Stone United Methodist Church
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Creating a Community of Caring Christians

The Messenger

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Worship Calendar 

9:00 am on Channel 23 and 100


Every Sunday at 9:00 AM on Armstrong Channels 23 and 100.

We will also be live-streaming on our Facebook page.

We intend to open July 1st for our first service in the sanctuary,

but will continue to broadcast on Armstrong and Facebook.



As the situation changes daily, please check your emails, our website (,


Facebook page (Stone United Methodist Church) for up to date information.



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.


Stone United Methodist,

We wanted to thank you so much for your thoughtfulness in sending a check from your members to help us cover expenses for our many trips to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital for Leukemia treatments for Ashley. We were so devastated when she was diagnosed, Knowing so many people are there behind her providing love & support means the world to us.

Love, Mark, Robin and Ashley Kindler


Thank you so much for your $128 donation to WiNS! We are so grateful for your

generosity. Your donation will be used to continue our program and purchase

food for the children of Meadville. Hunger – It’s a story we can end.

- Sue Mulvey





Our sympathies got out Harry Jewell on the passing of his brother David Jewell, who passed away on May 16th.


A Message from Trustees

We will begin to open our beautiful church building in June. Much time and effort has been spent cleaning, disinfecting and getting ready for our new normal. The Children’s Center and Soup Kitchen both open June 1st. There are many new standards to apply to access, sign-ins and social distancing. We will start to phase in meetings during June with very limited numbers and social distancing. We have made the decision that we cannot host our outside groups at this time. We intend to open July 5th for our first service in the sanctuary. We will still broadcast on Armstrong and Facebook. We have received very good information in a series of webinars and printed material from our conference to help us get ready. We feel optimistic and hopeful about our future. ----Your Trustees at Stone



Communications and Technology Update


Now more than ever, there is a real need for coordinated and strategic communications efforts at Stone UMC.  Those efforts need to be backed by reliable technology.  To pull this all together, a new Communications and Technology Committee (CommTech Committee) has been formed.  This new group includes Jen Ashbaugh, Patty Brown, Tyson Johnston, Andrew Lawlor, Derek Li, Pastor Sarah, Jim Ross and Carolyn Turnbull.  The Committee has met virtually via Zoom to clearly identify their responsibilities and prioritize Stone UMC’s needs.  Currently, the Committee is actively:


• researching software packages from different vendors to help integrate many workflows, including monthly and weekly newsletter generation and distribution, website and social media management, religious study and resources, video worship aids and more;


• obtaining plans and estimates for building-wide wired and wireless networking; and


• installing a new high-definition robotically-controlled video camera system in our Sanctuary made possible with Memorial funds.  This will allow us to have a high-quality, multi-camera video broadcasts on television and on the internet from our own Sanctuary.


We are looking for any individuals who would like to learn more about the operation of our new video camera system (once installed) to aid in broadcasting our worship services.


If you have any questions or would help with our video worship efforts, please contact CommTech Chairperson, Tyson Johnston,, 814-282-1454.




Sunday May 31st Pentecost Sunday!

Celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit by worshiping together at 9am on Armstrong Cable Channels 23 and 100 and on Stone United Methodist Church Facebook page.

Beginning June 1st, we will return to normal office hours (9am-1pm) Mon-Thurs.

At the current time the lobby door will remain locked so if at all possible call ahead to let one of the staff know you are stopping by. The office number is 814-724-6736.

In person worship will not begin again until Sunday July 5th.


Before and after this time, we will remain

a weekly presence both on Armstrong Cable and Facebook.

 "The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place,



Video Worship Update


Although we are not meeting in person for right now, we have been able to continue worship service on Sunday without missing a week!  Each week, we are tweaking and attempting to improve our production. Looking forward to when we return worship in our beautiful sanctuary, we are considering continuing weekly, live internet streams and possible cable broadcasts of our worship service based on the positive response we have received over the past month. We are looking for individuals who have experience or are willing to learn about video broadcasting and streaming to help with the exciting expansion of this ministry. Specifically, we will need one volunteer each week to operate the video system. Our sound system operation and volunteers will continue as normal.  

 Please contact Tyson Johnston,, or 814-282-1454.



Safe Sanctuaries update:


For everyone’s safety, all Stone UMC individuals who have direct contact with children in a volunteer capacity and all Stone UMC staff, regardless of their role, must do the following:

1.  Every 60 months (5 years), they must obtain the following clearances:

            -PA Child Abuse History Clearance (free for volunteers)

            -PA State Police Criminal Record Check (free for volunteers)

            -FBI Criminal History Background Check (required for all employees and those volunteers who have lived in PA for less than 10 years) ($22.60 for volunteers)

2.  Attend a Stone UMC Safe Sanctuaries training session at least once every 24 months (2 years)

3.  Sign a Stone UMC Safe Sanctuary Covenant

4.  Staff only - Staff must complete mandated reporter training every 60 months (5 years)

In 2015, child protection laws were revised in PA.  At that time, volunteers were required to obtain the above mentioned clearances.  We are approaching the five year mark for many volunteers who will need to obtain updated clearances in 2020.  Those who have previously submitted clearances to Stone UMC will receive a notice via mail in early January showing the most recent dates for their clearances, training and covenant on file.  If you have updated clearances, please place a copy of your updated clearance documents in an envelope in the Safe Sanctuaries mailbox in the church office.

2020 Safe Sanctuaries Training Dates and Times (please RSVP to the church office):
 - July 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM
 - October 7, 2020 at 7:00



The WiNS Project: Weekend Nutrition for Students

We plan to send peanut butter and graham crackers home over the Easter breaks again this year. If you see a good sale on 16 ounce jars of peanut butter or 14-15 ounce boxes of graham crackers, feel free to buy a few and drop them off at the church office. Monetary donations can be made out to The WiNS Project and sent to: Sue Mulvey at Second District School, 1216 Main St. Meadville, PA.



Needed items:                                    

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


Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:3 NIV



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 Looking for Childcare?

Closed until further notice

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
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Production Editor – Patty Brown
Layout & Graphics – Carolyn Turnbull 
Proof Reader - Don Snyder
Distribution Manager – Eileen Carpenter
Web Coordinator – Carolyn Turnbull
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