God will free all creation and fill it with his glory.
Embracing D6, our new Children and Youth Sunday School curriculum
“Talk about these commandments when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:7).
Lindsei Lanski, Children’s Director, and Michael Sentance, Youth Director, share more about Stone Hill’s new Sunday school curriculum:
“It was exciting enough to find a curriculum based on the same Scripture we had chosen for family ministry, Deuteronomy 6, but we were surprised as to how it fit the remainder of our vision.
Our five-point vision proposes a parent-focused, Bible-based approach that takes place in an authentic community. But we also want Stone Hill Children and Youth to be a place that welcomes questions and doubts and offers opportunities for service.
With D6, on any Sunday, every age group, from babies through senior high students and on to parents, focuses on the same topic. Imagine how this will open up conversations at home and spark ideas for how to live it out! The curriculum also offers free podcasts, an email subscription, and other resources to facilitate discipleship into a family’s everyday life.
D6 features one month on an Old Testament book, one on a New Testament book, and a third month on a special topic. Over the course of six years, the entire Bible is covered as well as a range of topics that are of interest to families. Because D6 welcomes discussion, these topics will enable you to have healthy and honest conversations around big questions and help you share and grow together. In addition, it offers a wealth of practical application for what you are learning. Discussing and applying God’s Word in this way can naturally lead to serving the family, the body of Christ and our community.
Our former Children’s Director, Mary McCormack, says this about D6: “I am delighted to see this new curriculum put into place. For years we have been trying to bring a consistent plan to Sunday school AND provide real help for parents. I believe this new curriculum is it!”
Please join us in praying for a smooth implementation of D6. Pray that it enables Stone Hill to disciple families and students more effectively for God’s glory.
Sundays at 6:30: Save the date! Sunday evening, November 17, Pastor Matt will be teaching the second of five “Sundays at 6:30”—times of extended biblical teaching and interaction around important cultural issues of our day. For future planning, the other dates for upcoming Sundays at 6:30 p.m. are: 1/12/20, 3/15/20, and 5/3/20.
Prayer & Praise Service: “Give thanks unto the Lord for He is good.” We will gather in the sanctuary for a one-hour service on November 24 at 5:30 p.m. Its purpose is for God’s people to offer thanks to God together. We’ll sing and hear testimonies from one another of how good God has been.
Crock-Pot Potluck Dinner: A potluck dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. in Harris Hall, allowing us unhurried time to enjoy rich fellowship and good food. Make your favorite crock-pot dish (serves 10-12 people) or bring a dessert or side dish to share. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Hope to see you there!
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. RSVP with how many baskets you plan to prepare. Please email Lara Holt at email@example.com.
Stone Hill Serves: This class is a follow up to Stone Hill Believes and Stone Hill Connects. This class will meet on November 10 and 17 at 9:30 a.m. in the Prayer Chapel. Every believer has been designed to be part of the body of Christ by the Spirit of God. In order for the body to function as it is meant to, all parts are needed to work together. What does the Bible say about serving another? What does the Gospel-Shaped Community look like? Stone Hill Serves is designed for us to examine our spiritual gifts, survey ministry opportunities, and find a place to serve here in Stone Hill. For more information about this class contact Pastor Jin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haiti Trip 2020: Ready for a meaningful adventure? Go to Haiti and make a difference in the lives of others! On the trip you will serve those in need by helping others for the Lord; projects may include construction, visiting a school or orphanage, presenting kids’ programs, or teaching at a vocational school. Grow your love for others; spend a week traveling, working, and worshiping together with your teammates; make new friends, near and far. Go cross-cultural to a third-world country right on our doorstep; taste new foods; see other landscapes; learn a distinctive language. Trip dates are March 14-21, 2020. Apply online today!
Extended Family: On November 13, Extended Family is blessed to have Marilyn Z. Wargo, author of her new book Gardening Angel, The Life and Legacy of Lucile Silvester, as our guest speaker. Marilyn will share her precious relationship with Lucile and how she impacted her life. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. in the Library. Bring a friend.
Philippines Trip Report: Nathan and Gloria Cruzado will share about their ministry trip to the Philippines this summer. Nathan says, "it was a blessed time and the harvest is indeed plentiful." Come learn more on Sunday, November 17 at 11:10 a.m. in the Adult Ed room.
AWANA Store: Gently used items are needed for the upcoming AWANA Store for December and May. If you have items our AWANA clubbers would enjoy, or might make good (Christmas) gifts for family and friends, please bring your donations to the Children's Welcome Desk by December 8.
Open Invitation: The public is welcome to sit in on a portion of, or the entirety of, Alex Kato's ordination exam. It will be held in the library this Wednesday, November 6 beginning at 1:30 p.m.