This Sunday, May 23rd at 2pm, we will be holding our annual Congregational Meeting via Zoom. The purpose of this meeting is to approve pastoral terms of call and elect new Elders, Deacons, and the 2021/22 Congregational Nominating Committee. Click here for an executive summary of our church budget that gives you an overview of our finances and our Pastor’s Terms of Call. For those of you who have questions about the budget or would like to talk more about our ministry and mission, feel free to email the church office.
When I arrived at StoneBridge in November of 2020, I was eager to work with the staff that God had assembled. I have not been disappointed. Despite significant transition and the Covid-19 pandemic, the StoneBridge staff hasn't skipped a beat this past year. When the Covid-19 pandemic began, our Children’s & Families Director, Stephanie Leedy, immediately provided online Bible Story videos and Parent Activity Guides for families. She hosted two weekly meetings on Zoom and engaged families with weekly challenges, including baking cakes, chalk art, and writing letters for local health care workers. In September, Olivia Moceri joined the StoneBridge staff as the Students & Families Director. Olivia dove in by meeting with students, getting to know volunteers and hosting weekly Zoom meetings for High Schoolers and Middle Schoolers. Olivia also began a Young Adults group that meets weekly on Tuesdays. Our Worship Director, Lee Krabbe, put his technological skills to use, as StoneBridge transitioned to weekly on-line services. In December, Lee and our committed volunteers also organized outdoor services for every other week. In the past few months, Lee has helped StoneBridge expand its reach through recording Podcast worship services and the StoneBridge Extras Podcast.
Pastor Jonathan provided both consistency and creativity throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. With his assistance, StoneBridge's growth groups successfully continued by switching to online platforms. Additionally, prompted by our Local Missions Team, StoneBridge hosted a blood drive, provided gift bags to Ashlee Manor, diapers to the Community Pregnancy Center, and donations to James Storehouse.
Through the hard work of our staff, our elders, and Interim Pastor Neal Nybo, StoneBridge is exiting the Covid-19 Pandemic in a stronger financial position than when it entered. When I was called to be your Senior Pastor, the Pastor Nominating Committee completed its diligent work, ending an important chapter of transition in the life of the church.
As we look ahead to the coming year, there are many reasons to be excited. I am excited to see what God does with the undeveloped pad on StoneBridge's campus. I am excited to see who God brings to our congregation, as we safely relax Covid-19 precautions. I am excited to see our Children's and Youth ministries re-engage in-person activities. I am excited to see our educational offerings begin again and to see our global mission projects renewed. More than anything, I am excited to get to know this wonderful congregation that God has called to reach the lost, make disciples, and send them out. As the Covid-19 pandemic recedes, I can't think of a better time to proclaim the good news of our Lord Jesus, who is working right now to rebuild and restore this broken world. As we come alongside the Holy Spirit's work, may God bless our endeavors in the coming year!