Stone United Methodist Church
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Creating a Community of Caring Christians

The Messenger

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Worship Calendar


Service Hours: 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Please Note our service times remain the same!


Sunday, September 23    Creative Ways to Give’ session after each service.                                     

Sunday, September 30




Bell Choir rehearsals to begin

          Bell choir will begin a new season on Monday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the music room. Anyone interested in ringing is welcome to join us at that time. We rehearse every week and our goal is to play once a month for the second service. Any questions can be addressed to Jim Ross. 814-720-6757 or, or just see me in Church. I’m looking forward to another great year!                                                                       Blessings,     Jim Ross




 United Methodist Women (UMW)...All women are invited to a UMW informational gathering on Sunday, September 30th from 11:00 a.m. to noon in Miller Parlor. Watch for more information! 


9:15 AM in September…

September 23rd:                                         Creative Ways to Give (Adults)

                                                                      Youth Service (Children/Youth)

September 30th:             World Communion Sunday Bread Making (ALL)


Wednesday Bible Study Begins September 12th ...

Wednesdays 10-11AM


“Peace I Leave with You”  Everyone wants peace…peace in their lives, their families, their community and in the world. Come see what the Bible says about peace and the practices that help create it.                                             Everyone is welcome.



Where do you get most of your encouragement and support

to keep on keeping on? Family?   Friends?   TV?   Internet?

What about the Bible?

Hebrews 4:12-13 says “12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.


Who holds you accountable for your actions? Anyone? No one?


Hebrews 3:12-13 says  12See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

If you sometimes feel like you don’t have the strength to carry on and wonder if what you are doing is the right thing to do, God’s Word can provide the answer.

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. We will be starting a new series entitled

 “How God Makes Men” on Monday, September 10.

Come join us on Monday nights at 7:30 PM as we share the struggles and successes of being God’s man in a world that desperately needs more of them. Hope to see you there!



Seeing Each Other as Christ See Us…

Wednesday evening, September 26th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. our friends from United Faith Fellowship Church of God will join us in Miller Parlor for dinner and discussion (led by Pastor Sarah and Pastor Markus McDaniel) about seeing all persons as valued, loved, children of God. We will spend some time examining what’s called “implicit bias”. Everyone is invited and you do need to call the office to reserve your spot at the table. Contact Pastor Sarah for more information.


Something new….Wings with a Purpose!!!

We’re having a Baby Shower to

bless the pregnancy center with baby items!


Please join us in September for Wings and Things at:

Stone Church on Monday Sept 17th at 6:00 PM

No special requirements to participate come join in the pink and blue fun. 


Please bring a wrapped (for a game) baby item to donate to the center (In the zero to $20 price range)

Gently used items are welcome also.


Items Needed:  Diapers (all sizes), Wipes, Bottles, Nipples, Brushes, Bibs, Receiving Blankets, Onesies, Baby Bath Products, and Infant Clothes

Bring your favorite shower food to share

It will be an evening of food, fun, fellowship and a couple shower games!!!

Please RSVP at the church office 724-6736 by Sunday Sept 16th so we know how many to plan for.

(If all the stars align and you can make it, but you haven’t RSVP…Just Come!)


Can’t make it but would like to donate? Just drop items in the basket in Thoburn Lobby.




A message from the Fairview/Fairmont Outreach Board…


For over 40 years First Presbyterian and Stone United Methodist Churches have provided a positive presence in the lives of the residents of Fairview/Fairmont apartments through programming by paid staff and volunteers. In order to reevaluate the needs of the residents and focus our ministry objectives, the Outreach board made the decision at the end of July to temporarily suspend outreach programming and staffing. The board is committed to meeting regularly, to consulting with outside resources and to praying fervently as we move forward.  We pray, and ask for your prayers, as God guides this time of a new beginning…The Fairview/Fairmont Outreach Board

(If you have questions please direct them to Pastor Sarah)





A heartfelt thanks to … Phyllis and Garald Stockton, Debbie Knapp, Joyce and Dick Minnis, Darlene and Jim  Ross, Alysha Malec, Nancy and Howard Pears, and Erin Means for staffing Stone’s Days at the UM Baby Comfort Station at the Crawford County Fair (and Carolyn and Jim Turnbull for coordinating it all)…Jen Ashbaugh and the team of volunteers (including Cindy Karns, Gloria Shields, Sarah Johnston, Leanne Venesky, Barb Baker and grandson Kaleb) for two great VBS experiences Larry Sippy, Pat and Jeff Loutzenhiser,  John and Cindy Karns, Harry Jewell, Dan Craven, Marti Mailliard, Jason, Ethan and Thaddeus Ashbaugh for endless hours of work to keep the church safe, clean and dry... Jim Ross and our August musicians including the Ashbaugh family, Nancy and Jonathan Helmreich, Kris Lambert and Merrilee SaccolJoyce Minnis and crew for the great 150th Anniversary luncheon…Cathy Pruskowski for providing everything needed for the delicious Ice Cream Social…the Johnston’s for hosting the great Camp Chickasaw church picnic...Lynn Atwell and pie bakers/buyers for the Wesbury BBQ…Thanks to all who give and serve and lead and love.





