Dec. 13 Announcements

Dec. 13 Announcements

  1. Christmas Eve Service
  2. Diaper Donations for Obria
  3. Angel Tree Deadline is Monday
  4. Demo Days!
  5. 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
  6. Prayer Requests
  7. Parent and Teen Ministry
  8. Sermon Information
  9. Finances

Christmas Eve Service – Join us either in person or on the live stream for Stonebrook’s annual Christmas Eve Service, 6:30-8 p.m. on Christmas Eve!

Diaper Donations for Obria – Life is MESSY and full of CHANGES!  Add a package of diapers under the tree in the church entryway for Obria…the crisis pregnancy center here in Ames.

Angel Tree – The deadline to sign up for Angel Tree is Monday! Due to pandemic restrictions, the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree program that Stonebrook usually participates in be virtual this year! Instead of purchasing a gift, you can sponsor a child of a prisoner for $22 so that they receive a Christmas package on behalf of their incarcerated loved one. The Christmas package will include: a gift card to Wal-Mart ($20), the prisoner parent’s message, a Gospel presentation, and an opportunity to request a free Adventure Bible.

There is also an option to give the caregiver a Wal-Mart gift card and we would encourage you to consider this as well. We have done soup in a jar for the caregiver on several occasions in the past but I am sure the Wal-Mart gift card will be appreciated too.

Please note, this email includes your organization’s access details, so please keep it safe!

Stonebrooks URL: https://vat.angeltreetool.org/2d619114-90af-43ca-9f01-b41d9d5235ba

Stonebrooks Access Code: KYKVY

Thank you from the Angel Tree team: Gene Lund, Mark and Sandy Hempe, Eduarda Becerra, and Jim and Mary Ann McCann. If you have questions or issues contact me at 515-231-1109, leave a message as I don’t answer calls I don’t recognize.

Demo Days! – We are getting ready for a contractor to work on the new gathering area, and we need to have some demo days in the existing nursery! Whether you are high or low skilled, any able-bodied person can be put to work! The demo days will be Dec. 30, 31, and Jan. 2 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sign up for as much time as you have!

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 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.

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.

This Week’s Sermon:  Pastor Brad will teach on “Advent: Rescues – Rescues: Esther and the Invisible God.” Though God may often seem absent to us, he is conspicuously present in our lives to help us. He is our ever-present help in trouble. We will journey through the Book of Esther, and though God is never mentioned directly, his fingerprints are all over this remarkable story of rescue.  From this story and especially from the ultimate rescue of Christ the Savior, our faith will be strengthened and our worship increased. 

Weekly Memory Verse – Esther 4:14 ESV “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Giving Report as of 11/30/2020
Stonebrook’s fiscal year runs from
August 1st to July 31st.
Giving to Date:$190,114
Budgeted to Date:$196,342
Percent from budget:3.17% 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.