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Bulletin for: 
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Order of worship: 
Pastor to People: 

Pray at all times in the Spirit with all prayer and supplication (Ephesians 6:18).

How would you describe the privilege and power of prayer in 10 words or less? Here are some answers:

When God’s people pray, mountains move.

The people of God are people of prayer. Always.

Kneel before you leap!

All are true, but perhaps my favorite is this: Ask, and you shall receive. That’s Jesus talking, and His simple words exhort all of us to pray. And pray. And pray believing that God will hear and reply.

I’ve been thinking a lot about another verse in the Gospels, a very sad one, Matthew 13:58: Jesus did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. The verse haunts me. I wonder how much more God could be doing in our church, our community, and the world if we believed radically in His prayer-answering power. When we see so much unbelief around us, are we desperate enough to battle the unbelief in prayer?  When we know so many people in bondage to sin and the world and the evil one, do we cry out in earnest for God to break the chains? With so many needs around us, might Jesus be putting us to the test, asking, “Do you really believe in My promise that if you ask, you will receive?”

Why not join other believers in prayer this week? Together, ask and receive. Here is a list of Stone Hill’s regular prayer meetings.

· Sunday morning, 8:45 a.m., in the Prayer Chapel. Led by Titus Kwok. Prayers for personal needs, church needs, and other concerns.

· Sunday evening, 6:00 p.m., in the Prayer Chapel.  Let by Carolyn and Steve Fischer. Prayers for church ministries, pastors, staff, local/state/national leaders, and of course anything else where the Spirit leads.

· Monday morning, 9:30 a.m., Moms in Prayer. Hosted by Lois Szeliga in Pennington and is led by Carolyn Fischer. For more information, please contact Carolyn at 609-613-1876.

· Friday morning, 5:30 a.m., in the Prayer Chapel. Led by Herb and Sharon Marshall. A time of waiting on the Spirit.

· Friday evening, 7 p.m., in the Prayer Chapel. A prayer meeting for those whose heart language is Spanish. Led by Martha Acosta.

Church notes: 

Announcements

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

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 at 9:30 a.m. in Harris Hall.  It will not meet on Sunday. It 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.

Springtime Traffic Safety: As the weather gets nicer, there are more people walking to church, including all those who park at our Satellite Parking Lot (800 Bunn Drive).  Please be mindful of all our walkers crossing the street, crossing our driveway, and even in the parking lot.  The speed limit on Bunn Drive is 35 mph and in our parking lot we should keep our speed below 15 mph.  Thank you!

Global Outreach (GO) Conference: Join us for our spring GO Conference on April 28-29. The topic will be "The Gospel and Rescue Ministry." The weekend will get started on Saturday night with an International dinner at 6 p.m. in Harris Hall and continue through Sunday morning services. The keynote speaker for the weekend has founded a rescue ministry in Asia.  Delicious dishes needed! Bring your favorite international dish for Saturday's dinner. Please sign up through our website. See you there!

Spring Baptisms: Are you ready to take the next step in your faith walk and be baptized? Baptism Sunday is May 20. Taking the Baptism class is a prerequisite to being baptized at Stone Hill. The next two-part Baptism class will be on Sundays, April 29 and May 6 during the 11:10 a.m. service. Both classes will be held in the office Conference room and will be taught by the Elders. If you plan to attend the class, sign up through the online form on our website which can be opened by clicking anywhere on the baptism announcement on the main page.

Camp 2018: July 9-13 for kids entering K through 6th Grade. Registration is now open! To register complete the online form at tinyurl.com/shccamp2018.

Serve

Cafe Volunteers Needed: Would you like to serve in the Cafe but are afraid you won't know what to do?  Please meet in the Atrium near the tea service for a Cafe Refresher/Training Course on Sunday from 11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

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. Please contact Penny Stone at penny.stone25@verizon.net for more information. Thank you!

Bakers Needed for the Cafe: Sweet breads Sunday is scheduled for April 29. If you are willing and able to bake please let Grace know at henrie609@gmail.com.  Thanks!