Galatians 6:14, 1:1-5

The cross of Jesus Christ will carry us safely through this age into the age to come.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018
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TGC 2018: Connect, learn, grow, and make a difference!

Here is a survey of the break-out sessions at this year’s TGC Conference, October 5-6. Remember to register: www.tgcprinceton.org

Rick Barry heads up a ministry I’ve followed for years, the Center for Christian Civics. Rick has a wealth of experience in helping Christians know how to live the gospel well in our current political climate. His workshop will offer vision and advice: Creating a Culture of Mercy in a Representative Democracy.

Tone Bellamy and Charles Richardson, both former members of Stone Hill, now serve Transformation Church. They will talk about Mercy and Policing. Tone was one of the main presenters in the 2016 dialogues on race and policing, organized by Stone Hill with the Princeton Police Department. Charles will draw from his lifelong career in law enforcement; he currently serves as an instructor for the Police Academy.

Ryan Boys, Senior Pastor at Green Pond Chapel in West Milford, NJ, will address a common issue in discussions about mercy: are doctrinal faithfulness and compassion compatible? If you need guidance in balancing truth and compassion with those you love, his session, Keeping the Gospel in Mercy Ministry, is for you.

Kellen R. Funk, member at Stone Hill, is Associate Professor at Columbia Law School. His topic will be Mercy and the Rigors of the Law. In his work, Kellen has given extensive thought to the relation of the gospel to law and mercy. His session will teach you how the Church in the past has demonstrated mercy in relation to the law—and how it should do so today.

Kristin Harnly: as Associate Director for Congregational Ministry with the Presbyterian Church in America, Kristin launched a special needs ministry based on her training in occupational therapy. Reaching Families Touched by Disability with the Gospel is a must for all who want to empower and integrate disabled members and their families into the church. 

Will Kendall is the Senior Technical Advisor for Hope International, and he knows firsthand about Holistic Poverty Alleviation in the Majority World. His expertise in serving those in extreme poverty has taken him to West Africa, where he led church-based savings programs. This would be a great class if you want to play a responsible part in addressing poverty by using sound economic principles.

Church notes: 

Announcements

Church Financial Update: Through the end of August, our church’s income year to date was $1,125,106. This figure is below budget and below prior year. The approved budget for 2018 called for a 7% increase in giving. After eight months, our general fund income shows a 2.5% decrease compared to prior year. Our expenses this year total $1,373,035 which is $54,194 below budget. Our deficit this year is $247,928.

We are thankful for each one who gives. You can give online via our website, in the Loop, in the offering plate, or via the Stone Hill Church app.

Stone Hill All Church Picnic: Let's kick off the season with a something for everyone! A good old fashioned picnic. All are welcome. Stone Hill will provide the meat, chips, beans, and watermelon. If you willing and able to bring a picnic side dish to share, it would be greatly appreciated. We are also in need of a few more grills.  Please call 609-924-3816 or email the office with any questions. Sunday, September 23 12:30 p.m.

Women’s Bible Study: Women coming together to study God’s word…

Tuesday Morning Bible Study begins with a 10-week  focus on Psalms that lead us in understanding God’s beautiful character and worship Him. 9:30 a.m. to noon in Harris Hall. Free childcare for children ages 5 and under. All women welcome! 

New! Tuesday Evening Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) presents a new study: People of the Promised Land, Part I. Weekly from September through May, BSF classes will explore the books of Joshua, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, and 1 Kings 1-11, with overviews of Psalms and Proverbs. Each class will follow the ups and downs of the nation of Israel from Joshua to Solomon, as God's united people entered and flourished in Canaan, the promised land. Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in 1st and 2nd Grade classrooms.

Thursday Morning Bible Study begins a study of the book of Daniel with its apocalyptic visions given by God revealing the events of future redemption and hope. Daniel provides a historical account of the Lord’s protection and provision for His faithful followers while in captivity. The study will begin with a 9-week introduction to Eschatology (study of the end times). Begins September 20 in the church library from 10:00 a.m. to about 11:00 a.m. 

Prayer Team Training: Every week we have Prayer Teams that pray for people after each worship service on Sunday morning.  We need more Prayer Teams and are offering a Prayer Team Training time on September 23rd.  You can come to the 9:30 a.m. Training Time or the 11:10 a.m. Training Time. Please RSVP to Lara Holt at larah@stonehillprinceton.org.

Small Group Info:  Interested in being part of a smaller community at Stone Hill?  Check out the Fall 2018 Small Group Listing available at the Welcome Desk.  You can also check out the Fall SG Offerings on our website: www.stonehillprinceton.org.  If you need assistance please email Lara Holt at larah@stonehillprinceton.org.

Volunteers Needed: Looking for friendly people willing to serve at the Children's Welcome Desk before the first service (9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.) once every 4-6 weeks. Brief training will be provided on how to help parents use the computer to check in their children. If interested, please contact Betsy Ferrer at info@stonehillprinceton.org.

Compassion International: Calling all Compassion sponsors! We will meet briefly on Sunday, September 30 to share ideas, encourage each other and write letters to the children we sponsor. Come to either session, 10:45 a.m.-11:05 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m. We will meet in the third grade Sunday School room. Materials for letter-writing will be provided. Any questions, please contact Betsy Ferrer at info@stonehillprinceton.org.

Join the Choir:  It’s not too late! No audition necessary. Rehearsals are Sundays, 5-6:30 p.m. Please contact Bob Doll at info@stonehillprinceton.org.

Stone Hill Children’s Choir: Ages 4-5th grade. Meets weekly in the 4th grade classroom from 10:40 a.m.-11:05 a.m. It is not too late to join. Questions? Contact Amelia Ray at info@stonehillprinceton.org.

AWANA: This is a great mid-week program for children ages 3 to 6th Grade. Help your child grow in faith through Bible memory and engaging teaching as well as fun, high energy games. You can register on Stone Hill’s website. AWANA begins on September 19 at 6:30 p.m. and meets weekly.

Shuttle and Parking Announcement: Please help us save parking spots for visitors, families with children, and our seniors by using these alternatives:  1) Our Satellite Parking lot at 800 Bunn Dr. Shuttle service is available to and from the lot. 2) Tiger Tram bus service. Check the website for more details. Contact Jim Erickson at jime@stonehillprinceton.org or Bill Van Zandt at info@stonehillprinceton.org. P.S. We need Shuttle Drivers!

One-on-One Discipleship: “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1). Challenging words indeed by the Apostle Paul who understood and lived out the dynamic of being both a disciple and a mentor. Both are vital to a deeper faith in following Jesus. Regardless of where you are on the spectrum of Christianity from “seeker” to “mature” we all need direction and guidance from the help of another. We are currently looking for people who are ready to be discipled. If you are interested, please contact Brian Edgerly at discipleship@stonehillprinceton.org.