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Stone Church News December 2012

Alternative Christmas Bazaar December 1 9 am – 2 pm Fellowship Hall

Stone Church News December 2012 Sunday, December 16

Once Upon a Pageant: A Christmas Story that Changes the World (An original Stone Church Production)

All Stone Church Young People, Youth and Adults

are invited to be part of sharing the story and passing on the gift.

Friday, December 21, 7 pm

The Longest Night Service On the longest night of the year (the winter solstice) all are invited to gather in the midst of a

very busy, hectic time for some moments of peace. Come into the quiet and beauty of the Stone

Church Sanctuary for a meditative worship that honors those emotions and places in our lives where we feel grief, worn, or weary. While the culture conveys that the holidays bring

laughter and joy, many persons have experienced the loss of a loved one, health challenges,

financial hardship, lack of employment or other disappointments that cloud the days. Come at 7 pm to reflect upon the faithfulness of God’s presence. Through music, word, silence,

scripture, and candle lighting, we come to God on this dark night. This is the second year for this service to be offered at Stone Church. Last year in the midst of this very busy time many

appreciated this worship experience. All are encouraged to invite family and friends from the Huntingdon community who might benefit to join together on this “longest night.”

Sunday, December 23, 3 pm

Christmas Caroling & Soup Supper Meet in the Fellowship Hall at 3 pm for caroling (5 pm for Soup) for a special time of sharing

carols & a simple gift with Stone Church Friends around our community. Let Barb Parlett (643-3603) or the Church Office (643-3390) know if you’re able to bring:  Cornbread or bread

 A crock pot of soup or chili

 Cookies or Christmas goodies  Help with setup or cleanup

Monday, December 24, 7 pm

Christmas Eve A Worship Service in Candlelight—Hear the story. Sing the carols. Celebrate once again the love of God known through Jesus!

Musical Happenings in Early December... Saturday, December 1st, at 7 p.m... The local Forum of Churches will have its annual Festival of Song again this year. This event, at the Presbyterian Church (5th and Church Streets, Huntingdon) is a patchwork of groups, individuals, and choirs from the Huntingdon area. Keeney Brass is participating this year. This yields a pleasant and varied way to usher in the Advent Season.

Sunday, December 2nd, at 3 p.m. in Rosenberger Auditorium... The Juniata College Orchestra will present a concert featuring music of Bizet (Carmen), Grieg (Peer Gynt) and other composers. Several folks in the Stone Community are participating—Will Thurston-Griswold, Jill Keeney, Claire Wayman, and Paul Keeney.

Sunday, December 2nd, at 7 p.m. at Stone Church... The Juniata College Women's Ensemble will present a choral concert under the direction of Jan Mianulli. This crew has several Stone Community participants as well—Donna Rhodes, Tara Yorke, and Anne Siems. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Taize Worship Our next Taize worship service is on Sunday, December 9th, at 6 pm. These worship services are growing in participation. We have been having gatherings of 30-40 people from Stone and the wider Huntingdon community. A couple of years ago we sometimes had a dozen or less. We suggest you try it out if there is any chance that simple meditative music, scripture, prayer, and silence could bring meaning or restoration to you. Please think about it...

Lunch with Lisa—December 9

Thankfulness 2012 Thank you, Stone Church Leadership Team, for a great November meeting: Thank you, Dale and Christy Dowdy, for sharing enthusiastically about the Vital Ministry Journey (VMJ) and how this small-group experience can help our congregation to listen to God in our midst, to discern next steps, and to deepen our relationships with one another. Thank you, Jim Bookhamer, for speaking inspired words about the importance of church leaders’ commitment to VMJ. Thank you, Linda Carpenter, for a well-presented budget. Thank you, Dale Dowdy, for saying, “The budget is more than numbers.” Thank you, Betty Ann Cherry, for emphatically replying, “The budget is the program!” Thank you, Jim Bookhamer, for reassuring us that the roof has a lot of years left and that it can be repaired instead of replaced. Thanks also for telling an engaging story about raw sewage in the crawl space. Thank you, John Hille, for sharing that the WKBR radio station will likely air Stone Church services on Thursdays, making it possible for residents of Westminster Woods and for prisoners to hear the previous Sunday morning’s worship. Thank you, Barb Parlett, for claiming, “I got nothin’,” when it was your turn to report on Hospitality — then telling some details about a couple of things before adding, “I can talk a lot about nothing!” — Leadership Team Report by Brooke Meadows, Vice Chair

