The Almighty God, who knows the future, is patient with our present complaints.
Honor your father and your mother (Exodus 20:12).
To all the moms at Stone Hill, let me offer a genuine “Happy Mother’s Day!” For all of us who have mothers (and, apart from Adam, that means “all of us”), I offer two suggestions on how best to honor them. I borrow the words of one of my favorite bloggers, Tim Challies. For the full text (posted December 21, 2016) go to https://www.challies.com/articles/5-practical-ways-to-honor-your-parents/
Challies writes: “What is the honor God means for us to give our parents? I am going to offer 6 broad suggestions, though certainly we could come up with many more. I understand that in some cases showing honor may be difficult or very nearly impossible, and in our next article we will discuss some hard cases. But for now, let’s simply consider some practical ways in which we can display honor.”
“The fact is, there are no perfect parents. All parents have fallen far short of their children’s expectations and, in all likelihood, even their own expectations. Our parents have sinned against us. They have made unwise decisions, they have had unrealistic expectations, they have said and done things that have left us deeply wounded. For that reason, many children enter adulthood controlled by anger and bitterness. They find themselves unable to move past their parents’ mistakes or their parents’ sin. We can best honor our parents by forgiving our parents. And this is actually possible, for we serve a forgiving Savior. In the Bible we see Jesus’s willingness to forgive the ones who had wounded him. In the moment the nails were driven into his flesh, he cried out “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).”
Seek Their Wisdom
“We honor our parents when we seek their wisdom. The Bible constantly associates youth with folly and age with wisdom (Proverbs 20:29, Job 12:12) and tells us that those who have lived longer lives have generally accumulated greater wisdom. We do well, then, to lean on them for understanding, to seek their input when faced with major decisions. In some cultures this is expected and in some it is eschewed. But either way, it honors our parents when we seek their help, even if in the end we cannot heed it.”
Adult Ed: “Jeremiah”: Meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Library and is led by John Wilsey.
Adult Ed: Come Creator Spirit: A Trinitarian Approach to Understanding the Holy Spirit: This class is led by Patrick Haley at 9:30 a.m. in the Adult Ed room.
Creole Bible Study: Qu’est-ce qui nous vient à l’esprit en pensant à Dieu? ‘’ Ce qui nous vient à l’esprit quand nous pensons à Dieu est la chose la plus importante à notre sujet.’’ (A.W. Tozer) Nul ne peut contester cette réalité. C’est pourqoui le sujet qui convient à l‘humanité d’étudier est Dieu. Comprendre Dieu dans sa personne, sa nature ou ses attributs est la plus noble des recherches que puisse engager un enfant de Dieu. Bien que cette démarche s’avère difficile à cause de la complexité de Dieu, elle en vaut la piene car la connaissance que nous avons de Dieu déterminera de façon décisive notre manière de vivre. This class will be held in the Adult Ed room at 11:10 a.m. starting this Sunday.
Church Financial Update: Through the end of April, our church’s income year to date was $514,482. This figure is below budget and below prior year. The approved budget for 2018 called for a 7% increase in giving. After four months, our general fund income shows a 12% decrease year to date. Our expenses this year total $694,223 which is $19,000 under budget. Our deficit for 2018 is $179,741. We are thankful for each one who gives. In addition to the offering plate, you can give electronically through our website, via the Loop or the Stone Hill app.
GO Conference Goal: We received nearly $12k toward our Global Outreach conference fundraiser. This will be divided between the Transformation Church and As Our Own. Thank you for your generosity!
Sunday is Compassion Sunday: Stop by the Compassion International booth in the atrium to learn more about child sponsorship. Choose a child from Haiti to sponsor by picking up a packet of information and following the instructions.
A Special Congratulations to: Alex Davison and Graham Switzer who are part of the More Than Conquerors Class received medals at the Special Olympics swim meet. Graham participated in: 25 Meter Freestyle, and the 4x25 Free Relay and 4x50 Free Relay. He received 3 participation medals. Alex participated in: 50 Meter Freestyle, 25 meter Back Stroke, 4x25 Free Relay and 4x50 Free Relay. He received 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 participation medals.
Dinner to Honor Graduating Seniors: May 18, 2018 in the Library. If you are a graduating high school senior, join us for a catered dinner in your honor, from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. One of our mission partners, Jon Hinkson, will be our guest speaker. Please let us know if you have any food restrictions and kindly RSVP by May 15, 2018. Contact Andrea Chaumont at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Baptism Sunday: Join us next Sunday, May 20 for baptisms during both services. Parents, please note children will be baptized in both services. If you have children of elementary age, consider having your children remain in the service in order to observe the baptisms.
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!
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 27. The money raised will then be forwarded to ChoiceOne.
Pray for the World: Download the Operation World app (or sign up for daily emails at www.operationworld.org) to join Pastor Matt and other church leaders as they pray daily for each country. The 90 days of prayer will continue through the end of July. Let Pastor Matt know you’re on board by sending an email to Lara Holt at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.