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What To Expect This Sunday

Opening Song: You'll Come
Welcome: Worship Leader
Worship Songs: Desert Song // Lead Me To The Cross // Goodness of God
Announcements // Offering
Message: The Rev. Jimmy McIlrath
Series: "Simplify" // Title: "Hurry and Worry"
Prayer and Dismissal

Message Series - "Simplify"
Devotional - "A Thief In The Night"

So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. - Matthew 6:31-34, NLT

They stepped in like a thief in the night and stole from me, and stole from my family. 

Things were going well, and then it happened—“it” being worry, anxiety, and fear. Almost like I’d given them a key to my front door, worry, anxiety, and fear let themselves in without even asking. 

Actually, I did give them permission. I listened to them, entertained them, agreed with them, and let them stay. But in gaining entrance to my mind and heart, worry stole my joy. Anxiety stole my peace. Fear stole my present as it projected into my future. And all these things stole from my family because I couldn’t be truly present with them when I was worried about the past or the future. 

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus instructs us not to worry (Matthew 6:25–34). He puts his finger on our chief anxiety: How will I be provided for tomorrow? 

We expend mental energy attempting to answer this question. We try to find a solution to each of the worries that may not even happen. Yet none of the "what-ifs" can be acted on because the calamitous events that we construct in our minds haven’t occurred. So we sit and brood, waiting for the worst to happen.

Jesus’s counter to this is our heavenly Father, the Author of life and the Creator of each individual, who knows our needs and desires. He instructs us to seek relationship with our Father first, and then all other things will fall into a proper perspective. 

Jesus ends His sermon with a couple wry observations. He states that tomorrow will worry about its own things, so we shouldn’t worry about them now. We are not at tomorrow yet! We should take care of what we need to do today, but we shouldn’t be concerned about what tomorrow will bring. God is at tomorrow; we are not.

The one fundamental thing that God asks from us is that we believe, that we trust Him. We tend to approach life thinking, Show me, then I’ll trust you, but God tells us to trust Him, and then He’ll show us. 


Father, help me to trust You more, prepare, and wait on You for the harvest of peace that You desire for me. Reveal to me the lies I have believed and how to counter them with Your truth. In Jesus’s name, amen. 

*Michelle Bengtson
NEW Series

Have you ever said, “I’m overloaded. I just can’t get it all done. I can’t catch up”? Many of us feel like we’re chronically rushed, chronically late, and chronically exhausted. We’re overwhelmed by activities, choices, work, debt, and more, and we feel a constant strain on ourselves and our relationships. In this series, you’ll learn how God designed your body to follow a regular cycle of work and rest, and how simplifying your life will lower your stress and tension and increase your peace of mind. Find out how living with margin will give you a healthier life, as well as make you available to be used and blessed by God.
Student Ministry

Upcoming Sundays:
*STUMC - October 20
*STUMC - November 3

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.)

FYR is a Student Ministry retreat for 6th -12th graders at The Ridge & St. Mark and their friends.

DATES: October 11 at 5:00pm - October 13 at 5:00pm

LOCATION: Camp Lee, Anniston, Alabama, 70 Camp Lee Main Road. Phone: 256-238-8941

COST: $140 per student

Fall Youth Retreat is almost here! Meet new people. Grow spiritually. Get away. Climb a rock wall. Brave the canopy zip line. Challenge your friends at volleyball, octoball, basketball, and more. This weekend is going to be full of fun, packed with real and honest Biblical teaching, and covered in the presence of God's spirit. Do. not. miss. it!!

Camp will be located in the foothills of the Appalachians at Camp Lee in Anniston, AL. This year our main speaker will be Johnny Updike, a gifted student pastor and communicator with over 20 years of student ministry experience.

A promise-to-pay deposit of $70 is due now with online registration. The balance is due before we leave for camp. Cost includes: Travel to and from camp, meals, accommodations, T-shirt, Bible study, speaker, worship band, and TONS OF FUN. Friends are welcome!

Scholarships are available upon request for any Ridge family/student.


The Ridge "Hootenanny" will be held on October 27th (Sunday evening) on The Ridge property. Join us for a great time of music, 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 can sign up this Sunday at the "Hootenanny" table after church to provide a trick-or-treating booth for the kids or to bring some chili and compete in this year's cook-off! You can also register online (link below).

To register for a table decoration: Click Here
To register for the chili cook-off: Click Here
To register to bring baked goods for the cake walk/dessert sale: Click Here

Ridge Student Volunteers!

The Ridge "Hootenanny" is also our one big student ministry fundraiser. Our 6th - 12th graders who work a shift will earn money toward their "youth account" that can be applied to any of our student retreats. Money raised will also help provide scholarships and cover retreat expenses for the whole group.

Students who want to register to volunteer: Click Here
Charge Conference

The Ridge Leadership would like to invite all Ridge members to our annual meeting to discuss the goals and plans for the upcoming year. At this meeting, we will cover finances, the way forward and the plans for future development.

This meeting will begin at 11:30am on Sunday, October 20th (immediately following the 10:30am worship hour). We hope you'll make your plans to join us.
Saturday Socials
Next Event - Rock Ranch // October 19th

Looking for a chance to connect to our children's ministry? Saturday Socials are designed for just that! Our next event is scheduled for  October 19th at Rock Ranch . Be sure to check social media for times. Contact Allison Bowden for more details:   Click Here .
RidgeRunners // 10.20.19
Make sure Grandma and Grandpa know!
Fall Tennis Team

The last match is scheduled for October 21st.

If you're interested in playing, let Julie Chapman know: 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 the Maple Ridge Golf Club.

There will be a golf scramble at 1 pm (for those who enjoy playing).

Don't miss out!

Registration link: Click here .
This Fall!
Rescheduled Dates

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 27th) :   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 17th) :  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 8th) :  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 .
Sunday Fun Days At The Ridge!

Get that mismatched outfit ready! 👕👟

This Sunday, October 13th, is MISMATCH DAY at RidgeRunners! This is the time for your kids to wear their craziest, mismatched outfit to church. As always, we'll have exciting activities that will teach them about Jesus on their level in a clean, safe environment.

We'll see you at 9:15 and 10:30am at Brookstone School!

Excitement Every Sunday! Here's the schedule:

Oct. 13th – Mismatch Mania (Wear your most mismatched outfit)
Oct. 20th – Grandparent’s Sunday (Bring your grandparents to church with you!)
Oct. 27th – Costume Party (Wear your Halloween costume to the Hootenanny)
Nov. 3rd – Pajama Party (Wear your favorite pajama outfit)
Theme - Love

Hi, Parents!
It's fun to love our friends and the people in our circle, but if we want our kids to love like Jesus, we gotta show them how to reach out and love everyone!

Car Talk :
*Who is someone new in your class at school or on your team?
*How could you show love by including them? (A game at recess, sit by them at lunch or on the bus).
*Who is someone that is hard to love? Why?
*What is something you can do this week to show that person love? (Get to know them more, be patient, use kind words).

Memory Verse - Learn it TOGETHER :)
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." John 13:34
Series: Stronger
Week #4: The Heat Is On
Week #5: Bold Prayers

Series: Ask Me Anything
Week #1: Part 1
Week #2: Part 2

Series: Simplify
Week #1: More Margin

*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: .
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 Corinthians 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!

Registration link: Click here
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