Jesus Christ and Adam
Get wisdom, and whatever else you get, get insight (Proverbs 4:7).
With Christmas just a few weeks away, let me encourage you to give to others the gifts of insight and wisdom. Carefully chosen books, whether in print or electronic form, can bring a wealth of joy and hope. And so I’ve asked Emily Lo Gibson, editor of Stone Hill’s Readers Reviews, to select a small variety of books recently discussed in the Reviews. You can read the full review on either the church app or the church website.
For young families seeking to create a firm faith foundation:
Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago (2012)
“I hope that as my son grows up, these [devotions] will be thoughts to make our hearts sing together, as we read and look at pictures, but also as he asks me what words mean and I struggle to explain them.”
For middle-grade readers and the young-hearted, looking for a different perspective:
Wonder by R. J. Palacio (2012)
“Have you ever felt like you were very different from others? This book supports lessons we learn in the Bible such as loving your neighbor as yourself.”
For an engrossing read on science and social justice:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2011)
“Questions of race, bias, medical ethics and science are all intertwined in this amazing story…a story of scientific development but also of the human heart, where hurt and anger can yield to grace and forgiveness.”
For fans of science fiction, C.S. Lewis, theology – or all of the above:
The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis (1938-1945)
“With a gripping narrative, profound theology, and important questions regarding technology and modern life, [these books are] must-reads.”
For believers and non-believers alike, an inspiration for radical service:
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle (2010)
“Father Boyle tells story after story of the real people with whom he has built relationships, through his efforts to help young people leave the gangs and live for peace.”
Adult Ed: Theology Class will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Library.
Adult Ed: 1 Corinthians Class will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Adult Ed room.
Members of Stone Hill are encouraged to nominate Elders and Deacons: You must be a church member to nominate and all nominees must be church members. An Officer Qualifications sheet will be available to help as you make your nomination(s). To nominate, fill out the form found in the Westerly Prayer Chapel, and place it in the Nomination Box, bring it by the church office, or email your nominees to email@example.com. All nominations will need to be in by the 4th of December.
Stop by the “No Empty Stocking” tree and pick up a tag for a needy child in our town. Return the gifts to the tree by December 5.
AWANA: Needs gently used items for its upcoming Store on December 13th. If you have items our AWANA clubbers would enjoy, or might make good Christmas gifts for family and friends, please bring your donations to either the church office or the Children’s Welcome Desk.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extended Family: You're invited to the Extended Family Christmas Party December 13th. Our very own Bill Lucas will create art while we eat and Sharon Marshall will usher in the Christmas Spirit with her guitar. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. Let's make memories. Bring a friend!
Stone Hill Learning Center Christmas Program : Thursday, December 14th at 7:00 p.m. Songs, skits, and recitations provide for a lively event. Student art work and projects will also be on display. Refreshments served.
Christmas at Stone Hill:
December 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Christmas Choir Concert
A service of Lessons & Carols
December 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Young Adult Christmas Worship & Party
Enjoy worship, with carol singing, followed by a Christmas party.
December 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Youth Christmas Party
There will be an Ugly Sweater Contest, Chick Fil-A, Christmas Karaoke, Encouragement Stockings, and more!
December 17 at 5:00 p.m.
All-Church Christmas Party
We will have a Christmas pageant, gingerbread house making, and supper. Invite a friend!
Sunday, December 24, Christmas Eve
Worship Service at 10 a.m.
Family Friendly Service at 6:00 p.m.
Candlelight Communion Service at 11:00 p.m.