Great thanks to God who sent his Son so that whoever believes in him should have eternal life
I love baptism services here at Stone Hill. I love to hear the various people talk about the difference Jesus has made in their lives! I love to see them go down into the water and then come up, dripping wet but filled with joy!
Baptism is a beautiful reminder that Jesus can make a difference in any person’s life. And that includes you!!! There is new life in Christ for everyone, all because Jesus died and came back to life. Let me put it the other way around: if Christ did not die and did not rise from the dead, then faith in Him is pointless. If He is not the Resurrected Savior, then all those who spend their lives following Him are misguided. They are still in their sins. They have no hope or future.
But Jesus Christ did die, and He did rise from the dead! His crucifixion and resurrection have validated all God’s promises. Let me reinforce this from the writings of J.C. Ryle, a 19th-century pastor whose works are still read today:
There is no need to wonder why so much importance is attached to our Lord’s resurrection. It is the seal of God’s great work of redemption. It is the crowning proof that He paid the debt for sin He decided to pay on our behalf, that He won the battle to deliver us from hell, that He is accepted as our substitute by the Father in heaven.
Had Jesus never come out of the grave, how could we ever be sure that our ransom had been fully paid? Had He never risen from His conflict with evil, how could we feel confident that He has overcome the power of death? But thanks be unto God, we are not left in doubt about these things. The Lord Jesus really rose again!
The death and resurrection of Christ confirm God’s promise, whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. Because Jesus rose from the dead, you can trust God for forgiveness of sin, for the power to change, for eternal life on the other side of death. My appeal to each of you today is to put your faith in the Risen Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.
Prayer & Praise Service: “Give thanks unto the Lord for He is good.” We will gather in the sanctuary for a one-hour service on Sunday 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.
Crock-Pot Potluck Dinner: Following the Prayer & Praise Service, at 6:30 p.m., a potluck dinner will be held in Harris Hall, allowing for an 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. Food can be dropped off/ plugged in, in Harris Hall, prior to the Prayer & Praise Service. 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 December 4, 2019.
Family Christmas Celebration: December 8, from 4-7 p.m. We will enjoy the musical "Jesus Light of the World", presented by the Children's Choir, gather for a simple dinner in the Harris Hall and top the night off with an amazing Gingerbread-House-making time in the Atrium. Kids will love to sit together with their families and friends to enjoy this time of fun, really sweet fellowship! Come and invite your friends!
Christmas Choir Concert: Join the Stone Hill Choir as they present the Christmas portion of Handel’s masterpiece, MESSIAH, on Sunday, December 15 at 6:30pm. The choir will be accompanied by The Stone Hill Chamber Orchestra, with soprano, Rebecca Gater, mezzo-soprano Amy Wells, tenor Arthur Harris, and baritone Steven Condy, all under the direction of Bob Doll. Admission is free. Join us after the concert for a free holiday reception.
Christmas Decorating: We will be decorating the church for Christmas on Saturday, November 30 at 9:15 a.m. until around 11 a.m., depending on the number of volunteers. This is a fun time and is a great way to help our church begin preparations for Christmas. Families are welcome. If you are interested and/or for more information contact Brenda Nyce-Taylor.
D6 Starting on December 1: Reminding all parents of infants through High School that our new curriculum, D6, starts on December 1st. We are praying it will be a blessing to your family. Join us in prayer and preparation.
WANTED: Jesus followers who love children! Currently we are in need of assistants to our Pre-K, Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd and 5th grades. Options of bi-weekly, weekly or substitute positions. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child by showing up in their lives, connecting with them and supporting their learning of God's word, please email Betsy Ferrer or Lindsei Lansky at email@example.com or stop by the Children's Welcome Desk.
AWANA Store: Gently used items are needed for the upcoming AWANA Store on December 11. If you have items our AWANA clubbers would enjoy, or might make good Christmas gifts for family and friends, please bring your donations to the Children's Welcome Desk by December 8.
Haiti Trip 2020: Ready for a meaningful adventure? Go to Haiti and make a difference in the lives of others! Trip dates are March 14-21, 2020. Apply online today! Stop by the Missions Corner today for more info.
Casseroles Needed for ISI Christmas Banquet: International Students (ISI) ministry is holding their Annual Christmas Banquet on Saturday, December 7. Each year, Stone Hill provides casseroles for this event. If you are able to make a casserole for this event, please email Connie Darrow by December 4 to let her know.
No Empty Stocking: This Christmas Stone Hill has the privilege of joining Princeton Human Services, and Ministries at Stone Hill, in making kids’ Christmas gift wishes come true. You can help! Choose a stocking from the Christmas tree in the atrium. Make sure to record the gift tag number on the checkout sheet, along with your contact information, and take an information sheet. Unwrapped gifts will need to be returned to Stone Hill by December 3, 2019.
Stone Hill Learning Center: Please join us on Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m.-9:00 pm for our annual Christmas program. Students will perform skits, songs, and recitations; student projects and art work will be on display. Price of admission is an appetizer or dessert to share with 10 people.