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Stone Church News June 2012

Summer Hours begin June 3 9am Christian Education 10 am Worship

Stone Church News June 2012

The Summer Schedule Begins… Sunday, June 3

Celebration Breakfast To honor Stone Church Graduates, New Members and 2011-12 Sunday School Teachers 9 am Fellowship Hall 10 am Worship

Terrific Tuesdays For children grade 5 and under begins

Tuesday, June 12th 6:15-7:45 pm

(A different version of Vacation Bible School)

“Seek Peace and Pursue It” The Christian Education Team announces a summer event for children, grade five and

under. Come to explore bible stories, participate and engage in activities, create and have fun with snacks and more. These activity nights will be held at Stone Church on select

Tuesday evenings in June and July. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 12, 19 and 26 and July 10, 17 and a culminating event on Wednesday, July 25. There are tentative plans to also to offer an option a study and discussion option during Terrific Tuesdays for Adults. See Youth News page for more information.

Stone Church Welcomes New Members Received May 13, 2012 Kathryn and Brandon Beck, Bert and Melissa McBrayer, and Beth Williams Kathryn and Brandon moved to their new property on Leffard’s Bench Road last year with an amazing dream. Over this last year, they have dug a well, built a green house, installed solar panels to be able to live off the grid, tapped trees for maple syrup, prepared a large garden space and installed an electric fence, planted fruit trees, and many, many other projects to prepare their land for their new log home. Brandon and Kathryn both play the French horn (when their lips are in shape) and they are the parents of their one 1/2year old daughter, Rachel, who was dedicated on May 13. Melissa and Bert—Bert works in Admissions at Penn State University, and Melissa is in the midst of learning a new job at Penn State as an Academic Adviser for Penn State University in the Psychology Department. Bert and Melissa both grew up in Huntingdon, and graduated from Elizabethtown College. Melissa has been teaching the Primary Sunday School class at Stone Church, and Bert has helped with the Senior Highs. They are the amazing parents of Fiona, a kindergartener and Holden, a second grader. Beth grew up in Huntingdon and is employed with Juniata College at the Health and Wellness Center, a counselor. She likes to read, garden, and watch movies. Beth is a wonderful listener and grace filled individual who loves spending time with family and friends. She knows how to live in the present and find joy in living

Wiring Gone Haywire and Other Such Craziness True or False? Someone told our Property Team members to go take a hike. Well they actually did take a walk. It must have been a long one. They trekked all over Stone Church, inside and out, creating a comprehensive list of maintenance needs along the way. Property Co-Chairs Jim Bookhamer and Bruce Lidston shared their findings during the Leadership Team meeting on May 17. Bruce began with a story about a challenging electrical re-wiring project — apparently quite the “haywire” experience — which ended as happily as possible for now with a definite improvement to the exterior lighting. Jim went on to note that he’s very pleased with the teamwork evident in the way so many are pitching in to care for minor repairs. And now for the big, bad details on some necessary MAJOR repairs… o DOORS: Our outside laminate doors have a severe problem, and of course the warranty has expired. Water is sucking up through the bottom and causing the veneer to lift. It will cost up to $3,600 to remove, repair and reinstall three sets of doors. The Property Team recommends this approach because replacing the filler in each door is far less costly than replacing them completely with solid wood doors (even the cheapest possible, windowless variety). o CEMENT WORK, ETC.: Water is getting behind some of the bricks. Eight rows should be repointed. There’s no use fixing the cement without also fixing the roof above the kitchen, which needs to be tacked down on the edges. In addition, our sidewalks are plagued by cracks. It will cost about $5,700 to address these issues. Leadership Team decided to pay for the projects above by way of our recently-adopted capital gains policy. That was easy enough. The difficult task of how to restore the depleted Building Fund will be tackled by the Finance Team in the near future. In other property related news: 1) We agreed to replace the existing decrepit bulletin board. The new, larger one will go up in the pre-renovation spot in order to increase visibility. Plus, we’ll be spared from spending additional money to properly light the current location. 2) As funds are made available, landscaping will proceed with phase two of the preapproved design. This could be a useful place for future memorial gifts. Oh yeah, and by the way, the white stove totally quit working. Since Lisa Hosler currently logs the most hours in the church kitchen, she joins the Property Team in dreaming of the possibility of a commercial-grade oven. Lisa and Bruce even planned a field trip to Altoona to investigate the matter further. An official proposal is expected to come before Leadership Team at the next meeting. Guess we can all hope nothing else goes haywire in the meantime. — Leadership Team Report by Brooke Meadows, Vice Chair

