Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls is a ministry to the poor that seeks to provide new shoes and socks to barefoot orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and throughout the world. This ministry has provided three million pairs of shoes in over 80 countries since 1999.  New shoes protect orphans from disease and infection, lowers barriers to school attendance, demonstrate worth and Jesus Christ's love to orphans and vulnerable children, and connect families to holistic ministry including having the Gospel of Jesus Christ shared with them.

We are looking for contributions of NEW shoes and socks from youth size one to adult size 12. The shoes donated should have all tags removed and shoe laces tied together. All new socks should in the original package. A Buckner Shoe box is in the church foyer to put your donations in. You can drop off donations through Thursday, September 13. Drop off times are Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, as well as Sunday mornings, excepting Saturdays. Thank you for showing Christ's love to these children through your giving.


Youth Group will begin meeting on Wednesday, September 5th from 6:00-8:00 pm. This group will meet weekly at the church. Youth Group is for grades 6-12 and is led by Anthony & Amanda Sisneros.


Beginning Monday, September 10, Monica Krawczyk will be leading a Ladies Bible Study from 6:00-7:30 pm each Monday evening at the church. The study is All Things New by Kelly Minter. All ladies are welcome and invited to attend. Please sign up at the Information Center at the church or call the church office at 563-382-4825, to sign up. A brief summary of the study is listed below.

Over 8 sessions, Kelly Minter will lead you through the Letter of 2 Corinthians, exploring the anchoring truths of bearing treasures in jars of clay, meeting Christ through a pressing thorn, opening wide your heart in the midst of hurtful relationships, and what it means to embrace the lost and lonely as ministers of the new covenant. Each of us has a message to proclaim and live by: Because of Jesus the old has gone, the new has come.


  • Grow in biblical literacy with in-depth study of the Book of 2 Corinthians
  • Discover how God can use you no matter your cultural setting
  • Learn how your suffering can help you comfort others
  • Gain wisdom for relationships, and strengthen your church and community
  • Leave your old self behind as you celebrate the new life of a believer
  • Understand God’s ways will set you free.


Julie Johnson will be leading a ladies Bible Study beginning Tuesday, September 18th from 10:00-11:30 am and meeting weekly at the church. The study is Becoming a Titus 2 Woman by Martha Peace. Ladies of all ages are welcome, and invited, to attend this Bible Study. Please sign up at the Information Center in the foyer at Stone Ridge or call the church office at 563-382-4825 to sign up. A brief description below on the study.

Much is said and written today about mentoring. A mentor is a guide, a teacher, a counselor, an advisor; all words that apply to the Titus 2 woman. Becoming a Titus 2 Woman is a tool to train older women to successfully mentor younger women. In this study are many examples of how to disciple younger women. It is practical in its approach as it teaches how, by God’s grace, we develop the character that God wants every older woman to have.


Pastor Ed will be leading a Next Steps class on Sunday, September 23 following the worship service. Please sign up at the Information Center if you are interested in taking this class. There will be a light lunch served. If you need childcare, please indicate that on the sign-up sheet.

If you are new to Stone Ridge, this would be a great way to learn more about what we believe. Here is what is covered:

  • Salvation - the most important step in your faith journey is making the decision to follow Jesus.
  • Baptism - After taking the step of salvation, the next step for a follower of Jesus is baptism. In the act of baptism, a follower of Jesus is immersed in water and then lifted out of the water.
  • Small Groups - We desire for everyone who comes to Stone Ridge to not only participate in large group environments but also to be actively involved in smaller (community) groups. Relationships are a priority at Stone Ridge.
  • Serving in our community is an important part of who we are at Stone Ridge. Our desire is to show the love of Christ to Decorah and Northeast Iowa by meeting the various needs of our community.


Baptisms will be held next Sunday, September 30th at the river following the worship service. If the weather is cool, they will be held in the baptistery in the Fellowship Hall. Baptism is for anyone who has chosen to become a follower of Jesus. Baptism will not give someone eternal life. That comes through faith in Jesus. Baptism is a way of publicly identifying with Jesus. If we waited until we were perfect before being baptized, we would never be baptized!

Please sign up at the Information Center, or call the church office, if you would like to take the next step in your walk with Jesus.


The Clayton County WIC staff are overjoyed with the diapers we've been donating to WIC families in Winneshiek County. Stone Ridge Church would like to continue supplying diapers for the WIC program. They utilize our church space two days per month for their clinic and have about 30-35 families. Currently, we need diapers of all sizes. When we receive donations, we sort them into packages of 20-25 diapers and enclose a special message from Stone Ridge. There is a tote for diaper donations in the church foyer. Thank you!



Stone Ridge Community Church
1111 Montgomery Street Decorah, IA 52101
United States
Phone: (563) 382-4825

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