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Sunday Order Of Worship

Opening Songs:
Holy Water // Where The Spirit Of The Lord Is
Worship Songs:
Not Afraid // Here As In Heaven
Sermon: Giving Thanks
Announcements // Dismissal

Showing gratitude for the people in your life

"Love each other like brothers and sisters. Give each other more honor than you want for yourselves. Do not be lazy but work hard, serving the Lord with all your heart. Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient when trouble comes, and pray at all times. Share with God’s people who need help. Bring strangers in need into your homes. Wish good for those who harm you; wish them well and do not curse them. Be happy with those who are happy, and be sad with those who are sad. Live in peace with each other. Do not be proud, but make friends with those who seem unimportant. Do not think how smart you are. If someone does wrong to you, do not pay him back by doing wrong to him. Try to do what everyone thinks is right. Do your best to live in peace with everyone." - Romans 12:10-18, NCV

Chances are, we'll be surrounded by people this Thanksgiving season. And relating to people is the heartbeat of our lives. We’re daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends, and more. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let's think about the different roles we have and let’s consider our gratitude level. Are we thankful for the people God has put in our lives? Do we express our gratefulness to (and for) them? 

Maybe you’re in a marriage that’s become stale. It could be that there’s tension with a longtime friend. Or perhaps you feel there’s too much stress between you and your child. Regardless if there’s strain or not, we have clear instructions from Romans 12 about how to treat others: be devoted to each other, honor each other, practice hospitality, and live at peace with each other, to name a few (see above).

As we learn how to be grateful for the people in our lives, here are some extra tips to help us: 

*Replace complaints with compliments. This can be a challenge, can’t it? Most of us are prone to see the things that frustrate us instead of the things that bless us. Let’s choose to see the good! 

*Serve someone. There’s someone in your life whose load is heavier than yours. Show your gratitude by doing something that would lighten their burden.

*Write it down. Write down something you’re grateful for about the people in your life. Write it on a note and leave it for them to find, or have an ongoing list and give it to them when you reach 50 or 100 things. Imagine the look on their faces!

*Just say “thanks.” When we have eyes to see the gifts and blessings in our lives, we’ll see there’s much to be thankful for. So, daily thank your spouse, your child, your closest friend, or someone else for one thing.

It’s been said that we are like the people we spend the most time with. Who we allow in our personal inner circles affects our gratitude quotient. Be mindful of who you spend time with. One of the more challenging things in our relationships is that we may be willing to change, but other people may not. Sometimes that means relational adjustments are necessary. 

No matter who’s in our lives, we can’t neglect our role in growing our gratitude. As Galatians 6:9 NIV says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” As we express our thankfulness for—and to—the people in our lives, we’ll be overwhelmed by how it changes us, and in the process, we’ll get to watch it impact them. 

Women’s Ministry Event

December Craft and Cookie Swap Night: The women's ministry will be having a Christmas Crafts and Cookie Swap on Thursday, Dec. 2nd at St. Paul UMC. The cost is $12 to cover craft supplies. Registration link: Click Here.
The Ridge Christmas Project

This year we will be giving stockings and New Year’s Eve gifts to girls at the Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home.  If you picked up a stocking last Sunday, please return it by Dec. 12. You can also donate $31.00 which will be used to buy a devotional book, journal and pens for each girl.  

To make a donation for a devotional book: Click Here 
RidgeRunners Nativity Play

Calling all children for this year's children's pageant! 

We will perform one time only for the church on Sunday morning, December 19. After the performance, the kids will head to the gym for our RidgeRunners Christmas Party! 

There are 3 mandatory rehearsals for K-5th grade participants. Each will be held at Brookstone following the 10:30 a.m. services on November 28, December 5, and December 12. The Nov. 28 and Dec. 5 rehearsals will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The December 12 rehearsal will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will include lunch. It is possible we will need to extend one or more of these rehearsals with advanced notice. 

Pre-K kids will rehearse their part in their regular Sunday morning class. 

Afton Pownall, who leads music education at Britt David Magnet Academy, will be directing this year's production. We will assign parts at the first rehearsal on November 28. 

Click HERE to register.
The RidgeRunners Angel Breakfast

The Angel Breakfast is back! Register your child age 3 years through 1st grade along with one special guest per child. Special guests can be a parent, grandparent or mentor. Space is limited and will likely fill quickly. We are extending the upper age from Kindergarten to 1st grade this year only, since we were unable to hold the breakfast last year.

Imagine the angels singing in heaven, celebrating God's great plan to send Jesus to redeem us. Imagine what the shepherds felt when angels appeared in an instant above them bringing the good news of Jesus' birth!
Come and celebrate with the angels! Our Li'l RidgeRunners Angel Breakfast will take place on December 4th at 9am! We will make a craft, eat an incredible breakfast, and share the Christmas story along with a special ornament for each child. 
Let's take the opportunity to slow down and teach our little ones the true meaning of Christmas! 

Click HERE to register.
Last Sunday's Message
Asking For A Friend: How Do I Know What God Wants For Me?
YouTube link: Click Here

1. Be quiet.

… there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. – 1 Kings 19:12b-13, NLT

2. Be patient.

An impulsive vow is a trap; later you’ll wish you could get out of it. – Proverbs 20:25, MSG

Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade. – Romans 3:28, MSG

You alone are my God; my times are in your hands. – Psalm 31:14-15, TLB

3. Be friendly.

Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances. – Proverbs 11:14, MSG

A fool thinks he needs no advice, but a wise man listens to others. – Proverbs 12:15, TLB

4. Be prayerful.

Will you be my prayer partners? … pray much with me for my work. – Romans 15:30, TLB

5. Be determined.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7, NIV

Marriage Retreat: Asheville, North Carolina
January 14th-17th, 2022

Information and registration: click here.
Message Series
Current Series: Click Here

Real Questions - Real Answers.