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL beginning June 10 Gather in the Fellowship Hall at 9:00 am SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT Come and join . . . all ages are invited The Christian Education Team will provide coffee, juice and fruit, and we ask others to bring simple breakfast items to share. We will have an informal breakfast and sharing time for the first 15 minutes. Then we will gather for an opening call to worship and a Bible story. After the Bible story, children grade five and under will move to Room 102 and the Nursery for Bible story enrichment activities. Adults and youth will remain in the Fellowship Hall for a short discussion time. During the Sundays in June the discussion will focus on seeking and pursuing peace as it relates to Church of the Brethren membership In July the discussion will focus on handling conflict, using words to make peace, blessing the peacemakers and making a covenant of peace.

Older Adult Ministries at Stone Church In the Church of the Brethren May was Older Adult Month and the theme was ‘Aging with Passion and Purpose’. At Stone Church we believe we are called to celebrate and grow with our older adults all year round and just not one month of the year. Therefore we have been intentional over the last 6 months initiating an older adult ministry that lifts up the needs, interests and gifts of those ages 50 and older. We have created an Older Adult Ministries (OAM) Team and have called out the following persons to serve as members: Howard Crouch, Jim Dodson, Dottie Hershberger, Joanne Krugh and Dale McClure with Pastor Dale as our ex-officio member and Kim Witkovsky as volunteer coordinator. The mission of OAM is to encourage and empower each older adult to connect with God, the church and his/her community and we believe that our ministry is for, with and by older adults. We have also clarified that the word in our title is not a singular ‘ministry’ but a plural ‘ministries’ because there are many smaller cohort groups within the population of older adults age 50 and above (50-67, 68-75, 76-85 and 86 and beyond), each having their own specific needs to be met, interests to be explored and gifts to be shared. We realize that a component of our ministries will be event oriented but another focus will also include visitation and listening, caring and supporting each other and doing so by collaborating with other ministry teams such as deacons, Christian Education, Hospitality and Witness. We realize we are embarking on a new adventure in the ministry of Stone Church and would appreciate your ideas, feedback, assistance and prayers as we grow this new ministry in Christ. Upcoming events for older adults and others to explore and participate in are the following:  Upper Room Devotional/Bible Study-every other Tuesday from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm  Folk Hymn Sing-Sunday, May 27 from 8:30-9:45 am in the sanctuary in place of S.S.  Senior Adult Day at Camp Blue Diamond – Friday, June 1 from 9 am-3 pm  Celebration Breakfast-Sunday, June 3 at 9 am in the Fellowship Hall  Live and Learn Gathering-Thursday, June 7 at 10 am—topics of Facebook & Social Media


Youth News


Upcoming event… TERRIFIC TUESDAYS for children grade 5 and under— Meet: Gathering Space from 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm. Dates: Tuesdays—June 12, 19 and 26, July 10 and 17 with a culminating event on Wednesday, July 25. Registration forms will be located in the back of the sanctuary and in the church office. Completing a registration form will help with planning. All children are welcome whether or not a registration form is completed. "Seek Peace and Pursue It" is the theme for Terrific Tuesdays". If you have questions, need a registration form, or want to help with Terrific Tuesdays, please contact Carol Fultz at 644-9996 or  Summer offering project: Hygiene Kits Stone Church will collect items and monetary donations for hygiene kits. During Sunday School time and Terrific Tuesday evenings, we will collect items and make complete hygiene kits. The list of items needed will be available at the back of the sanctuary and listed in the weekly bulletin this summer. Contact Carol Fultz with questions at 644-9996 or  Senior Highs are invited to the Grugan place on Sunday, June 10 for an afternoon of fun, inquiry and learning.  Youth parents and families!!! Mark your calendar for June 10: a Picnic is being planned for all Middle School and High School youth and their families at 5:30 pm at the Grugan’s. (Call church office or Christy Dowdy 599-6307 for directions.) Drinks, hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided. Bring a dish to share. 


