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.

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

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!

Upcoming Events for this weekend February 24-25, 2018

Upcoming Events – click event name below or ministry tab above to read more


Worship/Prayer Ministry News

Contact: Andy Schulz, [email protected]

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.

Sermon Series – Courageous Living
It’s been said, “Anyone who lives with moral integrity puts something at risk”. The call of Jesus to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him acknowledges this. It takes courage to follow Christ. Courage will look different in different places and situations. But it will be demanded in big ways and small of any who will follow. How do we prepare ourselves for courageous living? Let’s learn from the best! In 2 Timothy we will listen in as the Apostle Paul prepares Timothy to take his stand.

Listen to past sermons.

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 Mother’s Day weekend May 12-13.

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

Adult Ministry News

Small Group Ministry: 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 NRF.Online and search for a group.


The Big Chill – February 24 @ Lake Martha, Buffalo
NorthRidge’s winter family event hosted by men’s ministry, focuses on ice fishing, snowmobiling and anything else that celebrates winter in Minnesota. By February most of us are tiring of winter and this is always a great time to enjoy outdoor activities that are led by some men that really know what they’re doing. And, if you’re in the “know what your doing” category or have equipment that would be beneficial, please contact Jeff Ekstrand at [email protected].


Women’s Retreat – March 2-4
Spend the weekend tucked away at Luther Crest Adult Retreat Center. It is a beautiful camp with great, modern, hotel-like accommodations. Multiple activities will be scheduled, as well as free time to rest and spend time alone with God. We have all our meals together, spend time in worship, and also time of silent reflection. Sign up early, as space is limited! Scholarships are available, contact Pam Mertz for details.

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 studying 1 Peter during IMPACT 101 that meets 10:30am Sunday mornings. This week we will be looking at chapter 2 verses 4-12. On Wednesday nights, we are in a study called Sex, Drugs, and Rock-n-Roll. On Wednesday, February 21st we will be looking at the topic of Sex and what the Bible says about it. Specifically we will look at 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, and Matthew 5:27-28. On Wednesday, February 28th we will be looking at the topic of Homosexuality and what the bible says about it. We will look specifically at NorthRidge’s statements on the topic that can be found in our Statement of Faith (see About Us Menu).

Children/Youth Offering – The Berumen’s
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.

February 2018 Schedule – Students, 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

Wednesday (6th-12th) – IMPACT 6:30-8:00pm Social time, worship and small group teaching for teens and their friends

Upcoming Youth Events

  • February 24 – The Big Chill event is for youth and families to enjoy broomball, snowmobile rides, ice fishing and food from 12-4pm.
  • March 9 – GUY/GIRL Night is an event where the girls meet at church and guys meet offsite for their own focused night of activities. Bring a friend and a snack to share. Log in to our online community see more details.
  • Easter Week March 9-April 1, there will be no IMPACT activities.
  • 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 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
  • 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

Saturday Night Live (SNL) 5:00-8:30pm 

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



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

2/3 – Home Groups
5:00pm Attend service
6:30-8:30pm Dinner and discussion at the Home Groups

2/10 – No SNL this week (teens can sign up to serve and/or attend Chris Braun’s memorial service this Saturday at 12pm)

2/17 – Home Groups
5:00pm Attend service
6:30-8:30pm Dinner and discussion at the Home Groups

2/24 – 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

Upcoming SNL Events

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

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.

This winter, the kids will be studying Jesus’ teachings from the book of Matthew.

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 – The Berumen’s
    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.

February 2018 Schedule

TreasureLand – Classes for 1st-5th Grade
9:00 & 10:30am Sunday’s

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

TreasureQuest – Program for 2nd-5th Grade
6:30-8:00pm Wednesday’s
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.

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].

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.

  • February theme is Comfort Foods like macaroni and cheese, box meals, muffins, rice, etc.

Short-Term Missions

Nett Lake Mission Trip – March 2-4
A team is forming now for a March 2-4 visit with the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe at Nett Lake in northern Minnesota. Activities will include basketball, outdoor and indoor games, bonfire, fishing, community dinner and church service. Friday night we will join the Nett Lake community in cheering on the North Woods School boys varsity basketball team in a game against Deer River. If interested in joining the team or have any questions, please contact Dale Dimitroff (612-718-1035).

Mad-4-Missions February 24, 6:30-8:30pm
This event is a recap of the January Honduras mission trip and a look ahead at upcoming trips to Honduras, Nett Lake, Texas and Alaska. A taco dinner will be served for all family members attending. Log in to sign up to serve at this event.

Mission Trip Resources

  • 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.

Online Photo Directory
We like to offer an online photo directory this year and need your photo! Our photographer Shawn Nielsen will be offering free photo sessions the weekend of March 24-25. Log into our online community to sign up – SATURDAY or SUNDAY

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, 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.

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.