During this season of Covid our normal schedule has been changed up a bit so our online calendar is no longer correct. Changes are  made quickly at times to keep everyone safe.  For the most up to date information, please check out the Featured Events Page under News & Events and our weekly Stone River News email. If you would like to start receiving the weekly newsletter please email Jill.

FEATURED EVENTS

CHRISTMAS EVE

Come experience Christmas Eve in a new and fresh way safely with your church family! We will be having 45 minute outdoor candlelit communion services at 4pm and 6pm on the lawn and an indoor 11pm service in the Sanctuary.

ADVENT REFLECTIONS

Hey there, everybody!  This is Rachel, your Assistant Pastor (formerly the Pastoral Summer Intern) here at Stone River!  During this season of Advent, I am going to be posting daily reflections based from the book Honest Advent by Scott Erickson.  This book was written specifically for this year, in which many of us have faced new trials, hardships, and losses.  Erickson describes how in this year riddled with heartache, the merriment with which we celebrate the Christmas season “just seems meaningless in the face of real life.”  Though we often spend Advent putting up colorful decorations, attending holiday parties, and buzzing from shop to shop to stock up on Christmas presents, this may not be the Advent recognition we need in 2020.  Rather, maybe we need to focus again on the true story of Advent and Christmas: a story rife with pregnancy, challenges, new beginnings, and rawness.  

So join us on our Stone River FaceBook page each day for a bite-sized reflection on the various elements of the Christmas story, as we attempt to have an honest Advent and rediscover God-with-Us this season.

DECEMBER MISSION : FACES

DECEMBER MISSION: You all are invited to continue to bring unwrapped items to leave in baskets under the tree in the Fellowship Hall supporting foster families in our area all month long!

The needs are for children from 1 week to 21 years:  Pajamas, clothing, underwear, bibs, hygiene Items (age appropriate)

ROTARY CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR KIDS

Stone River is partnering with the Rotary Club to offer a Christmas Party for children in Decatur. Because of Covid restrictions it will look a little different this year. We will be meeting at Target (look for the banner between our two church vans) at 10am. If you'd like to volunteer or register your children, email Jill

Register by December 10

VOLUNTEER AT CCC

VOLUNTEER AT CCC DECEMBER 14-18

The CCC (Committee on Church Cooperation) needs volunteers for the days that they open up their toy room up for parents to come and choose gifts for their children! It's a wonderful mission that brings Christmas joy to children in Decatur! Come help with as many shifts as you'd like! Masks are required. 

Mon - Thurs 8:30-11am and 1:00-3:00 

Friday 8:30-11am 

STAY CONNECTED WHILE SOCIAL DISTANCING

1. Worship online:

Join us on Sunday mornings in-person or online  at 8:30, 9:30, and 10:45

churchatstoneriver.com/live-stream-worship

 

2. Wednesday Night Bible Study online: 

Join us on Wednesdays at 6pm in-person or online for Bible Study with Ted Amey

A new chapter will be taught per week

churchatstoneriver.com/live-stream-worship

 

3. Small Group listings can be found here!

 

4. Join our prayer team

Contact Ted if you would like to call others asking the five word challenge:

"How May I Pray With You?"

 

5. Continue your tithes, offerings, and gifts

- Give online: churchatstoneriver.com/giving

- Mail in your tithe: 3014 Danville Road SW, Decatur, AL 35603

 

6. If you need ANY assistance, groceries, prayer, or conversations

please call Ted (256) 684-4942 or email Ted

If you would like to help us meet the holistic needs of our community with missional, emotional, relational, and spiritual care please let Ted know.

 

We’re praying for you all during this time! Remember to rest in God’s unconditional mercy and love. Practice gratefulness everyday. 

