Luke 8:26-39

Jesus the Strong: Christ delivers us from the power of the Evil One and his legions.

Bulletin for: 
Sunday, March 18, 2018
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A wife and husband share how Christ has transformed their lives:

Elma Achenbach: Growing up as a missionary kid in Brazil, I spent my time in church services, children’s programs, and evangelistic meetings.  Though I trusted Christ at age 5, it wasn’t until age 13, after seeing my parents lose a premature baby, that my relationship with Jesus grew deeper. Despite my sadness and doubts, I felt God’s presence to help me. I became excited to study His word. Later I thought God might call me to be a single missionary to Africa. But God had a different path!

During college, God challenged me with a question. His Spirit kept asking, “I know you would happily go to Africa to serve me, but would you live in America and serve me too?” I eventually said “Yes.”  In 1997, my future husband Fred and I went on a missions trip to Zimbabwe; in 2000 we were married in New Jersey. Being a wife and mother of seven children has been a blessing, but I am daily reminded of how much I need God’s grace and forgiveness. He uses my family to expose my sinfulness and remind me how precious a Savior I have in Jesus!

Fred Achenbach: Some people are raised in Christian homes, some are from immigrant parents, a few have a dad who is a pastor, and fewer still grow up on a Christian retreat center.  I am thankful for all four of these realities in my life. Yet it was while attending a secular university that God transformed me.

Had you met me in high school, I would have said, “Yes, I’m a Christian.”  Had you met me at Penn State, I would have said, “Yes, I know the Lord.”  “Like night and day” is how people described the change in me. And my joy in Jesus compelled me to invite others to know this Savior. I remember being impressed by a verse found in John’s Gospel. It says that many townspeople turned to faith in the Messiah after hearing the truth from the Samaritan woman. That has become my heart’s desire. May it be said of me: “Because of his words many became believers” (John 4:41).

Church notes: 


Adult Ed: A Time for War, And a Time for Peace? Framing a Christian Response to Conflict: This class will now be held in Harris Hall. April 1 will be the final class for this course.

Adult Ed:  “Jeremiah”: Will take a pause beginning March 18 and will resume April 8.

Stirring up the Gift of Hospitality Spring Edition:  Learn to decorate, arrange flowers, create a reception,  and prepare a meal for a crowd all on a shoe string budget. Gain confidence as you walk through this hospitality workshop held in Harris Hall at 11:00 a.m.   Everyone is welcome.

Parenting Group: Parents of preteens through teens are invited to an 8-week parenting group facilitated by Mary McCormack, How Not to be Blindsided by Your Child’s Teen Years. The group meets on Friday nights from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. It runs, 6 more weeks, through April 27 in the Fourth Grade Classroom. Please register on the Loop. Contact Mary McCormack for more information.


Work Day POSTPONED to Saturday, March 24: We had another 2-1/2 inches of snow on Tuesday. The ground is too wet to work.  The work day is being rescheduled to Saturday, March 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We will be doing some edging, installing a stone path, reworking the stone river bed, and other miscellaneous yard work.  Please bring work gloves, wheelbarrow, shovels, rakes, edging tools, etc.  Also looking for someone with a chainsaw to clear trees that have fallen on our trail. Contact Jim Erickson at if you are able to attend and what tools you can bring. We will meet in the back by the shed.

Upcoming Events

Stone Hill 101: Want to learn all about Stone Hill in the shortest amount of time? This class will cover the history, doctrine, belief, government, and membership process of Stone Hill Church. You will also be able to identify your best fit to serve on a team by exploring how God has uniquely wired you. This class is designed for everyone and serves as a membership prerequisite.  This class will be held at 11:10 a.m. in the Library each Sunday from April 8 to April 29.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jin Lee  at