Matthew 22:34-40

Jesus the hope of the world: We testify to all nations that Jesus’ death and resurrection invites repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018
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An app that fits our mission

Pray in the Spirit, making supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).

I am looking for 30 people to join me in an adventure. I am looking for 30 people who will join a prayer movement that encompasses the globe. I am looking for 30 people to download an app that makes it simple and strategic to pray for gospel expansion around the world.

Some of you are familiar with the book, Operation World (OW). It is a powerful prayer resource that helps you pray for the nations in an informed and concentrated way. Filled with maps and charts and strategic analysis, it has become the definitive global prayer guide since its release in 2010. But the book can be intimidating. Even in its shorter form, Pray for the World, it’s over 330 pages long, and with so many needs you can come away with lots of guilt that you aren’t praying more. So what to do?

 Well, OW has developed an app that takes crucial information from the book and sends it to your home screen in manageable chunks. For instance, at 8:00 this morning the app notified me to pray for the country of the day, Colombia. I opened up the app. There, underneath a map of South America with Colombia highlighted, was a short paragraph which provided a prayer request I would never have known about otherwise. Here is how the paragraph began:

Colombia has more stability. Praise God for the signing of a historic peace agreement. Murder, kidnapping, and crime rates have recently decreased. Thousands of guerillas and paramilitaries have put down their weapons in the peace process…

The paragraph went on to discuss openings for the Church in the peace building process. So I tapped on the “I am praying” button and joined a group of 127 others already praying. The counter immediately read 128. Cool!

How about joining me over the next 90 days in praying for gospel advance in a variety of countries? We’ll start together on May 3 (this Thursday) and go through the end of July. The app is free and easily available at your app store: just type in Operation World. Please let me know you’re on board by sending an email to Lara Holt at larah@stonehillprinceton.org

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Announcements

Adult Ed:  “Jeremiah”: Meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Library and is led by John Wilsey.  

Adult Ed: Come Creator Spirit: A Trinitarian Approach  to Understanding the Holy Spirit: This class is led by Patrick Haley at 9:30 a.m. in the Adult Ed room.

Adult Ed Class: The Rohingya Project: The Rohingya: you've heard about them in the news. Who are they? How are they being reached with the Gospel? Learn answers to these questions and more from Stone Hill global partners, Phil & Barb D. as they share a report directly from the field. Join us for one week only, Sunday, May 6 at 11:10 a.m. in the Library.

GO Conference Fundraising Goals: During each GO Conference, we raise funds for special projects. For this  conference, our goal is to raise $15,000. It will be shared between two organizations: Transformation Church ($12,500) and As Our Own ($2,500). Our financial gifts will help advance God's kingdom around the world, both near and far. When Transformation Church was planted last year, they had certain goals for finances, expected membership levels, leadership and more. They have exceeded their goals! This is a good challenge to have, but they need more funds than budgeted to adequately finance their burgeoning ministry. As Our Own is a new member of the Stone Hill global family, and our conference keynote speaker, RB, is the founder. We want to show our appreciation of his time and support this impressive organization. Our gift will help provide resources needed to support a child through her growing up years and contribute to her dream of going to college.

Communiversity: Stone Hill will be participating in Communiversity today 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.

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 this Sunday 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.

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Camp Volunteers: Are you being called to serve? Do you love hanging out with kids and sharing the love of Christ? ​We are looking for a few good volunteers - about 100 - to lead and guide our campers through a fun and exciting week of gospel exploration. Could that be you? ​Don't worry if you have never done anything like this before, everyone goes through a fun, but thorough training. We are only looking for willing hearts to be led by God's great story of love, forgiveness , and redemption! ​Email us at camp@stonehillprinceton.org with any questions or concerns. We are here to help.  ​Preschool program and childcare available for children of all who volunteer.  To register log onto https://tinyurl.com/shccampvolunteer2018.

Camp Needs: We are looking for  about 50 hot wheels or matchbox cars. Do you have some we could borrow? Please contact camp@stonehillprinceton.org.