 

STEPPING STONES KIDS MINISTRY

Stepping Stones on Sunday Mornings

9:30 + 10:45 
Who doesn’t love a board game? Waiting for the the game to unfold is a part of the fun, but it can be frustrating if kids don’t know why they are playing or what they need to be a part of it. In, Wait For It, kids will learn how to watch for and put their hope in Jesus. Everyone will meet John, Mary, Simeon and Anna— people who waited for a Savior to change their lives. Kids will learn that everyone needs a Savior, that the Savior will change everything, that God will do impossible things, and that Jesus is the one they’ve been waiting for!

Stepping Stones Children's Ministry 

Stepping Stones will be Virtual on Wednesday nights until January

Join Zoom Meeting Wednesdays 6-7pm
https://zoom.us/j/4594316999?pwd=Q3BWQTI4K0hmV1gyUVMxczJEU2UyUT09 
Meeting ID: 459 431 6999 
Passcode: Jingle! 

 

INSTAGRAM: We have a new Stepping Stones Instagram!

www.Instagram.com/SRSteppingStones

Watch our Instagram and Facebook page because we have a lot of fun posts coming up!

IN-PERSON WORSHIP

Sunday mornings are back in person at 8:30, 9:30, 10:45am

or if you are sheltering at home, you can worship online HERE

 https://www.churchatstoneriver.com/live-stream-worship

SERMON SERIES 

Worship on Sunday mornings at 8:30, 9:30, 10:45

In-person or online http://churchatstoneriver.com/live-stream-worship/

WHAT GIFT CAN I BRING?

NOVEMBER 29   Mark 13:32-37  (1st Sunday of Advent)

DECEMBER 6   Mark 1:1-8  (2nd Sunday of Advent)

DECEMBER 13   Isaiah 61:6-11 (3rd Sunday of Advent)

DECEMBER 20   Luke 1:26-38  (4th Sunday of Advent)

DECEMBER 27   Galatians 4:4-7

JANUARY 3   Matthew 2:1-12  (Epiphany)

NEW YEARS EVE LABYRINTH

A labyrinth will be set up in the gym for praying in the new year all day on New Year's Eve. There will be special times for guided prayer with live music. Watch for details about these specific time offerings and make plans to come pray in this new year and be centered for a fresh start.

BACKPACK FOOD MINISTRY

Our Backpack Ministry provides food to children who receive free lunch at school so they have food on weekends and throughout holiday breaks. Our holiday boxes for Christmas will be packed at 10am on Wednesday, Dec 16. Join us in this amazing ministry for the children in our community!

We ask that you email to sign up for weeks that you’d like to work so we can make sure to keep our working group numbers low. We’ll wear masks and gloves while packing and spread out in the gym. Hand sanitizer will be available.

 

It would be helpful if you indicate your preferences to let Wanda or Barbara know what you are comfortable doing this year.

1. Shopping for food: Some of you are waiting for Food Bank orientation.

We will be shopping locally also.

2. Packing in the gym: Each person will walk from table to table filling a complete bag.

3. Delivering to schools: This probably involves going into the schools.

4. Packing holiday boxes: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break.

NEXT STEPS

Choose to REMEMBER, LOVE, and DEMONSTRATE the love of Jesus

Virtues are also contagious!

During these days choose what will be contagious in your homes and your lives!

Monday focus on Gratitude

:: Reframe your challenges by acknowledging your blessings

Tuesday focus on Compassion

:: Allow what breaks God heart, to break yours - share the love of Jesus

Wednesday focus on Acceptance

:: Engaging in the hope of Jesus in the ‘what is’ of ourselves and others 

Thursday focus on Meaning

:: Offering the love of Jesus to others, makes my life meaningful 

Friday focus on Forgiveness

:: Jesus’ gift to you is to daily choose to give up anger and resentment

Saturday focus on Celebration 

:: Rejoice in becoming an agent of goodness, service, and love

Sunday focus on Prayer

:: Our friendship with Jesus is our greatest strength and highest privilege

              

SMALL GROUPS

Led by Bobby Johnson

Sundays 8:30am for adults in Room 1 or online                                                           

Meeting ID: 762 242 4496
Password: 7XQAqg 

 

Led by Kevin Patterson

Sundays 9:30am for adults online                                                                    

Meeting ID: 754 7592 3009
Password: 2XPWQp

 

Kids Ministry led by Katie Black

Sundays at 9:30 +10:45 in the Kids Room
 

Led by Tim Salter  

Sundays at 9:30 for adults in Room 2

Student Ministry Group led by Pastor Philip Galyon

Sundays at 10:45 in the Sr High Room

 

The Port led by Pastor Megan Barber

Sundays at 10:45 for all in Room 2

 

Led by Randy VanLandingham Jr. 

