Saturday, September 01, 2007

What A Week!

This past week has been unbelievable! It all started with RIDGE FEST 07, kind of a welcome back following summer party at the church last Sunday. It was a day filled with all kinds of fun --- a live Jazz band that was awesome, kids games, FOOD (thanks Linda at DQ for the Ice Cream!), and for some, the highlight was Jeff and I getting a bit wet in a dunk tank. I have no idea how many people came out, but there were a number of people that I had no idea who they were. This may just have to become an annual event.

On Wednesday we kicked off our WWE@Ridge (Wonderful Wednesday Evenings at Ridge). We had 60+ stay for dinner and around 100 for the programing part. What a week! And to top it off Bob Birgel who writes a bi-weekly column for the Northwest Indiana Times newspaper had a great article about WWE. Check it out:

I am excited about the series that we are in the midst of: Being a Good Neighbor. Rabbi Stevens of Temple Beth-El will be with us on Wednesday night to help us better understand how we can be better neighbors with our Jewish sisters and brothers. The following weeks will will have representatives from the Hindu community and the Islamic community to help us as week seek to be good neighbors. You can follow our sermons from this series by going to

I love living in such a diverse community --- having people of other faiths live in community with me is a blessing!


Anonymous said...

Hi Steve -

I would like to make a comment about your comment stating " we often quit at believe and never beome." I think many of us never become is because we feel we have to neglect out family if we are involved with many ministeries in the church. Our family should come first! ' Mary

Steve Conger said...

That is sad to hear Mary. I certainly don't believe that the church should consume people, but I also have come to know that people who never get involved, never truly "belong." That is true with the church, Rotary or any other club.

And without a doubt, any organization will consume us, if we allow it.

And let me clarify what I mean by: "Too often we quit at the believe part and never become." Too often our faith is simply a head faith and not a heart faith. The challenge (for me at least) is to bring my head and heart into balance with what I believe.