There is peace for every enmity in the name of the LORD
Do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)
In Jesus’ kingdom, Labor Day can be more than just a day off, as great as that is. Here, in today’s Pastor to People, I highlight resources about the gospel connection between faith and work. There is much more out there. May we all be encouraged to make the connection between our faith and our work genuine and lasting. Below are a few of my favorite resources:
· Katelyn Beaty, A Woman's Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World. Katelyn Beaty—the youngest and first female managing editor of Christianity Today—urges all believers into a better framework for imagining career, ambition, and calling. Whether caring for children, running a home, business, or working full-time, all readers will be inspired to live in a way that glorifies God.
· Alistair MacKenzie and Wayne Kirkland, Where's God on Monday? MacKenzie and Kirkland's accessible biblical theology of work shows how to integrate your faith with your job so that you can serve and worship God every day of the week.
· Matthew Aaron Perman, What's Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done. Productivity isn't just about getting more things done, it's about getting the right things done. By anchoring your understanding of productivity in God's purposes and plan, you gain a practical approach for increasing your effectiveness in everything you do.
· Sebastian Traeger and Greg D. Gilbert, The Gospel at Work: How the Gospel Gives New Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs. Traeger and Gilbert unpack the powerful ways in which the gospel can transform how we do what we do, releasing us from the cultural pressures of both being idle at work or making an idol of work in order to find the freedom of a work ethic rooted in serving Christ.
· https://4wordwomen.org/ 4word is a global organization for Christian women in the workplace led by women that leads, connects and supports women in the workplace to help them achieve their God-given potential with confidence. Their website offers digital content, workplace columns, conferences, radio, television, and webinars.
All Church Fall Kickoff Picnic: Sunday, September 15, 12:30 p.m. Come celebrate with us as we launch into Fall with food, music, games, & a cookie/brownie bakeoff. Meet new friends and get to know Stone Hill inside and out!
Volunteers Needed: If would like to impact the next generation of disciples of Jesus, consider serving at Stone Hill Kids. There are many different opportunities with various levels of commitment - from babies to 5th Grade. No specific experience needed. No Bible degree required. Only a willingness to invest your time and energy in a fun and exciting way! Onboard Training is this Friday, September 6, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Serve Table.
Small Group Leaders Training: September 8, after the second service from 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. there will be a training for small group leaders. Lunch is provided. If you are interested, please sign up by emailing Lara Holt at email@example.com.
"Join a Circle" Sunday: Small Group Expo for the Fall 2019- September 8, 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.
Join the Choir: Come and sing with the Stone Hill choir! No audition necessary. Additional singers for all sections are welcome and needed. Rehearsals begin September 8 and continue every Sunday from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. If you have questions about choir, please contact Bob Doll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
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.
Atrium Art Gallery: Photographer, Allen Jones, describes the photos: "In 2014, I had to routinely traipse out to Pennington, and in the course of my forays noticed exotically decorated ¾ life size oxen throughout the area. On one of my trips I thought it would be fun to photograph all that I had seen...so, over the course of the next two days, I tracked down and photographed all of them in their native habitats. The creatures were the brainchild of the (then) newly created Hopewell Valley Arts Council and were auctioned off as a fund-raiser for it. Some can still be seen to this day in and around the Pennington/Hopewell area. This photographic exhibit has been previously shown at both the Merwick and Lakefront galleries."
Stone Hill Learning Center Open House: Please join us on September 5 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. to celebrate our 35th year in Christian ministry and academic support to homeschooled students and their families! Refreshments will be served.
Stone Hill Learning Center Faculty Opening: There is a faculty position opening for the upcoming academic year: Middle School U.S. History (Wed. 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.). This is a salaried position. The class meets for only 2.5 hours a week with additional outside time required for preparation and grading. SHLC teachers must be committed Christians and agree with the Core doctrinal principles of Stone Hill Church. Furthermore, they must hold a college degree or equivalent and have experience teaching at the grade level for which they are applying. For more information, please contact Kim Torquato, Director at email@example.com.
Garage Give-Away: Donations needed for the ISI Annual Garage Give-Away "for every international student and scholar." One day only: Saturday, September 7 starting at 8 a.m. Pick up a flyer at the Missions Corner for details.