Stonehill SDA Church
Newsletter 12/16/2017

Developing Loving Relationships with
hrist and Our Community.

Hello Stonehill Church Family,

We look forward to worshiping with you this Sabbath!

Treasure Quotes/Thoughts
An arborist once explained to me why it’s important to remove the dead branches from trees: not only might they fall on people and animals below, but when storms come, the living parts of the trees are more likely to be damaged because of the drag of the dead branches. Life is hard, and we, too, are buffeted by its storms. Why carry about dead wood from the past that doesn’t contribute to our growth and tears at our spirits? When we hold hatred and resentment in our hearts, we may have little effect on the other person – but we do great harm to ourselves. –Signs of the Times, The Power of Forgiveness


1st Reading
Outgoing Transfer
Isaac Sitienei to Clarksville SDA Church, TN
Incoming Transfer
Jionne Harnsberry from Austin Central SDA Church, TX


The Stonehill Choir presents “Little Lion, Little Lamb” - Please join us for a very special Christmas cantata that the whole family will enjoy. This year’s performance features the Children’s Chorus. December 16, 2017. Doors open at 6:30 pm; performance begins at 7 pm. Admission is free!



The Play "Coming Up Short" is a Christian Musical Dramedy that's going live this Valentines Day at the George Washington Carver Museum. It is my first theatrical project in nearly 20 years. I really appreciate your support in both attending and spreading the word. Tickets are sold on Eventbrite, or in person from me (April Phillips) to avoid the surcharge. Please spread the word and help me fill up these 300 seats. We are also available for private performances after the 14th. Group Sales of 10 or more are 10% off. Thanks for Your Support! April Phillips


Hearing Assist equipment is available: A limited number of personal audio devices are available during church service. Bring your own preferred earphones if you'd like. Please let one of the deacons or AV personnel know if you have need for hearing assist equipment.


Some families who struggle to bring a gift to God’s cause purchase expensive furniture or costly clothing. “Our birthday, anniversaries and Christmas and Thanksgiving festivals are too often devoted to selfish gratification, when the mind should be directed to the mercy and loving-kindness of God. God is displeased that His goodness, His constant care, His unceasing love, are not brought to mind on these anniversary occasions. The year 2017 is about to pass to the annals of history. More celebrations are around the corner. Families will gather, trips will be taken, and gifts will be given to friends and loved ones. What could your family, small group, or church do differently to honor the Lord in a unique way this year? Maybe a family in need can be adopted, or a special offering can be brought to church, or the education of an orphan can be covered overseas. What is the Lord telling you to do? May you be blessed as you give generously to your local congregation and consider becoming a channel of blessing to others.


Worship Service
Praise in Giving: Local Church Budget
Praise in Music:
The Message: Lessons & Carols

Baby dedication

Elder in charge: Brent Holm  |  512.966.3501
Deacon in charge: Simeon Rotich  |  615.424.7751
Greeters this week: Ruben & Noemi

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

Fellowship Lunch Host
Dec 16    Myrna Cogan SS class
Dec 23    All Church
Dec 30    Invite a Guest Home for Lunch
Jan 6      Children’s Ministries

Sabbath, December 16
Baptismal studies, teens, Pastor’s office
Fellowship Lunch, Myrna Cogan’s SS class
Pathfinders & Adventurers, regular meeting
Choir Practice
Choir Cantata, 7-9pm
Week of December 17-22
Sunday, Adventurer visitation and caroling
Monday, Karate with Pastor Kitney
Wednesday, Karate with Pastor Kitney
Friday, no Sunset 2 Sunset
Sabbath, December 23
Baptismal studies, Earliteens, Pastor’s office
Fellowship Lunch, All church
Dates to Remember
New Year’s Eve church party, December 31
Guys' Table Tennis, January 7
Pathfinder TLT Training, January 13
Finance Committee, January 14
Church Board Meeting, January 16



