Jesus loves me...when I’m sad.
Dear Stone Hill Church Family,
It’s no secret that the NE corridor (which includes Princeton) suffers from a hyper-frenetic pace of life that often inhibits the formation of community. Building relationships (in community) takes time and time is what we don’t often have to give for building community. This imbalance is not healthy for any of us individually and impedes our community here at Stone Hill as well. We know this all too well. We complain about the busyness and then keep right on over-scheduling our lives.
1 Peter 4:9 says, “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” Part of what it means to live in community is to share a meal together and interact with one another in a family environment. It’s interesting that Peter tells us to do this without grumbling. Hospitality takes time. It takes work. It can be messy. (There are good reasons why you might be tempted to complain while building community with people.)
So, here’s a modest proposal for building relationships at Stone Hill this summer:
- Sunday July 31st at 12:30 p.m. we are having a Potluck Picnic after the 11a.m. service.
- Friday August 19th at 6 p.m. we are having a Potluck Supper at the church.
- Make plans to attend these gatherings where we will share a meal and our lives together.
- Don’t schedule anything after these events. Make the gathering a priority.
- Sit down with people that you may not know or know well.
- Learn to enjoy the journey of building relationships.
- One last encouragement—no complaining before, during or after the Potluck.
Pastor Tracy Troxel