A Message from Pastor Kendra...
Partnership “A partnership is an arrangement where parties, known as business partners, agree to cooperate to advance their mutual interests. The partners in a partnership may be individuals, businesses, interest-based organizations, schools, governments or combinations.” -Wikipedia Hello partners! Partners? Well, yes. We meet the standards of the definition of partnership found in Wikipedia. We have mutual interests…the primary interest is worshipping and serving our Triune God! So, one could say that both of our previous partnerships were with God. Did you ever wonder what God has to say about partnerships? Partnerships have been ongoing since creation. In Ecclesiastes 4:9, the Bible says two are better than one because the work is better, and one can help the other. Later, Jesus uses the strength of partnership by sending out the 72 in twos (Luke 10:1). Later, in Acts and the Epistles, we see churches being formed to worship and be the hands and feet of Jesus. Paul says to the church in Philippi, “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. (Philippians 2:1-2). Many of you have received wonderful spiritual gifts. You are using them for God’s glory by being the hands and feet of Jesus. Over the next several weeks, there are “Meet and Greets” scheduled in July and August. Please come and meet me! I want to know you, and I want to give you the opportunity to get to know me. And then, a new partnership is formed. I look forward to meeting you and being in partnership with you! Grace & Peace, Pastor Kendra
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
A heartfelt thanks to…Those who brought joy and order to worship during the month of June (including ushers, musicians, preachers, counters, broadcast techs, “florists” and CYF volunteers): Jim Ross, the Virtual Choir, Cyndi Bland, Susan Lipiec, Tyson Johnston, Bev Barickman, Ron Snow, Debbie Knapp, Jim and Carolyn Turnbull, Phyllis Stockton, Darlene and Jim Ross, Barb Baker, Marti Mailliard, Anne Finney, Jane Ellen Nickell, Sarah Miller, Patty Brown, Penni Dallas, Joyce Minnis and Pat Lafferty…Jeff and Pat Loutzenhiser, Jim Schlosser, Jim Ross and Marti Mailliard for putting up the “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors” sign in the yard…Darlene Ross and Patty Brown for volunteering to staff the office while Jen was on vacation…Gloria Shields for faithfully serving as Stone’s lay delegate to Annual Conference…Joyce Minnis and Carolyn Turnbull for welcoming over seventy persons into the sanctuary during the Historical Societies tour…Debbie Knapp and the Staff-Parish Committee for leadership provided through this time of transition… To all who give, pray and serve… THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
Getting to Know Pastor Kendra
There will be many opportunities throughout the summer for you to meet and get to know our new pastor, Rev. Kendra Balliet. The Staff Parish Relations Committee would like to encourage you to please consider attending one of these events and welcome Pastor Kendra to Stone UMC! Sign up sheets for all events will be available in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings and in the church office during the week. You may also call Jen in the office (814-724-6736) to sign up for any of the Meet & Greet events listed below. Friday, July 7 at 5:30 PM - Pizza Party Come and enjoy pizza and conversation with Pastor Kendra. Pizza, beverages and dessert will be provided. Thursday, July 20 at 5:30 PM - Potluck Dinner Hosted by Dick & Joyce Minnis Please bring a dish to share. Sunday, July 30 at 12:30 PM- Picnic Hosted by Debbie Knapp Meat and beverages will be provided. Please bring a dish to share. Sunday, August 13 at 5 PM - Church Picnic Our annual church picnic gathering at Camp Chickasaw Date TBA - Tea Party for Wesbury Residents Hosted by Jan Emblidge
Our condolences -- We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the family of Roberta (Becky) Bailey.
A Word of Thanks...
From Teresa Olah... My husband and I would like to thank all those who have reached out and those who assisted me at the end of worship on June 25th. Our heartfelt thanks to you....Donald & Teresa From Pastor Sarah... With a heart full of love, I thank you for the wonderful June 18th send off and your very generous financial gift. I look forward to using some of this for a fall trip to a Buffalo Bills game with my husband and grandson Brody. I promise to send you pictures! As I retire, I trust you to God's care with your new pastor. I trust that the best is yet to come! With much love, Sarah
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July Worship Calendar
July 2nd Fifth Sunday After Pentecost Communion Sunday July 9th Sixth Sunday After Pentecost July 16th Seventh Sunday After Pentecost July 23rd Eighth Sunday After Pentecost