Great Gospel Promise:
since we have been justified by faith,
we have PEACE WITH GOD, through our Lord Jesus Christ
And all the believers were together… praising God (Acts 2:44, 47).
Learning to do life together in our new facility
A note from Pastor Matt: It’s been a great eight months in our new facility. I am so pleased with the way we’ve worked together. I thank you and I thank God. But there are still several months left to our first year at Stone Hill, so I thought it would be smart to run this column from February again. It reminds us of the unique opportunities and challenges of 2014.
Consider 2014 the Year of Stone Hill Toddling. Over the next many months we will be learning how to do life together in our new facility. And we will do so the way a toddler learns to walk, with a mixture of steps and tumbles. Do you recall, for instance, how overawed you were when you entered the Atrium for the first time? Its beauty arrests you right away. But let’s say you needed to get to my office. Not being one for signs, you instinctively turn right after the library and start down a hallway until you see the Stone Hill Kids arch and realize, “I knew Pastor Matt was young, but not that young!” So you retrace your steps and try another hallway—just like a toddler picks herself up after a tumble in order to toddle on.
The Year of Stone Hill Toddling. There are lots of things for us to toddle our way through. There are basic uncertainties before us like predicting expenses for a building no one has ever used over the cycle of a year. And then there are new responsibilities like maintaining Health Board standards for food preparation in our kitchen. There are changed relational dynamics from an influx of visitors.
My pastoral instincts move in two directions. First, I remember the richly biblical words, “long-suffering” and “peacemaking.” They will be operative words for us as we “trial and error” life together in Stone Hill. Second, I remind us of the need for heightened communication in a time of toddling. Toddlers bump into things and people. So let’s go the extra mile in communicating with one another what is working and what is not. To God be the glory!