Stonehill SDA Church
Newsletter 8/2/2018

Developing Loving Relationships with
hrist and Our Community.

Hello Stonehill Church Family,

We look forward to worshiping with you this Sabbath!

Treasure Quotes/Thoughts

Psalms 68:19 “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.” Not just provides or just gives but loadeth us with benefits! Do we see/pay attention to those??? Reminds me of Malachi 3:10 “…open you the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it”! And we only come to God with our little “teaspoon” expecting no more blessing then that!!! He wants us to drag up our “Olympic size swimming pool” for His blessings.

A portion of Kelly Lane will be closed this Sabbath. Kelly Lane, from Pleasant Bay to its intersection with Weiss Lane, will close from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018 for pipe trenching associated with the Weiss Lane Roadway Project. Traffic will be detoured via Hidden Lake Drive and Hidden Lake Crossing to Weiss Lane. Please drive carefully through construction detours.
We are very excited to bring Sabbath School training to your area this Sabbath (August 4th) and look forward to spending some time with you! The Sabbath School training will be held from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Austin Spanish First Seventh-day Adventist Church located at: 100 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX 78753. There will be training in English and Spanish. Training covers Adult Sabbath School (Facilitated by Dr. Paul Hunt) and Children’s Sabbath School: Beginner, Kindergarten, Primary, and Junior (Facilitated by Alexis Rivera). If you have any questions about children’s Sabbath School training, you can call Alexis Rivera at 817-357-5195 or email her at If you have any questions about adult Sabbath School training, you can email

Choir Boot Camp is this Sunday! We're starting this season off with Choir Boot Camp on Sunday, August 5, from 6-8 pm at the church. Current, new, and aspiring choir members are encouraged to attend so we can kickstart this cantata. Register for choir here: Everyone is welcome to join choir! Please contact Kijana ( if you have any questions.

Stonehill Christian Academy is looking for someone to fill the before and after school care position for the 2018-2019 school year. Help is needed from 7-8am and 3-6pm. To apply, email your resume to The job description is posted at
Hi Stonehill Women of God, This is April, your Deaconess leader in training,  I need to know who is on my team...or who desires to become a Distinguished Deaconess so that we can organize and become more active.  Please respond with your name, email address and phone number to my new phone number: 512 963-8487. Thank you for your dedication to Gods work for our church and community.
Register for choir! Registration for the 2018 choir season is now open. Rehearsals for the Christmas Cantata begin Sabbath, August 11 at 1:30 pm. Please sign up here to join us: Everyone is welcome to join choir! Please contact Kijana ( if you have any questions.
Stonehill Transformers Exercise Class: Please come join us next class, August 12, 8:15—9:30 am, at Pflugerville Lake near the flags. Your continued support is appreciated. Key Word is PREVENTION.
The Central Area Men’s Ministry Retreat, August 18, will be hosted at Stonehill SDA Church. The morning program will be for both men and women, the afternoon program for men only. Please bring additional food for our guests and be ready to assist with setting up and taking down additional tables and chairs.
Pathfinder Babysitting Fundraiser. The next Pathfinders babysitting will be Sabbath night, August 25, 6:30 to 9:30 pm. This is an ongoing fundraising event offered every 4th Sabbath evening of the month to raise money to go to Oshkosh. The cost is $20 per child. Pathfinders will provide a snack and games for the children.
Family and Youth Night Swim Party! Join us on Sunday, August 26, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Blackhawk neighborhood swimming pool, 3111 Steidel Drive, Pflugerville. We rented the pool and covered pavilion. Bring your favorite summer-time snack to share with others. Come hang out with us even if you don’t want to swim.


Language Translation: A new service is here at Stonehill—simultaneous English/Spanish translation of the sermon. We would like to reach out to everybody who is fluid in English and Spanish to volunteer in helping us to reach as many people as possible. We are hoping the service can be extended to other languages as well and make Stonehill even a bigger family. Those interested in participating can contact Marco Mendoza at any time of the day via email ( and/or by phone at 512.406.9130. Marco is also available Sabbaths, usually at the Spanish Bible Study.



Worship Service

Praise in Giving: Local Church Budget
Little People but a big example. When Jesus was here on earth, He went about doing good, preaching good news, healing the sick, and ministering to people’s needs. God created us to give, share, and help others. We have found that when we do something for others, we are blessed personally. “Our gift maybe talents, opportunities, or wealth. It may be nothing more than the ability to share ourselves. That too is stewardship.” – Adapted from Over and Over Again!, p. 62.

Praise in Music:

The Message: 
 See it Through - Judges 16:16-17 - Pastor Eugene Kitney

Elder in charge: Brent Holm  |  512.966.3501
Deacon in charge: Chijioke Nwachukwu  |  512.293.1622
Greeters this week: Rafael & Diana
Spanish translator: 

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 for administrative support in Texas and worldwide church.
3. Mark specific donations on your offering envelope.  Please clearly print address and first & last name on envelope. All unmarked and loose offering is used to support our Local Budget.
4. Give online from our website,
5. Save labels (Morning Star, Loma Linda, Worthington). Kellogg Corporation supports NAD mission projects for collected labels..


