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 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 (click title to read more)
Pastor Appreciation donation deadline is October 25
October CROSS Donations – PB & J
October 21-22 Operation Christmas Child kick-off – Boxes available this weekend!
October 20 – Total Chaos, youth game/movie night
October 21 – Big Jim’s Bonfire
October 22 – Deadline to sign up for Youth Retreat (Nov 3-5)
October 24 – Baby Bible
October 27-28 Promised Land Living Workshop, women’s ministry event
October 28 – Saturday Supper, Pizza & Salad
October 31 – Trunk or Treat

Worship/Prayer Ministry News

Contact: Andy Schulz, [email protected]

Sermon Series – The Friend We Need, topic this week is The Body Guard.

Tell Us Your Story – Pastor Ben challenged us with three simple steps: Pray, be filled with the Spirit, and talk to someone about Jesus. Well, we want to give you the opportunity to tell your story of how God is working in and through your life. Click on the title above and fill out a super short form. If you’d rather keep things more private for now, please be sure indicate that under the ‘privacy’ section. We strongly believe that God will use these testimonies to encourage others in their faith journey as well as possibly lead others to Christ. How exciting is that?!

Prayer Request – Click text to submit a confidential prayer request.

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 October 14, held at church. 

Child Dedication –  Through this simple ceremony before God, your friends and your family, you commit to raising your child to know and love God. The next scheduled dedication is November 25-26.

An Evening of Worship & Prayer – November 16, 7:00-8:00pm

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
This fall there are small groups for adults, young adults (18-24), men and women. To sign up for a group, visit the small group table in the atrium throughout September or log into NRF.Online and search for a 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.

Big Jim’s Bonfire – October 21, 6:00-9:30pm
NorthRidge men, their friends and their kids are invited out to the Glen’s house for one of Jim’s famous bonfires along with dinner and games. Please bring a lawn chair, some type of side dish or snack to share and feel free to bring some games too as there will be a good sized lighted area. A hot dog/brat dinner will be around 7:00pm. Questions, call Jeff Ekstrand: 612-599-4454.

Promised Land Living Workshop – October 27-28
Discover the life God intends for you. You will receive valuable tools to navigate life and allow you to walk into the “more abundant life” that you know exists!! Workshop is 7 PM to 9 PM on Friday, October 27 and 8:30 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, October 28.

Saturday Supper – October 28, 6:30-8:00
Join us after the Saturday service for a Saturday Supper. You’ll enjoy fellowship and food and enjoy a casual evening with friends. No registration required. The pizza meal will include salad and beverages. Please bring some cookies or bars to share. A $5 contribution or $15/max per family will help cover the cost.

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. See below for all the details.

Total Chaos & Movie Night – October 20, 5:00-8:00pm
Total Chaos is a High energy game involving ultimate frisbee, football, and soccer.  We will start this game at 5 behind the elementary school. Come dressed to play. Following the game we will relax with movie. If you wish to only come for the movie it will start around 6.

Sunday Morning

IMPACT 4:12—9:00am, 6th-12th
All youth, 6th-12th grade are welcome to be a part of this exciting new opportunity where students will get to be involved in the leadership and planning of IMPACT.

IMPACT 101—10:30am, 6th-12th
Students will hear from Pastor Matt on a study focused directly on scripture. Following the message, the students are split into small groups for discussion and prayer. If there’s time remaining, students have the opportunity to socialize and hang out.

Wednesday Evening 6:30-8:00pm, 6th-12th
On Wednesday’s we offer both high school and middle school programs. The evening will include some shared elements and some separate as follows:

  • SOCIAL TIME (all): Play games like dodgeball, foosball, card or board games or just hang out.
  • WORSHIP (all): Led by the youth worship team, a time to focus our attention and praise God
  • SMALL GROUPS: Students break into small groups for discussion on the night topic and then close the night in prayer.

Saturday Night Live (SNL) 5:00-8:30pm, 9th-12th
SNL is a special night for high school students as follows:

  • HOME GROUPS: On the first and third Saturday of the month students go to homes following service for fellowship and small group discussion.
  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE: On the second Saturday of each month SNL will take part in a Make a Difference service event.
  • SNL RALLY NIGHT: On the remaining Saturdays, SNL will gather together at the church for a special night that may include game nights, extended worship, and guest speakers.


Fall Retreats at Trout Lake
November 3-5

This fall, Impact students will head to Trout Lake Camp for their youth retreats. The theme this year is Starwalker and will focus on Psalms 19:1. Cost is $130 if you sign up by October 22. Late registrants will pay $140. Complete this sign up form to register and pay: IMPACT Retreat.

Questions? Contact Pastor Matt at 763-428-5115 x308 or [email protected].

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.

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.

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] (even if you can’t attend the first week). If you have a need for childcare, please provide the number and ages of your older children. Please also let us know if you or your children have any food allergies.

Trunk or Treat – October 31, 5:30-7:30pm
NorthRidge Fellowship’s 1st Annual Trunk or Treat community event will be held October 31st from 5:30-7:30 for a fun family friendly time in the church parking lot. During Trunk or Treat the NorthRidge parking lot will be turned into a mini festival with people decorating their vehicle and handing out candy from their trunks. Participate by decorating your trunk and handing out candy, donating extra candy, monitoring the building, or bringing your children and their friends trunk or treating. Trunks can be decorated as simple or as elaborately as you choose. No scary trunks or costumes. You may hand out candy or small prizes only.

Log in to sign up for a “Need” under Trunk or Treat. If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Missions Ministry News

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

Local Compassion
CROSS Needs: October is PB & J month. Bring in peanut butter and jelly this month to support the needs at CROSS.

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].

Operation Christmas Child: Boxes available Oct 21-22, Gift Dedication Nov 11-12, Serve at Distribution Center Nov 22.
NorthRidge its time to pack them boxes! Starting Oct. 21-22 you can pick up a red and green box at NRF or pack your own. We will dedicate the boxes Nov. 11-12. Every shoebox gift is an excellent resource for evangelism and discipleship which leads to the multiplication of new believers and churches around the world. In addition to hearing the Gospel before they receive their shoebox gift, children also receive The Greatest Gift, a storybook that shares the message of salvation. With the Apostle John as narrator, the booklet shares 11 Scripture stories and invites children to follow Christ. Children take this home to share with family and friends. It is used in more than 80 languages.

Serve at Operation Christmas Child Distribution Center – November 22 Want to make a difference this Christmas season and serve at the Operation Christmas Child processing center? Adults and kids age 13 and older can serve. Click on the title to sign up.

Mission Trips

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.

Trip Sign Up – To sign up for a mission trip, login to our online community and complete the form.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month
As some of you may know October is pastor appreciation month which gives us all a special opportunity to corporately show our appreciation for our NorthRidge pastors listed above. God has blessed us abundantly by providing us the perfect pastors in His perfect timing just when we needed them to advance His Kingdom and push out the gospel.

Here’s how you can be a part of this. By October 25th, drop a check in the offering basket, drop it by the church office, and designate in the memo that it’s for pastor appreciation, or you may also donate online. After all the funds are gathered we will purchase gift cards for all the pastors and would like to present them the last weekend in October.

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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 ministry support to Pastor Dan, missions team, staff and congregation; record and report attendance and pertinent data to leaders.

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.