God is redeeming all things for his everlasting glory.
The hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you (Philemon 7).
I am sometimes asked if, between the rigors of the academy and the self-contained campuses of most colleges, there really is a distinctive role for a local church in the life of a student. Most definitely yes, as two students who attend Stone Hill, Brooke and Chris, explain.
Brooke Johnson: Stone Hill Church has been such a blessing! From bus rides to church from the university, to the Stone Hill Student Connection program, which connected me with Fitzroy and Tammy Dawkins, and all the graceful friends that I have met in the atrium, I have genuinely felt so pursued by the body of Christ. Being in academia can feel like a bubble; however being around my brothers and sisters from different generations and ethnicities has been so refreshing. As a Christian African American scientist, Stone Hill has served as a catalyst for me to love the Lord with all my heart, soul, and mind through the Stone Hill Science lectures, Adult Education class, and the Stone Hill Arts African American Spirituals concert. Stone Hill has given me the opportunity to become more like Jesus by giving me an opportunity to serve. Here I am reminded in word and deed not to only focus on myself and research but to care for those around me.
Christopher Galea: I came across Stone Hill when first arriving to the Princeton area as a graduate student, looking for a church community to be a part of. Since then, I have developed close friendships with fellow believers in my age group as well as believers decades older than me who have been mentors. It has been a blessing to attend the Freedom Group and gather with brothers in Christ of various walks of life to "spur one another on toward love and good deeds" (Hebrews 10:24); it has helped me grow through times of struggle and learn to live in surrender to God daily. Armor bearing has been a great opportunity to serve, to converse with Pastor Matt, and to better understand the work that goes into a Sunday morning. I am thankful for the Christ-centered teaching and community here!
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 on Sunday during second service. We will meet at 11:15 a.m. in the Library.
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 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.
Prayer Meeting: A prayer meeting has begun in the Prayer Chapel on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The focus is God's powerful work on Sunday mornings and renewal and revival here in the Princeton area.
Sundays at 6:30: Sunday evening, October 20, Pastor Matt will be teaching the first of five “Sundays at 6:30”—times of extended biblical teaching and interaction around important cultural issues of our day. The first, entitled “The Angers of a Post-Truth Culture,” will deal with truth, fake news, the struggle for power in the absence of truth, the rise of rage and extreme partisanship in politics, and the calling of Christians to provide a better way. For future planning, the other dates for upcoming Sundays at 6:30 p.m. are: 11/17/19, 1/12/20, 3/15/20, and 5/3/20.
Healing Hearts Ministry: This Ministry is offering a 2-day program from the American Bible Society helping people begin healing from difficult situations. October 25-26 at Stone Hill. Leader is Mary McCormack. Please call her at the Church Office for more information.
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 October 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 email@example.com.
Stone Hill Connects: Stone Hill Integration Class This class is a follow up from Stone Hill Believes and is designed for all newcomers who are interested in church life and learning about how the church cares for her members. The class will explore why friendship matters in the church and how we can be better connected with one another through intentionality. The Stone Hill Connects class will be held on October 13 after the second service in Harris Hall. Lunch is provided. Childcare will also be provided for those who have young children. Please email Pastor Jin at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for more information.
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.
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.
Share Your Good News: The church is looking to collect good stories. Not just any kind of story, but a good story about the work of God through Stone Hill Church, whether the congregation as a whole, or individuals. This could be a story about how the gospel changed a life, how a good Samaritan helped someone in need, how our summer Bible Camp reached a child or a family, how a relationship was restored. We will use some of these stories to encourage the flock and to describe the gospel impact of this church. If you have a testimony you would be willing to share in public, please tell us. Send your good story to Doug Megill, Executive Director, at email@example.com. Thank you!