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What To Expect This Sunday

Opening Song Holy Spirit
Welcome
Worship Songs Who You Say I Am // Broken Vessels // New Wine
Announcements // Offering
Message:  The Rev. Jimmy McIlrath
Series: "Altar Ego" // Title: "Masterpiece"
Prayer and Dismissal
  Broken Crayons

"He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted..."
- Isaiah 61:1b, NLT

Recently, when visiting my nieces in Florida, I got down on the floor to color with them. They love the Disney princesses, and so we were coloring a picture of Cinderella.

When we opened their container of crayons, a burst of colors greeted us. These were well-worn crayons that had been used to color dozens of pictures. I chose a broken and worn-out green crayon.

In our throwaway society, it would be easy to think that the work of this crayon was done. That it needed to be replaced with a brand-new crayon instead.

However, as I began to color with this broken worn-out crayon, my nieces looked at me and told me my coloring page was beautiful. Because, you see, broken crayons still color.

Just like that broken worn-out crayon, we can also feel useless to God because of the mistakes we have made or the things that have been done to us.

We feel broken and ugly and useless. We think God would rather have someone else do His work. Someone with less brokenness and baggage. Someone who has it all together.

The truth is, we all have brokenness in our lives. Many times we compare our blooper reel to someone else's highlight reel.

The truth is no one has a perfect life. And just like that broken crayon, God is always able to use our brokenness to create something beautiful. A masterpiece.

Many times what we see as our biggest mistakes and failures can become what God uses the most.

However, the enemy in our minds often tells us we are worthless and no longer useful for God's kingdom.

Little do we know that God is using our brokenness to create something more beautiful than we could ever imagine.

Prayer: 
Lord, thank you that you never waste anything that has happened in our lives. I thank you that you can turn my brokenness into something beautiful even when I cannot see it. Help me to open my heart to you and allow you to bring healing and freedom. I love you. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

*Shelley Hitz
Current Series

We are not our labels. We are not who others say we are. And we aren’t the broken self-image we see in the mirror. So how can we get to our true identity? By laying down who we think we are to become who God says we are. Let’s discover our Altar Ego.
Saturday Social

RidgeRunners playdate is happening this Saturday, November 9th at 9am, Chick-fil-A (Manchester Expressway). Please contact Allison Bowden for more information: allison.bowden@yahoo.com .
The student ministry is going on an adventure!...

…to the Talladega National Forest near Cheaha State Park, AL. This beginner-friendly backpacking trip is open to students 6th grade through 12th grade and is limited to a max of 12 participants. 

Dates: Nov. 25-26.
Cost: $20 + money for two meals and any gear needed.
Email Nathan to register: click here .
Student Ministry
This Sunday: Movies and Wings Night

Movies: Meet at 4:00 pm at AMC 15 to see either Midway or Last Christmas (both rated PG-13). Cost is $6.47/ticket.

Dinner: When the movies wrap up around 7pm, we'll head next door to Wild Wing Cafe for dinner.

Pickup is at 8:30 pm. Students should bring money for the movies and dinner if attending both. Friends are welcome as always.

Upcoming Sundays:
*STUMC - November 17
*Capture the Flag on The Ridge land (2201 Smith Rd.) - November 24
*STUMC - December 1

Middle School Small Group:
*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.)
Women's Ministry - Yoga

Ridge Ladies! We would love for you to join us for our next women's yoga event. Don't worry, we welcome all fitness levels! Details: November 8th, 6:30 p.m. // Turner YMCA. For more info, please email Shannon Mixon: click here .
Marriage Retreat
Only a few spots remaining

This year, our theme is CLOSER - because everything in marriage either brings you a step closer or farther apart. We want to help couples choose to take a step closer.

Our past four marriage retreats have been amazing, and we have every reason to believe that the next one is going to be the best yet!

Dates: January 24-26, 2020
Place: Fort Mountain Retreat Center (Chatsworth, GA)
Cost: $340/couple ($200 non-refundable deposit due at registration. Price includes lodge + breakfast + lunch).
Registration link: click here .
Men's Ministry

We want to invite you to the Men’s Ministry "Dinner and Devotion" on Friday night, November 22nd. This is a free BBQ dinner for men 18 years old and up. During the evening, you will have time to fellowship with other men, be challenged to be the man God wants you to be, and hear from an amazing guest speaker.

The dinner will begin at 6:30 pm at Wildwood Hunting Preserve (Pine Mountain). 

If you can get off work early, you can choose between a golf scramble, fishing or a mission project for the afternoon activity.

Don't miss out!

Registration link:  Click here .
RidgeRunners
Theme - Cooperation

Hi, Parents!
We want our kids to know that God made us to work together and that when we do, we can do amazing things to help others.

Car Talk :
*What's something that's easier to do when you have help?
*If you and your friends worked together, what could you do to help someone? (Help your teacher clean up, start a big game at recess that includes everyone, etc.).

Memory Verse  - Learn it TOGETHER :)
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor." Ecclesiastes 4:9
Elementary Nativity Rehearsals

All elementary children (K-5th) are invited to participate in our nativity play on December 22nd during the 10:30 service. Rehearsals will be held each Sunday after worship in December. Stay tuned for more details.
Series: Simplify
Week #1:   More Margin
Week #2:  Hurry and Worry
Week #4: Tripped Up

Series: Altar Ego
Week #1: Ambassadors

*For more series, check out The Ridge app:  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 November 12th at 5pm.

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