Posts by Stonebrook Church (Page 3)

Posts by Stonebrook Church (Page 3)

Women’s Ministry Kickoff

Stonebrook Women — this Saturday evening at 7:00 is our Women’s Ministry Kick-Off Event!  In years past, our women have enjoyed a Progressive Dinner to introduce the new ministry season.  One of the highlights of this annual event has been the chance to gather in different small groups over the course of the evening and get to know each other better.  This year we are continuing this tradition with a Progressive (Virtual) Game Night on Zoom.  Designed to be fun and chill,…

Sunday mornings and the new City Mask Ordinance

Greetings in Christ, Stonebrook members and regular attenders! We are writing to make you aware that on September 1, 2020, the Ames City Council adopted a city ordinance requiring face coverings. The ordinance is in effect as of Friday, September 4, 2020. (Click here to read Ordinance No. 4420 Face Covering Requirement.) Please familiarize yourself with the ordinance. (The City of Ames provided a Frequently Asked Questions page here.) The Stonebrook pastors have counseled together with multiple other pastors from a…

Acts 4:19-20

Peter and John answered them, “Whether it’s right in the sight of God for us to listen to you rather than to God, you decide; for we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard. (CSB)

Acts 3:19-20

Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, (ESV)

Welcome to ISU Students

Stonebrook Church is excited to have ISU students return after such a long break! We hope that you will consider joining us on Sunday morning! We are taking COVID-19 precautions, such as social distancing, hand sanitizer, and strongly encourage the wearing of masks. We also have live stream services at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. A link can be found on the Stonebrook Website.

Sunday School

The Nursery and Wee Worship will open again on August 30th. The age range for Wee Worship will include four year olds to help enable families with young children to return if they would like to. We think we have enough volunteers, but parents may be asked to serve in their children’s room. Older classrooms will remain closed for the time being. Ages Masks Nursery 0-2 Strongly encouraged for Volunteers. No masks for children. Wee Worship 2-4 (Including 4) Strongly encouraged…

Member’s Meeting Aug. 19

Join us for Stonebrook’s member meeting on Wednesday, August 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. During this meeting we will discuss a proposed denominational affiliation for Stonebrook and some other topics. We will meet in-person (with masks and social distancing), and will also have a zoom-in component available. We will send the Zoom link in an e-mail early next week. You’ll be able to speak and be heard in the room during discussion time, and we will monitor the chat for questions…

Acts 2:45

And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts. (ESV)

Acts 1:8

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (ESV)

Sabbath

It has been a few years since our family has started faithfully keeping a Biblical Sabbath, and I can’t express how much of a blessing it has been to us. It has become an integral part of our week and health. What do I mean by Biblical Sabbath? I take my definition from Peter Scazzero in his book “Emotionally Healthy Leader.” He says that a Biblical Sabbath is a 24 hour block of time where we stop work, enjoy rest,…

After a Long Time – Reflections on Unanswered Prayer

 “After a long time, in the third year, the Word of the Lord came to Elijah…” 12 Kings 18:1 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked … “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea…” The sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came…

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (ESV)

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (ESV)

For a Helmet the Hope of Salvation

This summer I’ve been involved in the early morning women’s Bible study on 1 & 2 Thessalonians over Zoom.  It’s been so great to connect with women I wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity to see during this Covid-19 period of time. One section that the study highlighted was 1 Thessalonians 5:8: “But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.”…

Summer Women’s Bible Study

Join us Monday July 20th at 7 p.m. or Wed July 22nd at 6:30 a.m. for a women’s study of Psalm 107 for 7 weeks.  We will have one hour of discussion and 15 minutes of DVD teaching (which may be available for you at another time online). Cost is $20 (for the workbook) with scholarships available. This will be a Bible study taking place over Zoom, so grab coffee or a snack and cozy in with us for some…

Seating Capacity Announcement

Hi Stonebrook! This Sunday, the 21st, marks our first live service that we’ve held in our building in over three months. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long, so I’m excited to get us back together again.

In Person Services Starting June 21!

Dear Stonebrook family,  As we mentioned last week in an email and on our Sunday service, we will resume live 10:00 a.m. Sunday services on June 21st.  I can’t wait!  It’s been a long time in coming.   I have much important information to give you, SO PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THIS IN ITS ENTIRETY.  Thanks! Brad On behalf of the elders and deacons, I want to give you some important information concerning our regathering back together.  The deacons and staff have put…

The Prayers of Habakkuk

The Prayers of Habakkuk I have been “chewing on” the book of Habakkuk and found the prophet’s prayers very inspiring and encouraging, especially considering the various crises we are currently facing. In the first two chapters, Habakkuk laid out two complaints before the LORD. After receiving God’s answers, the prophet found great comfort, joy, and strength in God’s promises despite the coming severe judgement on Judah.  Witnessing the prevalent violence, destruction, and injustice in Judah, Habakkuk was deeply troubled and…

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. (ESV)

Amazing Grace

This is the original hymn written by John Newton in 1779. It is by far my favorite hymn, and I have sung it for many years in times of trials, happiness, and celebration. The hymn has recently become so much sweeter to me, as my eldest son and I have been studying about the time of John Newton in our history book.

1 Thessalonians 4:1

“Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.” (ESV)