THIS WEEK IN WORSHIP

Facing Down the Fear of Criticism

No one likes to be criticized but in a fallen world criticism is a fact of life. No one is immune from it. If you have any doubts, just Google “Negative Comments About Mother Teresa.” You’ll find close to a million links to articles with titles like “Mother Teresa’s Sainthood Is a Fraud… Just Like She Was” and “Sadistic Religious Fanatic: Mother Teresa Was No Saint.” Given the inevitability of criticism, how can we understand and deal with criticism in an emotionally healthy, spiritually mature way? Join us this week as Pastor Jeff continues our fall teaching series Don’t Let Fear Define Your Future with a message on “Facing Down the Fear of Criticism” based on Proverbs 29.25. More good news from StoneBridge Community Church.

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT

Trunk or Treat • Sunday, October 29th, 5:00-7:30pm

It's back! Fun for all ages! Decorate your trunk, include a kid-friendly game, pass out treats/prizes and watch the kids have a blast! Pre-order a family pizza dinner for $10 (dinner includes 1 cheese or pepperoni pizza, salad, and beverages) or bring your picnic dinner. Prizes awarded in many categories for decorated trunks and costumes! Learn more by stopping by a ministry table or the kid's check-in kiosk this weekend.

Volunteer Opportunities

- Host a decorated trunk

- Donate candy

- Event set-up / decorating

- Event clean-up

- Event Parking

- Distribute Food/Pizzas

 

CLICK HERE to send an email to reserve your pizza dinner, sign up to serve, or to get more info.

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

Samaritan Center Dinner • Wednesday, October 25th
We welcome volunteers to assist StoneBridge as we provide dinner to the less fortunate in our community the fourth Wednesday of every month. Opportunities are available to provide food and serve/clean up. Dinner is served from 5:00 – 6:00pm. If you are unavailable on the 25th, dishes can be made in advance and dropped off. You can also contribute by dropping off gift cards for Smart & Final at the church office. If you are interested please contact Scott Regier at 587-3821 (cell) or 583-3984 (home).

Ministry to the Homeless • Public Action to Deliver Shelter

PADS is a cooperative ministry of churches in Simi Valley to provide overnight shelter for the homeless during the months of November through March. StoneBridge participates on alternate Friday evenings starting November 3rd. Volunteers will serve over night, 7:30pm - 7am Saturday morning. Sign up at the Hub between weekend services or call Grace Hughes at 526-0849.

AmazonSmile

Many of us shop at Amazon for a wide range of products. Did you know that StoneBridge can benefit from each purchase you make at no additional charge to you? Here's how: Click on this link and Amazon automatically donates 0.5% of most purchases back to StoneBridge.

CARE AND RECOVERY

Christian-based Recovery Thursday nights @ 7:00pm in Room #101

StoneBridge Christian Recovery is based on the 12-Steps and the Bible. Weekly Thursday night meetings rotate between step studies and open share. You’re invited to join a confidential, caring community of people – just like you – who are committed to your welfare and the welfare of others.

 

StoneBridge Christian Recovery is not just a Thursday night meeting but also a network of people who have experienced the power of Christ’s healing and want to help you on your journey to wellness. Honoring your confidentiality, the StoneBridge Christian Recovery network wants to come along side you in your time of need, introduce you to a circle of believers with similar struggles, and connect you not only to StoneBridge Christian Recovery, but to the other great recovery programs in our community. Your first step is to call the church office at 526-5475.

Stephen Ministry

Do you know someone experiencing a crisis, facing a challenge, or going through a tough time? Maybe you, or someone you know, is grieving the death of a loved one, is recently separated or in the process of a divorce, has become homebound, unemployed, or needs to work through the implications of a troubling medical diagnosis. God never intended for us to go through these challenges alone. That’s why God put us in a church family—and why we have Stephen Ministry.

If you know of someone who is struggling, perhaps they would benefit from the extra support of a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministers are StoneBridge members who have received 50 hours of caregiving training, and are available to meet with you—privately and confidentially—on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, support, and remind you of Christ’s presence in your life. To find out more about Stephen Ministry, or to request a Stephen Minister for yourself, please contact Martha Siditsky at 581-5332, or Mary Pratt at 581-4814.

IN OUR COMMUNITY

Sarah’s House Benefit Concert • Friday, November 10th, doors open at 6pm

Sarah’s House maternity homes provide shelter, love, and encouragement for homeless expectant and single mothers. Join us for this free event featuring The Lee Krabbe Band with Big Mike Thompson and Amy Nordstrom & Dick Wells. Coffee and dessert available for purchase at 6pm, a love offering will be presented. For more information, visit The Hub, contact Laura Malinowski at 581-1910, or go online.  

Scholarship Opportunity

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards are cash awards given to motivated women who provide the primary financial support for their families and also seek to improve their lives, the lives of their families and live their dreams by gaining additional skills, training or education but do not have the resources to do so. Each year, more than $1.7 million in education awards are given to more than 1200 women, many who have faced economic and personal hardships. These cash awards are meant to offset any costs associated with the recipient's efforts to attain higher education, including tuition, books, supplies, child care or transportation costs.

Since the Simi Valley club chartered in February 2015, it has given a total of $7,500 in awards. This year, Soroptimist International of Simi Valley is offering two cash awards to its award recipients: first place award in the amount of $2,000 and second place in the amount of $1,500. The first-place winner will become eligible for region-level awards of up to an additional $5,000. Region-level award recipients then become eligible to receive one of three international-level awards of $10,000.

Applicants can go directly the Soroptimist website to apply. Application deadline is November 15, 2017.