Our Lord, Jesus, is the true Builder of his house.
Love one another with deep affection (Romans 12:10).
Steven and Robin Condy have been a blessing to our church for many years. Whether in simple conversation with them in the Atrium or hearing them sing during a service, it’s their love for Jesus that comes through loud and clear.
We have been married for 27 years. We met in graduate school at Yale University and heard each other sing before we even spoke to each other. While our career path as professional singers has been unusual, we experience the same joys and difficulties as any other couple. The difference is that we have a tendency to be much more dramatic in our reactions, forgetting that life is not an opera!
Our biggest challenges have arisen from job insecurity, spending a lot of time apart, and God’s decision not to bless us with children. We were no different than many young couples who dreamt of starting a family. Whatever the reason, we have chosen to accept the sovereignty of God. In our work, neither of us has ever had a full-time job. It was only within the last 2 years that Robin was promoted to positions at Cairn University and Westminster Choir College that offered benefits. While Steven has been blessed with wonderful performance opportunities over 30 years, those opportunities always come in cycles – it’s either “feast” or “famine.” The conundrum is that the times of “famine” can bring financial difficulty, but the times of “feast” result in long periods of being apart. When we’re apart, we pray for protection for each other - physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. We ask for the Lord to “set me as a seal upon your heart” (Song of Solomon 8:6). When we’re together, we are often asking for provision. In recalling the blessings and the difficulties in our life together, we can vividly see the hand and footprints of a faithful God who was guiding us and remaining true to His word. Yet trusting is so hard sometimes! But there’s a song for everything:
“God is too wise to be mistaken; God is too good to be unkind.
So, when you don’t understand, when you don’t see His plan,
When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.”
DR Luncheon: Please join us for a Team Report about the recent short term missions trip to the Dominican Republic. 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!
Wear Vivid Colors Next Sunday for Vivid Color Sunday: In the midst of Pastor Matt’s vision difficulties over ten years ago, he realized before God how remarkable is his creation of light and color. As a way to celebrate the beauty of color, we will join Pastor Matt on Sunday, May 12 in wearing clothing of vivid, rich colors. Let us praise the Lord in splendid garments of holy beauty (Psalm 96:9).
Adult Education Class: Parenting Children Who Reject Our Faith: This four week class will examine how we parent through this difficult and emotional situation. Pastor Jim Erickson will facilitate the four week sessions using a combination of lecture, testimony, and discussion. We will cover some takeaways for parents and things we can do for our children. The first class will begin May 12 at 9:30 a.m. in the Adult Education room. Contact email@example.com if you would like to find out more information.
Men’s Retreat: Topic: Ecclesiastes: Life As It Is; Speaker: Woody Lewis; When: May 17-18, 2019; Where: Stone Hill Church; Registration: Now Open on the Stone Hill Church website.
Cafe Help: Do you enjoy coffee and bagels each Sunday at Stone Hill? If so, please consider being part of the Cafe team. It takes at least 9 people to staff the Cafe each Sunday. We'll train you on the job and schedules are very flexible. You can serve as little as once a month to weekly. If you are interested, please contact Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you aren't able to serve, please pray for volunteers. Thanks!
Extended Family/ 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. Their genuine warmth and love for those often forgotten by society exemplify the love of Jesus. You'll not want to miss. We will resume again in September. Lunch begins at 11:30 in the library. Open to all. Invite a friend. All items being donated must be at the church no later than noon on the 8th. A complete list of items being collected is available at the Welcome Desk.
Spring Pot Pourri: Please join us on May 16 for an evening of family entertainment as the Stone Hill Learning Center students put creativity on display. Student skits, recitations, songs, art, and academic projects will all be presented for your enjoyment. Our evening commences at 7:00 p.m. Price of admission is a dessert or appetizer to share.