God raised Jesus, establishing his victory over death.
“Mission” is not just a program of Stone Hill Church; it IS the program behind all our programs at Stone Hill. That’s because our God, Jesus, didn’t just “do” mission; He was (and is) by His very nature missional. As He said in Zaccheus’ home, “the Son of Man has come to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
I’ve asked Lara Holt, our Global Outreach Coordinator, to update us on the global piece of our mission:
· By the grace of the Living God, Stone Hill has a 60-year tradition of participating in global mission. That’s because we believe people’s present and future are changed by Jesus and the gospel.
· By His grace, we sent four teams on mission trips this year: to Haiti, Vietnam, France, and Malta. We also supported three interns for summer missions. They helped build a church, taught vocational skills, worked with children, and trained women from the MENA region in leadership skills from the Middle East/North Africa region.
· By His grace, this year we have supported 33 individuals/families and seven organizations through prayer and financial assistance. $19,417 is sent each month. We also added one organization, As Our Own, to our monthly support list; we are considering adding several new field workers.
· By His grace, we hosted the first of our two semi-annual GO! Weekends in April. Ralph Borde was the speaker. As part of the Weekend, we raised $20,000. Those funds were sent to support Transformation Church in Trenton and As Our Own in India.
· By His grace, we helped fund the publication of a much-needed graduate level course book at Ukraine Theological Seminary; we purchased Spanish/English Bibles for an immigrant community in Los Angeles; we equipped a community center in Indonesia.
WOW! I praise and thank God for the way He is using us to make dedicated followers of Jesus Christ not just here in Princeton and the Northeast, but throughout the world. Thank you for your part in global outreach through prayer, awareness, learning, giving, and going. If you want to know more about our Global Outreach activities, please contact Lara at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also speak with Peter Evans, our Global Outreach elder, or me, Pastor Matt.
Church Financial Update: God continues to shower us with blessings as we seek to serve him at Stone Hill Church! We hosted a conference of The Gospel Coalition in October, Lindsei Lansky has just joined our staff as our Director of Children’s Ministry and we are looking forward to our baptism service on November 18th. All of these are indications of God’s faithfulness as we focus on our mission of making dedicated followers of Jesus Christ in Princeton, the Northeast and to the whole world.
This work is made possible by your generous financial contributions. Here are some important numbers as you consider your giving:
· Through the end of October, our church’s income year to date was $1,402,427.
· Expenses so far this year total $1,710,119.
· Thus, our current deficit is $307,692.
We ask you to prayerfully consider your giving as we move through the fall and seek to continue achieving our ministry goals. You can give online via our website, in the Loop, in the offering plate or via the Stone Hill Church app. Paul reminds us that “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7) May the Lord bless you as you plan your giving to Stone Hill Church this fall.
Town Hall Meeting: Save the date! Pastor Matt will be speaking about where we are and where we are headed with our church’s mission. The luncheon will be held in Harris Hall at 12:30 pm on Sunday, December 2.
Prayer & Praise Service: We will gather in the sanctuary for a one-hour service on November 18 at 5:30 p.m. Its purpose is for God’s people to offer thanks to God together. We’ll sing and hear testimonies from one another of how good God has been. As is our custom, we will have our annual collection for our Benevolence Fund.
Crock-Pot Potluck Dinner: A potluck dinner will follow the Prayer & Praise service on November 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Harris Hall, allowing us unhurried time to enjoy rich fellowship and good food. Make your favorite crock-pot dish (serves 10-12 people) or bring a dessert or side dish to share. Contact email@example.com for more information. Hope to see you there!
Members of Stone Hill are encouraged to nominate Elders and Deacons: You must be a church member to nominate and all nominees must be church members. Fill out the form found in the Westerly Prayer Chapel, and place it in the Nomination Box, bring it by the church office, or email your nominees to firstname.lastname@example.org. All nominations will need to be in by November 19.
Stone Hill Science: This new group is starting regular monthly meetings with lectures from engineers/scientist interested in the science-Christianity interface. Prof. Ian Hutchinson (MIT) will provide a lecture related to his recently published book entitled Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles? on Saturday, December 1.
Casseroles Needed for ISI Christmas Banquet: International Students (ISI) ministry is holding their Annual Christmas Banquet on Saturday, December 1. They are asking for 20 casseroles to be provided by Stone Hill Church. If you are able to make a casserole for this event, please email Connie Darrow (email@example.com) . For more details, please pick up a flyer at the missions counter. Thank you.
No Empty Stocking: The annual No Empty Stocking Christmas gift drive will run from November 11–27. We partner with Princeton Human Services who are celebrating 20 years of gift–giving this Christmas. Feel free to create a group to purchase gifts for a child or to choose more than one child if you wish to spend more. For more information and a full list of details stop by the tree in the atrium.
Haiti Trip 2019: Ready for a meaningful adventure? Go to Haiti and make a difference in the lives of others! On the trip you will serve those in need by helping others for the Lord; projects may include construction, visiting a school or orphanage, presenting kids’ programs, or teaching at a vocational school. Grow your love for others; spend a week traveling, working, and worshiping together with your teammates; make new friends, near and far. Go cross-cultural to a third-world country right on our doorstep; taste new foods; see other landscapes; learn a distinctive language. Trip dates are March 9-16, 2019. Apply online today: https://tinyurl.com/HaitiTrip2019