What We’re Doing This Month
During May we continue our spring discipleship series called “The Value of Money.” During this six week series we will reflect on the complexity of modern life, especially as it relates to our personal finances, and explore the possibility that living a more liberated, simplified life could actually keep us more in tune with God and unleash all kinds of creativity and productivity. We will take a practical look at how making money, spending it, saving it and sharing it can all become a more positive force both for our own lives and for others. The aims of the series are that we would find hope and freedom from the burdens that money can impose on us and that we would all become greater sources of generosity and kindness in the world.
Pick up a copy of the accompanying workbook material in the commons. This contains discussion questions and additional resources. Join a discussion group for the series by signing up in the commons or contacting Sarah Hughey.
Sunday Message Speaker
Spring Discipleship Series: The Value of Money
May 5 God and Money Matthew Dyer
May 12 When Following Jesus Doesn’t Make Cents Bryan Peterson
May 19 Freedom to Be Generous Colleen Heitkamp
May 26 Consumed by Debt Matthew Dyer
May 10-12: Middle School Retreat
The students will meet at the barn on May 10 at 5:45 pm to head to Summit Lake Camp outside Frederick, Maryland where they will enjoy games, campfires, hikes and much more with friends and leaders. They will return to Cedar Ridge by 11:30 am on Sunday, May 12. Please turn in cost of the trip and signed permission slips by Sunday, May 5. Contact Trish Audi for more info.
Friday - Sunday ∙ May 10-12 ∙ Summit Lake Camp outside Frederick, MD
May 12: Group to begin Present Perfect (Finding God in the Now)
Greg Boyd’s book focuses on practicing God’s presence in everyday life.
Sunday ∙ May 12 ∙ 8:30 am ∙ Room 203
Farming at Cedar Ridge
At Cedar Ridge we enjoy peace and quiet, good tilled earth and we share a love of things that grow. All of these can be found right here on our farm and here are three simple ways to join in this spring:
Serve on the Farm
¨ Check our website for details and sign up at a time that works for you to water, weed and perform other simple gardening tasks. Great for groups!
¨ Contact Tinica Mather to sign up to help deliver produce to local shelters
Support our Farmers Market
¨ Shop after service for locally grown produce and crafts at the Burtonsville Farmers Market right here on our property every Sunday from 10 am-2 pm
¨ We need volunteers to staff the Cedar Ridge info booth at the market each week. If you like people and are excited about talking about Cedar Ridge contact Jennifer Hoffman.
Strawberry Festival: Saturday, May 18
¨ If you've had a chance to stroll over to the Sunday Farmers Market on our property in the last few weeks think bigger, bigger, and berries! In partnership with Milk Lady Markets, Cedar Ridge will host this year's Silver Spring Strawberry Festival. There will be live music, hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, an antique car show and more! Browse through the booths for local produce, dairy products, wines, baked goods and craft-works from gifted artisans. Invite your family, friends and neighbors. Parking and admission to the market is free but you can purchase a family pack for the rides at www.milkladymarkets.org. Just click on 'Strawberry Festival' for more information. All of the proceeds will go to benefit the market's nutritional matching programs for people in need.
¨ If you're interested in volunteering with parking flow, kids crafts, making s'mores at the fire pit, and/or welcoming folks at our information booth...we need you!! Please contact Tinica Mather.
Cedar Ridge to Hire Summer Help
Cedar Ridge Community Church is looking for one person to work with the Property and Facilities manager in the care and maintenance of the grounds and buildings. This will be a 10 week seasonal position and pays $10 per hour for 20 hours per week, perfect for a college student looking to earn extra income. Requirement: 18 or older, lawn care, painting and general building maintenance skills preferred. Please submit inquires to Mark Hartley by May 10, 2013.
Supporting our Youth-Adult Guatemala Trip
This July a team of 24 students and adults from Cedar Ridge will head to Ipala, Guatemala to continue our international partnership. In the months ahead, please consider generously supporting the following fundraising activities. Stay tuned for more details, or contact Bryan Peterson for more information.
May 8: Enjoy A Meal at El Andariego
Enjoy delicious, authentic Mexican and Salvadoran cuisine at the El Andariego restaurant (5 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Ashton, MD (Corner of Rt. 108 and New Hampshire Ave.). Just mention “Cedar Ridge Fundraiser” when you order, and the restaurant will donate 15% of your bill to our Guatemala trip.
Wednesday ∙ May 8 ∙ El Andariego in Ashton, Maryland ∙ 11 am-8 pm
May 19: Bake Sale
Make a donation of your favorite dessert or pastry, or buy a mouth-watering treat, or do both! The bake sale will take place before and after the service.
Sunday ∙ May 19 ∙ Commons
¨ Weekly—fair trade coffee sales in the Commons
¨ June 6—El Andariego Fundraiser
¨ June 9—Silent Auction/lunch
¨ June 23—Car Wash
June 9: Commitment Sunday
We will celebrate New Members (from The Journey) Baptisms and Child Dedications. If you are interested in participating, please contact Sarah Hughey by Sunday, June 2.
Opportunities to Serve
¨ A Simple, Yet Sacred, Way You Can Serve behind-the-scenes during a time you are already planning to be at church on Sunday: we need a few additional volunteers to assist with preparing communion. This is a simple process which involves preparing the communion elements, juice and bread, for the congregation on Sunday mornings at 9 am and setting it out in the auditorium. The process takes about 30 minutes and is one small but significant way you can serve the Cedar Ridge community. Please contact Sarah Hughey for more information.
¨ Come join us every other Saturday for the Property Workdays, 8 am-noon to care for our buildings and land. Our next workdays are May 18 and June 1. Contact Mark Hartley for more information.
¨ If you see ‘999’ above the screens on Sunday morning, that means we have an immediate need for helpers in the Children’s Ministry. If interested, please check in at the Children’s Ministry Welcome Desk in the Commons.
Wednesday, May 8 El Andariego-Guatemala Trip Fundraiser
Friday-Sunday, May 10-12 Middle School Retreat
Saturday, May 18 Strawberry Festival - Farm Market Fundraiser
Sunday, May 19 Guatemala Trip Bake Sale
Saturday, June 1 Property Workday
Sunday, June 9 Commitment Sunday
Sunday, June 23 Finances - A Mosaic Approach Workshop 11:45 am-1:45 pm
Sunday, June 30 Basic Budgeting Workshop 11:45 am-1:45 pm
Sunday, July 14 Debt Management Workshop 11:45 am-1:45 pm
Sunday, July 21 Ethical Living Workshop 11:45 am-1:45 pm