In Christ we have found the sure foundation.
"I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. " (John 15:5)
Stone Hill Young Adults coordinates fellowship amongst the University Students, Graduate Students, and Career Adults who attend Stone Hill. I have asked a few congregants involved in the ministry, also called “Abide”, to share what God has done in their lives through it.
Shereka Banton: “For love is meant to leave self and fly towards others.” These are words from a poem I read shortly after joining Abide. How they resonate! Prior to joining Abide, my walk with God was predominantly vertical, but he challenged me to move outward in his love. I’ve made wonderful friendships and found rich community. I’m thankful to have friends who encourage each other to stand firm in our faith as we navigate our culture’s seemingly insurmountable pressures.
Andrew Cessna: The Stone Hill young adult community is like a second family to me, which is good because mine lives several states away. The men’s group provides a weekly opportunity to delve into theology and its applications with like-minded brothers in Christ, bear one another’s burdens, and give and receive much-needed prayer. It has strengthened my walk with Christ and helped me form Christ-centered friendships. Iron sharpens iron, and this group is looking sharper all the time.
Kyla Kara: The women’s fellowship group has been a transformational answer to prayer. I view the community as a demonstration of the incarnational way God loves me. This helped produce in me an unshakable trust in God. Being rooted securely in both the love of God and Stone Hill community has given me the freedom to love and forever changed how I view all relationships.
Alanna Pearson: Toward the end of May, I first started coming to Stone Hill and to Abide. That night was so overwhelming; however, I did hear a message that really spoke to me spiritually. I continued to attend Abide and it is where I first started to realize who God really is. This was my first step in my deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Abide has been a life-changer for me. I have made life-long friends and deepened my relationship with Jesus Christ.
To learn more about Stone Hill Young Adults please contact Pastor Jin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Sundays at 6:30: Save the date! Sunday evening, March 15, Pastor Matt will be teaching the next “Sundays at 6:30” from 6:30 to-8:00 pm. He will be joined by his wife, Karen, for this talk entitled Gospel Parenting in a Babylon World. All are welcome and all will learn, but the emphasis is on parenting children in these post-Christian, post-truth days. Childcare is provided.
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 ", a follow up class, will explore ministries at Stone Hill Church 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.
Extended Family: We are pleased to have Mary McCormack as our February 12 guest speaker. This summer, Mary had an opportunity to team up with Women in the Window International to minister to the Lakota Souix Indians in North Dakota. Please join us as she shares all the wonderful things the Lord did in their midst. We gather for lunch at 11:30 a.m. in the Library. Lunch is free and everybody is welcome.
Abide: The Abide Young Adults will meet on Thursday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Church Library. We will enjoy a time of acoustic worship, teaching, and prayer followed by snacks and fellowship! In case of any questions, please email Denise Manheimer.
A Simple Way to Pray: This class runs through 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.
Anger Class: For those who struggle with anger or have children who struggle with anger we are offering a 4-week support group to help you identify the source of your anger and how to recalibrate your desires that will help you deal with your anger issues in yourself and in your child. The class will take place on Sunday mornings. February 9, 16, and 23 at 11:10 a.m. in the Adult Education Room. Pastor Tracy Troxel and Elder Ken Lam will be co-leading this interactive class.
Join the Worship Team: Bass Players needed for Sunday morning worship. All experience/ability levels are welcome. Consider using your talents to worship and praise with us!
Children’s Worship: If you want to be involved, now is your time! We meet every Sunday from 9:25-9:45 a.m. in the 1st grade room. If you are interested in leading singing or playing an instrument, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. The film offers a sobering reminder of our nation’s unresolved struggle to free itself from the demons of racial hatred. It also serves as an inspiring testament to the transformative power of faith and forgiveness and highlights the urgent need for deeper racial reconciliation and justice. Stone Hill Church is hosting a free showing of the movie with a panel discussion afterwards. The panel is comprised of the four men that Stone Hill Church sent to Charleston in the aftermath of the shootings. 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.