Stone United Methodist Church
Friday, July 19, 2019
Creating a Community of Caring Christians

The Messenger

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Worship Calendar in July and August

                                                               8:30 am and 10:00 am Each Sunday                                                                      

July 7th and August 4th Communion


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.


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.

I had the privilege of attending the 2019 Western PA Annual Conference session held June 6-8 at Grove City College as a lay representative of Stone Church to conference.  The week included spirit-filled worship with Bible study sessions based on scripture from Luke 5:11 led by the Rev. Dr. Yung Suk Kim using a bible study tool called “Reader-Response Criticism.” It involves reading the scripture and responding by “observing” what and who is involved in the text and asking questions. It was a new way to think about what you are studying.

For her State of the Church address, Bishop Moore-Koikoi donned fishing waders and carried a net as she again told the story from Luke 5:1-11. While urging Conference members to, “Go Deeper!”, she provided examples of how some had done just that over the past year. More on This in  our next Messenger!

Overview of the conference:
During opening worship on Thursday evening, three new deacons and six new elders were ordained, five provisional members  commissioned, and one elder  received into full membership from another denomination.


On Ministry Night, retiring clergy representing nearly 870 years of service were honored and a new Mission Partnership Covenant with the Methodist Church of Fiji was signed.  The Rev. Donald Struchen received the Thoburn Cane being recognized as the oldest clergy member with the most years of service. 

The Conference honored and celebrated the lives and ministry of clergy and laity who passed away since the 2018 annual conference.  Preaching at the service was our DS Dennis Swineford and his daughter, the Rev. Rebekah Clapp, a newly ordained deacon. Among those honored were Rev John Spahr and Carolyn Brown. 

Presentations around our conferences Five Areas of Focus highlighted effective ministries that are making a difference by:  1) Reaching new people in new places  2) Ministering with those living in poverty and the systems that trap people in a cycle of poverty  3) Promoting Abundant Health, including recovery ministries and efforts to addressing addiction  4) Continuing efforts to address racism and promote understanding of implicit bias  5)  Leadership Development ministries including camping and retreat ministries.


Amidst the celebrations, though, tension was evident. Reaction to the election of clergy and lay delegates to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences, as well as social media posts before and during the balloting illustrated the divisions within the Western PA Conference.  All 12 Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA)-endorsed laypersons were elected. Of the twelve clergy elected, only two were not endorsed by the WCA. 

During balloting, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi was asked to determine whether the results violated a Conference rule aimed at encouraging diversity in the delegation. The rule states “Throughout the election process, care shall be given to select a slate of delegates who reflect our inclusive nature in regard to theological diversity, race, age, gender, and disability.” The Bishop ruled that the process was transparent, care was taken to remind members of the rule, and the results reflected the choices of those voting. The ruling was appealed to the body, and a vote sustained it.

Review of one important legislative matter:  Petition 13, which was approved late in the Saturday plenary session, called for the General Conference “to direct the Connectional Table to create a task force of laity and clergy to prepare a process of structurally dividing the denomination into two or more unique expressions of Methodism which congregations and clergy could freely affiliate.  Along with that process, we ask the task force to evaluate whether we can establish a theological vision from which we can continue to share ministries, general boards and agencies, and work for common goals as separate expressions of Methodism. The Connectional Table will present a full process of dissolution at the General Conference 2024.” The language in the approved petition was substituted for the original language and removed a request to defer action on all petitions on human sexuality at General Conference 2020 “in order to focus on a fair, equitable structured settlement to our current, irreconcilable differences.”

If you would like more information, please let me know. Love and Prayers…Lisa Clayton

       THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!   A heartfelt thanks to…Debbie Knapp for the beautiful (and delicious) reception for our graduates…Lisa Clayton for her faithful representation as our lay delegate to Annual Conference…Our  musicians for June-Jim Ross, Jesse Stewart, Nicholas Farrelly-Jackson, Jessica Finney, the “Easter Choir”, Jen Ashbaugh and Kris Lambert…Joyce Minnis, Pat Loutzenhiser and Jim Ross for helping our old piano find a new home…Harry Jewell, Larry Sippy, Pat and Jeff Loutzenhiser, Sue Johnston,  Joyce Minnis and Cindy Karns for their work in Miller Parlor…Thanks to all who give, serve, lead and love.


