Stone United Methodist Church
Monday, December 18, 2017
Creating a Community of Caring Christians

The Messenger

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Worship Calendar

Worship 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Sunday, December 10        Second Sunday of Advent                                                

Sunday, December 17        Third Sunday of Advent/Children’s Program

Sunday, December 24        Fourth Sunday of Advent

                                                7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Worship Service

Sunday, December 31        Worship 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.


     The Season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit," begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians. [Liturgical -- from liturgy, which means the forms and functions of public worship.]

      During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Christmas Poinsettias

Poinsettia plants will adorn the sanctuary on Sunday, December 24th. If you would like to place a poinsettia in honor or memory of a loved one please pick up a form in the sanctuary or church office and return with payment by December 10th. Color choice is red or white. The cost is $8.00 per plant. Call the church office if unable to pick up a form. 814-724-6736.

Christmas Choir Rehearsals

Rehearsals for our Christmas Choir will be on Wednesday, December 13th, and 20th at 6:00 PM. We will meet in Miller Parlor as we work on music for the 7:00 PM Service on December 24th. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Jen or Jason Ashbaugh or Jim Ross.


Joyful Noise Choir

The Joyful Noise youth choir will be meeting on the third floor Mondays at 5:00 PM. If you know a child or youth that would like to join us in praising God through song, contact Jen Ashbaugh.



On Sunday morning, December 10th during the Sunday school hour, we will have practice for our December 17th Christmas program. If you are part of this program, please plan on attending.



There will be no Sunday School on December 24th or December 31st.

Have a wonderful and blessed holiday season!


We have created Advent in a Box for families to enjoy the journey to Christmas at home, at their own pace. There are four activities, one for each week of Advent, representing the four candles of the Advent wreath: Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. Our hope is that your family will experience Christmas together in a meaningful way this holiday season. Boxes will be available starting Sunday, November 26th. If you have young people in your life that you would like to share this journey with, please make sure you pick up a box by Sunday December 3rd.


The Holidays can be wonderful, but they can also be crazy! Instead of giving in to the chaos, take the Stone UMC Family Holiday Challenge. Included are activities for parents, for children, and for the entire family together. Green challenge papers are located at the church exits. Pick one up today and focus on the joy of each other this season. If your family chooses to  accept this challenge, keep track of each challenge you complete and return the paper to Jen Ashbaugh by January 3, 2018. Two lucky families will have the opportunity to receive a prize pack with some fun goodies for the family!

Sunday Evening Prayer & Praise Service   December 3rd

7:00 PM in The Living Room (third floor)



Join us for an evening of fellowship, fun and food as we welcome families to Messy Church, a ministry that is a way of being church for families that is Christ-centered, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration. If you are curious about Messy Church or interested in helping with this important ministry, contact Jen Ashbaugh.


Heaven & Nature Sing Christmas Program

                 December 17th at 8:30 AM & 10:45 AM

Heaven and Nature Sing is an opportunity for us all to participate in praising and celebrating the birth of Jesus. Our Sunday School Christmas Program combines worshipful narration, Bible readings, and (lots of) singing to create a fresh and joyful examination of the birth of our Savior. We hope you will plan on joining us on December 17th!

 Counters for DECEMBER

Dec 10             Aundra Zack        Ron Saccol

Dec 17             Audrey Lasher    Patty Brown

Dec 24             Anne Finney        Larry Ganster   

Dec 31             Donna Lang         Brenda Andrey       


We extend our sympathy and prayers to Marti Mailliard and family upon the death of his aunt Blossom Mailliard who joined the church triumphant on November 3, 2017.

Our thoughts of sympathy and prayers are extended to Brenda Andry and family in the passing of Brenda’s sister Linda Hansen Brady on November 4, 2017.

May God comfort you in this time of grief and loss.




 A heartfelt thanks to…Diane and Dan Craven, Jim Turnbull, Harry and Caryl Jewell, Bruce and Brenda Andrey, Eileen Carpenter, Joyce Minnis, Lisa Clayton, Cathy Pruskowski and Matt McElhanney  for the delicious Celebration Sunday luncheon…Joyce Minnis for the All Saints Sunday…Jim Ross and the bell choir,  Thaddeus Ashbaugh, Kelsey Cole, Joyful Noise for inspiring worship music...Communion stewards: Janet and Bob Waid, Aundra Zack, Carol Prather, Joyce Minnis, Darlene Ross …”Operation Christmas Child” box donators and packers, especially the Bland, Vanesky, Frambe/Cole, Farrelly-Jackson and Ashbaugh families … Diane Craven and Nancy Zimmerman for the beautiful Thanksgiving Altar display. All who have said “YES” to serving in leadership for 2018…All who continue to generously support the ministry of Stone through their tithes and offering…Thanks to those who give and serve and lead and love…




Robb and Val Waid became new parents on July 13th 2016, with the birth of their son, Max Leland Waid.  Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes as their adoption legal process concluded on September 5th 2017.

