Jesus Christ is the truth; He is the light shining in the darkness.
God’s Work in Our Lives
I was inspired to trust Christ more honestly when I read the following letter by Gunter Schemmann, written after his surgery in late June.
Dear friends and family,
I got back from surgery today. It went well and I feel pretty good, with some minor pain. Thank you for all the prayers.
This day truly was a day of grace. I had been praying for God's help for the operation. When I was lying on the operating table before the full anesthesia set in, I was able to pray again and express my trust in my heavenly Father, that I indeed was in His hands. He really helped me to trust Him in a way that was much more than a feeling; instead, it was an awareness of real help offered by God.
This was a practical reminder to me of the importance to be able to set aside everything and simply trust God. I see in my own life the many temptations to not do that: for example, the way I start focusing on my work without having my heart set on Jesus. There are days when my heart is fixed on Jesus while I work, and those days are so much better. It reminds me of what Jesus said about seed sown among thorns; they choke it and keep it from growing and bearing fruit. Jesus likens the thorns to the cares of this world and deceitfulness of riches—in other words, to things that pull us away from knowing Him. Jesus’ true desire is that we know Him because He loves us and wants us to be close to Him.
So this is my encouragement to all of us (including myself): as it says in the Book of Hebrews, let us set aside every weight and the sin that so easily entangles us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus. He is the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the Father.
Thanks again for your prayers, which were a very important part of God's outpouring of grace today.
Marriage Announcement: Amy Hellesen and Steve Tumminelli joyfully announce their marriage last Sunday, September 30. The couple will be living at Steve's home in New Hope, PA.
Adult Ed: Faith and Reason "What Hath Athens to do with Jerusalem?" Exploring the Interface of Faith and Reason in Christian Thought: Come join us as we examine the interconnections of philosophy and theology on issues including the doctrine of God, the incarnation, revelation, and religious experience. Operating in a historical mode, we shall talk about how Christian theologians over the centuries have critically appropriated philosophical ideas from their cultural backgrounds to articulate Christian beliefs, and why that history is important for Christians living today. This class starts Sunday, October 7 at 9:30 a.m. in the Adult Ed room and is led by Rory Misiewicz.
Mental Illness Awareness Week: Whether directly or indirectly, mental illness affects all of us. In light of Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct 7-13), Stone Hill's Sufficient Grace group will be reflecting in Readers' Reviews on the importance of raising awareness by reviewing three books on this important topic. As Stone Hill Church brings attention to this significant topic, let us open our hearts to those who are struggling and remind them that they are loved, valued, and have a purpose. For more information about Sufficient Grace, please contact Praveen Sekar by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Reviewers Needed: Do you love books? Have you read one recently with a compelling message that you think others, including Stone Hill church members, should know about? If so, Readers' Reviews would like to hear from you. You can choose a book from our selected library, or suggest one yourself. Books cover a wide range of Christian and mainstream books across all genres of fiction and nonfiction. For more information, contact Dori Perrucci at email@example.com.
MENA Prayer Luncheon: Come learn about a dynamic ministry to women in the 10/40 window (the Middle East/North Africa region). Kim Kerr, founder of Women in the Window International, will be our guest speaker at the MENA luncheon on Sunday, October 21. Join us in Harris Hall at 12:30 p.m.
Fall Baptism: Baptism Sunday is November 18. We are offering a baptism Class that will help you understand the what, why, and how of baptism. It is a good way to assess if you are ready for baptism. Pastor Tracy will be teaching the two-session class on Sunday, October 21 and 28 at 11:10 a.m. Attendance at the class does not demand that you be baptized. We encourage you to take the class if you are considering baptism. Sign up for the class online: https://tinyurl.com/FallBaptism2018. If you have any questions please contact Pastor Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Ministries at Stone Hill
We have two referral counselors who serve Stone Hill Church. Lisa Mutch and Pastor Tracy Troxel provide counseling for individuals, couples and families.
We have 6 trained attendees of Stone Hill that can walk alongside you as you face various issues in your life. Lay-Mentoring is not counseling and should not replace needed pastoral counseling.
If you are seeking counseling or lay-mentoring please email Pastor Tracy at email@example.com.
Our Fall Small Group listing is available at the Welcome Center. If you need further assistance please email Lara Holt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regardless of where you are on the spectrum of Christianity from “seeker” to “mature”, we all need direction and guidance from the help of another. We are currently looking for people who are ready to be discipled. If you are, contact Brian Edgerly at email@example.com.
Men’s Freedom Group: Meets on Friday nights at 7 p.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extended Family: We look forward to having Vajaya from India as our October 10 guest speaker. Vajaya is a seasoned Christian who allows the Lord to use her in amazing ways. Come hear her testimony. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Library. All invited. Bring a friend.