Luke 18:9-14

"By grace alone": We could never have saved ourselves from our brokenness and sin; God saved us!

 

Bulletin for: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Order of worship: 
Pastor to People: 

Two “Turning Point” Testimonies

Andrea Chaumont (Interim Youth Director): Although I was raised in a religious home, I came to Christ at 17.  I knew a lot of Bible stories, but I had never heard that being a Christian was more than that - it meant having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  A girl in my high school history class reached out to me and invited me to youth group.  I came, not knowing what to expect and was immediately drawn in by the Holy Spirit and Christian community.  I began attending the youth group, hearing about Jesus and how God had a plan for my life.  That summer, I went on a mission trip where we served the community.  After a day of serving, I was in worship with the group and asked God to help me to know Him the way the other kids seemed to – personally!  I heard in an inaudible voice that if I had been the only person on the face of the earth God still would have loved me enough to send Jesus Christ.  In the face of such love, my life could no longer be the same.  I wanted my life to be about serving the One who loves like this.  “And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them” 2 Corinthians 5:15.

Jennifer Orlando (Administrative Assistant):  Earlier this year, I found myself at a crossroad.  I was faced with a difficult decision and had to put my trust in the Lord.  At the time, I was living with my son's father. From the outside, we looked like a traditional family, but I knew what I was doing was not justified in the eyes of the Lord.  As I started growing closer to the Lord, I could see that I would have to decide to move forward living by society's rules or start to live by God's rules, so I prayed deeply for God to show me what to do.  It was shortly after that He revealed some disheartening truths about my relationship.  I left my home of eight years and did not look back. Although I did not know what my next step would be, I had family by my side and God began to manifest His blessings in so many ways.  I was blessed with a brand new apartment, a new job, and new beginnings for myself and my son. Each day I am reminded of Ephesians 4:22-24 “to put off the old self…and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness,”  and am renewed in mind and spirit.

 

Church notes: 

Sunday

Adult Ed: Theology Class is taught by John Wilsey at 9:30 a.m. in the Library. This class will not meet today. It will resume on October 8th.

Adult Ed: 1 Corinthians Class is led by Patrick Haley and Ray Carr at 9:30 a.m. in the Adult Ed room.

Adult Ed: "Commitment to one another" class is led by Fitzroy Dawkins. In this class we will examine together some ways in which we should care for each other as addressed in the word of God.  "We believe that Christ has called Christians into the convenantal community with one another, and so we love, serve, care for , and disciple one another."  This week's topic is "The Little Matter of Gossip". This class will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Adult Ed room; however, will not meet on October 8th. 

Stone Hill 101: Want to learn all about Stone Hill in the shortest amount of time? This 5 week class will be held at 11:10 a.m. in the Library  from October 1st through October 29th. Stone Hill 101 will cover the history, doctrine, belief, government, and membership process of Stone Hill Church. It will help you know how to serve on a team and impact your world. You will explore how God has uniquely wired you to serve His people and the world.  This class is designed for everyone and serves as a membership prerequisite.

Stone Hill Children's Choir: Children ages 4 through 5th grade are welcome. When/ Where: Between services,10:40 a.m. to 11:05 a.m. in the 4th Grade Sunday School Room.

Serve

Serving our Community: Sunday, November 5th.  We are looking for volunteers to serve runners during the Princeton Half Marathon which will be taking place in front of our church.  The main duties are serving water/energy bars and cheering on the runners.  Arrive at the water table by 7 a.m. The last runner will be served at about 9:30 a.m. – in time for church.  Please contact Jim Erickson at jime@stonehillprinceton.org and sign up on the Princeton Half Marathon website to volunteer.  Select “Water Marshal #7”.

Upcoming Events

Women’s Bible Study: You are warmly invited to Tuesday women's Bible study as we explore Genesis with a twist - seeing Christ in this very first book. Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Free childcare for children 5 and under.

TGC Regional Conference: The Gospel Coalition conference will be held at Stone Hill on Friday evening, October 13th and Saturday, October 14th. Our theme this year is “Prepared by Grace: The Eternal Gospel and Our Cultural Moment.”  We will have Mark Dever and Russell Moore as our plenary speakers and worship led by Matthew Smith and Indelible Grace. For more information or to sign up visit stonehillprinceton.org/tgc2017. Early bird rates have been extended to Oct 3rd.

Parents of Teens Forum: Stone Hill Church invites you to attend two forums to help parents discuss and understand how to support their teens as they navigate through family struggles in the turbulent adolescent years in our performance, stress, and anxiety ridden community. The events are held on November 10 & 11, 2017. Visit the Welcome Desk for more information or stonehillprinceton.org for information and registration.