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Sunday, November 19, 2017
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Worship Calendar

Worship 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.


Sunday, November 12        Veteran and First Responders Recognition

Sunday, November 19        Thanksgiving Sunday


                                                7:00 p.m. Prayer and Praise 

Tuesday, November 21       7:00 p.m. Community Thanksgiving Worship at Wesbury -  Barco Chapel

Sunday, November 26        2:00 p.m. Waid’s Memorial Service


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.


 Counters for November

Nov 13              Audrey Lasher          Patty Brown

Nov 19               Anne Finney          Larry Ganster

Nov 26               Donna Lang         Brenda Andrey




Barb Baker who was accidentally missed in last month’s Soup Kitchen volunteer list. Joyce Minnis for organizing the flood bucket drive at Walmart and all the volunteers who assisted:  Jim Turnbull, Janet and Bob Waid, Darlene Ross, Alysha Malec, Ron and Merrilee Saccol, Dave Milhouse, Tracy and Janet Haas, Brenda and Bruce Andrey, Harry and Caryl Jewell, Carol Prather, Ty Johnston, Diane and Dan Craven … The great volunteers for  Make-A Difference Day:  Jen and Thaddeus Ashbaugh, Nicholas  and Simon Farrelly-Jackson,  Cyndi, Myla and Skyler Bland (and their whole GS Troop), Pat Lafferty, Cindy Karns, Larry Sippy, Clark Hoffman, Armendia Dixon, Leanne, Matt and Sammy Venesky… Jim Ross, the bell choir, CQ, Thaddeus Ashbaugh, Skyler and Myla Bland for sharing inspiring worship music this fall… Larry Ganster for leading the discussion on grief… Anne Finney for countless hours documenting the history of Stone... All the members and friends of Stone who will say “Yes” to Stone’s future in the offering of their commitment card… To all who give of time talent and resources…




Join us on Sunday, November 12th in Miller Parlor as we continue to explore “Echo the Story”. A light breakfast will be available before we begin our all-age friendly study!






Sunday Evening Prayer & Praise Service

November 19th

7:00 PM in The Living Room (third floor)


Community Thanksgiving Worship Service

Tuesday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m. @ Wesbury’s Barco Chapel




The annual Holiday Memorial Service and Tree of Memory program sponsored by the Robert W. Waid Funeral Home, Inc. of Meadville, and Waid-Coleman Funeral Home, Inc. of Conneaut Lake will be held again in the Stone Church sanctuary on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.


This is the 21st year for this service which is open to all who wish to attend and has been well attended each year.  You may request an ornament in memory of a deceased loved one by calling

Waid Funeral Home at 814- 724-1021.




     Jim and Darlene Ross would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, support and cards during the illness and loss of Jim's father, Schuyler Ross. 




The apostle Paul said Christ called church leaders “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13 NIV

     Meet Sotcho Dio. Sotcho lives with his father and mother. His father is employed as a teacher. His mother is not employed. Sotcho helps his family by carrying water. Sotcho’s favorite activities are art, drawing, and singing. In 3rd grade, his performance is average and his favorite subject is language.

Our Children & Youth Sunday School classes have decided to sponsor a child from Compassion International this year. We are encouraging our young people to look for ways to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world. For Sotcho, sponsorship will mean access to food, clean water, medical care, educational opportunities, and age-appropriate Bible teaching. We pray that our students will discover tremendous meaning, purpose and joy as they embrace the ownership role in this child’s life and in the church’s mission. When we serve God by serving children, we are following Jesus’ lead. Matthew 18:5 says “whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”



We extend our sympathy and prayers to Jim and Darlene Ross and family in the loss of Jim's father,Schuyler Ross. Schuyler joined the church triumphant on October 7, 2017.


 We extend our sympathy and prayers to the family of Patricia Gordon. Patricia joined the church triumphant on October 19, 2017.




Our Growing Young book study continues on Tuesday, November 7th at 6:30 PM in the Living Room. This week’s focus is Empathizing with Young People and What is Young about the Good News? Here are some questions for all of us to ponder (even if you are not able to join us for the study): How are young people in our church invited to put their faith into action rather than simply focus on behaviors to avoid? What factors do you think create the most generational differences in our church? What shifts might we need to make in order to be a more hospitable place for young people’s journey toward identity, belonging, and purpose? If you would like to join the conversation, email your answers to Jen Ashbaugh at



Be a part of the conversation with our November/December study,

“Underdogs and Outsiders”, a look at the broken branches on Jesus’ family tree.

Pick the time that bests suits your schedule…

Sundays: 9:30 - 10:30a.m. beginning November 5

Wednesdays: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. beginning November 8.

