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. Click on the tabs above to read more.

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This weekend of December 16-17

Upcoming Events

Worship/Prayer Ministry News

Contact: Andy Schulz, [email protected]

Sermon Series – Majesty of the Manger

Might be strange to say, but Christmas can feel like a duty: family obligations, required parties, stuffy traditions. Makes you think, “bah humbug”. It doesn’t have to be that way. It’s not really about all that stuff anyway. What makes Christmas worth celebrating is not the ‘what’ but the ‘who’. It’s about the true majesty of the One who was in that manger. Click title to read about the weekly series topics and to see Christmas Eve service times.

Prayer Request – At NorthRidge we value prayer as essential for bringing about spiritual change. To share prayer requests with our prayer team, complete our prayer request form (click on title) or complete the prayer sheet found in the welcome book during weekend services.

Baptism – Baptism at NorthRidge is an outward declaration of your faith and commitment to Jesus. It is a celebration of an individual’s choice to be a follower of Jesus. If you have said YES to being a follower of Jesus and are ready to publicly celebrate your decision, then your next step is to be baptized! Our next scheduled baptism is Easter Sunday, April 1st at the 6:30am sunrise service.

Child Dedication –  Through this simple ceremony before God, your friends and your family, you commit to raising your child to know and love God. Our next scheduled dedication is February 17-18.

To schedule a baptism or child’s dedication, call Tammy in the church office at 763-428-5115.

Adult Ministry News

Contact: Small Groups & Events, Gregg Tisor ([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 NRF.Online and search for a group.

Discovering NorthRidge Winter Session
This is a small group for people who are interested in learning more about NorthRidge and the possibility of becoming a member. We offer a fall, winter, and spring session of this group. The winter session will run January 28 – March 25. It is important for participants to attend all 8 sessions. Please consider how this fits in your calendar before you sign up. Contact us in the church office (763-428-5115) to be added to the group.

Starting Point, A Conversation about Faith – Meets Tuesday’s 6:30-8pm at NorthRidge
A small group led by Steve & Holly Willis and Steve & Susie Morrow for new believers, people with questions about God and Jesus, and people exploring a renewed church relationship. A safe place to ask questions and make new friends. This small group is always open and can be joined anytime. To sign up, log into NRF.Online or call us in the church office at 763-428-5115.

Meet the Pastors – January 27, 6:30pm
A time for you to meet the pastoral team to get to know them better, ask your questions and learn more about the church. Dinner will be served for you and your family. RSVP required for this event. Complete this RSVP FORM to sign up.

Men’s & Women’s Ministry Events

Men’s Pheasant Hunt—December 16, 7:15am-1:30pm
We have a hunt planned at Gold Meadows Hunting Preserve and would like to extend an invitation to anybody who’s interested in getting into the field one more time this fall. This is always an excellent time as the action is a sure thing and it’s so much fun to do it with a great group of guys.  Also, you are encouraged to bring a hunting dog if you have one and please note this when you rsvp or talk to Doug.

Gold Meadows puts out an exact number of birds that we pay for based on the number of hunters we have signed up, so there is a deadline for attendance and money by Sunday, December 9. Please have payment (cash or check) to the church office by the deadline. Cost is $67.50 per person for 3 birds. If you’d like more information or want to sign up, please contact Doug Whittlef at 651-500-2240, [email protected]

Women’s Movie Night – January 19, 6:30-9:00
Women are encouraged to come enjoy a movie together. Popcorn and soda will be provided. Bring a friend and enjoy a night out! Childcare provided upon request.

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.

Currently the teens are learning about the life of David during the 10:30 service. On Wednesday nights we are looking at the topic of truth and what our ultimate source of truth, the Bible, has to say about topics facing teens today.

December 2017 Schedule
Log in to view and/or subscribe to the IMPACT Calendar (6th-12th) and IMPACT High School Calendar (9th-12th).  To view our public calendar of all church event, click NRF Calendar.

Sunday (6th-12th) (not meeting 12/23-24, 12/30-31)
IMPACT 4:12—9:00am
IMPACT 101—10:30am

Wednesday (6th-12th)
IMPACT 6:30-8:00pm, (not meeting 12/27, 01/03)
IMPACT Christmas Party – December 20, 6:30-8. Impact students, don your ugly Christmas sweaters and bring a plate of Christmas goodies as we celebrate together with a night of games, food, and prizes.

