Stonehill SDA Church
Newsletter 3/4/2017

Developing Loving Relationships with
hrist and Our Community.

Hello Stonehill Church Family,

We look forward to worshiping with you this Sabbath!

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.


2nd 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

Stonehill Christian Academy Home & School is conducting a survey over the next 2 weeks to collect feedback from church members about the school. Everyone is invited to take this survey once/person, but we are especially looking for feedback from parents of school-aged children. Please help us collect good information to use by completing this survey. No names are required and the answers will be kept confidential. We appreciate your help and your honest feedback.


Fellowship Lunch Changes effective next week (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.


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.



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: Texas Vision

Praise in Music: 

The Message: "Made to Move" - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - Amy Wan
Elder in charge: Brent Holm  |  512.966.3501
Deacon in charge: Juan Gutierrez  |  512.284.0524
Greeters this week: Greg & Bianca


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
March 4          Ellen Jensen SS class
March 11        Deacons/Deaconess
March 18        African Group
March 25        All Church
Sabbath, March 4
Stonehill 101, Pastor’s office
Fellowship Lunch – Ellen Jensen SS class
Elders Meeting, 1:45-2:45pm
Week of March 5-10   
Sunday, golfing with Eldon
Sunday, guys table tennis
Sunday, Adventurers Honor Fair
Sunday, SCA Garden Party
Monday, Karate with Pastor Kitney
Wednesday, Karate with Pastor Kitney
Thursday, Home & School Meeting
Friday, Sunset 2 Sunset
Sabbath, March 11
Baptismal studies, Adults, Pastor’s office
Fellowship Lunch – Deacons/Deaconess
Pathfinders, regular meeting
Adventurers, camping at McKinney Falls State Park
Dates to Remember
Daylight Savings Time starts, March 12
Finance Committee Meeting, March 19
Church Board Meeting, March 21
Adventurer Sabbath, March 25
Home & School Fundraiser Walkathon, April 30



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

Special Emphasis: Adventurers and their families 
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
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

Tortured Yet Faithful
Moalign grew up in Ethiopia, where he suffered much for his faith, as did his father before him. His father, as one of the early Adventists in Ethiopia, was put in jail and frequently beaten. But God did miracles for him, say Moalign. “When they chained his legs, the new chain broke in pieces! They took another new chain, and the same thing happened again!” Encouraged by this story, Moalign’s faith was strengthened to face similar circumstances at the young age of 16. When he and two other Adventist youth refused to proclaim the government enforced slogan “There is no God!” or attend the political meetings on Sabbath, the other young people beat them mercilessly. They were taken to prison where officials instructed the young prisoners in Marxism.
As his father before him, Moalign suffered beatings and torture while in prison. When asked how he was able to bear the horrible torture, Moalign responds, “Ask Jesus. I really don’t know. I was praying.” After a year in prison, his father was allowed to visit him. His father told him he was proud of him to dare to stand for Jesus and encouraged him not to turn back. Then he confided, “We won’t see each other again. When you hear that I died, don’t cry – you don’t need to disturb your mind. I will rest in the Lord, and we’ll be there” he said, point upward.
After seven years of imprisonment, Moalign and the two other faithful Adventists were called to the regional administrative headquarters where officials tried to give them the death sentence. But somehow, God intervened. Not long after, they were freed. After being released at the age of 23, Moalign returned to high school and later studied theology. After serving as the youth and stewardship director in Ethiopia, Moalign was called to serve in London and then to Oslo, where he currently serves this group of approximately 50 as a volunteer lay evangelist. He asks the world church to pray for this group, for him and for this work.

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
3    Sunset 2 Sunset
4    Stonehill 101 Class, Pastor’s office
4    Fellowship lunch – Ellen Jensen SS class
4    Elders Meeting
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
27  Karate with Pastor Kitney
29  Karate with Pastor Kitney
31  Sunset 2 Sunset
1    Stonehill 101 Class
1    Fellowship Lunch – Roberto Torres SS Class
2    Guys’ Table Tennis
2    Adventurers, Kim’s Gym’s Family Day of Giving
6    SCA Open House
7    Sunset 2 Sunset
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 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 Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


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