January 20 – January 26, 2018

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

  • Saturdays, 5:30pm: Infant-5th grade
  • Sundays, 9 & 10:30am: Infant-5th grade
  • Barnabas (Special Needs): Sundays, 10:30am, LC102
  • Roller Skating in Brownsdale: Jan 21, 2-5pm
  • American Heritage Girls (ages 5-18): Monday, Jan. 22, 6:15pm
  • Trail Life USA (boys K-7th grade): Monday, Jan. 22, 6:15pm, Timothy Chapel
  • Wednesday Night Clubs: K18-Grade 5, 6:30-8:00pm
  • January 1 Thing: Food Drive for In His Name

Coming Up:

  • Feb 3: Preschool Pajamas and Pancakes. Register on the Children’s webpage

| students (Grades 6-12)

  • Mosaic (Grades 6-12):  Sunday, 3:30pm
  • Middle School Life Groups: Sundays, 3:30pm
  • High School Life Groups: Wednesdays, 5:30pm

Save the Date

  • Middle School Tubing, Jan. 28
  • Winter Retreat: Feb. 9-11

| men

  • Men’s Bible Study Fellowship (BSF): Mondays, 6:30pm, Upper Room – On Break
  • Men’s Coffee Club, Discussions, and Presentations: Wednesdays, 9:30am – Upper Room
  • Men’s Wed. Night Bible Study: 6:30pm, Upper Room – On Break
  • Men’s Bible Study: Fridays, 6:00am – Upper Room – On Break

| women

  • Women’s Bible Study: Gospel of John. Wednesdays, 9:30am & 6:30pm
  • Side By Side (medical spouses): Fridays, 9:00am in the Summit Room

| fusion (Single Young Adults)

  • Tuesdays, 7:00pm: in the Lighthouse

| missions & local outreach

  • Somali Adult Literacy Training (SALT) Saturday, Feb. 3, 8:30am-3:00pm.

| general events & classes

  • Adult Bible Study: Sundays, 10:30am – Upper Room
  • Unity English (English language class): 9:15am, Den Rooms
  • Volleyball: Tuesdays, 6:30pm – CENTER Gym
  • Celebrate Recovery: Fridays, 7:00pm – Upper Room

Large Events (concerts, conferences, etc.)


New Life Family Services: Laugh for Life
Friday, February 9, 7:00pm

Michael W. Smith and band in concert
Thursday, March 8

Devoted Hearts
April 27-28


General Events/Classes




  • Adult Bible Study: Sundays, 10:30am – Upper Room
  • Unity English (English language class): 9:15am, Den Rooms
  • Volleyball: Tuesdays, 6:30pm – CENTER Gym
  • Celebrate Recovery: Fridays, 7:00pm – Upper Room
  • OASIS (Senior Adults): Soup and Sandwich Lunch with Bob Nowicki. Tuesday, Jan 16, 12:00pm, $8/person, RSVP to Marilyn Leske at 282-0544


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


Thank you for your thoughtful Christmas greetings which meant so much to me.
~Geraldine Amstutz

We extend our sympathy to Jim Wallace whose sister, Jeanne Brown, died on January 9.

Thank you for the prayers, visits, phone calls and pretty cards before and after my knee surgery. God’s blessings to you all. ~Joan Wallace


We will celebrate the ways God worked through our ministries in 2017 and look forward in anticipation and hope as we move ahead in 2018. Our Annual Meeting will be held at two different times: SATURDAY, FEB. 3 AT 7:05pm in the Common Grounds and SUNDAY, FEB. 4 AT 10:35am in the Upper Room. Members will vote to approve the budget and elders starting a new term. If you are not a member, you are still welcome to join us. A summary budget is available in advance upon request by contacting Pastor Pat Wester at Wester.Pat@AutumnRidgeChurch.org. Elders will be at the tables next to the main entrance after each service Jan 20/21 and Jan 27/28 to answer any questions about the budget and oversight of the church.

Our Giving To God Last Week: $ 60,379

Children (Infant-5th Grade)

Wednesday Night Clubs

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

Churches around Minnesota are raising awareness of trafficking issues surrounding the Super Bowl.  Through information and discussion, we desire to stand in the gap against this violence which victimizes young girls and boys, here and around the globe.  Justin Van Dalen is an Autumn Ridger who served as a legal fellow with International Justice Mission.  Following the 10:30 service on January 28, he will host a Sandwiches & Sodas lunch entitled “Trafficking, Justice & the Super Bowl.”  Please join us in the Common Grounds to discuss how Christians can lead the way toward seeking justice, defending the oppressed, and taking up the cause of the fatherless.  (Isaiah 1:17). (Parents, this will be a frank discussion. Please use discretion with your children.)


Men (studies, events, etc.)

Men’s Monday Night BSF

6:30pm, Upper Room.

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 Wednesday Night Life Groups

6:30pm 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.

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

Awaken: 90 days with the God Who Speaks

~by Pricilla Shirer

Ninety fresh biblical insights from a mom, wife, encourager, and friend to enlighten and satisfy the very depths of your soul. Hear from God and receive His biblical insights daily.

A Woman Overwhelmed: Finding God in the Messes of Life

~by Hayley DiMarco

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Saturday Night Dinners


Lovingly created by Chef Craig!

Baked Potato
Dinner Roll
Apple Pie


Lovingly created by Chef Craig!

Fresh Green Salad
Cup Cakes