Christ is our Good Judge, righteous and wise.
I am thankful when members of our congregation share their testimonies. Here, Browlyn and Katrina Marquez share theirs. Clearly God, having saved them by his grace, has “created them “in Christ Jesus for good works” (Ephesians 2:10):
I (Katrina) grew up in a home with Christian parents who deeply cared for my spiritual life. I came to faith at a young age through hearing Scripture and my family praying for me. As I grew in faith, I began to desire to minister to children who have experienced physical abuse and neglect. During an undergraduate internship at a children’s crisis treatment center in Philadelphia, I decided to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Upon finishing my Master of Science of Social Work, I began to work as an Intensive In Community therapist, providing mental and behavioral health care for children throughout Middlesex and Union Counties.
I (Browlyn) came to faith in 2011, toward the end of senior year at high school, after a coworker at Wegman’s shared the gospel with me. Prior to this, I had been a committed atheist. It was through reading Scripture that the Holy Spirit showed me my desperate need for Christ. As a freshman in college, I found myself torn between pursuing a career in healthcare or in theology. After years of prayer, research, and seeking wisdom, I decided to pursue both choices—by the grace of God. Upon finishing my Bachelor of Science of Nursing, I began to work as a critical care registered nurse. While serving in that capacity, I pursued a master’s degree to become a family nurse practitioner as well as a master’s degree of divinity and theology at Westminster Seminary, where I am nearing the end of my studies. My desire, if the Lord wills, is to pursue ordination for pastoral ministry and continue practicing as a health care provider while I finish my clinical doctorate.
Fun Facts about us:
1. We met at our previous church during freshman year of college.
2. We have two boys: Levi Matthew (2 y), and Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield (5 m). Benjamin’s name was inspired by Browlyn’s favorite theologian, B.B Warfield!
3. Our favorite hymn is “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”
Our Elders Seek Your Input: Sunday, elders will be available in the Prayer Chapel and are seeking input on what matters to you most related to the future of Stone Hill Church as we seek our next senior pastor. This will be an informal opportunity for you to express your priorities and views, and come and go. Elders will be present during the first service, between services, during the second service and for a short time after the second service. Come with whatever you think is important for our future—the Elders want to hear your thoughts and perspectives. You can also send thoughts by email to email@example.com, or to any elder you feel comfortable approaching.
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 p.m. 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.
Baptism Class: Our Spring Baptism Class will take place on Sunday, March 29 and April 19 at 11:10 a.m. in the Adult Ed room. This is a 2-session class that will help you understand why a follower of Jesus Christ should be baptized. The class will prepare you to be baptized at our Baptism this spring, Sunday morning, May 3. If you have not been baptized, we encourage you to take the class. The class does not obligate you to be baptized. Children must attend with their parent and should have an understanding of the gospel. Email Pastor Tracy if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to sign up for the class please sign up at https://tinyurl.com/SpringBaptism2020.
Extended Family: Winter is quickly coming to an end. Extended Family is looking forward to the sunny, joyful countenance of Donna Nitchun as she shares her precious experience of walking with Jesus. In the face of adversity she continues to be made more than a conqueror and lives in the fullness of life. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 11. We gather for lunch at 11:30 a.m. in the Library. Everyone's invited. Bring a friend.
Summer Camp Registration Reminder: The most fun-filled week of the summer is coming July 6-10. SAVE THE DATE! CAMP registration opens April 1st!
Volunteer Sign Up for Camp: Can’t wait to sign up as a volunteer? Register at http://bit.ly/serveatcamp.
Coronavirus: The church staff is in discussion and praying about Coronavirus and the current epidemic. As we continue to monitor this and follow advice from the CDC, we want to remind everyone on good health practices for any virus: avoid people who are sick; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue; and your wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after sneezing or coughing. Our Facilities Staff continues to practice their intensified flu/cold season disinfecting procedures.