September 9 – September 15, 2017

The online connection to the Autumn Ridge Church Community.

This Week


| children (Infant-Grade 5)

Don’t know where to go? Check out the Children’s Welcome Desk in the lobby.
See a K followed by a number (K18, K19, etc.)? The number = the year a child starts Kindergarten

  • Saturday, 5:30pm: Infant – PreK
  • Sunday, 9:00 and 10:30am: Infant – PreK
  • Barnabas (Special Needs)resumes September 17
  • Volunteer Training: Sept. 13, 6:30pm beginning in the sanctuary
  • Wednesday Night Clubs: TK18-Grade 5, Resumes Sept 20, 6:30-8:00pm.

| students (Grades 6-12)

  • Life Group Leader Training: Sept 13, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Mosaic: Resumes September 17 with a big kick-off
  • Middle School Retreat: September 22-24
  • High School Color Wars: September 24

| men

  • Men’s Coffee Club, Discussions and Presentations: Wednesdays, 9:30am – Upper Room
  • Men’s Bible Study: Fridays, 6:00am – Upper Room

| women

| fusion (Single Young Adults)

  • Tuesdays, 7:00pm: in the Lighthouse

| missions & local outreach

| general events & classes

  • Adult Bible Study: Book of Psalms, Sundays, 10:30am – Upper Room
  • Volleyball, Tuesdays, 6:30pm – CENTER Gym
  • Celebrate Recovery, Fridays, 7:00pm – Upper Room

Large Events (concerts, conferences, etc.)


  • ONE 10AM outdoor service for the entire congregation
  • Children will be with their parents during the service
  • Please bring chairs – we’ll have only 750 available
  • Extra parking at the History Center (shuttle runs from 9am-3pm)
  • All activities are free – food will be available for purchase
  • Invite someone to join you!


General Events/Classes

Class series is three weeks long and all classes are offered three times each weekend. Pick the time that works best for your schedule. For more information visit the membership page or e-mail Membership@AutumnRidgeChurch.org.

Saturdays, 7:00 pm and Sundays, 9:00 & 10:30 am
October 7/8, October 14/15, October 21/22

•  Our history, God’s gift of salvation
•  Our purpose, personality and beliefs
•  Our organization and where we’re going
•  How God made you for His purpose

Healing Hearts Prayer Walk and Brunch

Saturday, September 16, 9:00am Soldiers Field
$15/person  |  $25/Family

All are Welcome! Brunch by Tracy Bashore  | Register HERE

Women 2 Women still has openings for mentees

If you would enjoy a monthly time out with women your age and an older gal  who can lead you into new life skills and spiritual insight, this is a special program for you. We have a great time together!

Come and join us by registering HERE

  • Adult Bible Study: Book of Hebrews, Sundays, 10:30am – Upper Room
  • Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL),Tuesdays, 6:30pm, Wesley Counseling Room
  • Volleyball, Tuesdays, 6:30pm – CENTER Gym
  • Celebrate Recovery, Fridays, 7:00pm – Upper Room 

Church Community News (Announcements, Letters, Employment, etc.)


We extend our sympathy to George and Christine Beech and family on the death of Christine’s father, Giovanni (John), on August 18.

We extend our sympathy to Dan Prince, Laurie Prince, Nathan Prince and family on the August 26 death of their mother and grandmother, Norma Prince.

mercying-definitionMercy has been defined as “love in action.” Whether you want to show that love in action in the Autumn Ridge community or in the broader community, we have options for you, your family, and even your Life Group.

Have you found opportunities for Mercy-ing?
Use a Connection Card to drop us a note and let us know – so that we may encourage others to find their own opportunities.

Our Giving To God

Giving to God’s work last week: $69,030

Be a Saturday Night Missionary!

Our 10:30 service no longer has space for our guests. Would you be one of 200 people to make room for our guests by switching from the 10:30am service to the Saturday evening service beginning September 16?

Starting that weekend, we’ll be offering full children’s programming on Saturday night. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to have dinner as a family at church after the service. If you’d like to serve in our Saturday childrens’ classes, let us know.

Become a Saturday Night Missionary – be one of the 200 that makes room for our guests at 10:30 on Sundays.

Children (Infant-5th Grade)

Wednesday Night Clubs

We are currently on Summer Break.

