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Friday, November 15, 2019
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8:30 am & 10:00 am 

Sunday, November10     Baptism Sunday                                                                                     

Sunday, November 17   

Sunday, November 24    Thanksgiving Sunday/ Family Thanksgiving Celebration


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 … Sue and Brian Johnston for coordinating the delicious brunch for our Allegheny College friends…Jim Turnbull, Joyce Minnis and Barb Baker for the lovely funeral lunches…All the bakers and buyers who supported our bake sale for our Compassionate International child Sotcho Dio…Our Make-A Difference Day volunteers Sarah, Morgan, Ashely and Sue Johnston, Dawn, Chris, Nathan, Carter, Alaina and Cindy Karns, Cindy Beemer, Jen Ashbaugh, Nicholas Farrelly-Jackson, Jane Ellen Nickell, Larry Sippy (in advance)… …Jim Ross and the joyous  bell choir... Eileen Carpenter for monthly help with the Messenger and weekly work coordinating the Lord’s Locker …Carolyn Turnbull, Joyce Minnis, Jim Turnbull and Jen Ashbaugh for leading worship on October 20th…Jeff Loutzenhiser, Erin Means, Joyce Minnis, Carolyn Turnbull, Skyler and Myla Bland and Nathan Karns for sharing the wisdom of their grandparents on Laity Sunday…Church treasurer Sue Wardian for careful work managing our finances……Darlene Ross for her many years as head usher……

All who have said “Yes” to Stone’s future by returning their Giving Intentions cards … All who give of time, talent and resources…



 Thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers, cards, flowers, food and comforting words during mom’s

(Edna Karns) illness and passing from her earthly home.

Jim, Joyce, Barb, Millie and all who helped behind the scene to prepare food for the delicious dinner

after the funeral. We appreciate all of your work.

Pastor Sarah your words of reassurance at the funeral were very comforting. 

A sincere thank you to our church family.

Blessings to you all, John and Jim Karns and families


Thanks so much for your generous donation. Folks like you make our job of 

keeping the ministry of the Soup Kitchen alive a lot easier.

Beverly Nutter, Soup Kitchen Coordinator


Thank you for your generous donation of delicious pies, banana bread, and party mix to Wesbury’s Sunset Auxiliary…On behalf of the Sunset Auxiliary, I extend my gratitude for your continued support …

Rhonda K. Thomas, VP, Stewardship and Development



Thank you for supporting the 20th Annual Ride for The Refuge by generously donating $500.00. To date you have helped to raise $21,941 for EUMA’s emergency homeless shelter. Because of your support, our clients have safe shelter, basic necessities and faithful support to move from homelessness to home as quickly as possible.

Kurt B. Crays, Executive Director


Were you among the 16 individuals who contributed a total of $1,155 to Fairview/Fairmont Outreach on the Crawford Gives Day of October 2? If so – THANK YOU!! With the corporate match of $46, our total is just over $1,200. The money raised through Crawford Gives will go to support our after-school program. It will supplement our existing activities, experiential learning opportunities, and materials to help recruit more kids to participate in our program. Out of 91 agencies participating on this day, we thank you for choosing to donate to the Outreach Program.


Together we make a difference! In October:

$500 to WiNS

$500 to Soup Kitchen

$300 + Buckets and Health Kits to UMCOR Hurricane relief


Update for September:

$4549.50 for Capital Campaign            $2025.00 for Sustainability

Which brings our total to just under $96,000.00



Report from Trustees.

 The work on our beautiful Stone Church continues.  All the wooden outside doors and frames were stained and sealed to protect them with the onset of cold weather.  The Sanctuary is now ADA compliant with several pews being adjusted to accommodate a wheelchair or walker.  We are in the process of getting the red pew cushions adjusted to fit the changes.    We are in the midst of a long awaited renovation of the bathrooms that serve Kingsley Hall, the Soup Kitchen, and groups that meet in the New Room.  The renovated restrooms will be ADA compliant to accommodate a wheelchair and other improvements.  This is being made possible through our capital campaign and a very generous sum of money from the Soup Kitchen board.  If you see Bev, please thank her!  The capital campaign is chugging along; we appreciate your continued consideration for gifts so we may continue the work on our church. Your Trustees. 


                                   OPERATION CHIRSTMAS CHILD

  We will be hosting a shoebox packing party on Sunday, November 3rd at 9:15 AM in Miller Parlor.

If you would like to donate any items (toys, coloring books, hygiene items) please have them into the


 church by Thursday, October 31st.



