Dear Family and Friends of Falcon Ridge Fellowship,
It was with great sadness that the Elders announced Sunday, May 7th, the circumstances leading to the decision to dissolve Falcon Ridge Fellowship.
The sale of Magnolia Hall to Calvary Church of Arlington was finalized last week, and we were given notice to be out of the building by the end of May. Pastor Chris and Tammy have decided that this is the right time to return to their family in California who are still struggling with the recent death of their son Dominick.
After much prayer and discussion, the Elders have decided that the combination of these two major changes has made it necessary to bring our time together as Falcon Ridge Fellowship to a close. We want you to know that this was not an easy decision to make, and we are feeling the loss as much as we know you will. But we have faith in God and in each of you that we will get through this challenging time together.
Due to the short timeframe we have been given to be out of the building, our last worship service will be next Sunday the 14th. We are putting plans together to have a church work party to empty the building of our belongings on the weekend of the 20th and 21st.
Your Elders have made a commitment to support you through this process. We hope to see you next Sunday, and we will be reaching out to you over the next few weeks. We want to know how you are doing and what we can do to support you.
About Falcon Ridge Fellowship
Our mission statement is not just words — we filter all our ministries through the lens of this focus: We Love God…Love People…Serve the World.
We love to celebrate our relationship with God together on Sunday mornings. A typical service goes something like this:
At 10:00, we all get together in the auditorium, lifting our hearts, hands and voices in worship led by our band. Songs from modern Christian artists like Tomlin, Redman and Hillsong United are frequently featured, as well as retooled hymns and other worship classics.
We began as a home church, so family and time together is very important to us — the children stay with the adults through the worship and announcements.
The adults greet each other as the children and student ministries are ushered out to their classes, where they enjoy seeing and hearing an age-appropriate message of God’s love for them. The adult message delivered by Pastor Chris follows.
Every other week, we celebrate communion together.
We love people like this:
After Service Fellowship
After Sunday service, we enjoy time together to chat and catch up in each other’s lives. We know that eating together is a great way to enjoy each other’s company, so we bring snacks. It’s not at all unusual for us to hang out for an hour or more, just being together. Sometimes it gets a little loud. Okay, maybe a lot loud. But it’s fun…and at Falcon Ridge Fellowship, we take fun very seriously.
It’s great to hang out on Sundays having a snack, but nothing beats regular, consistent time with a small group of other believers. Some of our groups like to eat. Well, okay, we all like to eat. Some eat dinner together; some meet over breakfast; but we all love to dig into the real meat — studying God’s Word together. Some of our groups like to do...you know, do things for others; discuss a good Christian book on marriage, heaven or the end times; some like to get together just for fun, around a cool activity like bowling, target practice at the shooting range or playing sports.
This makes it sound all kinds of serious, and sometimes it is, but often, it’s a place to relax and put off the cares of the day-to-day world with some of the best friends you’ll ever make. Be real and be accepted right where you are. That’s what we’re about.
Every few weeks we celebrate each other with a potluck after church. In the summer, expect a picnic or a barbeque, either on the church patio or at a local park. In the cooler seasons, we decorate the tables downstairs and enjoy sweet fellowship paired with savory dishes from home.
The women’s retreat has an agenda that would drive the men crazy. At a beautiful location on Whidbey Island with a structured schedule, guest speaker, and small group break out sessions, these retreats are a great opportunity to learn from the best. But it’s not all work and no play — an annual game of Qwelf has resulted in stories that are good for a laugh all year long.
Serve the World
Ways We Reach Out
Here at FRF we like to pitch in and help the community through programs that have a big impact on needy populations. Hands Together, Life House Ministries and the annual Back 2 School rally are regular recipients of our outreach.
Hands Together, a ministry of several churches to the homeless and needy, serves the hungry by shopping for, packing and delivering healthy, filling brown-bag lunches. In winter, members of Falcon Ridge Fellowship join Hands Together to volunteer in the cold weather shelter. Email Marcea for more information.
Life House Ministries is a local, faith-based organization that serves women in need, especially single mothers, by offering counseling, housing, mentoring and more. Their Monday night support group provides a hearty meal to these women and children, which members of FRF enjoy providing periodically. Email Tricia for more information.
The Back2School rally is a fun local event that takes place every August. School children in need receive their very own brand-new backpack stuffed with supplies for the new school year, as well as other goodies like free haircuts. Members of FRF generously donate school supplies and help stuff backpacks prior to the rally.