God will be true to his promises
"Make level paths for your feet”, so that the lame may not be disabled but rather healed (Hebrews 12:13 NIV).
Pastor Matt: I am pleased to allow our summer intern, Jonathanmay not be disabled but rather healed (Hebrews 12:13 NIV). Rodriguez, introduce himself. Jon will be working alongside Lindsei Lansky, our Director of Children’s Ministries. He will help her with the upcoming summer Bible Camp, which, with close to 230 kids attending this year, is a hefty assignment. In what spare time he has left. Jon will work Lindsei and Michael Sentance (Youth Director) on a curriculum project I commissioned a few months ago.
Jon Rodriguez: I was born in Florida and raised in Louisiana, but I call Texas home. No matter where my family moved, my parents ensured that I was surrounded by a loving church community. Although my path sometimes strayed from God, I always felt an unwavering presence and call to ministry. I met my wife Alyson in high school, and we married shortly after graduating from Texas State University. We were blessed to serve as college ministry leaders at Restore Austin prior to moving to Princeton. The experience of working for a church plant in an unchurched secular environment clarified my call and led me to explore ministry as a vocation. I am now entering my second year at Princeton Theological Seminary where I’m active with the Hispanic Theological Initiative, Digital Learning Center, and Communications Department. My wife and I are blessed to call Stone Hill our church home, and I am privileged to serve on staff as the Children’s Ministry intern. This summer I will assist Lindsei Lansky with the preparation and management of the children’s ministry summer Bible Camp. I will also help research and evaluate a new, comprehensive children’s ministry curriculum that will be implemented at Stone Hill in the future. I am blessed to serve this ministry as I work to sharpen my own vocational skills as a Christian educator. Hebrews 12:13, quoted above, has served as a guide and reminder to my brief career in ministry – guiding me toward improved spiritual health and reminding me to consider God’s plan in every present action.
Succession Prayer Meeting: Continue to pray for our pastoral succession. We are planning a time of prayer for succession during the second service in Harris Hall on June 30, followed by a time for Q&A.
Summer Women’s Bible Study: A 7-week DVD course taught by Priscilla Shirer on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. is based on the book of Jonah. We look at ways life doesn’t often go the way we planned. Free childcare for children age 5 and under.
ChoiceOne Baby Bottle Fundraiser: We are still accepting baby bottles. Please return any baby bottles to the main office or welcome desk by June 30. Thank you!
Bass Players: Musicians are needed for the Sunday worship team. If you are a bass player of any skill level and are interested in joining our team please contact Becca Gater.
Hope Presbyterian Church: Hope’s vacation Bible school is free and open to the public and runs June 24-28 from 9 a.m.-noon at Hope Presbyterian Church, 140 Denow Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. Children who have completed Pre-K through grade 5 are welcome to attend. The theme is Summer Seaquest – Jonah theme. Please register at www.hopechurch-nj.org/vacation-bible-school-2019
Egg Cartons Needed: We need at least 225 egg cartons (dozen size only) for a Camp project. Please bring your 12-count egg cartons to the church by Sunday, June 30. Leave them at the Children's Welcome Desk. Thank you!
Benevolence Fund: Each year, you, the congregation have generously donated to the Benevolence Fund. Through your kindness and compassion, these funds have helped our congregants and people in neighboring communities during times of significant financial need. In one year, nearly $84,000 may be dispersed. This year we are collecting our Benevolence offering in June, instead of the traditional time of Thanksgiving. We ask that you prayerfully consider giving to this important ministry.
Summer Service Opportunities- June 23 to September 8
Sunday School Teachers Needed for Preschool and Elementary, full or part-time: There is an immediate need for Sunday School teachers and helpers for Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Take this opportunity to be a part of what God is doing at our children's lives. Please contact Lindsei Lansky at email@example.com.
Nursery: There is a need for additional child care workers in the Nursery Area for the summer months. Help is needed at both the 9:30 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. services, but especially the second service. Even if you are only available to volunteer once over the summer, that would be helpful. Please contact Melissa Johnsen (by email or 908-227-2727) if interested or if you want additional details.
The Koinonia Team Summer Events
Woke Church Book Discussion: Our book discussion will be held on Saturday morning July 20 at 10 a.m. at Stone Hill Church. Get the book soon* so that you can read and then be ready to discuss. This book is important as an African-American, who shares our theological contours, attempts to help us live out the gospel more consistently. *We have 10 copies of Woke Church: An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and Injustice. If you would like a free copy of the book to read before our discussion on Saturday July 20, please email Lara Holt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hate U Give Movie & Discussion: Synopsis: Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. The film will be shown on Saturday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the church in the Library with a discussion to follow.