Luke 1:26-38

Jesus born: Christ is the Sun of Righteousness, and we walk in the light that rose in Bethlehem.

Bulletin for: 
Sunday, February 4, 2018
Order of worship: 
Pastor to People: 

Two Testimonies of Jesus’ power

The immeasurable greatness of God’s power in Christ (Ephesians 1:19).

Carola Hernandez-Cappas: I arrived at Princeton thinking that since I had overcome weaknesses academically and athletically in high school, I should be able to in every area of life, including overcoming sin. One day, after giving in to temptation that I was having particular difficulty with, I became convinced that there was no way God could forgive me any longer. I had failed too many times. To make matters worse, I felt, I had lied to God by promising I would not do it again, only to find myself giving in. That day, I went to a prayer gathering, and as soon as I looked at my Bible course leader, I started sobbing. Once I calmed down, I told her there was no way God could forgive me any longer. She asked me, “Do you think Jesus’s death on the cross was not enough to forgive you for this?” I thought about it, and as inadequate as I felt, I knew nothing about Jesus was inadequate. This gave me hope to continue trusting Jesus.

 

Kyla Kara: In 2013, the simultaneous betrayal of my closest friends, my mom’s illness, my own health issues, and my lack of self-love caused me to question God’s goodness and love for me. I withdrew into an isolating depression, where God felt so distant. Witnessing the devastating and horrendous world events, such as the Sandy Hook school shooting, intensified my pain and confusion. I questioned why God did not intervene to spare innocent lives, and how, then, could He care about the details of mine. Walking through this suffering without hope felt like hell on earth; I did not want to live like this any longer. Through God’s relentless pursuit of me, I began to realize that it was a hopeless life, one apart from God. I should not fear death, since not even death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Realizing that God would be with me through every trial in this life, and that my true hope lies in my future resurrection with Christ, helped me see beyond my present circumstances and fears, giving me the strength to endure.

Church notes: 

Sunday

Adult Ed: “Science and the Bible: Ways to Look at the Two Great Revelations of God”: Is led by Andy & Pat Bocarsly at 9:30 a.m. in Harris Hall.

Adult Ed:  “Jeremiah”: Is led by John Wilsey at 9:30 a.m. in the Library.  

Facebook Live: We have launched and are now live streaming the sermon via Facebook.

Serve

Photography Group: A new team is launching!  We are in need of parents of children, young adults, people involved in music, people on different teams, and those involved in different ministry groups who are willing to use their phones and take pictures of church life. The only requirements would be that you are willing to send those photos to the church to be used in various media sources.  Guidelines will be put in place for the use of those pictures.  Please contact the church office at 609-924-3816 or Jennifer Orlando at jennifero@stonehillprinceton.org.

Upcoming Events

Easter Project 2018: Sign up to receive a devotion, via email, on each of the 40 days leading up to Easter, Monday through Saturday.  To sign up complete the form on https://tinyurl.com/y8djr497

Men’s Freedom Group:  Meets on Friday nights. The Freedom Group is a support and encouragement group for  men committed to a lifestyle of sexual integrity through the power of the gospel by addressing the lies of our sex-saturated society and its impact on our hearts.  We know that we need each other.  Do you need a few brothers, who understand, to walk with you confidentially in your struggle?  To learn more, contact freedomgroup@stonehillprinceton.org.

Extended Family:  We are blessed to have our very own Pastor Tracy as our February 14th Extended Family speaker. He will sharing his heart for a new community outreach opportunity: educational enrichment and mentoring of teens. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Library. Please bring a friend.

The Eastern Wind Symphony be performing at the Stone Hill Church for the Stone Hill Arts Series on  Saturday, February 10th at 7:30 p.m.  The Eastern Wind Symphony is a nationally acclaimed ensemble that performs the best of wind and percussion literature.  (The ensemble will have both reed instruments and brass, but no strings.) Their February Fanfare program will feature works from Gustav Holst, Richard Rogers, John Williams, and Alfred Reed.  Our very own Gerald Wells will be playing euphonium for Eastern Wind.

The event is free and we encourage you to invite friends, co-workers and neighbors to this outstanding musical presentation at Stone Hill Church.  Light refreshments will be served after the concert.

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser: The Haiti missions trip team is holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, February 25 in Harris Hall from 8am-9:15am. Team members will serve you pancakes and sausages. A free-will donation will be requested at the door. All donations will go towards trip expenses. Bring your appetite!