Girl Scout Troop #36520 thanks Stone Church for their generous donations for Project Support Our Troops Christmas care packages. We will be packing boxes at Post52 on Dunham Road in Meadville on December 5th at 6:00pm for anyone interested in joining us!




As of November 14, $161,150 has been received pledges for the ministry of Christ through Stone UMC in 2018. This represents 76 households. If you have not yet returned your commitment card you are invited to do so as soon as you are able. To God be the Glory!



Thank you for your generous outpouring of love and support as we collected items for Operation Christmas Child. We were able to pack and send 64 boxes. After receiving a shoebox gift, children have the opportunity to enroll in The Greatest Journey, a Bible-based course guiding them through what it means to faithfully follow Christ. We ask that you continue to pray for the children that will receive these boxes and for the thousands of volunteers that are still working to deliver these gifts to more than 100 countries.




Our Sunday School classes extend their thanks for your generous support of the Compassion International Bake Sale on Sunday, November 19th. We raised over $250 to provide Sotcho Dio with an opportunity to learn, to have access to health care and proper nutrition, and to learn about the love of God. Matthew 25:40 reminds us, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Thank you for continuing to be the hands and feet of Jesus for those in need!  


Attention online shoppers!!!!

You can help Stone UMC financially without any cost or extraordinary effort on your part.

Simply go to  in your preferred web browser and follow the simple steps to sign up. Once you have signed up you can easily install a plug-in for your favorite browser and you are all set. There is no extra step or disruption to your online shopping experience.

If you shop online, sign up for this easy-to-use service and designate Stone UMC as your UM entity. Every time you make an online purchase at a participating retailer, a donation to Stone will be generated.

Another way you can accomplish this specifically involves You only need to add “smile.” in front of The site will look virtually the same as Amazon’s normal site but just under the search box at the top of the screen you’ll see the word “Supporting:” Selecting the drop down arrow will give you the chance to select a charity. Search for “Stone Meadville” and you’ll see our church listed. Select us as your charity and you’re all set. Then just remember to enter to start your Amazon shopping and donations will be made based on your purchases.

Remember…there is no additional cost to you for either of these options! The retailers make the donations. Thanks for your continuing support of God’s work being done through Stone UMC.


The WiNS Project provides weekend food for students at First and Second District schools.  Bags contain two breakfast items, two lunch items and two snack items. 

When students go home for the Thanksgiving break in November, the WiNS Project tries to pack more food to help supplement students’ nutrition over the 5-day break, so we include a jar of peanut butter and crackers.  This year WINS plans to send home peanut butter in the bags that will go home before the Christmas break.

Stone UMC will once again be collecting 16-oz. jars of peanut butter to help us fill those bags.  Donations can be dropped off in the office or in the boxes in the foyer.  The collection will run until November 15, 2016.   Thank you! 



The last Safe Sanctuaries training for 2018 will be on December 11 at 7:00 PMAt least two sign ups must be made in advance for the training to occur.  Safe Sanctuaries training is valid for 2 years.  Many individuals will need to be retrained in 2018.  A series of training dates is currently being established and the training materials are being updated to include new and relevant information for all congregants and other volunteers.  If you have any suggestions for the updated training, please let Tyson know via e-mail: or phone: 814-282-1454.  Updated clearances may be submitted to Tyson at any time.

Equal Exchange Coffee makes a great Christmas gift!

Why pay Starbucks prices when you can help Fairtrade workers? Equal Exchange trades fairly and directly with over 40 small-scale farmer co-operatives worldwide. By choosing Equal Exchange you support this more equitable alternative trade system that empowers small farmers.

We have several kinds of coffee, including Organic Regular and Decaf, Hazelnut Crème Coffee (Regular and Decaf), French Vanilla Coffee. Stop in a purchase a bag or two. The coffee varies between $7.00 and $8.00 per 12 ounce bag. We also have Tea of various flavors.



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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
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