SILVER SPRING, MD---The Village Protestant Church of Riderwood retirement community celebrated ten years of weekly worship in the Chapel on Sunday, June 1st.
The congregation held a special 11am service in the Riderwood Chapel followed by a reception at 3pm that combined fellowship and nostalgia.
Don Hawkins, a former College Park resident who moved to Riderwood in 2003, serves on the Village Protestant Church Council and the Church Life Committee.
"The spiritual element is an important aspect of retirement, and Riderwood provides residents of all faiths the opportunity to worship," noted Mr. Hawkins. "We are blessed with a beautiful Chapel that has been our spiritual home for ten years."
Residents of Riderwood come from many faiths and many have or are still attending their local churches. Over 250 residents belong to the Village Protestant Church on either a regular and associate membership basis.
The Village Protestant Church was originally known as the Riderwood Village Church. The first services, starting in 2001, were held twice a month through the support of guest ministers. In 2004, on Palm Sunday, the first regular Sunday service was held in the newly constructed Riderwood Chapel.
In 2004, the congregation selected the Reverend Louis Woods to serve as the pastor. Since then, he has provided consistent pastoral care to residents and their families.
Support of mission programs, in this country and internationally, continues to be a major outreach program of the Village Protestant Church. Approximately $50,000 has been donated by the congregation during each annual mission outreach.
The Village Protestant Church also boasts a choir of over 20 members, and, in 2011, the church became a fully incorporated entity with a 501(C)3 corporation status.
About Riderwood: Riderwood is one of seventeen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, the scenic 120-acre campus is home to more than 2,500 residents. Riderwood is the ideal greater Washington, D.C. retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.