Christ is our Cornerstone; in him we shall not be moved.
Responding to SARS-CoV-2, “the coronavirus” (Part 1)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart (Proverbs 3:5).
Two months ago, the Center for Disease Control declared the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 a public health emergency. Since, the disease has spread globally. As of two days ago (March 6), over 100,000 cases worldwide had been reported. In the US, the number of known cases is growing, and in a variety of states. That includes New Jersey, where the first reported case appears to have been transmitted through a house of worship in Westchester County, NY.
God alone knows the future. So we do well to make plans in situations like this with firm trust in our Heavenly Father. So let me offer some comments:
1. Your leaders are reviewing the situation and our responses daily.
2. We are gathering information from recognized and reliable sources (the CDC website, local health websites, a balance of national news sites); please do the same.
3. I urge you to follow the safety precautions and practices outlined at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus, which include washing your hands as frequently as possible and avoiding hand-to-face contact.
4. Given these precautions, please replace Atrium handshakes, embraces, and fist bumps with a warm smile, some conversation, or if nothing else a wave.
5. If you or a loved one are sick on a Sunday, or you have had a fever within the last 72 hours, please stay home. Services are livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/Stonehillchurch/, or you can subscribe to our YouTube channel, and the sermon is available on our website http://stonehillprinceton.org/sunday/sermons.
6. If you or a loved one have returned from travel to a CDC warning Level 3 location, please practice self-quarantining. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html
7. Daily renew your trust in Jesus Christ and intentionally follow him with a love that considers your loved ones, your neighbors, and your own health.
Jim Erickson, Facilities Director, comments: “At Stone Hill we maintain proper sanitation procedures to help prevent illness and its spread. The Facilities Staff and I place constant emphasis on disinfecting surfaces and items that are handled frequently: doorknobs, light switches etc. In-depth cleaning is taking place regularly, including any identified classroom or area where sickness is known to have been present. As we learn about the coronavirus, we will update our precautions. If an outbreak occurs, we will follow the guidelines recommended by state and local authorities. For more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Sundays at 6:30: 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.
Spring Concert: The Stone Hill Choir will present a Concert of Spirituals 2 on Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. We celebrate the African-American traditions of worship with commentary and historic perspective from Ruth Naomi Floyd, vocalist, composer and Director of Jazz Studies at Cairn University. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served after the concert.
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 email@example.com. Sign up for the class at https://tinyurl.com/SpringBaptism2020.
Adult Ed Class: Jesus and the Cross is led by Patrick Haley and Samuel Jang in the Adult Ed room beginning March 15 through April 5. The cross of Jesus stands at the center of the Christian faith. This course sets out to understand the fullness of Christ’s work on the cross. What did a cross mean in Jesus’s day? How should we understand the significance of Christ’s sacrifice? What does it mean to say the Son of God suffered on the cross? And what is the relationship between the crucifixion and the resurrection? Together we will work to better understand what it is to know “Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor 2:2).
Care Discussion Group: Care Discussion Group: The Care Ministry Team continues to host weekly Sunday morning group discussions at 11:15 a.m. in the Adult Ed classroom. Our topic for the month of March is "Dealing with Anxiety". You are invited to join us as we share around these concerns, offer support and encouragement to each other, and pray. Topic/group for April is "Living with Chronic Illness".
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.
Walking Tour: Stone Hill's Laura Megill and Jean Telljohann are organizing a series of free historical walking tours on the campus of Princeton University. The Spring 2020 tours, which will cover the same content as the November 2019 tour, will be held on Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m., and Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. The one hour tour led by Princeton alumnus and campus chaplain, David Keddie, will focus on the roots and history of Princeton University. Hear how the desire for a center of Christian learning built the university we have today. Space is limited. Reserve a spot at https://www.forgottenprinceton.org/.
2020 Men’s Retreat: Led by Ahmed Clark and Tone Bellamy, elder and senior pastor of Transformation Church in Trenton.
· Friday night to Sunday morning, April 24 to 26
· America’s Keswick Retreat Center
· Details and registration at http://stonehillprinceton.org/connect/men
· Yes, there will be coffee.