Stone United Methodist Church
Thursday, February 27, 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 

Wednesday Feb 26    6:00 pm Ash Wednesday service

Sunday March 1          First Sunday in Lent/Communion

Sunday March 8         Second Sunday in Lent

Sunday March 15       Third Sunday in Lent/Girl Scout Sunday

Sunday March 22       Fourth Sunday in Lent/UMCOR Sunday

Sunday March 29       Fifth Sunday in Lent/Youth Service                               




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…Jen Ashbaugh and crew for a super “Souper” Bowl Sunday celebration…Our winter musicians, readers and preachers: The Bell Choir, Jim Ross, Jen Ashbaugh, Merrilee Saccol, Beth Craig, Nicholas Farrelly-Jackon,, Jennifer Ferrance  and Jane Ellen Nickell…Jim Turnbull, Joyce Minnis, Diane and Dan Craven, and the wonderful volunteers who provided a delicious luncheon following the service for Meredith Finney…Lisa Clayton for organizing and providing the meal for the women’s evening retreat…All who continue to get out to worship on these wintery Sundays…Tyson Johnston and those who said “the safety of our kids is important” by attending January’s Safe Sanctuary training…Thanks to all who give, serve, lead and love…





"And the lifetime achievement award for cinematography goes to....Garald Stockton!"

 Thank you Garald for decades of service as our Armstrong camera man. You have blessed the church and the community!



Christmas has come and gone and there are many thanks to be given for the beautiful decorations displayed throughout our church. Without the help of the following this job could not have been completed. Thanks to: Sue Johnston, Jim and Darlene Ross, Barb Baker, Jim Turnbull, Janet and Bob Waid, Phyllis and Garald Stockton, Cindy and John Karns, Luca DiRienzo and Milly Ray. And of course, thanks to Marti Mailliard for hauling boxes up and down many stairs and Pastor Sarah for stepping in with help whenever it was needed. All of you are to be commended for coming back to take it down and pack it away. Whew, it is over for another year. Blessings for 2020, Joyce Minnis


Thank you for your support during the Souper Bowl of Caring. Together we raised $350 to fight hunger as we supported the WiNS Project, Compassion International and the Soup Kitchen.


The Nyadire Connection thanks you for supporting the orphans at the Home of Hope at the United Methodist Mission in Nysdire, Zimbabwe. Your 2019 contributions of $656.00  are providing significant support for these students.




Thanks to all who donated soup and helped out on Saturday, Feb15th. A wonderful time of warm fun and fellowship was had with the community!


Dear SUMC Family,

Thank you for the expressions of love, all your prayers, cards, food, support, visits, flowers, and memorials.  Also, thank you to Jim Ross for playing so beautifully, Jim Turnbull and crew for the wonderful meal, Harry’s baking,  the Waid family for handling all the details, and especially to Reverend Sarah for the beautiful and loving support and service for Meredith.

 Our sincerest love and appreciation,

Anne, Bob and Jessica Finney




Sympathies to Kyle Janes and family on the death of his grandmother Sybil Janes (1/8/2020)

Condolences to Anne, Bob and Jessica Finney on the passing of Meredith Finney (1/18/2020)

Sympathies to Donna Potprosky and family on the passing of Joe Potprosky (1/21/2020)


Condolences to Dee Quigley and family on the death of her husband Larry Quigley (2/11/2020)





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!)




Children, Youth, Family (CYF) PLANNING MEETING




On Monday, March 23 @ Saegertown UMC from 6:30– 9:00 pm

Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, along with other conference leaders, will hold an informational session on the proposed Protocol for Separation slated to be presented to General Conference in May. All interested persons are invited to attend. This is one of five sessions being held around the conference.


Lenten Opportunities:


Please mark your calendar to join us on the following Wednesdays,

with lunch available at 12:00 and program beginning at 12:30.


          February 26:            Stone United Methodist Church

                                    (Hosted by the Fairview/Fairmont Outreach Committee)

                                    956 S. Main Street   814-724-6736


March 4:                    Trinity Lutheran Church

                                    649 Park Avenue                 814- 336-2654


March 11:                  Christ Episcopal Church

                                    870 Diamond Park   814-724-7389


March 18:                  St. Agatha’s RC Church

                                    353 Pine Street                    814-336-1112


March 25:                  Stone United Methodist Church

                                    (Hosted by the Meadville Area Soup Kitchen)

                                    956 S. Main Street   814-724-6736


          April 1:                       United Faith Fellowship Church of God

                                    561 State Street                    814-336-4124



Lenten Activities Take-home

This year we are putting together envelopes containing various activities to choose from, one for each day of the Lenten season.  As you complete the activities, you are invited to create a paper chain to bring to church each Sunday.  Connecting our individual chains, we will decorate the altar rail reminding us of our connection to one another and Christ. On Sunday February 23rd, these envelopes will be available for anyone who would like to participate. 




