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What To Expect This Sunday

Opening Song : Open Up The Heavens
Welcome
Worship Songs : Hosanna // What A Beautiful Name //
Do It Again
Announcements // Offering
Message: Finding God In The Unexpected
Series: Standing On The Promises
Prayer and Dismissal
God Cares For His Own

"Come now, let us settle the matter," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." - Isaiah 1:18, NLT

If you've never been to a kids' baseball game, you're in for a real treat when you go. At least one time a game, when a kid happens to connect the bat with the ball, I bet you'll see them dart toward third base while the fans erupt with applause. Meanwhile, there's at least one player sitting down in the outfield, picking dandelions and blowing them out like birthday candles. At the end of the game, the kids line up to give high fives and then, win or lose, everyone gets a free soda and everyone makes a mad dash, side by side, for the concession stand where snacks are waiting.

Those games always remind me of how God feels about us. He doesn't get wound up when our plans fail, and He's not thrown off when we run in the wrong direction. God never told us that success always meant big accomplishments. Success with Him has always meant simply living in grace and walking in love.

Have you blown it? Me too. Next time you feel like you've missed the mark, go watch a kids' baseball game. Watch the kids who wander around the outfield with curiosity and wonder. God delights in their joy even though they don't always have their eye on the ball. He delights in you too.

Think about it:
How have you blown it lately?
Are you letting that setback convince you that God thinks less of you?

*Adapted from Bob Goff, "Live In Grace, Walk In Love"
Happy Birthday To You

10 years!!

Join us for a COMBINED CELEBRATION SERVICE on Sunday, February 23rd.

Exciting events following the service:
*Outdoor picnic. Bring a blanket and/or bag chairs for outside.
*Food trucks will be available in the parking lot.
*Each child will receive a free ICEE from The Ice Cream Girl!
*Inflatables for the kiddos!!

Invite someone you know to join you for the big day!!

Here's a look at some of the exciting inflatables:
Women's Retreat
February 28-29, 2020

Do you ever feel like you’re the only one facing a particular choice or situation? In her book, CHOICES, Tecia Jane (author, speaker, teacher and founder of Choosing Him Ministries) explains how we can connect our lives with the people of the Bible and pursue a personal and contagious faith. We are thrilled to have Tecia as our featured speaker at The Ridge Women’s Retreat. Please join us as she talks about how our choices, the good and the bad ones, can be used by God to have a huge impact on His kingdom.

The price to attend the retreat includes three meals, Saturday activities, and a T-shirt. 

Stay-the-night option - $85 per person. 
Sleep-at-home option - $65 per person. 

*Deadline to register is February 16th.

Registration link: click here
Get ready for an amazing spring formal!
More info coming soon.
We believe that circles are better than rows. While we love coming together as a church to worship on Sundays, we know that meeting with a small group during the week is where your faith will truly come alive. No matter your interests, goals, or stage of life, we have a group that will be a great fit for you. In a Journey Group, you’ll be able to meet new friends and grow closer to God, plus you'll have a lot of fun!

Brochure link: click here
Registration link: click here
Current Message Series

Do you ever feel like life is full of empty promises, that the more you put your hope in things like money, relationships, your career, or your possessions, the less satisfied you are with your life? That’s because God is your only source of true satisfaction. The Bible contains thousands of promises that God wants to fulfill in your life. In this series, you’ll learn about some of the most significant promises that God has made to you. These promises aren’t empty; they’re the key to renewed life, peace of mind, and hope for the future. Discover the amazing promises of God for your life and begin to claim them!
RidgeRunners
February Theme - Faith

Hi, Parents!
Faith can be a big thing to explain to your kids and they may have questions along the way. All month we'll be learning about Jesus - who He is, what He did and why we can believe in Him.

Car Talk:
*What is something you've heard about Jesus?
*What is a question you have about Him?
*What is one thing you could do to learn more about Jesus?

Memory Verse (learn it together):
"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1
Student Ministry


NO MEETINGS THIS SUNDAY
due to Ski Retreat and the Presidents' Day holiday


Upcoming Sundays:
*Laser Tag Night @ Stars and Strikes - Feb. 23
*Confirmation & STUMC - Mar. 1
*Ultimate Frisbee @ Lakebottom Park - Mar. 8

Middle School Small Group:

No meeting this week! We will resume on Feb. 23
*Sunday mornings following announcements at the 10:30 service

High School Breakfast Groups:
*Tuesdays - Wynnton Rd. Chick-fil-A (7:15 a.m.)
*Wednesdays - Northside (in Sr. cafeteria at 7:30 a.m.)
*Thursdays - Harris County (in K-1 at 7:30 a.m.)
We want to say a big " THANK YOU!" to our volunteers!

Join us for an awesome lunch and new information regarding our children's ministry on Sunday, March 15th. This event is for both current AND new volunteers. Registration coming soon!
This Spring

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 (March 1st) : 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 (March 22nd) : 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 (April 19th) : Each of us are 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 .
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 February 11th at 5pm.

Please email us if you would like more information: info@theridgecolumbus.com .
Series: Standing On The Promises

Week #1 : Moving Mountains
Week #2 : Faith Over Fear

For more series, click here.
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