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Sunday Order Of Worship

Opening Song
Welcome: Stewart McWhorter
Worship Songs: Where The Spirit Of Lord Is // Not Afraid // Oceans
Series: Rumors
Sermon: Rumor has it God never gives us more than we can handle
The Rev. Jimmy McIlrath
Announcements // Dismissal

What Friends Do

Maybe you are one of the extraordinary people who know exactly what to do and say when someone’s world has been shaken by tragedy. I am grateful for you! For the other 99% of us, reaching out when a friend is hurting can feel awkward and uncomfortable. If you’re like me, you probably fear you’ll say or do the wrong thing.

During my family’s deepest times of loss, a couple of things made a giant impact. 

1. Show up. My dear friend, Leslie, has a unique ability to show up at the exact moment you need to feel the love. Rather than saying “call if you need anything”, she’ll let you know your dinner is in the oven and ask if you’d prefer to enjoy the deliciousness tonight or tomorrow night.

I love how she doesn’t casually drop the ball in your court during a traumatic time when you really don’t know what you need. She shows up! Leslie brings something yummy, hugs you around the neck, and lets you know you’re not conquering this giant alone. 

2. Reach out. The Lord has a phenomenal way of giving us a holy nudge when we need it. Act on it! Reaching out doesn’t have to be extravagant — a text, call, or card to let a friend know they haven’t been forgotten will always arrive at the perfect time.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

Ask the Lord who could use a little encouragement right now. If someone comes to mind, consider giving them a call or sending a handwritten note. You’ve probably seen how these treasures always seem to come at the exact right moment! 

*Beth Marshall
"For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." - Ephesians 2:10
Hurricane Donations

The Ridge is helping collect donations for the town of Houma, Louisiana.

It is estimated that 60% of homes in Houma are completely uninhabitable after Hurricane Ida's impact last week. 

You can drop off supplies at The Ridge office (5624B Whitesville Rd. 31904) Wednesday and Thursday from 9-5pm.

If you need to drop off after Thursday at 5pm, please contact Ridge member Christina Lapeyrouse for drop-off information. She’ll plan to deliver the items this weekend.

Items to be collected:
Baby formula
First Aid Kits
MREs and other shelf-stable foods
Can openers 
Towels and washcloths 
Flashlights and batteries
Message Series
Current Series: Click Here

In my years of ministry, I've run across certain "rumors" people spread about the Bible. There are certain teachings people often claim are in the Scriptures ... but just aren't there. In this series, we dive into these gossip narratives and separate fact from fiction.
Previous Series: Click Here
Truth is, the church is more than just walls, a building, pews and pulpit. The Bible teaches us that each of us make up the church. That we are to serve and love one another. That we should be a unified front for love, grace, forgiveness, and selflessness.

Join us as we discuss how we can become the church the Bible calls us to be.
Sunday Serve Teams

The church doesn't function without everyone getting involved and making it happen. Have you been thinking of volunteering? Now’s the perfect time to start!!

If you aren't on a serving team but would like to register: click here.
In-Person And Zoom Groups This Fall

You weren't meant to get through life alone! Life is better in groups.
Don't be left out! Be sure to join a fall group!

Click here for more information on this semester's Journey Groups.
Alaska // July 16th-20th, 2022

Informational meeting: Sunday, October 17th
Registration coming soon!
Growth Track - Zoom Meetings

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 3rd): 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 14th): 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 5th): 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.
It's a surprise!

Something amazing is happening every Sunday this September in RidgeRunners. Don't miss out!!

Hurricane Ida Update: Wait, Pray, Give, and Prepare.

We watched and prayed as the powerful Hurricane Ida made landfall Sunday. Our best response today is to pray, wait, actively communicate, and prepare. We'll have more news later from this developing situation as we coordinate with UMCOR & partners in the affected areas to add action to our prayers. Read more

Prayer and Giving: UMCOR supports Afghans in need.e
In collaboration with long-standing partners, UMCOR is providing humanitarian relief and is prepared to assist with refugee resettlement.

For more than 40 years Afghanistan has been wracked by wars, civil strife, invasion and massive amounts of arms shipped in from outside forces. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, with high infant and maternal mortality rates, and millions of Afghans have been displaced as refugees over these many years. Read more.

Earthquake in Haiti: UMCOR's response and how you can help.e

On Saturday, August 14, 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake produced widespread destruction in the western region of Haiti. UMCOR is in communication with partners in Haiti and working closely with them to support emergency relief and early response efforts. Read more
The Ridge men will continue meeting for dinners this fall. Our next dinner is scheduled for Wednesday evening, September 15th.

If you would like to be notified about when and where to meet us, send us an email and let us know. We'd love to have you!

Email: info@theridgecolumbus.com
Women’s Ministry Summer Events

*Friday, September 17th. Bunko - Join us for a fun night of games and fellowship. Location: Adrianne Shippey’s house (address provided when you register). More info coming soon.

Holy Land Tour

I'm excited to announce that tours to Israel are resuming. Join me November 2-9, 2021 for a life-changing trip to Israel. - Marietta Webb

Email Marietta Webb for more information: mwebb3322@yahoo.com.

Thank you for the support. If you'd like to give, click here.
- Ridge Youth -

Upcoming Schedule

Sunday Night Youth

September 12 - 5:30-7:30 pm at the church office Suite E
September 19 - 5:30-7:30 pm at the church office Suite E
September 26 - 5:30-7:30 pm at the church office Suite E

Breakfast Devotion (weekly)

Wednesdays from 6:50-7:30 am at Bradley Park Starbucks (until Chick-fil-A reopens their dining room).

Chicken and Jesus (monthly) - Middle School Breakfast on the 3rd Thursday of each month.

First meeting Thursday, September 16. Time and location TBA.

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.
Children's Ministry

September Theme - Generosity

This September at RidgeRunners our theme is Generosity based on 1st Timothy 6:18: "Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share."

Masks are encouraged, but not required, on Sunday morning. If you wish to send your child with a mask, we will support that and require them to wear it while at RidgeRunners. Extra kn-95 masks are available in the greeting area near kid's check-in.

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

Infants through Toddlers are returning to the classroom upstairs off the Turner Auditorium main hallway and Pre-K through Elementary will continue to meet in the gym. Both groups meet for the full 10:30 a.m. service. Check in at the hallway table just inside the Turner Auditorium doors. 

RidgeRunners will post a video on YouTube. 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 did God do you need to have to be able to give? (Any amount is enough. Give from you have.)
*What is something you can give?
*Who is someone you know who needs help? And how can you help them?
*Where is one place you can look for people to help?
*What is the difference between a cheerful give and a not so cheerful giver?

Memory Verse (learn it together):
 "Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share."
1 Timothy 6:18

Safety Update

We are all alarmed by the rise in COVID-19 (delta variant) cases across the nation. The Ridge Church is currently monitoring the situation for the Columbus area through the Mayor's office as well as the Episcopal Office of the South Georgia Conference.

Our current policy is that we are not mandating masks for our Sunday morning services. However, we are encouraging masks for those who are unvaccinated. We will have KN95 masks available on Sunday mornings.

If you don't feel safe or comfortable with in-person worship, we understand and encourage you to continue worshiping with us online.

And as always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us at info@theridgecolumbus.com.

Please continue to pray for God's healing from this terrible virus.

Rev. Jimmy McIlrath
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 September 14th.

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

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Ridge Office: 5624B Whitesville Rd., Columbus, GA 31904