Stonehill SDA Church
Newsletter 7/30/2016

Developing Loving Relationships with
hrist and Our Community.

Hello Stonehill Church Family,

We look forward to worshiping with you this Sabbath!

Food for thought...
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6,7
       A worried mind is a divided mind. Worry takes a meat cleaver to our thoughts, energy, and focus.  The Bible's most common word for "worry" is the Greek term: "merimnate". The origin is "merimnao". This is a compound of a verb and a noun. The verb is "divide". The noun is "mind". To be anxious, then, is to divide the mind. Anxiety chops up our attention, derails our purpose, and scatters our awareness in a dozen directions.
       We worry about the past; what we said or did. We worry about the future; tomorrow's assignments or the next decade's developments. Anxiety takes our attention from the right now and directs it 'back then' or 'up there'.  The challenge is to keep our attention on the "right now".  Here is a resolve that I wrote and read often:
       "Today I will live today. Yesterday is past. Tomorrow is not yet. I'm left with today. So, today, I will live today.  Relive yesterday? No. I will learn from it. I will seek mercy for it. I will take joy in it. But I won't live in it. The sun has set on yesterday.  The sun has yet to rise on tomorrow. Worry about the future? To what gain? It deserves a glance, nothing more. I can't change tomorrow until tomorrow.
       Today I will live today. I will face today's challenges with today's strength. I will dance today's waltz with today's music. I will celebrate today's opportunities with today's hope.  Today. May I laugh, listen, learn, and love today. And, tomorrow, if it comes, may I do so again."  Leave your problems with God. He does not need our help, counsel, or assistance.
- Max Lucado, November 2015


    The theme of the fellowship lunch this Sabbath is Summer Picnic. All are encouraged to bring their favorite picnic food to share with guests and each other. 

    Many hands make light work! Come enjoy the fun and fellowship of working together at church work bee this Sunday, July 31, from 2-6 pm to clean the church and help with getting the classrooms ready for this coming school year.

    A written list with photographic inventory of church contents and valuables is to be maintained for items in the church building. Each department/area will be responsible for compiling inventory for their area and providing Teresa with the department/area list so that she can maintain the master inventory. Whomever will be the contact person for each department/area, please contact Teresa within the next 2 weeks via email, phone or in person, to go over what is needed.


 Our church website and our are currently unfunded by our church's operating budget. The costs for the church's website, URL, domain name, etc., have totaled $720 for the past four years or $15/month. On the streaming side, we use an advertisement supported option instead of a paid option. If you have watched the stream, you would have seen, frequently, some advertisements. Some are okay, but some are not quite appropriate. The minimum level to remove ads runs $99/month for 100 hours of ad-free streaming. If you are able to contribute to removing ads, in whole or in part, please mark your envelope "Streaming", so that we can stream God's Word ad-free.


Image result for clip art carsWe are looking for a cash car for Caleb. If you have one available, please contact April at 512-903-3359.

Do you have a room to rent or know of one available? Yisel Covarrubias’ boyfriend will be a Bible worker for the Cedar Park church and is looking for a room to rent, preferably in the Round Rock, Georgetown or Cedar Park area. If you know of any Adventist family that would be willing to rent a room or studio to him, please let Silvia Covarrubias know at so she can put him in contact with them.
If you are going to the Women’s Ministry Retreat in September and have room for another roommate, please contact Cheryl Allgood.

Good news. The early bird registration date has been extended to August 11, 2016, for the Women's Ministry Retreat. You may register online at or by calling 817.790.2255 x2210 or mailing a check made out to Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  Please note on the envelope Attn: Women’s Ministries.

Interested in participating with the Pathfinders in the Lake Travis Shoreline Cleanup on September 13? Here is the link for signing up with the club: Lester will need to know by August 1 who is interested so that he can register all on August 11.

Worship Service
Praise in Giving: Southwestern Adventist University

       On a daily basis, the faculty and staff at Southwestern Adventist University hear stories from students about how they came to be sitting in their class, in their office, in their residence hall. Roberta was discouraged with her public school experience and had almost given up on finding a college atmosphere with more substance. Jacob wanted to find somewhere to belong with professors who really demonstrated that they cared. Matthew was sure he was supposed to go to another school, but he couldn’t afford it. Karina thought she had to go to a public college but it had always been her grandma’s dream that she attend an Adventist university.
       These students all have one thing in common: they received scholarships to enable them to attend Southwestern Adventist University. Each of them found when they prayed for God’s will to be done, He opened a door. As Matthew says, “I let God lead in my decisions and I watched Him open doors that I could’ve never opened on my own. It turns out that I love Southwestern. God’s plan was so much better than mine and I would’ve missed out on this enormous blessing if I wasn’t’ listening.”
       Matthew, Roberta, Jacob, and Karina are very involved, contributing in very different but very significant ways to the Southwestern Adventist University campus family. Their experiences are unique but not uncommon. While Southwestern students are studying and working hard towards their career goals, they have the irreplaceable opportunity to also daily grow their relationship with Christ and learn how to serve their community.
      Your offering this week allows God to open doors for these students. You are helping answer their prayers. Learn alongside these students and listen to what God is impressing on your heart.


