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Friday, November 15, 2019
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Dear Friends... 

In the blink of an eye we go from Halloween to New Year’s Day, or at least that’s how it feels to me. Two months of celebration and then suddenly January is upon us.

For those of us in the United Methodist Church, January 1st, 2020 marks more than the beginning of a new calendar year. Due to changes made to our Book of Discipline at the special 2019 General Conference, stricter penalties go into effect for clergy who perform marriages for same gender couples and on LGBTQ persons considering ministry in the United Methodist Church. With the new year also comes the probability of another contentious General Conference in May.

What does this mean for Stone Church? It means we need to take seriously the education of the heart and head as we discern as a congregation our way forward. To this end, church council is offering a day of education and discussion with Rev. Scott Gallagher, pastor of Garden City UMC in Pittsburgh. Scott brings a depth of faith and understanding of who we are, where we have been and where we might be headed, as a church.


You are all encouraged to attend…


“Who are We and What's Next for the United Methodist Church”


 Saturday, November 16th 9:00 am-3:00pm


At Stone UMC (Miller Parlor)

The morning will be a look at our connectional system, our Book of Discipline, and the ways the UMC has governed itself over the past fifty plus years. The afternoon will be a discussion of what is next for the denomination as we enter 2020 and prepare for May’s General Conference. Our day together will be very important as we discern the way forward for Stone Church. All members and friends of the church are encouraged to participate. Lunch will be served. Although there is no cost to the day, reservations are requested.

In times of uncertainty I offer the words of the Apostle Paul found in Ephesians 3; “Now to the One who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.

Amen and Amen…Pastor Sarah


    Stone United Methodist Church, I love this place!

    In the Peace, Power and Presence of Christ...Pastor Sarah




Who we are as the people of Stone…

“Compelled by God's love Stone UMC is an inclusive community of faith, meeting people where they are, connecting them with Christ and one another, helping them live as disciples of Jesus Christ”.



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