"In Christ alone": In Jesus Christ we shall all be made alive.
I have asked my dear wife, Karen, to write briefly on a lesser-known Reformation hero.
Do not be slothful in zeal, but fervent in spirit (Romans 12:11).
Meeting the needs of refugees is not just a modern dilemma. During the Reformation, civil and religious upheaval led to a refugee crisis throughout Europe. The free city of Strasbourg became a refugee magnet: during the Peasants’ War, for instance, 3,000 refugees swelled this city of 24,000. The leader who organized, housed, and fed these teaming masses was Katharina Schütz Zell (~1497-1562).
From her youth, Katharina Schütz longed to know God and his peace, but her prayers and practices could not quench the hunger. Only when a new priest, Matthew Zell, came preaching justification by faith was she satisfied. Katharina soon had accepted not only this new message (after reading Luther on her own), but also, by 1525, Zell’s hand in marriage.
Although Katharina “claimed to be content to be ‘a splinter from the rib’ of that blessed man, Matthew Zell,” she became much more to her community. She was hospitable, welcoming leaders like Calvin and Zwingli under her roof. She argued for toleration, explaining “whoever acknowledges Christ as true son of God and the sole Savior of mankind is welcome at my board.” Katharina also wielded her quill mightily in support of the Protestant cause. One of her letters, with its encouragement to women separated from their husbands by political strife, became a widely read tract. Another time, she artfully defended clerical marriage. After her husband’s death, she published a hymnbook.
Not everyone appreciated Katharina Schütz Zell’s efforts. Some saw her as too much her husband’s equal, and, when running a refugee program, she could be “a trifle imperious.” Others mockingly dubbed her “Doctor Katharina.” Still, Katharine Schütz Zell worked tirelessly for those in need. She visited prisoners, even if their doctrine was different from her own. When no minister would agree to speak, Katharina even gave the funeral message for a woman from a sect.
Katharine Schütz Zell died as she lived—serving others, upholding her husband’s teaching, and answering wholly to her God.
Hurricane Relief Update: We sent a check for $2,000 to Samaritan's Purse this week towards their relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Another $500 is designated for the U.S. Virgin Islands and we are researching organizations to determine the best one. Many thanks to all who contributed towards these relief funds.
Adult Ed: "Commitment to one another" led by Fitzroy Dawkins meets at 8:30 a.m. in the Adult Ed room. Next week’s topic is I am For Paul and You are For Apollus: Modern American Politics.
Adult Ed: Theology Class is taught by John Wilsey at 9:30 a.m. in the Library.
Adult Ed: 1 Corinthians Class is led by Patrick Haley and Ray Carr at 9:30 a.m. in the Adult Ed room.
"Stirring Up the Gifts of Hospitality" is the work of the Holy Spirit & "we have not because we ask not". It's showing love to a stranger. It's more than just food and decorating, it's the attitude of the heart. The class is designed to give people confidence in their hospitality, whether it is just for family or a bigger group. Join us at 11:10 a.m. in Harris Hall. This class is open to all.
Stone Hill 101: Want to learn all about Stone Hill in the shortest amount of time? This class will be held at 11:10 a.m. in the Library 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and sign up on the Princeton Half Marathon website to volunteer. Select “Water Marshal #7”.
Bakers Needed: If you would like to bake for Stone Hill's Cafe this fall please make a loaf or two of some type of sweet bread. Please label it with "Cafe", the “date”, the “kind of bread”, and pop it into the freezer in the kitchen. It will be much appreciated by all!
Drivers Needed: If you have a driver's license, you can help in our Van Ministry! We need additional shuttle drivers to help - one Sunday a month. Drivers are needed from 8:50 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. and then after the service to 11 a.m. Drivers can still attend the 9:30 a.m. service. If you can serve, please contact the church office at 609-924-3816.
Men's Freedom Group: Meets on Friday nights. The Freedom Group is a support and encouragement group for men committed to a lifestyle of sexual integrity through the power of the gospel by addressing the lies of our sex-saturated society and its impact on our hearts. We know that we need each other. Do you need a few brothers, who understand, to walk with you confidentially in your struggle? To learn more, contact email@example.com.
Stone Hill Vision Luncheon: Sunday, October 29th at 12:15 p.m. Pastor Matt will be speaking about where we are and where we are headed with our church’s mission.
Baptism Class: If you want to be baptized, come to our two session baptism class on October 29th and November 5th at 11:10 a.m. in the Adult CE room. The Baptism Service will he held on November 19th during both services. To sign up, go to stonehillprinceton.org/events.
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.