Save the date for Stonybrook’s Storybook Forest (formally Trunk or Treat) to be held on Saturday, October 27th from 1:00-3:00pm. Children will get to experience characters and scenes from favorite children’s literature while collecting treats and prizes. There will also be snacks, crafts, activities and games to enjoy. Families who have sensory processing needs are welcome to join us for a quieter experience from 12:00-1:00pm. Guests are encouraged to bring a new or gently used children's book to donate to the Reach Out and Read program through Nationwide Children's (see book donation guidelines). Those that donate a book at the event will be entered into a drawing to win a door prize.
Saturday, June 16 Boy Scout Troop 98 will host a community event at Stonybrook celebrating its 75th Anniversary beginning at 2:00 pm. Come share memories or just to learn more about the past, present and future of Troop 98. Feeling adventurous? Form your own patrol and test your scout skills. At 5:00 pm we will have a barbecue dinner followed by a special closing campfire. The cost of dinner is $12 per person. To purchase dinner tickets and souvenirs for the event visit troop98gahanna.info. There is an optional campout for alumni with the Troop Saturday night after the festivities, contact email@example.com to register.
Kent Beittel, the director of the Open Shelter, will be our guest speaker. This organization, located on East Mound Street, has been serving the Columbus community since 1983. The Open Shelter provides emergency shelter and assistance for homeless and marginally housed persons in Central Ohio, especially the most vulnerable among them. Kent will share his experiences and talk about ways that the Open Shelter receives support from the community. A light lunch will be provided so please sign up on the Connection Card. Lunch participants are encouraged to bring flashlights to donate to the shelter. If you have questions, contact Bill Bartter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soaking Prayer Service Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 pm. A soaking prayer service is simply a time of waiting and listening to God. Those being soaked in prayer simply sit, move or stand wherever they want in the sanctuary. Quiet, contemplative music will play throughout. As people quiet their hearts and minds, the prayer team stands or moves about the room "soaking the participants in silent prayer." There is no verbal or physical interaction with participants for the full 45 minutes. The participants listen to God and the "soakers" listen for how the Holy Spirit is guiding them to pray. This is a great time to be quiet with God and know that others are praying for you to receive from God as you listen. Please join us!
DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECAST THE EGG HUNT WILL BE HELD INDOORS.
There will be activities, games and crafts in the indoor marketplace, and the Easter Bunny will be here to kick off the egg hunt at 10:00 am. Preregistration for VBS, June 11-15, will be available at the event.
Registration will close at midnight, Wednesday, February 7. This event is full. Call Teri at 614.506.6059 with questions.
Our Annual Candyland Ball will be held Friday, February 9 for fathers and daughters of all ages. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Buffet style appetizers and dinner begin 6:00 pm, including an ice cream sundae bar. Music for dancing by a popular DJ. Donations accepted at the door, $10/person suggested. Professional photos available for a minimum additional fee.
The Stonybrook Chancel Choir will be collaborating with the Mifflin Presbyterian Church Choir on Sunday, February 4 at 2:00 pm in the Stonybrook sanctuary. Each choir will present several selections and a combined choir of over sixty musicians will share selections such as "Praise To The Lord" and "He Never Failed Me Yet". Admission to this event is a non-perishable food item for Gahanna Residents In Need.
Youth Culture: What’s it Mean to be a Teen?” Being a teen is a fairly new concept: the idea of adolescence has been established in the last 100 years. However youth culture, the things they have to deal with and how they do it, is a constantly evolving dynamic. On Wednesday, January 31 at 12:00 pm in Wesley Hall Stonybrook’s Director of Youth Ministry, Ben Lilly, will share his experiences with youth, discuss the challenges todays youth are facing, and answer your questions.
If you are in need of holiday assistance and are a Gahanna resident, please contact GRIN at 614.214.4747 or visit grin4gahanna.org.
This year we are partnering with GRIN (Gahanna Residents in Need) to host 2 holiday giveaway events for our Gahanna Community. The first will be a Thanksgiving Giveaway here on November 18. They will collect hats, gloves, coats, pjs, sweatshirts, books, and Thanksgiving dinner boxes. GRIN will need volunteers to help with distribution; please sign up below. The second will be a Gift Giveaway here on December 16. The Mifflin Fire Department is donating toys they collect. We will need volunteers for distribution for this event as well, sign ups to come.
Save the Date! Stonybrook’s Annual Church Conference will be held at Stonybrook Church on Sunday, October 29 at 12:30 pm. All members of Stonybrook are invited to attend. There will be a lunch followed by a meeting in which we will be voting on the New Leadership for 2018, for the Conservation and Bike Path Easements on the 409 property, and the demolition of the former Fraternal Order of Police building. Please RSVP on the Connection Card if you will attend so that we can plan adequately for the meal.
