The LORD does not forsake his people
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness" (Matthew 6:33)
Betsy Ferrer: We met in Young Life camp when we were 16 and celebrate our 20th anniversary this summer! God is good! When Pastor Matt married us, he reminded us that marriage is a triangle - the two of us and God- and that the closer we draw to God, the closer we draw to each other. Through some intense challenges early in our marriage, (workaholism, perfectionism, addiction), we discovered we had put other things, including each other, in God's rightful place. Through the counsel and prayers of believers around us, God brought us through what could easily have ended our relationship. We continue to learn that marriage is not 50/50 but 100/100, with each person sacrificing for the other, not counting the cost. We continue to learn to seek what we need from God first (approval, acceptance, affirmation) instead of demanding these from each other. Ben is my best friend and I am thankful for all that God continues to do in our marriage.
Ben Ferrer: Through life’s challenges, including addiction, work, and worldly desires, God has always shown his presence and love for me through the one person who devoted her life to me 20 years ago. Betsy’s overflowing love for Jesus has been such a significant Christ-centered force in our marriage and our family. I have grown stronger as husband, father, and man through God’s work in Betsy and her love for me and our family. 20 years ago, I did not understand the importance of the foundation of Christ’s love in our marriage until I witnessed how he worked through us to guide us through the highs and lows of our relationship. My relationship with Christ is strengthened through my wife’s love for me and our love for God in this marriage.
Short Term Trip to Turkey: Stone Hill is sending a small team to Turkey. The trip is approximately 10 days. The team splits during the week, 2-3 people going to serve the Iranian fellowship in central Turkey while the rest of the team serve in Istanbul. Our team will go mid-February 2020 (exact dates to be determined). Application is open through August 31, 2019. More details and how to apply are available at the Missions Corner. Space is limited, so apply today!
Atrium Art Gallery: The drawings displayed are an art project by Brandt Wong. The series is inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, and is a thank you to the Stone Hill congregation from Brandt for the warm welcome and fellowship he's received here. The pictures will be on display through Sunday, August 11.
AWANA is an evangelistic and discipleship program designed for kids from their preschool to teen years. We offer four programs: Cubbies (3-5 year old) which teaches basic truths about God, Jesus and salvation. Sparks (K-2nd) will cover Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. Truth & Training (3rd-6th) guides kids to a deeper understanding of God's grace. Trekkers (teens) encourages them in their faith by mentoring and serving. Registration now open! Want to be a part of what God is doing in AWANA? Sign up at the Serve Table or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hate U Give Movie and Discussion: The movie, The Hate U Give, depicts a complex picture of racial issues in contemporary American culture. Come and see the movie on August 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library! After the movie, participate in the discussion about important matters that continue to affect our country. Refreshments will be provided.