Advent 1: Jesus Christ and Adam: As by one Adam came death, so by a second Adam comes life.
Meet Lindsei and Michael
This year, our church has been blessed with two young leaders joining our staff. Lindsei Lansky is our incoming Children’s Ministry Director, and Michael Sentance is serving as our Youth Director. Here they are in their own words:
Lindsei Lansky: I memorized Hebrews 11:1-2 long ago, thinking it meant trusting God for things I wanted. For a friend to be healed, a family member to be saved, or for my parents to reconcile. All these things were good, even godly desires, but it was not faith. I learned to have faith in God’s sovereignty and faithful character. Back in April, when Stone Hill invited me to come on board, I prayed that the Lord would allow me to come. I faced a long process to obtain a visa. I knew that God could provide, but more than that, I had the faith to trust in him, whatever the outcome. The time spent waiting and praying has been extremely precious to me. I’m so thankful that my prayers were aligned with His plans, which allowed me to serve this church and its people, whom I so dearly love.
Michael Sentance: When I was around nine years old, I became close friends with a schoolmate that lived close by. My friend and I started getting into trouble at school and getting into fights with kids we didn’t know on the street. When he started getting involved with drugs, I strongly felt the leading of the Holy Spirit that this was not what He had for me, and I made this clear to my friend. He soon dropped out of school and I didn’t see him again until five years later. I was volunteering in a homeless shelter, when my friend came in for lunch. He told me that he was disconnected from his family and due in court on his upcoming twenty first birthday. I served him lunch and went out the back and wept. God himself had steered me off this track. I truly don’t know where I would be otherwise. All glory to Him!
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. today. Childcare will be provided.
Financial Update: December is a hugely important month for Stone Hill Church in terms of ministry and giving! We have a goal of receiving $625,000 dollars during this month to ensure that we meet our ministry and budget obligations. Stone Hillers have always been a generous group of givers. We’re counting on your support and the Lord’s help to meet this important goal…
Calling All Bakers: December 16 is our next Sunday to serve sweet/ savory breads in the Cafe. Can you help by baking a loaf or two? We need about 30 loaves to feed our church family. Please email Grace email@example.com of your availability and number of loaves. Thank you!
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.
Stone Hill Learning Center: Please join us for our annual Christmas Program on Thursday, December 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Students will perform short skits and recitations. There will be an art show of student work and student projects will also be on display. Refreshments will be served.
Christmas Choir Concert | A Service of Lessons and Carols: On Sunday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. 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.
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.
Extended Family: Christmas is in the air! We are delighted to have Joseph Henry as our Extended Family guest speaker December 12. He'll share his heart about true joy. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Library. Bring a friend.
Youth Christmas Party: On Friday, December 14, will be the Stone Hill Youth Christmas Party. Come on by the youth room at 6:30 p.m. in your best ugly Christmas sweater and join in on a night of pizza, cookies, karaoke, games, crafts, and generally high levels of Christmas cheer. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a gift for the white elephant gift exchange! Hope to see you there!
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!