Jesus Christ has torn down the wall of separation between Jew and Gentile.
Meet Jacob and Steven
This year our church life will be enriched by two young men serving in different ways. Jacob Zeller is a teaching intern, working under the direction of Jim Erickson. Steven Yoon is assisting me in areas of administration and management. Here they are in their own words:
I was born and raised in Indianapolis to loving and God-fearing parents. They were intentional about raising me in the faith, and church was an integral part of my life. Being the youngest, however, I rebelled and ran as far as I could from God. But just like St. Augustine, God pulled me back to him during my faithless and fruitless high school years. A Young Life leader persistently pushed me towards Jesus, and I was pulled so strongly back towards God that I knew he wanted me to devote my life to studying him. At Wheaton College, my faith was refined into a passion for theology and a goal to be a professor at a Christian college. God has constantly moved in my life, pushing me to investigate my presuppositions, tear down my idols and pursue him. I am looking forward to connecting theology with the church and being a servant-leader for Stone Hill congregants.
I was born in Seoul, South Korea but have lived in the US for most of my life. I first attended church as a high school exchange student in rural Illinois. It wasn’t until many years later, on Easter 2014, when I was baptized in my final year of graduate school at Columbia University. I turned to Christ when I knew my presuppositions for a life well lived – career, identity, relationships – were undone. Not long after, I dreamt of a bright and enveloping light, which I saw as God pulling me to ask and seek answers in Him. God gave me scriptural guidance that led me home to New Jersey, and then to Stone Hill. As Assistant to Senior Pastor, my role is to make the vision and leadership of the church visible, and I am most encouraged when it makes a difference to young believers.
Church Financial Update: God is blessing us here at Stone Hill Church! Our fall ministries have started strong. 65-90 women attend the Tuesday Women’s Bible Study. New small groups are forming. Michael Sentance is giving new energy to our youth ministry. All of these are indications of God’s faithfulness and that we are staying focused on our mission: making dedicated followers of Jesus Christ in Princeton, the Northeast, and around the world.
The contributions you deposit with us are very well used. Here are some important numbers as you consider your giving:
· Through the end of September, our church’s income year to date was $1,278,470.
· This income is 1% below prior year, but our expense budget is 7% higher.
· Expenses so far total $1,547,091 which is $58,541 below budget.
· Thus, our current deficit is $268,622.
You can give online via our website, in the Loop, in the offering plate or via the Stone Hill Church app. As you plan your own giving, remember that God smiles upon us as we give. “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Adult Ed: Faith and Reason "What Hath Athens to do with Jerusalem?" Exploring the Interface of Faith and Reason in Christian Thought: Come join us as we examine the interconnections of philosophy and theology on issues including the doctrine of God, the incarnation, revelation, and religious experience. Operating in a historical mode, we shall talk about how Christian theologians over the centuries have critically appropriated philosophical ideas from their cultural backgrounds to articulate Christian beliefs, and why that history is important for Christians living today. This class meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Adult Ed room and is led by Rory Misiewicz.
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.
Stone Hill 101 (membership class): Stone Hill 101 will be held on Sunday, October 28 after the 2nd service in Harris Hall. Lunch is provided. Childcare will also be provided for those who are with young children. The class will last about 2.5 hours. Whether you are interested in church membership or just want to learn more about the church, Stone Hill 101 is designed for you to survey the history, doctrine, vision, government, and the membership process of Stone Hill Church. This class is designed for everyone and serves as a membership prerequisite. For more info please contact Pastor Jin Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.