Rain or shine (inside the church if raining). We will be open from 10:00am-11:00am to enjoy the festivities with children with sensory processing needs. $2 kids meals (available to everyone), friendly fairytale forest, trunks, games, activities, playground - all located in the safety of our back parking lot. Please bring a donation for shampoo or body soap to benefit Gahanna Residents in Need.
Our Annual Church Conference will be held at Stonybrook Church on Sunday, October 29 at 12:30 pm. All members of Stonybrook are invited to attend. There will be a lunch followed by a meeting in which we will be voting on the New Leadership for 2018, the Conservation and Bike Path Easements on the 409 property, and the demolition of the former Fraternal Order of Police building. Please sign up below if you will attend so that we can plan adequately for the meal.
Pastor Lou will be our guest speaker. In 37 years of ministry, she has had 7 appointments, each of which has been very different in setting, membership and demographic. Each setting/church has offered insights and growth opportunities that have been a blessing and a gift to her. Churches may not realize that they "grow" preachers. You make significant contributions to your clergy's ability, insight and skill. Pastor Lou will share some of those gifts during “The Things I’ve Learned”. What would you like your pastors to learn from you? A light lunch will be served; a free-will donation will be collected. Sign up on the Connection Card or stonybrookchurch.net/upcoming-events. The deadline is Sunday, September 17.
The service is open to the entire community and the speaker will be Pastor Lou. She will share her family’s story of healing related to her father’s history of chronic depression and attempted suicide. Pastor Lou and Pastor Nikki will lead in the healing prayers and preside for the Sacrament of Holy Communion with assistance from the Stonybrook Healing Ministry team. Plan to come to the service to have the community pray for your special needs and to offer prayers of intercession for friends and family. We know that God works in mysterious and powerful ways when the people of God gather in prayer. Healing can begin, restoration can happen, new insights come and God’s people will celebrate the presence of a living God. A free-will offering will be taken for National Suicide Prevention Week, which is September 10-16.
Stonybrook Children and Family Ministries will provide donuts and beverages for children to enjoy with their fathers, grandfathers and uncles to celebrate Father's Day. If the weather is good, we will be outdoors in back of Cook Chapel. If the weather is inclement the event will be located in the Stonybrook Early Learning Center mallway.
The community is invited to attend an open house on Tuesday, May 30 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Stonybrook. The purpose of this public input meeting is to review and allow for comment on the proposed trail project and alignment for section four of the Big Walnut Trail. Once completed, this trail will connect to section five of the Big Walnut Trail along Olde Ridenour Road to the existing Big Walnut Trail Section One, located on Nob Hill Drive. Section four is critical for the overall Big Walnut Trail system and will complete the trail system from Morse Road south to Rocky Fork Drive South. No formal presentation will be given during the open house. However, staff will be present to answer questions. For more information, contact City Engineer Robert Priestas at 614.342.4050 or email at email@example.com.
On Sunday, May 21st Stonybrook Church will be reaching out into our community and serving as one congregation. We will be having ONE service at 9:00 am. Following the service we will be sent out to serve until 12:30 pm. Packed lunches will be provided. Childcare will be offered for children 6 weeks- 3 years at the church. When signing up if you need childcare please state the age of your children in the personal message box.
We are partnering with Gahanna Parks and Rec, Gahanna Jefferson City Schools, Gahanna Historical Society, NNEMAP Food Pantry, Sunrise of Gahanna, and National Church Residences to help better our community. You can also serve on projects from people in our neighborhoods, to help those unable to make minor home repairs on their own. Lastly we are partnering with NNEMAP and our Childrens Ministry for a young family friendly opportunity, re-packaging Dog food.
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Blennerhassett Island is a historic state park located on a small island in the Ohio River near Parkersburg, West Virginia. On May 20 we will travel aboard a deluxe motor coach to the Blennerhassett Museum to see some of the priceless, historic relics of the Ohio Valley’s past. Then it is a sternwheeler ride to the island where we will enjoy a box lunch, have a narrated horse-drawn wagon ride and tour the 200 year-old mansion. The Palladian style mansion resembles George Washington’s Mount Vernon and was visited by Aaron Burr. The cost is $70 per person. The deadline to sign up is Monday, April 17. Contact Bill Bartter with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit blennerhassettislandstatepark.com
"An Overview of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Church's Quest for Peace in the Holy Land" Our speaker will be Skip Cornett, retired Lutheran clergy and former Director of Continuing Education at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Skip is a Gahanna resident with a Master's degree, specializing in Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Palestinian territory). Although Skip is well-versed in this topic, this will not be a graduate-level seminar. Anyone who has an interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided and a free-will offering will be received to cover the cost of the food. The deadline to sign up is Sunday, May 7.
Maundy Thursday, April 13: 7:00 pm (Sanctuary), Good Friday, April 14: 12:00 pm (Wesley), Easter Sunday, April 16: 6:30 am Sunrise service (Fishers' Barn, located across the street), Traditional services 8:00 am and 9:30 am (Sanctuary), Contemporary service 11:00 am (Wesley).