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Sunday, May 19, 2019
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Sunday May 12      Mother’s Day

                   Sunday May 19      Last Sunday for “Sunday at Church”

                Sunday May 26      Memorial Day Weekend

     Sunday June 2       Graduation Sunday


             Word from FV/FM Outreach director Sarah Miller...


 Exciting things are happening at Fairview/Fairmont! We are in the process of creating our summer programming. As we plan, we are doing our best to support resilience in the community following the initiatives of Peace4Crawford. Our hope is to promote a trauma-informed community and trauma-informed care through our program.  Two thirds of people have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience (ACEs). This trauma can have life-long impacts on health and well-being. We want the Outreach to be a space that understands the trauma people have endured. We want to meet people where they are and promote resilience. Every staff member and volunteer will receive an introductory to ACEs and resilience training. This training will also be available to residents at Fairview/Fairmont. Our trauma-informed journey starts with awareness. I could talk about this all day, so please reach out to me if you would like to hear more!

There are many ways you can assist our outreach ministry. Our number one request is prayer. Please join me in praying for Fairview/Fairmont. I invite you to pray for the people who call this community their home as well as for our staff and volunteers. You can also donate your time. We have many opportunities depending on your comfort level and availability. You could bake an after school snack, help elementary age kids with their homework, play basketball with the older teens and young adults, use graphic design skills to create flyers for field trips, or visit over a cup of tea with our senior residents. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call or email. You can also help by donating supplies. Our current needs are deodorant, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, Barbie’s, and a vacuum. If you have clothing donations, please take them to the Lord’s Locker.


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!   A heartfelt thanks to… Jen Ashbaugh and youth for the beautiful “Colors of Easter” program… Jim Ross, Jen Ashbaugh, Kris Lambert, the bell choir and all our musicians for inspiring Holy Week and Easter Sunday music…Sarah and Tyson Johnston for the beautiful Holy Thursday Seder dinner…Merrilee Saccol, Jeff Loutzenhiser , Patty Brown,  Phyllis and Garald  Stockton for assisting with recertification of Senior Food Boxes…Jan Emblidge, Leslie Work and Anne Finney for attending the “What’s Next?” event at the Edinboro UMC…Everyone who prayed their way through Lent with their Prayer Jars…Ron Saccol for weekly leadership of the Monday evening men’s study…All who faithfully give of their tithes and offerings so that the ministry of Stone can stay vibrant and vital…Thanks to all who give, serve,  lead and love. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!




Adult Christian Education          Let’s Try Something New! 


                Plan to join us as we meet for Spiritual Education from 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Beginning May 5 we would like to try something new! 

                We invite you to covenant with us to read daily devotions from Our Daily Bread Ministries throughout the week. When we gather on Sunday we will share and discuss the devotions that had deepest meaning to us.

                These devotions can be accessed in several ways. There is a booklet (similar to the Upper Room) that will be available at the church or you can have one mailed directly to your home. You can also access the daily devotions through email or listen/read online at



All Mothers’ Celebration!

Join us at 9:15 AM on Sunday, May 12th during Sundays at church. ALL mothers are invited for a special time to celebrate with breakfast, a craft and a lesson presented by Pastor Sarah. Please RSVP to the church office by Thursday, May 9th.



7th Annual Shoe Drive

Now through June 2nd

Collect and donate your unwanted, GENTLY- USED PAIRS of shoes to the Shoe Drive benefiting EUMA and All God’s Children Ministries. Last year, total donations raised nearly $11,000 for the two ministries. Shoes can be dropped off in Thoburn Lobby.

   Graduate Sunday is June 2nd  

On Sunday June 2nd we will recognize our graduates at the 10:00 a.m. service.

If you have a graduate you would like recognized in the June Messenger

and/or in worship on Sunday June 2nd , please contact the church office with the student's name

 and place from which they are graduating.




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

Dates: July 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th

                    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 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 of the Tuesdays. ***Children must attend with a responsible adult. *** Pre-registration is encouraged by Friday, July 5th. For more information or registration forms call: 814-333-2161 or 814-724-6736.



Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Idafern Wagner, who passed away on April 7th, 2019 at Rolling Fields Elder Care.




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.





May 12           Patty Brown & Merrilee Saccol

May 19           Anne Finney & Larry Ganster

May 26           Barb Baker & Pat Power






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.


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