In a pursuit of
In a pursuit of
Personal relationships with God, team members relationship with God, relationships within the team, relationships with people in the Stony Brook family and their relationships with God, working through people to fulfill God's mission and building people up in their talents, gifts and calling.
The leadership and staff here at Stony Brook Church are comprised of men and women
who love, care and pray for every single person in the church.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out in person, by email or call.
You can contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402.895.9596
@ stony brook church…
…that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant and authoritative Word of God for the Christian faith
and living. (The Bible)
…that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
(God the Father)
…in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father and His personal return in power and glory. (God the Son)
…in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling every Christian is able to live a godly life. And that every Christian receives the indwelling Holy Spirit at the moment of believing in Jesus Christ for forgiveness and eternal life. (God the Holy Spirit)
…that salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by believing in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one believes in Jesus Christ by faith.
…that God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ and the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Security of salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God,
God uses the Stony Brook family in a Big way!
"Family Heat Fund"
A hospital visit that requires expensive medication to live, a change in employment, and a sizable medical bill that comes a week later. Imagine doing bills and trying to decide between medication, medical bills, or paying your utilities. This was a reality for a member of the Stony Brook family. Struggling without gas for heat to keep warm, using a hotplate to cook, and having to boil water to bathe in order to pay your medical bills and for your medication.
God used the Stony Brook family in a big way. Contributions to the "Family Heat Fund" had an overwhelming response and provided the funds to pay the past due gas bill, pay the reconnect fee, pay for gas for a few months in advance, AND pay funds toward the electric bill that was higher due to an electric heater and hot plate used. The recipient said, “I rested in the Lord last night as never before. Thank you, everyone, from the bottom of my heart.” *shared with permission
"Giving at Christmas"
A change in employment, unexpected repair bills or medical emergencies; these life surprises were a reality for many families in our community over Christmas. For those living paycheck to paycheck, these surprises can make Christmas time tough.
Imagine wanting to play outside when there is no warm coat to wear, going to bed hungry because there is no money for food till payday, and definitely not expecting a wrapped gift on Christmas.
God used the Stony Brook family in a big way. Stony Brook families adopted 15 children and 4 families from the "Project Wee Care" 2017 Christmas drive. What an overwhelming response that provided the needs for children and funds for families to purchase Holiday meals. Living the Gospel with Compassion.
God uses the Stony Brook family in a big way. In 2017, 166 people filled out connection sheets to serve God at Stony Brook in many ways.
Greeting attendees as they arrive, making coffee, passing out bulletins, taking out trash, maintaining the facility and the grounds, making needed repairs, shoveling sidewalks, mowing the playground, performing music, controlling the audio or visuals, welcoming people during and after gathering, collecting offering, serving communion, delivering a message, announcing a focus, directing or facilitating a group event, leading students or Kid Life, connecting with people during the week, passing out fliers, local & global missions, editing, event assistance, cleaning up a spill, or shaking a hand with a friendly smile.
There are so many ways people have served God through Stony Brook church and are Living the Gospel in community. Serving in a small way can be BIG!
"God uses our gifts in a powerful way"
Imagine your voice is your gift from God, but your voice has been scratchy, croupy, or non-existent all week, and Saturday night is here. You ask yourself... Should I not sing at church tomorrow? Should someone else sing?
Then in prayer, God says, “Just go, and I'll be faithful”. You gather yourself together and go. God is indeed faithful, and worship was indeed God-led. When you were singing with the gift God gave you, you were heard and worship was beautiful.
But God is more than faithful, He provides miracles. It is incredible how songs can touch so many and in many different ways. You find out your gift of voice on that Sunday touched a man that was grieving over the loss of a child and it filled the heart of a woman who was searching for the Holy Spirit to be real in her life. God uses our gifts in a POWERFUL way!
"God uses our talents in a powerful way"
This was a week FULL of the Stony Brook family serving God where they fit best.
Serving God with their talents in several ways; using talents to fix the parking lot light timer, shoveling the sidewalks on Saturday and Sunday, plowing the parking lot twice in one week, hanging signs, fixing a door that had a hole, finishing a room decor project, praying over Facetime with SL (India missionary), helping fix an essential computer, too many to name.
Using your talents make the day-to-day operations of Stony Brook possible. You make it a home, a community, a family for every soul who comes through its doors. Thank you!
"God ensured it was enough"
This past week we received a generous grant donation in support of God's vision through Stony Brook Church! Initially, it appeared God's generosity was providing some of our needs, but in His creativity he made a way for more!
While moving ahead on some overdue repairs we discovered that fewer repairs would be necessary, repair bids were lower than originally estimated, discounts and buyouts lowered costs, and the funds stretched further than imagined. God ensured it was enough!
In His faithfulness and generosity toward us, God has provided for our immediate needs. Now we seize the opportunity to continue growing in our generosity toward Him and in our faithfulness to the Stony Brook ministry.
As we near the end of multi-year subsidy support from our Central District of churches, we'll soon be moving forward as a self-supporting church. Together, we'll increase our commitment to sustaining ourselves, stewarding all giving with Godly wisdom and integrity, and overflowing in generosity!