Please contact Pastor Sarah or Merrilee in the church office to reserve a book. 



Have you ever thought about the spiritual impact one shoebox can have on the life of a child? The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child, uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Scope: Since 1993, the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child, has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 100 countries. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.


Not only do the children receive a gift, they also receive the opportunity to learn more about following Jesus. More than 11.1 million children have participated in The Greatest Journey, Operation Christmas Child’s follow-up program that is offered to many children who receive shoebox gifts. The Greatest Journey is implemented through a global church network. This 12-lesson discipleship program teaches children about God’s amazing love and guides them through what it means to faithfully follow Jesus Christ.


This year, our children and youth have decided to participate in this ministry. Through November 12th, we will be collecting small toys/gifts, school supplies, and hygiene items to pack in shoeboxes. For more information, see the bulletin board outside the church office or contact Jen Ashbaugh.




Mittens, Socks & Hat Drive for Fairview/Fairmont

The UMW is sponsoring the Mittens, Socks & Hat Drive again this year for our friends at Fairview /Fairmont Apartments! We are looking for mittens, gloves, sock & hats for Teens through infant sizes. Children elementary age and toddler sizes are needed the most! Please place your donations in the wrapped boxes found in the lobby or on Christmas tree at the back of the sanctuary! Monetary donations are welcome also! Our collection deadline is Sunday, December 3rd, so that the items can be wrapped by First Presbyterian Church, Peace Circle.

Thank you for caring and sharing! The children and parents really appreciate your help!


Senior Food Distribution Needs Your Help

 Stone Church and Fairview/Fairmont has been a distribution site for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), Senior Food Boxes for over 7 years! The Senior Food Box Program purpose is to provide food to those in need and create nutritional awareness & education. The program is offered to seniors 60 years an older who meet income guidelines. This is a Federal Program administered by the Food & Nutrition USDA and comes to us out of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA in Erie. Each month, 40 to 60 boxes are delivered to Stone Church, and are distributed to seniors who come in and pick up their boxes. An average of over 585,000 people each month participated in the program in 2016 nationwide. So you can see we are just a small dot in the big picture of those that are in need. Here at Stone we have a great core group of volunteers:  Merrilee Saccol, Jeff Loutzenhiser, Garald Stockton, Ron Saccol, Jim Turnbull and Diane Craven. But more are needed! We need others to help count and sign for the food boxes, greet our friends each month, assist them by carrying their 30# box of food to their car, or assist them unloading it into their rolling cart so they can walk home easier, have each individual record that he/she has received the box, and give them the date of the next month’s delivery date. Easy tasks- simple & fun! It only is a commitment of three hours a month – or if you’d like – rotating monthly schedule if you are unable to commit monthly!  Want to learn more? Stop in and see Merrilee or call Diane for more information!


Fairview/Fairmont Community Thanksgiving Dinner

            Sixty to Seventy residents gather and break bread together at the Outreach, and 20 to 30 more request home deliveries for the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Stone Church and First Presbyterian have always been generous with supplementing the meal. We are looking for turkeys, canned green beans or corn, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, quick bread mixes, cans of pumpkin for pie making, eggs, milk, tubs of margarine or butter, loaves of bread for stuffing, pickles, olives – basically we’ll take any food donations! And of course any green back paper we’d be glad to have! Thank you so much for your willingness to share in this community outreach program! You can leave your donations in the church offices, or call Diane Craven or Amy Learn at the Outreach! 814-336-3516.



Wings and Things – Girls Night Out

Hey Ladies…. Step into a stress-free zone!!!

Is life stressful?  Need to recharge your batteries a bit?

Want to spend an evening with supportive women?

But most importantly do you enjoy Wings and Things?

No special requirements to participate, no committees to join, just fun, fun, fun!!!

Please join us at Firehouse Tap & Grill

875 Park Ave, Meadville

Monday November 13th at 6:00

Please RSVP at the church office 724-6736 by Sunday Nov 6th so we know how many to plan for.

(Extra tables will be available if all the stars align and you can make it, but if you haven’t RSVP… Just Come!)

Project Support Our Troops


Girl Scout Troop #36520, led by Cyndi Bland, will be packing Christmas military care packages for Post 52 on December 5. A drive is being held in the month of November to collect items to be shipped. Following is a list of items that can be purchased to place in these care packages.



