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

DISCIPLESHIP AT STONE RIVER

Heads, Hearts, and Hands: Stone River Discipleship

Wednesdays from 6-7pm we will have in-person Wednesday Night ministries again! 

The hour will begin with Adults, Students, and Kids gathering together in the Sanctuary at 6pm for a beautiful time of worship. Then the kids will go to the gym with Mrs. Katie, students will go to the fellowship hall with Pastor Philip and the adults will stay in the sanctuary with Pastor Megan for The Port.

The Port is going to be the first step in our new Discipleship Path. During Lent, Pastor Megan will be taking us on a journey that will deepen our faith and help us spring board into the second piece of our discipleship path after Easter. The Port with Pastor Megan will also be live-streamed here. We hope you make plans to join us!

STAY CONNECTED 

1. Worship with us on Sunday mornings

8:30, 9:30, or 10:45 in person or online  


2. Sunday Night Bible Study in person or online

Join us on Sundays at 6pm for Bible Study with Ted Amey

A new chapter will be taught per week


3. Small Groups

find full list here on the Discipleship Page


4. Discipleship at Stone River

Heads, Hearts, and Hands: Stone River Discipleship

Starting Wednesday, February 24 from 6-7pm 
The hour will begin with Adults, Students, and Kids gathering together in the Sanctuary at 6pm for a beautiful time of worship. Then the kids will go to the gym with Mrs. Katie, students will go to the fellowship hall with Pastor Philip and the adults will stay in the sanctuary with Pastor Megan for The Port.

The Port is going to be the first step in our new Discipleship Path. During Lent, Pastor Megan will be taking us on a journey that will deepen our faith and help us spring board into the second piece of our discipleship path after Easter. The Port with Pastor Megan will also be live-streamed here. We hope you make plans to join us!


5. Stay Connected through Social Media

- ECHO PRAYER APP

You can interact with the prayers listed on the Feed or you can submit your own prayer requests by emailing them to echo@churchatstoneriver.com

Click here for the free app

- INSTAGRAM

Stone River is back on Instagram! www.Instagram.com/churchatstoneriver

We have a Stepping Stones Instagram for the kiddos and parents!
www.Instagram.com/SRSteppingStones

We have a Belong Instagram for the students and parents!
www.Instagram.com/belongstoneriver

- FACEBOOK

Follow us on Facebook too! The Church at Stone River, Belong Student Ministry at Stone River, Stepping Stones Kids at Stone River

- YOUTUBE

Worship from home or watch any worship service you might have missed on our YouTube channel! 


6. Yoga

CURRENT YOGA SESSION:

January 1 - March 19

Led by Lana Avera in Room 7

Chair Yoga: Tuesdays & Fridays 2-3:30

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


7. Continue your tithes, offerings, and gifts

- Give online: churchatstoneriver.com/giving

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


8. 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. 


echo PRAYER MINISTRY

As we are navigating this new season of ministry together, we are going to implement 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 echo@churchatstoneriver.com 

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

Click here for the free app

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.

STEPPING STONES KIDS MINISTRY

Stepping Stones on Sunday Mornings

9:30 + 10:45 

BLUEPRINTS : KIDS SERIES

Blueprints are a kind of plan that helps engineers, architects, and drafters to know how a project should go. Plans are everywhere. Kids find plans at school, in their lego sets, and even in their video games. But the best kind of plans are the ones that help us grow. Through the life of Jesus, we're going to find out that God's plans are perfect, love is the foundation of God's plans, that Jesus said yes to God's plans, and most of all that we are included in God's plans.

Stepping Stones Children's Ministry 

Stepping Stones on Wednesdays

6-7pm

Wednesday Nights for Kids at Stone River kick off with worship in the Sanctuary.  Then they go to Room 5 off of the gym for yoga stretching before they divide up in age groups to learn 6-7pm. It's a fast energetic time full of fun, laughing, and learning!

INSTAGRAM: We have an amazing Stepping Stones Instagram updated daily by Keilee Terry!

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 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/

SHARE

February 21: First Sunday in Lent  Mark 1:12-15

February 28: Second Sunday in Lent  Mark 8:31-38

March 7: Third Sunday in Lent  John 2:13-22

March 14: Fourth Sunday in Lent  John 3:14-21

March 21: Fifth Sunday in Lent  John 12:20-33

March 28: Palm Sunday  Mark 11:1-11

April 4: Easter Sunday  John 20:1-18

 

As we navigate this new season of ministry, we want to provide everyone with the opportunity to engage in the servant leadership of Stone River. 

Follow this link to get involved and use your gifts to bring God's Kingdom here.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P7WSL5S

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

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY

Wednesdays at 6pm

A weekly Bible Study by Ted Amey

Each week a new chapter is taught 

Learn with us here online!