Saturday (9th-12th)
Night Live (SNL) 5:00-8:30pm (not meeting 12/23, 12/30)

SNL Christmas Mystery Formal – December 16, 6:30pm held at NorthRidge. High Schoolers, dress to impress for a night of food and fun. Order off the menu but order carefully. You never know what you might get. Sign up for this event is helpful, so please email Pastor Matt at [email protected] with students name.

Children’s Ministry News

Contact: Christina Van Vooren ([email protected]), Children’s Minister

Children’s Classes
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.

The children will begin their adventure with 1 and 2 Samuel this fall, learning about David and his heart for God. We will look at David’s life and his prayers in the book of Psalms. To view the weekly devotional called the Family Page, designed to help you grow spiritually as a family, click here – FAMILY PAGE.

December Schedule

TreasureLand – Classes for 1st-5th Grade
9:00 & 10:30am Sunday’s – no classes (Dec 10, 24, 31)

TreasureCove – Classes for birth-kindergarten
5:00pm Saturday (birth-age 3)
9:00 & 10:30am Sunday’s (Dec 10, 24 birth-age 3 only)

TreasureQuest – Program for 2nd-5th Grade
6:30-8:00pm Wednesday’s (not meeting 12/20, 12/27, 01/03)
TreasureQuest is a time for kids to invite their friends to meet Jesus. They’ll have a fun time filled with upbeat kid’s worship music, relevant Bible teaching, and active games. During TreasureQuest, the children will discuss the key question, key idea, and key verse for each week.

Children’s Events

Baby Bible – Tuesday’s 11-12 held at  NorthRidge Fellowship, Adult Classroom
We are starting a program for moms with children ages 0-36 months called Baby Bible. This is a circle time for moms and their children (think ECFE) with songs and pictures centered around the Bible creation story. We will do the same curriculum each week. The class portion of the group will take about 15-20 minutes. Following the lesson, we will take time for fellowship, snack, and play time. If you would like to take part in Baby Bible Class, please email [email protected].

Missions Ministry News

Contact: Dan Monson ([email protected]), Missions Pastor

Local Compassion

ELL: Free English classes and homework help each Tuesday evening 6:45-8:15pm held at NorthRidge Fellowship. Free childcare and transportation available by request. To register, email Dan Monson at [email protected].

Great River Family Promise 
Great River Family Promise is a local organization that utilizes church buildings and volunteers to care for families experiencing homelessness, while they work to find jobs and/or housing. NorthRidge will be hosting families this December-January. Consider serving local people in need right at NorthRidge right after the holiday rush.

There are many, small opportunities to serve. Please consider signing up to set up their bedrooms in our classrooms, be at the church with the family(ies), provide a ride to the Elk River day center, make a meal, stay overnight at the church, be on an “on call” list to consider helping when needs arise or if there are unmet needs. Log into our online community and click on a link under Make a Difference to see dates of our host week and to sign up to serve as a family, as a small group, or by yourself. For more information, contact Beth Engman at 612-636-2050 or [email protected]

CROSS Needs: December’s theme is Holiday Fixin’s.

Mission Trips

Nett Lake Mission Trip – December 31-January 1
A team of NorthRidge youth and adults is forming now for a New Year’s Eve visit with the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe at Nett Lake in northern Minnesota. We will partner with the Nett Lake Baptist Church and the Native community there in welcoming in the new year with indoor and outdoor games, activities and food. We will leave Sunday, December 31 and return the next day. If interested in joining the team or have any questions, please contact Dale Dimitroff (612-718-1035).

Open House with Alyssa Foreman – December 17, 5-8pm
Alyssa Foreman will be at NorthRidge Fellowship this month to share updates and stories about her ministry in Romania to young women and orphans. Your presence is an encouragement to Alyssa, so please join us at this open house, with appetizers, on Sunday, December 17 from 5-8pm, held in the Youth Room. No RSVP needed.

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.

Open Staff Position – Part-time Custodian
We have an immediate opening for a person to assist in making the NorthRidge Fellowship facility a clean, safe and effective space for ministry and community to use. Contact Teri McEachern for more information at [email protected].

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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, Pastor Andy, staff and congregation, database administrator for our online community and manage the communication of NRF.

Family Administrator – Andrea Reshetar x 302 ([email protected])
Responsibilities include ministry support to Pastors Teri, Gregg, Christina, Matt, and all family ministry leaders for men, women and connections 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. Diane volunteers her time supporting 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.

Custodian – Sherry Hime ([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.