The greatness of God’s glory:
God is God everywhere,
even in those places that seem farthest from him!
Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you (Jeremiah 29:7).
I want to think through an unusual situation that has come our way. It offers an excellent opportunity for us to seek the welfare of our “city,” Princeton.
In late July, I learned that the Princeton Half-Marathon would be taking place again this year. Unlike 2013, when the race course did not limit access to Westerly Road, this year’s impact will be noticeable. Here are the details.
The Half-Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, November 2. Mile 11 of the 13.1 mile route goes right by our church, which means that there will be partial road closures on Herrontown and Poor Farm Roads from 8:00 until 9:34. Bunn Drive will not be closed, except for the little strip from Poor Farm to our main entrance. Because most of the runners will pass through this area before 9:00, these partial road closures should not be an inconvenience as we drive here. Four police officers will be stationed immediately around Stone Hill, ready to assist as we make our way here. That said, I do recommend that we all allow an extra ten minutes of travel time to church that morning. Thankfully, November 2 is when we set clocks back, so the extra hour of sleep will make it easier to add the extra time.
From 8:00 until 9:30, we will host a Stone Hill refreshment station at the corner of Bunn and Herrontown, where we will provide water and encouragement to the runners. Note that the Half-Marathon is sponsored by HiTOPS, a NJ organization that educates youth about sexuality. Their teaching position on sexuality is quite different from ours; at Stone Hill we align ourselves with Scripture and the Church’s teaching on such matters. But offering water to runners is not the same as endorsing what HiTOPS teaches. Water and encouragement are good ways to seek the welfare of the city where God has placed us. So if you want to help out with the table, please contact Jim Erickson, Facilities Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org). And between now and November 2, check the bulletin regularly for more details on all these matters.