SPOTLIGHT… TINKA BERGER Each month a different person, team or item will appear in our "SPOTLIGHT" section. The purpose of this feature is to provide enlightenment and to get a glimpse into various aspects of our church community. Person of interest: Job Title:

Tinka Berger Nativity Manager

Approximate number of work hours per week: During Advent averages 5 hours a week, including travel. This follows the initial set up which requires about 8-10 hours of work; varies with the weather. One sentence job description: Tinka’s life as the Stone Church Nativity Manager began several years ago when she volunteered to bring live animals from her Blue Moon Farm to the Stone Church property for an outdoor manger nativity scene during the month of December. Toughest part of this calling: Coordinating a moving crew for the stable. (Getting it into town and back to the farm following Christmas) Best part of this calling: #1 The year the lamb disappeared. Tinka said she knew it would not be gone long because the lamb needed to be fed every 2 hours. She said “Nobody could keep the lamb away from the mama too long.” (The lamb was discovered because it made its need known with a very distinguishable sound in the Dormitory; a Juniata College student had to admit the “taking” and made amends. #2: Dr. Lidston was helping and one of the sheep got away and she remembers him running down the road after the sheep. .

Stewardship Update For 2013 we currently have pledges in of $216,000, compared to pledges of $230,000 for 2012. We are grateful for the many faithful supporters we have at Stone Church. At this time, we are putting final touches on the proposed 2013 budget. If you intend to submit a pledge for 2013 but have not yet done so, please send as soon as you are able so that we can better plan for the coming year. We wish you every blessing of the Christmas season. The Finance Team

Save the Date: January 20, 2013—9 am Congregational Forum to approve 2013 budget

We Remember….. Robert Stewart

January 9, 1927 – November 8, 2012

A memorial service was held for Bob Stewart, Jr. at Stone Church of the Brethren on Monday, November 12. Pastors Dale and Christy Dowdy officiated at the service. Robert Blair Stewart Jr. was born January 9, 1927 in Huntingdon. He was first married to the former Nancy Kiracofe, who preceded him in death January 24, 1987. He was united in marriage to Sally Sanders-Wood September 19, 1988 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Bob was employed at the former Owens’ Corning Fiberglas as a welder and maintenance supervisor. He was probably better known as a self-employed general contractor in the Huntingdon area for over 35 years. Bob was an amazing gardener and had the biggest private compost pile that many people had ever seen. This of course contributed to all the vegetables that he produced in the garden, which were shared with many friends and neighbors. He also was an artisan in many areas, including carving wooden ducks and birds, stained glass work, basket weaving, blacksmithing and making wooden toys. Bob was an active member of Stone Church and attended worship faithfully until his health prevented him from being present. He served on the building team and also served as a mentor. We will miss Bob and his wonderful story telling style!

Ed Hults

September 10, 1928 – October 21, 2012

A memorial service was held for Ed Hults at Stone Church of the Brethren on Saturday, November 24. Pastors Dale and Christy Dowdy officiated at the service. Edward E. Hults was born at Bethany Hospital in Chicago, Illinois on September 19, 1928. He spent many days of his childhood playing with a special friend, Doris Eichelberger. The Hults and Eichelberger families centered their lives around the Church of the Brethren in Naperville, Illinois. He was a 1946 graduate of Naperville High School. On November 16, 1957, Ed married Barbara Ann Searle. During his career, Ed worked for International Harvester Company as an Information Systems Manager. After 46 years of marriage, Ed’s wife Barbara died in 2003. It was in 2005 that some of us began to take note that Ed was sitting with his childhood friend, Doris Comerford. It was a joyful day at Stone Church on December 10, 2005, when Ed and Doris were married, surrounded by family and friends. Doris and Ed took turns living in North Carolina and Huntingdon. When Ed and Doris were in town, they attended worship faithfully at Stone Church. We are grateful for the opportunity to know Ed and we will miss him!


