Let us boast only in the cross of Jesus Christ, because God and only God could save us.
What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).
Through Micah, the Lord God is telling us that both justice and mercy should shape our calling as Christians. We live in an age desperate for justice. And that desperation makes the need for mercy even more complicated. What exactly does it mean to be merciful in an age of injustice, of anger, falsehood, oppression, apostasy, and disillusionment?
The calling of the Church to love and exhibit mercy is the key theme of the third annual Gospel Coalition Regional Conference we are hosting here at Stone Hill Church:
Friday evening, October 5, and Saturday, October 6
Gospel-Shaped Mercy: What Jesus Requires of Us and Our Churches
I hope you will join me and the hundreds of other Christians who will gather for this time of fellowship, teaching, worship, and renewal.
Let me share a bit about our two main speakers. I think they are the perfect pair for the conference.
· Dr. Stephen Um is the Senior Pastor of Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston. He serves as a council member with The Gospel Coalition and is the author of the Gospel-Shaped Mercy Bible Study series. Get a taste of Dr. Um’s preaching on YouTube (we recommend “Jesus and Justice”).
· Bishop Claude Alexander is the Senior Pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte. Under his leadership over the past 27 years, The Park Church has grown from one local congregation of 600 members to a global ministry of thousands, with three locations and weekly international reach. Again, visit YouTube to hear his preaching (we recommend “I Have Reasons to Live”).
· Both Dr. Um and Bishop Alexander have ministries steeped in mercy, outreach, and reconciliation. They have mobilized their churches to love mercy as Jesus intended it.
I’m excited that this year’s TGC Regional will feature times of worship by both Stone Hill and Transformation Church Trenton leaders. Next week I’ll discuss the breakout speakers and why their messages are so critical for us to hear and act upon. In the meantime, please read more about the Conference and register at http://tgcprinceton.org.
Stone Hill All Church Picnic: Stone Hill All Church Picnic: Let's kick off the season with a something for everyone! A good old fashioned picnic. All are welcome. Stone Hill will provide the hamburgers, hot dogs, and chips. If you willing and able, picnic side dishes to share are welcome! Please call 609-924-3816 or email the office at email@example.com with any questions. Sunday, September 23, 12:30 p.m.
Transformation Church Invites You to Their Fall Family Cookout: This is truly a family gathering, gathering believers from three congregations united in a heart for Trenton. Stone Hill Church in Princeton and Central Church in Ewing joined together to plant Transformation Church in Trenton. This Cookout is an opportunity to bring three congregations together to celebrate what God has been up to with this endeavor. Come celebrate! Information and registration at http://worshipatcentral.org/events/. Sunday, September 15, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Women’s Bible Study: Women coming together to study God’s word…
Tuesday Morning Bible Study begins with a 10-week focus on Psalms that lead us in understanding God’s beautiful character and worship Him. 9:30 a.m. to noon in Harris Hall. Free childcare for children ages 5 and under. All women welcome!
New! Tuesday Evening Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) presents a new study: People of the Promised Land, Part I. Weekly from September through May, BSF classes will explore the books of Joshua, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, and 1 Kings 1-11, with overviews of Psalms and Proverbs. Each class will follow the ups and downs of the nation of Israel from Joshua to Solomon, as God's united people entered and flourished in Canaan, the promised land. Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in 1st and 2nd Grade classrooms.
Thursday Morning Bible Study begins a study of the book of Daniel with its apocalyptic visions given by God revealing the events of future redemption and hope. Daniel provides a historical account of the Lord’s protection and provision for His faithful followers while in captivity. The study will begin with a 9-week introduction to Eschatology (study of the end times). Begins September 20 in the church library from 10:00 a.m. to about 11:00 a.m.
Adult Ed: “The Grand Narrative of Scripture” This class starts Sunday, September 9 at 9:30 a.m. in the Library, is led by Jim Neumann, and will be followed in the spring by Part 2: The Grand Narrative of Scripture – New Testament.
Open House: All are invited to an Open House on Saturday, September 15 from 2 p.m. -6 p.m. at the Megills': 19 Maple Street, Princeton to meet with Ted and Dana Witmer (Stone Hill Church missionaries to DR Congo). Ted is on the administrative team of a Christian college, Shalom University. Dana is a pediatrician and tropical disease specialist who mentors the University's Faculty of Medicine and holistic development in community. Questions? Call Laura at 814-688-9359.
Volunteers Needed: Looking for friendly people willing to serve at the Children's Welcome Desk before the first service (9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.) once every 4-6 weeks. Brief training will be provided on how to help parents use the computer to check in their children. If interested, please contact Betsy Ferrer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compassion International: Calling all Compassion sponsors! We will meet briefly on Sunday, September 30 to share ideas, encourage each other and write letters to the children we sponsor through Compassion International. Come to either session, 10:45 a.m.-11:05 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m. We will meet in the third grade Sunday School room. Materials for letter-writing will be provided. Any questions, please contact Betsy Ferrer at email@example.com.
Small Group Info: Interested in being part of a smaller community through a small group? Our Fall Small Group Listings will be available on our website (www.stonehillprinceton.org and The Loop) on Wednesday, September 12. A paper copy of our Small Group Listings (including One-to-One Discipleship) will be available on Sunday, September 16 at the Welcome Center.
Join the Choir: Come and sing with the Stone Hill choir! No audition necessary. Additional singers for all sections are welcome and needed. Rehearsals begin September 9 and continue every Sunday from 5-6:30 p.m. If you have questions about choir, please contact Bob Doll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome Jacob Zeller: Hello! My name is Jacob Zeller. I was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN and attended Wheaton College in Illinois where I studied theology. My wife, Caris, and I met at Wheaton and we got married this year on July 28. We are fans of competition, and so are always ready to play board games, sports, or anything else that might involve competition. Caris was born in Pasadena, CA, where she lived until she was 9. Her parents then moved to Indonesia as missionaries, where she spent that majority of her teenage years. Currently, I am attending Princeton Theological Seminary with the hope of acquiring a PhD in Systematic Theology and Caris is teaching High School Chemistry at Hightstown High School.