NRF News is a summary of upcoming ministry events that help us live out our vision to Love God, Love Each Other and Make a Difference. We update this menu weekly, so check here often for event details, class and program times, sign up and contact information.

April 28 – VBS Registration Opens
April 30 Men’s Softball Begins
May 3 – Rogers Area Prayer Gathering for National Day of Prayer
May 4-6 Nett Lake Mission Trip
May 19 Class of 2018 Open House / Saturday Supper (grilled burgers & nachos)
June 2-3 Celebration Weekend / Baptism / Picnic
June 6 – Summer Bible Study begins

Click on these links or the tabs above to read more:
Worship/Prayer Ministry
Adult Ministry
Youth Ministry
Children’s Ministry
Missions Ministry
NRF Business

Contact: Andy Schulz, Worship Pastor, [email protected]

We believe worship is our response to who God is and what He’s done, lived out in the things we say and do every day. At NorthRidge Fellowship you’ll experience honest, humble and authentic worship. No grand performance, just real people giving God the very best they have. Our hope is to inspire a growing love for God through reading scripture, music, and other expressions of art.

We invite you to use the resources listed here to grow in your love for God.
Post a prayer request
Child Dedication, schedule a dedication
Baptism, schedule your baptism

Upcoming Events
May 3 Rogers Area Prayer Gathering for National Day of Prayer – Join us at the Rogers Community Room 7:00-8:00pm to pray for Unity in America (nationaldayofprayer.org)
May 12-13 – Child Dedication
June 3 – Mississippi River Baptism

Adult Ministry News

Adult Minister: Gregg Tisor, [email protected]
Events Coordinator: Terri Gilsrud, [email protected]
Men’s Ministry Jeff Ekstrand & Paul Jonason[email protected]
Women’s Ministry Pam Mertz[email protected]

SMALL GROUPS – Search and sign up
There are small groups for adults, young adults (18-24), men and women. To sign up for a group, visit the small group board in the atrium or log into our online community and search for a group.  Contact Gregg Tisor with any questions.

ADULT MINISTRY
Class of 2018 Open House / Saturday Supper – May 19
Join us for a Saturday Supper and congratulate the Class of 2018 graduates! We will enjoy a meal of grilled hamburgers and nachos, visit with the graduates, and learn more about their future plans! Graduates that would like participate in this event are asked to complete a planning form by 5-11, so click here – Graduates RSVP Form

Celebration Weekend – June 2-3
Mark your calendar for our annual Celebration Weekend. During the services we’ll reflect on the 2017-18 ministry season and thank God for all he’s done. We’ll celebrate with a picnic and baptism 12-2pm on June 3 at Otsego Regional Park. Bring a dessert, lawn chairs/blanket and outdoor games if you’d like.

Summer Bible Study – Wednesday’s 6:30-8:00 beginning June 9
Join us this summer for a weekly guided teaching time on the Minor Prophets, with small group interaction and discussion. Bring a snack (finger foods) or dessert (cookies/bars) to share. This study is not consecutive, so feel free to attend the weeks that work for you. We are meeting in the youth room and childcare is provided.

Church Camping Weekend – August 17-19 
Come join fellow NorthRidge attendees for a fun weekend at Baker Park! During this church community camping weekend you will have multiple opportunities to connect with others as we share campsites, visit around the campfire, eat s’mores, go for walks or bike rides, play games, enjoy the lake, worship together, and create fun memories. Look for sign up information to be available soon.

MEN’S MINISTRY
Men’s Breakfast – May 12
Come and bring a friend to a great breakfast, fellowship and testimony of God’s faithfulness by a NRF attendee. We begin at 7:30am and end at 9:00am.

Men’s Softball – Monday evenings at Rogers Ballfields
The NorthRidge men’s softball team plays double headers each Monday night starting 4/30. Come out and cheer on our team! See the church calendar for game times. If you’re interested in being on the team, contact Chris Mabin at [email protected].

WOMEN’S MINISTRY
Visit the church calendar to see upcoming events for women.

