Stonehill SDA Church
Newsletter 11/14/2015

Proclaiming God's Love to Pflugerville and Beyond

Hello Stonehill Family,

We look forward to worshiping together this Sabbath!
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Treasure Quote

   Jesus Calling, Enjoying Peace in
   His Presence by Sarah Young, page 330
     Do not let any set of circumstances intimidate you. The more
     challenging your day, the more My Power I place at your disposal.
     You seem to think that I empower you equally each day, but this is not so. Your tendency upon awakening is to assess the difficulties ahead of you, measuring them against your average strength. This is an exercise in unreality.
     I know what each of your days will contain, and I empower you accordingly. The degree to which I strengthen you on a given day is based mainly on two variables: the difficulty of your circumstances, and your willingness to depend on Me for help. Try to view challenging days as opportunities to receive more of My Power than usual. Look to Me for all that you need, and watch to see what I will do. As your day, so shall your strength be.

Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; as your days, so shall your strength be.
– Deuteronomy 33:25 NKJV


Outdoor Sabbath School moved to November 14.

Thanksgiving Potluck Brunch

        Stonehill will have a Thanksgiving Potluck Brunch on Saturday, November 21st, held during the regular worship service time, to celebrate the harvest of blessings as a church family.
        As the seasons are changing, may we count the many blessings we have: a warm home to go to, dinner to comfort us, and a church community to grow with in life.
        Let's continue to reflect on these things as we make preparations for Thanksgiving. It's easy to become busy with the list of tasks to be done, but let's strive to do all with a heart full of gratitude because of the love Christ has first shown us.
        As a family-style potluck, we'd like your help with setting up Friday afternoon beginning at 3:30 pm. On Sabbath we’d like your help with food setup, clean up and restoring the church. If you have any questions, please contact Michele
( or
( We look forward to this time we can partake in this very special Thanksgiving meal together as a church family!
        Please bring your favorite vegetable dish, casserole, bread, stuffing, fruit, dessert, beverage, etc., to share with 10 people, according to your last name: 


  • A-K – Consider bringing a vegetable dish/casserole
  • L-N – Consider bringing bread or stuffing or pastries, bagels and cream cheese
  • O-T – Consider bringing, fruit, nuts, cheese
  • U-Z ... Consider bringing a beverage and a dessert or pie & topping
        “But don't feel limited by the above list! If you have a favorite family dish feel free to bring it, regardless of your last name! :-)”
        Examples of Suggested Foods to Bring:
  • Cranberries – sauce, chutney
  • Yams – baked, mashed, casserole
  • Potatoes – mashed, casserole
  • Salad – lettuce, spinach, veggie, fruit
  • Fruit – sliced, cut-up, in jello
  • Rolls and Butter – nice bread, dinner rolls
  • Dressing or Stuffing – baked separately to go with Tofurky or other main dishes
  • Cooked Vegetables – green beans, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, veggie casserole
  • Pie and Topping – apple, pumpkin, pecan, or cherry with whipped cream or ice cream
  • Pastries / Donuts

The leaders of the Junior Sabbath School Class are looking for another teacher to help Marie and Beth lead out on Sabbath mornings.  There is an amazing group of young people in this class that we as teachers have the opportunity to study, discuss and explore the Bible with.  If you would like to be a part of this rewarding, growing & life giving group, please contact or talk with Beth Sinha @ (540) 588-8291 or  Thank you so much for your time and attention in this matter. 

Current host leaders of the Fellowship Lunches please meet with Desiree, Lucy and Angela after church December 5th to discuss the new schedule. Come with ideas on how to improve the fellowship experience. Just some ideas… how do we encourage everyone to participate and how we can share the fellowship lunch duties as a church.
If you could invite a “+1” (not from Stonehill) to accompany you to a church “event”, do you know who you would ask? Would it be a friend, colleague, classmate or neighbor? Start praying about your possible “+1” - Big things coming - Stay tuned

Worship Service
Praise in Singing: Ken & Addy Dean

Praise in Giving: World Budget Emphasis: Annual Sacrifice (Global Mission). Global Mission, the front line mission arm of the Church, uses a wholistic approach to reaching people. These pioneers work within their own culture where they understand the community and speak the local language. They help with peoples’ basic needs, like food, water, shelter, health care, and education. They share lessons from the Bible whenever they can. Your financial support makes it possible for front line workers to offer hope and assurance to those who live in fear and despair.  Please continue to remember our local church budget.

The Message: "Location, Location, Location" - James 1:8 - Pastor Joseph Astran

Elder of the Day: Carlton Hackett  |  512.484.7558

Deacon of the Day: Eldon Jensen  |  512.565.6207


Flowers up front: If you would like to donate a floral bouquet for our platform
to celebrate a special occasion or just because, contact Rhona Ballarta at 512.990.8251. Thank you for your ministry.

