Our only boast is Christ’s work for us.
Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in praises? (Exodus 15:11).
God was beautiful long before anything was created. He has always been “majestic in holiness”—in other words, overpoweringly beautiful in His purity. And so it is fitting and appropriate for us to use beauty in praise of Him, which is why we take the arts seriously--and joyfully--here at Stone Hill.
The first event in our 2019 Stone Hill Arts series will fill our sanctuary with beauty. It’s an organ recital, and a remarkably varied one at that. The program, which will last a little bit over an hour, will have something for everyone! There will be well-known organ masterworks such as “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” by J.S. Bach, “Fantasy in F Minor” by W.A. Mozart, and the “Finale to Symphony No. 1” by Louis Vierne. But it will also include some novelty pieces such as “Fantasy on Nursery Tunes”—yes, nursery tunes—by Robert Elmore, as well as some hymn arrangements.
Bob Doll, who is not only Choir Director but also one of our regular organists, closes this Pastor-to-People with these comments about the concert:
“There are many different types of organs. In modern times, there is the “pipe organ,” where a stream of air goes through a variety of pipes of different sizes and shapes to create the sound. At Stone Hill, we have an electronic organ, which is really a big computer with the capability of reproducing the sounds of a pipe organ. In the Bible, the “organ,” obviously an early version of today’s complex instruments, is mentioned in verses like Psalm 150:4 (Praise Him with stringed instruments and organ). Rightly, the organ is called the “King of Instruments” because it can make almost any sound possible, and these sounds can be combined in innumerable ways.”
“Colin Howland, our featured recitalist, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, has concertized around the world (including on the famous Wanamaker organ in Philadelphia), and has been an organist at several well-known churches, currently Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.”
Come, be entertained, be educated, and worship! Join us on Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. Don’t forget to invite a friend!
Job Opportunity: Stone Hill Church is seeking candidates for an Executive Assistant to Senior Pastor Matt Ristucicia. The 20 hour per week position starts Feb15, 2019, offers an excellent salary, (no benefits), and a flexible schedule. Candidates must be currently involved with Stone Hill Church (membership preferred). For additional info and a complete job description, please email Susan Yetman (email@example.com).
Celebration for 20 years of Service: Next Sunday during the morning services, our church will be celebrating Mary McCormack for her faithful service as our Children's Ministry Director since 1998. She's been a blessing to many generations and we want to thank God for her life. Cards and notes of appreciation welcomed! Please drop it off at the Children's Desk or at the Children's Director mail box.
Stone Hill Kids: Save the Date for ROAR Camp 2019 - July 8th-12th. Registration starts April 1st. More information to follow soon.
Adult Ed Class: The Grand Narrative of Scripture Part 2: Scripture tells one unified story from Genesis to Revelation, culminating in the person of Jesus Christ. From February–May we will continue following that story in the New Testament. Together, we will see how the New Testament completes the story begun in the Old and consider where and how we fit into that story. This class begins on Feb 10 and is led by Jim Neumann in Harris Hall.
Adult Ed Class: Who am I? Who are We? Learning What the Bible Says About Humanity: "Know thyself." This ancient command has always been difficult, and modernity's disorder only further confuses what it means to be human. In this class, we will learn how knowing ourselves as people begins with knowing the God who made us and our Lord Jesus Christ, who was true God and true man. This class begins Feb 10 and is led by Patrick Haley in the Library.
Men’s Choir: The men's chorus is singing at the offertory on Feb 10. If you read music and are interested in participating email Bob Doll at firstname.lastname@example.org.