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Weekly Newsletter

January 17, 2019

Developing loving relationships with Christ and our community

Family Life Ministry

Prioritizing: What's Urgent, What's Important, Focus on the Family

"Another important concept we need to understand is the difference between the urgent and the important. The important things sit and wait while the urgent things scream to us. The phone is a perfect example of this. A conversation on the couch with your husband is important. The phone call in the middle of it seems urgent. Our nature is to choose what seems urgent because we react immediately rather than thinking about the choice we have and determining the best thing to do.

Our priorities and goals can help us to determine what is important. But throughout life the urgent will scream louder than the important. In her book, A Mother's Time, Elise Arndt says,

The urgent matters of life are those that demand our immediate response, the things that constantly bid for our attention. They give no consideration to what is presently being done. They include annoying interruptions at the wrong time for the wrong reason and the pressing needs of people around us. These are the urgent matters of life.

While the urgent continually begs for our attention, the important keeps silent. It patiently waits for us to take notice. While the urgent seeks us, the important waits to be sought by us. The important aspects of life take discipline to perform, while the urgent are accomplished on impulse. We live in constant tension between the two, don't we? Filling the needs of the moment causes us to become weary. We blame hard work for our anxiety. In reality, it is not hard work that produces stress, but doubts and misgivings about what we are doing. We have become slaves to the urgent.1

Can you see how the urgent takes us away from the important? So what do we do about it? Discipline is the key. We started with the phone at our house. My husband and I discovered it was robbing us of the important. It rang while we were reading to a child, it rang during dinner, it rang when we had company, and we always answered it. We decided that the phone was the urgent and the things it distracted us from were the important. So, if you call my house, you often get my voice mail. If you are visiting, you will hear the phone ring a lot, but I won't answer it. Believe me, you'll stop hearing it after a while, and it begins to blend in with the background. With one husband and four children, there is a lot of "important" to take care of. The "urgent" can be called back at a time when I am needed less by those who are important.

When you start thinking about what you need to do and categorizing it as urgent or important, it can help in decision making too. We need to discern rather than react."

Dear Church Family,

We've updated our weekly newsletter!  We hope it will be a useful resource for church members to stay involved and be in-the-know.

To view our calendar of upcoming events, visit this link: Calendar of Events

Prayer Ministries
To view the current prayer requests, visit this link: Prayer Request List
If you would like to receive a list of timely prayer requests from the Prayer Ministries Team, please email Elder Brent at


Jerry Nelsen will be presenting the service next Sabbath, January 26, 2019. Invite your friends and family to join you to enjoy this musical concert. Follow this link to more information regarding Jerry's ministry and music.

Accommodations needed for Jerry & Rachel Nelsen:  Jerry Nelson & his wife Rachel are seeking/requesting accommodations for the night of January 25, the night prior to his concert. If anyone is willing/able to provide accommodations, please contact Lauren Dowe at 512-994-8476 or email her at
Church Budget

Stewardship in Giving

Did you know it takes $25 per attending person each week to meet the Stonehill Church budget?

1. Local Budget - provides for our church ministries, building, and mortgage.
2. Tithe - sent to Texas Conference to support Texas and worldwide church.
3. Mark specific donations on your tithe envelope, along with your name and address. All unmarked and loose offering supports our Local Budget.
4. Give at Stonehill's Online Giving Page

Stay Informed

2018 donation receipts will be given out again this Sabbath. Please let Ellen know if you have had any change of address that is not reflected on the receipts. Thank you.

Please help us continue to take care of our septic system by remembering not to flush wipes!!! Please make sure that toilet paper and body waste are the only items that are flushed. All other items are to go in the trash can.

SCA Prayer Time, Thursday mornings at 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. in the church lobby. Prayer Time is to help support the teachers and students of SCA through prayer, to pray for God’s guidance to parents and uplift family burdens, and to ask for God’s guidance of SCA now and in the future. All parents, guardians, grandparents, and supporters of Stonehill Christian Academy are invited to come and pray for the school. If you are not able to be present but have a prayer request, please email Beth Sinha at

Bring a Dish & Join us for a Potluck Lunch!
Fellowship Lunch Host

Jan 19    African Group
Jan 26    Spanish SS class
Feb 2      Invite a Guest Home for Lunch
Feb 9      Roberto Torres SS class
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4301 Kelly Lane
Pflugerville, TX 78660

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