 

Youth Ministry News

Contact: Matt Pfadenhauer, [email protected], Youth Minister

IMPACT is middle and high school students 6th-12th grade who love Jesus and express His love to others. We are teens who want to make a difference in our homes, schools, neighborhoods, and world as we love, live and lead like Christ. We offer classes, programs, events and retreats for teens and their friends. Go to the Youth Menu for all the details.

Children/Youth Offering – Alissa Foreman
Each month the children and youth have an opportunity to Make a Difference and give an offering to a NRF missionary. Click on the missionary name to view this month’s flyer.

APRIL 2018 SCHEDULE – Students can log in to view and/or subscribe to the IMPACT Calendar (6th-12th)

Sunday (6th-12th) – 9:00 & 10:30am

  • IMPACT 4:12—9:00am – Student leadership and planning of IMPACT
  • IMPACT 101—10:30am – Study focused directly on scripture, small groups and prayer. Currently the teens are studying 1 Peter. April 8 we will be looking at chapter 3 verses 13-22. We’re not meeting on April 29 due to the IMPACT Retreat.

Wednesday (6th-12th) – 6:30-8:00pm
Wednesday’s are a social time, worship and small group teaching for teens and their friends. Currently we are in a study called Jesus Friend of Sinners meeting in April:

  • April 4th – Cast the First Stone – John 8:1-11
  • April 11th – The Wee Little Man – Luke 19:1-10
  • April 18th – Fishers of Men – Luke 5:1-11
  • April 25th – Washed with Perfume – Luke 7:36-50
  • May 2nd – The Thief – Luke 23:32-43

Previous Series – Drugs, Sex, and Rock-N-Roll:
February 21 – Sex and what the Bible says about it from 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, Matthew 5:27-28, and Ephesians 1:7-8.

  • February 28 – Homosexuality and what the Bible says about it and specifically from NorthRidge’s Statement of Faith (see About Us Menu).
  • March 7 – Substance Abuse from Romans 12:1, 1 Corinthians 15:33, Ephesians 5:18, and 1 Peter 4:7,5:8.
  • March 14 – we looked at the impact the music, media, and social media can have on us and how we can combat this negative influence. We will be looking at Luke 11:33-36, Matthew 5:29-30, and Psalms 101:1-4.
  • March 21 – we looked at the topic of fasting and the role that it can play in how teens handle temptation and pressure from James 1:12-15, Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 4:1-11, and Psalm 35:13-14.

UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS

  • April 27-29 – IMPACT Spring Retreat at Covenant Pines, McGregor, MN is for all NorthRidge youth in grades 6th – 12th, and their friends. Cost for the event is $120 per person.  If you have multiple students going the cost is $100 for each additional student. We will be leaving the church at 4:30 on Friday and returning around 12:00 on Sunday.  Sign up online by April 22 or contact Pastor Matt Pfadenhauer with questions at 763-428-5115 or [email protected]
  • May 16 – Last IMPACT of the school year
  • May 19/20 – Senior Recognition Weekend – Attention 2018 graduates or parents, please complete this RSVP Form by May 11th if you’d like to be included in our graduate flyer and/or sign up to participate in the NorthRidge Fellowship Open House event on Saturday, May 19th from 6:15-8:30pm.
  • May 20 – Last IMPACT 4:12 and 101 of the school year
  • May 23 – IMPACT incoming 6th graders orientation
  • June 8 – IMPACT summer schedule begins with an IMPACT Summer Kickoff event 5:00-Midnight

 

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Saturday Night Live

SNL is a special night for high school students 9th-12th grade to enjoy home groups, rally nights and make a difference opportunities.

 

 

April 2018 Schedule – Log in to view and/or subscribe to the SNL Calendar (9th-12th)

4/7 – Home Groups
5:00pm Attend service
6:30-8:30pm Dinner and discussion at the Home Groups

4/14 – SNL at Church
5:00pm Attend service
6:15pm Eat dinner together
6:45pm Small group discussion based on the night’s message
7:45-8:30pm A time of fellowship

4/21 – Home Group
5:00pm Attend service
6:30-8:30pm Dinner and discussion at the Home Groups

4/28 – No SNL
The retreat is this weekend. Sign up to attend by April 22.

