God cares for us in our desperation.
Go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19).
Pastor Matt: Our annual Bible Camp starts on Monday. I’ve asked Lindsei Lansky, Director of Children’s Ministry, and Michael Sentance, Youth Director, to share vision about the program:
Lindsei and Michael: Camp is incredibly important. It combines three of our most significant responsibilities as a church in the community: reaching out with the gospel, serving the community in practical ways, and discipling young believers in our midst. Twenty percent of all the spots available at this year’s camp are going to the most vulnerable families in Princeton. The importance of this cannot be overestimated, both as a chance to reach families with the hope of Christ and also as a practical blessing to the school system and community at large. And in terms of discipling young believers, think of it this way. In a year with perfect Sunday School attendance, a child would have 52 hours of contact with God's word and God's people at church. During Camp, the same child will spend 40 hours immersed in God's Word through music, drama and games, and connected to God's people through friendship with both children and volunteers. What an impact!
Pastor Matt (again): Monday morning Stone Hill will open its doors to over 200 children. We are praying for God to do some miraculous works. Camp is one of the biggest occasions in our church’s calendar; our whole congregation – from young teens to mature adults – serves side by side:
So many people put themselves at God’s disposal throughout this week. How encouraging to see such servant hearts!
There are so many different ways in which people serve. Our crew leaders and leaders-in-training share the gospel with their crews; our station leaders present drama, games and more; our afternoon team works until 5 pm; our kitchen staff works willingly and joyfully.
Thanks, Lindsei and Michael! I look forward to next Sunday, when we will, by God’s grace, have exciting stories to share!
Stone Hill Believes : Stone Hill Membership Class (formerly Stone Hill 101): Do you want to learn more about our church? “Stone Hill Believes” is designed as a survey of the history, doctrine, vision, government, and the membership process of Stone Hill Church. This class is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about the church and also serves as a membership prerequisite. Two 1 hour classes will be held on July 14 and 21 at 9:30 a.m. in the Library. Both classes are required to become members. If you have more questions, please contact Pastor Jin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 6 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 email@example.com.
Summer Sermon Reading Plan: Our Summer Preaching Series will focus on the book of 1 Samuel. 1 Samuel gives us many insights into the heart of God’s kingdom work in the world as we get an insider’s look at how God established His kingdom through the monarchy of Israel. Four different preachers will work through 1 Samuel this summer: Pastor Tracy, Pastor Jin, Dr. Matt Megill (our Global Partner in West Africa), and Pastor Valentin (our Global partner in Haiti). If you would like to read through 1 Samuel with us this summer, here is a plan. The Summer 1 Samuel Series starts this Sunday.
· July 1-7: 1 Samuel 1:1-2:10
· July 8-14: 1 Samuel 2:11-4:1
· July 15-21: 1 Samuel 4
· July 22-28: 1 Samuel 5-8
· July 29-August 4: 1 Samuel 9-12
· August 5-11: 1 Samuel 13-15
· August 12-18: 1 Samuel 16
· August 19-August 25: 1 Samuel 17
· August 26-September 1: 1 Samuel 18-20
Center for Marketplace Advance: The Center for Marketplace Advance is a group at Stone Hill committed to helping believers live for the kingdom in their workplaces. If you would like to have access to the group’s resources, interviewing tips, and testimonials please email Judy Augustin at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can add you to the group. These resources are available on the The Loop.