Advent Week 4: Let our spirits rejoice in God our Savior, for he has looked on the humble.
I thank God in all my remembrances of you (Philippians 1:3).
It would be easy for me to memorialize 2018 in light of any of a number of events, whether across the world or here at church or in my personal life. But today I want to pause and remember 2018 for people: in particular, you the people of Stone Hill, and how God’s grace has poured through you to so many others, including me.
How fitting, then, on this Sunday before Christmas, for Karen and me to extend to each of you our very best wishes and prayers for a most joyful Christmas. We ask that the final weeks of 2018 would overflow with simple gifts, chief among them a love for Jesus. And may the same be true in the new year to come.
In and through Christ Jesus, may you and yours have a very merry Christmas and a most blessed New Year!
Pastor Matt and Karen Ristuccia
Financial Update: December is a hugely important month for Stone Hill Church in terms of ministry and giving! We have a goal of receiving $625,000 dollars during this month to ensure that we meet our ministry and budget obligations. Through December 18th, we have collected $138,200. We have always been a generous group of givers. We’re counting on your prayers, support, and the Lord’s help to meet this important goal…
Stone Hill Kids and Youth: On December 30th, Kids and Youth will unite to pack up lunches for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) during Sunday School. Kids Pre-K to 3rd grade will start in the 1st grade room for worship and then be led by their teachers to the Youth Room. Please remember to check them out from the Youth Room.
Adult Ed Class: Christian Theology is, as defined by Anselm of Canterbury, “faith seeking understanding.” It has a deep, historical significance to the Church as it has helped Christians critically reflect on what it is they believe and how that belief should affect what they do. The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to systematic theology, discussing core doctrines of the Christian faith and what they mean for our spiritual lives. Theological Thought in the Life of the Church will begin on January 6 and will be led by Jacob Zeller in the Library at 9:30 a.m.
Adult Ed Class: Malachi serves as the culmination of the Old Testament story while also looking forward to something new. Standing at this crucial juncture between Old and New Testaments, Malachi provides a great example of how the Bible fits together as a grand narrative that calls us to, equips us for, and encourages us in the mission of God. Join us to discover how you fit into God's story through the words of Malachi. Mark Catlin will be teaching on The Book of Malachi in Harris Hall at 9:30 a.m. This class will begin on January 6.
New Year’s Eve Service: All are welcome to attend a New Year’s Eve installation service at Transformation Church. Transformation is inviting both of their mother churches, Central and Stone Hill, to be in attendance for this joyous occasion. The service begins at 7 p.m. at 431 Pennington Ave, Trenton, NJ 08618.