THIS WEEK IN WORSHIP
New Message Series: The Truth, the Goodness, and the Beauty of Christmas
While the Christmas season has its share of frustrations, there is something inherently good about it. People, for the most part, are kinder and more generous. Where does the goodness of Christmas come from? The Gospel of Luke records how an angel of the Lord announced the birth of Jesus by proclaiming “good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” What exactly is so good about the good news of the Gospel? Join us this week as we continue our Advent mini-series on The Truth, the Goodness, and the Beauty of Christmas with a message from Pastor Jeff on “Jesus and the Goodness of Christmas” based on Luke 2.8-12.
The Heart of Christmas Offering • Continues this weekend
One way our church family celebrates this holy season is through our special Heart of Christmas offering. At this time of year most of us think a bit more about the needs of others, especially those who are less fortunate. The Heart of Christmas offering is divided between five important ministries that impact lives all year long— ACTION, IMPACT, Front Porch Ministries, New Church Development, and The Christmas Joy Offering. You’ll find a special Heart of Christmas offering envelope in your program this weekend.
Christmas Eve Weekend Service Schedule
Saturday, December 23rd @ 5:30pm Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 24th @ 9:00am Lessons and Carols
(no service at 10:30am on the 24th)
Sunday, December 24th @ 4:00pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 24th @ 5:30pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 24th @ 7:00pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Community Christmas Shoppe • Saturday, December 9th @ Simi Community Church
The Community Christmas Shoppe is a collaboration of local churches and organizations working together to serve low-income families by providing gifts for their children at Christmas time. We are still in need of toys, electronics, sporting goods, etc. for ages 0-17. If you are able to donate toys, please bring them to the church office by tomorrow, Friday, December 8th @ 4:00pm.
Deacon Angel Tree
The Angel Tree provides an opportunity for you to assist those within our congregation. Each ornament on the tree contains an idea for a gift certificate. These will be gifted to those in our own congregation who are in need this holiday season. Choose an ornament, purchase the gift certificate and return no later than Tuesday, December 12th to the office or to a Deacon on the patio during weekend services. Thank you in advance for your generous spirit during this Holiday Season.
Houston Relief Mission Trip
Partnering with IMPACT, this spring there is an opportunity to help with hurricane relief in Houston, Texas. The dates of the trip are March 24th - 31st. Applications due ASAP. If interested, please contact Pastor Jonathan in the church office at 526-5475.
OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT
Christmas Variety Show
This Sunday, December 10th at 4:00pm
Join us at StoneBridge for a fun and festive hour of entertainment! There will be a Christmas performance and video featuring StoneBridge Kids and a chance for audience members to participate in games and win prizes!
CARE AND RECOVERY
Christian-based Recovery Thursday @ 7:00pm 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.
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.