"LOVE ONE ANOTHER"
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SEASON OF LENT
The season of Lent is 40 days, not including Sundays, that begins on Ash Wednesday symbolizing the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness.
We invite you, to observe a Holy Lent:
by self–examination and repentance
by prayer, fasting, and self–denial
by reading and meditating on God's Holy Word
Email Pastor Ted with any questions!
DAILY DEVOTIONALS DURING LENT
Preparing our hearts during Lent
We invite you to listen for the song that Jesus is singing over you during this time by using the Kate Bowler daily devotional Bless the Lent we Actually Have... 40 Days to Reflect, Pray and Bless our Imperfect Lives.
There are daily scriptures, reflection questions, podcast links, songs, and prayers.
We hope you will find this time rich and meaningful as we walk together through Lent.
Reconciliation at Stone River
Tuesday, March 28 at 6pm we will gather to discuss the book Strength to Love by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited! Bring a dish to share!
Stone River Art Festival: April 1 from 10am-noon
Springapalooza is an art festival for the entire family with craft stations, art from local schools, live music & dance, and so much more! Come out to celebrate the Easter season with your community!
Local schools and studios in the community are invited to share visual art, drama skits, choir pieces, band performances, martial art & gymnastic demonstrations, dance teams, etc on our gym stage! If you or your child are involved in an art you'd like included, please let Jill know!
Are you ready to make a healthier habit?
Join us for Mindful Soles - a new walking group!
Meet at the church on Mondays and Thursdays at 9am for walking fellowship. We will walk together for 20-30 minutes… weather permitting, we will walk outdoors. Come join the fun, get some exercise and make a healthier habit. Walkers of all speeds welcome!
Contact Christy Lamb (256-654-8007) for more information.
Worship on Sunday mornings at 8:15, 9:15, 10:15, 11:15
In-person or online http://stoneriver.online.church
February 19: Transfiguration Sunday Matthew 17:1-9
February 26: First Sunday in Lent Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
March 5: Second Sunday in Lent Genesis 12:1-4
March 12: Third Sunday in Lent Exodus 17:1-7
March 19: Fourth Sunday in Lent 1 Samuel 16:1-13
March 26: Fifth Sunday in Lent Ezekiel 37:1-14
Continue your tithes, offerings, and gifts
- Give online: https://www.churchatstoneriver.com/giving
- Text 256-780-5060 to give with prompts to guide you your first time
- Mail in your tithe: 3014 Danville Road SW, Decatur, AL 35603
Wednesday Night fellowship dinners EVERY WEEK!
5:15 pm in the gym
FREE and no RSVP needed!
Donations accepted. Menu is in the weekly newsletter! To start receiving the newsletter, email Jill
Join us for Game Day every Thursday at 1pm in the Fellowship Hall
March 16: Hand & Foot
March 23: Tic
March 30: Skip-Bo
April 6: HOLY WEEK
April 13: Dominos
April 20: Quirkle
April 27: Phase 10
Come play even if you don't know how to play a game! We're all learning new games together! Bring a snack to share! Tea and coffee will be provided!
April 2: Palm Sunday Services 8:15, 9:15, 10:15, 11:15am
Palm Sunday commemorates the jubilant entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest on Maundy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday. It marks the beginning of Holy Week which is the final week of Lent.
Holy Week 2023
During this final week of Lent we continue to search for a revolution of love, a revolution that will bring the kingdom of God to earth in a transcendental way. As we enter the story and find ourselves at the cross as we recognize ways in which we have mocked, contributed to suffering, or been a mere bystander to the love of Jesus.
April 3-7: Holy Week Services in the Sanctuary at 11am
Monday - Jesus Clears the Temple: Mark 11:12-19
Tuesday - Jesus confronts Jewish leaders: Mark 11:27-13:37
Wednesday - Jesus fellowships in Bethany with disciples: Mark 14:1-11
Thursday - Last supper, Jesus is betrayed & arrested: Mark 14:43-52
Friday - Jesus is disowned, tried, crucified and buried: Mark 14:66-15:47
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
April 5: Church-wide Stations of the Cross Service 6pm
Artists from Stone River will present the Eleven Stations of the Cross through various forms of art in a moving service as we walk through Jesus' last week. If you would like to a part of this service by creating visual art, please contact Melissa Williams by Sunday, March 5. Childcare is available during the service for children 4 and under.
April 6: Maundy Thursday Service 6pm
During this service we will have an opportunity to participate in: confession and pardon, proclamation of the Word, the Lord's Supper, and the stripping of the church. The ancient practice of stripping the Lord's table and sanctuary following communion is a vivid and dramatic way of showing the desolation and abandonment of the long night in Gethsemane and what followed.
April 7: Tenebrae Good Friday Service 6pm
The word "tenebrae" comes from the Latin meaning "darkness." The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus' burial.
April 9: EASTER SUNDAY! 9:15am AND 11:15am
HE IS RISEN!!
Our Easter services will be in the gym again this year!
We will have two full services (9:15 contemporary and 11:15 traditional) with fellowship and coffee in between at 10:15am.
HUNGER RELIEF MINISTRY
We are so excited for Stone River to partner with the efforts of JePau Outreach Ministries at Solomon Temple by supporting Hunger Relief Ministry every third Saturday.
The folks at Solomon Temple work at this ministry rain or shine every Saturday and have been for many years! They are thrilled to have us come along side and believe that we are all "better together"! Please feel free to go help any Saturday. We will be going as a group once a month every third Saturday to start. Our next Saturday to go together as a group from Stone River will be March 18
echo PRAYER MINISTRY
Stone River has implemented a new way to stay connected in prayer with our church family. A page on the Echo prayer app has been created to easily share concerns and pray for our church! If you download the app, you will be able to follow The Church at Stone River Feed and see all of the concerns of our church members that we would like to lift up in prayer. You can interact with the prayers listed on the Feed or you can submit your own prayer requests by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org
As you share your prayer concerns, please…
- Have the direct party’s permission to share the situation with the church
- Specify if you would like to share with just the pastoral staff or the whole church
- Only share the information you feel comfortable spreading with others
We pray that by launching our Echo Prayer Ministry we may fulfill this image of our prayers being spread and echoed by our church family around us.
Led by Lana Avera in Room 7
Chair Yoga: Tuesdays & Fridays 2-3:30
Regular Yoga: Mondays & Thursdays 5:30-7:00
PRAYER SERVICE & BIBLE STUDY
Wednesdays at 6pm
A weekly Bible Study by Ted Amey
Each week a new chapter is taught in Room 2
March 22 Romans 14
March 29 Romans 15
April 5 STATIONS OF THE CROSS SERVICE
April 12 Romans 16
TRADE FAIR MARKETPLACE
Trade-Fair Marketplace is at Stone River from 9-12:30pm in the Fellowship Hall
April 1 (Stone River's Art Festival, Springapalooza)
Trade Fair Marketplace the first and only nonprofit fair trade enterprise in Alabama. Our retail store sells unique handcrafted items from more than 30 developing nations around the world. Each item is handmade by artisans (many are women who belong to fair trade cooperatives) using natural materials, reflecting the countries in which they were made. Fair living wages are paid directly to the artisans, allowing them to obtain basic needs for themselves and their families including food, healthcare and education. Our sole mission is to help eradicate poverty by promoting the economic progress of people in these developing countries. We give all profits from our sales back to organizations that share our same vision. Since our beginning, we have donated over $250,000 to 40 organizations such as Bead for Life, Living Waters, Dining for Women, Amazima, Ghana Relief, Women's Bean Project, The Fistula Foundation, Friends of Refugees and Kiva (micro-loan projects).