Jesus Christ can make all things new
Give thanks to the Great I AM, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 118:1).
I wonder if you are aware of all that the Lord has done in and through Stone Hill Church this past year? Hundreds and hundreds of things have happened, and while some of them have received due recognition, others have passed by with little notice. I have asked the staff to share some of things that might have escaped notice, all of which display God at work in, around, and through the people of Stone Hill.
· Kids giving! At Camp this summer, they created 30+ fleece blankets for Acorn Glen residents, 200+ hygiene kits for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, and 200+ take-home bags for the local pet shelter, SAVE.
· Children’s Sunday School raised $400 that was used to purchase school backpacks for children in Haiti. Here’s a great photo when the backpacks were delivered!
· Rush of new Youth Ministry volunteers this last 6 months has been a huge blessing and has given us momentum.
· 80 people at Harfest with quite a few young people inviting friends.
· Global Partners Phil and Barb D. minister to Rohingya refugees in the Asian Crescent. The Rohingya people are among the most neglected and unwanted in the world. They have fled their home country, but now are unwanted refugees. Phil and Barb shine the bright light of the gospel, bringing hope and healing.
· Grateful for AWANA and camp. A mother shared the joy of witnessing her son memorizing verses from the gospel which he thoroughly enjoys. It is great to see how God is moving in his life even at a young age.
· 33 new members of the church who joined in 2018
· 2 new career young adults small groups added in 2018
Many many thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ for all He has done here in 2018. And many many thanks to you for your faith, involvement, prayers, work, and financial support. May the Living God continue to advance His gospel through us in Princeton, the Northeast, and the whole world.
Town Hall Meeting: Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting . Pastor Matt and our Elders will be speaking about where we are and where we are headed with our church’s mission. The meeting and luncheon will be held in Harris Hall at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 2. Childcare will be provided.
Decorating the Church for Christmas: Brenda Nyce-Taylor and our Flower Team are looking for help on Saturday, December 1 to decorate the church. If you are in the Christmas spirit and can lend a hand, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and/or stop by the church between 9:30 a.m. and noon.
Women's Bible Study: Women, are you tired of feeling like Christmas seems to sneak up on you and you’re just not ready to celebrate Jesus’ birth? Join us for a 4-week Advent series beginning Tuesday, November 27 at 9:30 a.m. We will look at four people who were transformed by the first Christmas. By reflecting on the Scripture of these events, we hope to see this wonderful first Christmas more clearly and discover how God still changes us.
Stone Hill Science: Prof. Ian Hutchinson (MIT) who is internationally known for his work on fusion energy will provide a lecture entitled, “Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?” on Saturday, December 1 at 7pm. Prof. Hutchinson is a physicist who also has written and spoken extensively about his Christian faith and how that interacts with his science. His recently published book, “Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles? An MIT Professor Answers Questions on God and Science” will be gifted to the first 50 attendees at the meeting. The lecture, held in Harris Hall, will be followed by light refreshments and the chance to chat with the speaker. This lecture will be appropriate for anyone interested in science and faith including high school and college students.
Haiti Trip 2019: Ready for a meaningful adventure? Go to Haiti and make a difference in the lives of others! Trip dates are March 9-16, 2019. Apply online today: https://tinyurl.com/HaitiTrip2019
Take Them a Meal: The Oakley family are new to our church, the area, and just added a new baby to their family. We would like to bless them by providing some meals. Please contact Laura Schools at email@example.com to be added to the Meals Ministry. We are looking for more people who are willing to provide a meal once in a while for families within our church who we can bless in that special way.
Stone Hill’s All-Church Christmas Party: Sunday, December 16 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The party begins with our children’s Christmas pageant, followed by a simple dinner, and ends with gingerbread house decorating in the atrium. All are welcome to a very fun event!
AWANA: Gently used items are needed for the upcoming AWANA Store on December 12. If you have items our AWANA clubbers would enjoy, or might make good Christmas gifts for family and friends, please bring your donations to either the church office or the Children’s Welcome Desk.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details, please pick up a flyer at the missions counter. Thank you.
No Empty Stocking: Today is the last day to choose a tag to buy a gift for a child this year. Just stop by the tree and pick up a tag, purchase some of the requested items ($50-$75 total) and return the gifts to the tree by the deadline. Feel free to create a group to support a child.
Christmas Choir Concert | A Service of Lessons and Carols: Everyone is invited to come and be lead by the Stone Hill adult choir in wonderful expression of the Advent Season! Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus that is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choral music. This is an event appropriate for all ages. December 9 at 6:30 p.m.