The 150th Anniversary Sunday dinner was a success with great food and fellowship. Thanks to all of you that came and the generous support many of you gave with either money or helping hands. A special thank you to Dan and Diane Craven, Jim Turnbull, and Luca DiRienzo that gave valuable advice and assistance. It was because of you and God’s blessing that all went well.                      Joyce Minnis


Dear Sarah, Pat, Jeff, Amy, and all of the Stone Church Community,

Thank you so much for welcoming us into your family 5 years ago! We have loved our time here and appreciate all you have done to support our program. Although we will continue to come for visits, this will always feel like home.

Peace and love to you all, Kelli Steiner and Darla Smith, I U 5 Early Intervention       





A BIG “thank you” goes to the following people for representing Stone UM Church at the Crawford County Fair!   Our church staffed the “Methodist Baby Comfort Station” beginning at noon to 10:00 pm on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.  Last year, the UMC of Crawford County made quite an impact on our neighbors and friends during fair week since the usage tally was up 500 families! 

Phyllis & Gerald Stockton, Nancy & Howard Pears, Joyce & Dick Minnis, Darlene & Jim Ross, Alysha Malec, Debbie Knapp, and Pastor Sarah Roncolato


Your support is truly appreciated. 

                                                                       Carolyn & Jim Turnbull




DATE:             THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2018

TIME:             6:00-8:00 PM

Come enjoy this FREE Parent Cafe! Dinner and child care is provided. Open to EVERYONE in the community. Parent cafes are based on the Strengthening Families framework and the Five Protective Factors, where parents come together, socialize, share parenting ideas, and learn ways to strengthen their family. For more information or to R.S.V.P call 814-807-0052, or email



"Let me pray on that"...Ministry happens because people say yes to God's call on their lives. Ministry at Stone happens because people say yes to leading and supporting a variety of committees, boards and ministry teams. As we begin to prepare for 2019, please be open to God's call. If you are asked by a member of the Lay Leadership committee to consider a leadership position, I pray your response will be "let me pray on that". I trust God to provide the answer...Pastor Sarah


Our thoughts and prayers are extended to family and friends of Reverend John Spahr who went on to glory August 7, 2018. Reverend Spahr served Stone UMC from  2007 – 2011.


Thoughts and prayers are extended to the family and friends of Carolyn Brown who was called home on July 27, 2018. Carolyn was the widow of Rev. Bill Brown.


We extend our sympathy and prayers to the families of Isabelle Amy McKoy who passed away at birth on August 10, 2018 in Atlanta, GA. Isabelle is the great-granddaughter of Alan and Becky Bailey.


Counters for September

September 23           Aundra Zack & Ron Saccol

October 1                  Patty Brown





This month we encourage you to shop for personal care items (soap, washcloth, hairbrush, band aids, etc.) for our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. If you are able to contribute, these donations can be brought to the collection box in Thoburn Lobby.



The next Safe Sanctuaries training is Monday, Oct. 1 at 7:00  p.m.  Minimum of 2 persons required.  Sign up at church office.



On Thursday, October 4th at 6:00 PM the Children, Youth and Families Ministry team will be meeting. If you have interest in serving on this team or input about future programing, contact Jen Ashbaugh.



All hands on deck for Make-A-DIFFERENCE DAY Saturday October 13th.  Watch for more information as to how you can help!


Biblical Parenting Coaching Available!

Through the National Center for Biblical Parenting, Jen Ashbaugh has completed her training as a Biblical Parenting Coach. By using a heart-based approach to parenting challenges, this coaching program can help any child, any age, deal with any problem. Here's what makes the approach work:

·         It's biblical, looking at a theology of change. God designed us. When we understand change from a biblical perspective we multiply our efforts.

·         It’s practical, giving specific how-to solutions. When kids practice right responses, it changes patterns to positive ones.

·         It’s focused on the heart. Now we’re looking at tendencies and changing them with a deeper, longer lasting approach.

·         It looks long-term. Common problems become the training ground for life skills that kids will need for the rest of their lives.

If you would like more information, contact Jen Ashbaugh at 814-573-3403. 



There will be a bus trip to the Sight and Sound Theater to see “JESUS” and a side trip to the Bird-In-Hand Theater to see the musical “HOME AGAIN”. The trip is October 2-3, 2018 and is led by Barb Stockton. If you are interested in going please contact the church office or see the information posted on the bulletin board.





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
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