Even when we are perplexed by the world around us, God is all-knowing and at work.
Two members of our congregation share stories of Christ at work through His powerful Word.
James Martin: In the fall of 2013, I got a call from my mom telling me that she and my dad were separating. That was a very stressful time in my life—I had just moved to Princeton for school, and now my parents, who had been married for 20 years, were on the verge of divorce. I had lived a pretty normal life until then and rarely questioned God or dealt with difficult emotions. I heard my mom cry too many times over the following months, and I never wanted to hear her cry again. I began to question God’s goodness. But one night, I cried out to God. God met me, and for the first time I felt that I was actually being real and vulnerable with Him. He showed that it was OK to feel hurt and lost. Today, I don’t fear being vulnerable with God as much and can trust my brothers and sisters in Christ with my emotions more. I encourage you to come boldly to the throne of grace, and find grace to help in your time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
Susan Yetman: God has always been a part of my life, but the relationship I have with Him today is one that evolved. I always believed in God, but for many years had a much more casual approach toward Him, going through the motions of a Christian life but not really concerned about a deeper relationship with Him. When my husband and I wanted to start a family, we learned that the family we wanted might not be medically possible. I realized then that my life was in God’s hands; only He knew the plans He had for me. I turned my life, and the desire for a family, completely over to God. In time, He blessed my husband and me with two sons. The first verse of Psalm 23, The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want, assured me of God’s ever-present care. “Thank you, heavenly Father, for loving me, even when I am less than deserving. Your unfailing love has carried me through the joys and sorrows of life. To you be the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Adult Ed: “Jeremiah”: Today this class will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Harris Hall and is led by John Wilsey.
Adult Ed: Come Creator Spirit: A Trinitarian Approach to Understanding the Holy Spirit: Will not meet this Sunday. This class is led by Patrick Haley at 9:30 a.m. in the Adult Ed room.
Adult Ed Class: The Rohingya Report: The Rohingya: you've heard about them in the news. Who are they? How are they being reached with the Gospel? Learn answers to these questions and more from Stone Hill global partners, Phil & Barb D. as they share a report directly from the field. Join us for one week only, today, at 11:10 a.m. in the Library.
GO Conference Action Challenges: Even if you missed last weekend's Global Outreach Conference, you can still take part in the follow up actions. Two are highlighted here. For the full list, see the Global Outreach Spotlight section of today's bulletin. Action 1: Download the Operation World app. Join Pastor Matt and other church leaders as they pray daily for each country throughout May and July. Let Pastor Matt know you’re on board by sending an email to Lara Holt at email@example.com. Action 2: Contribute towards our goal of $15,000 for two projects, Transformation Church and As Our Own. Donate online or drop a check in today's offering.
Spring Baptisms: Are you ready to take the next step in your faith walk and be baptized? Baptism Sunday is May 20. Taking the Baptism class is a prerequisite to being baptized at Stone Hill. The second Baptism class will be held today during the 11:10 a.m. service. The class will be held in the office Conference room and will be taught by the Pastor Tracy.
Extended Family: We are celebrating our last gathering for the summer on May 9 with Tim Sheetz from Handi*vangelism as our guest speaker. We will be gathering much needed items for Handi*Camp in the days prior. Come hear the incredible things the Lord has done to bless the ministry. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Library. Bring a friend. For a list of needed supplies, please visit the Welcome Desk. We would need all donated items to be dropped off no later than May 9th before noon.
Cairn University Chorale: The Stone Hill Arts Series presents the Cairn Chorale on Saturday, May 12 at 7pm. Free admission and enjoy light refreshments after the concert. It's Mother's Day weekend - treat your mom to beautiful music!
Creole Bible Study: This study, conducted in creole, will begin next Sunday at 11:10 a.m. in the Adult Ed room. Details coming soon.
Vivid Color Sunday: In the midst of Pastor Matt’s vision difficulties ten years ago, he realized before God how remarkable is his creation of light and color. As a way to celebrate the beauty of color, we will join Pastor Matt on Sunday, May 13 in wearing clothing of vivid, rich colors. Let us praise the Lord in splendid garments of holy beauty (Psalm 96:9).
ChoiceOne Mother’s Day Baby Bottle Campaign: You can share the message of hope and life through Christ’s mercy, grace, and forgiveness by participating in the Baby Bottle Campaign. It’s so easy! Bottles are available today to take. Take one or two, fill them with your spare change, and return them to the Welcome Desk by May 13. The money raised will then be forwarded to ChoiceOne.
MENA Prayer Luncheon: Join us on Sunday, May 20 at 12:30 p.m. in Harris Hall for a prayer luncheon for the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) region. Mary McCormack will share about her trauma healing training conference with Women in the Window and we will pray for the Muslim world as it celebrates Ramadan. Hope to see you there!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Volunteers: We are looking for a few good volunteers - about 100 - to lead and guide our campers through a fun and exciting week of gospel exploration. Could that be you? We are only looking for willing hearts to be led by God's great story of love, forgiveness , and redemption! Email us at email@example.com with any questions or concerns. We are here to help. Preschool program and childcare available for children of all who volunteer. To register log onto https://tinyurl.com/shccampvolunteer2018.
Camp Needs: We are looking for about 50 hot wheels or matchbox cars. Do you have some we could borrow? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.