Upcoming SNL Events

  • May 12 – Last SNL of the school year
  • May 19/20 – Senior Recognition Weekend

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2018 Vacation Bible School – Registration Opens April 28

Elementary VBS (K-5th) June 18-22      Preschool VBS (age 3-5) June 19-21

At Shipwrecked VBS, kids discover how Jesus rescues us through life’s storms. Shipwrecked is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch and taste. Due to a generous donation, there are no attendee registration fees this year!

Click on the image to register your Elementary children and their friends that have completed Kindergarten through completed 5th grade this school year. To register your preschool children, use the link above. Volunteers – use these same links to sign up to serve.

 

Children’s Ministry News

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Christina Van Vooren, Children’s Minister ([email protected])
Sherry Traugott, TreasureCove Director ([email protected])

Children’s Classes
Weekend classes are designed to encourage each child to connect with an adult leader and to develop lasting relationships with a small group of children. The children pray for each other and learn to know and care for each other as they grow together through the years. This winter, the kids will be studying Jesus’ teachings from the book of Matthew. Visit the Children’s Ministry menu for a class schedule.

Children’s Programs & Events
TreasureQuest – Wednesday’s 6:30-8:00pm
TreasureQuest is a fun time filled with upbeat children’s worship music, active games, relevant Bible teaching, and relational small groups. Each Wednesday we will focus on a section of scripture. Children 2nd-5th grade are encouraged to invite their friends.

Summer Serving Opportunities – Email us at [email protected]

Summer TreasureCove (birth-5 year olds)
Adults and youth (6th-12th grade) are needed to serve our birth-5-year old children during the summer months. There are opportunities to serve at the 5:oopm Saturday services (birth-4 years old), 9:00 and 10:30 Sunday services as a teacher, teacher’s helper, nursery worker, host, or Team Leader. Teachers will receive lessons ahead of time and all supplies will be provided for them. Helpers will assist the teachers as needed. Nursery workers will care for children who are birth-24 months. There is no curriculum for the nursery. Hosts serve from 8:45-9:10, then again from the last song of the 9am service to 10:40 to welcome and register new families. Team Leaders support teachers, take children to the bathroom, and contact parents if needed. We are looking for 117 people willing to serve at least 2 times over the summer. Every weekend, we need 18 people to make TreasureCove a success. You will choose the weekend you want to serve ahead of time by signing up in our online community in the group TC Summer 2018.

Summer TreasureLand (Elementary Kids)
Adults and youth (9th-12th grade) are needed to serve elementary kids during the summer months. There are opportunities to serve at the 9:00 Sunday service as a Games Leader, Bible Discovery Leader, Object Lesson Leader, Helper, or Team Leader. Each leader will teach the same lesson for 3 rotations and then join the large group. All leaders will receive the lesson a head of time and all supplies will be provided. Games Leader will lead 1-2 games. Bible Discovery Leader will tell the Bible story in a fun and interesting way. Object Lesson Leader will lead a hands-on learning station. Helpers will assist Leaders as needed. Team Leaders support leaders and contact parents if needed. We are looking for 39 people willing to serve at least 2 times over the summer. Every weekend, we need 7 people to make TreasureLand a success. You will choose the weekend you want to serve ahead of time by signing up in our online community in the group TL Summer 2018.

Children’s Resources

  • FAMILY PAGE – weekly devotional designed to help you grow spiritually as a family
  • MEMORY VERSES – winter/spring 2018 children’s memory verse list for TreasureCove and TreasureLand
  • Children/Youth Offering – Alissa Foreman
    Each month the children and youth have an opportunity to Make a Difference and give an offering to a NRF missionary. Click on the missionary name to view this month’s flyer.
  • Trout Lake Summer Camp – To sign up your kids for a great summer camp experience at Trout Lake Camps, Watch this video to check it out https://youtu.be/8jybpsBIaCc and then go to their website at troutlakecamps.org to sign up.

Missions Ministry News

Our missions ministry is Make a Difference. We believe strongly God grows us to be more like Him when we join in His work in the world. We serve in missions to connect us with God’s work outside of our walls, our town and our nation. Some are called to go, others are called to pray, and others are called to support through giving. No matter the calling, it’s about taking Jesus’ message to all parts of the world.