Sometimes we have questions about our faith that we're too embarrassed to ask ourselves. In this series, we'll talk through the questions that "your friend" might want to know.
Previous Series: Click Here
If we were created by God to feel, then all emotions are not bad. Perhaps, instead of repressing certain feelings, we should learn how to manage all of our emotions. Join us as we dive into Scripture and learn both the goodness of our emotions and importance of managing all of our emotions in a healthy way. 
Alaska // July 16th-23rd, 2022

More information and registration link: click here.
Growth Track - Zoom Meetings

Whether you’re looking for a new church or you’ve been coming for a while, growth track events are designed to kick start your spiritual growth by providing clear and simple principles that will challenge you to go farther and faster in your faith. These events happen each quarter and cover a wide range of topics. Join us as we learn how to become a member, the basics of our Christian faith, how to discover your spiritual gifts and much more! 

Church 101 (Coming Soon): This class is a basic introduction to our church family. Join us as we explain who we are and what we believe. We will answer questions about our unique mission and vision. You will also have an opportunity to become a member of our church. Registration link: click here.

Essentials 201 (Coming Soon): This class provides the tools necessary to help each believer become a spiritually mature disciple of Jesus Christ. Join us as we learn principles and tips that will help you grow and connect with others at our church. Registration link: click here.

Discovery 301 (Coming Soon): Each of us is a masterpiece, placed on this earth for a unique purpose. Join us as we learn more about our particular personality and gifts through a series of assessments. We’ll also learn how to use those gifts for God’s glory. Registration link: click here.
The Ridge men will continue meeting for dinners this fall. Our next dinner is scheduled for Wednesday evening, January 19th.

If you would like to be notified about when and where to meet us, send us an email and let us know. We'd love to have you!

Ridge Women's Conference

Join us this year for the "Thrive!" Women's Conference on Feb. 4-5th.

Here's what you need to know:
- Friday, Feb. 4th, 6:00-9:00 pm
- Saturday, Feb. 5th, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
- St. Paul UMC, 2101 Wildwood Ave #1423, Columbus, GA 31906 
- $32.00 registration fee (scholarships are available for anyone needing assistance)
- No childcare provided

Registration link: Click Here
January 2nd, 2022
DA Turner YMCA - Warm Springs Rd.
Registration link: Click Here

Thank you for the support. If you'd like to give, click here.
Sunday Serve Teams
The church doesn't function without everyone getting involved and making it happen. Have you been thinking of volunteering? Now’s the perfect time to start!!

If you aren't on a serving team but would like to register: click here.
- Ridge Youth -
Upcoming Schedule

Sunday Night Youth
November 28 - 5:30-7:30 pm at the church office Suite E.
December 5 - 5:30-7:30 pm at the church office Suite E.
December 12 - 5:30-7:30 pm at the church office Suite E.
December 19 - 5:30-8:30 pm Christmas Party - Location TBA
December 26 - No Youth Meeting
January 2 - No Youth Meeting

Breakfast Devotion (weekly while school is in)

Wednesdays from 6:50-7:30 am at Manchester Chick-fil-A

Chicken and Jesus Middle School Breakfast (monthly) Coming Soon...

Questions? - Contact Nathan at 706-464-7548 or nathan@theridgecolumbus.com.
Parent and Student GroupMe

We have a student and a parent GroupMe account to help keep everyone up to date on what's going on in student ministry. GroupMe is a group texting app that's a great forum for staying connected and asking questions. It can be muted, so you won't get notifications constantly. If you or your student would like to be added, just text or email Nathan at 706-464-7548 and nathan@theridgecolumbus.com.
Children's Ministry

November Theme - Prayer

This November at RidgeRunners our theme is Prayer based on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Masks are encouraged, but not required, on Sunday morning. If you wish to send your child with a mask, we will support that and will require them to wear it while at RidgeRunners. Extra kn-95 masks are available in the greeting area near kid's check-in.

Hi, Parents!
This fall we're offering both in-person and online RidgeRunners experiences. 

Infants through Toddlers are returning to the classroom upstairs off the Turner Auditorium main hallway and Pre-K through Elementary will continue to meet in the gym. Both groups meet for the full 10:30 a.m. service. Check in at the hallway table just inside the Turner Auditorium doors. 

RidgeRunners will post a video on YouTube. You can also watch at any time throughout the week after the livestream.

If you're looking for some more online options for children's programming check out:

*Rightnowmedia.org: This is a free video resource for our church. Check out the kids' section (VeggieTales, etc.) and watch with the family! Registration link: click here.

*Ridge resources for Sunday morning activities/lessons. Just in case you missed out this weekend: click here.

Car Talk:

*What are some things you can say to God?
*What can you pray for besides asking for things?
*When is a good time to pray?
*Praying isn't just talking. It's also listening. How can you listen to God? (Read the Bible and think about what it means. Ask God to give you peace and be quite in your mind. Think about what you learn at Ridge Runners and say a prayer about that to God.)

Memory Verse (learn it together):
“Rejoice always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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 December 14th.

Please email us if you would like more information: info@theridgecolumbus.com.

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Ridge Office: 5624B Whitesville Rd., Columbus, GA 31904