We patiently await the fulfillment of God’s promises; it shall surely come.
The Love of Jesus in the lives of so many!
Love one another just as I have loved you (John 13:34).
This morning seven people will be baptized. Hallelujah! Baptism is a great reminder of the saving power of Jesus. You can hear that saving power in the seven’s testimonies. You can see it so clearly in their faces. You can almost feel it as each goes down into the water—that’s Jesus’ death—and then, dripping wet, comes up rejoicing—that’s Jesus resurrection.
What a display! Jesus has the power to save any and all who trust Him. Any! All! That’s why His followers, the Church, are called to love any and all He brings our way. “Love one another,” Jesus commands, and He then adds, “just as I have loved you.” Jesus Himself, His humility and mercy and truth and kindness, He is the standard of our love.
This Baptism Sunday coincides with Mental Health Sunday among churches in the greater New York area. Jesus’ gospel-call to love others connects directly to a set of people with whom we are at times self-conscious if not uncomfortable: those struggling with mental health. Pastor Tracy shares his thoughts on this:
Approximately 20% of Americans suffer from some form of mental illness. Yet there continues to be a stigma attached to this diagnosis for too many. Note these two quotes from those who suffer with a mental health diagnosis:
· “I will never understand why every organ in your body gets support and sympathy when it is ill, except for your brain.”
· “I lie about being sick sometimes because people understand if you have a cold, but not if you have depression.”
In the community of Jesus we need to pull down the wall of stigma for mental health. In a broken world, we would expect all things to be broken. The gospel tears down the stigma of all brokenness.
One way we love others here at Stone Hill is through a ministry called “Sufficient Grace.” It is a gospel-centered support group for those who struggle with, or have loved ones who struggle with, mental health. You’ll hear more about it in June. Meanwhile, you can contact the office for more information.
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.
Creole Bible Study: Qu’est-ce qui nous vient à l’esprit en pensant à Dieu? ‘’ Ce qui nous vient à l’esprit quand nous pensons à Dieu est la chose la plus importante à notre sujet.’’ (A.W. Tozer) Nul ne peut contester cette réalité. C’est pourqoui le sujet qui convient à l‘humanité d’étudier est Dieu. Comprendre Dieu dans sa personne, sa nature ou ses attributs est la plus noble des recherches que puisse engager un enfant de Dieu. Bien que cette démarche s’avère difficile à cause de la complexité de Dieu, elle en vaut la piene car la connaissance que nous avons de Dieu déterminera de façon décisive notre manière de vivre. This class will be held in the Adult Ed room at 11:10 a.m.
MENA Prayer Luncheon: Join us on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in Harris Hall for a prayer luncheon for the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) region. Mary McCormack will share about her trauma healing training conference with Women in the Window and we will pray for the Muslim world as it observes Ramadan. Hope to see you there!
Sponsor a Child: Stop by the Compassion International booth in the atrium to learn more about child sponsorship. Choose a child from Haiti to sponsor by picking up a packet of information and following the instructions.
Pray for the World: Download the Operation World app (or sign up for daily emails at www.operationworld.org) to join Pastor Matt and other church leaders as they pray daily for each country. The 90 days of prayer will continue through the end of July. Let Pastor Matt know you’re on board by sending an email to Lara Holt at email@example.com.
Baby Bottle Campaign: You can share the message of hope and life through Christ’s mercy, grace, and forgiveness by participating in the Baby Bottle Campaign. It’s so easy! Bottles are available today to take. Take one or two, fill them with your spare change, and return them to the Welcome Desk by May 27. The money raised will then be forwarded to ChoiceOne.
Camp Volunteers: 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? We are only looking for willing hearts to be led by God's great story of love, forgiveness , and redemption! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.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.