Announcements for the Week of March 7

Announcements for the Week of March 7

Overview of Minor Prophets – Stonebrook will start a new series on the Minor Prophets this Sunday. In preparation, there is an overview of the Minor Prophets available.

Women’s Game Night March 6 – Ladies, please join us for the game night Saturday March 6th from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This game night has a theme: Luau. Dress up in your favorite Hawaiian shirt and/or beach gear. Or you can simply have a little flower in your hair. There are in person and zoom options available. We are looking forward to a fun evening of laughter, fellowship and snacks for those attending in person. It will be held in the auditorium with social distancing guidelines being followed, and on Zoom.

2021 Women’s Retreat Every Piece: God’s Mosaic – Calling all women of Stonebrook!  Mark your calendars!  We are looking forward to spending time with you either in-person or virtually on Saturday, April 10th for this year’s one day retreat.  We will gather at the church to spend some time in (socially distanced) fellowship with our sisters in Christ, as well as on Zoom.  We have a full day of connection, relaxation, and fun planned for you. 

God is our creator and we are his masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10).  Each of us have innumerable characteristics and experiences that God is using to mold and shape us into the women he desires us to be.  Bring a friend or come make a new one as we consider how God will utilize every piece of us to create His beautiful mosaic.  

Contact Nicole Balvanz ( or the church office if you have questions.  $20.00 in-person (Lunch and snacks provided), $10.00 Virtual Only. Remember to register early! Prices increase on March 16. We can’t wait to see you at this year’s retreat! 

Pre-Marriage Retreat March 26-27 – Stonebrook will host a pre-marriage retreat March 26-27. If you are an engaged or soon to be engaged couple, this retreat is for you!  The cost is $45 per couple.  Register on the website, the app, or email (office by March 15.

Sunday Morning Information
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!

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)

Meeting ID: 939 987 4228

Passcode: 998652

Prayer and Care – Congratulations to new parents Adam and Holly Ring on the arrival of their daughter, Payton Hope! Payton was born on Groundhog Day (a whole month early)! She weighed 5 lbs. 13 oz. and had an extended stay in the NICU. After over a week and a half in the hospital, they are happy to be healthy and at home!” If you would like to provide a meal for this family, click here.

Please continue to pray for Carol Kelly. The results of the biopsy were negative for cancer, however there are still unanswered questions for her illness and no diagnosis. She will go back for another scan in 3 months. Pray for healing.

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. Matt Heerema will teach next week and then we will have a week off for Spring Break. PTM will start back up 3/24. We hope to see you there! Teens and their parents are welcome to attend. Please email Tim Hibbing ( with any questions.

This Week’s Sermon –   Pastor Brad will preach on “Minor Prophets: Turn and Live. Hosea and the Mercy of God.” In a stunning word picture, Hosea under command of God marries a woman of ill repute in order to give a picture to the people of Israel of their waywardness towards the Lord. Adulterous Israel deserves justice. Yet we find in this remarkable book God appeals to his lost people to return to him and so live. We see the mercy of God triumphing over justice. From this story, we then make the connection to the gospel message and realize that in Christ we too can find mercy and grace to help us in our time of need.

Weekly Memory Verse – Hosea 1:10 ESV Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And in the place where it was said to them, “You are not my people,” it shall be said to them, “Children of the living God.”

Giving Report as of 02/28/2021
Stonebrook’s fiscal year runs from
August 1st to July 31st.
Giving to Date:$363,558
Budgeted to Date:$353,211
Percent from budget:2.93% above 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.