Stonehill SDA Church
Newsletter 2/25/2017

Developing Loving Relationships with
hrist and Our Community.

Hello Stonehill Church Family,

We look forward to worshiping with you this Sabbath!

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Because today is considered Valentine’s Day, we have this heart illustration from June 1922: “The Heart of the Church”. Frederick Lee, in a 1932 Review article ...on Sabbath School (found on page 19 at, wrote, “Not one of us who has been long in the way fails to appreciate the influence of the Sabbath school on our lives.” He then expounded upon why Sabbath School is the pumping heart of a growing church. Feel free to check out the article and find out what he said!
The next year, the Review issued a special number that was all about Sabbath School (found, and its lead article was written by L. Flora Plummer, secretary of the Sabbath School department. “The Sabbath school is the church organized and equipped for the systematic study of the word of God,” she wrote. “By its form of organization, it is fitted to impart spiritual instruction to the entire flock. It may be likened to a table in a home, bountifully supplied with nourishing food adapted to the needs of each member of the family.

Choir meeting THIS Sabbath! The choir program is starting up again! We're getting ready for a concert in June. Newbie or veteran, if you're interested in joining the choir for this program, please plan to attend the choir meeting Sabbath, March 4 during potluck. No experience - just enthusiasm - required! Contact Kijana,, with questions.


1st Reading
Incoming Transfers
Alfred Bonilla from Round Rock SDA Church, TX
Jessica Flores from Round Rock SDA Church, TX
Hilda Gaton from Pasco Spanish Adventist Church, WA
Bobbi Goldiing from Lubbock SDA Church, TX
Victor Noriega from Lubbock SDA Church, TX
Maiah Quintana from Lubbock SDA Church, TX
Efrain Sanchez from South Austin SDA Church, TX


On Sabbath, Feb.25 Dee Casper from Unscene Media Group will be presenting at Lightbearers SDA Church. His topics include Discipleship, reviving your devotional life, and how to start small groups. Presentations start times will be 10am 12pm and 2:30pm. There is a location change for this Sabbath's event. The Lightbearers church service and Dee Casper's presentations on discipleship, reviving your devotional life, and how to start small groups will be held at the Brushy Creek Community Center located at 16318 Great Oaks Dr, Round Rock, TX 78681. Lunch will be provided. Come and be blessed! Check out some of his presentations at:


Fellowship Lunch Changes effective in 2 weeks (March 11):
Those wishing to participate in the Fellowship Lunch should seat themselves at the tables. Encourage guests to sit with you. People will be dismissed by table. If you choose to go directly to the lunch line you will nicely be asked to return to your table and wait to be dismissed.


We will be having a baby shower for Ciara Parks on February 26, 11a.m., at Jane’s house. The correct address is: 616 Abbey Glen Castle Drive, Pflugerville, TX 78660. Ciara is having a boy and is registered at Target. Please bring a brunch dish to share along with your gift. Food allergies: strawberries, peanuts, and eggs. No spicy foods please. Thank you.


Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Training: 
  • Sunday, March 5, 2017; 1 pm to 5 pm.  TDCJ is providing official training at the Austin South Seventh-day Adventist Church, 132 Eberhart Lane, Austin, TX 78745
  • Training is required for all volunteers to work with incarcerated inmates
  • TDCJ training enables a person to work in any Texas prison.  
  • If interested, please contact Carol Paden: 512-569-6054 or, ideally before 2:00 pm on Monday, February 27, 2017.
Prison Ministries seeking volunteers for the Lockhart Correctional Facility, Lockhart Texas
  • LAMB (Love A Mother’s Baby):  Provides gift packages (handmade baby blanket, stuffed animal, and Bible storybook) to the infants and toddlers of incarcerated mothers and a free Steps to Christ to the mother.
  • Knitting Hearts Together with Jesus: Combines Bible study/spiritual mentoring with knitting and crocheting.  Volunteers needed to lead small Bible study groups, to provide spiritual mentoring, and to teach knitting and crocheting.
  • If interested, please contact Carol Paden: 512-569-6054 or,


Women Bible Study: God has always sought a woman with these characteristics- a heart to change the world, passion to make a difference and a purpose for life, no matter how great or small. If this is your desire and are seeking a closer walk with God this year, please join our Women Bible Study every 1st and 3rd Sabbath @ 2pm after fellowship dinner at the church. Come and join us and explore the challenges these women in the Bible faced in their times hoping it will help us all as we face our own journeys. Contact Rhona Ballarta at 512-990-8251 if interested.



