The Spirit vanquishes the deeds of the flesh and restores us to the family of God.
Embracing D6, our new Children and Youth Sunday School curriculum
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up (Deuteronomy 6:4-7).
Early this year, I asked Lindsei Lansky, Director of Children’s Ministries, and Michael Sentance, Director of Youth Ministries, to conduct a curriculum review of Children’s and Youth Sunday School. They share below the first of two parts of the story of God’s good leading.
“As the two of us sat down to begin the review process, we prayerfully decided to articulate a vision for family ministry at Stone Hill. We found the foundation of that vision in the verses above from Deuteronomy. They lay out a clear principle, one that sees discipleship as taking place first of all in the home. Parents (and grandparents) are the ones primarily responsible for discipling their children: as the text says, impress these commandments on your children. The local church, meanwhile, is responsible with equipping parents to do this task effectively: hence the phrase hear, O Israel, which includes the community and its leadership.
Based on Deuteronomy, the two of us came up with a five-point vision for family ministry here at Stone Hill. The first three of those five points are:
1. Support families in discipleship of their children;
2. Provide foundational biblical knowledge;
3. Provide authentic Christian community.
Based on that, we decided the new curriculum had to be parent focused and biblically based. After conducting an exhaustive search through the curriculum we already had, we turned to curriculum available from major publishers, and then we made use of online forums for youth ministry. God led us to the curriculum which we will be launching on December 1. It is called D6, because (providentially) it derives its structure and vision from the same verses behind our original vision. Thank God for his guidance!”
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.
Family Ministry Vision Casting: Today 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Thanksgiving Baskets: It's time for our annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive. It will benefit Transformation Church's outreach program and families in our own neighborhood who could use a little extra love this year. Pick up a flyer at the Welcome Desk for details. This is a great project for small groups or families to do together! Baskets are due back by Sunday, November 17.
Female Hymn Writers: This women's adult ed class is led by Karen Ristuccia starting November 3 at 9:30 a.m. in the Library. Karen offers the following introduction: The second most repeated command in the Bible is to sing. Singing in community involves music, words, worship, and fellowship. Many beloved songs that unite and inspire us reflect the lives and priorities of their authors. In this class we will meet various women lyricists, discover their poems and their paths, and see how they evidenced the virtues listed in Philippians 4:8-9. Our goal: sharing stories (theirs and ours) and growing together through God’s Word.
Princeton Christian Roots Tour: On Saturday, November 2, David Keddie will be giving a tour of Princeton's upper campus emphasizing its Christian roots. The tour will begin at 2 p.m. starting at Nassau Hall. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Jean for information. Space is limited.
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.
Baptism Class: Our Fall Baptism Class will take place on Sunday, November 3 and 10, at 11:10 a.m. in the Adult Ed 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 and should have an understanding of the gospel. Email Pastor Tracy if you have any questions at email@example.com. If you want to sign up for the class please email Lara Holt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adopt a University Student: At Stone Hill 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? Please contact Laura Megill at email@example.com.