Tired Of The View?
Experience The Ridge!
Sunday Order Of Worship

Opening Songs: You'll Come
Worship Songs: Yes I Will // Anchor // Way Maker
Series: More Than A Feeling
Sermon: Dr. Earl Nichols
Announcements // Dismissal

The Thought-Feeling Connection 

Can we take a step back for a moment to address the unreliability of feelings? They can be influenced by a bizarre array of factors: last night’s taco and this morning’s coffee, the phase of the moon, and the presence of pets. Feelings are not always a reliable indicator of truth or reality. And we all have to learn how to evaluate emotions: which are God honoring, which are not; which are healthy, which are not. We also have to learn how to manage feelings: which to encourage, which to redirect or avoid. 

And that leads us to an all-important question: Can we manage our feelings? Do we have any say in which emotions we experience or how intensely we experience them? I say yes. We have a choice in how we think, and since our thoughts affect our emotions, we have a choice in how we feel. 

Here are a few observations about how the Bible guides our emotional life: 

· The Bible discourages certain emotions—worry, jealousy, and ungodly anger (to name a few)—and encourages others: joy, peace, and righteous indignation (among many more). 

· People in the Bible displayed the full gamut of human emotion, and their stories provide examples of how God wants us to handle our emotions. 

· The Bible focuses more on directing our thoughts and our mind-sets than on modifying our feelings.

Let’s ponder that last point for a moment: The Bible focuses more on directing our thoughts and our mind-sets than on modifying our feelings. If you think about it, isn’t that a relief? (If you’ve ever had someone tell you, “Just stop being sad! Get happy!” you may have had to restrain your foot from taking aim at their shin!) It just doesn’t work to assume we can flip a switch to change our emotions. 

Let’s look at examples of God’s approach:
"You were taught . . . to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God." - Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV)

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." - Philippians 4:6-9 (NIV)

Righteousness (not to mention peace) follows when we set our minds on the things of God. And what kinds of things does God encourage us to focus on? Positive things. When we set the attitude of our minds in a godly direction, godly feelings are far more likely to follow. Our feelings follow our focus. 

We can’t anticipate perfect bliss or a personality overhaul—our struggles with sadness or anxiety won’t vanish the moment we experiment with a few positive thoughts. But we can anticipate growth, knowing that as we learn to think the way God wants us to think, our feelings will improve. Again, our feelings will follow our focus. In time, we can see significant forward progress. True change. More joy.

Message Series
Current 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. 
Previous Series: Click Here

In my years of ministry, I've run across certain "rumors" people spread about the Bible. There are certain teachings people often claim are in the Scriptures ... but just aren't there. In this series, we dive into these gossip narratives and separate fact from fiction.
Previous Series: Click Here
Truth is, the church is more than just walls, a building, pews and pulpit. The Bible teaches us that each of us make up the church. That we are to serve and love one another. That we should be a unified front for love, grace, forgiveness, and selflessness.

Join us as we discuss how we can become the church the Bible calls us to be.
Sunday - October 31st

This year's Hootenanny will take place immediately following the worship hour. Wear your favorite Halloween costume to church and make your plans to join us for some great family fun!!

What to expect: Food Trucks // Inflatables // Candy // Cotton Candy // Games

We need a little help with the fair-style games and inflatables. If you would like to help, please let us know: Click Here.
Marriage Retreat: Asheville, North Carolina
January 14th-17th, 2022

Information and registration: Click Here.
Alaska // July 16th-23rd, 2022

Informational meeting: Sunday, October 17th

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 (October 24th): 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 (November 14th): 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 (December 5th): 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.
It's a surprise!

Something amazing is happening every Sunday this October in RidgeRunners. Don't miss out!!
The Ridge men will continue meeting for dinners this fall. Our next dinner is scheduled for Wednesday evening, October 20th.

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!

Women’s Ministry Fall Events

*October 21st - Riverwalk and dinner
*November 3rd - B. Merrell's dinner
*December 2nd - Christmas crafts

Please let us know if you would like more info on any of these events: info@theridgecolumbus.com..

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 -
FYR - Fall Youth Retreat is back! We'll be heading to Camp Lee in Anniston, AL November 5 (after school) through 7. St. Mark and Pierce Chapel will be joining us for a weekend of fun, encouragement, mental rest and spiritual growth. Ridge Youth and their friends in 6th through 12th grades are invited. We'll have a guest speaker and band and we'll divide into small groups according to age during the retreat, play lots of games, eat good food together and have camp rec at the zip line, rock wall and more!  

Cost is $150/student. $75 deposit is due by Sunday, October 17. Scholarships are available to help with the cost. 

Click HERE to register!
Upcoming Schedule

Sunday Night Youth

October 17 - 5:30-7:30 pm at the church office Suite E
October 24 - 5:30-7:30 pm at the church office Suite E
October 31 - 4:00-8:30 pm Youth Halloween Party & Outreach at
Nathan and Autumn's House

Breakfast Devotion (weekly)

Wednesdays from 6:50-7:30 am at Bradley Park Starbucks (until Chick-fil-A reopens their dining room). 

Chicken and Jesus Middle School Breakfast (monthly) begins Thursday, October 21.

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

October Theme - Self-Control

This October at RidgeRunners our theme is Self-Control based on James 1:19: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak
and slow to become angry.”

Masks are encouraged, but not required, on Sunday morning. If you wish to send your child with a mask, we will support that and 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:

*There are a lot of things you aren't in control of as a kid. What is something you totally can control that will help you? How you act.
*When you're getting angry, what's something you can do to help? Take a step back before you blow your stack.
*When is it better to NOT say what you're thinking? When it may hurt someone.
*How should we listen? How should we tell our side? How much should it take to make us angry? We should listen first and hear others out. We should think about what we're going to say before we say it. We shouldn't get angry easily - remember God loves them too.

Memory Verse (learn it together):
“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak
and slow to become angry.” James 1:19

Safety Update

We are all alarmed by the rise in COVID-19 (delta variant) cases across the nation. The Ridge Church is currently monitoring the situation for the Columbus area through the Mayor's office as well as the Episcopal Office of the South Georgia Conference.

Our current policy is that we are not mandating masks for our Sunday morning services. However, we are encouraging masks for those who are unvaccinated. We will have KN95 masks available on Sunday mornings.

If you don't feel safe or comfortable with in-person worship, we understand and encourage you to continue worshiping with us online.

And as always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us at info@theridgecolumbus.com.

Please continue to pray for God's healing from this terrible virus.

Rev. Jimmy McIlrath
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 November 9th.

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

Tired of the view? Experience The Ridge!
Ridge Office: 5624B Whitesville Rd., Columbus, GA 31904