Pumpkin Cookies

Girl Scout Troop #36520 is going to be baking cookies! For our fall service project we would like to make pumpkin cookies to deliver to the nurses and doctors at the hospital who work on Thanksgiving. We are asking for donations of a few ingredients to help us make these treats. We will be making a regular pumpkin cookie and a gluten free version. Any leftover cookies or ingredients will be donated back to the church either to the soup kitchen or children’s center. We will be collecting these items November 1st to 18th. There will be a donation box located in Thoburn Lobby. Thank you!!!

Ingredients needed: Flour, Sugar, Canned Pumpkin, Baking soda, Brown Sugar, Peanut Butter, Cream Cheese Frosting, Quick Oats, and Shortening

Other items needed: napkins


All Saints’ Sunday…On Sunday, November 3rd we will honor the members of Stone Church who this past year entered the Church Triumphant.

 The congregation will also have an opportunity to remember other departed loved ones with a special token of remembrance.


                CHRISTMAS CHOIR

Your voice is needed! Christmas Choir rehearsals begin on Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30 PM. If you would like to participate for the Christmas season, contact Jen Ashbaugh.


Congratulations to Matthew and Stehanye Andrey on the birth of

their daughter, Emma Aileen Andrey, born February 27, 2019.

Grandparents are Bruce and Brenda Andrey.


Preparing our hearts for the holidays…This year you are invited to prepare your hearts for the holidays by sharing in the Advent devotional, Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggemann. We will begin discussing this devotional on Wednesday, November 20th  at 10:00 am and Sunday, November 24th  at 9:15 am. If you are not able to take part in the discussions, you are still encouraged to read the daily devotions on your own.

Please contact the church office to reserve a copy of the book.


The Climate for Change is Now. Paris to Pittsburgh.

   Join the students of Allegheny College’s Religion and Ecology class for a FREE showing of the National

 Geographic film, Paris to Pittsburgh.  This film is offered through Interfaith Power and Light to bring

 together faith communities in this time of action so that we may work to heal the environment for


 the betterment of us all. 

  As the weather constantly grows more destructive and deadly, we can no longer afford to wait on others to solve this problem for us.  From coast to coast, Americans are calling for change in the climate debate.  Learning from the amazing stories of those in Paris to Pittsburgh, we hope that you may feel inspired to ignite change within your own communities.

  We are excited to see you at our screening of Paris to Pittsburgh in room 301-302 of the campus center at Allegheny College (520 N Main St, Meadville, PA 16335) on Sunday, November 17.  Lunch will be served at 12:00pm and the screening will begin at 12:30pm

with a discussion after.

  To reserve a spot for lunch, please contact the Spiritual and Religious Life Office at

814-332-2800 or by emailing


Family Thanksgiving Celebration!

Sunday, November 24th at 10:00 AM

Our service will begin in the sanctuary at 10 AM with a story and a song. Families will then be dismissed to Kingsley Hall for crafts, activities and breakfast.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 20th to, Jen Ashbaugh at or call 814-724-6736


Mark the date to "Deck the Halls"...

   You are invited to help deck the halls (and the sanctuary, lobby, library,...) 

Monday, December 2nd, beginning at 10:00 am.

 If you would like to help but can't be there on Monday

please contact the church office or Joyce Minnis.

The more the merrier!  



The annual Holiday Memorial Service and Tree of Memory program sponsored by the Robert W. Waid Funeral Home, Inc. of Meadville, and Waid-Coleman Funeral Home, Inc. of Conneaut Lake will be held again in the Stone Church sanctuary on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

This is the 23nd year for this service which is open to all who wish to attend and has been well attended each year.  You may request an ornament in memory of a deceased loved one by calling Waid Funeral Home at 814- 724-1021.



Myrna Sanford on the passing of her brother, William Ellis on September 28.

The passing of Edna Karns on September 28.

Jeff Loutzenhiser on the passing of his father, Alton on September 29.



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 the coming months showing the most recent dates for their clearances, training and

covenant on file.

The next Safe Sanctuaries training will be on Wednesday, December 4 at 7 PM.  Please pre-register in the church office.  A minimum of two individuals must be signed up for the training to occur.

Please contact Tyson Johnston, with any questions.


Counters for November

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

                                                  November 10                Merrilee Saccol & Aundra Zack

November 17              Larry Ganster & Ron Saccol

November 24               Patty Brown & Pat Power

* If you wish for birthday/anniversary information to be on the newsletter calendar, please call or email the church office so we can update our church database.






Needed items:                                    Monetary donations accepted online at     

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

Grocery bags


Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:3 NIV



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 Looking for Childcare?

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
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