Stone United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Creating a Community of Caring Christians

The Messenger

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Worship Calendar  


Service Hours: 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Worship Calendar   

Thursday, April 18           Holy Thursday Seder Supper (6:00 pm)

Friday, April 19               Good Friday Musical Presentation (7:00 pm)

Sunday, April 21              Easter Sunday!

Sunday, April 28              Second Sunday of Easter




Thursday, April 18                  Seder Supper at 6:00 pm (Reservations required)

Friday, April 19                      Good Friday Musical Tenebrae Service at 7:00 pm

Sunday, April 21                     7:00 am Easter Sunday Worship Service in Diamond Park



Seder Supper at Stone UMC…

Join us for a symbolic Passover meal in Miller Parlor on Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019.  We will begin the ceremony and meal at 6 pm.  The Seder meal follows the rituals of the Israelites as they celebrated their deliverance from slavery in Egypt (found in the book of Exodus).  The traditional Jewish ceremony is quite lengthy but ours will be an abbreviated version.  Seating is limited to 25.  Please RSVP by Sunday April 14th in the church office.  You have an opportunity to bring a part of the meal to share.  Please see the sign-up sheet in the church office for a list of items needed for the meal.  Please drop off any meal items to the church no later than Wednesday April 17th.



Join us on Good Friday, April 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM for a musical Tenebrae Service

We Remember Calvary.

Women’s Study “The Prayers of Jesus”

A women’s Bible study will begin Monday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Prayer was the backbone of Jesus’ life and ministry. From his baptism to his crucifixion, the Gospels portray Jesus as a man of prayer who knew and deeply valued intimate communion with his heavenly father. This 6 week course helps us explore the prayers of Jesus and gain new insights into prayer, the character of God, and how to deepen your relationship with him.

If interested contact Merrilee Saccol.


Sister Joan Chittister: “Radical Spirit”

Monday, April 29 at 7:00 pm

Allegheny College, Ford Memorial Chapel

In honor of Jim and Mari Mullen

Joan Chittister, a Benedictine Sister of Erie, is one of the most influential religious and social leaders of our time. For 40 years she has passionately advocated on behalf of peace, human rights, women’s issues, and church renewal. A much sought-after speaker, counselor and clear voice that bridges across all religions, she is also a best-selling author of more than 50 books, hundreds of articles, an online column for the National Catholic Reporter, and a blog for the Huffington Post. She has received numerous writing awards and honors for her work, and is a noted international lecturer as well as a former fellow at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, England.

In her talk “Radical Spirit,” Sister Joan Chittister offers a light to guide us in this time of contradictory values and upheaval in every major institution of society. This guide comes from a 1500-year-old tradition, Benedictinism, and its model of the values of the individual and of the community formed by these individuals. The hallmark of the Rule of Benedict, the chapter on humility, brings to the world of today, an antidote to the destruction of relationships and the narcissism that typifies the culture of our time.


Hey Ladies…for Wings and Things 

We’re having a little fiesta to celebrate Cinco de Mayo 

Come on out with some winter-drained friends for food, laughs, and fun!!!

Please join us at Compadres Mexican Restaurant

17345 Conneaut Lake Road, Meadville

(Taco Tuesday Night – 3 tacos for $5)

Tuesday April 30th at 6:00

Please RSVP at the church office 724-6736 by Sunday 28th so we know how many to plan for.

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



A heartfelt thanks to… The “Prayer Jar” creators and each person who accepted the Lenten prayer challenge…Skyler, Myla and Cyndi Bland for celebrating Girl Scout Sunday at Stone… Sue DeArment for sharing her knowledge and love of owls at the “Who Gives a Hoot?” luncheon…Kyle Janes and Tina Taylor for stepping on to the Children’s Center Board…Cindy and John Karns for seven years of faithful service to this same board…Jen Ashbaugh for her musical offering at our Lenten Lunch… All the singers and musicians practicing for our Good Friday and Easter Sunday services…The weekly counters who accurately count and record all financial giving… Thanks to all who give, serve, lead and love.



Dear SPRC and the people of Stone Church,

Thank you for the lovely floral arrangement placed on the altar on March 3 in my honor. I truly appreciate the flowers and your thoughtfulness. 

Blessings, Merrilee Saccol


Our thoughts and prayers go out to Marti Mailliard and his family on the passing of his father Fred on March 16, 2019.


Counters for April

April 21           Anne Finney & Larry Ganster

April 28           Barb Baker & Pat Power

Senior Food Box – Help Needed

Once a month Stone UMC hosts the Second Harvest Senior Food Box distribution. This program provides food to seniors 60 and older who financially qualify.  We are in need of a few more helpers. One needs to be able to carry a box weighing approximately 28-30 pounds. Distribution day and time is the second Thursday of each month from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. You would not need to help every month. Contact Jeff Loutzenhiser, Garald Stockton, or Merrilee Saccol to find out more about this opportunity to serve. Thank you!


Camp Allegheny Women’s Retreat 

This year our women’s retreat weekend is August 23-25. Our theme is “In the Looking Glass: Face to Face with Jesus”. LuAnne Baker is our speaker, portraying women of the Bible. Cost of the weekend is $105.00. Set aside some time for enriching your mind, body, and spirit. Join with other sisters in Christ with the expectation to be loved, strengthened and uplifted, and even share a few laughs! Please see Merrilee Saccol for more information and registration forms.

Copies of the letter concerning the special called General Conference can be found in the church office.





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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