In Christ we have found the abundant life.
"Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on His God." (Isaiah 50:10)
I am always thankful when members of our congregation share their testimonies. Here, Amelia Ray, our Children’s Choir Director, shares hers:
We all have memorable years in our lives. For me, 2019 will be a year that I will not soon forget. The best word to describe the year is dark. In early January, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Little did I know the darkness that would shadow over the next few months of my life: Personal health issues, the sudden death of a very dear family member, professional frustration and loss. The future looked broken and dim.
In Is He Worthy?, songwriter Andrew Peterson pens the following:
“Do you feel the world is broken?
Do you feel the shadows deepen?
Do you know the dark won’t stop the light from getting through?
Do you wish you could see it all made new?”
These words put voice to the conflict deep in my soul. I longed to see the darkness end. Weeks went by with unrelenting trials. It seemed God was allowing more and more darkness to come. I continued to say that I trusted that He had a plan, but many days my faith felt so weak that I feared I would lose my way. I could barely see the next step in front of me, much less what was to come down the road. Months passed with little light. With more frequency, I asked, “How long, O Lord!” (Ps. 89:46).
During these days, God used His Word and the church to keep my faith. The community at Stone Hill became a lifeline for me, supporting me through difficulty and reminding me over and over of the truths I knew but could barely believe. God is present, at work even when I cannot see Him in the dark. He promises that He will come to make all things new. As 2019 came to a close, I could begin to see the Light that had been guiding me all along. Life this side of eternity will be filled with darkness but the Light drives it away and He will always be with us.
Save The Dates! Pastor Matt’s Retirement Events
· Sunday, June 7– church wide celebration during one single service.
· Saturday, May 16– formal community dinner. Adults only. More information to follow.
Congregational Prayer Meeting: "Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months, it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit." James 5:17-18. In what has become an annual event, at the beginning of the church year, the Board of Elders and deacons of Stone Hill Church will meet for a sustained time of prayer. At our annual meeting held on Sunday, January 26, there was a call for more fervent and consistent congregational prayers at SHC. To that end, please join us , if possible for a time of prayer, in the Youth Room on February 6, 7:30-8:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there.
Stone Hill Arts Series presents: Hedy! The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr. A one-woman dramatic and multimedia presentation. Hedy Lamarr, glamorous siren of the silver screen, was more than the most beautiful woman in the world. For more info please visit www.stonehillprinceton.org. Saturday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. Free Admission. Q&A and light refreshments following the performance.
A Simple Way to Pray: February 2 to March 8. Jesus promised that our Father will reward us when we pray (Matt. 6:6), but we are often too discouraged and distracted to pray as we should. This class is designed to encourage you in prayer by looking to God’s abundant promises and by teaching a simple way to pray rooted in the Scriptures and the historic practice of the Christian church. Whether you are new to prayer or a veteran looking for greater fruitfulness, this class is for you. For more information, contact Flynn Cratty. This class meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Adult Ed room.
Stone Hill Membership Class: This class is designed for everyone and serves as a membership prerequisite. The class will be held on February 9 after the second service in Harris Hall. Lunch is provided. Childcare will also be provided. “Stone Hill Life ", will explore ministries at Stone Hill and discuss opportunities to serve. This class will be held on February 16, after the second service, in Harris Hall. Lunch will be provided. If you have more questions, please contact Pastor Jin at email@example.com
Emanuel Movie and Panel Discussion: The documentary, Emanuel, explores life after the tragic shooting on June 17, 2015 at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. Stone Hill Church is hosting a free showing of the movie with a panel discussion afterwards. Come hear their stories and learn about the power of forgiveness and the need for transformation and restoration. Saturday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m. For more info visit www.stonehillprinceton.org.