Stone United Methodist Church
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Creating a Community of Caring Christians

The Messenger

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Worship Calendar


Summer Hours: 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.


Sunday, June 24     Hymn Sing

Sunday, July 1         Communion

Sunday, July 8         Peace with Justice Sunday

Sunday, July 15       Wesbury’s BBQ Sunday

Sunday, July 22      

Sunday, July 29       150th Celebration! One service --- 10:00 a.m.

Carson Walter Knapp was born April 26, 2018. Carson is the grandson of Debbie and Walt Knapp. Parents are Ben and Jessica and Emma is Carson’s big sister. 


Addison Reese Siverd was born May 18, 2018. Addison is the granddaughter of Robin Stockton. Parents are Melissa and Phil and she has a big sister, Peyton and a big brother, Blake.


Both Carson and Addison are great-grandchildren of Phyllis and Garald Stockton.

Congratulations to all! 



Camp Chickasaw Camp Improvement Day

June 2, 2018, 8:30 AM


    Join us for a fun and productive day of service at Camp Chickasaw.

Washing, painting, stacking, building, raking, splitting, chipping, spreading, and eating are past popular activities at this event. A delicious lunch is provided for all who participate. If interested, please e-mail for a project list or to RSVP.  Thank you.



Wings and Things – Girls Night Out

Monday June 18th at 6:00

Something fun before the Summer Rush!


Willy G’s Pub

15713 Hwy 6 & 19; Meadville

 (Next to Vogt Heating on the way to Saegertown)

Please RSVP at the church office 724-6736 by Sunday June 17th so we know how many to plan for.

(A few Extra seats will be available if you can make it, but you haven’t sent an RSVP)





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.


150th Anniversary Choir

On Sunday, July 29th during our 10:00 AM worship service, we are inviting all interested past and present choir members to join us for this celebration. Rehearsals will begin in mid-July. Please contact Jen Ashbaugh or the church office if you would like to participate in this musical endeavor.





 A heartfelt thanks to…All who participated in the Feasibility Study… Jan Emblidge for arranging for the Wesbury interviews…Jen Ashbaugh, Debbie Knapp,  and other volunteers for creatively providing Christian education for our children and youth…Jim Ross and the Bell Choir for the inspiring Spring Ring…Tyson Johnston for the informative and well-designed Feasibility Study brochures…All our spring musicians including Thaddeus Ashbaugh and Simon Farrelly-Jackson, Jen and Jason Ashbaugh, Merrilee Saccol and Christine Ganster… the trustees who have taken care of everything from roofing contracts to plumbing problems… Fifteen persons who engaged in the “Equipping the Saints to Respond to Racist Comments” workshop…All fifty-two geranium buyers and planters…  Thanks to all who give, serve, lead and love.






Join us in Meadville’s Diamond Park Tuesdays in July…

Dates: July 17th, 24th, 31st    Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

Sponsored by: First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, Stone United Methodist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church

For an exciting evening of FUN for the WHOLE FAMILY as we explore what it means to be a CHAMPION FOR GOD through story, music, crafts and snacks. Open to all ages, we encourage you to come even if you are only able to attend one of the Tuesdays. ***Children must attend with a responsible adult. *** Pre-registration is encouraged by Friday, July 13th. For more information or registration forms call: 814-333-2161 or 814-724-6736 or sign up online at:




The following items are needed for VBS:

10 boxes of 12 ice cream cones (flat bottom); 6 bags Crunchy Cheetos; blank note cards, jenga blocks, 4 2x4 boards, rope

A sign up sheet is located outside of the church office. Please sign up for an item and return it to the church by Friday, July 13th.

Thank you for your support!     



 A Few Good Men & Women Needed!

We are in need of individuals who would be willing to serve during VBS in July. Our church will be leading the activity stations on Tuesday, July 31st. If you are available to help this evening or all three of the Tuesdays, please contact Jen Ashbaugh.


Watch for more information about a Preschool VBS experience coming to Stone UMC this summer!



 Stone Church Rocks!

As part of our anniversary celebration, Stone Church will be painting rocks to hand out on July 29th. Rocks and paint will be available between services on Sunday, July 8th and July 15th. Stop by Miller Parlor and help us reach our goal of 150 painted rocks!




Counters for JUNE and July


June 24         Barbara Baker         Pat Power

July 1             Aundra Zack           Ron Saccol

July 7             Patty Brown

July 15           Anne Finney            Larry Ganster

July 22           Barbara Baker          Pat Power

July 29           Aundra Zack             Ron Saccol



Camp Allegheny Women’s Retreat         August 24-26, 2018

This weekend is designed to let women refresh and renew their walk with the Lord. It is filled with praise and worship, wonderful speakers, great meals, and free time activities. There is also an opportunity to participate in a mission project. Come enjoy fun and fellowship on the mountaintop. Open your hearts to a weekend of encouragement, faith building, and God’s love. Contact Merrilee Saccol for more information and a registration form.

Our speakers this year are “Friends of the Heart” with the theme “If Our Closets Could Talk”


The speaker sessions are based on people from the Gospel of John.

It addresses a subject to which we can easily relate – clothes!


We will peek into our life’s closet.

-- What’s in there?

-- What doesn’t fit?

-- What should we give away?

-- What should we pitch?


Custodian Position Available


We are adding a part-time custodian.  The position is 20 hours per week.  10 hours are assigned to the church and 10 devoted to the Children's Center.  Hours are 3 PM to 7 PM. five days a week, Monday-Friday.  Some of the duties include:  cleaning, ability to lift 40 lbs., maintaining equipment assigned, doing light maintenance, light bulbs, minor plumbing, set-up rooms for events (tables, chairs, equipment) assist with inventory control and security of the church. This is a position as a Christian Ministry of Stone Church.  For more information contact Pat Loutzenhiser, SPRC Chair at 814-807-2320 or email



2018 Safe Sanctuaries Training

Featuring new material!

  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



There will be a bus trip to the Sight and Sound Theater to see “JESUS” and a side trip to the Bird-In-Hand Theater to see the musical “HOME AGAIN”. The trip is October 2-3, 2018 and is led by Barb Stockton. If you are interested in going please contact the church office or see the information posted on the bulletin board. A $100.00 deposit is due by May 1, 2018. Thank you.


Mark your calendars now for our 

150th Anniversary Celebration Sunday, July 29th!

The day will include morning worship at 10:00 an followed by a catered lunch.



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.


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