March 25 – March 31, 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.

  • Saturdays, 5:30pm: Infant-PreK
  • Sundays, 9 & 10:30am: Infant-Grade 5
  • Barnabas (Special Needs): Sundays, 10:30am
  • Kids’ Club (preK-Grage 5): Wednesdays, 6:30pm
  • 1 Thing for March: Kids’ Choice – purchase World Vision animals
    Next month: May Baskets

| students (Grades 6-12)

  • Mosaic (6-12th grade): 5:30pm, Sundays
  • Middle School Life Groups: 5:30pm, Sundays
  • High School Life Groups: 6:30pm, Wednesdays

college-aged (ages 18-24)

  • College-Aged gatherings: Sundays, 7:30pm – Lighthouse

| men

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

| women

  • Women’s Bible Study: Wednesdays 9:30am & 6:30pm. 1 Cor. 13 – Unity in Love.
  • Side by Side (medical spouses): Fridays, 9:15am – Summit Room

| fusion (Single Young Adults)

  • Tuesdays, 7:00pm: in the Lighthouse

| missions & local outreach

| general events & classes

  • Adult Bible Study: Book of Hebrews, Sundays, 10:30am – Upper Room
  • Volleyball, Tuesdays, 6:30pm – CENTER Gym
  • Adult Choir Rehearsal, Wednesdays, 6:30pm – Sanctuary
  • Celebrate Recovery, Fridays, 7:00pm – Upper Room
  • Precept Study (men and women)Tuesdays, 9:30am and 7:00pm – Luther Room, Philippians: How to Have Joy

Large Events (concerts, conferences, etc.)




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General Events/Classes

P.A.L. – Parents of Addicted Loved Ones

Every Tuesday starting April 4, 2017
Wesley Counseling Room
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

A confidential group open to all people 18 and older who care about someone in active addiction or early recovery. (Class limited to 10)

For Information Contact:  Carmen Livingood, Livingood.Carmen@AutumnRidgeChurch.org.




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FAMILY CAMP: July 30-August 4

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  • Adult Bible Study: Book of Hebrews, Sundays, 10:30am – Upper Room
  • Volleyball, Tuesdays, 6:30pm – CENTER Gym
  • Adult Choir Rehearsal, Wednesdays, 6:30pm – Sanctuary
  • Celebrate Recovery, Fridays, 7:00pm – Upper Room
  • Precept Study (men and women)Tuesdays, 9:30am and 7:00pm – Luther Room, Philippians: How to Have Joy

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


Congratulations to Thomas and Casey Downs on the birth of a son, Jude Gerald, on March 6.

We congratulate Bob and Jane Stanhope, who celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on March 25.

Congratulations to Marc Kelliny and Emily Mieling, who were married on March 11.

We congratulate those who are being commissioned as Stephen Ministers this weekend.

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.

The 2017 men’s softball league

The 2017 men’s softball league starts in early May, and the deadline to sign up is March 31st. If interested in participating, contact Ken Nance by text/cell at 630-664-2184 or e-mail him at nancek00@gmail.com.

Hire a Student

Do you need help with a project?
Hire a student to help. Money earned goes toward summer mission trips.
Info on the Student webpage.

Our Giving To God

Giving to God’s work last week: $72,478

Children (Infant-5th Grade)


Wednesday Night Clubs

6:30 – 8:00pm for PreK-Grade 5. Meet in the Children’s Wing.

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
  • Middle School Life Groups, Sundays, 5:30pm
  • High School Life Groups: Wednesdays, 6:30pm

Support our Students’ summer missions trips. Hire a student for personal, household, neighborhood, or business projects.

College-Aged (18-24years)

Sundays at 8:30pm in the Lighthouse

We are young adults between 18 – 24 years old who are striving to help develop each other into devoted disciples of Jesus Christ that love God and serve people

Weekly gatherings will include:
Worship time, thought provoking subjects, debates, small groups, games, community bonding, and growing together in Jesus!

In the Lighthouse at Autumn Ridge Church (2nd floor of the CENTER).

Missions & Local Outreach

Missions and Outreach

It is Autumn Ridge Church’s privilege to begin supporting Hiram and Jessalyn J. and their children, Reno and Holly. They are not strangers to Autumn Ridge. Hiram grew in his faith while working for Jay Maier, and both he and Jessalyn have been mentored by Autumn Ridgers in their missions interest. Now they are heading to Kenya with Africa Inland Mission, where Hiram will help train and prepare missionaries for crisis situations. He will also help with the expansion of AIM into more challenging areas in Africa.

Men (studies, events, etc.)

Men’s Bible Study Fellowship

Tuesdays, 6:30pm in the Upper Room

Wednesday Men’s Study

6:30pm in the 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 Friday Morning Bible Study

Fridays, 6:00am – Upper Room

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

A New Season of Women’s Bible Study

Unity of Love: A Study of 1 Corinthians

January – May 2017

wbs-jan-20171 Corinthians show how the Christian life lived in community works best when the foundation is Jesus Christ.

Women’s Bible Study draws from all ages and meets both mornings and evenings on Wednesdays from September through May. We have a dynamic teaching team of six:  Lorie Dahlstrom, Juli Fischer, Svea Merry, Angie Pankratz, Gretchen Steer, and Jann Wright.  Each week includes a teaching lecture followed by Life Groups for discussion, prayer, and community.  A full children’s program for preschoolers is provided in the morning, and the evening session occurs during Kids’ Clubs, so you can attend without having to arrange childcare.  Women’s Bible Study is free of charge.

Women’s Bible Study Winter/Spring session: January – May 2017

Register online at AutumnRidgeChruch.org/register.
For more information contact Jennifer Ouren at


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

She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a World That’s Passing Away

~by Raechel Myers, and Amanda B. Williams

Two Christian women discovered that God and his Word remain unchanged. They seek to give you a solid foundation and understanding of the place of God’s Word in your life.


Luther & His World

~by Graham Tomlin

Luther overcame his struggling faith to become the leading figure in the Reformation. His obstinacy, sensitivity, and blunt determination had an incalculable effect on the lives of millions of people.


Ministry Partners (Next Chapter, Serenity House, Celebrate Recovery, etc.)

 We have no information from our ministry partners at the moment.


Saturday Night Dinners


Created by Chef Craig!

Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken Pasta
Dinner Rolls
Fresh Fruit


Created by Chef Craig!

Baked Potato
Maple Roasted Parsnips
Caesar Salad
Ice Cream Sundae

Easter Breakfast menu
served from 8-10am

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Quiche
  • Frittata
  • Bacon
  • Salmon spread crostini
  • Croissants
  • Crepes
  • Fresh fruit
  • Hashbrowns