Stonehill SDA Church
Newsletter 10/24/2015

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
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
– Psalm 139:23-24

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. We will have cards to sign as well as an envelope, if you would like to make a donation, just outside the church office. Shhh! We will be giving the Pastor and his family the cards and money collected on Sabbath, October 31, during the worship service.

The Junior class is looking for a keyboard to add to their classroom.  If you have a working keyboard in good condition that you are not using and would like to sell for a small fee or donate, please contact Beth Sinha @ (540) 588-8291 or  Thank you so much!
* We will be celebrating the Ordinance of Humility & Communion Service on Sabbath, November 7.  All are encouraged to begin preparing your hearts and minds for this sacred ceremony.

* Communion Rehearsal will be Friday, November 6, at 7pm.
Baby shower for Veronica and Dustin Thums, Sabbath, November 7 after 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

* Thanksgiving Brunch Service: on Sabbath, November 21, we will have a combination of Divine Service (minimal) & potluck Thanksgiving meal (No Sabbath School).More information will be shared shortly.


   Church Workday. This Sunday,
   from 1-3:30 pm. We are going to 
   cleaning and finishing up some
   projects around the church. Please
   bring your tools, a friend, a ladder,
   another friend, some cleaning rags another friend, and a bucket. A wagon or wheel barrow would be helpful too for moving the rocks. This is the list of projects we need to complete. And we need you to come help us care for God’s House.
Wash garbage cans
Clean tables and chairs
Remove rocks from entrances
Switch the door of the storage with the church office.
Wash windows
Clean and organize the kitchen
Mount projector screen in board room
Mount the rear confidence projector upstairs and lights
Vacuum stairs leading to A/V
Clean stains on upholstered chairs in the church
Change door handles on bathrooms
Bring wood, batting and burlap downstairs from A/V
Install kick down door stops on several doors and floor door stops.
Move the Pathfinder trailer out of the dirt
Drinks and snacks will be provided.

If you are interested in purchasing the landscaping rocks or the burlap, wood frames and/or the fiber filling from A/V. Please contact the church office.
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 each Tuesday, beginning October 20, so that parents can join after dropping off their children and make special requests.

We have quite a stash of MRE's and canned food left to us via the Estate of the late Richard Knight. We are wanting to give you first option on getting your hands on these high quality Military style MRE's. 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 ASAP.




Our Worship Service - Starts at 11:05 am
Praise in Singing: Ken & Addy

Praise in Giving: Local Church Budget. This offering will benefit our church ministries and programs. It also pays the bills to maintain our church. “Thank you” to all those who continue to support our Local Church Budget

Praise in Music: Karen Covarrubias

The Message: “Stepping Up & Your Faith Psalm 121, Pastor Eugene Kitney

Elder of the Day: Esteban Cortez  |  408.375.4823

2nd Reading Outgoing
Irais Ortiz to Austin Central SDA Church, TX
1st Reading Incoming
Veronica Montoya Thums from Austin Spanish Pan/Am SDA Church, TX
1st Reading Outgoing
Penny Nobles to Austin Central SDA Church, TX
Teresa Reyes to Murfreesboro Hispanic Company, TN
Adrian Sandoval to Austin Central SDA Church, TX
June Woodham to Killeen SDA Church, TX
1st Reading
Dennis Clifford II recommended to be Assistant Treasure
Dennis Clifford III recommended to be Assistant Treasurer
Tina Okrah recommended to be Assistant Treasurer


This Sabbath
Fellowship Lunch Hosted by Peter Walker’s SS Class
Communication Committee Meeting during lunch.
Sabbath School Council Meeting Please note there will be a change in the location of the Sabbath School Council Meeting - please meet in the new Young Adult class room.  There are a couple of tables set up.  Please bring your plate from the potluck line (if you are “lunching” at church) and we can talk and have lunch during the meeting. 
Pathfinder’s Meeting, 2:30-5:30 pm.   

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. 

Please remember this is God’s House and leave your church clean. Check around your surrounding area and be sure it is picked up. Thank you

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…...Coming Soon!
The class/group assigned to fellowship lunch is responsible for coordinating the receiving/placement of dishes and cleanup.

Next Week
Tuesday – Prayer Group 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.


Next Sabbath
International Sabbath

No Fellowship Lunch

Scott Michael Bennett
message and concert at the Georgetown SDA Church, during Worship Service

Squires, Adventurer Club, Outreach Project 2:30 pm. The Squires, Adventurer Club, is preparing to share magazines about Jesus on October 31. You are invited to come to our meeting, to help fold and prepare the magazines for distribution. Anyone who would like to grab a few to give out in your own neighborhood may drop in at our meeting to help out and take a batch with you.

Children’s Sabbath School Leaders EXPO at Austin Spanish First Church from 3-5 pm

Stonehill Christian Academy October 31 is International Day at Stonehill!! You've been to this event for the past couple years. Please come out and make it a huge success this year! We will celebrate our amazingly diverse congregation through food, songs, stories, and mission highlights. International Sabbath and International Night have been huge fundraising and fellowship opportunities for both our church and school so we invite everyone to get involved!
     Please bring your flags for both the Sabbath morning service and festivities in the evening. You're welcome to wear your cultural dress to both events. We still need sponsors for the cultural booths. Come and share your heritage and food with us! Questions? Contact the Home and School Leader, Ann M. Dyer
(512) 994-8427 or SCA's principal Chinyere (Cici) Ukegbu (512) 763-2776 for more information or to turn in your forms.
International Festival 7-10 pm. 