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

Special Emphasis Fire victims in California
Benjamin Yalung (Cici’s great uncle) – heart attack
Shawn Iram’s mother – in the hospital
Brenda Lunsford – father passed away
Roland Hill – cousin passed away
Roger Stanfield (Brent Holm’s cousin) – heart attack and pacemaker implant
Kip (Rachel Juler’s brother) – health issues
Connie Rivera (friend of Garcia’s) – recovering from heart surgery
Eddie Stevens (Rhona’s nephew) – severe health problems
Rhonda Spickard (Adam’s mother) – health problems
Daniel Christian (Bob’s son) – spiritual issues
Demi Garduque (Chinyere Ukegbu’s friend) - end stage renal disease
Diane Yates (Sarah Wolverton’s friend) – breast cancer
Elizabeth Cole (Ciara Parks mother) – health issues
Helen Ing (Eileen deJong’s mother) – health issues
Jim Underwood (friend of the Julers) – brain cancer
Julie Davis (Ann Daluz’ sister) – mental and health issues
Julieth Dick – health issues
Kaitlyn Jankovsky (daughter of the Ballarta’s friend) – Leukemia
Kris Hoch (friend of Chris Huggins) – stage IV pancreatic cancer
Lynn Marquis’ father – recovering from colon surgery
Lynn Marquis’ mother – recovering from broken hip and surgery
Maureen Utz (Meri Holm’s friend) – severe health issue with leg
Michael Christian (Bob’s son) – Lymphoma
Miguel Guillet – health issues
Patty Titus (Brent’s sister-in-law’s sister) – soft tissue carcinoma
Steve Budd (Silvia Covarrubias’ brother-in-law) – bone tumor
Teatsy Farris – lung cancer
Vicki Davie (friend of Joline and Eric Whichelow) – breast 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

Three Prayers
My husband and I live near an Adventist church. Each week I would see people walking along the road, some carrying Bibles. I began thinking that something was missing from my life and wished to learn more. I secretly visited an Adventist family and listened to them read the Bible. I asked for and was given a Bible. I was surprised the Sabbath seemed to appear on every page. I was curious about which was the right day of worship: was it the Sabbath, as the Bible said, or Sunday, as my Orthodox neighbors believed?
My mother told me to go to a nearby town and ask a certain priest. “He is an honest person,” she said. “He will tell you.” I found the priest and told him I had come to buy a Bible to compare the Orthodox Bible with the Adventist Bible I already had. The priest ordered someone to bring me a Bible but would not answer my question “What does the Bible say is the right day of worship?” He told me to see for myself. I paid 30 rubles for the Bible and started home. On the way home I met my older brother and told him the whole story. We compared the Bibles on the road. I was concerned I had spent precious money for Bibles that were the same. I prayed that my husband would not find out. Moments later my brother declared he wanted my new Bible and gave me back my 30 rubles. God had answered my prayer.
My husband did not support my new desire to become an Adventist. I prayed for him. Around the time I was baptized, my husband developed a terrible rash. As I cared for my husband’s rash, I prayed and asked God for help. One day the rash was gone. My husband began to think about his anger towards me and one night he had a dream of the second coming. When he woke, he asked if there was time for him to be baptized. My second prayer was answered. My husband was baptized 10 years after me.
I started praying for a dear friend from school days. I hadn’t seen her for 20 years. One day, my husband and I traveled to Moldova’s capital for a special celebration at the church headquarters. At the celebration I met my old friend whom I had been praying for. She told “I also am an Adventist. You told me 20 years ago that the Adventist Church was the right church.” I did not know how that was possible since I did not even know the Adventist church back then. But she insisted I had introduced her to the Adventist faith. I could only figure that I had talked to her about “Christians” and God had intervened for her to hear “Adventists”. God had answered my prayer for my friend’s salvation 20 years before I asked. This is the power of prayer.

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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
15  Choir rehearsal
15  Sunset 2 Sunset
16  Baptismal studies, teen, Pastor’s office
16  Fellowship Lunch – Myrna Cogan’s SS class
16  Adventurers and Pathfinders, regular meeting
16  Choir practice
16  Choir Cantata
17  Adventurers, visitation and caroling
17  No finance committee
18  Karate with Pastor Kitney
19  No board meeting
20  Karate with Pastor Kitney
22  No Sunset 2 Sunset
23  Baptismal studies, Earliteen, Pastor’s office
23  Fellowship Lunch – All church
25  No karate
27  No karate
29  No Sunset 2 Sunset
30  Fellowship Lunch – Invite a Guest Home for Lunch
31  New Year’s Eve party, Countdown to New Year 2018
5    Sunset 2 Sunset
6    Stonehill 101, Pastor’s office
6    Fellowship Lunch – Children’s Ministries
7    Guys’ Table Tennis
12  Sunset 2 Sunset
13  Baptismal Studies, adults, Pastor’s office
13  Fellowship Lunch – Ellen Jensen SS class
13  Pathfinder TLT Training
13  Adventurers Bible Bowl
13  Youth and Family Fun Night
14  Finance Committee Meeting
16  Church Board Meeting

*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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