Koinonia Fall Kickoff

October 5, 2021 |

As we kick off a new season of church activities, it’s a great time to refresh on our Koinonia ministry and share what’s upcoming for Fall 2021 through Spring/Summer 2022.

First, what is “Koinonia”? The Greek word “koinonia” translates to “fellowship” in English. Koinonia appears throughout the New Testament, first in Acts 2:42: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” This verse depicts the Christ-centered community that characterized the early church in Jerusalem.

What is our Koinonia ministry’s mission?
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12 that “in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.” To that end, the Stone Hill Koinonia Team exists to strengthen the unity of our church body under the headship of Jesus Christ, while embracing racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and other diversity.

Who is our Koinonia team?
We’re blessed plentifully by the service of individuals who reflect the diversity of our congregants, pastoral staff, elders, and deacons. The Koinonia ministry’s leadership team consists of 5-7+ people who help host events and generate relevant content for our worship services and church communications. The leadership team also facilitates spaces for Stone Hill members and attendees to share their perspectives and opinions openly (e.g., our events).

Our current leaders are:
Shereka Banton
Debbie Boyce
Timothy Chow
Kellen Funk
Ruby Gee
Beth Sears
Katie Sentance
Pastor Andrew Zakhari

To join our mailing list to receive resources and announcements of upcoming events, as well as to connect with the current leadership team, contact koinonia@stonehillprinceton.org.

What’s upcoming for Fall 2021 through Spring/Summer 2022?
Our team is planning to provide monthly opportunities for education, outreach, and service. Examples of past Koinonia events include:

Pastoral Discussions on the Crisis of Injustice (July 2020)
Color of Compromise Book Discussion (August 2020)
A Conversation with Two Corrections Officers (October 2020)
Combating Injustice and Poverty in Crisis Pregnancies with Carolyn Gilmore (ChoiceOne Director) (January 2021)
Understanding Princeton’s African American History: A Virtual Tour with Shirley Satterfield (February 2021)
Anti-Asian American Violence Panel Discussion (March 2021).

For more information on past events, contact the Koinonia Leaders by email. Also, be sure to check out the Stone Hill Events page and the Stone Hill Happenings for upcoming events.