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

Pastor's Reflections



Dear Friends,


Sunday June 2nd will be a great day at Stone Church as we honor our high school graduates, receive communion and celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of the church. A popular hymn for this Sunday is “We are the church” which opens with these words; “The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place, the church is a people”. This year we will sing this hymn, just not the first verse. Over time I have come to believe these words just aren’t true.

The church is a building. If I didn’t believe this I wouldn’t be supporting our capital campaign!  The building we call Stone Church is a vital part of the Meadville community, open seven days a week, offering nourishment for the mind, body and spirit.

Although Stone doesn’t have a steeple, a steeple makes a point, both literally and figuratively. It points to the sky reminding us of the glory of God on high, reminding us to look up to the one who creates and saves us. And certainly the church is a resting place. How often we come weary and burdened into the sanctuary. We come to sit and listen, to pray, to rest and be renewed.

Yes, the church is the building, a steeple, a resting place, a people and so much more. I look forward to being with you in worship on Sunday June 2nd as we sing about and celebrate who we are as a people of God, the body of Christ, the church   ...Pastor Sarah

    Stone United Methodist Church, I love this place!

    In the Peace, Power and Presence of Christ...Pastor Sarah




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”.



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