This Sabbath
Elders’ Retreat
Outdoor Sabbath School
Fellowship Lunch hosted by Young Professionals Class
Pathfinders’ Meeting 2:30-5:30 pm.
Adventurers’ Meeting 2:30-4:00 pm

Next Week
Sunday – 
Texas Museum of Science and Technology Mobile Planetarium Fundraiser November 15th, from 7-11 am

What: Raise funds for an Astronomy and Science presentation from TXMoST on December 5th.Classes: Astronomy and the night sky as seen from Austin.
Star of Bethlehem
Movie presentation regarding the science of astronomy (telescopes/light/etc.)
Pathfinder Star Honor classes hosted by TXMoST staff Physicist

Where: Lake Pflugerville (Near intersection of Weiss Ln & E. Pflugerville Pkwy)

We will meet at the pavilion side where the playground and dock are located along Weiss Ln.
Who: Youth (Primary and above) will fundraiser/ Beginner and Kindergarten are welcome to come support.
1. Top fundraiser.
2. First 10 youth who return fund raising packets on 21
    November to Joshua Wright.

Sunday – Spirit Fest Austin at Dell Diamond beginning at noon.

   General Admission Tickets are $25. This year the artists include:
   Third Day, David Crowder, Matthew West, Francesca Battistelli,
   Danny Gokey, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, Sidewalk Prophets,
   I Am They, Dan Bremnes, Mr. Talkbox, Brandon Heath, Peter Furler
   and Jon Guerra. You can purchase your tickets online at

Sunday – Finance Committee Meeting at 4:00 pm.
esday – Prayer Group. Lucy Clifford is beginning a weekly session devoted to praying for our school, the parents, teachers, and students. It will meet at the school at 8:15 am each Tuesday.
Tuesday – Church Board Meeting 7:00-9:00 pm.Friday – Thanksgiving Brunch Set-up beginning at 3:30 pm
Friday – Pathfinders’ Exodus Bible Experience 6:30-8:00 pm.


Financial Report 

1. Local Budget covers all of our church ministries as well as
    building and mortgage.
2. Tithe comprises all funds sent to the Texas Conference for
    the administrative support of God’s missionary work.
3. Identify any other specific designations that you wish on
    your offering envelopes. All unmarked loose offering will
    go to support our Local Church Ministry budget.
    For convenient online giving,visit


Next Sabbath
Thanksgiving Brunch Service: on Sabbath, November 21 at 11:00 am, we will have a combination of Divine Service (minimal) & potluck Thanksgiving meal (No Sabbath School).
Communication Meeting at 1:00 pm.
Adventurers’ Evangelism or Community Outreach 2:30-4:00 pm.

Fellowship Lunch
All guests, friends and members are welcome to join us after the worship service for fellowship lunch. Guests we invite you to go to the front of the line. Members when you stay, please bring an entree, salad/vegetable and bread/dessert. When there is no fellowship lunch scheduled, please use this opportunity to invite guests and families to share a meal and Sabbath with you.

New Fellowship Lunch Host Schedule…..Beginning in
The class/group assigned to fellowship lunch is responsible for coordinating the receiving/placement of dishes and cleanup.


We still have quite a stash of MRE's and canned food lefts. They are of good quality and ideal for camping and/or long term storage. If you are interested in getting your hands on some, in exchange for a donation to the church/school, please contact Eldon Jensen at your earliest convenience. We need to have these moved, gone or stored 

Ministry Opportunities

Children’s Ministries. Children's activity bags are available to our visitors and members during the service and can be found near the greeters table by the main entrance. Please remember to return them at the end of the service. If you are interested in helping with or leading out in this ministry, please contact Amber Lovett at

Pianists needed. The music and worship team has openings for pianists! We're looking for pianists to join our rotation to play for services. If you are interested in playing a couple times a quarter, please contact Kijana at Thank you!

Upcoming Events


Keene Adventist Book Center (ABC) has recently started a new service called D2U (Direct 2 You). For a flat fee of $5.00 per order we deliver books, Bible, canned and frozen food. Our next delivery to Georgetown Church is scheduled for Monday, November 30 from 10:30 am to 11:00 am and Austin South from 12:15 am to 12:45 pm. The deadline for placing orders is Wednesday, November 25. To place an order call the ABC at 800-333-1844. If you wish to order food you can go to the Texas Conference website: After the website comes up click on the word "Services", and then click on Adventist Book Center. To find books, pamphlets and more you can go to the Adventist Book Center (ABC) website After you find the items you want you can call the Keene ABC at 800-333-1

844 and place your order. When you call to place your order you just tell the salesperson that you want to make a D2U order, and give them the name of the church you wish to pick it up.


