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Monday, November 19, 2018
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Service Hours: 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Worship Calendar

Sunday, Nov 18     Thanksgiving Sunday / Family Thanksgiving        

Sunday, Nov 25     Waid’s Memorial Service 2:00 p.m.

Sunday Evening Prayer & Praise Service

On Sunday, November 18th, CQ will be traveling to Atlantic Community Church to participate in their Thanksgiving Service at 7:00 PM. There will be no regular Prayer & Praise Service that evening. All are invited to join us at Atlantic Community Church as we give thanks & praise to God. 


Community Thanksgiving Worship Service

Monday November 19 7:00 p.m.

@ Wesbury’s Barco Chapel



Remaining Date for 2018 Safe Sanctuaries Training

December 10 from 7:00 -8:15 PM.

Please sign up in the church office.  At least two attendees per session are required to sign up in advance for the session to occur.

  Training is open to all Stone UMC congregants and is required for all staff and volunteers.

                        Training must be taken every two years. 

Questions?      Tyson Johnston,   814-282-1454




Counters for November

Nov 12   Barbara Baker and Pat Power   

Nov 18    Aundra Zack and Ron Saccol

Nov 25   Patty Brown




Your voice is needed! Christmas Choir rehearsals begin on Wednesday, November 7th at 6:00 PM. If you would like to participate for the Christmas season, contact Jen Ashbaugh. The choir will be singing at the 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service.


Weekend Nutrition Support Project (WiNS)

On October 12th the Weekend Nutrition Support Project (WiNS) began its 6th year of providing weekend nutrition bags to students in Crawford Central School District. As of January 2018, students in all five CCSD elementary schools are participating. This means volunteers are packing over 500 bags weekly! Stone Church supports this program with volunteers and with requested food items. This month WiNS is in need of 16 oz. jars of Peanut butter and 14-15 oz. boxes of graham crackers. Your donated items can be placed in one of the labeled boxes in the lobby and back of sanctuary.


The kitchen across from Miller Parlor has had its fall cleaning. A new coffee maker plus Corelle dinnerware are now available for members’ use.  Cabinets are labeled and the only request is to put clean items in their designated location so they can be used for the next event.




… Our Make-A Difference Day volunteers Cyndi, Myla and Skyler Bland, Armendia Dixon, Alexander Porter, Pastor Sarah and Larry Sippy…Jim Ross and the joyous  bell choir... Eileen Carpenter and Donna Mullen for monthly help with the Messenger…Joyce Minnis, Jim Turnbull, Pat Lafferty and Cindy Karns for assistance with the WiNS program…”Tug toy” makers for the dogs and donations for our local animal shelter…All who gave and took the tours of the great building we call Stone Church…Joyce Minnis and Pat Loutzenhiser  for renewing the first floor kitchen…Jeff Loutzenhiser and Garald Stockton for much appreciated help with Senior Food Box deliveries…Carolyn Turnbull for the touching message on Laity Sunday…Church treasurer Sue Wardian for careful work managing our finances…CQ bandmates Kyle Janes, Merrilee Saccol, Jen and Jason Ashbaugh, Doug and Jenn Tucker, Alicia Kasper…All who have said “Yes” to Stone’s future by returning their “Giving Intentions” … All who give of time, talent and resources…


A thank you letter was received from Katie Peterson, director of the Eastbrook Mission Barn, for the cleaning buckets, hygiene kits, and monetary donation. With so much flash flooding in western Pennsylvania they have emptied their inventory of cleaning buckets and hygiene kits two times! The full letter is in the office.


Dear Wings n’ Things, Please accept my heartfelt appreciation for all the baby items you recently donated to the Pregnancy Center of Meadville. Thank you for sharing your love for the Lord with the clients we serve here, You helped so many.

Serving the Giver of life, Kay Gage, Director, Pregnancy Center of Meadville


Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, your cards, and support during our time of

 sorrow over the loss of Ron’s father, Luigi Saccol.

Ron and Merrilee Saccol


Deck the Halls


The holy season of Advent will soon be upon us. As is tradition here at Stone Church, individuals and families are invited to help “Deck the Halls”. As we prepare our hearts for the coming Savior, so we prepare our church for all those entering our doors to feel welcome and be warmed by lovely decorations. May we be the light of Christ to all who enter.

The annual "Hanging of the Greens" will be held Monday, Nov. 26 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There will be individuals to direct you as to what needs to be done. Volunteers will also be needed on Jan. 6th when decorations will come down and packed for storage. There will be individuals to help on this date also. Please sign-up in church office and include your phone number if you are available any time on Tuesday, Nov. 27th as there are people working on their own time that day.  Light snacks will be available on Monday.



Heading into the Holidays when it is hard to be happy…The holidays can be a difficult time for those who have experienced loss, a loss due to the death of a loved one, an unwanted change in home, health or finances , a separation from family or friends. If you’d like help getting through the holidays, or want to help someone else get through the holidays, join Pastor Sarah for a two part conversation, Sunday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m. - noon in Miller Parlor.

Watch for information about our upcoming Advent study to be held each

Sunday in December at 11:00 a.m. A weekday session will also be offered.


Christmas is coming! This means hats, mittens, gloves and socks are needed for the children of Fairview/Fairmont apartments. Currently there are 94 children under the age of 7 living there so small sizes are most needed and appreciated!



Giving Envelopes to be Discontinued

            The Finance committee has decided that in keeping with being good stewards, Giving Envelopes for 2019 will be discontinued. This is due to the limited number of people who requested and used them last year. There will still be envelopes in the pews to place your check or cash donations in. Please make sure your name is on the envelope for proper donation recording.


Senior Food Distribution Needs Your Help

            Stone Church has been a distribution site for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) Senior Food Boxes for over 8 years! The program is offered to seniors 60 years an older who meet certain income guidelines. This is a Federal Program administered by the Food & Nutrition USDA and comes to us out of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA in Erie. On the second Thursday of each month between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. approximately 60 boxes are delivered to Stone Church. These are then distributed to seniors who come to pick up their boxes. Jeff Loutzenhiser and Garald Stockton have been faithful helpers for the last few years. Thank you! We can use a few more helping hands to greet our seniors, assist them by carrying their 30# box of food to their car, or assist them unloading it into their rolling cart so they can walk home easier. Each individual records that he/she has received the box. It is a commitment of three hours a month. If you are unable to commit monthly we can still use your help on a rotating schedule. Want to learn more? Stop in and ask Merrilee for more information!    


UMC Market and Amazon Smile                      Attention online shoppers!!!!

As we approach Christmas remember you have an opportunity to help Stone UMC financially without any cost or extraordinary effort on your part. Many retailers offer bonus discounts to those who shop through UMC Support ( and the online experience has been greatly improved. 

If you haven’t yet done so, simply go to UMC Support ( 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 www.  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 UM Church - 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.


After your Black Friday Shopping, please remember  Giving Tuesday!!! 

This year on Tuesday, November 27, United Methodists will once again come together as a part of that movement to advance vital ministries around the world. There are hundreds of ways you can #GiveUMC.

UMCOR’s Website:




Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:3 NIV



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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.

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The Messenger
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Production Editor – Merrilee Saccol
Layout & Graphics – Carolyn Turnbull 
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