God’s Spirit refreshes us through his people’s love for one another.
Don’t go it alone!
“Loneliness is a growing health epidemic.” So writes the former Surgeon General of the US (2014-2017), Dr. Vivek Murthy. He explains:
We live in the most technologically connected age in history, yet rates of loneliness have doubled since the 1980s. Over 40% of adults in America report feeling lonely, and research suggests that the real number may well be higher. The number of people who report having a close confidante has been declining over the past few decades. In the workplace, many employees — and half of CEOs — report feeling lonely in their roles.
The Living God and His gospel never intended for you or me to go it alone. The life of the Risen Lord Jesus puts us into deep and meaningful relationships. You see this so clearly in Luke’s description of the Jerusalem church (Acts 2:42-47):
The believers devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayer. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And day by day, they were attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes.
Pastor Jin offers these comments: In the second half of Acts 2, an unlikely group of people gathered together and shared their lives with one another. The early believers devoted themselves to teaching and fellowship, and as a result, the church flourished. We at Stone Hill Church want to foster the kind of community in which people worship, learn, and share their lives with one another. Our small groups are designed for exactly that. They are a great place to build deeper friendships, since they take church beyond Sunday mornings.
We all want to know and to love, to be known and to be loved. When people know you and love you, they will share your joys and sorrows. As a result, your joys will “double.” Your sorrows will be cut in half, for your friends will be there as "shock-absorbers" to reduce the impact.
Today, look for signs in the Atrium with small group information. Small group leaders will be at stations, ready to greet you and answer any questions you have regarding their small group. We encourage you to stop and consider joining one of them.
"Join a Circle" Sunday: Small Group Expo for the Fall 2019– Sunday, after each service, join us for a Small Group Expo in the atrium. Are you looking for a small group of people to share your life with? The Expo is an opportunity to meet several small group leaders and find a small group. Look for Small Group Expo signs in the atrium after both services.
All Church Fall Kickoff Picnic: Meet new friends and get to know Stone Hill inside and out! Come celebrate with us as we launch into Fall with food, music, games, and a cookie/brownie bakeoff. To enter the Bakeoff, bake your favorite brownies or cookies and bring them to the Bakeoff table by noon that day. Be sure to label them with your name and name of cookie/brownie. Extra cookies and brownies will be used for dessert for our picnic. Join us Sunday, September 15, 12:30 p.m.
Join the Choir: It’s not too late! No audition necessary. Rehearsals are Sundays, 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Please contact Bob Doll at email@example.com.
Essentials of the Christian Faith: September 8 – October 27. The chief purpose of this course is to encourage disciples of Jesus Christ in their spiritual growth by surveying the “essentials” of Christianity. It is meant to be an introduction to topics in the Christian faith, both to provide the tools for future study and to give grounding (a foundation) for those in the Christian faith. The course will be helpful for those new to such topics, but also helpful for those more familiar with them. This class will meet in the Library and is led by Samuel Jang, our new PTS intern. Upcoming classes include a class on Missions that will begin October 6 led by Jim Neumann and Dave Shue and a class on female hymn writers that will begin November 3 led by Karen Ristuccia.
Please welcome Samuel Jang who will be serving as our Intern this year.
Meet Samuel: I grew up in Harrington Park, New Jersey and then attended Wheaton College where I fell in love with theological education and thus completed a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. Illinois is also where I met my wife, Julie, during a semester abroad program. Julie is from Rochester Hills, Michigan, but has spent the last 7 years or so living in Chicago. Julie and I appreciate quiet evenings with friends and family. We often host dinner parties since we love food and cooking – our way of displaying hospitality. Currently, Julie is back in school pursuing a career in nursing, while I am attending Princeton Theological Seminary for my MDiv. We both care deeply for the life of the church and are happy to be here.
Shuttle and Parking Announcement: As we move into fall and our regular church programming on September 8, parking spaces begin to fill up. Please help us save parking spots for visitors, families with children, and our seniors by using these alternatives: Satellite Parking or Tiger Tram.
Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Study: Travel through the Gospel of John. This study begins on Tuesday, September 17 at 9:30 a.m. in Harris Hall. Free childcare for children age 5 and under. All women warmly welcome!
Stone Hill Arts Series: Voice Recital with Steven & Robin Massie Condy, with Jihye Park and Jamie Rankin on piano. They will be performing the music of Mozart, Schubert, Duparc, Rossini, Parente, Loesser and others. Plus, get a sneak preview of their new album, The Blessings of Christmas. Join us on Saturday, September 28 at 7 p.m. Free admission. Enjoy light refreshments after the recital.
Children's Choir: Starts today, 10:40 a.m., in the 4th grade classroom. All children ages 4-11 are invited. We will be preparing for a fall performance in a worship service, as well as the December Christmas Special. Questions? Contact Amelia Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent's Night Out: We are hosting a concert by the Nashville-based recording artists Out of the Dust on Saturday October 19, 7 p.m. Chris and Stephanie Teague make up the husband and wife duo. Their story of downfall, divorce, and miraculous redemption and remarriage is woven deep into the fabric of their music. God's beautiful and majestic redemption is shared through music that is stirring, thoughtful, and uniquely their own. This is the perfect opportunity to spend a night with your spouse that will not only delight your ears but nourish your marriage. Childcare available. Dessert and refreshments to follow. Save the date!
AWANA Open House/Parent Night: Calling all children! Our clubs for kids, age 4 and up, start on Wednesday, September 18, 6:30 p.m. All parents are invited! If you haven't registered your child yet or want more information, visit http://stonehillprinceton.org/connect/families#awana Want to volunteer? Come to our training on September 11, 6:30 p.m. or email email@example.com.
Extended Family: Extended Family's Fall Kick-off will be September 11. We are blessed to have Fran Harris as our guest speaker who will share defining moments in her life and how they impacted her relationship with God the Father. Through devastating and crippling losses to joyful gratifying gains, she discovered hope in faith. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. in the Library. Open to all. Bring a friend.