Stone United Methodist Church
Friday, March 23, 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, March 25                   Palm Sunday

Thursday, March 29                Holy Thursday Communion Service at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 30                    Good Friday Service “In the Shadow of the Cross”   at 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday! April 1          7:00 a.m. Service in Diamond Park Gazebo

10:00 a.m. Worship in sanctuary 

On your MARK…Get Set…GROW!

Thanks be to God for all of you who are underway with the reading of the Gospel of MARK this Lenten season. As you finish this Gospel, you are asked to report in so that we can MARK it down. There are many ways you can let us know-sign in at worship, call the office or send an email to Pastor Sarah or Merrilee.  Our goal: 40 Gospel readers! So…let’s get growing!


An invitation from Pastor Sarah

Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to work with and become friends with Pastor Markus McDaniel, the pastor of United Faith Fellowship Church of God. Markus and I, very different in gender, race and age, have discovered we are very much alike in our commitment to Christ and to the community. We have talked often about ways we might bridge the gap between our churches and strengthen the Christian community in Meadville. I am inviting you to be a part of the first “bridge building experience! Beginning Tuesday evening March 6th, 6:15-7:30 pm, Pastor Markus and I will co-lead a 4 week Bible Study hosted by United Faith Fellowship Church on Randolph Street. The focus of our study will be what the Bible says about breaking down walls and building up a community of love and welcome for all people. We will meet four Tuesday evenings-March 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 6;15-7:30PM.  If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, please contact me. Mark this down…God has something great in store for us this March!

Women’s Study

A Women’s Study entitled “The Miracles of Jesus: Finding God in Desperate Moments” will be offered following Easter. In this six-week Bible study, Jessica LaGrone leads us in a captivating exploration of the miracles of Jesus, helping us to see that our weakness is an invitation for God to work powerfully in our lives and reminding us that we need God on our best days just as much as we do on our worst. More details will follow in the April newsletter. Contact Merrilee Saccol if you are interested in participating.



A heartfelt thanks to… Jim Turnbull who was missed in last month’s thank you for help with un-decorating … Soup makers and dessert bakers for a delicious “Souper”  Bowl Sunday celebration… Matt McElhaney for an extra hand with snow removal…   Pat Loutzenhiser for hours of work on our Keystone Preservation Grant application… Ron  Saccol for keeping our computers running well… Donna Mullen and Eileen Carpenter for assistance with the newsletter … Lisa Clayton for coordinating the restful women’s retreat and Shrove Tuesday dinner out… Tyson Johnston for offering revised and renewing Safe Sanctuary trainings for our volunteers… Cindy Karns and Jen Ashbaugh for organizing the first “Crafternoon” tea… .. Children's church volunteers Barb Baker, Patty Brown, Pat Lafferty, Cyndi Bland and Kelsey Cole.... Sunday school volunteers Leda Boal, Nancy Frambes, Leanne Venesky and Debbie Knapp. 

Thanks to all who give, serve, lead and love…THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! 

A special thank you to all who helped set up, serve, clean up, make hearty soup & delicious desserts and bowled in support of Souper Bowl Sunday. Together we collected over $1000.00 to benefit Women’s Services, Compassion International, EUMA and the WiNS Project. When everyone gives a little, we can accomplish a great deal.

Winter Fest

Thank you to all who participated in Winter Fest on Saturday, February 17th. The community-based event was a huge success! Your support and dedication made this a wonderful opportunity to open our doors and reach out to share the love of Jesus with others in our community.

The Lord’s Locker thanks all who give so generously with clothing donations. A special thanks to Ooh La La for their ongoing donations of fine articles of clothing from their store.


Congratulations to the Roncolato family on the birth of Briggs McCoy, born February 20, 2018. Briggs is the son of Dan and Kylie, brother of Brody and Buckley, and grandson of Sarah and Dave Roncolato.


We extend our sympathy and prayers to Myrna Sanford and family. Reverend Dick Sanford went home to glory on February 4, 2018. A memorial service was held at Stone UMC on February 24, 2018



Girl Scout Troop #36520 has chosen a special service project for the month of March. We are requesting your help to collect children’s items to create foster care bags for the children and youth of Crawford County through Crawford County Human Services. Crawford County Human Services is an integrated agency providing many services for our area and helps with the transition of children into foster care. Often time kids are placed into homes with only a trash bag filled with their personal items. We would love to help make this transition easier by giving these children their own bags filled with every day necessities and some fun too! We are hoping to also host a foster care family night in the near future where our girls will do some crafts and activities with the children and their families.

-         Items being collected are for ages infant to teen and include: diapers, wipes, pacifiers, baby hygiene items, rattles, small toys, notebooks/journals, pens, deodorant, soap, brushes, combs, socks, towels, wash cloths, coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, activity books, small stuffed animals, card games, children’s (all ages) books, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, small blankets, chap stick, tissues, PJ’s (infant, boys, girls, teens – any and all sizes), hair ties. **We also need bags to put items in. We are going to be using cinch sacks which are sold mostly anywhere including Dollar Tree, Walmart, and Dollar General. An example of the bags we are using will be in Thoburn Lobby.



Meadville Area Ministerial Association invites you to visit their various churches for this year’s Lenten Lunch Series. Each week a different congregation will provide a simple meal and a devotional speaker, with donations for lunch supporting a program of that church’s choosing.

Lenten Lunch begins February 14th

with lunch at 12:00 and program beginning at 12:30.



March 21:                   United Faith Fellowship Church of God     561 State Street  814-336-4124



This year on Good Friday, March 30, 2018 we will be presenting Shadow of the Cross, a musical Tenebrae Service.

Singers are needed. Please see Jen or Jason Ashbaugh if you are interested in joining us for this meaningful musical celebration.

2018 Safe Sanctuaries Training

Featuring new material!

April 9, July 23, October 1, and December 10 from 7:00 -8:15 PM.

Please sign up in the church office for one of the sessions.  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.  If you completed the training in 2016, you will be sent a reminder to attend a training session in 2018.

Questions?                  Tyson Johnston,, 814-282-1454

2018 Spring Rummage Sale

Set Up:  Wednesday, April 4th & Thursday, April 5th, 2018
Sale:  Friday, April 6th from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sale:  Saturday, April 7th from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Think of us when you do your Spring Cleaning!
Sponsored by the UMW
Mark your calendars!
Wesbury Birthday Party, Wednesday, April 11th
Sponsored by Stone UMW
Helpers are needed!
Please call event chairperson:  Phyllis Stockton


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. 


Mark your calendars now for our


150th Anniversary Celebration Sunday, July 29th!

Watch for more information!




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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