The Message: Dr. Rodney Mills, TX Conf. Min. Dir.

Elder in charge: Victor Obando | 415.606.5380
Deacon in charge: Carlton Hackett  |  512.484.7558

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

Stewardship Principals
1.  ACCEPT CHRIST AS SAVIOR - That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  Romans 10:9 NIV
2.  WORSHIP THE CREATOR - Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come.  Worship Him who made the heven, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.  Revelation 14:6 NIV
3.  RETURN AN HONEST TITHE - Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse.  Malachi 3:8-11 NIV
4.  GIVE GENEROUSLY - You shall generously give to Him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to Him….Deuteronomy 15:10 NSAB

Finance Chart

1.  Local Budget - provides for our church ministries,
     building, and mortgage.
2.  Tithe - sent to Texas Conference for administrative
     support in Texas and worldwide church.
3.  Mark specific donations on your offering envelop.  All
     unmarked and loose offering is used to support our Local Budget.
4.  Save labels (Morning Star, Loma Linda, Worthington). 
     Kellogg Corporation supports NAD mission projects for collected labels.

“In order to credit the correct account with your donation, please print first and last names clearly when filling out the envelope stub as there may be others with the same last name.”

    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,


Fellowship Lunch Host
July 30      Ellen Jensen’s Class (theme: summer picnic)
August 6    Young Adult & Young Professionals Classes
August 13   All Church
August 20   Myrna Cogan's class
Sabbath, July 30
Fellowship Lunch – Ellen Jensen’s Class (theme: summer picnic)
Dr. Rodney Mills (TX Conf. Min. Dir.)
Church Leadership Summit, Deacons & Deaconesses Training, Austin Spanish First Church
“Simple Home Remedies”, Chef, Melody Prettyman, at Elgin SDA Church, 6-8:30pm
Week of July 31-August 6
Sunday, July 31, Church Work bee, 2-6pm
Sabbath, August 6
Stonehill 101 Class, Pastor's Office
Fellowship Lunch – Young Adult & Young Professionals’ Classes
Dates to Remember
Church Work Bee, Sunday July 31. Let’s plan now to help get the classrooms ready for the coming school year and to keep God’s house looking its best. A list is being compiled of items needing to be attended to so all can be prepared. No matter your age or abilities, there will be something for you to help with. If you know of an item that needs cleaned or repaired, please let Teresa know.

Chef Melody Prettyman, 3ABN Guest Speaker and Chef, will be at Stonehill SDA on Sunday, August 7, at 4pm, where she will present her plant based diet health program with recipes and samples. Invite your friends, family and neighbors to join you at the meeting. Melody shares the solutions that transformed her life from chronic illness to vibrant health. “I’m living proof of what a whole plant-based diet can do to completely change our lives. No medicine is stronger for your chronic lifestyle diseases than nutrition. Many doctors are now using nutrition to treat and eliminate what drugs don’t.” Melody will also be at Elgin SDA church on Sabbath, July 30, at 6 p.m., where she will present her Simple Home Remedies program with recipes to help save money and live healthier.

Prophecies of Hope with Lynnwood Spangler. The Elgin SDA church will be hosting Prophecies of Hope presented by Lynnwood Spangler. Opening night is Friday, August 19, 7pm. All are welcome to attend. Please invite your family, friends and neighbors. If anyone is interested in helping with behind the scenes work for this seminar, please let Teresa know.

Ministry Opportunities
Pianists or other musicians are needed for our Sabbath School classes.

Earliteens: need another teacher to help in the classroom. Please contact Beth Sinha at if you are able to help.

Peru Mission Trip, July28 – August 8. If you would like to donate, please write "Peru Mission Trip" on the tithe envelope.

Power Hour of Prayer, each Sunday evening @ 7pm (CST). Dial in number
(712)770-4005, Access code: 753473#. Email prayer request to - or text (903)316-0974. Please keep this ministry in prayer. Thank you very much!

Psalm 91 Ministry. This ministry reads Psalm 91 and prays for One Day Academy campuses and staff each week. If you would like to be part of this ministry, contact David Swarbrick at or



 Job Opportunities
Stonehill Christian Academy is now accepting applications for the following position:
* After School Care Aide - Now accepting applications. Please see the school website or contact Chinyere Ukegbu at 512.763.2776 for more details.

Things you need to know…
“In order to credit the correct account with your donation, please print first and last names clearly when filling out the envelope stub as there may be others with the same last name.”

Forks Over Knives online cooking school. This 3-month course begins September 6, 2016. Early bird course tuition $299, Early Bird Special ends July 31st. Regular price is $399. Space is limited. Register at

We’re excited to announce that our brand new book Forks Over Knives Family is not available for pre-order! From New York Times bestselling authors Dr. Alona Pulde and Dr. Matthew Lederman comes a complete guide to a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle for your entire family. It includes more than 125 delicious kid-friendly recipes and tips for raising a whole-foods-loving child in a junk-food-laden world. Order your copy before the September 6th, 2016 release date! Books can be purchased from amazon, BAM! Books A Million, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Indie Bound, nook, amazonkindle and iTunes.

