Stone United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 05, 2020
Creating a Community of Caring Christians

The Messenger

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Worship Calendar 

9:00 am on Channel 23 and 100

Until it is safe for us to worship together in person again, we will be broadcasting:

Every Sunday at 9:00 AM on Armstrong Channels 23 and 100.

We will also be live-streaming on our Facebook page.


As the situation changes daily, please check your emails, our website (,

Facebook page (Stone United Methodist Church),

 and/or the Meadville Tribune for up to date information.



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…Everyone who is loving their neighbor by creatively staying connected while physically staying apart...Tyson Johnston for his wisdom and expertise in live-streaming our worship service on Facebook...Tyson, Jim Ross, Pastor Sarah, and Jen and Jason Ashbaugh for providing meaningful televised services each Sunday...Skyler Bland for sharing her talent with CQ in worship on March 15th…The “Lenten Chain” creators and all who accepted the Lenten activity challenge…Jim Turnbull, Joyce Minnis, Barb Baker and Millie Ray for hosting a delicious first community Lenten Lunch...Patty Brown for attending to church communications while the office is closed...Thanks to all who give, serve, lead and love. Thank you for being hope bringers and light bearers!


From Merrilee Saccol:


Thank you to all who have been praying for my great-nephew, 10 year old, Daniel.  He returned home on February 13, just 6 weeks after his brain surgery! The best part is that he has not had any seizures! Praise God! 


Here is a quick update from a Facebook post from Daniel's mom, my niece, Sara: "Daniel continues to practice walking with assistance and wears his brace but he seems to be doing well and we can't wait for the day he can walk independently. He uses the wheelchair for longer distances. His right arm is getting stronger but he definitely needs therapy to help make more progress (especially with fine motor skills.) His hair has grown so much and you can hardly see his incision (which has healed so nicely.)  


Thank you. Your prayers, cards, encouragement, calls, texts etc. mean so much to our family. We feel so loved and supported and couldn't ask for a better network of caring people.

And to my family - thanks for loving us so well.  Super blessed! " 



General Conference for the United Methodist Church,

scheduled for May 2020, has been postponed.

Watch for more information about what this means

for the broader church and our own local church.




A Word from Our Finance Chair

Grace and peace to you in these uncertain times from the finance committee. We pray this finds you well and safe.

As we have entered this uncharted territory brought on by Covid-19, each of us has had to adapt to many changes. Stone UMC is no different. Our worship has gone virtual and many of the services the community relies on us for have had to shut down for now.

Although some expenses have been curtailed by the shutdowns, many of our expenses are fixed and continue. And so has our need for the support of our family and friends.

We understand that many of you are a faced with changing financial situations and may not be able to support Stone at the level you previously could. We simply ask that, as you are able, you please continue to give to Stone at whatever level you can afford. You can give online through PayPal, through your financial institution, and by simply sending a check to the church office.

We look forward to the day when we will be able to come together in person. This difficult time is made harder by our inability to be together as a community of faith.

As always, we trust in God’s unfailing love. We believe He has work for Stone to do. And, most importantly, we thank Him for the way He is using each one of you to help that work continue. To Him be the Glory!

Ron Saccol


How can I help?

A few weeks ago, I ordered Easter Eggs for a fundraiser for Relay-For-Life.  Today the person was returning our money because the group is not going to make the Easter Eggs due to COVID-19 concerns. 

I told her I didn’t want the money back.  I still believe in the cause and to keep it for “The Relay”; if that’s not able to happen, donate it directly to the American Cancer Society. 

With everything that is going on.  Cancelled concerts, cancelled events, cancelled fundraisers, and re-imagined church services.  Our non-profits are going to need our help more than ever.  So please do your part to help and continue to give to those organizations that you are passionate about. 

Go to the organization’s website and directly donate, they NEED us now more than ever.

Some examples:

United Methodist Committee on Relief    UMCOR –

Erie United Methodist Alliance                  EUMA -

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to honor our different organizations. Especially our churches, emergency response groups (fire halls) and veteran organizations. They rely on monies collected each week through their sanctuaries and social clubs to serve our communities.


Because of the restriction on in person worship, we did not promote the purchase of Easter flowers for the sanctuary.

The following flowers were ordered before the current restrictions and will be at the

alter for our Easter Sunday broadcast.

We are thankful for these reminders that Easter itself can not be cancelled!

Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!           



Easter Flowers 2020


In Loving Memory                                                                                                                   In Honor

Mildred and Melvin Klingensmith (Hyacinth)                                               Our family (Daffodil) by Ron and Merrilee Saccol

Melissa Pruskowski (Lily)                                                                                 

Clayton Pruskowski (Tulip)                                                                               Brody, Ben, Buckley, Briggs, Carter and Kai (Tulip)

                by Cathy Pruskowski                                                                                         by Ammie and Papa Roncolato


Byron Ray (Lily) by Millie Ray and Family                                                    Marjorie Daniels and Gerald Roncolato (Tulip)

                                                                                                                                                by Sarah and David Roncolato

Daniel Lund (Lily)

Polly Roncolato and Robert Daniels (Lily)                                                     John, Conner, and Garrett Brown (Tulip) by Patty Brown

                by Sarah and David Roncolato                                                                            

Loved ones (Hyacinth)      by Merrilee and Ron Saccol

Lois Snow (Tulip)              by Ronald Snow

Tom Milhous (Tulip)   by Dave Milhous

Don Shea (Tulip)                                                                                                 

Stanley and Helen Shea (lily)                                                                                                   

Clarence and Alice Cornell (Lily)

Mary Beier (Hyacinth)       by Nancy Shea                                                                             

Jimmy Turnbull’s 40th Birthday (Daffodil) by Jim and Carolyn Turnbull  



Our Condolences on the passing of David Peirce,
Edna’s husband and Michael’s father.



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


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
Supervising Editor– Rev. Sarah Roncolato
Production Editor – Patty Brown
Layout & Graphics – Carolyn Turnbull 
Proof Reader - Don Snyder
Distribution Manager – Eileen Carpenter
Web Coordinator – Carolyn Turnbull
Reporters – Stone UMC members
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