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Sunday Order Of Worship

Opening Song: You'll Come
Welcome
Worship Songs:
Goodness Of God // Build My Life // O Come To The Altar
Prayer
Message: "Answer The Call"
Series: The Perfect Fit
Announcements
Dismissal


Ridge|Live
10:30am // Brookstone
Thanks again for registering for Sunday's in-person service. This helps us be better prepared for safe social distancing protocols.
Sunday In-Person Registration:

Hootenanny Livestream
Family Fun - 10/29 @ 6:30pm

Online Costume Party // Family Games
Fun Videos // Prizes and more!

Join us on Facebook and YouTube Live!

re|engage information:

Small group meetings will begin in November. Registered group members will receive an intro email from a group leader this week.
Want more info on re|engage?


Online Worship Experience
Live worship - Sunday morning and evening

What is Ridge|Home?

This is church for everyone, everywhere. It’s gathering with your family wherever you live, with other people, in person, to watch The Ridge weekly services, connect with God through music, and have conversations. This can be done in a home or another available space around you. 

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Message Notes

No need to panic over alarms or surprises, or predictions that doomsday’s just around the corner, because God will be right there with you; he’ll keep you safe and sound. – Proverbs 3:25-26, MSG 

As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!” – Mark 4:35-41, NLT

Facts about crises:

1. Expect the unexpected.

… when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. – James 1:2, NLT

2. No one’s immune.

He causes the sun to rise on good people and on evil people, and he sends rain to those who do right and to those who do wrong. – Matthew 5:45b, NCV

3. It can happen anytime.

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftmanship. – Psalm 19:1, NLT

4. I get to choose how I respond.

Disciples’ reaction: panic. “… don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” – Mark 4:38b, NLT

Jesus’ reaction: peace. “Why are you afraid?” – Mark 4:40, NLT

When facing an unexpected crisis, remember:

1. God is close.

Don’t be afraid, because I have saved you. I have called you by name, and you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you cross rivers, you will not drown. – Isaiah 43:1-2, NCV

2. God is caring.

I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. – Ephesians 3:19b, NLT

3. God is in control.

In this world you will have trouble. But be encouraged! I have won the battle over the world. – John 16:33b, NIrV


Study Guide:

1. When facing a crisis, do you tend to lean more toward panic or peace? 
2. What “unexpected storm” is troubling you right now? 
3. Review the last three points about God’s nature. Which do you need to focus on?
4. Describe a time you witnessed someone have peace (and not panic) during the middle of a storm. How did their faith affect you?
5. How can you currently praise God in the middle of whatever struggle you’re facing?
6. Do you know someone who’s currently battling an unexpected crises? How can you reassure them that God loves them?

Prayer: Father, thank You that in times of anxiety or panic we can find rest and security in You. Help us to thank You for all the ways You’ve blessed us, even during tough times, and guard our hearts and minds with Your peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Memory Verse: In this world you will have trouble. But be encouraged! I have won the battle over the world. – John 16:33b, NIrV
Upcoming Message Series

Who am I? What’s the point? What does God want with me? What am I supposed to do?

In this new series, we’ll learn about discovering our calling and answering life's biggest question — what on earth am I here for? This series will look at the five dimensions of God's calling on our lives.
Our First Calling

I have called you by name; now you belong to me.
- Isaiah 43:1, CEV

Do you know your calling? Or is it more like a dream right now? Could it be possible that it’s not up to us to figure out our grand calling, but instead to position ourselves into God’s hand and wait for Him to reveal it to us and, by faith, lead us there? We believe the answer is yes. Thankfully, our first calling is to a person – Jesus – not to a role or talent (career, motherhood, etc.) or to a place (workplace, inner city, etc.). Although those are great and often God-given, what freedom we have knowing that we are called to our Father through Christ and given the power of the Holy Spirit to first and foremost know Him and bring Him glory!

Any other calling is secondary, marked by the truth that we all have specific gifts, desires, and unique ways in which our primary calling is lived out. Every other role is secondary to pursuing Jesus, and is the overflow of our relationship with Him.

Know this: you are called! In fact, you have been called by name! First, into relationship with Jesus, then to a purpose and a vocation. True, they are deeply intertwined, but our calling to know and follow Jesus must be the more prominent pursuit.

What an amazing truth to know you have been called by name, by God! As you consider the promises this imparts over your life, look for the ways you see your life currently aligning with your first calling: to know and love Jesus with your whole life.

Do you see anything that needs realigning?

*Flourish In Your Calling
“Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here, while I go over there and pray.’”
- Matthew 26:36, ESV

Join The Ridge March 2021 trip to Israel and you can pray in the garden where Jesus prayed.

Contact Marietta Webb at mwebb3322@gmail.com for more information.
Thank you for your continued generosity!
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Ridge Missions

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 10th.

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

Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home:
Even though the dinners have been canceled due to COVID, we are still delivering the birthday bags that were donated during the Women's Retreat.

We hope to begin dinners and Bible study again soon!
Student Ministry This Week:
HS Breakfast small group meets Thursday mornings.
This week's meeting is at the north Veteran's Burger King

Because of current school protocols, we will be meeting off-campus for the near future. Students should wear their masks into and out of the restaurant and any time they are not seated at their table eating. Students will be released by 7:30 a.m. to head to school. This meeting is for all high schools.


Sunday Youth Meetings

We will transition to Sunday evening meetings at the church office
(in Suite E at the back) beginning this Sunday, October 18.

Upcoming Sunday Schedule

October 18 - 5:30-7:00 p.m. (tentative times)
October 25 - Cookout on the land
November 1 - 5:30-7:00 p.m. (tentative times)
November 8 - 5:30-7:00 p.m. (tentative times)

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.
RidgeRunners

Let's learn to wait without complaining!

October Theme - Patience


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

In-person
Kids ages 3 and up will meet in the gym for the full 10:30 service. Check in at the hallway table just inside the Turner Auditorium doors.

Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks and sanitizing hands. Kids will sit only with their siblings on their own personal carpet. Kids must wear masks on their way to and from their carpets in the gym and while we are singing. They may remove their masks while on their carpets and not singing. If a child does not have a mask, we will provide them one at check-in. If you have an only child and want to arrange ahead of time for them to sit with a family friend, please let us know. If you have any questions, please contact Nathan at nathan@theridgecolumbus.com or 706-464-7548.

Online
RidgeRunners will be live at 9:45 am on Facebook Live and YouTube. Join us for a game, worship video with dance motions, and a great lesson! 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 does it mean to you to be patient?
*What is the hardest thing to wait on? Why?
*How does being patient show others that you care?

Memory Verse (learn it together): “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” Luke 16:10a


Mrs. Autumn's Story Time

Join Mrs. Autumn for a Bible storytime at 7 pm on Wednesday nights on Facebook Live and YouTube.
Looking for a way to strengthen your faith during the quarantine?

*Rightnowmedia.org: This is a free video resource for our church. There are many different Bible/topical/book studies to choose from: Registration link: click here.

*Bible.com: Choose from different devotional series or Bible reading plans. For more info: click here.

*The Ridge App: This is a great way to listen to past message series. For more info: click here.

*Facebook and YouTube: This is a great way to watch past message series. For more info: click here.

Series: Uncommon Sense
Week #4: Good V/S Better
Week #5: Worry Box

Series: Faith Over Fear
Week #1: Facing Fear
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