Stone United Methodist Church
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Creating a Community of Caring Christians

The Messenger

 Read the current issue of our Conference Newspaper, the Interlink  


Worship Calendar 

8:30 am & 10:00 am 

Sunday, October 20    Laity Sunday “What My Grandparents Taught Me”

Sunday, October 27    Celebrate Stewardship Sunday



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.

“What My Grandparents Taught Me” Laity Sunday, October 20th 

This Year on Laity Sunday, October 20th, we celebrate the wisdom of our grandparents. No matter your age, if you have a story (serious or funny) to share during worship about what you learned from your grandparents,

 please let Pastor Sarah know.


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! A heartfelt thanks to…All who prepared for and came to the rededication of Miller Parlor…All who donated items for and packed UMCOR kits/cleaning buckets…A great Rummage Sale team which included Eileen Carpenter, Phyllis Stockton, Donna O’Brien, Debbie Knapp, Joyce Minnis, Carolyn and Jim Turnbull, Lisa and Erica Clayton, Sue Johnston, Carol Prather, Darlene Ross, Merrilee Saccol, Barb Baker and four Allegheny baseball players!...All who continue to generously support the ministry of Stone through their tithes and offerings…Thanks to all who give and serve and lead and love…THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!



Thank you to all who donated and participated in our UMCOR project on Sunday, September 15th. The cleaning buckets and health kits will be sent to the Eastbrook Mission Barn to be distributed where needed.

There were a total of 28 health kits and 16 cleaning buckets filled!!





This month we encourage you to shop for personal care items (soap, washcloth, hairbrush, band aids, etc.) for our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. If you are able to contribute, these donations can be brought to the collection box in Thoburn Lobby.


Sunday, November 3rd…stay tuned for more details!




       Dave Milhous on the passing of his brother, Tom.

       Peggy Kelly on the passing of her husband, Rev. Harold on September 13th

       Clark Hoffman on the passing of his wife, Carole on September 13th



Sunday morning study9:15-9:50am


  This group will also be looking at the Gospel stories of meals

     Jesus shared with disciples, friends and enemies.



Church Conference on Sunday October 20th at 6:30 pm

 Once a year our District Superintendent meets with us to celebrate the ministry of the past year, discuss plans for the future, approve salaries of pastor and staff, and review lay leadership for the coming year. Please make every effort to attend, especially if you serve in a leadership position.


Message from the Trustees

We are in full swing with our massive roofing project!

The replacement of this rubber membrane roof will stop the constant leaks,

secure the building and our insulation factor will go from R-1 to R-30.  

 We are not contractors, but it is easy to see improving our insulation that much will

help with heating and cooling and save money. 

This has been a long time coming and thanks to the generosity of our congregation, through our capital campaign, we finally have the funding to do this.

More projects are anticipated this year.  Many Thanks, The Trustees



All hands on deck for MAKE-A-DIFFERENCE DAY Saturday October 19th.


Why should Christians promote Fair Trade and Organic you ask? 

 Proudly, the United Methodist Church is involved in the Interfaith Coffee Program through Equal Exchange.  Stone Church is a partner in this vital program. Some folks aren’t exactly sure what Fair Trade or Organic means, so I will explain. From a Christian aspect it means taking care of people and God’s good Earth.  So by using Fair Trade and Organic products you are actually helping people and our planet.

  When speaking about farmers who grow coffee beans, Fair Trade is just what it implies. A Fair Wage is guaranteed to the farmers who actually do all the labor to plant, care for, and harvest the coffee beans; a wage that enables them to support their families.  Equal Exchange monitors the wage and that the coffee product is actually Certified Fair Trade.

 Organic crops are crops that have not had toxic pesticides used on them and they are not genetically modified organisms.  If you are talking milk or meat products, there are no added antibiotics or growth hormones. Certified Organic is extremely important for people and the planet. The farmers are not exposed to toxic chemical pesticides and neither are the people who consume their products or the Earth itself.  Organic is a much healthier way to provide for the good nutrition and well-being of all involved.

 Stone Church has Fair Trade and Organic coffees and teas at very reasonable prices available for purchase at cost. They may be purchased at the church office. There are a variety of flavors available in both caffeinated and decaf.  I order the most popular types that folks at Stone seem to want, but if you see some flavor you like on Equal Exchange’s website I would be happy to order it for you for a future order. 

 I also want to mention that Equal Exchange offers some other Fair Trade Organic products including, ladies…wait for it…CHOCOLATE!  They have quite a variety of flavors and cacao percentage content. I highly recommend their milk chocolate! It’s a great gift idea too. So, if you want to release some endorphins, you may want to order some chocolates to go with your coffee!  I’ll add that there is an issue with child labor concerning the harvesting of cocoa beans and Equal Exchange guarantees no child labor is used for the crops they buy.  Just one more reason to buy Fair Trade Organic from our Interfaith Coffee Program here at Stone Church.

 If you take pleasure in a good cup of coffee I hope you will stop in to the church office and get a bag   there.  If you see something on the Equal Exchange website that we don’t have and you would like to order, please leave a note for me in the church office.  Since Stone participates in the Interfaith program we order in bulk so we get discounted prices.

 If you have any questions give Gloria Shields a call at 814-336-6271.


 Thank you, God Bless …Gloria Shields        


On World Communion Sunday, October 6th, we will highlight our commitment to the wider community through Fair Trade. We will also host a brunch following the 10:00 am service for our Allegheny Students and families.



Your voice is needed! Christmas Choir rehearsals begin on Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30 PM.

 If you would like to participate for the Christmas season, contact Jen Ashbaugh.



Counters for October


October 20                  Aundra Zack & Ron Saccol

October 27                  Patty Brown & Merrilee Saccol






Needed items:                                    Monetary donations accepted online at     

Peanut Butter 16 oz.                                                               Or mail:

Boxes of healthy cereal                                                           Second District School

Cans of soup or ravioli                                                            1216 S. Main St

Packages of instant oatmeal                                                    Meadville, Pa 16335

Boxes of Graham crackers                                                      Att; WiN

Grocery bags


Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:3 NIV



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Stone UMC Children’s Center is a star three facility that cares for children from 6 weeks to age 5.  Our staff uses the Pennsylvania Early Childhood Standards every day to help children learn and prepare for school. We provide

a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack at no

additional cost to the parents. 


We are open Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. year round.

Call us (814-807-0052) or stop by our facility for

additional information.


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