Youth News


 SKI DENTON Your final payment and forms for the ski trip (scheduled for January 4-6) are DUE DECEMBER 10 in the church office  WATCH for coming Volleyball Practice Nights!  COMING… Senior High Camp Blue Diamond Retreat: January 18-20, 2013 

Benefit Concert for the Huntingdon County Humane Society Sunday, December 9 at 7pm, Rosenberger Auditorium, Halbritter Performing Arts Center, Juniata College Help us make a difference through the power of music—This concert, featuring the Spark of Hope Youth Music Missionary Ensemble of Huntingdon, will honor the Huntingdon County Humane Society. It is highly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance by calling 643-2939. Admission $5.

Men’s Breakfast 8 am—December 15

Food Pantry Sunday—December 16

We will ask the children to collect your items. The December item of the month for the Huntingdon Food Pantry is peanut butter, but any items may be brought for the cause of helping alleviate hunger in our community. Donations at other times may be placed in the wagon outside the sanctuary doors by the organ.

We will again be ordering poinsettias for the Advent Season. Orders will be due December 10. Order forms are available in the church office and at the back of the sanctuary.

Annual Funding Request for our Guatemalan Partner the Asturias Academy As we prepare for the Christmas Season, our Guatemalan partners are gearing up for a new school year which begins in January. In order for them to continue empowering Guatemalan youth to break the cycle of poverty and to build a more just, peaceful and inclusive society, they need our financial support. Tuition payments only cover approximately 40% of the school’s annual operating budget, and the remainder comes primarily from the generous contributions of international donors. For the first time in five years this past year, the school did not have a full-time development and volunteer director supported by Brethren Volunteer Service. We hope that the current fundraising tour will generate some much needed revenue, but we are also counting on the continued assistance of faithful friends who believe in the school’s mission and recognize the enormous value of the education provided. As you consider year-end charitable contributions, please remember that your gift to the Asturias Academy will bear extraordinary fruits. How many organizations can say that virtually 100% of donations go directly to program expenses? For only $30 per month, you can provide a deserving child a full scholarship, which covers tuition, all necessary school supplies, and a school uniform. $60 will pay a teacher’s salary for a week. $35 will keep the computer lab operating for a month. Included below is the pledge form, which can be dropped off at the Stone Church office. As indicated on the form, the school’s priority needs continue to be student scholarships, funds to improve teachers’ salaries, money to purchase library books, and undesignated funds to meet general operating expenses and occasional unexpected, urgent needs. The school has been receiving some valuable support from the Canadian-based organization Librarians Without Borders that has enabled them to expand their collection, catalogue it, and employ a librarian to work with students and teachers to foster literacy, and they are exploring ways to convert their collection into a community library. On behalf of our friends at the Asturias Academy, mil gracias for any support that you can offer to provide the transformative gift of education to Guatemalan children and youth. --------------------------------- -------------------------------------------Donor’s Name: ________________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________________ Telephone: ________________________ Email: _____________________________________________ Donation: _______ Full Academy Scholarship ($360) _______ Half Academy Scholarship ($180) _______ Teachers’ Compensation ($_____/mth) _______ Purchase of Library Books ($____/mth) _______ General Operating Budget ($____/mth) _______ Other (please indicate the purpose for which you wish to designate your gift: ___________________________________________________) Payment Plan: _____ monthly