There is a house for rent near the church. The link to the Craigslist ad is

Stonehill Christian Academy news.

Early Registration and Open House
If you would like to pre-register your child for the 2017-2018 school year, please see us any time or at Open House on Thursday, March 2, from 6-8 pm. $100 off of the registration fee of $400 for those that register before April 15. $50 credit will be applied to your account for August if a child registers based on your referral. This early registration price is available to everyone who is interested so long as the child is registered for school before April 15, 2017. We encourage you to register as soon as possible as this will greatly help us in our planning for the new year and save you some money. If you would like to purchase uniforms, they will also be available on that day.
Box Tops for Education
We are looking for someone to be our box tops organizer. If you are interested in sorting the box tops into groups of 50 and sending them off as part of our fundraising efforts, please contact Miss Baca at as soon as possible.


Prayer time for Stonehill Christian Academy. All those who would like to join in prayer for our faculty, staff and families, please meet by the lunch tables in the sanctuary at 8:05-8:30am every Thursday morning starting February 2, 2017. If you have any questions or requests, contact Beth Sinha at or 540-588-8291.



Worship Service
Praise in Giving: Local Church Budget

Praise in Music: 

The Message: "His Plans" 2 of 3: His Plans for Every Single One of Us - Jeremiah 29:11, 12 - Pastor Eugene Kitney
Elder in charge: Kris Kolliniatis  |  512.517.6035
Deacon in charge: Chris Huggins  |  512.771.1386
Greeters this week: Brett & Meri Holm


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.  All unmarked and loose offering is used to support our Local Budget. Please print first and last name clearly on envelopes. Or give online from our website
4. Save labels (Morning Star, Loma Linda, Worthington). Kellogg Corporation supports NAD mission projects for collected labels.


Fellowship Lunch Host
February 25   All Church
March 4          Ellen Jensen SS class
March 11        Deacons/Deaconess
March 18        African Group
Sabbath, February 25
Baptismal Studies, Earliteen (age 10-13), Pastor’s office
Fellowship Lunch – All Church
Adventurers, regular meeting
Week of February 26 – March 3  
Sunday, Ciara Parks Baby Shower
Sunday, Pathfinder, storm clean up at Villarreal’s, 1-4pm
Sunday, Princess Gantalao’s 18th Debut Celebration
Monday, Karate with Pastor Kitney
Wednesday, Karate with Pastor Kitney
Thursday, SCA Open House
Friday, Sunset 2 Sunset
Sabbath, March 4
Stonehill 101, Pastor’s office
Fellowship Lunch – Ellen Jensen SS class
Dates to Remember
SCA Garden Party, March 5, 1-3pm
Adventurer camping, McKinney Falls State Park, March 11-12
Home & School Fundraiser Walkathon, April 30



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

Special Emphasis: Pathfinders
Jorge Cisneros (husband of Elda Guillet) – obtain Visa to enter USA
Vince Montez (friend of Ballartas) – kidney cancer
Julian Naidoo (Jacqui Reuben's Husband) – death of his father and trip to South Africa

Fawn Escalante and family mourning death of her father
Ruth Hutchison and family mourning death of Wayne David Jensen family
Germaine Brown
Julieth Dick – recovering from back surgery
Joan (Lindy Posadas’ sister-in-law) – health issues
Tina Okrah – facial palsy
Steve Budd (Silvia Covarrubias’ brother-in-law) – bone tumor
Helen Ing (Eileen deJong’s mother) – health issues
Demi Garduque (Chinyere Ukegbu’s friend) - end stage renal disease
Diane Yates (Sarah Wolverton’s friend) – breast cancer
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
Laurie (Hutchison’s daughter) – breast cancer
Pastor Kitney’s brother – health issues
Teatsy Farris – lung cancer
Yolanda Jacoby (Roberto’s sister’s mother-in-law) – stage 4 cancer

