In Christ we are free—free to pursue righteousness.
"God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance" (Romans 2:4)
I have asked Jon Singh, who is a pastoral intern this fall, to share his testimony:
Sunitha and I met at church in Bangalore, India. We both were raised in Christian homes and saved at separate Sunday School camps. Even though we had had the Bible taught to us many times, it was in fellowshipping with believers in God’s Word where we clearly heard the Gospel. We understood the truths about how wretched and rebellious we are and about the agape love with which God graciously calls His people. God exposed our sins and revealed the salvation He offers through His Son Jesus Christ, a work of God alone. His kindness truly leads us to repentance.
Sunitha and I served with the youth at our church and college ministries in Bangalore, providing vision, teaching, and counseling. As an IT Consultant, I led corporates in weekly devotions, and it was during these times that I witnessed the gap between the church and the workplace and felt God's prompting towards bi-vocational ministry.
When we got to the United States, Sunitha and I took Perspectives, a Missions Course which gave us an understanding of the state of Christianity around the world. It got us thinking about the unchurched, unreached and unengaged peoples in our home country. Every day many are dying without the hope of the Gospel. All this led us to consider ministry in India. We then led missions trips to India at our previous church, during which my pastor at the time encouraged me to consider church planting.
My hope for my internship at Stone Hill is that I’m ably equipped and prepared for pastoral ministry. As a bi-vocational pastor one day, my call is to bridge that gap between work and church and plant a church close to the IT Tech parks of Bangalore, where there are no gospel-centered churches.
This is how you can pray for us:
· Discernment on precise location for church planting.
· That God would prepare our family for ministry and for this high calling.
· That God’s people would come alongside us.
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.”
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 Connects: Stone Hill Life-sharing 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. This class will meet today after the second service in Harris Hall. Lunch is provided. Childcare will also be provided for those who have young children.
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. in the Youth Room. Childcare available. RSVP at parentnight.app.rsvpify.com. Dessert and refreshments to follow.
Team up with 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 email@example.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.
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. If you have any questions please contact Pastor Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.