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Sunday Order Of Worship

Opening Song: Who You Say I Am
Worship Songs:
The Lion And The Lamb // This Is Amazing Grace // The Heart Of Worship
Message: "Grateful People Are Happy People"
Series: Breakout

In-Person Worship This Sunday!
We will still require temperature checks, masks and social distancing.

Very excited to see you this Sunday at 10:30am!!

*We will still have Ridge|Home online worship.
In-Person And Zoom Groups This Winter

You weren't meant to get through this pandemic alone!
Life is better in groups.

Join one today!

Journey Group schedule and registration:
Current Series
In order to be good stewards of our resources, The Ridge will be emailing the 2020 giving statements.

Please email us if you would rather have one mailed to your address: clay@theridgecolumbus.com.

Thank you for all the ways you continue to support the ministries of The Ridge United Methodist Church. 
We're still moving forward with this year's re|engage Marriage Retreat.

The retreat will take place at The Auburn Marriott Resort and Spa at Grand National (January 29th - 31st).

For more information on this year's retreat: Click Here.
Update on Women's Conference

2021 Women's Conference

The theme this year will be Connect. Planning is underway now to ensure we have a safe, fun time of worship and fellowship.

Registration is open now!

Online Worship Experience
Sunday @ 10:30am
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. 

Want more information about Ridge|Home? Click Here.
Ridge|Home YouTube Channel:
Big thanks to everyone who came out and participated in The Ridge blood drive. Because of your willingness to love others, we collected enough pints to save 99 lives! Not only did we meet our goal but we exceeded it! Way to go, Ridge!! #DonateLife

Last Chance!!
Donating Items For Foster Girls

The time before and after Christmas is often when we clean out old toys to make room for the new toys. We'd like to take advantage of that and use it as an opportunity to help the foster girls at the Anne Elizabeth Shepard Home. We are still unable to resume our monthly dinners due to COVID, but we would like to send monthly care packages next year until we can get back together. The girls love playing board games, doing puzzles and watching movies.

You can drop off games, puzzles, or movies at the church office from 9am to 3pm, Tuesday - Thursday.

Please make sure ...
*Items are clean/in good shape and all the pieces/parts are included.
*Items are appropriate for girls ages 12-18.
*You are giving items you would be happy for your children to receive.

If you want to purchase toys, movies or puzzles to donate, that would be great too!

*Malynn Hogan
To watch last Sunday's message:
Message Notes

Message Title: The Glass Is Half Full

Whoever looks for good will find kindness, but whoever looks for evil will find trouble. – Proverbs 11:27, NCV

8 Reasons from Romans 8 to Remain Optimistic:

1. My sins are forgiven. (8:1)

2. Jesus intercedes for me. (8:34)

3. Future victory is greater than present pain. (8:18)

4. My mind is filled with the peace of God. (8:6)

5. If God is for me, who can be against me? (8:31)

6. God’s spirit is with me. (8:25-26)

7. God is working. (8:28)

8. Nothing can separate me from God’s love. (8:35, 37-39)

Study Guide:
1. What’s something good that’s happened to you in 2020?
2. If you could make one thing go back to normal right now, what would you choose?
3. Have you ever thought of optimism as the expectation that God will work every situation for our good? What do you think about that?
4. Read Romans 8:38-39. What would your life be like if you completely trusted that God was always with you and for you?
5. Have you ever seen God work a difficult situation for the good of someone who loves Him? What happened?
6. How can you shift your mindset so that you trust, in every situation, that God is working for our good?

Prayer: Father, thank You for hope. Thank You that, even when negativity is all around us, we can focus on You and trust that You’re at work in every situation, no matter how hard. Help us to embrace the optimism that only You can provide. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Eat The Frog

"Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you." - Psalm 143:8, NLT

According to Mark Twain, if you ever have to eat a live frog, it’s best done first thing in the morn­ing. I know this scenario is awfully unlikely, but it’s good advice nonetheless. Why eat the live frog first thing in the morning, you ask? Because you can go through the rest of your day knowing the hardest task is behind you! 

What to-do list items are you most tempted to procrastinate on? What goals have you had forever but not taken the first step toward? What difficult decision have you been delaying? That, my friend, is your frog! Give yourself a deadline in 2021; then get started. That is a great habit, and it’s a hard one to swallow. Sorry—I couldn’t resist. 

The bottom line? You can’t just pray like it depends on God. You also have to work like it depends on you. If you want God to do the super, you’ve got to do the natural. And you have to start first thing in the morning. 

How you start the day sets the tone for the rest of it, yet many of us never give the morning a second thought beyond getting out the door on time. Our morning rituals are as unplanned as an earthquake. Is that the best way to start the day? That’s sounding the retreat before the day even begins. 

Jesus made the most of the early part of the day. Mark 1 gives one example: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” On another occasion, before appointing his disciples in the morning, he prayed all night.

What’s the one thing you least like to do, but you feel best about after­ward? That’s your frog. It’s often the hardest habit to establish, but it pays the biggest dividends. Whatever it is, you’ve got to figure out a morning routine that works for you. And, I might add, one that works for your spouse and your kids and your dog and your boss. 

If you want to win the day, you’ve got to attack the day.

It’s time to eat the frog!

Think on this: If you want God to do the super, you’ve got to do the natural.

*Mark Batterson
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. – Romans 8:28
Thank you for your continued generosity!
If you'd like to give, click here.
Student Ministry This Week:
Sunday Night Youth will meet this week from 5:30-7:30 on the church land for a bonfire! Dinner will be burgers and brats.
Breakfast Small Group will resume next Thursday, January 21.

Upcoming Sunday Schedule

January 17 - 5:30-7:30 bonfire at the church land
January 24 - 5:30-7:30 at the church office Suite E.
January 31 - 5:30-7:30 at the church office Suite E.
February 7 - 5:30-7:30 at the church office Suite E.
February 12-15 SKI RETREAT at Winterplace, WV

Questions? - Contact Nathan at 706-464-7548 or nathan@theridgecolumbus.com.

Our Ski Retreat is on for February 12-15 at Winterplace Ski Resort in West Virginia! We have about 10 spaces still available.

Here's the link to REGISTER.
Here's the link to the INFO PACKET with details, packing list etc.
Visit winterplace.com to check out the slopes and cabinsatpinehaven.com to see our awesome accommodations!

We will be requiring COVID tests before the trip as an added layer of protection. The ski resort is also taking extensive steps to mitigate spread. You can see their policies HERE

As always, scholarships are available!
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.

January Theme - Training Camp

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

Toddlers through elementary will meet in the gym for the full 10:30 a.m. 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.

RidgeRunners will be live at 9:45 a.m. on 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 is God's word, the Bible, like? - A light/lamp
*What are the 3 main ways the Bible teaches us? - What is true, What to do, and What not to do.
*What's something you've learned from the Bible this month.

Memory Verse (learn it together):
 “Your word is lamp for my feet, a light on my path." - Psalm 119:105

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 9th.

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 donating supplies.

We hope to begin dinners and Bible study again soon!


Week #1: Glass Half Full
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Ridge Office: 5624B Whitesville Rd., Columbus, GA 31904