Jesus Christ Our Reconciler:
in Christ’s death and resurrection,
God has begun reconciling the world to himself.
Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you (Jeremiah 29:7).
As was the case last year, an unusual situation has literally come our way. Strategically, however, it offers an excellent opportunity for us to seek the welfare of our “city.”
The Princeton Half–Marathon will be taking place again this year, although nearly a month earlier, on October 4. The race course passes by Stone Hill Church, so there will be limited access to the church in the earlier hours of that Sunday morning. Here are the details.
Mile 11 of the 13.1 mile route follows the two roads in front of Stone Hill, which means that there will be partial closures on Herrontown and Poor Farm Roads from 8:00 until 9:34. Bunn Drive will not be closed, except for the little strip from Poor Farm to our main entrance. Because most of the runners will pass through this area before 9:00, these partial road closures should not be an inconvenience as we drive here. Police officers will be stationed immediately around Stone Hill, ready to assist as we make our way here. That said, I do recommend that we all allow an extra ten minutes of travel time to church that morning.
From 8:00 until 9:30, we will host a refreshment station at the corner of Bunn and Herrontown, where we will provide water to the runners. Note that the Half-Marathon is sponsored by HiTOPS, a NJ organization that educates youth about sexuality. Their teaching position on sexuality is radically different from ours; at Stone Hill we align ourselves with classic Christian teaching and Scripture on such matters. But offering water to runners, many of whom are unaware of what HiTOPS represents, is not the same as endorsing what HiTOPS teaches. We have explained our position to the organizers of the race, and they respect the differences. And certainly distributing water to those in need is a good way to seek the welfare of the city where God has placed us. So if you want to help out with the table, please contact Jim Erickson, Facilities Administrator (email@example.com). And between now and October 4, check the bulletin regularly for further details.