Mondays 10am for everyone online 
Meeting ID: 370 986 8835 
Password: 1rmf2R   

 

Stepping Stones Wednesday Night Kids Ministry

Virtual on Wednesday nights until January

Join Zoom Meeting Wednesdays 6-7pm
https://zoom.us/j/4594316999?pwd=Q3BWQTI4K0hmV1gyUVMxczJEU2UyUT09 
Meeting ID: 459 431 6999 
Passcode: Jingle! 

 

Student Ministry Group led by Pastor Philip Galyon

Wednesdays 6-7pm  (virtual until January)

https://zoom.us/j/96497275454?pwd=eFVFNDhjeklHRnY4T1ZaYW9hVWp0QT09
Meeting ID: 964 9727 5454
Passcode: gG8Sa4

 

Alpha Course led by Steven & Megan Barber

Wednesdays at 6pm for all in Room 2

(meeting virtually until January)

https://zoom.us/j/91466146751?pwd=MDFMSUZ0S0VnOUV5K3JUdTZIUlRMdz09

Meeting ID: 914 6614 6751

Passcode: 594109

 

Led by Barbara Rawls       

Stitches: A Handbook for Meaning, Hope, and Repair by Anne Lamott 

Thursdays 6pm online                             

Meeting ID: 858 1572 8265                                                                     

Password: 6knFbN

WANT TO START A SMALL GROUP?

Contact Ted to get started!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY

Wednesdays at 6pm

A weekly Bible Study by Ted Amey

Each week a new chapter is taught verse by verse.

Learn with us here online!

December 2: Daniel 1-2

December 9: Daniel 3-4

December 16: Daniel 5-6

NURSERY WORSHIP VIDEOS

We've created fun videos for you and your little ones to watch together while singing  songs, hearing a Bible story, and learning to apply that lesson!

Nursery Worship videos are posted here each Wednesday Dec. 2 - Dec. 23.

BELONG STUDENT MINISTRY

Students will be meeting virtually until January 

Wednesday nights 6-7pm


https://zoom.us/j/96497275454?pwd=eFVFNDhjeklHRnY4T1ZaYW9hVWp0QT09
Meeting ID: 964 9727 5454
Passcode: gG8Sa4

 

If you'd like to volunteer, want to get your student involved, or have questions, you can reach Philip at 423-619-3639 or philip.galyon@churchatstoneriver.com

GIVE ONLINE

AVAILABLE ANYTIME

Continue your tithes, offerings, and gifts

- Give online: https://www.churchatstoneriver.com/giving

- Mail in your tithe: 3014 Danville Road SW, Decatur, AL 35603

 

YOGA

WATCH FOR NEW DATES AFTER THE HOLIDAYS

(currently not meeting)

Led by Lana Avera in Room 7

Chair Yoga: Tuesdays & Fridays 2-3:30

Regular Yoga: Mondays & Thursdays 5:30-7:00

 

THE ALPHA COURSE

THE ALPHA COURSE WEDNESDAYS AT 6PM

Led by Steven & Megan Barber (meeting virtually until January)

 

https://zoom.us/j/91466146751?pwd=MDFMSUZ0S0VnOUV5K3JUdTZIUlRMdz09

Meeting ID: 914 6614 6751

Passcode: 594109

 

Alpha is a way to explore meaning and relationship in a non-pressed and non-judgmental environment. We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore their faith, ask questions, and share their point of view.

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe and everyone’s welcome. Each Alpha session will offer light snacks, a talk and a good discussion.