Ministry Opportunities
Transportation needed.
I live at 18909 Saint Raguel Road, Manor TX  78653.  This is 5 miles east of the church and just off of Steger Lane and right before 973.
     I am reaching out to see if there maybe somebody within the church who could assist me in getting my parents to Sabbath School, Church and possibly potluck. They are in TX from Nov - May. They snowbird with me.  They just need some basic assistant.  Getting themselves and their walkers in and out of a vehicle.  At this time, they are still able to walk, albeit slowly and not far . . . At this time, they have no other physical issues that they cannot handle on their own.  Last year, Mom drove to church and at that time she really should not have been driving.  With the increased traffic since they were here last, I would like to keep her from getting behind the wheel.
It is difficult for them to get out of a regular car so using their van or something similar would be necessary.  
     I would be willing to compensate somebody for this effort.  Or make a donation to the church.  It would not have to be every week.   Anything would be a great help. I can be reached at 512-246-8673 or by email at  Thanks in advance for any assistance, Sylvia Delino.

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
Communion Rehearsal will be Friday, November 6, at
7 pm.


  Spirit Fest Austin November 15 at
   Dell Diamond beginning at noon. Have
   you purchased your tickets yet? Brandon
   Heath and Peter Furler have been added
   to the lineup of artists. 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 and Jon Guerra. You can purchase your tickets online at Spirit 105.9 or you can volunteer and see the concert for free, you must be 16 or older to volunteer, for more information.go to 


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 Stonehill Church is scheduled for Monday, December 14 from 11:45 am to 12:15 pm. The deadline for placing orders is Thursday, December 10. 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 800-333-1844 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. 


SENT (School of Evangelism in Texas). For youth and young adults who are hearing God’s call to work the harvest in these last days! Registration is now open for S.E.N.T. 2016! Go to for more information.

 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

Prayer List 

Special Emphasis: The parents, children and teachers in our Earliteen Sabbath School class. 
Eileen deJong – 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 
Samuel Pernito (Rhona Ballarta’s father) – declining health after a fall 
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 
Matthew Walker (Peter and Lisa’s son) – kidney cancer is in remission 
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 Notes  

Stonehill Christian Academy Newsletter
           Volume 2, October 2015
Meet Our Principal Chinyere (Cici) Ukegbu

Grades: Principal/3rd-8th Grade Teacher
Tell us a bit about yourself: I was born in NY, and moved to TX with my family as a child and have been all over TX ever since. I love to do fun crafts, sing, read (when I have time), and work out.
Why is Adventist Education important to you? I like to tell everyone that I'm an Adventist School junkie because every form of formal education I have received has been within the Adventist Education System. I have met so many wonderful, God-fearing teachers that have helped mold me into the person that I am today. In my experience in the public school setting, I saw that teachers have a different connection with their students when they are able to pray with and for them. I began to appreciate the sacrifices my parents made just to keep me and my siblings in Adventist schools. As this is my fourth year teaching at Stonehill Christian Academy, my students become like my own children. I've taught some of these students from Pre-K and it's amazing to see how much they've grown. I truly love my kids.
What are your goals for this school year? 
My main goals include providing an excellent education for my students, and making sure that they know that God loves them, and that they can always trust in Him.
Share something interesting that your class has learned in the first few weeks of school. 
Some of them have learned just how much they love to read!  One of the major topics we have covered in science is cells.  They have learned just how complex cells are.  We will cover many more exciting and interesting topics throughout this school year! 
October 31st 7:00 pm – International Night:
Please mark your calendars to join us on October 31, 2015 for our 3rd annual International Celebration and Stonehill Christian Academy (SCA) fundraiser at Stonehill SDA Church beginning at 7:00 pm.  Explore tastes from around the world and support the school.  You also won’t want to miss the students’ second performance of the year and the parade of nations fashion show!
Booth contributions can include food/drink ($2.00-$8.00 servings), music, and/or cultural items such as posters, maps, toys, or other display items.   All proceeds benefit the school.  If you are able to sponsor a booth and share your heritage, please contact the Home and School leader Ann Marie Dyer at 512-994-8427 or with information about your booth or for more information no later than October 17.
Last Year’s Event:


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.

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
24   Fellowship Lunch Hosted
       by Peter Walker’s SS
24   Communication Meeting
24   Sabbath School Council
24   Pathfinders’ Meeting
25   Church Work Day
31   Adventurers’ Meeting &
31   Stonehill Christian
       Academy International
 1     Daylight Savings Ends
 1     Guys’ Table Tennis
 6     Pathfinders’ Exodus
        Bible Experience
 6     Communion Rehearsal
 7     Outdoor Sabbath School
 7     Communion
 7     Veronica & Dustin
        Thums’ Baby Shower
11   Veteran’s Day
13-14 Elders’ Retreat
14   Fellowship Lunch hosted
       by Young Professionals
14   Pathfinders’ Meeting
14   Adventurers’ Meeting
15   Finance Committee
17   Church Board Meeting
20   Pathfinders’ Exodus Bible
21   Thanksgiving Brunch
21   Adventurers’ Evangelism
       or Community Service

Fellowship Lunch Host
24   Peter Walker’s SS Class
31   No Fellowship Lunch
 7     No Fellowship Lunch
14   Fellowship Lunch hosted
       by Young Professionals


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