Sunday Newsletter
Tired of the view? Experience The Ridge!
Weekly Newsletter
What T o Expect This Sunday
Opening Songs : This Is Amazing Grace
Welcome : Stewart McWhorter
Worship Songs : Only Boast // Broken Vessels // From The Inside Out
Announcements/Offering
Message : The Reverend Jimmy McIlrath
Message Title: Saved People Serve People
Series: Arrows
Prayer and Dismissal
Weekly Devotional - Practice Makes Perfect

‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments. Matthew 22:37-40, NLT

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. – Matthew 28:19-20, NLT

"Practice makes perfect."

How many times have you heard that?

It's a great mantra but I'm not so sure I agree. Let me explain. What happens if I keep practicing the wrong thing? Does that bring perfection? I don't think so.

For example: I had a few tennis lessons growing up but I was mostly self-taught. And if there was one part of my game that really suffered, it was my backhand. In fact, if you were to play me right now, you would quickly realize that the best way to win a point would be to aim to my left side of the court (let's be honest, it wouldn't be very hard to beat me anyway right now).

The problem with my backhand wasn't that I didn't practice. My tennis team practiced every day! The problem was that I practiced the wrong techniques.

Maybe it should be: "Practice makes permanent."

My point is this: Practice makes perfect only if you're practicing the right things.

When it comes to the health of our church, I want to make sure that we're practicing the right things that will build our faith and grow a great church. Our five value statements come from The Great Commandment and The Great Commission (see above).

Here they are:
  1. Found people find people. "Go and make disciples"
  2. You can't do life alone. "Baptizing them"
  3. Growing people change. "Teach these new disciples"
  4. Worship is a lifestyle. "Love the Lord"
  5. Saved people serve people. "Love your neighbor"

If we practice these five purpose statements and hit the mark in each of these areas, we will become a more perfect example of Christ and God will do amazing things!
Women's Ministry Quarterly Event
We are starting Women’s Quarterly Events to help us grow in our relationship with God and connect with each other.
 
Our first event will be Tuesday, Sept. 25th, from 6:30-8:30 at St. Paul United Methodist Church on Wildwood Ave.
 
We will start out enjoying appetizers and desserts, have an ice breaker and a short devotion, and then play fun, easy board games in small groups. 
 
We hope you'll join us!

Registration link: Click Here
Journey Group
Don't miss out!
We are offering fall Journey Groups that meet weekly, hobby groups that meet quarterly, men's groups, women's groups and student groups. These groups will meet on different days of the week, in different areas of town and at different times. We have 30 groups being offered this fall!!!

You name it... we've got it!!

And the reason we want you to join one is simple. We really believe that we're "BETTER TOGETHER."

Registration link: Click Here
Potluck Lunch
Want to get to know your Journey Group? Plan to stay after church on Sunday, September 16th, for a little potluck lunch. It'll be a great time to meet a few new people and share your favorite dish!

More info coming soon!
Volunteer Registration
Did you know that God has gifted you to serve him? Did you know that the church can't possibly live into its potential without your help?

Scripture says that just as each part of our body plays a specific role, the members of a church are vitally important. (1 Cor. 12)

Are you willing to do "Whatever It Takes" to reach people for Jesus? If so, join one of our volunteer teams and help us reach more!

More info coming soon!
The Ridge "Hootenanny" will be held on October 28th (Sunday evening) on The Ridge property. Join us for a great time of music (featuring Neal Lucas), chili dogs, trick-or-treating and much more!! It'll make you say "Yee-Haw!"

We had a great time last year and can't wait for this year!

You will be able to sign up soon at the "Hootenanny" table after church to provide a trick-or-treating booth for the kids. You can also register to bring some chili and compete in this year's cook-off!

More details coming soon!
Fall Youth Retreat (FYR)
Students in 6th-12th grade are invited to join us for an awesome weekend of worship, Biblical teaching, and outdoor recreation!

Our Fall Youth Retreat takes place at Camp Lee in Anniston, AL, the weekend of September 28-30th.

Registration link: Click Here
Student Ministry Gathering
Students, we will continue our series, "What's the Catch?" on September 23rd at STUMC from 5:30-7:30pm.

When it comes to temptation, sometimes knowing something's wrong or unwise just isn't enough reason to say no. Join us September 23rd and we'll discover that, when we say no in the face to temptation, we're really saying yes to what God promises us later. #Whatsthecatch
Current Series
Join us for this new series as we focus on living out our God-centered plan for our church family. God has given us specific instructions on how we should do ministry, and Pastor Jimmy will show us God's targets for spiritual growth, evangelism, fellowship and service. We don’t ever want to miss the mark. Now is the perfect time to draw your bow and aim for the bullseye!
RidgeRunners
September Theme - Uniqueness!
Hey Parents!
Did you know that developmentally most kindergartners will enter school with a strong desire to behave like their friends and seek approval? The need to be like everyone else starts so young. Our kids need to know they are unique and purposefully made by God. This month we will be studying uniqueness, knowing you were made to make a difference.

September Verse: Psalm 139:14
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
Media Links
Past Series: Start Here
Week #1: Start Here - Vision Click Here
Week #2: Start Here - Spirit Click Here
Week #3: Start Here - Scripture Click Here

Current Series: Arrows
Week #1: You Can't Do Life Alone
Saved People Serve People
Are you interested in being a part of a serving team on Sunday mornings? Here are some of the ways to get plugged in:
 
*Safety Team. *Greeters. *Parking Lot Party. *RidgeRunners. *Student Ministry. *Worship. 
*Setup/Teardown Team. 

Registration: Click Here
Rose Hill Ministry
The Ridge is in charge of feeding the homeless every second Tuesday of the month. All meals are served at Rose Hill Church on Hamilton Road.

Our next service date is October 10th at 5pm.

Please email us if you would like more information: info@theridgecolumbus.com .
The Ridge Church | info@theridgecolumbus.com | theridgecolumbus.com
The Ridge Sunday Worship | Brookstone School Auditorium | 440 Bradley Park Dr. 31904
The Ridge Office | 5624B Whitesville Rd. | Columbus, GA 31904