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8:30 am & 10:00 am

        Sunday, September 15    UMCOR Kit assembly and dedication

                                 Sunday, September 22     Bible Study

                                    Sunday, September 29     Bake Sale to benefit Sotcho Dio       


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.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!   A heartfelt thanks to … Phyllis and Garald Stockton, Debbie Knapp, Millie Ray, Joyce and Dick Minnis, Nancy and Howard Pears for staffing Stone’s Days at the UM Baby Comfort Station at the Crawford County Fair (and Carolyn Turnbull for coordinating it all)…Jen Ashbaugh and the team of volunteers (including Barb Baker and grandson Kaleb, Cindy Karns, Pat Lafferty and Cyndi Bland) for two great VBS experiences...Jim Ross and our July/August musicians including Jen Ashbaugh, Kris Lambert, Ethan Ashbaugh, Merrilee Saccol, Gloria Shields, Jason Ashbaugh, Skyler and Myla BlandCathy Pruskowski for providing everything needed for the delicious Ice Cream Social and thanks to the set up/clean-up crew including the Ashbaughs, Cindy and John Karns, Sue and Brian Johnston, Kyle Janes, Doug and Jenn Tucker…all who have engaged heart, head and hands in the renovation of Miller Parlor. This includes Pat and Jeff Loutzenhiser, Joyce Minnis, Sue Johnston, Harry Jewell, Jason Ashbaugh, Merrilee Saccol, Larry Sippy, Cindy Karns and Jim Turnbull, Thanks to all who give and serve and lead and love.



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 21, 2019.  Last year, the United Methodist Churches of Crawford County made quite an impact on our neighbors and friends during fair week since the usage tally was up to 500 families! 

Phyllis & Gerald Stockton, Nancy & Howard Pears, Debbie Knapp, Millie Ray, and Joyce & Dick Minnis. 

Your support is truly appreciated,

                                                                                    Carolyn & Jim Turnbull

Congratulations go out to:  

  Tori and Brian Shapter on the birth of their son, Killian Daniel, on June 13th.

 Grandparents are Diane and Dan Craven and great- grandmother is Nancy Zimmerman. 

  Sarah and Tyson Johnston on the birth of their daughter, Ashley Elizabeth, on June 28th.

 Big sister Morgan, grandparents are Sue and Brian Johnston and great- grandmother is Margie Johnston. 

  Sarah and Dave Roncolato on the arrival of two grandsons, Kairo Alexander "Kai", born October 25, 2018

 and Carter Michael, born June 14, 2019. Kai and Carter's great- grandmother is Marjorie Daniels. 

  Jackie and Andrew Russell on the birth of their son, Kurt Michael, July 16th. Kurt joins sisters Kara and Khloe. 

 Colin and Emilie Zimmerman on the birth of their son, Wyatt Niklous, August 1st.

 Grandparents are Donna and Mark Zimmerman and great-grandmother is Nancy Zimmerman.


Congratulations to Mary Ellen and Richard Edmonds as they celebrate 70 years of marriage!

They also ask for prayers for their health.




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.


Stone Church Well Represented on West End Stage at 2019 Crawford County Fair

Submitted by Carolyn Turnbull

  On Tuesday, August 20, 2019, our own “CQ” Stone UM Praise Band took to the West End Stage

 at the Crawford County Fair.

  Another Stone United Methodist supported music group, the “French Creek Valley Dulcimer Club,” performed on Friday, August 23, 2019, on the West End Stage. As the West End Stage Volunteer Music Coordinator, I am very proud of my gifted Stone UM Church family. Their willingness to share and support the musical talents of others is certainly appreciated.



Our Condolences go out to:

Margot Stoll on the passing of her husband Harry on July 6th.

                  Nancy Helmreich on the passing of her brother and Jim Ross

                on the death of his Uncle Louis Moyers on July 9th .

               Jen Ashbaugh on the passing of her Uncle John Niebaur on July 16th .


The question: “How was your trip?” The answer revealed...

Wednesday September 4th 10-11am in Miller Parlor

Come for coffee and a sweet as Pastor Sarah shares stories

 and pictures from her summer trip to Sweden.

The next Safe Sanctuary Training is on Wednesday, September 4th at 7:00 p.m. This training is required every two years for all staff and for all volunteers who are in direct contact with children. Please pre-register in the church office.


Wednesday Bible Study Begins September 11th ...

     Wednesdays 10:00 am - 11:00 am “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”

The Gospels give us many stories of Jesus eating with someone…Pharisees, tax collectors, friends and enemies. Our fall study will look at these stories in light of our call as disciples to follow Jesus. 


Sunday morning study9:15-9:50am

 Beginning Sunday September 22nd                                                             

  This group will also be looking at the Gospel stories of meals

                             Jesus shared with disciples, friends and enemies.


What does it mean to be a Christian man?


Have you had your identity stolen? It creates a huge inconvenience, doesn’t it? Or worse! Every day Christian men get scammed, phished and hacked by the world, the flesh, and the devil to steal—or at least compromise—our identities.

In this new series, The Christian Man, Patrick Morley is going to show you how God has provided for you to figure out, or affirm, your identity—and how to protect yourself from getting spiritually hacked!


You are invited to join other men as we dive into what Scripture says about being God’s man starting on Monday, September 30.

Come join us on Monday nights at 7:30 PM. Hope to see you there!



 Girl Scout Sign-Up Night

Want your daughter to have an extraordinary school year? Troops are now forming in your area. Find out more about how you and your girl can get involved with Girl Scouting. Staff and volunteers will be there to meet you. For additional questions contact: Jennifer Domowicz at 800-248-3355 or 
Date: September 18, 2019   Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Stone United Methodist Church

Update on the Capital Campaign: As of the end of August, 2019, we have received just under 89,200.00 towards our Capital Campaign fund. Thank you to all who continue to give!



All Church Rummage Sale!

 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Friday, September 20

9:00 am – 1:00 pm Saturday, September 21 (Bag Day $3/bag)

All proceeds to benefit WiNS and the Soup Kitchen

Watch for more information about opportunities to volunteer!



Our children & youth continue to sponsor a young man from Bangladesh. Sotcho is now ten-years-old. For children living in poverty, there is often no safety net. Hunger, disease and disaster are constantly pressing in. Please take a moment to pray for the health and safety of his family as well as all the children and families like Sotcho’s that depend on aid from organizations like Compassion International. We will be holding a bake sale on Sunday, September 29th to help cover the cost of his sponsorship.


All hands on deck for MAKE-A-DIFFERENCE DAY Saturday October 19th.

 Watch for more information as to how you can help!



September 15             Barb Baker & Pat Power

September 22             Aundra Zack & Ron Saccol

September 29              Patty Brown & Merrilee Saccol


      SEPTEMBER 15TH AT 9:15 AM

Join us in Kingsley Hall as we gather together for breakfast and to assemble UMCOR kits.

All are encouraged to attend!


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!!! September 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.


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!) 




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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 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
Supervising Editor– Rev. Sarah Roncolato
Production Editor – Patty Brown
Layout & Graphics – Carolyn Turnbull 
Proof Reader - Don Snyder
Distribution Manager – Eileen Carpenter
Web Coordinator – Carolyn Turnbull
Reporters – Stone UMC members
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