Stonehill SDA Church
Newsletter 11/21/2015

Proclaiming God's Love to Austin and Beyond

Hello Stonehill Family,

We look forward to worshiping together this Sabbath!
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Treasure Quote

 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on
   every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in
   thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only
   supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many
   expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
– 2 Corinthians 9:11-15

Set up for our Thanksgiving Brunch at 3:00 pm. If you are available to help move chairs, set up tables etc. please come, we can definitely use your help.

There will be No Pathfinder Meeting Friday evening,

Thanksgiving Potluck Brunch

        Stonehill is having their first
   annual Thanksgiving Potluck Brunch this
There will be no Sabbath
   School, however you are welcome to
   come early and visit . Our brunch will
   be held during the regular worship service
   time, and we will  celebrate the harvest
   of blessings as a church family. Here is a chance
   to invite a "+1",
        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, on Sabbath we’d like your help with food setup, clean up and restoring the church. If you have any questions, please contact Michele
(, Desiree ( 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

Did you know Jesus was 33 at the close of his ministry? There just seems to be something special about 33. In fact, we just had two church members each donate $3300. So we started thinking, what if our church did a 33 challenge? During the next 33 days we encourage everyone to give a donation of 33. $.33, $33, $3300 or $33,000. Jesus ministry depends on you!
Church Christmas Decorating Party! Sunday, November 29 from 1-4 pm. If you enjoy Christmas, then this party is for you. Come help us decorate the church for Christmas, while listening to Christmas music and eating Christmas cookies. You can even bring your favorite snack or leftovers from Thanksgiving to share. Good people, good food, good times, good cause. Contact Noemi Garcia to say, “I’m coming!” at (512) 990-9036 or

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.

Worship Service

Praise in Singing: Gantalao Team

Praise in Giving: Local Church Budget
     Paul writes, “For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people” (2 Corinthians 8:3,4).
That is how Paul describes the giving of the church members in Macedonia. He tells us that the members there were in “extreme poverty,” yet they gave “beyond their ability”. Furthermore, Paul tells us that they gave with an attitude of joy. The church in Macedonia was a sacrificial congregation.
     In our congregation, there are individuals who do not have much, yet they give beyond their ability. And they do it joyfully. Thank you for your faithfulness. It’s because of such faithfulness that we have a church. The funds received will be used for the ministries and operation of this congregation.

1st Reading
Incoming Transfers:
Limari Maldonado from IASD Rio Grande Pueblo Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Rex Posadas from Flushing SDA Church, NY
Lindy Posadas from Burlingame SDA Church, CA
Cinthia Silva from Austin South SDA Church, TX
Joilson Silva from Austin South SDA Church, TX
Derek Taylor from Greeneville SDA Church, TN
Diana Taylor from McDonald Rd SDA Church, McDonald, TN
Simon Mgbor from Champion SDA Church, Aguda Surulere Lagos, Nigeria
Chidinma Mgbor from Champion SDA Church, Aguda Surulere Lagos, Nigeria
Outgoing Transfers:
McKenna Bailey to Austin Central SDA Church, TX
Bruce Roxas to Austin Central SDA Church, TX
Timothy Sharper to Grace Temple SDA Church, Fort Worth, TX
Roger Peugh to Tyler SDA Church, TX
Sue Peugh to Tyler SDA Church, TX
Yisel Covarrubias to Indio Spanish SDA Church, CA
Praise in Music: Jenny Covarrubias & Keven Majano

The Message: "Smile" - Philippians 4:4-9 - Pastor Eugene Kitney

Elder of the Day: Brent Holm  |  512.966.3502
Deacon of the Day: Don Duncan  |  512.828.0254



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
Thanksgiving Brunch, Fellowship from10 to 11:00 am, Brunch begins at 11:00 am
Communications Meeting following lunch.
Adventurers’ Evangelism or Community Outreach 2:30-4:00 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 Week
Wednesday - Keene Adventist Book Center (ABC), D2U (Direct 2 You). The deadline for placing orders is today. 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. For a flat fee of $5.00 per order we deliver books, Bible, canned and frozen food. 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: When you call to place your order 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.

Thursday – Thanksgiving Day 

Next Sabbath
Fellowship Lunch hosted by Children’s Ministries

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!

Prayer List 

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

Special Emphasis: All our leaders at Stonehill Church.
Ken Krivoshein - father passed away
Jennifer Patrick – nephew died in auto accident
Dashiel Ballarta - military deployment 
Rhona Ballarta - in Philippines to attend to her father, Samuel Pernito
April Phillips – health issues
Matthew Walker – cancer is in remission
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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Church Directory: You can access our church directory through the Instant Church Directory app, available for your Android, Amazon, or Apple device. Our directory is always being updated by our Communications Team. If you want to update your directory information, or if you have any questions about the directory, you can contact our administrative assistant, Meri Holm at 


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
21   Thanksgiving
21   Communication Meeting
21   Adventurers’ Evangelism
       or Community Service
26   Thanksgiving Day
28   Fellowship Lunch hosted
       by Children’s Ministries
29   Church Christmas
       Decorating Party
 4     Pathfinders’ Exodus
        Bible Experience
 5     Stonehill 101 Class
 5     Earliteen’s Presentation
 5     No Fellowship Lunch
 5     Fellowship Lunch
        Meeting for All Current
        Host Leaders
 5     Adventurers’ Central
        Texas Bible Adventures
 5     Texas Museum of Science
        & Technology Mobile
 6     Guys’ Table Tennis
12   Stonehill Christian
       Academy Christmas
12   Fellowship Lunch hosted
       by Myrna Cogan’s class
12   Elders’ Meeting
12   Pathfinders’ Meeting
12   Adventurers’ Meeting
???  Church Business Meeting
18   Pathfinders’ Exodus Bible
19   Stonehill Christmas
19   Kindergarten &
       Beginner’s Presentations
26   Junior’s Presentation
26   Fellowship Lunch hosted
       by Ellen Jensen’s lass

Fellowship Lunch Host
21   Special Thanksgiving
28   Children’s’ Ministries
 5    No Fellowship Lunch
12   Myrna Cogan’s Class




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