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Blue Christmas

December 21st will be the shortest day of the year.  Along with the shortest day comes the ...

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Calling All Musicians

The worship team is holding auditions this month for vocalists and instrumentalists. Contact Graha...

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Update from PRAY....by Youth Director Doug Applegate

Hey church, I just gave a recount to our high schoolers about how i thought the junkyard was doi...

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Welcome Joni!

We're very professional around here. Welcome, Joni! We can't wait to see how God is going to use y...

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Joni Pine, Director of Connection

We are so excited to announce that Joni Pine will be joining The Ridge staff as the Director of Co...

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A Challenge from Julie Wiemann, Director of Alpha and Connection

I've always loved a challenge.  In fact, at times somebody challenging me NOT to do something...

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Summer recap by Doug

Well I'm done with my summer of mission trips and of course we had fun, we served others and we li...

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Intern Sunday

 Join us this Sunday as our Interns, Justin Pearson & Hunter Thorpe, deliver the message....

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What'd that Bible just say?! Song of Songs

Find out what the Bible says about sex being part of God's plan.Click here to listen to ...

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What’d that Bible just say?!

Did it just say SEX? Sunday we will be focusing on what the Bible says on sex. Our passages for t...

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Sydney Kate Peterson

Sydney Kate Peterson passed peacefully in her sleep Friday June 13, 2014. She will ...

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Thank you! From the Jamie Peterson Family

Thank You!!These past few months have definitely been a journey.  We never know the path God...

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Movies Under The Stars - FUSE Summer Events

Calling all FUSE’rsSummer is here and it’s time to enjoy things outdoors!  We don’t hav...

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God and gas…and we’re not talking the automobile kind!!?!?! Sara Van Rees

So it’s Tuesday night and we’re hunkered down in our family room having our family bible stu...

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Life with Doug

It's my turn to blog so here goes...life is kind of hum drum right now. We've done a lot at home...

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Doing Church Differently...by Kara Backes, Family Ministry Director

Sarah and I just returned from a conference focused on family ministry.  And a key speaker ...

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Welcome Mary Kohlsdorf to PRC Staff!

Join us in welcoming Mary Kohlsdorf as the new Director of Spiritual Formation. Mary will begin he...

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He Knows My Name by Cheryl Sidler, Ministry Assistant

I was recently reading in John in preparation for Easter and came across John 20:11-18, verse 16 i...

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The Fruit Bearing Life by Pastor Tony Vis

“If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit apart from me you can do nothing....

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Good-bye, Teresa!

Teresa Deitch is resigning her role as Director of Spiritual Formation. She will be returning to...

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Doug Applegate, Movie Critic

Hey Ridgers, I'm going to play film critic for my turn on the blog. Recently i watched a dark come...

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Prayer – Our First Line of Defense! By Cheryl Sidler, Ministry Assistant

Jesus calls His disciples “friends” in John 15, where He is talking with them about the Vine...

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The Spirit of Christmas

From the blog: He's Taken Leave I want to write about fun stuff.It's Christmas.  I want ...

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Thank you Prairie Ridge!

You won’t get to see them open the presents. You won’t get to see the expression on their face...

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Be Reminded by Cheryl Sidler

As 2013 draws to a close, it’s a good time to take inventory and to prayerfullymake goals for 20...

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Ridge Focus: Adopt an Ankeny Family

Ridge Focus: Adopt an Ankeny Family

Sunday November 23, 2014 to Sunday December 14, 2014

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Ridge Focus: Adopt an Ankeny Family

Sunday November 23, 2014 to Sunday December 14, 2014

Bless an Ankeny Family this Christmas - gifts are due back December 14th. 

Blue Christmas - Night of Remembrance

Blue Christmas - Night of Remembrance

Sunday December 7, 2014

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Blue Christmas - Night of Remembrance

Sunday December 7, 2014

December 21st will be the shortest day of the year.  Along with the shortest day comes the longest night, sometimes referred to as ‘a blue night’.  If you were to get a glance of your shadow on this day around noon, it would be the longest shadow you would see all year.  Some of us are in the middle of a season of great darkness and shadows.  The festivities going on around us bring a great contrast to our own situations: loneliness, grief, loss, separation and pain.  On December 7th, we will gather to acknowledge the contrast we feel inside. 

Some of the most comforting words in the universe are “me, too”.  That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle that you are not alone and that others are sharing our same road.  Join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scriptures and music that recognizes Gods presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle and that Gods word comes to shine light into our darkness.

“You are not alone.” Isaiah 43:5 EEV

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Please join us in a service of remembrance and hope for those we miss during this Christmas season.  This gathering provides a space for those who are having a difficult time during the holidays or simply need to acknowledge the pain or loss you are carrying in the midst of this season of celebration.

“Come to me all of you who are tired.  You are like people who have worked for a long time.  You are like people who have carried heavy things.  Come to me and you will find a place to rest.”  Matthew 11:28 EEV

Lay down your burden for a few minutes and rest with us.

Service at 6:30. There will be a time of fellowship following the service in the adult classroom.

Click here to register