Luke 23:44-56

Jesus dies: Christ himself, the innocent substitute, died in our place.

Bulletin for: 
Sunday, April 8, 2018
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The word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12).

The Holy Spirit loves to use Holy Scripture to deepen our faith. Here are two very different testimonies that affirm that same truth!

Oluwatosin Victor Adewale: This past year there were times when I felt lonely, far from God, and in despair at my sin and brokenness. But God was and is faithful. He let me know my salvation is not in my hands. Specifically, I was going through a tough time when God encouraged me with this text: therefore, my beloved, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). The Scripture spoke to me. I saw that God Himself, the Maker of heaven and earth, is at work in me. He is beyond my feelings and brokenness. He is beyond my strengths and failings. He gives me not only the desire to do His will but also the ability to do it. I may not always feel this way or remember it. Still, I am grateful that God is working in me.

Arthur Harris: At the age of nine I doubted my ability to continue piano lessons – despite respect for my parents and the truth of Scripture I had memorized: Ephesians 6:1-3, Children obey your parents. I had accepted Christ as my Savior on Mom’s assurance that Christ cared about every facet of my life, including piano lessons. My parents had in mind for me a career in music, and so lessons continued through high school. Undergraduate study in music was followed by graduate studies in, first, instructional technology and, second, educational administration.  God’s plan for me was to serve Him, both in my career and in the service of worship with gifts He provided. Looking back, I can affirm the words of Paul (2 Timothy 1:12) expressed in a favorite hymn:  I know not why God’s wondrous grace to me He hath made known. But “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.”

Church notes: 

Sunday

Adult Ed: Come Creator Spirit: A Trinitarian Approach  to Understanding the Holy Spirit: For Christians throughout time, the Trinity has always been  a unfathomable mystery; and the Holy Spirit is probably the Trinity’s most mysterious person. We know the Spirit exists, but how does the Spirit relate to the Father and the Son? And how might the Spirit work in the world? Different Christian figures have thought about the Spirit in diverse ways. Starting from the Scriptural witness, we will look at some of these different conceptions, including Tertullian’s, Augustine’s, and Calvin’s. These figures then will help us understand the important factors (e.g., unity, equality, operations) that define our understanding of the Holy Spirit and the Trinity as a whole. This class is led by Patrick Haley and begins Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in Harris Hall.  It will not meet on April 15. It will resume on April  22.

Adult Ed:  “Jeremiah”: Will resume on April 22.

Stone Hill 101: Want to learn all about Stone Hill in the shortest amount of time? This class will cover the history, doctrine, belief, government, and membership process of Stone Hill Church. You will also be able to identify your best fit to serve on a team by exploring how God has uniquely wired you. This class is designed for everyone and serves as a membership prerequisite.  This class will be held at 11:10 a.m. in the Library each Sunday from April 8 to April 29.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jin Lee  at jinl@stonehillprinceton.org.

Serve

Guest Housing Needed: Jean Toussaint, who is part of our partner church in Archaie in Haiti, will be visiting Stone Hill this May. He will speak at the May 13th services. He, his wife, and baby daughter will be in Princeton for about one week. We are looking for a host family for them during that time. The dates are May 12-20. They are driving up from Florida, so will have their own car. If you can host them for some or all of that time, please contact Lara Holt. Thank you!

Communion Prep: Help! We are looking for people to join the team that helps prepare for communion.  You will be thoroughly trained.  People usually work as a team of two.  It is ideal for those who would like to serve behind the scenes! This volunteer opportunity can be performed once a month or on a rotating basis with other team members.  Please contact the church office for more info at  609-924-3816 or info@stonehillprinceton.org.

Upcoming Events

Work Day POSTPONED to Saturday, April 14: The work day is being rescheduled to Saturday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We will be doing some edging, installing a stone path, reworking the stone river bed, and other miscellaneous yard work.  Please bring work gloves, wheelbarrow, shovels, rakes, edging tools, etc.  Also looking for someone with a chainsaw to clear trees that have fallen on our trail. Contact Jim Erickson at jime@stonehillprinceton.org if you are able to attend and what tools you can bring. We will meet in the back by the shed.

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.

Communiversity: Stone Hill will be participating in Communiversity on Sunday, April 29, from 1-6 p.m. If you have not attended Communiversity before, it's a great afternoon of music, art, food, and activities for the whole family, sponsored by the Arts Council of Princeton and Princeton University. Stone Hill has a booth where we will be handing out free water and asking people to answer the question, "What would you like to say to God?". Come join the fun and be sure to stop by the booth to say hello. We will be located on Witherspoon Street, near The Mezzaluna restaurant.