Jesus Christ has the power and love to change even the worst of sinners.
The Christian privilege of being a servant behind the scenes
Jesus said, “If I, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14).
Every restaurant has a scrub-sink. Every shoe has a sole. Every party has a pile of trash. Every mango has a pit.
There’s no getting around it. Life in this world involves messy, behind-the-scenes stuff, the kind of stuff that very few notice and even fewer feel called to handle. When I was in college, a janitor came in to my dorm room once a week to clean the bathroom. Years later I had a rude awakening when I had my own apartment and realized, “Hmmmm, I guess it’s up to me to clean this mess.” I was right. It was.
In this day and age, all sorts of service workers take care of tedious work: lawn crews cut grass, housekeepers arrive once a week to restore order, valet attendants park cars. So when we come to church, it is easy to assume that other people will take care of behind-the-scenes tasks that make our church run so well.
I think this is one reason why, the night before He died, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. The event shouldn’t be glamorized. Their soles were grimy, there was filth under the nails, and the smell must have been—gross? nasty? foul? You choose the word. But there’s a leadership principle here, and I’ll put it this way: the day I stop doing my part to clean the mess or scrub dishes is the day I need to hand in my resignation as pastor. Leaders never cease to be servants, and servants never assume that they are “above all that.”
So please never forget that, if you are a follower of Christ, you are called not just to use your gifts in serving others. You are also called to wash feet: to bend down, get messy, and do what others will probably never notice. Here are three ways that you can “wash feet” on Sundays:
· Slice bagels for the café;
· Help with communion set-up;
· Drive the van between off-site parking and the church building.
Please contact me or anyone else in the office if you want to “wash some feet.”
· Our congratulations to Ryan and Michelle Shoop on the birth of their daughter, Hannah Christine, on September 16.
· Our congratulations to Michael and Katie Sentance on the birth of their son, Asher Michael, on August 26.
Fall Baptism: Baptism Sunday is November 18. We are offering a baptism Class that will help you understand the what, why, and how of baptism. It is a good way to assess if you are ready for baptism. Pastor Tracy will be teaching the two-session class on Sunday, October 21 and 28 at 11:10 a.m. Attendance at the class does not demand that you be baptized. We encourage you to take the class if you are considering baptism. Sign up for the class online: https://tinyurl.com/FallBaptism2018. If you have any questions please contact Pastor Tracy at email@example.com.
Support Ministries at Stone Hill
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a list of Christian counselors who work in this area that may be helpful to you as well.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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 email@example.com.
TGC Mid-Atlantic : We are especially excited about the role that Transformation Church of Trenton will play in this year's Gospel Coalition Conference, October 5 and 6 event, specifically the roles of the Transformation Church worship band, Tone Bellamy, and Charles Richardson.
As a former gang member from the streets of Trenton turned minister, Tone skillfully connects with people from the block to the board room. Tone has served in various community strengthening capacities throughout the greater Mercer County area for the past 10 years including speaking at events addressing the need for healthy relations between cops and community. Tone is passionate about lovingly engaging the most misunderstood, misrepresented, and marginalized people in our society; the street, the strays, and the stressed.
Charles was also born and raised in Trenton. After studying Criminal Justice, Charles attended NJ Dept of Corrections Police Training Academy and worked at East Jersey State Prison in Rahway. He is now employed at NJ State Prison and is a member of the Special Operations Group (SWAT team). He serves as an Instructor at the Police Academy and works with the Central Recruitment Unit, seeking new recruits for the department. He is also part of the team that helped plant Transformation Church in the city of Trenton.
And then there's the worship band! Wow. Need to be revitalized? This is the worship experience for you.
Register today before higher registration fees take effect, and learn more about "Gospel-Shaped Mercy: What Jesus Requires of Us and Our Churches", http://tgcprinceton.org.
Mental Illness Awareness Week: Whether directly or indirectly, mental illness affects all of us. As the first week of October, and Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct 7-13) approaches, Stone Hill's Sufficient Grace group will be reflecting in Readers' Reviews on the importance of raising awareness by reviewing three books on this important topic. As Stone Hill Church brings attention to this significant topic, let us open our hearts to those who are struggling and remind them that they are loved, valued, and have a purpose. For more information about Sufficient Grace, please contact Praveen Sekar by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Reviewers Needed: Do you love books? Have you read one recently with a compelling message that you think others, including Stone Hill church members, should know about? If so, Readers' Reviews would like to hear from you. You can choose a book from our selected library, or suggest one yourself. Books cover a wide range of Christian and mainstream books across all genres of fiction and nonfiction. For more information, contact Dori Perrucci at email@example.com.
MENA Prayer Luncheon: Come learn about a dynamic ministry to women in the 10/40 window (the Middle East/North Africa region). Kim Kerr, founder of Women in the Window International, will be our guest speaker at the MENA luncheon on Sunday, October 21. Join us in Harris Hall at 12:30 p.m.