Almighty God lavishes wisdom on those who ask
One of our many ministries that start up in September is AWANA. I’ve asked Lindsei Lansky, Director of Children’s Ministry, to explain what AWANA is all about:
If you come to church on a Wednesday night and sneak a peek down the hallways of Stone Hill Kids, you will find kids in uniforms, playing games, studying the Bible, and reciting Bible verses to their leaders. It's all part of AWANA, our discipleship program, which last year had 100 kids and 20 leaders participating actively.
"AWANA" is an acronym for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, a phrase based on 2 Timothy 2:15: "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth." AWANA is designed to reach children for Christ and train them to know, love and serve Him.
Here is a break-out of the graded approach we use in AWANA:
· Cubbies: Ages 3&4 - First steps in following Jesus. The evening includes story-time, songs, puppet show, activities and beginning Bible verses.
· Sparks: Kindergarten through 2nd Grade - Exciting game time and meaningful talks about God. Small-group Bible memorization. Caring leaders.
· T&T: Grades 3-6 - Help your child develop a love for God and His Word through age-appropriate talks, relationships with loving adults, and a game time that's full of surprises.
· LiT: If your child is older than 6th grade, we offer LiT. They have their own study time, handbook time and serve as Leaders-in-Training (LiTs) who assist with our Cubbies, Sparks & TnTers.
None of this is new: we have offered AWANA since September 1992. Some of our former clubbers are now bringing their own kids to Club and volunteering!
We had our first meeting September 18th and it was a success. There's still time to register your children. So come check us out. Visitors are always welcomed; just check in with us at the Welcome Desk. We are also in need of more volunteers. Might God be prompting you to volunteer with AWANA? Let me know.
You can register at stonehillprinceton.org/connect/families#awana. AWANA meets Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., mid-September to mid-May. I hope to see you there!
Succession Q&A Meeting: Please continue to pray for our pastoral succession. The Elders are actively engaged in narrowing the list of candidates. We will have a time of Q&A for those who have questions or want to give feedback during second service on September 29. We will meet at 11:15 a.m. in the Library.
Church Financial Update: We are thankful for how God is using Stone Hill Church to minister to our congregation, the local community, and the world. Our congregation gathers for vibrant worship, inspired preaching, uplifting music, and a range of adult and children’s education programs each week. This summer, our Camp hosted a record number of kids, many of whom were new to our church and heard the gospel message. We will soon introduce a comprehensive new curriculum for our growing children’s and youth ministry. The Koinonia Team has engaged the congregation around issues of racial justice through film screenings and guided discussions. The Stone Hill Arts Series drew many visitors to June’s exceptional Quartet Piri clarinet ensemble concert. We continue to help those in need through benevolence, both within and outside our congregation, frequently working with local community partners. Stone Hill follows the Great Commission by sending mission teams to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turkey, and by supporting over 30 long-term missionaries around the world.
Your generous financial contributions fund these ministries. Here are some important numbers as you consider your giving now:
· Through the end of August, our church’s income year-to-date was $1,083,882.
· Expenses so far this year total $1,402,619; this is below budget.
· Thus, our current deficit is $318,737.
Because we receive many gifts at year-end, we typically run behind at this time of year. However, it will help church leaders to plan and to meet church obligations if you could give regularly throughout the year. You can give online via our website, in the Loop, in the offering plate, or via the Stone Hill Church app.
Paul reminds us that Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Stone Hill Arts Series: Voice Recital with Steven & Robin Massie Condy, with Jihye Park and Jamie Rankin on piano. Join us on Saturday, September 28 at 7 p.m. Free admission. Enjoy light refreshments after the recital.
Stone Hill Believes: Stone Hill Membership Class This class was formerly known as Stone Hill 101. Do you want to learn more about our church? Stone Hill Believes: Stone Hill Membership Class is designed for you to survey the history, doctrine, vision, government, and the membership process of Stone Hill Church. This class is designed for everyone and serves as a membership prerequisite. The Stone Hill Believes class will be held on Oct 6 after the second service in Harris Hall. Lunch is provided. Childcare will also be provided for those who have young children. If you have more questions, please contact Pastor Jin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Care Team Meeting & Introduction to Care Ministry: All Care Team Members, and anyone interested in serving our church by assisting with care needs, please join us on Sunday, September 29 in Harris Hall from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. for a discussion on our Care Ministry and a reorientation for our team members. As our church grows our care needs grow. We have also created significant relationships with the community and Princeton Human Services which have also increased our needs for care. These needs can range from providing transportation, assisting with various tasks, helping with employment searches, and simply being there for prayer and support. Lunch and child care will be provided - please RSVP to email@example.com so we can have better numbers for food and child care.
Koinonia Team: The Koinonia Team attempts to provide a context for our church to understand one another more deeply so that our ethnic and socio-economic diversity is not a barrier but rather part of the beauty of our diverse but unified community here at Stone Hill. Our next event is the movie Owned: A Tale of Two Americas which is playing at the Garden Theater in Princeton on Wednesday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. This gripping documentary follows the history of the housing economy since World War II and highlights the struggles that many Americans face. There will be an introduction to the movie by members of the Housing Initiative of Princeton. HIP is part of a consortium of non-profit groups and churches (Including Stone Hill Church) that work together to provide housing stability for many individuals and families in the Princeton area. We invite you to join us for this important documentary.
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. 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 if you RSVP. Dessert and refreshments to follow. Save the date! For more info, please visit our website.