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Sunday, October 22, 2017
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Worship Calendar

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


Sunday, October 22         Reformation Sunday

Sunday, October 29         Celebration Sunday                                                            

                                                * Fellowship lunch following 10:45 service 



Celebration Sunday!          October 29        

On that day we will celebrate our shared commitment to the 2018 ministry of Stone UMC. The celebration will include a time of breaking bread together. Our campaign will be less formal this year but every bit as important to the future of our life in ministry together.

To God be the glory!



Charge Conference…Once a year our District Superintendent meets with church leadership to discuss ministry plans, to approve salaries of pastor and staff and review lay leadership for the coming year. This year our Charge Conference is a combined meeting with 6 other churches.

We will be meeting at Cochranton UMC on Sunday October 22nd at 2:00 p.m.


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.


 Counters for October

Oct 22     Donna Lang and Brenda Andrey

Oct 29     Ron Saccol and Pat Power



The Children's Center would like to welcome two new teachers to their staff, Diana Turrisi and Marti Dickson. The center is continuing to grow but is filling up fast. We also offer a half day Pre-K program if you or someone you know is looking for a Kindergarten readiness program but does not need daycare this may be the option for you. Please contact Jackie at 814-807-0052 for details. 



“A Call to Assembly”

from RESPONSE Magazine, September 2017

by Shannon Priddy,

President UMW & Harriett Jane Olson, General Secretary UMW

“Come celebrate 150 years of women organized for mission at “The Power of Bold”, UMW’s 20th quadrennial Assembly, May 18-20, 2018 held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Join women from around the country and the world for a faith-filled, spiritual-lifting event, honoring the past and launching into the future with bold mission action addressing the needs of women, children and youth.

Assembly 2018 will be a green event where UMW will model and offer workshops on running environmentally responsible meetings, explore biblical texts surrounding the story of Jesus’ mother, Mary.  A teenage mother, wife, sister and migrant refugee. Mary’s life is an example of what it means to boldly answer yes to God’s call despite life’s challenges.”

“When women unite, bold & courageous actions happen! Assembly is a time for fellowship, opportunity to empower faithful women to be stronger discipleship leaders in their communities. Through moving worship, inspiring speakers, immersion experience exhibits and riveting workshops and town hall-style meetings, members will leave Assembly with the knowledge, courage & determination to change the world as part of a daring and compassionate 150 year-old movement.”

Stone UMW will be going! Want to join us? Please contact Diane Craven ASAP. 814-671-4476 or dcraven@zoominternet.netEarly discount fee ends in November! Assembly is a great value @ $295.00 early registration! Scholarships available!!!!! For more information check out:



A heartfelt thanks to…Jen Ashbaugh  and a host of volunteers for kicking off our fall Sunday school season in such a meaningful way…all who provided items for the UMCOR kits/cleaning buckets and to Merrilee and Ron Saccol for delivering them to the Eastbrook Mission Barn…Joyce Minnis for organizing a community collection for cleaning buckets…Jim Ross, CQ, Ethan Ashbaugh, Jen Ashbaugh, Merrilee Saccol, Skyler and Myla Bland for getting us off to a new season of music and praise...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 offerings…our Soup Kitchen volunteers* who faithfully serve a meal a month…Thanks to all who give and serve and lead and love…THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!                                                                    

                        *Our Soup Kitchen team is made up of Millie Ray, Phyllis and Garald Stockton                     Eileen Carpenter, Tracy and Janet Haas, Dave Milhouse, and Ron Snow.




The Lay Leadership Committee has been meeting to discern lay leadership for ministry in 2018. Thanks to all who have said YES to being a part of a ministry team at Stone UMC.



Dear Sarah and ladies of Stone,

Thank you for all the wonderful cookies and punch (and black-eyed Susans) and for sharing your afternoon with the United Methodist House.

The cookies are still being enjoyed and the punch will accompany the Friday night popcorn.

Blessings to you, Karen


Thank you, Thank you!        It has been 35 years since the Soup Kitchen started. It has been here at Stone from the beginning and the clients, Soup Kitchen Board, and volunteers all thank you.

Here is an update on how things are going. We have been very busy. In the last 8 months we have fed over 13,607 meals. That number does not include “second helpings”. 

