Stone United Methodist Church
Friday, January 24, 2020
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 January 19               Human Relations Day


Sunday January 26               Guest preacher Rev Jane Ellen Nickell


Sunday February 2               “Souper Bowl” Sunday


Sunday February 9


Sunday February 16


Sunday February 23               Transfiguration Sunday


Wednesday February 26      Ash Wednesday




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.


                                    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!                                                                            

A heartfelt thanks to…Joyce Minnis, Sue Johnston and a host of characters for the beautiful Christmas decorating...All who gave so generously to support our December in-gathering of household and hygeine items as well as peanut butter/graham crackers …All bakers and buyers for our Ho-Ho-Home of Hope bake sale...Dylon Amory,The Fousts, Veneskys, Blands, Minnis/Turnbull, Karns, Farrelly-Jackon, and Johnston families for lighting the Advent candles…Jen Ashbaugh, Jim Ross and the wonderful crew of youth and adults for the joyful “Sing We Now of Christmas” musical celebration…Barb Baler and Darlene Ross for providing a sweet welcome to those meeting at the church during the month of December...Jim Turnbull, Joyce Minnis, Lisa Clayton, Barb Baker, Millie Ray and Ron Snow for two comforting funeral dinners...Merrilee Saccol, Garald Stockton, Jim Scholosser and Jeff Loutzenhiser for their competence and caring with the Second Harvest Food Boxes...Our church treasurer Sue Wardian for keeping careful track of all the funds coming in and going out the busy season...The trustees for their on-going effort to keep the building safe and welcoming…Bell ringers, choir singers, ushers, greeters and all who make worship at Stone a celebration…… To all who give to Christ’s ministry in and through Stone United Methodist Church…THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!



            “A vision for the appointed time”...


Three years ago the people of Stone claimed for themselves

a new mission and vision statement...


“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”.


As we enter a new year, you are invited to help discern what this statement means in this new day in the United Methodist Church.

This will happen on Sunday, January 12th and 19th,

from 9:15-9:50 am and 11:00 am-12:00 pm in Miller Parlor.


Please contact Pastor Sarah if you have questions.

   Annual Martin Luther King Jr Community Dinner                             Monday January 21st 6:00 pm at St Brigid’s Fellowship Hall                                                                Please call the church office to reserve a ticket.





Souper Bowl Sunday -- A hunger-free world begins with you!


This year, the Souper Bowl collection will be held on Sunday, February 2, 2020. We will be hosting a soup luncheon following the second service. Donations from this lunch will be split between the WiNS (Weekend Nutrition for Students), and Compassion International.

 Donations of soup and desserts are needed. Please sign up in Thoburn Lobby.




Join us at 9:15 AM on Sunday, February 9th to put together a craft

to share our love with those members who are unable to join us on Sundays.





Join us in Kingsley Hall from 1:00-4:00 PM on Saturday, February 15th for music, crafts, soup and hot chocolate. We will be open to the community as a warming station for Meadville Winter Fest. Come out for an enjoyable family afternoon and see what Meadville has to offer!


What’s after the retreat?

Wings and Things /Girls Night Out

Shrove Tuesday at Perkins

Tuesday February 25th at 6:00 pm

Please RSVP at the church office 724-6736 by Monday February 24th so we know how many tables to reserve.


(Extra tables will be available if all the stars align and you can make it, but you haven’t RSVP…Just Come!)




    We extend our sympathy and prayers to:


Chuck Foust on the passing of his father, Robert (Bob), on November 25.




Leanne, Matt and Sammy Venesky on the death of Matt's mother,


Charlotte Venesky, on December 15.




We wrapped up an extremely busy year thanks to our Capital Campaign funding.  We did get the flat roof completely replaced.  We completed the ADA complaint restrooms downstairs.  They are complete with everything new top to bottom including changing stations for little ones. Come take a look!


We now have an ADA compliant sanctuary.  The pew cushions are the last step in the process and they will be tailored to the new sizes in the pews that were changed. Targeted for completion in January. 


We were able to get three sections of sidewalks redone as there was almost overnight quite a rise in one of the sections. We were pleased we fit this in as the wintery weather approached. 


The Children's Center move of the four year-old class to three has gone smoothly.  The new classroom is a hit with the kids, parents, and teachers.


In the Spring we will be evaluating the stone foundation and other stone work on the building that needs done.  Thank you to all that take an interest and to those that volunteer. The Trustees


Safe Sanctuaries update:

For everyone’s safety, all Stone UMC individuals who have direct contact with children in a volunteer capacity and all Stone UMC staff, regardless of their role, must do the following:

1.  Every 60 months (5 years), they must obtain the following clearances:

            -PA Child Abuse History Clearance (free for volunteers)

            -PA State Police Criminal Record Check (free for volunteers)

            -FBI Criminal History Background Check (required for all employees and those volunteers who have lived in PA for less than                10 years) ($22.60 for volunteers)

2.  Attend a Stone UMC Safe Sanctuaries training session at least once every 24 months (2 years)

3.  Sign a Stone UMC Safe Sanctuary Covenant

4.  Staff only - Staff must complete mandated reporter training every 60 months (5 years)


In 2015, child protection laws were revised in PA.  At that time, volunteers were required to obtain the above mentioned clearances.  We are approaching the five year mark for many volunteers who will need to obtain updated clearances in 2020.  Those who have previously submitted clearances to Stone UMC will receive a notice via mail in early January showing the most recent dates for their clearances, training and covenant on file.  If you have updated clearances, please place a copy of your updated clearance documents in an envelope in the Safe Sanctuaries mailbox in the church office.


2020 Safe Sanctuaries Training Dates and Times (please RSVP to the church office):



 - January 26, 2020 at 9:05 AM and 11:15 AM
 - April 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM
 - July 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM
 - October 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM



Please pre-register in the church office.  A minimum of two individuals must be signed up for the training to occur.

Please contact Tyson Johnston, with any questions.





Counters for January                          Counters for February

                              (Please take note of the changes in who you’re counting with) 

January 5     Merrilee Saccol & Aundra Zack                 February 2       Merrilee Saccol & Aundra Zack

January 12   Larry Ganster & Ron Saccol                       February 9      Larry Ganster & Ron Saccol

January 19   Patty Brown & Pat Power                           February 16    Patty Brown & Pat Power

January 26   Anne Finney & Barb Baker                         February 23    Anne Finney & Barb Baker



Mark your calendar now for:

Wednesday January 29, 2020

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Evening Women’s Retreat w/Dinner Provided

Seeing Clearly in 2020!

Come in out of the cold and join us for food, fun and a special time lead by Pastor Sarah

~~~Don’t stress; just come enjoy the fun~~~

Please RSVP at the church office 724-6736 by Monday January 27th so we know how much food to prepare.


* If you wish for birthday/anniversary information to be on the newsletter calendar, please call or email the church office so we can update our church database. 




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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 Looking for Childcare?

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.


The Messenger
Supervising Editor– Rev. Sarah Roncolato
Production Editor – Patty Brown
Layout & Graphics – Carolyn Turnbull 
Proof Reader - Don Snyder
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