Stone United Methodist Church
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Creating a Community of Caring Christians

The Messenger

 Read the current issue of our Conference Newspaper, the Interlink  


Worship Calendar  

Sunday, June 16     Father's Day

(Donuts with Dad at 9:15 am in Miller Parlor)


First Sunday after Pentecost

   June 23   Second Sunday after Pentecost

June 30  Third Sunday after Pentecost




Summer Music Help Needed
We are looking for musicians to fill our summer worship calendar.

If you would like to share your musical gifts this summer, contact Jen Ashbaugh.




We celebrate the congregation's generous response to the capital campaign appeal. The Feasibility Study identified potential campaign giving at a mid-range total of $203,000. To date, commitments to the capital portion of our campaign stand at $198,702. Another $23,877 has been committed to the Sustainable Fund portion of our campaign. This totals $222,579 for the repairs and ongoing upkeep of our church building. In addition to firm commitments, free-will offerings marked for the campaign add to this total.

At this time we have received: $70,592 towards the capital portion and $9,000 towards the Sustainable Fund for a total of $79,592.  Because of your generous response, we are well ahead of the expected cash flow from commitments made.

We are now preparing to enter the second phase of the capital campaign, outreach to the community.  Plans are being made to engage those who share our building as well as community partners, businesses, and friends beyond the congregation.  You will hear more about this in the July Messenger.

As we move forward, please continue to pray our campaign prayer printed each week on our bulletin cover…”O God, thank you for the love of this place and the people we call Stone Church. Guide and direct our planning and giving that Stone Church may continue to be a place of welcome and a beacon of hope. May this be all to your glory and the good of your people. Amen”.


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!   A heartfelt thanks to…Jeff Loutzenhiser and Harry Jewell for their monthly safety inspections …Ron Saccol for completing our annual audit…Larry Ganster, Bruce Andrey, Tom Rockwell and Garald Stockton for manning the sound booth and the camera…Gloria Shields for providing food and welcome for our Tuesday evening Bible studies with United Faith Fellowship…Tyson Johnston and Boy Scout troop for clearing out our  basement stairwell…Jen Ashbaugh, Jim Ross, Jane Ellen Nickell, Kris Lambert and the bell choir for all our May music…”Muffins with Mom” bakers for the delicious treats…Darlene Ross and the cast of counters who make sure all the donations are accurately recorded and deposited…Geranium buyers and planters… Thanks to all who give, serve, lead and love. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

A Thank You from Donna Mullen to Pastor Sarah and All the Loving and Caring Church friends who sent cards and kept her in your prayer. “I already feel much better. It is very comforting to know you have such special support.”

A Thank You to Lisa Clayton and Stone UMC Wings & Things group  for your recent in-kind donation of pantry food, snacks, and paper products. Your generosity helps to ensure that Family House will always be a “home away from home” to the families who need us most.

              (Full letters can be found on the bulletin board by the office) 

Congratulations to…

*Dr. Armendia Pierce Dixon on receiving an honorary degree from Allegheny College.

*High school graduates Conner Brown, McKenna DiRienzo, Miranda Sepulveda and Sofia Sepulveda.

*Cambria Kay Means and Addison Reese Siverd on their welcome into Christ’s holy church through the sacrament of baptism.


Gators Give Back…A lot!

Thank you to Stone UMC for once again hosting the Allegheny College “Gators Give Back” rummage sale. This year the sale profited over $1,950 The proceeds from this sale benefit the Nicaraguan mission, Project Chacocente, and the Meadville Area Soup Kitchen.  

The next Safe Sanctuary Training is on Monday, June 10th at 7:00 p.m. This training is required every two years for all staff and for all volunteers who are in direct contact with children.

Please pre-register in the church office.







Join us in Meadville’s Diamond Park Tuesdays in July…


Dates: July 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

Sponsored by: First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, Stone United Methodist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church


For an exciting evening of FUN for the WHOLE FAMILY as we explore GOD’S MIGHTY FORTRESS through story, music, crafts and snacks. Open to all ages, we encourage you to come even if you are only able to attend one of the Tuesdays. 

***Children must attend with a responsible adult. *** Pre-registration is encouraged by Friday, July 5th.

For more information or registration forms call: 814-333-2161 or 814-724-6736.


The Stone UMC Children's Center is excited to announce that they will be opening up their school age program again this summer.

 This program is open to anyone who is eligible for Kindergarten this fall up to age 8.

 The hours will be 6:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday -Friday.

Our summer program will start June 10th and run through August 23rd.

If you have any questions or would like to enroll please contact Jackie or Ashley

 at 814-807-0052


Summer vacation is almost here and our Fairview/Fairmont Outreach program could use the following:

Sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, hula hoops, footballs, playdoh, pretzel sticks, animal crackers, Ritz crackers, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, Bleach.

 Items can be brought to church on Sunday or dropped off at the church office.






Camp Allegheny Women’s Retreat             August 23-25, 2019


This weekend getaway is set at the beautiful camping and retreat center of Camp Allegheny and is designed to let women refresh and renew their walk with the Lord. It is filled with praise, worship, speaker sessions, great meals, and free-time activities. Come enjoy fun and fellowship on the mountaintop with fellow sisters in Christ. Open your heart to a weekend of encouragement, faith building, and God’s love. Please see Merrilee Saccol for Registration Forms or additional information. Full weekend $105.00      Option of Saturday only $50.00

Our speaker this year is LuAnne Baker, presenting a variety of Biblical Portrayals. This year’s theme is

“In the Looking Glass: Face to Face with Jesus”

1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV) “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.”




Walk to Emmaus – Are You Feeling Called?

            The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of fifteen talks by lay and clergy on the themes of God's grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church. The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion. Three Rivers Walk to Emmaus serves western Pennsylvania and is affiliated with the Upper Room Walk to Emmaus. Pray and seek God’s guidance. Are you being called to attend this weekend of spiritual enrichment?

            The Men’s Walk is October 10 – 13 and the Women’s Walk is October 17 – 20. If interested please contact Lisa Clayton, Lisa and Chuck Foust, or Ron and Merrilee Saccol for more information.



Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ron Saccol and family on the

passing of his mother, Anna Saccol, who went to glory on Friday, May 24th.





 June 16           Anne Finney & Larry Ganster

 June 23            Barb Baker & Pat Power

 June 30           Aundra Zack & Ron 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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 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
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