This week, ADRA is distributing food to more than 3,000 people who still remain on the Seventh-day Adventist compound in South Sudan after severe violence forced them from their homes. This distribution will also serve those in the surrounding community, targeting vulnerable households. Thank you to everyone who has made a donation or said a prayer already. The need is still urgent, so please make a contribution to ADRA's emergency fund today.

Educate for Eternity
Educate for Eternity is an initiative designed to encourage new student enrollment in Adventist schools throughout the Texas Conference.This partnership between the families, the local school, and the Texas Conference will provide financial assistance to new students through a three-way commitment. To get more information or find a school near you, talk to your local pastor or email


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.  
Housekeeping items:

1) Please dispose of baby wipes in the trash can and not the toilet. It wreaks havoc with our pump station. FLUSHABLE WIPES ARE NOT FLUSHABLE, EVER!
2) The appliances in the kitchen are NOT cleaned by our custodians; it is our responsibility to keep them clean.
3) Please pick up after yourself and your family. This is God’s House.
4) If you have items you would like to donate to the church, please contact the pastor first. We are not Goodwill.
Thank you for your attention to these matters.


Prayer List 
Please remember these requests in your daily prayers:

Special Emphasis: Pray for our school that enrollment will be increased.
Carlton Hackett – father passed away
Dennis Clifford Sr. – suffered a stroke
Wray Serl (Teresa’s father) – health issues 
Andre Posadas (Lindy and Rex’s son) – health issues
Helen Ing (Eileen deJong’s mother) – health issues
Judy Powery (Laurie Chodorow’s mother) – back problems 
Bill Price (Corky’s husband) – slow recovery from an accident
Brian Madry (Ellen Jensen’s coworker) – brain cancer
David Stone (Sue Peugh's friend) - Leukemia
Demi Garduque (Chinyere Ukegbu’s friend) - end stage renal disease
Diane Yates (Sarah Wolverton’s friend) – breast cancer
Ellen Jensen – health issues
Emilie Pacheco – health issues
Grace Byrd (daughter of Amber Lovett’s friend) - Leukemia
Isolde Whichelow (Eric’s mother) – health issues
James (Hutchison’s friend) - Lymphoma
Jim Underwood (friend of the Julers) – brain cancer
Kaitlyn Jankovsky (daughter of the Ballarta’s friend) - Leukemia
Karin (Brent and Meri's friend) - Breast cancer
Laurie (Hutchison’s daughter) – breast cancer
Lukas (Sue Peugh’s great nephew) – health issues
Matthew Walker – cancer is in remission
Melda Morris (Ann Marie Dyer’s mother) – health issues
Pastor Kitney’s brother – health issues
Teatsy Farris – lung cancer
Thomas Taylor – nursing home
Tina Okrah – facial palsy
Yolanda Jacoby (Roberto’s sister’s mother-in-law) – stage 4 cancer

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

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, Teresa Serl at


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Have a Blessed Day!

Teresa Serl
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

Calendar of Events

30   Dr. Rodney Mills (TX Conf. Min. Dir.)
30   Fellowship Lunch – Ellen Jensen’s Class (theme: summer picnic)
30   Church Leadership Summit, Deacons & Deaconesses Training, Austin Spanish First Church
30   Simple Home Remedies by chef Melody Prettyman, at Elgin SDA church, 6-8:30pm
31   Church work bee, 2-6pm
6      Stonehill 101 Class
6      Fellowship lunch – Young Adult & Young Professionals Classes
7      Guys’ Table Tennis
7      Healthy Living program, chef Melody Prettyman, at Stonehill SDA church, 4-7pm
13   Fellowship Lunch – All Church
13   Elder’s Meeting, 1-3:30pm
13   Youth Night at Stonehill, 7:30-11pm
14   Finance Committee Meeting, 4-6pm
15   Karate with Pastor Kitney
16   Church Board Meeting, 7-9pm
7      Karate with Pastor Kitney
19   Lynnwood Spangler seminar starts, Elgin SDA church
20   Fellowship Lunch – Myrna Cogan’s Class
20   Pathfinder Registration, 5-7pm
22   Karate with Pastor Kitney
24   Karate with Pastor Kitney
27   Fellowship Lunch – Invite a Guest Home for Lunch
27   Intercessory Prayer Event for #IwantMORE Evangelism
27   Pathfinder Registration
27   Youth Night at Stonehill
16-18     Forever One Marriage Retreat
23-25     Women’s Retreat, La Torretta Resort and Spa, Montgomery TX
30-Oct 2   Men’s Retreat


*The lunch host is responsible for coordinating the receiving/placement of dishes and cleanup. 

Members we encourage you, to invite guests to join you in line. If you stay for lunch please help us with the cleanup afterwards.

Our mailing address is:
Stonehill Seventh-day Adventist Church

P.O. Box 1309
Pflugerville, TX 78691

Church Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


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