This year on Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020 we will be presenting In Christ Alone, a musical story of Easter. Singers are needed. Please see Jen Ashbaugh if you are interested in singing. Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, February 26th at 6:30 PM in the sanctuary.



Women’s Bible Study

Walk with Jesus as he prepares his disciples for his death, is gloriously transfigured, enters Jerusalem on a donkey, goes to trial, is hung on a cross, and then is victoriously raised from the grave. A Deeper Connections Bible study entitled “The Last Days of Jesus” is being offered on Monday evenings. This 6 weeks study will help us discover how Jesus’ power over the grave turned a tragic ending into a triumphant new beginning that transforms everyone who believes in him. The study will run March 2 – April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Participant study books are $7.00. Please let Merrilee Saccol know or call the church office if you plan to attend.


Bible Study Returns…

Embracing the Uncertain: A Lenten Study for Unsteady Times

Sunday Mornings 9:15-9:50 am

(Sunday February 23rd -April 5th)

Wednesday Mornings 10-11am am

(Wednesday February 6th -April 8th)

Just turning on the news lets us know we are living in uncertain times. Economic instabilities, eruptions of violence, and natural catastrophes alter the lives and landscapes of entire communities. Our individual lives are often just as unsteady: relationships can break, health can falter, and confidence can fail.  Uncertainty is uncomfortable. We prefer stability and a predictable future. We want to control our destiny.

Embracing the Uncertain invites readers to engage and wrestle with life’s uncertainties, not ignore them.  Each chapter focuses on a Gospel story that reveals how in a world filled with uncertainty we can confidently follow Jesus with courage and hope.

You can reserve your book today by contacting the church office.



Seder Supper at Stone UMC

Join us for a symbolic Passover meal on April 9, 2020 (Holy Thursday) in Miller Parlor.  We will begin the ceremony and meal at 6 pm.  This is something quite unique, as it follows the rituals of the Israelites when they celebrated their deliverance from slavery in Egypt (found in the book of Exodus).  Seating is limited to 25, so please sign up by Sunday April 5th.  Each participant has the opportunity (but is not required) to bring a part of the meal to share.  Please see the sign-up sheet located in the church office or contact Patty for a list of items needed for the meal.  Please drop off any meal items to the church by Tuesday April 7th.


From the Capital Campaign Committee...


Our heartfelt thanks for your faithful giving to the Capital Campaign. 

As of February 9th, $108,317.96 has been given to support capital repairs, improvements, and the sustainability fund. The future is bright for Stone Church!


 **They’re Back! **

On Sunday March 15th, Skyler and Myla Bland with their Girl Scout troop (the troop that meets every Monday on our third floor) will be selling cookies before and after worship in Thoburn Lobby.

Come and support some great girls and a great cause!!



Counters for March

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


                          March 1     Merrilee Saccol & Aundra Zack

                                                      March 8       Larry Ganster & Ron Saccol

                                                         March 15     Patty Brown & Pat Power

                                                      March 22     Anne Finney & Barb Baker


Lent Begins Wednesday February 26

Bible Study: Embracing the Uncertain

Sundays at 9:15 am and Wednesdays at 10:00 am

Lenten Lunches: 12:00 pm each Wednesday

Wednesday, February 26: Ash Wednesday Service@ 6:




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


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):

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



Easter Flowers Order Form

We will be adorning the chancel of the sanctuary with spring flowers on Easter morning. You may choose lilies, daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips. Orders are due by Sunday, March 29, 2020. The cost for a lily, tulip or hyacinth flower is $9.50 and daffodils are $13.50. The flowers will be supplied by Anderson’s Greenhouse. You may take your flowers home following worship on Easter Sunday.

Please make checks out to Stone United Methodist Church and write Easter Flower in the memo.

Be sure to check your choice of flower(s) below.


In memory of _____________________________________________________


In honor of _______________________________________________________


Given by _________________________________________________________


Total # of flowers _____     Amount $____________     Cash o     Check o # _______


$9.50  o Lily     o Hyacinth     o Tulip              $13.50 o Daffodil  




Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:3 NIV



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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.

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The Messenger
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