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


Mission Ministry

From Atheist to Adventist
“God must have a sense of humor,” says Torgeir (pronounced Tor-GUY) of Norway. “My wife Cayetana (pronounced Kay-TA-na), who had been widowed for several years, prayed for God to send her a man with whom she could share her faith and who could help raise her young son. Instead He sent me – an atheist!” Torgeir had been previously married to a Norwegian girl and had 3 children. But his drinking lifestyle caused the marriage to deteriorate. Once Christmas, after drinking all day, he finally came to his senses and knew he had to make changes.
All his life he had been fascinated with the Inca Indians of Peru and was finally able to visit and he fell in love with the country and people. After accompanying a young Peruvian boy home, he came back to Norway and started studying Spanish. On his next visit to Peru, he wandered into a restaurant that happened to be Cayetana’s. Torgeir smiles when he repeats the old proverb, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” He did not travel to any of the other cities on his list but stayed right there and eventually met Cayetana’s family who were Adventists. He visited Peru three more times and the last time he applied for a visa for Cayetana to come to Norway and marry him.
When Cayetana first arrived in Norway, Torgeir located the Adventist church in Oslo so she could attend. He thought he should go to church with his wife the first few times till she felt comfortable there and made friends. After attending for about six months, the pastor asked Torgeir if he would like to study the Bible with him and Torgeir accepted. After studying together for some months, Torgeir answered yes when asked if he wanted to be baptized. His wife was re-baptized at the same time. God had been working on Torgeir for some time. The desire to smoke and drink had been taken away previously. Torgeir had never owned a Bible before but now he cannot go a day without studying the Bible.  “My conversion was certainly the leading of the Holy Spirit. I was changing without noticing. My conversion was like a flower slowly, slowly opening.”

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
24  Sunset 2 Sunset
25  Baptismal studies, Earliteen (age 10-13), Pastor’s office
25  Fellowship lunch – All church
25  Adventurer, regular meeting
26  Ciara Parks Baby Shower
26  Pathfinders, clean up help at Villarreal’s
26  Princess Gantalao’s 18th debut celebration
27  Karate with Pastor Kitney
1    Karate with Pastor Kitney
2    SCA Open House
3    Sunset 2 Sunset
4    Stonehill 101 Class, Pastor’s office
4    Fellowship lunch – Ellen Jensen SS class
5    Golfing with Eldon
5    Adventurer Honors Fair
5    Guys’ Table Tennis
5    SCA Garden Party, 1-3pm
6    Karate with Pastor Kitney
8    Karate with Pastor Kitney
9    Home & School Meeting, 7pm
10  Sunset 2 Sunset
11  Baptismal studies, adults, Pastor’s office
11  Fellowship lunch – Deacons/Deaconess
11  Pathfinders, regular meeting
11  Adventurers camping, at McKinney Falls State Park
12  Daylight Savings Time starts
13  Karate with Pastor Kitney
15  Karate with Pastor Kitney
17  Sunset 2 Sunset
18  Baptismal studies, teens (age 14-17), Pastor’s office
18  Fellowship Lunch – African group
19  Finance Committee Meeting
20  Karate with Pastor Kitney
21  Church Board Meeting
22  Karate with Pastor Kitney
24  Sunset 2 Sunset
25  Baptismal studies, Earliteen (ages 10-13), Pastor’s office
25  Adventurer Sabbath
25  Fellowship Lunch- All Church
25  Pathfinders, regular meeting
6    SCA Open House
13-16   Texas Conference Camporee, Lake Whitney Ranch
21-23   Central Texas Adventurer Camp, Lazy L&L Campground
30  Home & School Fundraiser Walkathon


*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

4301 Kelly Lane
Pflugerville, TX 78660

Church Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


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