Community Participants
Able Insurance
ABR, Realtor, Melissa Baker-Bartlett
Active Medicare Solutions
Arabic Baptist Church
Arts In Krafts
Avon, Suzanne Watters ISR
Alzheimer's Association
B&A Goosepaint
Bartlett Pool Supplies
The Book Lady
Cheryl's Boutique
Chick-fil-A, Parham Rd.
Daily Planet Health Services
Damian's Design
Danny's Flower Market
DeLuca Gelato
Douglas Freeman High School
Edward Jones-Vincent Johnson, Financial Advisor
Elephants & Giraffes Children's Boutique and Consignment
Emma's Art
Face Works Day Spa
Genesis Rehab Services
Joyce Fairlamb Scarves and More
Fit For A Queen
Fresh Market
George West End Barber Shop
Henrico County Fire Department
Hooked On Home
Hope For Pain
HopeTree Family Services
Insurance For All
Juice Plus
K'Dari The Complete Salon
Kipps Grapes & Fruit Farm
Lloyd's Hallmark
Lustre by Adolf
Mary Kay Jan Giffin, Independent Beauty Consultant
Melito's Restaurant
Miracles In Motion Dance Studio
Miss Maude's Chocolate Studio
The Mixing Bowl
Morrissey's Catering
National Tire & Battery
Paparazzi Jewelry
Pat's Creations
Pet Pleasers, Inc.
The Pink Ribbon Boutique
Pizza Express
Pizza Hut
Promise Care CDC
Pure Nails & Spa
Redridge Pet Market
Regency Self Storage
Richardson's Rescue For Cats
Ridge Baptist Church
Ridge Dog Shop
Ridge Elementary School
River City Arts
Royal Nails & Spa
Salon Del Sol
Salon Van De
Sherwin-Williams Paint Store
Spinal Correction Center of Richmond
Sprint Signs
Sugar Shack Donuts
Sweet Frog
Tame Your Tiger Brain Training
Therapeutic Massage & Wellness Center
Tina's Wreaths & Bouquets
Traks Greek & Italian Restaurant
Tuckahoe Middle School
Tuckahoe Veterinary Hospital
Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad
West End Sports Cards
Westbury Apothecary Pharmacy and Gallery
Westbury Deli


“Mint to Mingle”
By Rev. Abbie Duenckel

When my husband and I first moved to our neighborhood in 2008, excitement grew as I anticipated new neighbors ringing our doorbell with casseroles, pies, and other expressions of welcome.  I waited, and sadly, these expressions never crossed our threshold.  It turned out that as people came and went in the neighborhood over the past 8 years the same rang true, everyone stuck to themselves.  A few months ago, I noticed a house recently painted bright mint green, with a bright pink door, and navy shutters.  The bright house stood out among all the other homes on its street.  The cheery house called out to me with joy every time I passed by it.  A couple weeks later, as I strolled my two year old daughter through our neighborhood, a young woman was outside of the home washing her car.  My heart leapt with excitement and anticipation over the possibility of meeting a family member of this delightful home.  “Excuse me,” I asked.  “Do you live here?”  “Well, I just want you to know that I LOVE the colors of your house!”  A question and a compliment began a new step for myself and my neighbors. 

A few days later I introduced my husband to my new friend and neighbor.  She then introduced us to her next door neighbor.  After a brief getting to know you conversation, my family and I strolled down the road towards home.  As we strolled home the words of Jen Hatmaker written in her book For the Love echoed in my head, “If Jesus is the heart of the church, people are the lifeblood.  There is a reason He created community and told us to practice grace, love, camaraderie, and presence.”  Jen shares in her book how some of the best church happens when a group of people gather on a front porch or around the table.  Before reaching our front porch, I heard God whisper to my heart, and as I shared the idea of a neighborhood cookout with my husband, my heart fluttered. 

In the days ahead, as I reached out to those on and near my street in a neighborhood that seemed withdrawn to self my heart continued to flutter.  I wondered if anyone would even be interested in sharing a meal together around the table.  However, as each neighbor received an invitation, each invitation was accepted with great enthusiasm.  On the night of our cookout, we provided the meat (the actual hamburgers and hot dogs along with a willingness to initiate conversation, a table with some chairs, and an attitude of acceptance and love for each person gathered around it).  Our neighbors provided the sides (dishes to accompany the main course, stories about themselves to share around the table, and a desire to connect).

We set the table with prayer, and five households joined my family around it.  As we ate together, we got to know one another.  With each bite we learned occupations, length of time living in the neighborhood, and family information.  As the meal progressed we transitioned to the good stuff-dessert, likes, dislikes, joys, past and present challenges, and other stories covered in the icing of laughter.  Three and a half hours later the family of neighbors we formed worked together to clean up our first shared meal. 

As I put away the dishes I reflected on how our meal together started with a question and a compliment.  I realized that people crave connections.  And as I shared my story, provided hospitality, and gave a listening ear, I feel certain that the love of Christ shown brighter than a mint green house as my family loved our neighbors.  Look around.  Do you know your neighbors?  Who is lonely?  Who are you curious about?  Who does your heart pull you toward?  Don’t be afraid to open up your backyard, indoor dining room table, or outdoor patio.  Don’t be afraid to expand your porch and extend God’s love, grace, and hospitality to your neighbors.    


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Ridge Baptist Church

1515 Eastridge Road
Henrico, Virginia 23229

(804) 288-5805


Weekly Schedule
Sunday Morning Bible Study
9:15 AM
Celebration Worship
10:30 AM
Touch-Point Bible Study
10:00 AM
5:15 PM
Touch-Point Bible Study
Youth on Missions
6:00 PM