In Christ we are free—free from condemnation.
An invitation to join me in bringing delight to God
Behold, you, O God, delight when truth is in my inward being (Psalm 51:6).
My story: Ten days ago, during morning devotions, I was reflecting on things the Bible tells us God loves. The list included:
· God loves His Son, Jesus: Luke 3:22.
· God loves the world, fallen as it is: John 3:16.
· God loves those who love Him: Deuteronomy 7:9.
· God loves justice: Psalm 37:28.
· God loves cheerful givers: 2 Corinthians 9:7.
About a week later, I discovered a verse that I hadn’t connected to “The Things God Loves”: God loves it when there is truth in our hearts. As David put it in Psalm 51, you delight in truth in my inward being. In other words, God loves it when our hearts are filled with truth. He loves it when we are being truthful, when we don’t hide our faults from Him. God loves it when we are thinking truthful, when we focus on true things down deep. God loves it when we take truth down into our soul.
My invitation: If God loves it when His truth is in our inward being, then why not memorize it? When God’s Word is down there deep, it is always available to remember and reflect on. No wonder God promised Joshua: Meditate on this Book day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful (1:8).
So how about memorizing Romans 8 with me? We will be studying it over the next ten weeks, so there’s plenty of time to take it to heart. Here are four plans:
· The Starter Plan: Memorize 5 verses from Romans 8, one verse every other week. Memorize verses 1, 15, 28, 38-39.
· The Intermediate Plan: Memorize 10 verses, one verse every week. In addition to the verses above, memorize verses 5, 13, 18, 31, 34.
· The Advanced Plan: Memorize 19 verses, two verses every week. In addition to all the verses above, memorize verses 2-4, 11, 16-17, 29-30, 32.
· The Ultimate Plan: Memorize the entire chapter, which means just about four verses every week.
Want to join me? Let me know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the words, “I’m in, and I’m going with The ____ Plan.”
Meet Our Missionaries: Dan and Ginny Bryant. They will be in the atrium after each service. Dan teaches and disciples West Africans interested in missions in his community and other locations. Ginny volunteers at a school for the deaf and a school for missionary children.
The Mission of God and the Church's Mission: This new adult ed class is led by Jim Neumann and Dave Shue. Come join us as we learn about God's purposes for the church and the world. It will meet starting this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Library.
Prayer Meeting: A prayer meeting has begun in the Prayer Chapel on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The focus is God's powerful work on Sunday mornings and renewal and revival here in the Princeton area.
Sundays at 6:30: Sunday evening, October 20, Pastor Matt will be teaching the first of five “Sundays at 6:30”—times of extended biblical teaching and interaction around important cultural issues of our day. The first, entitled “The Angers of a Post-Truth Culture,” will deal with truth, fake news, the struggle for power in the absence of truth, the rise of rage and extreme partisanship in politics, and the calling of Christians to provide a better way. For future planning, the other dates for upcoming Sundays at 6:30 p.m. are: 11/17/19, 1/12/20, 3/15/20, and 5/3/20.
Healing Hearts Ministry: This Ministry is offering a 2-day program from the American Bible Society helping people begin healing from difficult situations. October 25-26 at Stone Hill. Leader is Mary McCormack. Please call her at the Church Office for more information.
Stone Hill Believes: Stone Hill Membership Class This class will meet today after the second service in Harris Hall. Lunch is provided. Childcare will also be provided for those who have young children.
Stone Hill Connects: Stone Hill Life-sharing Class This class is a follow up from Stone Hill Believes and is designed for all newcomers who are interested in church life and learning about how the church cares for her members. The class will explore why friendship matters in the church and how we can be better connected with one another through intentionality. We will take time to hear from you about your expectation and desire for a local church. Why does a church matter to you? What do you look for in a church? Come and share life with us! This class will meet October 13 after the second service in Harris Hall. Lunch is provided. Childcare will also be provided for those who have young children. Please email Pastor Jin at email@example.com with any questions or for more information.
Community Outreach Opportunity: Last year Stone Hill Church participated in the “Trunk or Treat” sponsored by the Princeton Family YMCA and the Arts Council of Princeton. We are looking for at least 5 Stone Hill “Trunks” to participate this year. All that is needed is a trunk and a friendly smile. Friends or family make a fun addition to the experience. Stone Hill will even provide the treats and a Stone Hill sign for your trunk. Please contact the church office if you would like to participate.
Calling All Bakers: Please consider baking a loaf or two of sweet or savory bread to be served in the Cafe on October 27. Bake at your convenience and then pop it in the church freezer, labeled with the type, Cafe, and the date. It is helpful if you let Grace know if you are able to help out. Thank you!
Extended Family: We are thrilled to have the Cruzados as our October 9th guest speakers. Nathan and Gloria recently returned from a 3 month mission to the Philippines where many came to faith. Come hear about their challenges and how God answered in amazing ways. We gather for lunch at 11:30 a.m. in the church library. Everyone is invited.
Baptism Class: We are offering a two-week Baptism Class on November 3 and 10 at 11:10 a.m. in the Adult Ed room. The class will prepare you for Baptism. The class is open to children through Adult, and parents are welcome to attend the class with their child. Baptism Sunday is November 24 during both services. If you plan to attend the class, please RSVP to Lara Holt firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share Your Good News: The church is looking to collect good stories. Not just any kind of story, but a good story about the work of God through Stone Hill Church, whether the congregation as a whole, or individuals. This could be a story about how the gospel changed a life, how a good Samaritan helped someone in need, how our summer Bible Camp reached a child or a family, how a relationship was restored. We will use some of these stories to encourage the flock and to describe the gospel impact of this church. If you have a testimony you would be willing to share in public, please tell us. Send your good story to Doug Megill, Executive Director, at email@example.com. Thank you!
Getty Concert: Come see Keith and Kristyn Getty, musicians and composers of many of the songs we sing at Stone Hill Church. Some of those songs include, In Christ Alone, By Faith, My Worth Is Not in What I Own, May the Peoples Praise You, and many others. Our very own choir director, Bob Doll, will direct the choir and several of our choir members will be singing in the choir at the concert. Come out that night to enjoy and support this wonderful event so close to home! Sing! Delaware Valley Concert, Saturday, October 26, 2019, 7–10 p.m., Patriot's Theater, Trenton War Memorial. Learn more and purchase tickets at Eventbrite.