Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).
At Stone Hill, we are committed to Jesus’ parting words (above) from the Gospel of Matthew, words often called “The Great Commission.” One of our long-standing partners in this effort has been the Lausanne Movement. Our speaker this morning, Michael Oh, is its President. Below is a brief description of Lausanne:
Across the world today, men and women are faithfully stewarding God’s call as leaders and people of influence in organizations, churches, schools, and marketplaces. What would happen if these men and women were to gather together to form God-inspired, catalytic connections within and across regions, generations, shared interests, and ideas? This is the unique calling of the Lausanne Movement: to connect influencers and ideas for global mission.
In his travels around the world, the late Billy Graham met many leaders who were disconnected from each other. He felt called to bring these leaders together, thus beginning a movement of connections marked by a spirit of humility, friendship, prayer, study, partnership, and hope. Graham called this ‘the spirit of Lausanne’. It is in this spirit that Lausanne’s world congresses, global gatherings, and issue-specific forums and consultations have been convened for over 40 years, resulting in numerous connections, initiatives, and resources. Back in 2010, Stone Hill Church had the privilege of sending over a dozen of its members to the Cape Town Congress, a gathering that brought together nearly 5,000 gospel leaders from 197 countries.
Today the Lausanne Movement connects gospel influencers across three spheres: ideas, regions and, generations.
· Lausanne has over 30 diverse issue networks, each led by Lausanne catalysts and centered around a pressing missional opportunity or challenge. These smaller groups of influencers focus on a critical mission topic like the Gospel and Culture, Children at Risk, and Business as Mission.
· From East Asia to Latin America, Francophone Africa to the South Pacific, Lausanne’s regional directors help facilitate connections for mission and give leadership to Lausanne’s initiatives across 12 continental or sub-continental regions.
· Younger Leaders Gatherings (YLG) bring together influential evangelical leaders between the ages of 25-35, connecting participants with each other and with other senior global leaders to build up the next generation of influencers.
Easter Devotional Project: Jesus of Nazareth, Risen Lord, I am all in!
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive our power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing. Revelations 5:12
For the 40 days leading up to Easter we will focus on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as told in the Gospels. The sequence of daily devotionals will work through the major segments of the public life of Christ, focusing on who He is and why He is worthy of our whole-hearted surrender! To be included in the daily devotional email list, please sign up at https://tinyurl.com/Easter-Devotional-Project.
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.
Women’s Retreat: This event will take place on May 1-2 at Stone Hill Church. Save the dates!
Calling Female Singers of all Ages and Singing Parts! A women's ensemble will sing the offertory in both services on Sunday, March 22. If you love to sing this will be your opportunity! The time commitment is small and your voice will be greatly appreciated! Rehearsals start this Sunday, February 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the 4th Grade classroom. Additional rehearsals will be on Sunday evening and Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. It's possible to miss a couple of rehearsals and still sing. Please contact Amy Wells for the dates, more details, and for a link to hear the song.
Call for Tutors: Interested in serving as a tutor? Stone Hill and Princeton YMCA have partnered to provide tutoring for middle and high school students in the Princeton area. Tutors are needed in all subjects, especially the core areas: Math, Science, and English. Tutors are made available to students on-demand and scheduling is flexible. Please prayerfully consider serving your local community and having the opportunity to touch young minds. If you are interested, please contact Shereka Banton for more details.
Care Discussion Group: The Care Ministry Team continues to host weekly Sunday morning group discussions at 11 am in the Adult Ed classroom. Our topic for the month of February is "Struggling with Anger". You are invited to join us as we share around these concerns, offer support and encouragement to each other, and pray. Topics/groups for the following months are:
· March - "Help me deal with my anxiety." (classes will include psychoeducation on anxiety, scripture dealing with anxiety, sharing and discussing coping mechanisms)
· April – “Living with Chronic Illness”
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.