March 7               Ecclesiastes 5-6

March 14             Ecclesiastes 7-8

March 21             Ecclesiastes 9-10

March 28             Ecclesiastes 11-12

LENT 2021

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.

 

Palm Sunday Worship: March 28

 

Holy Week: Join us for a daily 11am service March 29 - April 2

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. 

Maundy Thursday Service: April 1 at 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.

 

Tenebrae Good Friday Service: April 2 at 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.

 

Chalk About Easter! April 3 (more details coming soon!)

 

Easter Sunday! Christ is Risen! 

Join us for worship Sunday morning at 8:15, 9:15, 10:15, 11:15 (SPECIAL TIMES)

 

IMPACT: SOCIAL NEED MISSIONS

2021 Mission Projects:

Feb 17-Apr 4: Tennessee Riverkeeper - Litter Cleanup Events

April 11-May 23: Mental Health Project

May 30-July 4: UMCOR - Christmas Shoe Boxes & Disaster Warehouse Work Day

July 11-Aug 22: NCC (Neighbor Christian Center): Support Transitional Home for Women and Neighborhood Project

Aug 29-Sept 26: Mosaic Mentoring of North Alabama

Oct 5-Nov 21: CCC (Church Committee on Corporation) - Food Pantry and Toy Drive; host location for the CCC Holiday Outreach

Advent 2021: FACES Shower

So that we can have as many as possible engaged in mission leadership here at Stone River, we ask that you consider chairing or co-chairing a Mission Project. If you would like to lead a project or have questions, please contact Wanda Griffin at 256-221-0179 or Terrie Marsh at 256-606-9774.

Tennessee Riverkeeper will be hosting:

Brush Creek Litter Cleanup

Saturday, March 6

10 AM - 2:30 PM 

2401 Country Club Road SE, Decatur

 

- Hotdogs, snacks, & refreshments will be provided by Decatur Country Club. Bags, grabbers, and basic gloves on will also be provided on site! 

- Bring: waterproof shoes (ideally mud boots or hip boots) and work clothes, and mask for working in group settings.

- If you would like to join in the fun and make a difference in our beautiful city, please contact Wanda or Terrie at the numbers above to register for the Brush Creek Litter Cleanup. 

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

              

Seasons at Stone River Podcast

Pastor Megan and Pastor Philip have created this podcast so we can grow deeper in our faith by diving into the sermon series and the seasons of the Christian Calendar. Look for new episodes every Thursday! 

Listen to the podcast : https://anchor.fm/stoneriver/episodes/Lent-eq9eul

BELONG STUDENT MINISTRY

Sundays at 10:45am in the Sr High Room

Student Ministry Group led by Pastor Philip Galyon

 

Wednesday nights 6-7pm

Wednesdays begin with worship together in the Sanctuary then students go to the Student Room for a devotion and games!

 

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

ZOOM PRAYER GROUP

New Zoom Prayer Group - Thursdays at 2pm 

In this time of social distancing, the opportunities to be together and to pray together are limited.  That’s why we are excited to have a zoom prayer group! You won't be required to pray aloud or do anything you're not comfortable doing. Hope you can join us HERE!  
Meeting ID: 938 7033 2563
Passcode: 452845

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 

Passcode: 5c0dDh

 

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

 

Round Table led by Pastor Megan Barber

Sundays at 10:45 for all in Room 2

 

Young Professionals led by Keri & Pat Sebesta

Sundays at 10:45 in Room 1

"Better: A Study of Hebrews" by Jen Wilkin

 

Led by Randy VanLandingham Jr. 

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

 

Discussion Group led by Ted Amey

Tuesdays at 6pm for everyone

Be The Bridge by Latasha Morrison

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 940 8441 5391

Passcode: 883024

 

Stepping Stones Wednesday Night Kids Ministry

Wednesdays 6-7pm

 

Student Ministry Group led by Pastor Philip Galyon

Wednesdays 6-7pm  

 

Led by Barbara Rawls   

Hallelujah, Anyway by Anne Lamott 

Thursdays 6pm zoom link                             

Meeting ID: 858 1572 8265                                                                     

Password: 6knFbN

WANT TO START A SMALL GROUP?

Contact Ted to get started!

BE THE BRIDGE DISCUSSION GROUP 

Led by Ted Amey Wednesdays at 6pm

Zoom link 

Meeting ID: 940 8441 5391

Passcode: 883024

 

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YOGA

CURRENT YOGA SESSION:

January 1 - March 19

Led by Lana Avera in Room 7

Chair Yoga: Tuesdays & Fridays 2-3:30

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

 

2021 UPCOMING YOGA SESSIONS:

APRIL 12 - JUNE 18

JULY 19 - OCTOBER 1

OCTOBER 18 - NOVEMBER 19

NOVEMBER 29 - DECEMBER 10