The Good God sustains and propels us by His good Word.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” (Psalm 106:1 NLT).
Pastor Matt: Last week’s ROAR Camp was a huge success with over 200 children learning the gospel truth that “Life is wild. God is good.” Each year, campers are encouraged to contribute to two mission projects – one nearby and one far away. Lindsei Lansky, Director of Children’s Ministry, shares about this year’s mission projects:
As a part of this year’s Near Project, campers donated school supplies for the upcoming school year. This project is in coordination with Stone Hill’s backpack drive in August, where each backpack donated will be filled with the school supplies and given to a child in need within the community.
Last month Stone Hill Church had the privilege of hosting our Global Resident, Isaac Mbabazi. Many of you enjoyed showing him hospitality, having conversations with him and learning from him. When asked about the needs of his ministry at home in Bunia, D.R. Congo, Isaac repeatedly expressed the need for soccer balls. He described how soccer is a popular sport, but soccer balls are very scarce. Children gather together banana tree husks or corn husks until they form a ball and then kick it around to play soccer. Isaac went on to say that having real soccer balls would encourage kids to stay out of trouble. Giving them out at church would encourage many children to come and attend the church service, hopefully planting a seed of faith and evangelizing many.
When campers, Andrew (age 10) and Matthew (age 9) Lee, heard this one night at dinner with Isaac, they became interested in collecting soccer balls for the children of Bunia. Their idea grew into this year’s Far Away Project. We collected money for soccer balls for the kids in Bunia! I will report on Sunday, how many balls we will be sending.
Benevolence Fund: Thank you so much for your generous support of the Benevolence Fund. On June 16, 23, and 30 we made special appeals for the Benevolence Fund and we received almost $25,000. This will enable us to continue the good work of providing tangible support for needy families in our congregation and in the larger Princeton community. Thank you!
Woke Church Book Discussion: Our book discussion on the Woke Church: An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and Injustice will be held on Saturday morning July 20 at 10 a.m. at Stone Hill Church. Get the book soon so that you can read and then be ready to discuss. This book is important as an African-American, who shares our theological contours, attempts to help us live out the gospel more consistently.
Summer Sermon Reading Plan: Our Summer Preaching Series will focus on the book of 1 Samuel. 1 Samuel gives us many insights into the heart of God’s kingdom work in the world as we get an insider’s look at how God established His kingdom through the monarchy of Israel. Four different preachers will work through 1 Samuel this summer: Pastor Tracy, Pastor Jin, Dr. Matt Megill (our Global Partner in West Africa), and Pastor Valentin (our Global Partner in Haiti). If you would like to read through 1 Samuel with us this summer, here is a plan.
· July 8-14: 1 Samuel 2:11-4:1
· July 15-21: 1 Samuel 4
· July 22-28: 1 Samuel 5-8
· July 29-August 4: 1 Samuel 9-12
· August 5-11: 1 Samuel 13-15
· August 12-18: 1 Samuel 16
· August 19-August 25: 1 Samuel 17
· August 26-September 1: 1 Samuel 18-20
Center for Marketplace Advance: The Center for Marketplace Advance is a group at Stone Hill committed to helping believers live for the kingdom in their workplaces. If you would like to have access to the group’s resources, interviewing tips, and testimonials please email Judy Augustin at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can add you to the group. These resources are available on The Loop.