Nov. 15 Announcements

Here is a list of this week’s announcements.

  1. No Nursery this Sunday
  2. Week of Prayer Nov. 9-15
  3. Food Drive for Bethesda Food Pantry
  4. Urgent Volunteer Needed
  5. Janitorial Position Opening
  6. Operation Christmas Child
  7. Christmas Card Crafting Events
  8. Sunday Morning Information
    1. Tune into Sunday Service
    1. Pre-Service Zoom Meeting
    1. BLAST
    1. For Kids
    1. Adult Sunday School/Prayer Discussion
    1. Weekly All Church Prayer Meetings
  9. Prayer Requests
  10. Prayer and Care
  11. Parent and Teen Ministry
  12. Calendar
  13. Sermon Information
  14. Finances

No Nursery this Sunday – Due to a lack of volunteers, there will be no nursery during this Sunday’s service. If you are interested in volunteering for future Sundays, contact Liz Crimmins at lizcrimminsisu@gmail.com

Week of Prayer Nov. 9-15 – Be sure to sign up for prayer time(s) during Stonebrook’s annual week of prayer November 9-15. This year, because of Covid-19, you can sign up to pray either at the building, or in your home! Sign up for a time to pray.

Food Drive/Plan for All Church Thanksgiving Meal – Because of Covid-19 restrictions, Stonebrook will not have its annual all church Thanksgiving meal this year. However, we will do two positive things to replace the meal:

  1. Stonebrook usually spends about $1,000 on the Thanksgiving meal each year (to buy turkey, etc.). This year, Stonebrook donated $500 each to Food at First and to Hope Ministries to use on their Thanksgiving meal outreaches.
  2. We will be doing a food drive from today until November 22 in order to help replenish the food pantry at Bethesda Lutheran church. Please help by bringing non-perishable food items, paper products, and feminine hygiene products to the foyer at church by November 22nd. We will have boxes in the foyer, and if they get full, we will start a pyramid on one of the walls!
  3. If you are interested in serving at Food at First for the holidays or anytime of the year, check out their website, https://foodatfirst.wordpress.com/ . This could be a wonderful CG project to consider!

Thank you so much for your generosity! We are looking forward to taking a negative (no meal) and turning it into a way to help in our community!

Urgent Volunteer Needed – The Renovation Committee is looking for a volunteer to help Joshua Burke on Wednesday nights from 6-9 p.m. (for the next 2-3 Wednesdays) to lift doors on and off hinges as Joshua works to install door hardware. The volunteer will need to be able to strong enough to lift doors and use a cordless drill.  Additional experience with tools would be nice, but not necessary.  Contact Terri Huffman (office@stonebrook.org) if you are able to help out.

Janitorial Position Opening – Stonebrook is looking for a janitor to work once a week (about two hours per week). The position is responsible for weekly cleaning of the nursery, the comfort room, and a list of tasks to be rotated on a monthly basis. If you are interested, contact the office.

Operation Christmas Child – It is Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection Sunday!!  Please bring your filled shoeboxes into church with you on Sunday morning.  Our Stonebrook teens will be in the foyer ready to receive your box.  If you can’t make it to church on Sunday you can still drop your filled and labeled box at the church office before Wednesday evening Nov. 18th.  Remember that each box needs a label and you can go on line at  https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/follow-your-box/  and print a label.  The cost for shipping is only $9 per box.  If you didn’t fill a box but you want to give towards the ministry and help cover shipping costs or pay for a child to receive discipleship materials and a Bible then go to this website https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/the-greatest-journey/  There is still time to Build a Shoebox online for just $25 a box at this website https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline/   

Thank you for being a part of getting the good news of Jesus Christ to children all over the world.  Keep praying for your box and the child that will receive it that he/she will receive the gift of Jesus.   

If you have any questions or concerns as you finish filling your shoebox, please contact Sandy Wigdahl at (515) 460-3206.

Christmas card Crafting – Let’s get into the Christmas Spirit! The Women’s Ministry is hosting two opportunities for service and fellowship on November 19th at 6 p.m. and November 21st at 2 p.m. in the Stonebrook Kitchen.  We will be creating 200 Christmas Cards for the residents of Keystone and Accura Healthcare in Ames to send to their families.

This is a free event to attend but space is limited to ensure proper safety precautions.  All materials and instructions are provided.  Bring your favorite holiday mug and enjoy some Christmas music, friendship and fun while serving our community.  Reserve your seat today at http://bit.ly/2020ChristmasCardEvent   Contact Nicole Balvanz at nbalvanz@gmail.com with any questions.  