Dear Church Family,

 Thank you for your thoughts, cards, prayers, and support during our recent loss of Ron's mother Ann. We appreciate your love and thoughtfulness.   

Ron and Merrilee Saccol


Welcome Carol and George Allison who became members of Stone Church on Sunday June 9th. The Allison's joined us through transfer of membership from Trinity Tower UMC in Pittsburgh.



Summer Music Help Needed
We are looking for musicians to fill our summer worship calendar.

If you would like to share your musical gifts this summer, contact Jen Ashbaugh.



For an exciting evening of FUN for the WHOLE FAMILY as we explore GOD’S MIGHTY FORTRESS

through story, music, crafts and snacks.

Open to all ages, we encourage you to come even if you are only able to attend one Tuesday.



Dates: July 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

Pre-registration encouraged by Friday, July 5th. For more information or registration forms call: 814-333-2161 or 814-724-6736 or sign up online at:



Summer vacation is here and our Fairview/Fairmont Outreach

 program could use the following:

Sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, hula hoops, footballs, playdoh, pretzel sticks, animal crackers, Ritz crackers, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, Bleach.

 Items can be brought to church on Sunday or dropped off at the church office.



On Thursday, August 8th at 6:00 PM the Children, Youth and Families Ministry team will be meeting to continue planning for the fall. If you have interest in serving on this team or input about future programing, contact Jen Ashbaugh.

Preschool VBS at Stone UMC

Dates: July 29-August 2 from 10:00-11:00 AM


Children ages 3-5 are invited for a morning of learning how we can give thanks to God. This hour-long VBS geared specifically to our preschool aged children will include singing, story time, snack and a craft. Registration forms are available in the church office.




Summer vacation is almost here and our Fairview/Fairmont Outreach program could use the following:

Sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, hula hoops, footballs, playdoh, pretzel sticks, animal crackers, Ritz crackers, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, Bleach.

 Items can be brought to church on Sunday or dropped off at the church office.



FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019         6:00-7:30 PM

Join us on the side lawn of the church for an evening of ice cream, entertainment and FUN.

ALL ARE WELCOME! (Rain location: Kingsley Hall) 



Camp Allegheny Women’s Retreat             August 23-25, 2019


This weekend getaway is set at the beautiful camping and retreat center of Camp Allegheny and is designed to let women refresh and renew their walk with the Lord. It is filled with praise, worship, speaker sessions, great meals, and free-time activities. Come enjoy fun and fellowship on the mountaintop with fellow sisters in Christ. Open your heart to a weekend of encouragement, faith building, and God’s love. Please see Merrilee Saccol for Registration Forms or additional information. Full weekend $105.00      Option of Saturday only $50.00

Our speaker this year is LuAnne Baker, presenting a variety of Biblical Portrayals. This year’s theme is

“In the Looking Glass: Face to Face with Jesus”

1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV) “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.”




Walk to Emmaus – Are You Feeling Called?

            The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of fifteen talks by lay and clergy on the themes of God's grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church. The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion. Three Rivers Walk to Emmaus serves western Pennsylvania and is affiliated with the Upper Room Walk to Emmaus. Pray and seek God’s guidance. Are you being called to attend this weekend of spiritual enrichment?

            The Men’s Walk is October 10 – 13 and the Women’s Walk is October 17 – 20. If interested please contact Lisa Clayton, Lisa and Chuck Foust, or Ron and Merrilee Saccol for more information.



