Our Lord, Jesus, is the Lamb of God.
Eradicating gospel poverty close to home!
Last week’s GO! Weekend reminded us that the good news of Jesus Christ is too good to keep in just one language. We want people from as many languages as possible to hear what Jesus has done. Jim Erickson, our facilities director and an ordained pastor, writes about an opportunity right here at Stone Hill than can help more people hear about Jesus in their heart language:
Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the Highest! (Matthew 21:9).
These are the words the people shouted as Jesus entered Jerusalem. As we celebrate Jesus’s triumphant entry on Palm Sunday, we are reminded that Jesus is King, Lord and Savior for all people. Stone Hill Church strives to do that as seen in our Mission statement: Advancing God's mission of making dedicated followers of Jesus Christ in Princeton, the Northeast, and the whole world.
We have a unique opportunity right here in Princeton to reach people of different languages. One of the ways we have been doing that is through live translation of our Sunday worship service. Our Spanish Translation Team (Alba Thomas, Leaslie Carr, Phil and Shirley DeCicco) has been faithfully translating the 11:10 worship service since January 2016. Very simply, a congregant desiring to hear the service in their native language picks up a receiver from our sound booth (where we also offer assisted listening devices for the hearing impaired), turns it on and the services are translated live.
We are looking to expand our translation services by offering Mandarin at the 9:30 service. To do this, we need people who are comfortable speaking and translating English to Mandarin. Outlines of the sermon and/or more detailed sermon notes (depending on the Sunday preacher) are usually available to help the translators. The translation work is done in a room with live feed TV; translators wear a headset that transmits their words to the receivers. We would like to have at least 4 translators on a team so that translators would only work once a month. If you have a gift of dual language (English/Mandarin), please volunteer. Contact me, Jim Erickson, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Easter: On Easter Morning Pastor Matt will tell the story of the Easter resurrection using the words of the gospel narratives. The amazing story of Christ’s death and resurrection will be presented in all three services. After the Easter recitation, we will have a brief gospel message that ties the resurrection narrative together and calls for a response. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to come and hear the incredible story of Jesus. Please pray for this gospel opportunity to extend the reputation of the risen Lord Jesus Christ.
GO Conference: At our Global Outreach (GO) Conference last weekend., guest speakers Todd and Susan Peterson introduced us to illumiNATIONS and the work they are doing in Bible translation. They are working to eradicate Bible poverty by 2033. One of the GO Weekend goals is to raise $20,000 towards this incredible project. We've raised $6,000 already! Please consider contributing today. Choose the option "GO Conference Project" from the drop down menu on the giving page. You can give towards this project through Easter Sunday, April 21.
Communiversity: Stone Hill is participating in Communiversity on Sunday,
April 28, from 1 - 6 p.m. If you have not attended Communiversity before, it's a great afternoon of music, art, food, and activities for the whole family, sponsored by the Arts Council of Princeton and Princeton University. Stone Hill has a booth where we will be handing out free water and interacting with people as they stop by.
· Two or three people to help set up and take down the booth
· Two or three people each hour to meet and greet
· Truck or large van needed to transport the equipment for the event. We need to load at 11:00 a.m. and will return to the church at 6:30 p.m.
Spring Baptism: Baptism Sunday is May 19. 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, April 28 and May 5 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/SpringBaptism2019. If you have any questions please contact Pastor Tracy at email@example.com.
DR Luncheon: Please join us for a Team Report about the recent short term missions trip to the DR. Team members will reflect on their experiences and show pictures from the trip. The luncheon will be on Sunday, May 5 after the second service in Harris Hall. Hope to see you there!
Handi*Vangelism: We are again gathering items for Handi Camp. Tim and Kathy Sheetz from Handi*Vangelism Ministry International will be our Extended Family speakers on May 8. All items must be at the church no later than noon that day. A complete list of items being collected is available at the Welcome Desk.
Stone Hill Learning Center: Invites you to an extraterrestrial evening to explore, "God's Grand Design of the Solar System." Please join Dr. Jamie S. Rankin, Department of Astrophysics, Princeton University, to learn more about our special place in the cosmos, current and past space exploration, and her research as a post doctorate research scientist. This event is geared toward Middle/ High School students. Join us on April 25 at 7 p.m. in Harris Hall. Refreshments will be served.
Roar Camp 2019: Send your kids on a roaring adventure where kids will discover that even though life gets wild, God is always good. July 8-12th. You can register online at bit.ly/SHCamp2019. If you want to go wild as a volunteer, register at http://bit.ly/campvols2019.