Fellowship Lunch Host
Aug 4     African Group
Aug 11   Spanish SS Class
Aug 18   All Church
Aug 25   Invite a Guest Home for Lunch

Sabbath, August 4
Stonehill 101, Pastor’s office
Fellowship Lunch, African Group
Week of August 6-10
Sunday, Guys’ Table Tennis
Sunday, Stonehill Choir Bootcamp
Sabbath, August 11
Baptismal studies, Adults, Pastor’s office
Fellowship Lunch, Spanish SS class
Stonehill Choir Practice
Dates to Remember
Central Area Men’s Ministry Retreat, August 18
Transformers Exercise Class, August 19
Finance Committee Meeting, August 19
Start of school year, Stonehill Christian Academy, August 20
Karate with Pastor Kitney begins, August 20
Church Board Meeting, August 21
Pathfinder Babysitting Fundraiser, August 25



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

Emphasis: Pray for the firefighters battling fires and those who have lost their homes.
Sharlene Andryshak – death of her mother
Esther Hadjisputso – recovering from a fall
Tommy (Teresa Serl’s 11-month old great nephew) – serious health issues and upcoming heart surgery
Amanda Vasquez – health issue
Berlinda (Ruben Garcia’s sister) – recovering from a brutal attack
Anna (Eric Whichelow’s god-sister) – in State mental hospital
Joanna (Illeana Katz’s sister) – cancer
Julie Davis (Ann Daluz’s sister) – Lupus complications
Gavin Pardeiro (grandson of Laura Beth and Roland Schneider) – auto accident injuries
George (Desiree Webb’s father) – ongoing health issues
Geoff Wool (Fawn Escalante’s friend) – recovering from bicycle accident
Salvador Posada (Rex’s father) – health issues
Dorian Colbert – health issues
Yolanda Jacoby (Roberto’s sister’s mother-in-law) – stage 4 cancer
Steve Budd (Silvia Covarrubias’ brother-in-law) – bone tumor
Miguel Guillet – cancer and other health issues
Jim Underwood (friend of the Julers) – brain cancer
Helen Ing (Eileen deJong’s mother) – health issues
Gladys Smith – on hospice for liver failure
Diane Yates (Sarah Wolverton’s friend) – breast cancer
Daniel and Megan Christian and daughter Anabella – spiritual issues
Daisy Dongieux (friend of Laura Beth Schneider) – ovarian cancer
Bill and Sandy Cutshall (friends of the Ballartas) – breast cancer and other health issues

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


Mission Ministry

Forgive Me, Father
“I was not raised a Christian,” Horita Risa says. “I never thought about God growing up but I had many thoughts about my father. I didn’t like him.” Horita’s parents were divorced and she visited her father on the weekends. When her father fell ill, Horita had to take care of him. She wanted to do others things on her weekends and would tell her Dad she hated him. After he died, Horita decided to move to the United States. She visited some cousins in Chicago who were Seventh-day Adventist. They invited her to church and she really enjoyed it. She didn’t have time for church after school started though but her cousins kept asking her if she had found a church in Los Angeles. Finally she visited a church with the intent to leave right after the sermon to Skype with her mother. But the church was filled with young people who stopped her from leaving. She had lunch with them, spent the afternoon with them and enjoyed herself. Her new friends kept calling and spending time with her.
She wondered why they were spending time with her and finally realized they were showing her God’s love. One of her news friends gave her Bible studies. Horita wanted to get baptized but couldn’t forget how she had treated her father. She wished she could ask him for his forgiveness. One night she had a dream about her father. The next night, after having the same dream, she felt that her father had forgiven her. With the barrier gone, Horita was baptized. She is now back in Japan working as an art therapist for children, helping children overcome trauma. She prays for her mother to accept Jesus. The young people at her church are being trained to spread the gospel across Japan and part of the thirteenth Sabbath offering this quarter will help the church expand its work with young people.

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

4    Stonehill 101, Pastor’s office
4    Fellowship Lunch – African Group
5    No Guys’ Table Tennis
5    Stonehill Choir Bootcamp
11  Baptismal studies, Adults, Pastor’s office
11  Fellowship Lunch – Spanish SS class
11  Stonehill Choir Practice
12  Transformers Exercise Class
18  Baptismal studies, Teens, Pastor’s office
18  Central Area Men’s Ministry Retreat
18  Fellowship Lunch – All Church
18  Stonehill Choir Practice
19  Transformers Exercise Class
19  Finance Committee Meeting
20  Start of school year for Stonehill Christian Academy
20  Karate with Pastor Kitney
21  Church Board Meeting
22  Karate with Pastor Kitney
25  Baptismal studies, Earliteen, Pastor’s office
25  Fellowship Lunch – Invite a Guest Home for Lunch
25  Stonehill Choir Practice
25  Pathfinder Babysitting Fundraiser
26  Transformers Exercise Class
26  Family & Youth Night Swim Party
27  Karate with Pastor Kitney
29  Karate with Pastor Kitney
1    Stonehill 101 Class, Pastor’s office
1    Stonehill Choir Practice
2    Guys’ Table Tennis
3    No Karate, holiday
5    Karate with Pastor Kitney
7    Sunset 2 Sunset
8    Baptismal Studies, Adults, Pastor’s office
8    Stonehill Choir Practice
9    Transformers Exercise Class
10  Karate with Pastor Kitney
12  Karate with Pastor Kitney
14  Sunset 2 Sunset
15  Baptismal studies, Teens, Pastor’s office
15  Stonehill Choir Practice​

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

Members we encourage you to invite guests to join you at a table. If you stay for lunch please help us with the cleanup afterwards.

Our mailing address is:
Stonehill Seventh-day Adventist Church

4301 Kelly Lane
Pflugerville, TX 78660

Church Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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