The same Spirit who raised Jesus raises us to obey and please God.
Pastor Matt: I received an informative letter recently from our recent Global Leader Resident and Christian brother, Isaac Mbabazi. I excerpt from it to keep you informed on how to pray for him, his family, and the ministry of Shalom University in Bunia, D.R. Congo.
Beloved ones: It is my prayer and hope that you are well. My family is doing well, thanks to the Lord. This weekend [mid-September], we will be moving into a new apartment. The apartment is located on the University main campus, and thus security is assured humanly speaking. The apartment is only a few minutes walk to my office.
Jeannette, my wife, is well and is always busy taking care of the family. The oldest of my three daughters, Grâce, is enjoying her job with Samaritan’s Purse. My middle daughter, Georgine, has been in Uganda since June. We are delighted that she is done with her English course. The youngest, Vanessa, has started secondary school, is enjoying her studies, and has been able to make new friends.
My work at Shalom University of Bunia is going on well. Responsibilities include teaching, research, mentoring, and research. I have been busy preparing some new courses I will be teaching next academic year. In August, I was invited to lead a week of morning devotions at Samaritan’s Purse here in Bunia. I focused on forgiveness and reconciliation because of the need felt among the personnel there.
The security situation in Ituri Province has deteriorated because of violence between the two main ethnic groups here, and on top of that conflict between armed groups and Congolese forces. The church is involved in many ways, alleviating the suffering. Also, church leaders from the tribes involved in the conflict are trying to find means and strategies to stop the conflict. I come from one of the warring ethnic groups, and I have been asked to prepare an important lecture on revenge, forgiveness and reconciliation.
As family, we will very much appreciate your prayers for:
• Security in the region.
• Isaac, as he prepares his lecture on revenge and reconciliation.
• Georgine, who starts her BA course in Logistics in Uganda. Remember especially God’s provision for her.
Adult Ed Missions Class: This class has resumed. It meets in the Library at 9:30 a.m. and is led by Jim Neumann and Dave Shue.
Memory Work Challenge: How about memorizing Romans 8 with me? We will be studying it over the next ten weeks, so there’s plenty of time to take it to heart. Here are four plans:
· The Starter Plan: Memorize 5 verses from Romans 8, one verse every other week. Memorize verses 1, 15, 28, 38-39.
· The Intermediate Plan: Memorize 10 verses, one verse every week. In addition to the verses above, memorize verses 5, 13, 18, 31, 34.
· The Advanced Plan: Memorize 20 verses, two verses every week. In addition to all the verses above, memorize verses 2-4, 11,16-17, 29-32.
· The Ultimate Plan: Memorize the entire chapter, which means just about four verses every week.
Want to join me? Let me know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the words, “I’m in, and I’m going with The ____ Plan.”
Sundays at 6:30: Sunday evening 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. Please note: sessions will not be recorded.
Family Ministry Vision Casting: Sunday October 27 at 12:30 p.m, in Harris Hall, Stone Hill Kids and Stone Hill Youth will be co-hosting a family ministry vision casting luncheon. The purpose of this event is to share our vision for family ministry at Stone Hill Church going forward, and to share some exciting new developments regarding the launch of a new curriculum across all age groups on December 1. Food will be provided and there will be childcare for children up to age five. Any children and students older than this are invited to attend along with their parents. We would love to see as many families there as possible, whether you are brand new or have been here for years!
Traffic Information – Princeton Half Marathon: The Princeton Half Marathon takes place Sunday, November 3, 2019. Traffic patterns around our church will be affected between 7:45 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. If coming from the east or south, use Bunn Drive instead. If coming from the west or north, use Mt. Lucas to Poor Farm Rd or use River Road to Herrontown Road. The Princeton Police Department will be directing traffic via a single lane on Herrontown Road in front of our church; let the police know you are going into the church and they will let you through. Maps of the race route are available at the Welcome Desk.
Walking Tours: Stone Hill's Laura Megill and Jean Telljohann are organizing a series of historical walking tours. The first one hour tour focusing on the roots and history of Princeton University will be held on Saturday, November 2, at 2 p.m. and will be led by David Keddie. Hear how the desire for a center of Christian learning built the university we have today. Space limited. Email Jean for information or to reserve a place.
