Colossians 1:18 & Romans 8:1-4

Jesus is our Creator, and He has also become our Brother, leading us to God's peace.

Bulletin for: 
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Order of worship: 
Pastor to People: 

We are the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27).

Here are two stories of God’s grace in the lives of the people of Stone Hill:

John DeCicco: This past summer, God allowed me the opportunity to go on a service trip to Thailand with a group called Missionary Kid to Missionary Kid, MK2MK for short. I learned so much about myself, God, and humanity with the help of strong Christian counselors. I also understood my God-given purpose. It happened while I was sharing the gospel. We had been doing ministry for three weeks, but I hadn’t led anyone to Christ. I was disappointed and at the end of myself, so I simply let God take control. I shared the gospel with the last couple students before we had to leave. To my surprise one was already a Christian, and the other accepted Christ! In that moment I knew I was exactly where God wanted me to be, doing what he wanted me to do. In Paul’s words, “Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ…” Eph. 3:7-9

Naveen Golla: God fills me with joy and comfort through the Holy Spirit. I start each day eager to study towards a degree in counseling. I am happy to serve God in the church and workplace, and to be available for my friends. God has seen me through six months of sobriety from alcohol and substance abuse. After my parents died, I found the emotional pain of being an orphan unbearable. I buried my feelings with a grueling work schedule. After a particularly bad relapse, I called 911, entered rehab, and talked with Pastor Matt. Soon after, I started attending Stone Hill Church. I wanted to be clean, but I didn’t know where to begin. Although sobriety programs helped, I knew I needed God. My recovery started with me begging God for help. I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror, never mind asking for His forgiveness. Shame had buried me in a quicksand of guilt. But He chose to pull me out. I praise God for never giving up when I gave up on myself.

 

Church notes: 

Sunday

Adult Ed: “Science and the Bible: Ways to Look at the Two Great Revelations of God”: Begins today and will be led by Andy & Pat Bocarsly at 9:30 a.m. in the Adult Ed room. This class will run for six weeks.

Prayer Gathering: Let’s gather together and come before the Lord in praise, confession, thanksgiving, and intercession in a time of prayer for our church leaders, our government, the Church, the Lord’s ministries, church families, US/World events, personal/family needs, etc., as the Holy Spirit leads. Prayer gathering will be held each Sunday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning today  in the Westerly Prayer Chapel.  For more information please contact Carolyn Fischer at 609-613-1876.

Serve

Princeton Human Services is currently accepting blankets and warm clothing (jackets, hats, gloves, etc.) for families displaced by the recent Griggs Farm fire.

Upcoming Events

Adult Ed:  Jeremiah: Will begin on January 28th and be led by John Wilsey at 9:30 a.m. in the Library.  

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 freedomgroup@stonehillprinceton.org.

Extended Family: We are so blessed to have Jennifer Orlando as our January 10th guest speaker at Extended Family. She is a vibrant Christian who displays a peaceful calm in all that she says and does. Be blessed as she shares her testimony of how God has touched her life. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.  in the Library. See you there. Please bring a friend.

DivorceCare: Our 13-week Christ-centered divorce recovery and support group begins Saturday, February 3rd.  If you are experiencing the emotional and spiritual upheaval of a separation or divorce, please contact Amy Hellesen for further details  at 201-317-5629 or divorcecare.stonehill@gmail.com.