Explore the many opportunities NorthRidge offers for making a difference in our church, community and world. If you have questions, contact our missions pastor Dan Monson at [email protected].

Local Compassion
Make a Difference across the street, in your own community: volunteer time at CROSS, connect with “neighbors” at Mobile Hope-Dayton, help Great River Family Promise serve families without a home, get together with friends to pack meals for hungry kids, meet the needs of those in your small group.

CROSS Donations – Each month we have a different food theme to support our local food shelf CROSS with items they need the most. CROSS is also always in need of paper bags, household items and clothing. Visit their website for other ways to support CROSS. April theme is Condiments.

Short-Term Missions
Through short-term missions we can make a difference around the country and world. Support or sign-up for a mission’s trip to Alaska, Honduras, Nett Lake Minnesota, Thailand or with Reach Global Crisis Response.

Summer Missions Trips Sign Up
Want an adventure of a life time? It’s time to sign up for summer mission trips and begin the application process. Complete the Trip Sign Up Form below for trips to Honduras and Alaska.

Nett Lake Mission Trip – May 5-6
A team is forming now for a May 5-6 visit with the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe at Nett Lake in northern Minnesota. Activities will include basketball, outdoor and indoor games, bonfire, fishing, ladies’ night dinner, bowling, 4-wheeler rides and church service. If interested in joining the team or have any questions, please contact Dale Dimitroff (612-718-1035).

  • Trip Brochure – To see a list of upcoming trips for 2018, view the brochure.
  • Trip Sign Up – To sign up for a mission trip, login to our online community and complete the form. If you’re interested in the Honduras trip, email [email protected]
  • Trip Updates – For all current mission trip updates and photos, go to our Facebook group NorthRidge Life.
  • Donate / Support team members – To donate to the missions benevolent fund, or support individual team members, click on title above.

NorthRidge Business
The administration teams for the office, finance, facility, and communications ministries are listed here. To reach us in the church office, email [email protected] or call 763-428-5115.

Connect with us on social media, our online community, publications like the newsletter and more! See all resources below.

Church Calendar – Click to view calendar of all ministry events.

Online Community – If you’ve attended NorthRidge Fellowship, you are invited to sign up and get plugged into our church community to access your profile, join groups, sign up to attend events, serve at events, give online and more!

Online Photo Directory
To view our online photo directory, log into the online community and click on the directory image.

Connect With Us on Facebook

Newsletter – a recap of ministry news, published 6 times a year

Need to Reach Us? NorthRidge Business Team 763-428-5115

Executive Pastor – Teri McEachern, x310 ([email protected])
Assists the lead pastor in strategic planning, managing operations, and her Family Pastor role includes providing direction and leadership for the children, youth and adult ministries.

Office Administrator – Tammy Grandstrand x300 ([email protected])
Responsibilities include ministry support to Pastor Ben, Andy, Doug, staff and congregation, database administrator for our online community and manages the communication of NRF.

Family Administrator – Andrea Reshetar x 302 ([email protected])
Responsibilities include ministry support to the the family ministry pastors Teri, Gregg, Christina, Matt, and adult ministry leaders, connections and facility ministries.

Office Administrator – Diane Kondratuk x301 ([email protected])
Responsibilities include support to the staff and congregation; record and report attendance and pertinent data to leaders and support to Pastor Dan and the missions team.

Finance Administrator – Andy Ruble x303 ([email protected])
Responsible for financial functions of NRF, accounts payable, payroll, giving, banking, financial reporting and human resources records. To give online, log into our secure online community. Online opportunities include one-time or reoccurring tithe, benevolent fund, event payment and mission trip donations.

Facility Manager – Chris Mabin x304 ([email protected])
Responsibilities include coordinating building usage, maintenance and care of the building and grounds and working with the IT team on technology needs. To request space in the building for community events, complete our online form and Chris will get in touch with you.

Custodians – Sherry Hime ([email protected]) and Chuck Mattson ([email protected])
Responsibilities include overall cleaning of the facility. Sherry also volunteers as leader of the decorating team.

All Staff – Visit our Contact Us menu on our website to see all pastoral and administrative staff.