Stone United Methodist Church
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Creating a Community of Caring Christians

The Messenger



 Read the current issue of our Conference Newspaper, the Interlink  
 

                            
 

Worship Calendar

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

     Sunday, January 14                      Human Relations Day

Sunday, January 21                     

Sunday, January 28            CWS Blanket Sunday


COMBINED SUNDAY SCHOOL
On Sunday morning, January 14th during the Sunday school hour, we will continue to explore Echo the Story in Miller Parlor. A light breakfast will be available before we begin our all-age friendly study!
 

Growing Young Wrap-Up
The Growing Young book study will wrap up on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 
at 6:30 PM in the Living Room.

 

Church World Services           BLANKET SUNDAY

The United Methodist Women will be receiving donations to support Church World Service and UMCOR on January 28. Blanket Sunday is a special mission opportunity providing blankets to people in need around the world, including the U.S.

 

 

Underway

 

Work is already underway to address one of the finance committee’s top priorities for 2018 “to develop a multi-year funding plan that incorporates non-traditional approaches including self-sustaining and alternative funding sources, e.g. campaign(s), business grants, etc.”  Watch for more information about this in the coming year. Any questions can be directed to finance Chairperson Ron Saccol.

 

 

Sunday Evening Prayer & Praise Service
January 21st at 7:00 PM
In The Living Room (third floor)

Congratulations!

Congratulations on the birth of Alaina Grace Karns, born November 29, 2017 to Dawn and Chris Karns. Big brothers are Nathan and Carter; grandparents, Cindy and John Karns; great-grandmothers, Pat Lafferty and Edna Karns.

Something fun in the New Year is coming!

Wings and Things – Girls Night Out

Special Event:

Evening Women’s Retreat!!!!

..."Now I lay me down to sleep: Really? That's an option?"

Tuesday January 30, 2018  Special time: 6:00 to 8:00

Come in out of the cold and join us for food, fun and a special time lead by Pastor Sarah

If you’re able, please bring a dish to share.

 

 

               THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

What a season of love and light we have shared! So many gifts given, songs sung, lights hung, persons cared for, ministry done in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank you for helping Stone become the church God has created us to be!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

The Soup Kitchen thanks all those who contributed in any way over the past year: through monetary donations, food donations, and volunteering your time and talents. On December 21 we hosted our Christmas Dinner serving 180 meals.

Thank you! Beverly Nutter

 

Thank you John Karns for creating and building the Star of Bethlehem that

shone in all its beauty in the sanctuary.

 

 

BIRTHDAY BAG OUTREACH
 

It’s hard for many of us – adults or children – to imagine celebrating a child’s birthday without a party or presents. But for many families in our community, finding the extra money to afford a child’s birthday celebration is a struggle at best, and frequently impossible. On Sunday, January 7th, our elementary Sunday school class will be putting together Birthday Bags to give to Women’s Services. We are asking for donations including: boxed cake mixes, cans of frosting, birthday candles (no matches please!), wall decorations (like streamers, or a happy birthday banner), and birthday themed gift bags.

If you are able to help, please drop off your donations in Thoburn Lobby by Friday, January 5th.

 

 

Something new for:

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY – FEBRUARY 4, 2018

Watch for more information!

 

PLANS ARE IN PROGRESS FOR A JUNE 2018 YOUTH MISSION TRIP. IF YOU HAVE A YOUTH AGE 12 OR OLDER WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN THIS SERVICE OPPORTUNITY, PLEASE CONTACT JEN ASHBAUGH. MORE INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE JANUARY 2018.

Annual Martin Luther King Jr Community Dinner                             

Monday January 15th 6:00 p.m. at St Brigid’s Fellowship Hall                                                    

Please call the church office to reserve a ticket.


 

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 JANUARY          

Jan. 14             Aundra Zack         Ron Saccol

Jan. 22             Audrey Lasher      Patty Brown

Jan. 28             Anne Finney         Larry Ganster 

    

A note from Pastor Sarah about “membership”…

   There was a day when church “membership” indicated a person’s status in the community. Although this created a lot of “large membership churches” I’m not sure it always created or even allowed for the kind of Gospel based discipleship Christians are called to.

   What does it mean now to be a “member” of Stone United Methodist Church? Certainly, all are encouraged to participate in worship, study groups, service opportunities and the giving of time, energy and financial resources. If this is true, why be a “member”?

   To become a member of Stone United Methodist Church is a statement of commitment. It says not only do I want to attend here but I want to belong here and I want to make this a community that others can belong to as well.

   If this is something you’re considering or just something you’d like to talk more about please let me know. I am best reached by calling the office (814-724-6736) or by e-mailing me at sroncola@allegheny.edu.

  Together we become the best witness to the power and love of Jesus Christ that we can possibly be!

 

 

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:3 NIV

 

  

Visit our web page for additional information and inspiration.

www.stoneumc.org

and

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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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