NEWS FROM THE OLD CHURCH ON THE DRY RIDGE
Advent Greetings to you and your loved ones as we enter this holy season of Advent. We have been very busy these past weeks and months and have much to share with you about how God’s grace has been working among us.
Our series of twelve summer sermons focused on the character and personalities of Jesus’ twelve disciples, and His ministry to and through each one of them.
On Founders’ Day, August 19, numerous descendants of the founders of our historic congregation joined us for the celebration. During 11:00 a.m. worship we re-dedicated our ca.1892 sanctuary, and continued the joy afterward with a pot-luck lunch. Our Annual Pipe Organ Concert took place after lunch with returning guest organist Diana Webb at the console, joined by Julie Donahue and Jessica Graff on violin. The concert concluded with a rousing hymn sing and the celebration finished with a cookies and punch reception in Fellowship Hall.
In the outreach department, the Grant County Distribution Garden, managed by Elder Vanessa Rose, provided 239 families with 220 bushels of fresh produce this year, far exceeding the 2012 goal. And we are grateful that we have been able to continue our financial support of the Spears Soup Kitchen.
Our fall sermon series examined the identity and the Lordship of Jesus Christ as reflected in the passages of the majestic Epistle to the Hebrews.
The newly formed “Members & Friends” group began its schedule of social outings November 10 with a visit to the Historic Hoosier Theatre in nearby Vevay, Indiana to hear the musical group Magnolia Mountain in concert. In anticipation of Advent, the group also visited Madison, Indiana on November 30 for “Nights Before Christmas”, the town’s annual Candlelight Walking Tour of Historic Homes and Buildings.
We rejoice over the traditional Community Thanksgiving Worship Service we shared with the congregations of the Dry Ridge Christian Church and the Dry Ridge Baptist Church, worshiping as the Body of Christ on November 20, in the lovely Sanctuary of Dry Ridge Christian. This cooperative tradition will continue next year as we host the service in our own sanctuary.
Please join us for the entire Advent Season which leads us -- with the prophets, the angels, the holy family, the shepherds and the magi -- to Bethlehem for the birth of our Savior. You are eagerly invited to enjoy all of the events on our Advent Calendar:
Sunday, December 2
11:00 a.m. Worship - 1st Sunday of Advent
The Candle of Hope
Sermon: On the Road with the Prophets
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Hanging of the Greens in the Sanctuary
Sunday, December 9
11:00 a.m. Worship - 2nd Sunday of Advent
The Candle of Peace
Sermon: On the Road with the Holy Family
Reception of New Member and the Sacrament of Baptism
Sunday, December 16
11:00 a.m. Worship - 3rd Sunday of Advent
The Candles of Joy and Love
Sermon: On the Road with the Shepherds & Magi
“Members & Friends” group caroling after worship at Parkview Manor
Wednesday, December 19
5:30 p.m. Congregational Pot Luck Christmas Dinner
7:00 p.m. Candlelight Christmas Service Of Lessons And Carols
Recitation of the Nativity Narrative from the gospels of Luke and Matthew
Music on historic 19thcentury pipe organ, with harp, flute, and violins
Reception immediately following in Fellowship Hall
Our friendly congregation at the historic Old Church on the Dry Ridge will be looking forward to seeing you on the Road to Bethlehem. And may God’s grace and peace be yours along the way.
NEWS FROM THE OLD CHURCH ON THE DRY RIDGE
July 16, 2012
Summertime greetings from the Dry Ridge Presbyterian Church! I hope you are enjoying the season, your vacation, and your family and friends, despite the unusually high temperatures we’ve been having. Here’s the news of the congregation:
We had a very busy Lenten/Easter season. We continued our 10:00 a.m. Bible Study of the Book of Psalms, and our 11:00 a.m. sermon series was entitled The Road to Jerusalem. On Palm Sunday we decorated the sanctuary with palm branches, enjoyed very special music with guest organist, Diana Webb, playing the Hook and Hastings pipe organ, and the congregation carried palms as they received communion.
On Maundy Thursday, more than 50 worshipers attended our first Community Service of Tenebrae when the Dry Ridge Christian Church and the Crittenden Christian Church joined us for a reading of The Passion Narrative, very moving organ, piano, saxophone, violin and flute music and congregational singing.
On Easter our sanctuary was fragrant and blooming with yellow daffodils and white Easter lilies, and music-filled with the sounds of organ, piano and violin. Watch for the lilies and daffodils to be blooming in the church garden next spring.
In April we received Ms. Virginia Day of Dry Ridge into membership in our church, and on May 3 we took part with other churches in Grant County in observing the all-day National Day of Prayer on the grounds of the Williamstown Courthouse.
We have altered our Sunday Schedule during these busy summer months, suspending Bible Study and worshiping throughout July at the slightly earlier hour of 10:30 a.m. In our summer sermon series entitled, The Apostles, we have looked at Paul – The Extraordinary Apostle; Simon Peter - The Outspoken Disciple; Andrew – the Sharing Disciple; John – The Beloved Disciple, and Philip – The Disciple Jesus Found. See the schedule below for rest of the series.
We continue our financial support of the Spears Soup Kitchen in Dry Ridge, and again this summer our Elder Vanessa Rose is coordinating the Grant County Community Garden.
FOUNDERS’ DAY PLANS
We hope you will all join in the Annual Founders’ Day Celebration on Sunday, August 19, beginning with Worship at 11:00 a.m., with Pot Luck Lunch at 12:15, then another glorious Pipe Organ Concert at 2:00 p.m. with our dear friend and guest organist, Diana Webb. We will finish with everyone joining in a rousing hymn sing.
Please plan to be with us, and bring a friend, for the fellowship, the food, the fun and the spectacular music. For more details please contact Julie Donahue at 859-468-2317.
SUNDAY SCHEDULE – EVERYONE WELCOME !!!!
Sunday, July 22 10:30 Worship -- Nathanael, The Disciple with Two Names
Sunday, July 29 10:30 Worship – James, The Quiet Disciple
Sunday, August 5 11:00 Worship – Matthew, The Unlikely Disciple
Sunday, August 12 11:00 Worship – Thomas, The Doubtful Disciple
Sunday, August 19 FOUNDERS’ DAY CELEBRATION
12:15 Pot Luck Lunch
2:00 Pipe Organ Concert and Hymn Sing
On a personal note, I must tell you how delightful it was, the first week of June, to observe my one-year anniversary with the Dry Ridge Presbyterian Church. I am deeply grateful to the Session for inviting me to preach here, and grateful to God for this rich and precious relationship. I admire your dedication to this church and to each other, and remain always aware of the Holy Spirit’s presence in and among you.
Grace and peace to you and yours,
Kathleen Daniels, M. Div.
The Dry Ridge Presbyterian Church
15 Warsaw Avenue, Dry Ridge, Kentucky 41035