Stone United Methodist Church
Thursday, July 02, 2020
Creating a Community of Caring Christians

The Messenger

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Worship Calendar


In person worship returns... Sunday July 5th One Service! 9:00 am!

We will continue to be a weekly presence on

Armstrong Cable channels 23 and 100

and on our Facebook page Stone UMC


Committed to both the spiritual and physical health of our congregation we ask that when you return to worship you...

Wear a mask when not seated in your pew

and respect social distancing at all times.

As we return to the sanctuary, we will also remain

a presence on Armstrong and on Facebook.

Please call, email or message us if you have any questions or concerns.


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! A heartfelt thanks to …All who have continued to worship together via Armstrong Cable and on our Facebook page while we've been physically apart…Kevin Tommaney for his weekly assistance with our Armstrong broadcasts…Carolyn and Jim Turnbull, Dr. Armendia Dixon, Simon Farrelly-Jackson, Jim Ross, Jen Ashbaugh, and the Foust grandchildren-Scott, Abby, Jay and Raelynn-for taking part in June’s worship services...Tyson Johnston and the newly formed Communications/Technology committee for helping us prepare for the next phase of our ministry...Sue Wardian and Pat Loutzenhiser for continued accounting of our CARES Act funding……Patty Brown and Mariam Beckman for caring calls to our church members and friends...Jen Ashbaugh for stepping into her new role as Online Ministries Director …Jackie Russell and the Children’s Center staff for their attention to caring details as the Center reopened...Jim Turnbull, Joyce Minnis, Barb Baker, Carolyn Turnbull and Millie Ray for the “to go” funeral luncheon…Bev Nutter and all the Soup Kitchen volunteers for a smooth reopening...All who continue to show love and care through calls, cards and prayers…Thanks to all who give, serve, lead and love.




Dear Stone UMC Members.

  Thank you very much for your recent donation to Project Chacocente! Thanks also for hosting the “Gator’s Give Back” rummage sale each year. It has been a strange year both here in the US and in Nicaragua. Despite it all, they remain determined and our work continues. Your gift allows us to continue the work God has given us. We are currently arranging emergency food relief as COVID-19

has greatly affected the Nicaraguan economy. Thanks again for your support.


In Christ,

Robyn Gage, Member,

Board of Director, Project Chacocente



To all who graciously used their talents to make face masks and extenders for the Children’s Center, we are so very grateful for you and the time you took to help us out.



Jackie Russell, Director,

Stone UMC Children’s Center



Sarah and staff,

Just a little note to say a special Thank You for the wonderful message that you do every week.

I watch on Channel 23 on Armstrong cable. Everyone has done wonderful things in music, scripture readings, spreading the Word of the Gospel, young people and also Jim Ross.

Just keep up the Good work.


May God Bless you, Sincerely,

Susie Burkhardt



  I want to thank you for your weekly services on Armstrong. I am an elderly woman and have a church here in Cochranton I attend, but I do not have Facebook so unable to watch those services. I was very pleased to hear you will continue Armstrong services for into the future. Your services have been very inspirational and uplifting and I have appreciated all the great music also.


God Bless you all, Evelyn Dorchester




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):
 - July 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM
 - October 7, 2020 at 7:00

(Training sessions will be done remotely if we are not able to do them in person).



               For this year’s 31st annual Chicken BBQ,

        we are offering drive-thru take-out meals only on Sunday, July 19th.


For the event, we are planning to serve meals on a first come first served basis starting at noon until 4:00 p.m. or until we run out.

The meal includes: our delicious BBQ baked chicken (smothered in Gena’s house-made BBQ sauce), house-made vinegar coleslaw, rolls, BBQ baked beans, pie, and bottled water.

The cost is $10.00; we will not be offering a kid’s meal.

On July 19th, please follow the signs on campus for directions to drive-thru pick up. Please keep in mind, due to the unknown nature of things at this time, there is the possibility we may have to cancel the event at the last minute, so stay tuned for any additional updates by visiting this page, and our Facebook page.

The changes to this year’s event will have a significant impact on the fundraising efforts of the Sunset Auxiliary. For now, please send your donations to The Wesbury Foundation and be sure to mark your calendar for Sunday, July 18, 2021, for the 32nd annual Chicken BBQ and Craft Fair!



Something new under the sun!

Good news this summer at Stone!

Recommended by Staff-Parish and approved by Church Council, we announce a new staff position, Online Ministries Director. We are blessed to already have on staff, Jen Ashbaugh, who has both the faith and the skills to take on this role. Jen will be working with the communication/technology committee and other staff to develop our online ministries.

Watch for more news about new, and old, ways to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ with the ministries of Stone UMC!



A word from the Lay Leadership Committee... While most changes in lay leadership happen in January, this year we have some significant changes beginning July 1st. With heartfelt thanks for his years of service, we accept Ron Saccol's resignation as the chair of the finance committee. Stepping in to this position is Pat Loutzenhiser. Pat has resigned from trustees. In July, trustees will vote to elect a new chair for that body. John Karns has agreed in come on as a trustee and in doing so will no longer be the Church Council chair. (Are you following all of this??). This along with the new Communications/Technology committee and the new Online Ministries Director position creates lots of new opportunities for ministry and service!! If you feel called to serve God through the ministries of Stone Church but aren't exactly sure what that might be, please contact Pastor Sarah for a conversation!




EUMA and All God's Children Ministries are holding their 8th Annual Shoe Drive to raise funds for missions.  

The Shoe Drive will run now through Labor Day (Sept. 7)

COVID-19 has affected the traditional collection that goes to Annual Conference each year.   Here is a way you can get rid of your old shoes and prevent them from going to the landfill. 

Here’s how:       

Ø  Gather your old, unwanted shoes (Condition: New or Gently Used)

Ø  Rubber band pairs or tie laces together

Ø  Bring them in and put them in the box in the church lobby by August 30th
so we can get them delivered to EUMA.

Each bag of 25 shoes equals about $10 to help local individuals and families
dealing with homelessness or those with disabilities.




July Counters 

  5      Barb Baker & Aundra Zack

 12      Patty Brown & Lisa Clayton

 19      Patty Brown & Lisa Foust

                                            26      Barb Baker & Anne Finney


Sip & See Party August 1st,

Stone Church Location Kingsley Hall from 2 to 5

For Elizabeth and Cody’s New Baby Bundle of Joy

                             Due Date:  June 24, 2020       Gender: ??? (They want a surprise)

Due to the PA Stay at Home Order Elizabeth’s Baby Shower in May had to be cancelled.

As more things open back up and Elizabeth gets past the birth restrictions at the hospital,

we would like to celebrate with a Sip & See Party.

This is a southern tradition that many new moms are doing to show off their babies with all that is going on.  Traditionally gifts are not brought to a Sip and See Party.

You come see the new baby and sip on Sweet Tea! Please stop in and celebrate with Cody and Elizabeth as they welcome their new bundle of joy.



The WiNS Project: Weekend Nutrition for Students

We plan to send peanut butter and graham crackers home over the Easter breaks again this year. If you see a good sale on 16 ounce jars of peanut butter or 14-15 ounce boxes of graham crackers, feel free to buy a few and drop them off at the church office. Monetary donations can be made out to The WiNS Project and sent to: Sue Mulvey at Second District School, 1216 Main St. Meadville, PA.



Needed items:                                    

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


Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:3 NIV



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 Looking for Childcare?

Closed until further notice

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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Production Editor – Patty Brown
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