Sunday, July 21st, 2019

30th Annual Wesbury Chicken BBQ and Craft Fair 

Where: Wesbury – 31 N. Park Ave., Meadville, PA 16335

When: 11AM – 5PM

Note: Parking Available on campus.

Free Admission.

Donation for meals are $10 Adults, $6 Children 10 & Under

Join in the fun by visiting the family fun zone, classic car cruise in, and crafters and vendors; listening to the outdoor and indoor entertainment; eating BBQ Chicken and Ribs; and by supporting the Sunset Auxiliary’s Rummage, Used Book and Bake Sales.



It is that time of year again - time to schedule the “Methodist Baby Comfort Station at the 2019 Crawford County Fair.”  For the several years members of Crawford County Methodist Churches have provided a much appreciated Baby Comfort Station at the fair.  This comfort station is a tent near the restrooms by the home show buildings.  The comfort station provides a place for moms and dads to feed their babies and change infants and toddlers that are clean and private. 

UMC provide the tent, two changing tables and two rockers, and a small table for siblings to sit & color while Mom/Dad takes care of baby. In addition, UMC members make sure to dispose of garbage and wipe down the changing tables with disinfectant wipes after each use.   Nothing is charged to those who use this service although a donation jar is put out if people would like to leave a tip. Monies are never solicited 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019, is Stone UM Church’s day to cover the “Baby Comfort Station” which opens at 10:00 am and closes at 10:00 pm. The day is divided into two hour time slots. If you are interested in volunteering for this local mission, please contact: Carolyn Turnbull at or call 336-5937 if you need more information.



Through the month of August, we will once again be collecting items for hygiene kits and flood buckets. Lists of items needed are located at each church exit and in Thoburn Lobby. Please note that there are very specific requirements for some of these items.  All items are due back to the church by Sunday, September 1st

It’s time to look thru your cupboards and closets Our Lord’s Locker Clothing Outreach could use the following items:

Plates, bowls, pots, pans, silverware, towels, sheets and personal care items (Shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc).



Don’t forget!!! August is a wonderful month to purchase extra school supplies for our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. If you are able to contribute, these donations can be brought to the collection box in Thoburn Lobby.



CQ at the Crawford County Fair

Once again, our praise band, CQ, will be playing on the West End Stage at the Crawford County Fair. Come on out on Tueday, August 20th 


COUNTERS FOR JuLY and august

July 7   Patty Brown & Merrilee Saccol           August 4     Patty Brown & Merrilee Saccol         

July 14  Anne Finney & Larry Ganster           August 11    Anne Finney & Larry Ganster

July 21    Barb Baker & Pat Power                  August 18    Barb Baker & Pat Power

July 28    Aundra Zack & Ron Saccol            August 25    Aundra Zack & Ron Saccol



End of Summer Picnic at Camp Chickasaw!

Join us beginning at 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 25th for an end of summer family picnic. The church will provide hot dogs, drinks and table service.     Families are asked to bring a dish to share. Please RSVP to the church office by Wednesday, August 21st

Hey Ladies….

Spend a Cool Evening out with the girls!!!

Please join us in September for Wings and Things at:

Pizza Villa on Tuesday Sept 17th at 6:00

Step into a stress-free zone!!!

No special requirements to participate, no committees to join, just food, fun and fellowship with other stressed out, but supportive women!!!

Please RSVP at the church office 724-6736 by Sunday Sept 15th so we know how many to plan for.(A few Extra seats will be available if all the stars align and you can make it, but you haven’t RSVP…Just Come!)



                                        Join us as we gather together for breakfast and assemble UMCOR kits.

                                        All are encouraged to attend!







Needed items:                                    Monetary donations accepted online at     

Peanut Butter 16 oz.                                                               Or mail:

Boxes of healthy cereal                                                           Second District School

Cans of soup or ravioli                                                            1216 S. Main St

Packages of instant oatmeal                                                    Meadville, Pa 16335

Boxes of Graham crackers                                                      Att; WiN

Grocery bags


Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:3 NIV



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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.


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