prayer with me?

Please read the following statement issued by The Council of Bishops.

“We join with Pope Francis in calling for prayer tomorrow, March 25, drawing strength from the Annunciation (Luke 1. 26-38), as we are approximately nine months from the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We invite all to pray to God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic. And all are urged to pray the Lord’s Prayer at noon in their own time zones. In the words of Pope Francis, ‘We wish to respond to the pandemic of the virus with the universality of prayer, of compassion and tenderness.’ As we prepare to celebrate the resurrection at Easter, we have sure trust and confidence that God will hear the united prayers of the church across the world.”

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Welcome to RPUMC Online Worship! We are so glad you are here
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6445 E Lovers Ln
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