Stone United Methodist Church
Monday, December 18, 2017
Creating a Community of Caring Christians

Pastor's Reflections




Dear Friends...

“Joy to the world, the Lord has come.  Let earth receive her king”!  Can you hear the tune? Are you singing along? Possibly no other Christmas carol expresses the “reason for the season” clearer than this. With the coming of the Christ Child we are filled with joy and we become joy givers ourselves.

 In The Book of Joy, author Douglas Abrams recounts the week long conversation between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu held in Tibet in April of 2015. The two renowned spiritual leaders came together to talk about what they refer to as the wellsprings of joy.

When talking about the relationship of generosity to joy Abrams recalls Archbishop Tutu saying, “I’ve sometimes joked and said God doesn’t know very much math, because when you give to others, it should be that you are subtracting from yourself. But in this incredible kind of way-I’ve certainly found that to be the case so many times- you gave and it then seems like in fact you are making space for more to be given to you”.  Truly it is more blessed to give than to receive.

As we move into this holy season of Advent and then into Christmastide, may you find what Archbishop Tutu says to be true in your own life; as you give to others may more space be opened for joy in your own life.

I look forward to joyfully celebrating the season with you.

In the peace, presence, and power of the One who is the Joy-of-the World


...Pastor Sarah



One Christmas Eve Service this year at 7:00 p.m.

In a recognized break with tradition, this year Stone will not have an 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service but rather one celebration at 7:00 p.m. Our hope is that as we grow our music program we will return to two services in the future.  If you are able, please join your church family at the 7:00 p.m. service which will include instrumental music as well as a Christmas choir. For those of you who are only able to worship later in the evening, we will provide a list of local churches with an 11:00 p.m. service.

O Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ the Lord

                                                          Pastor Sarah and the Worship Committee



Who we are as the people of Stone…

“Compelled by God's love Stone UMC is an inclusive community of faith, meeting people where they are, connecting them with Christ and one another, helping them live as disciples of Jesus Christ”.