It is the old English word for “Spring”, the time of year when we celebrate the Lenten Season.
What is Lent:
· Lent is a 40-day liturgical season that initiates the most sacred part of the Christian year. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on the Great Vigil of Easter.
· Sundays are not included in the 40-day count because every Sunday is a joyful celebration of our Lord's resurrection.
· During Lent, Christians meditate on the great paschal mystery--the salvation God won for us sinners by the suffering, death, and resurrection of our Jesus Christ.
What is the meaning of the Ashes?
A. The ashes are a symbol of repentance and conversion
B. The ashes act as a reminder that we are called to die to sin and return to God wholeheartedly.
C.The ashes are a symbol that reminds us that life is fragile and that one must be ready to face our creator.
A reminder for the Lent season:
"That is why the Lord says, "Turn to me now, while there is time! Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Do not tear your clothing in your grief; instead, tear your hearts." Return to the Lord you God, for he is gracious and Merciful. He is not easily angered. He is filled with kindness and is eager not to punish you."
All animals are welcome but please ensure animals are on leashes or in carriers. Please be sure your pets are under control at all times, for their protections and the protection of others.
Our Stony Hill Easter Egg hunt will be on the church grounds.
Prayer isn’t a ritual that depends on closing our eyes and putting on holy faces. We don’t have to kneel or sit. We can pray while walking, driving, or working. God responds to a two word cry for help in the middle of a busy afternoon, just like He does to a focused prayer time after reading Scripture in the morning. Praying doesn’t have to be complicated. God delights in any simple words we offer Him.
With your loving tithes and offerings our church can continue through this very trying time. You have a few options as to how to donate:
WNCCUMC.org: A giving portal is now available through the conference to submit tithes and offerings to any United Methodist Church within the Western North Carolina to make a donation or submit your tithe to Stony Hill UMC, simply use the DONATE ONLINE HERE button below:
Complete the form on the link, with “Stony Hill UMC” as the church, pastor as “‘Kaye Fry”, the amount you wish to donate, and the bank account or card information for payment. It will also ask you to designate the church fund ( such as General Fund, Missions, etc. ) Once a month, the conference will remit the donations to the specified church, minus the 2.9% convenience fees (unless you choose to add the amount of the fees to your donation). The 2.9% Convenience fees are charged by the credit card companies. No fee is being charged by the Conference, and there are no additional fees or service costs for the churches. This is a free resource from the Conference to our churches. We thank you for your generosity and look forward to the day we can worship together in our sanctuary! If you have an immediate need the church can help with, please let us know!
STONY HILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Pastor: Kaye Fry
Ministers: The Whole Congregation
28996 Stony Hill Rd. Albemarle, NC 28001
Church Phone: 704.982.7211. See below for all of Pastor Kays contact numbers
Dear Congregation of Stony Hill:
If these are typically the Sundays that you contribute your tithe to the church, you can mail your check to the church address at 28996 Stony Hill Road, Albemarle, NC 28001."
Please be in prayer for all who are impacted by this virus in ways that we may not yet even understand. I trust that God is with us and we can hold onto his words of comfort from Isaiah 41:10 "do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand."
Please call and forward this to others so that we can make sure the word gets out to everyone.
If you need to reach Pastor Kaye, please call or text her cell at 336-596-3667. You may also call the parsonage number 704-982-2605. Pastor Kaye’s email address is email@example.com. If you Facebook, send her a request.
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Prayer Concerns: Our State and Nation, Community Schools, Ophelia Riggins, Ophelia Blalock, The Matheney family, Bonnie Russell, Dewell Cook, Penny Brown, Pat Speight, Family of Kay Bowers, Family of P.L. Thompson, Darlene Owens, Smokey Dorsey, Bryan Booth, Ed Graham, Family of Jimmy Burris, Donna Nichols, Ellen Story, Rachel Sykes, Jeneece Smith, Pastor Kaye
Shut-ins : Gene Helms, Gene Watkins, Zelma Johnson, Kenneth Stoker, Barbara Stoker, Billy Smith, Bernice Whitley, Jeneece Smith, Karen Smith
Military: Cameron Burleson, Jacob Kime, Joseph Miller, Jarred Morton, Holder Rimmer.
***If you have a prayer concern that you would like added or deleted from the list, please call or email Pastor Kaye at the parsonage or church office.
Taking care of our neighbors and ourselves makes for a stronger community. Looking out for one another ensures a safer and happier neighborhood. If you are concerned about a church family member give them a wellness check call.
When we all do a little, we can do so much!