There is no other gospel than this: Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, was raised on the third day, and was seen alive by many.
This time of year I can’t help but reminisce about the first months of my freshman year at university, which for me was Princeton. I am told that at the time I struck people as being at ease, cool, and in my element. But down inside I was fearful and nervous. My campus friendships were too new to seem authentic, I felt outperformed by high-caffeine classmates, and I just plain missed home. As a result, I couldn’t stop wondering why I had come to Princeton in the first place. I felt like a right foot wearing a left shoe.
As things developed, I began to realize that part of my problem was my own self-absorption. I remember one particular evening, a Wednesday as I recall, when the bottom of my heart fell open like a downward trap door. It was like a scene out of Star Wars: I looked down into my heart with all its layers of memory as if I were leaning out over a railing, peering down an open abyss (my heart) surrounded by floor after floor of prideful ego, down down down, smaller smaller smaller, but always pride, with no bottom to be seen. It was a hard truth to learn: I was a very proud person.
That confession of pride led somewhere. Through it I was freed to think about God in ways I never had before. And so I came to understood who the Living God of the Bible was and what he offered to me in the gospel. With the help of some great friends, I trusted Christ and sometime later attended Stone Hill (then known as Westerly Road). For the first time, I saw a church where people really sang the songs, fervently prayed, listened to a sermon (yikes!) and actually believed what was said! Church and campus fellowship became my home away from home.
Over the years, God has used Stone Hill Church to impact college students from a variety of campuses for Christ. It’s one of the things that make this place so special. So as a new ministry year begins, let’s be intentional about welcoming each other, especially students, into our lives. Let’s break down walls between town and gown that otherwise separate (Ephesians 2:11-22).
Stone Hill All Church Picnic: Sunday at 12:30 p.m. we are having 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.
Adult Ed Class: The Grand Narrative of Scripture: This class is now held in Harris Hall at 9:30 a.m.
Support Ministries at Stone Hill
Counseling- We have two referral counselors who serve Stone Hill Church. Lisa Mutch and Pastor Tracy Troxel provide counseling for individuals, couples and families. There is a fee but we make every effort to serve everyone, regardless of financial ability. If you are considering getting support in this manner please email Pastor Tracy at email@example.com. We also have a list of Christian counselors who work in this area that may be helpful to you as well.
Lay-Mentoring- We have 6 trained attendees of Stone Hill that can walk alongside you as you face various issues in your life. Lay-Mentoring is not counseling and should not replace needed pastoral counseling. If you are interested in having someone walk with you, be a sounding board, offer support and encouragement please contact Pastor Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Groups- Our Fall Small Group listing is available at the Welcome Center. Please email the contact person for the small group that you are interested in. If you need further assistance please email Lara Holt at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register Now for The Gospel Coalition Conference at Stone Hill: You don’t want to miss this October 5-6 conference: Gospel-Shaped Mercy: What God Requires of Us and Our Churches. Keynotes by Dr. Stephen Um and Bishop Claude Alexander, and six breakout sessions including those led by Tone Bellamy, Kellen Funk, and Charles Richardson. Choose from timely subjects: policing, caring for those with disabilities, politics, the law, poverty, Christian civics, and mercy ministries. Take advantage of discounted early registration until September 25. Register at http://tgcprinceton.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. P.S. We need Shuttle Drivers!
Are you new to Stone Hill?
· Pastor Matt would love to meet you! He will be available after each service outside of the Westerly Prayer Chapel, to the left of the main entrance as you face the main exit.
· Please fill out a welcome card to get connected. You will find one in the pew rack in front of you, at the Welcome Desk, or on the Stone Hill Church App.