_____ quarterly

____ semi-annually


Checks should be made payable to Stone Church of the Brethren, with Guatemala Partnership on the memo line. For additional information, contact Henry Thurston-Griswold (

On Saturday, October 27th, more than a dozen persons, including a number of Juniata College students, gathered at Stone Church for ApplesauceFest 2012. Thanks to some flawed information on the internet (imagine!), we were unintentionally more ambitious than we set out to be. Our goal was to preserve 150 pints, and we bought apples accordingly… or so we thought. Imagine our surprise when we ended up with 258 pints! We were able to send participants home with extra, make an unexpectedly generous donation to the Huntingdon Soup Kitchen (36 pints), and set some aside as a special gift for shut-ins to be decorated by the children and delivered by Christmas carolers. Many thanks to Melva Whalen for her donation of pint jars! The Sustainability Circle will again be providing a table at the Alternative Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 1. If you’d be willing to help design, set up and/or staff the display, please contact Laura White (2514363, or Sharon Yohn (, 643-6846 or 641-3718).

OAM News

(a report on the Thursday, November 15 meeting of the OAM) We are pleased to report that the Thursday, November 15 meeting of the Older Adult Ministry was a success in many ways. There were seventeen in attendance. They enjoyed a lunch prepared by Lisa, a chance to socialize and some give and take on how best to use this time together. Indications are that the purpose of these get-togethers should be a mix of humor, socializing and the occasional workshop covering points of interest. Plan to join the group when they meet for their pre-Christmas gathering Thursday, December 20 from 11:30—1 pm. Watch for further information in coming church bulletins.

December Birthdays 5—Mario Grugan 6—Bill Martin 9—Zilla Wagner 9—Denny Plane 11—Alex Gibboney 13—Carol Grubb 14—Rick Laabs 15—Terry Murray

17—Jerriann Heiser Wenger 17—Geoff Clarke 18—Joanna White 18—Max Hosler 19—Martin Berger 20—Josh Porcelli 21—Aislin Wright 22—Margaret Smith

23—Elias Smolcic-Larson 24—Brenda Quarry 24—Sally Stewart 26—Pauline Kagarise 26—Sarah Braxton 26—Nora Roth 28—Olivia Grugan

December Anniversaries 3—Barb & Max Moyer 6—Betty & David Quarry

31—Tinka & Henrik Berger 31—Melva & Denny Whalen

December 2012 Sun






Sat 1 9-2 Alternative Christ mas Bazaar 7 Festival of Song– Presbyterian Church

2 9:30 Christian Ed 10:45 Worship 7 JC Women’s ChoirSA .

3 1– Quilting– QR

9 9:30 Christian Ed 10:45 Worship 12 Lisa Lunch 6 Taize– SA 16 9:30 Christian Ed 10:45 Worship Once Upon a Pageant



6 2 Finance Team- CR 5:30 JC Pasta Dinner 6 Kindermusik- 203 7:16 Choir 9 JC Worship– FH



10 Ski + Poinsettia forms due today 9:15 Youth/Parent Tm 1– Quilting– QR 6 Kindermusik- 203 6 Prayer Shawl-CR 7 Habitat Humanity102





15 8 Men’s Breakfast102

7 Leadership Tm-CR

4 Christian Ed– CR 6 Kindermusik- 203 7:16 Choir

17 1– Quilting– QR





6 Kindermusik- 203

7 Longest Night Service– SA



6 Kindermusik- 203 7 Pastoral Relations

Stone Church Bell Ringing for Salvation Army

23 9:30 Christian Ed 10:45 Worship


3 Caroling & soup

7 Christmas Eve Service

30 10:45 Worship (no Christian Ed)



19 8a-3p JC FacilitiesKN/FH



Christmas Day

Key 102–Room 102 CBD–Camp Blue Diamond CR-Conference Room FH-Fellowship Hall KN-Kitchen

QR-Quilting Room GS-Gathering Space SA-Sanctuary WW-Westminster Woods

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