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Meet The Ridge Staff: Dan Schuknecht, Business Manager & Men's Ministry

1. What is your job at The Ridge?Business Manager – oversee finance and facility, lead men’s m...

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A note from Julie about her worship leader sabbatical

It's a busy Saturday at the Wiemann home - not atypical for Chuck and I as we try to cram in as ma...

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Meet The Ridge Staff: Doug Applegate; Youth Director

1.      What is your job at The Ridge? Director of Youth Ministries. My mission is ...

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Meet the Ridge Staff: Kara Backes; Finance Manager

1.    What is your job at The Ridge?  Finance Manager2.    Favorite thing...

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Meet The Ridge Staff: Cheryl Sidler; Ministry Assitant

In honor of Administrative Professional's Day, meet Cheryl Sidler our beloved Ministry Assistant.1...

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Thank You from the Van Rees Family

To paraphrase the words of Jerry McGuire, ‘You had us at the applause’. Our initial response t...

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Meet The Ridge Staff: Pastor Mike

Pastor Mike Van Rees: Lead Pastor1.      Favorite thing about your job? I...

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Save the Date - Night to Shine 2017

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Who is Jesus?

Jesus, how did you do it? You got on your knees and washed their feet (John 13). Some days it's ha...

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Easter Service Times

Join us this Easter as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior!Good F...

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We're hiring...again!

We're hiring! The Ridge is hiring a Director for KIDS HOPE USA (part-time). This position will dev...

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New Staff Update

Please help us welcome …•Ryan De Hamer as the new Production Tech Director•Kelly Wyllie as t...

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RidgeFocus with the Junkyard Big Give: Coin Wars

The month's RidgeFocus is partnering with the Junkyard's monthly Big Give for Coin Wars!Here are t...

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Sarah Van Rees, Director of RidgeKids

Sarah has been around The Ridge since the beginning, but you may not know her. Get to know her a l...

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We're hiring!

The Ridge is hiring a F/T Production Tech Director. This position puts an emphasis on video produc...

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Christmas Eve Services

Join us at one of our four Christmas Eve Candlelight Services.December 23rd at 6:00 pmFollowed by ...

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Christmas

Have you ever considered how much courage it took Joseph to marry Mary? His family probably disown...

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Women’s Retreat – When Jesus Sees

I’ve always been drawn to the Samaritan women at the well in John 4, perhaps because in some way...

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Family Fall Event @ Geisler Farms

October 10 ~ 3:00-5:00 pm Pumpkin Patch fun with Ridge Families, marshmallow roasting, b...

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Meet The Ridge Kids Staff

Kara Backes, Director of Family Ministry, The Ridge    I am married to BJ and have ...

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The Marriage Box

At some point in my marriage, I was blessed to hear these words.  The author is unknown, but ...

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Prayer Focus for September 5 By Pastor Tony

When God called Abraham to go for Him, God spoke these words: “Go … to the land I will show yo...

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Today’s prayer focus is for Small Groups, Singles Ministry and Spiritual Growth!

We are blessed at The Ridge with many Small Group leaders that are intentional about connecting pe...

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Prayer Focus for Thursday by Care Coordinator Debbie Longseth

Our life is full of brokenness-broken relationships,broken promises,broken expectations.How can we...

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Wednesday's Focus

i pray that...sponsors & small group leaders/teachers show real unity to the youth & kids....

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Being a Godly Husband

Being a Godly Husband

Sunday June 5, 2016 to Sunday July 17, 2016

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Being a Godly Husband

Sunday June 5, 2016 to Sunday July 17, 2016

Join other men for this 6 week journey facilitated by Gary Baird (not meeting July 3rd). You'll cover topics such as: prerequisites to being a Godly husband, how to encourage your wife to seek after God, understanding that your wife is different in mind, body & soul, discuss Scripture passages that refer to husbands and their role in the marriage and much more!


Bring $5 each week for pizza and pop! 

Registration: 
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The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer

The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer

Tuesday June 7, 2016 to Tuesday July 26, 2016

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The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer

Tuesday June 7, 2016 to Tuesday July 26, 2016

Join us for a 7-week study for women only on Tuesday evenings this summer!

All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you. A cunning, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you-your emotions, your mind, your family, your future.

But his reign stops right here, right now. With you.

The enemy always falls miserably when he meets a woman dressed for the occasion. A woman who is armed and dangerous.

This study is an action plan for putting on your armor and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory against the enemy! 

Cost: $16 for the study guide

Childcare is available for children under 10; $17 per child for the whole study.

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RidgeCARE Bike Ride / Walk

RidgeCARE Bike Ride / Walk

Sunday June 12, 2016

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RidgeCARE Bike Ride / Walk

Sunday June 12, 2016

RidgeCARE Bike Ride
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to his purpose.

This event will take place at Hawkeye Park. You can either ride your bike on the bike trail for a total of 14 miles round trip OR you may take part in a 5k walk.
Cost will be $20 or a $20 gift card to a restaurant/grocery store/gas, etc.
12:30 Registration
1:00 p.m.-Blessing for the Ride/walk
3:00 wrap up ride/walk

Shirts are in the works for the ride. If you are interested contact Pam by text at 515-669-9214 by June 1st.  All processed of the shirts will be donated to RidgeCARE

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SummerJAM16 - A Ridge Family VBS Experience

SummerJAM16 - A Ridge Family VBS Experience

Monday August 1, 2016 to Thursday August 4, 2016

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SummerJAM16 - A Ridge Family VBS Experience

Monday August 1, 2016 to Thursday August 4, 2016
Join us for SummerJAM16!
 
Here at the Ridge we’ve taken VBS to the next level!  Kids and families come together to grow UP, IN and OUT.  Two evenings are designed specifically for kids alone; two evenings are designed for kids and parents together.   All together you and your kids will have an unforgettable “Jesus And Me” week!
 
Programming is designed for kids ages two-years-old through 5th grade (completed grade).  Volunteers will be needed Tuesday and Thursday evenings!  Stay tuned – sign up sheet will be sent closer to the event.  Register your kids now (parents do not need to register or pay)!
 
Here’s a quick overview of our week:
 
Monday:  Growing IN    The kids will be building relationships with each other while parents spend time sharing ideas on ways to raise spiritual champions.
Tuesday:  Growing UP   An evening of prayer and reflection for kids.  How about date night for you?!
Wednesday: Growing OUT  Families will get to choose where to serve together.  Last year we packaged meals,  harvested vegetables for the Food Bank, fixed food for a refugee event and delivered appreciation baskets to our fire and police stations.  Truly  memorable experiences!   Service opportunities to choose from will be available the first night of SummerJAM.
Thursday:  Growing IN   We’ll celebrate together with a carnival!  All are invited for food, games and FUN!!