Preparation for Conflict

First Sunday of Advent:
Jesus Christ is the fulfillment 
   of all God’s ancient promises!

Bulletin for: 
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Order of worship: 
Pastor to People: 

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. These shopping days have become standard events in the American holiday calendar, kicking off the Christmas shopping season with gusto and savings. It can be fun to carve out time, buy gifts for loved ones, and go on shopping excursions with friends and family.

Consider, however, adding another special day, what some are calling “Giving Tuesday.” This Tuesday, December 2, thousands of non-profits, families, businesses, retailers, and individuals will come together in a global movement that celebrates generosity, thereby kicking off the holiday giving season. The idea is that, instead of purchasing a gift that fulfills a desire, consider how you might meet a real need and provide a monetary gift that brings life and hope.

Here are three suggestions of how you can give through Stone Hill as part of the “Giving Tuesday” effort:

Provide a dinner dish for the International Students Inc. Christmas Banquet. ISI’s annual Christmas Banquet is a special way to bless international students who may not be able to travel home for the holidays. If you can provide a dish, please contact Connie Darrow (908-359-3519). Dishes need to be delivered to Stone Hill by noon on Saturday, December 6.

Set aside money for the Syria and Iraq Emergency Fund. A special relief fund will be launched in early December by a partner organization of Stone Hill. The fund will address the humanitarian and spiritual needs of Christians and others displaced by ISIS. Set aside the money this week and watch the bulletin for details as they become available later in the month. 

Contribute to the Stone Hill General Fund. Your generous giving enables us to meet our deficit, end the year in the black, and keep going strong in our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ in Princeton and around the world.