Snack Cracker packs ~  Foot Powder ~ Silly String ~ Pringles ~ Tooth Paste ~ Crossword Puzzles
Beef Jerky ~ Tooth Brushes ~ Rat Traps ~ Cookies ~ Lip Balm ~ Gum ~ Travel size hand sanitizer

Air freshener ~ Trail Mix ~ Eye Drops ~ Cards/Letters of Support ~ Hard candy ~ Shower Scrubbies  Bug Repellant (Non-aerosol) ~ On the Go Drink Mix ~ Small Kleenex packs ~ Wet wipes (travel size)

Tea Bags ~Lotion ~ Hand - held Games ~ Sun­flower seeds Instant Co‑co Packets ~ Q-tips Pens/Pencils/pencil sharpeners ~ Cracker Jacks ~ Deodorant Shampoo ~ Conditioner ~ Socks Batteries (AA or AAA) ~ StarBurst Candy



Attention online shoppers!!!!

You can help Stone UMC financially without any cost or extraordinary effort on your part.

Simply go to  in your preferred web browser and follow the simple steps to sign up. Once you have signed up you can easily install a plug-in for your favorite browser and you are all set. There is no extra step or disruption to your online shopping experience.

If you shop online, sign up for this easy-to-use service and designate Stone UMC as your UM entity. Every time you make an online purchase at a participating retailer, a donation to Stone will be generated.

Another way you can accomplish this specifically involves You only need to add “smile.” in front of The site will look virtually the same as Amazon’s normal site but just under the search box at the top of the screen you’ll see the word “Supporting:” Selecting the drop down arrow will give you the chance to select a charity. Search for “Stone Meadville” and you’ll see our church listed. Select us as your charity and you’re all set. Then just remember to enter to start your Amazon shopping and donations will be made based on your purchases.

Remember…there is no additional cost to you for either of these options! The retailers make the donations. Thanks for your continuing support of God’s work being done through Stone UMC.


The WiNS Project provides weekend food for students at First and Second District schools.  Bags contain two breakfast items, two lunch items and two snack items. 

When students go home for the Thanksgiving break in November, the WiNS Project tries to pack more food to help supplement students’ nutrition over the 5-day break, so we include a jar of peanut butter and crackers.  This year WINS plans to send home peanut butter in the bags that will go home before the Christmas break.

Stone UMC will once again be collecting 16-oz. jars of peanut butter to help us fill those bags.  Donations can be dropped off in the office or in the boxes in the foyer.  The collection will run until November 15, 2016.   Thank you!




Tuesday, November 14th 9:00 am—Noon. Meet at Glenwood United Methodist Church for fellowship & refreshments—followed by a guided tour of The Refuge, Liberty House, and Rainbow Connection. Lunch will be provided at Glenwood UMC following the tour. All groups and individuals are welcome! To RSVP: Please call EUMA at 814-456-8073 by Thursday, Nov. 9th. There is no charge for this event. Space is limited.


On Nov. 28, United Methodists have the opportunity to extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season through gifts to The Advance.

Together, we can connect our passions with God’s mission.


How to Give

1.             Search to find the missionary or project you are interested in.

2.             Read about the project to learn more.

3.             Choose a way to give from the list below:

Give Online:

You can give to any of the ministries, missionaries, and projects currently supported by The United Methodist Church through Global Ministries.

By Phone: Credit card gifts can be accepted by phone. The telephone number is: 888-252-6174 toll-free


By Mail: Make your check payable to ADVANCE GCFA. Write the name of the ministry and the Advance code number on the memo line of the check. 
Send your check to:

Advance GCFA 
P.O. Box 9068  
New York, NY 10087-9068.


“Ring Those Holiday Bells” 

Friday, December 1, 2017

7:00 PM

Stone UMC hosts its 12th annual American Handbell choir concert. Bell choirs participating include our Carillon Ringers, the Red Door Ringers, the Trinity Belltones, and the Junior Bells of Twelve Apostles. The vocal choir “Justified by Faith” will also share holiday selections. A free well offering will benefit the Meadville Community Soup Kitchen.



Safe Sanctuaries training is for volunteers working with children, youth, and vulnerable adults.  This training is held to comply with our Safe Sanctuary policy.

            The remaining training session for 2017 is from 7:00 to 8:00 PM on the following date: December 11.  All Stone UMC employees and all Stone UMC volunteers that may be in contact with minors (those under 18) must attend a Safe Sanctuaries training session at least once every two years.  Sign up in the church office at any time.

            In 2017, we plan to develop a Safe Sanctuaries webpage as part of the Stone UMC website that will offer all of the necessary resources pertaining to the protection of children, youth and vulnerable adults.

          Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions, concerns, suggestions or to submit copies of your new or updated clearances.  - Tyson Johnston 814-282-1454,

If you plan to help with Sunday School or Messy Church

please mark your calendar now to take part in this very important training.

The session will be cancelled if there are not at least two advanced sign-ups.


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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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