Wednesday Night Clubs: 6:30-8:00pm, September 20 – May 9
Those entering Kindergarten – 5th grade. Visit the Children’s Welcome Center for more information.

DiscipleKids Weekend Classes

Saturdays at 5:30pm:

Classes for infant – K15 Preschool
Sundays at 9:00am and 10:30am:

Classes for infant – 5th Grade
Elementary students are encouraged to attend class for one hour and then attend a worship service with their families during another service.


BARNABAS Ministry, Sundays @10:30

Barnabas is a Sunday School for children and teens ages 5-18 who have special needs.  Barnabas exists to glorify God by sharing the love of Jesus Christ and the truth of His Word.  The Barnabas class meets every Sunday during the 10:30 service in the Mannika Room.  If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact the Autumn Ridge Children’s Ministry Department.

Trail Life USA

Our regular meetings are the 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month (with monthly Hit the Trail! activities at other times). We meet from 6:15 – 7:45 PM in the Upper Room.

Helpful details:  

Cost is $76 (includes shirt); for more information or to register, contact trail.life@arnoldzoo.org

Helping Hands

The Children’s Ministries Department invites adults of all ages to minister to the children of Autumn Ridge Church through their Helping Hands Ministry. The purpose of Helping Hands is to assist the Children’s Department in preparing and organizing materials for their programs. Helping Hands normally meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 9:30 am -12:00 pm. If you are able to lend a hand once or twice a month, please contact Elann Wright at 288-8880 ext. 116 or email her at Wright.Elann@AutumnRidgeChurch.org.

Students (6th Grade-HS Senior)


Mosaic meets on Sundays in the Lighthouse.

  • Mosaic (6th-12th Grade): Sundays 5:30pm

Missions & Local Outreach

Missions and Outreach

Texas Flood Relief
We have an opportunity to support our brothers and sisters in Houston and SE Texas. Using the church app, Pushpay app, or the website you can give to flood relief by selecting Disaster Relief as the giving type. Autumn Ridge will forward all funds to a partner church in the Houston area.

Men (studies, events, etc.)

Men’s Coffee Club

Join a group of men, led by Dick Larson, who meet every Wednesday for coffee, donuts, and discussions or presentations on a variety of subjects.

Wednesdays, 9:30am in the Upper Room

Men’s Friday Morning Bible Study

Fridays, 6:00am – Upper Room

Women (WBS, MOPS, Women's event, etc.)

Women’s Bible Study

Who we are: A Bible Study group which connects you to women of all ages – 18 on up, who are meeting God and making friends.

What we do: Study the Bible through well-prepared teaching lectures, small group discussion, and friendships.

Click here to register for the Fall 2017 study of Job and 1 Peter.

When we meet:
Wednesdays at 9:30-11:00am and 6:30-8:00pm. Our first session is Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

What else should I know? It’s free – including childcare and an excellent children’s program. Coffee and treats each week. A great way to connect with other women.


Side By Side, a non-denominational women’s bible study meeting at Autumn Ridge Church on Friday mornings, is looking for individuals interested in helping with childcare. Both substitutes and regular childcare workers needed. Hours are 9:10-11:30. This is a paid position. Teens $15, Adults $25 each Friday during the academic school year.

Contact Meghan Olsen meghanolsen@gmail.com

Christos Bookcenter

God’s Promises for When You Are Hurting

~by Jack Countryman

When we face difficult times, Scripture is full of inspiring and comforting promises that focus on hope, encouragement, in the midst of grief, pain, illness, divorce, or doubt about God’s plans.

From Cairo to Christ: How One Muslim’s Faith Journey Shows the Way for Others

~by Abu Atallah

A Muslim pastor shares a deeper understanding of the religious perspectives of the Muslim faith and how their faith intersects with Christ and with our Western, secular, and Christian cultures.

Saturday Night Dinners


Due to preparation for the Great Autumn Ridge Get-Together, we will not be serving our normal Saturday Night Dinner.

Please join us Sunday, September 10th for our kick-off, and then again for dinner on Saturday, September 16th!


Lovingly created by Chef Craig!

Beef Skewers with Cucumber Mint Salad
Pita Bread
Greek Yogurt
Lemon Bars