Men's Choir: There will be a men's chorus singing at both services on November 3. Any men interested in singing in the choir that day, please see or contact Bob Doll.
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 to register or for more information. Registration ends October 20.
Fall Outreach Events: a Note from Pastor Tracy Troxel Extending the reputation of Jesus Christ is not only the work of Stone Hill Church but it is also a part of our personal responsibility for our friends, neighbors, and co-workers. I encourage you to model faithfulness in this area as well.
Here are two important foundations for effective personal outreach:
#1-Praying for our friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
· Let me encourage you to identify 3-5 friends, neighbors and co-workers that you sense may be open to spiritual things.
· Begin to pray for them using the 8 Biblical Prayers sheet located at the Welcome Desk
· If you email me (email@example.com) the initials of these friends, neighbors, and co-workers, I will commit to pray for you and your friends for the 2019-20 ministry year. As we pray together, may God give you opportunities to share what God has done in your life.
#2-Inviting your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to an appropriate event at Stone Hill.
· Visit the Welcome Desk for a complete list of different events that might serve your friends, neighbors, and co-workers well.
· Pray about which friends would benefit from the different events that we are offering this fall.
· Pray that these events would be helpful for the spiritual journey of your friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
Baptism Class: Our Fall Baptism Class will take place on Sunday, November 3 and 10 at 11:10 a.m. in the Adult Sunday School room. This is a 2-session class that will help you understand why a follower of Jesus Christ should be baptized. The class will prepare you to be a baptism candidate at our Baptism this fall which is scheduled for Sunday morning November 24. If you have not been baptized, we encourage you to take the class. The class does not obligate you to be baptized. Children must attend with their parent. Children should have an understanding of the gospel. Email Pastor Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. If you want to sign up for the class please email Lara Holt at email@example.com.
Stone Hill Science presents an important lecture on Science and Christianity: Andy Walsh will be our featured speaker. He is author of the book “Faith Across the Multiverse: Parables from Modern Science”. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular microbiology from Johns Hopkins and works in the area of statistical biology. He will be sharing a talk entitled, "Reading Science & The Bible Together: Parables that Teach Science and Faith". This event will be held in Harris Hall on Saturday, October 26 at 7 p.m.
Adopt a University Student: At SHC we are privileged to have many university students in our congregation, from undergraduates to grad students to postdocs! It can be a challenge for them to feel integrated into the church. Would you be willing to be assigned a student to get to know in a way and time that is adapted to their constraints? A meal or coffee in town or at your home - talk in the atrium, maybe sit together sometimes. There are so many ways that these relationships have been a blessing to both students and families. Please contact Laura Megill at LDM310@gmail.com.
Community Outreach Opportunity: Last year Stone Hill Church participated in the “Trunk or Treat” sponsored by the Princeton Family YMCA and the Arts Council of Princeton. We are looking for at least 5 Stone Hill “Trunks” to participate this year. All that is needed is a trunk and a friendly smile. Friends or family make a fun addition to the experience. Stone Hill will even provide the treats and a Stone Hill sign for your trunk. Please contact the church office if you would like to participate.
Calling All Bakers: Please consider baking a loaf or two of sweet or savory bread to be served in the Cafe on October 27. Bake at your convenience and then pop it in the church freezer, labeled with the type, Cafe, and the date. It is helpful if you let Grace know if you are able to help out. Thank you!
Getty Concert: Come see Keith and Kristyn Getty, musicians and composers of many of the songs we sing at Stone Hill Church. Some of those songs include, In Christ Alone, By Faith, My Worth Is Not in What I Own, May the Peoples Praise You, and many others. Our very own choir director, Bob Doll, will direct the choir and several of our choir members will be singing in the choir at the concert. Come out that night to enjoy and support this wonderful event so close to home! Sing! Delaware Valley Concert, Saturday, October 26, 2019, 7 p.m.–10 p.m., Patriot's Theater, Trenton War Memorial. Learn more and purchase tickets at Eventbrite.