Nov. 1 Announcements

Nov. 1 Announcements

  1. Daylight Savings Time this Saturday
  2. Plan for All Church Thanksgiving Meal
  3. Volunteer Needed
  4. Changes to All Church Prayer Meetings
  5. Janitorial Position Opening
  6. Adult Sunday School/Prayer Discussion
  7. Operation Christmas Child
  8. Week of Prayer Nov. 9-15
  9. Tune into Sunday Service
  10. Pre-Service Zoom Meeting
  11. BLAST
  12. For Kids
  13. Prayer Requests
  14. Parent and Teen Ministry
  15. Calendar
  16. Sermon Information
  17. Finances

Daylight Savings Time – Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour this Saturday before you go to bed!

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 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!

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!

Changes to Prayer Meetings – This ministry year we are adopting the following changes to our all church prayer meetings with a desire to better serve you:

– increasing the frequency: do it weekly.  This will give us a better rhythm.

– for a shorter duration each time: 30 minutes.

– 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)

Meeting ID: 939 987 4228

Passcode: 998652

Please join us this Sunday at 7pm!

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 ( 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.

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.

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.

Operation Christmas Child – Happy November!  The countdown has begun…two weeks to Collection Sunday November 15th!  There is still time to grab a box and fill it up with love and prayer and bring it back on the 15th!  Stop by our table in the foyer after church or pick up a box at the church office during regular office hours. 

We are also counting down the boxes that Stonebrook members pack ONLINE at Samaritan’s Purse.  This is our Stonebrook goal page link for pack a box online:  (For information on how to use the Online packing feature…use this link: 

If you need a tutorial on packing your shoebox…check out this video:

If you have questions about the cost of shipping which is $9.00 per box, check out this video:

If you have any other questions or concerns about the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, contact Sandy Wigdahl (515) 460-3206. Keep packing and praying!

Tune into Sunday’s Service – Stonebrook services are streamed online at 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 ( 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!

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

Parent and Teen Ministry – PTM will be meeting at the church on Wednesday from 6:50-8:30 p.m. We are starting a new study on our current culture so this is a great week to start if you have not been able to make it this semester. We hope to see you there! Teens and their parents are welcome to attend. Please email Tim Hibbing ( 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
11/22 – Deadline for Bethesda Food Pantry food drive

This week’s sermon:  Pastor Matt will preach on “Acts: The Holy Spirit and His Unstoppable Church: Acts 15: Disagreements, Debates, and Decisions. In this week’s section, we examine several conflicts that arose in the church as they spread “to the remotest parts of the earth”. With gentiles now becoming a large part of the community of faith, the chosen people of God, how ought they operate? New situations and clashing cultural habits lead to some difficult conversations and decisions.  As we look at how the church handled these situations, we gain insight into how to handle disagreements and decisions in our churches today.

Giving Report as of 09/30/2020
Stonebrook’s fiscal year runs from
August 1st to July 31st.
Giving to Date:$87,387
Budgeted to Date:$97,378
Percent from budget:10.26% 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

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