Sunday Morning Information
Tune into Sunday’s Service
– Stonebrook services are streamed online at stonebrook.org/live at 10 a.m. CST. Let your friends, relatives, and neighbors know that they are welcome to watch, a great opportunity for them to hear God’s word! PARENTS: find a special PDF print-out to help your kids engage in the service.

Pre Service Zoom Meeting – We will have a Pre service Zoom mtg. for anyone not returning to church.  9:30-10:00. Here is the meeting info.  Join Zoom Meeting. The password is 391072. We hope that you will join us! (Note – we will no longer have the post-service Zoom meeting)

BLAST – Parents of K-4th grade students – We are sending out weekly BLAST e-mails that include our Bible story, Christ connection, and activity sheets.  Please email Naomi (naomi.plymesser@gmail.com) if you’d like to be added to or taken off that email list. 

For Kids – Dawn Bovenmyer has created some Sunday school videos for your young children to enjoy as an additional activity before or after services on Sundays. Come join Mrs. Bovenmyer and her trusty sidekick Scout for singing, Bible stories, and lots of fun!

Adult Sunday School/Prayer Discussion – Join Ev Cherrington as he leads an adult Sunday school prayer discussion group starting on Nov. 15 from 8:45-9:30 a.m. in the Upper Room. Bring a journal, and be ready to discuss what prayer means, how prayer fits into the life of a believer, and how to pray without ceasing, among other topics. The group will meet either every two weeks or monthly, depending on the desire of the group.

Weekly Prayer Meetings – Please join us for our weekly all church prayer meetings!

– Day/time: Sundays 7-7:30pm. Every Sunday unless otherwise notified.

– Do it via Zoom. Below is the zoom link that will be used each time we meet. 

Topic: Stonebrook Church Weekly Prayer Meeting (Sundays at 7-7:30pm)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9399874228?pwd=aUdjVm0vZUFZN2t6Y2RCd2JHNTdtUT09

Meeting ID: 939 987 4228

Passcode: 998652

Prayer Requests – Stonebrook has a prayer team ready to pray for your requests! If you have a prayer request, send it to seekingGod@stonebrook.org. If you would like to join the prayer team, e-mail to office@stonebrook.org.

Prayer and Care – Please pray for Kurtis and Debbie Younkin and their family as they grieve the loss of Kurtis’s father, Dale Younkin, this week.

Parent and Teen Ministry – PTM will be meeting at the church on Wednesday from 6:50-8:30 p.m. We are currently in a study on our current culture. We hope to see you there! Teens and their parents are welcome to attend. Please email Tim Hibbing (thibbing@gmail.com) with any questions.

Calendar – Sundays – All Church Prayer Meetings (Weekly, 7-7:30 p.m.)
11/9-15 – Week of Prayer
11/15 – Deadline for Operation Christmas Child
11/19, 21 – Christmas card Crafting Events
11/22 – Deadline for Bethesda Food Pantry food drive

This Week’s Sermon:  Pastor Brad will preach on “Acts: The Holy Spirit and His Unstoppable Church: Acts 20-28: Accomplishing the Mission, Finishing the Course.” As the world gets darker, staying true to Christ becomes increasingly difficult. How do we stay strong in an ever-more-hostile world? Today we look at Acts 20-28 and see the fuel behind Paul’s love for the world, dedication to mission, and sacrificial selflessness. Despite hardship, imprisonment, scoffers, and shipwreck, he stays true to his mission and faithful to the Lord Jesus.

Weekly Memory Verse: “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24, ESV)

Giving Report as of 10/31/2020
Stonebrook’s fiscal year runs from
August 1st to July 31st.
Giving to Date:$134,332
Budgeted to Date:$147,075
Percent from budget:8.66% below budget

Ways to Give at Stonebrook – There are a number of giving tools available at Stonebrook.

  1. Mail a check to Stonebrook Community Church, 3611 Eisenhower Ave., Ames, IA 50010.
  2. Use your own bank’s bill pay system
  3. Fill out a form to authorize Stonebrook to withdraw a certain amount from your bank account on the 5th of each month. Talk to Heidi in the office to get the form.
  4. Use the online giving Web portal.

Terri Huffman
terri@stonebrook.org

Our passion is to love God and all people by living, proclaiming, and teaching the gospel of Jesus, God’s Messiah.