Our God is Jehovah Rophe, “Yahweh, our Healer”
A church that waters others will itself be watered (based on Proverbs 11:25).
Yesterday (Saturday), our 2019 “Haiti” team flew down to the Dominican Republic. Because of the civil unrest in Haiti, the team was reassigned to the DR, where they will work with Haitian refugees. I’ve asked Tim Chow, head of our Haiti Team, to remind us of the Stone Hill-Haiti connection.
On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake (magnitude 7.0) struck Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands of people and destroying hundreds of thousands of buildings. The disaster was so traumatic that for years many Haitians could not even utter the word tranbleman tè (earthquake) out loud.
Stone Hill Church was quick to respond. Carine Toussaint, our Director of Global Outreach at the time and a Haitian-American herself, traveled to Haiti to provide trauma counseling. She initiated two partnerships—one with the Evangelical Baptist Church in Arcahaie and another with Foundation For Peace (FFP)—that continue to this day. Two percent of the funds from our own building campaigns went to replace the destroyed church building in Arcahaie; our congregation sponsors over 70 children in Arcahaie through Compassion International, and we pray once a month on the phone with Pastor Kelly Joseph and recent seminary graduate Jean Toussaint. FFP has hosted about a dozen of our short-term missions trips to Haiti, and our own Adam and Ben Henrie have spent extended periods of time in Haiti with FFP.
What can you do to be a part of Stone Hill Church’s Haiti ministry?
· Pray for Sanctuary of Grace, a church in the village of Kwa Kok planted by Pastor Michel Valentin of FFP that has brought many to Christ—including at least one former voodoo priest.
· Join our Haiti prayer meeting at 8:45 a.m. in the Westerly Prayer Chapel on the third Sunday of every month, and/or pick up the flyer of Haiti prayer requests. Do not undervalue the importance of prayer!
· Go on a short-term missions trip to Haiti. Trips typically involve a mixture of construction work, VBS, and vocational/teacher training.
· Befriend one of the increasing number of Haitians in our own congregation.
As the Haitians would say, Bondye beni ou (God bless you)!
The Grand Narrative: This class will not meet March 17 and 24. It will resume March 31 at 9:30 a.m. in Harris Hall.
Women's Bible Study: Join a new six-week Lent/Easter series beginning on Tuesday, March 12 at Women's Bible Study that focuses not on giving up things for Lent, but sharpening our spiritual focus - delighting in God, welcoming the stranger, living a more simple life, letting God search our heart, and worshiping. Begins at 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Free childcare for children ages 5 and under. Questions? Contact Mary McCormack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Retreat: You’re invited to Walk With Jesus March 15-17. After people met Jesus, they were never the same. Our speaker, Jan Johnson, is skilled at helping people enter the story to see and experience things they might be tempted to overlook. The result is a whole new level of seeing and loving Jesus. This year our retreat is taking place just north of Philadelphia at the Mother Boniface Spirituality Center. Cost is $190/person or $50 for Saturday program only (includes lunch). Registration is open through March 14, 2019. Register online today and invite a friend!
The Jesus Film is coming to Stone Hill: You’re invited to experience Jesus in a unique way: see the story of the Gospel told through film. We are showing The Jesus Film in six different languages simultaneously in one night (English, Spanish, Tamil, Mandarin, Haitian Creole, and Turkish). There will be a time of Q&A after the movie. Please join us on Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m. and invite a friend!
Discipleship Opportunity: We are hoping to provide follow-up for those who come to see the Jesus Film on March 23 at 7 p.m. For those viewers who would like to take next steps, we would like to pair them up one-to-one with a mentor for 7 weeks to work through a curriculum of essential Bible passages. If you are interested in mentoring, or being mentored, please contact Brian Edgerly at email@example.com.
Stone Hill 101 (Membership Class) on March 24th after the 2nd service: Do you want to learn more about our church? Stone Hill 101 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. This 3 hour class will be held on March 24 after the 2nd service in Harris Hall. Lunch is provided. Childcare will also be provided for those who have young children. Please contact Pastor Jin Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
ROAR Camp 2019: July 8-12th. Go wild as a volunteer at ROAR Camp! Help kids celebrate that God is good through all of life's wild adventures. Register online today to volunteer. Camper registration begins on April 1.
Extended Family: We are pleased to have Helen Kennedy's son, John, as our March 13th Extended Family guest speaker. John is currently the Chaplain of the Hopewell Fire Department and will share God's heart with us. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Library. Everyone's invited. Please bring a friend.
Employment Opportunity: Stone Hill Learning Center is seeking two qualified candidates to teach the following classes during the 2019-2020 academic year: High School Chemistry (requires 4 hours of classroom time each week for instruction and lab) and Latin I (requires 2.5 hours of classroom time each week). Applicant must be a committed Christian, have a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) in the subject area, and experience teaching middle school and high school students. Please contact Kim Torquato, Director, at LearningCenter@stonehillprinceton.org for more information.
Mission Trip to the DR: Stone Hill has sent a team to the Dominican Republic for a short-term missions trip March 9-16. Prayer is an important part of the trip, both by the team members and fellow believers. Please pray for the team during the week. Thank you for your support and continued prayer.