This Week in WORSHIP
Prepare the Way #3: "Three Lasting Gifts"
In Matthew 3 John the Baptist announces the coming of one who would "clear the threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn, and burning up the chaff in unquenchable fire." An obvious image of judgment, it is also a word of grace, reminding us that in the end, when all is said and done, all that lasts into eternity is that which honors God. As a chapter of our congregation's story draws to a close with Pastor Jeff's retirement, what has really mattered most, and what by God's grace, will last, remain, and abide? Join us this week as Pastor Jeff continues our Advent teaching series Prepare the Way of the Lord with a practical and encouraging message called “Three Lasting Gifts” based on 1 Corinthians 13.11-13. More good news from StoneBridge Community Church.
The Heart of Christmas Offering
One way our church family celebrates this holy season is through our special Heart of Christmas offering. At this time of year most of us think a bit more about the needs of others, especially those who are less fortunate. The Heart of Christmas offering is divided between five important ministries that impact lives all year long— ACTION, IMPACT, Front Porch Ministries, New Church Development, and The Christmas Joy Offering. You’ll find a special Heart of Christmas offering envelope in your program this weekend.
Opportunities to SERVE
Deacon Angel Tree
The Angel Tree provides an opportunity to assist those within our congregation who are in need this holiday season. Each ornament on the tree contains an idea for a gift card that will be gifted. Choose an ornament. purchase the gift card, and return no later than Monday, December 17th to the office or to a Deacon on the patio during weekend services. Thank you in advance for your generous spirit during this Holiday Season.
Public Action to Deliver Shelter
PADS is the effort of 14 churches or groups in Simi Valley to house the homeless of the community overnight in the winter months. We are looking for volunteers to serve overnight Friday to Saturday, through March. Sign up at The Hub or contact Grace Hughes at 805-526-0849.
Opportunity to CONNECT
Bell Choir and Friends Christmas Concert • Sunday, December 16th @ 4:00pm
A Christmas concert celebrating 20 years of the StoneBridge Bell Choir.
Interim Pastor Search Update
In order for StoneBridge to call an interim pastor, an Interim Pastor Nominating Committee (INPC) is created upon the current pastor’s retirement announcement. The IPNC is created by, and is under the authority of, the Session. The IPNC considers candidates that have been pre-vetted by The Presbytery of Santa Barbara as well as candidates from outside the presbytery. Upon identifying the best candidate, the IPNC will present the candidate to Session and the presbytery. Upon their approval, the interim pastor will be called and begin their ministry at StoneBridge.
The members of StoneBridge's IPNC are Elder Andy Thompson (Chair), Elder Ashley Chelonis, Elder Jason Leedy, Elder Jeff Rohrer, Pastor Cynthia Purvis (ex officio), and Pastor Dale Ridenour (Presbytery Representative).
At this time, the IPNC have considered several well qualified candidates and are moving forward with interviews.
The IPNC values your prayers over the process.
Children and Family Ministries Director Search Update
In order for StoneBridge to call a new Children and Families Ministry Director, a search team is created under the authority of the Board of Elders. The search team then advertises the position within StoneBridge Church as well as on multiple, online platforms. The search team vets all qualified applicants and nominates the best candidate for the position to the Board of Elders. Upon approval, the new Children’s and Family Ministry Director will be hired and begin at StoneBridge.
The members of StoneBridge's Children’s and Family Ministry Director Search Team are Deacon Jennifer Curtis, Richard Endreszl, Pastor Cynthia Purvis (ex officio), and Barbara Waite.
The search team has received multiple resumes and are in the process of sifting out the best qualified candidates to interview.
The search team asks that if you know any potential people that are qualified for the position, to please encourage them to apply. Additionally, please keep the process in prayer.
Construction Oversite Committee (COC) Update
Bidding continues for Phase 1 of construction which is the remodel of the Family Life Center. We are in the process of ordering new chairs for the Sanctuary and will be seeking bids for carpet and paint. We appreciate your patience in this lengthy endeavor and covet your prayers as well.