Advent 3: Nothing shall separate us from the love of God.
Update on Giving: Lindsei Lansky, Director of Children's Ministry, describes the impact of your giving in support of our ministry to children and families:
"Thanks to generous giving to Stone Hill Church, Stone Hill Kids was able to host our first Parents' Night Out, a concert by Out of the Dust, a Christian husband and wife duo from Nashville. Chris and Stephanie shared the story of redemption of their marriage, and about how God takes whatever we give him and restores it from ashes. It was a very impactful night for those who came. One couple thanked me a couple of weeks later for how much it had impacted their lives and, especially, their marriage. They were able to look at their marriage and each other with renewed eyes, and seek God's redemptive power for their relationship. This programming in support of marriages and families is only possible with your support."
In this time of year, we ask for your prayerful and generous consideration as we seek to meet our budget. So far this month we’ve received $96,700. We need $460,000 more in December to be in the black, this number is larger than stated last week due to a reporting error, now corrected. The total amount needed at this point is very close to our need at the same time last year.
Christmas Choir Concert: Join the Stone Hill Choir as they present the Christmas portion of Handel’s masterpiece, MESSIAH, on Sunday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. 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.
The Abide (Young Adults) Christmas Party: Join us on December 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Library. We will have Christmas cookie decorating, snacks, hot chocolate, games, and a White Elephant gift exchange.
Christmas Eve Services at Stone Hill: We will hold our family friendly service beginning at 5 p.m. There will also be a service at 11 p.m., with communion, ushering in Christmas day, the celebration of our Savior’s birth.
New Year’s Eve Potluck at Stone Hill Church: Join us for a New Year’s Eve Potluck at 5:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, December 31. Please bring a dish that represents food from your family’s heritage. We will enjoy a time of fellowship and food together New Year’s Eve. This event is open to the entire church and is being sponsored by the Koinonia Team at Stone Hill. The Koinonia Team is a multi-ethnic team who’s purpose it is to provide events that will help our diverse church connect with one another in a deeper way. We believe that spending time together over a meal is a great way for us to build community at Stone Hill Church.
Good News/Bad News: The good news is we have seen an increase in attendance this past fall and beginning of winter. The bad news is that there have been a number of Sundays where we have experienced a full parking lot during our 9:30 a.m. service. We anticipate more visitors and attendees these next Sundays as we come together to celebrate the birth of our Lord. We need your help:
· If you attend the 9:30 a.m. service and bring two or more cars to church, please consider parking one car at 800 Bunn Drive – our Satellite Parking lot
· If you attend the 9:30 a.m. service and do not have responsibilities of taking care of small children and/or family members/people for whom climbing in and out of our shuttle van may be difficult, please consider parking your vehicle at 800 Bunn Drive and using our shuttle service.
Thank you for helping others worship by freeing up parking spaces!
ISI Christmas Banquet: We give praises to our Lord Jesus Christ for the 42 annual International Students Christmas Banquet. A warm “Thank you” to all who provided casseroles for this celebration. Over 175 people attended from 28 countries and 35 congregations. We appreciate your partnership in sharing the good news of Jesus’ birth to those who are so far from home.