November 18 – November 24, 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

  • Saturdays, 5:30pm: Infant-5th Grade
  • Sundays, 9 & 10:30am: Infant-5th Grade
  • Barnabas (Special Needs): Sundays, 10:30am, LC102
  • Wednesday Night Clubs: K18-Grade 5, 6:30-8:00pm – NOT MEETING NOV 22-Thanksgiving Break
  • 1 Thing: Operation Christmas Child
  • Save the Date:
    “Out of the Box” Children’s Christmas musical, December 16/17

| students (Grades 6-12)

  • Mosaic (Grades 6-12):  Sundays, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Middle School Life Groups: Sundays, 5:30-7:00pm
  • High School Life Groups: Thanksgiving Break
    Student Summer Missions Reveal, Sunday, December 3 at 5:30pm in the sanctuary

| men

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

| women

  • #WhenLifeStinks Bible Study: Wednesdays, 9:30am & 6:30pm, Common Grounds Cafe
  • Side By Side (medical spouses), Fridays, 9:30am, Summit Room

| fusion (Single Young Adults)

  • Tuesdays, 7:00pm: in the Lighthouse

| missions & local outreach

| general events & classes

  • Financial Peace University: Sundays, 9:00am – Upper Room
  • Adult Bible Study: Sundays, 10:30am – Upper Room
  • Unity English (English language class): 9:00am, Den Rooms
  • Volleyball: Tuesdays, 6:30pm – CENTER Gym
  • Celebrate Recovery: Fridays, 7:00pm – Upper Room
  • Class for K-12th Grade Parents: Entitlement, Sunday, Nov. 19, 8:45am
    Continental breakfast.

Large Events (concerts, conferences, etc.)



5th Annual Gobble Wobble

6th Annual Rochester 5k Family Gobble Wobble

Thursday, November 23

Check-in starts at 7am. First event at 8:30am.
Click here for details and registration.

Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble, the couple behind Theater for the Thirsty, will bring a unique perspective to the Christmas Story when they’re at Autumn Ridge. Smile, laugh, and hum along to your favorite Christmas carols as a tone-deaf angel, an absentminded census taker, a cow, a little drummer girl, and several other misfits share their offbeat and charming stories of the first Christmas.

This is the first event of the Christmas season at Autumn Ridge. It will have broad appeal, so invite your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family. Anyone from 6-7 years on up will enjoy this.
A dessert time will follow in the Common Grounds Café.

Check out all of the Christmas season events on our Christmas page

General Events/Classes

Sunday, November 19, 8:45am

Calling all carolers!

6:30pm on Monday Dec 4

Meet at Cottagewood Senior Communities of Rochester, 4220 55th St NW in Cottage # 1

We’ll sing in several of the cottages. Contact Jamie Urch at 507-951-6371 with questions.

  • Financial Peace University: Sundays, 9:00am – Upper Room
  • Adult Bible Study: Sundays, 10:30am – Upper Room
  • Unity English (English language class): 9:00am, Den Rooms
  • Precept Study: Book of James: Tuesdays, 9:30am & 7:00pm in Luther Room A
  • Volleyball: Tuesdays, 6:30pm – CENTER Gym
  • Adult Choir Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 6:30pm in the sanctuary
  • Celebrate Recovery: Fridays, 7:00pm – Upper Room
  • Side By Side (medical spouses): Fridays, 9:30am, Summit Room


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


We express our sympathy to Adam and Kalinda Peterson. Adam’s mother, Shirley Peterson, died
on Nov. 10.

Our sympathy to Al and Glenda Kendall and their family.  Al’s father died recently.

Thank you to the Autumn Ridge pastors, staff, and the congregation for all your thoughts, prayers, and kindness during this difficult time.  ~the family of Gary Ward

We extend our sympathy to Mary Marienau and Jennifer Bland on the death of their mother, and grandmother, Mary Jane Shirk, on November 12.

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: $73,502

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

Saturday, November 18  |  6:30pm

International Festival of Flavors  |  Common Grounds Cafe

Back by popular request, this really fun night of international flavors will bring the cuisine of the world to your dinner plate.

Our congratulations to Dan and Heather G., serving at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. Their seventh child, Ethan Benjamin, arrived safely on Oct 11.

Remember Casey B., serving in a closed country. She is having some challenges as she settles into her new home and navigates her way through some unforeseen circumstances.

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

Devotions for a Sacred Marriage: A Year of Weekly Devotions for Couples

~by Gary Thomas

Marriage is more than a sacred covenant with your spouse. It’s a relationship God uses to help you know Him more, trust Him more fully, and love Him more deeply.

Growing Grateful Kids: Teaching Them to Appreciate an Extraordinary God in Ordinary Places

~by Susie Larson

Children enjoy an abundance of material possessions. Despite wealth, discontentment and competition are on the rise. Larson shows that teaching perspective and gratitude to our children is critical, but not difficult.


Saturday Night Dinners


Please join us for the Missions Dinner
and enjoy food from around the world!

Ethiopian Lamb Curry with Injera
Chinese Pot Stickers
Brazilian Feijoda
Mexican Churros and Jarrito 

Gallo Pinto


Lovingly created by Chef Craig!

Tater-Tot Hot Dish
Fresh Green Salad
Dinner Roll
Apple Pie Ala Mode