Prayer List 

Prayer Warriors, please remember these requests in your daily prayers:

Special Emphasis: Members of the Young Adults Sabbath School class. 
Rhona Ballarta - traveling to Philippines to care for her father.
Ken Krivoshein - father passed away 
Jennifer Patrick - nephew died in auto accident 
Dashiel Ballarta - military deployment  
Samuel Pernito (Rhona Ballarta’s father) - declining health 
April Phillips - health issues  
Rowena Chodorow (Laurie’s mother-in-law) - health issues 
David Stone (Sue Peugh's friend) - Leukemia 
Laurie (Hutchinson’s daughter) - possible breast cancer 
James (Hutchinson’s friend) - Lymphoma 
Roger Peugh’s mother - health is deteriorating 
Karin (Brent and Meri's friend) - Breast cancer 
Grace Byrd (daughter of Amber Lovett’s friend) - Leukemia 
Brody Hickman (friend of Jacqueline Reuben-Naidoo) - Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis and Ulcerative Colitis 
Yunis Lee (friend of Jacqueline Reuben-Naidoo) - severe anemia 
Lukas (Sue Peugh’s great nephew) - health issues 
Elias Taylor (Alicia’s 3-year-old son) - high blood pressure 
Jim Underwood (friend of the Julers) – brain cancer 
Kaitlyn Jankovsky (daughter of the Ballarta’s friend) - Leukemia 
Teatsy Farris – lung cancer 
Angie (Roger Peugh’s niece) – cancer 
Thomas Taylor – nursing home 

If you have a prayer request or praise, send it to


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Stonehill Christian Academy

Stonehill Christian Academy 
Newsletter Volume 3, November 2015

Spirit Week

October 12-16 was Spirit Week at SCA. Students and teachers showed their spirit by dressing in their PJs on Monday, Nerds on Tuesday, animals on Wednesday, Twins and triplets on Thursday, and in their favorite sports jersey on Friday. Here are some cute pictures from that week. You can see more pictures on the SCA Facebook page.

SCA Community Outreach Food Drive:
This year the students in grades K-8 participated in a food drive benefiting te Pflugerville Food Pantry. Trader Joe's donated over 600 bags that the students passed out in the neighborhoods near the school. They were left with a note identifying SCA, explaining the effort, and a date that they would return to pick up bags of donated   items.
It rained one of their scheduled bag drop days, so the students were invited to tour the Pflugerville food pantry to learn about what they do and how they help their community. The students are still picking up donated food for the pantry.

International Festival

Stonehill Christian Academy held its 3rd annual International festival on Saturday night October 31st.  The night started with a short message given by Elder Victor Obando followed by a prayer blessing the food given by Pastor Kitney.
There was food offered from many countries around the world; Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Italy, Germany, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Columbia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Belize, Jamaica, United States,
and of course Texas! There were many to go boxes loading up on the delectable delicacies from around the world to enjoy later.
Two new features were added this year; a photo booth and a face painting booth for the kids. There was a lot of fashion represented from around the world as well as a great lineup of international entertainment. The night was a success and raised over $2000 for the school! We would like to thank those of you that came for your overwhelming support of SCA. A special thanks to Limari Maldonado and Lorna Camacho for helping to put the night together as well as to everyone that sponsored a booth!  Don't miss this exciting event next year!

You can find more pictures from all of these events at as well as on the Stonehill SDA Church page
SCA Current Wish list:
  • Substitute Teachers
  • Volunteers to read with students
  • Laptops with Window 7 or higher
  • Tablets 
  • iPads
  • iPods
  • Digital Cameras

If you are able to help contribute any of these items to SCA, you may contact Home and School Leader Ann Marie Dyer at 512.994.8427, Principal Chinyere (Cici) Ukegbu at
512.763.2776, or our Schoolboard Chairman Brent Holm at 512.551.2017.
For up to date information, Stonehill Christian Academy is Online:

Facebook: www
SCA Website: www


Have a Blessed Day!

Meri Holm
Administrative Assistant, Church Office       
(512) 537-1844

**If you want to become a member or transfer membership from another church please get in contact with Meri Holm or email

Upcoming Events
13-14 Elders’ Retreat
14   Outdoor Sabbath School
14   Fellowship Lunch hosted
       by Young Professionals
14   Pathfinders’ Meeting
14   Adventurers’ Meeting
15   Texas Museum of Science
       and Technology Mobile
       Planetarium Fundraiser
15   Finance Committee
17   Church Board Meeting
20   Pathfinders’ Exodus Bible
21   Thanksgiving Brunch
21   Communication Meeting
21   Adventurers’ Evangelism
       or Community Service
26   Thanksgiving Day
28   Fellowship Lunch hosted
       by Children’s Ministries

 4     Pathfinders’ Exodus
        Bible Experience
 5     Adventurers’ Central
        Texas Bible Adventures
Fellowship Lunch
        Meeting for All Current
        Host Leaders

 5     Texas Museum of Science
        & Technology Mobile


Fellowship Lunch Host
14   Fellowship Lunch hosted
       by Young Professionals
21   Special Thanksgiving
28   Fellowship Lunch hosted
       by Children’s’ Ministries
  5    No Fellowship Lunch



Our mailing address is:
Stonehill Seventh-day Adventist Church

P.O. Box 1309
Pflugerville, TX 78691

Church Office Hours:
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
9:00am - 4:00pm
9:00am - 3:00pm