We are very grateful for the many volunteers from area churches and organizations, and the ARC who takes recycling once a week. We also appreciate the students and coaches from the Life-Skills classes from the Vo-Tech, Senior and Junior High schools. What wonderful groups to work with.

There are too many contributors to mention them all. We do well with these donations since we receive no state or federal funds for this program. We purchase food from Valesky’s and Giant Eagle provides day-old bread and desserts.

You are welcome to stop by any time Monday through Friday to see what goes on here.

   Once again, thank you!

                                                                        Bev and the Soup Kitchen Board



We would like to thank everyone that kept David Mullen and family in their thoughts and prayers. It is such a great comfort from all the prayers. Please continue to keep David in prayer. Thank you!  The Mullen Family



Stone UMC Roof Project

Dan Craven Chairperson, Board of Trustees

Do you remember as a child and later into adulthood you would intertwine your fingers and extend your little fingers so the tips would touch.  During this process you say would say "Here is the church. Here is the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people." At this point you turned your hands about while wiggling your fingers.  Remember at the start how all the people were protected by the roof?  The roof is one of those church parts that does not get the notoriety it desires. It keeps us, the people, protected. The church is going to be 150 years old next year.  Our roof is now demonstrating the effects of time. The trustees have a situation that cannot be ignored. The entire roof of our church needs work including new asphalt shingles on the newer section and slate shingle on the sanctuary and surrounding area. This will be a paramount undertaking lasting approximately 5 years and costing in the neighborhood of $130,000.  Our roof will be repaired and once again protect all that is underneath it.


Through the Sacrament of Baptism we welcomed Ezra Joseph Shields into our church family on September 17, 2017. Ezra is the son of Owen and Stephanie, brother of Cameron and Miles, and grandson of Gloria Shields.



Study Opportunities


à        “A Walk with the Disciples”   Submitted by Lisa Clayton

The Adult Sunday School that meets in the Library on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. has begun a walk with the disciples.  We are studying the writing of those who walked with Jesus and the impact on their lives and ministry.  We will do this not with a fancy book or study guide but by diving into The Word.  We will start our fall adventure in 1st Peter and then move on to 2nd Peter.  Come join the journey!!!


à         Men’s Study - Monday Nights at 7:30 p.m.


You are invited to join other men as we seek to understand what Biblical Manhood looks like and how to make it real in our lives. Come join us as we share the struggles and successes of being God’s man in a world that desperately needs more of them.


à        “GROWING YOUNG”

There is still time to join us in our Growing Young study. What is Growing Young? Across the United States, churches are losing both members and vitality as increasing numbers of young people disengage. Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation's leading congregations, Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year- olds and as a result are growing--spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with both research and practical ideas, Growing Young shows pastors and ministry leaders how to position their churches to engage younger generations in a way that breathes vitality, life, and energy into the whole church. We will meet on Tuesday, October 3rd to discuss the first part of the book. Contact Jen Ashbaugh for more information.


à          “I’m so sorry for your loss.”… How often have you said these words? How often have you wondered what else you could have said or done to help another through a time of loss? Help is on the way! During October two sessions will be offered to help all of us be better equipped to responding to persons dealing with loss. Please choose one of the following…

Sunday October 15th  9:30-10:30       or       Wednesday October 18th 1:15-2:15. 



Safe Sanctuaries training is for volunteers working with children, youth, and vulnerable adults.  This training is held to comply with our Safe Sanctuary policy.

            The remaining training session for 2017 is from 7:00 to 8:00 PM on the following date: December 11.  All Stone UMC employees and all Stone UMC volunteers that may be in contact with minors (those under 18) must attend a Safe Sanctuaries training session at least once every two years.  Sign up in the church office at any time.

            In 2017, we plan to develop a Safe Sanctuaries webpage as part of the Stone UMC website that will offer all of the necessary resources pertaining to the protection of children, youth and vulnerable adults.

          Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions, concerns, suggestions or to submit copies of your new or updated clearances.  - Tyson Johnston 814-282-1454,

If you plan to help with Sunday School or Messy Church

please mark your calendar now to take part in this very important training.

The session will be cancelled if there are not at least two advanced sign-ups.


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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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Production Editor – Merrilee Saccol
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