Food Pantry Sunday—June 17 We will ask the children to collect your items as they come for children’s circle time. The June item of the month for the Huntingdon Food Pantry is saltines, 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.

American Red Cross Local Blood Drive Wednesday, June 20 Huntingdon Wal-Mart 10 am – 4 pm 6716 Town Center Boulevard Huntingdon

We congratulate our Stone Church Graduates: Olivia Grugan, daughter of Pam Grugan and the late Scott Grugan, graduates from Middlebury College on May 27th with a BS degree in Political Science. Olivia has been very active during her years at college with SRI, a group focused upon Socially Responsible Investing. She spent much time Tutoring for Undocumented Immigrants, and successfully pursued several grants which enhanced the Library at the Miguel Asturias Colegio in Xela, Guatemala, as well as hunger projects. Olivia is awaiting news of her future plans. Cecilia Grugan, daughter of Pam Grugan and the late Scott Grugan, graduates from Juniata Valley High School on June 1. During her high school years, she has been very involved in sports, participating in Volleyball, track, basketball, softball and her favorite, soccer. Cecilia was a member of National Honor Society, and actively participated in Sustainability Club. Cecilia plans to pursue her future education at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology), in Rochester, NY, where she will also be part of the women’s soccer team. Billy Smith, son of Margaret and Bill Smith, graduates from Mount Union High School on May 30th. Billy has worked at Appleby’s Drug Store during his high school years, which has led him to pursue a degree in pre-pharmacy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh this coming fall. During his high school years, Billy has been involved in Track and Field, Cross County, and band. Dante Fisher, son of Heather Fisher will graduate from Huntingdon Area High School on June 5th. Dante has been extremely involved in many activities during his high school years, which include vocal and instrumental music, National Honor Society, Mock Trial, and soccer. He recently played the part of Ambrose in HAHS’ production of “Hello, Dolly.” Dante will be attending Middlebury College in the fall. Torrie Garner, daughter of Jill and Charles Garner and grand daughter of John and Joyce Bowser, will also graduate from Huntingdon Area High School this year. She has been an outstanding volleyball player for HAHS, for which she was named the most valuable player. She is a member of National Honors Society and will be performing her Senior Solo with the Huntingdon Dance Academy. Torrie plans to attend Susquehanna University next fall. Grace Braxton, Grace Braxton, daughter of Sarah and Don Braxton, has graduated from Huntingdon Area High School, and is currently studying in the Gambia for the first weeks of her summer. Grace played on the HAHS Girls’ soccer team during her years at Huntingdon Area High School, as well as being a member of National Honor Society. She studied in Denmark during freshman year of High School. Grace will pursue her college work at Juniata College this fall.

Senior Adult Day – June 1 Join special guest, Pastor Joel Nogle, as he leads worship through song and storytelling! Cost is $10 per person, which includes a morning snack, lunch and supper to go. More information is available on the church bulletin board and at Brethren Open Golf Tournament – August 14 Bring your friends and enjoy a great day of golf while helping to raise funds for Middle PA District and Camp Blue Diamond. Sign-in at Iron Masters Country Club is from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm for a 1:00 pm start. Albright COB will host an Awards Dinner at 6:00 pm. Cost is $60 per golfer. Registration deadline is August 1. More information is available on the church bulletin board and at CBD Volunteer Network It takes time and hard work to maintain Camp’s nearly 50 structures and 200+ acres. Thus, the staff and board of directors are compiling a network of volunteers to offer skilled labor and general maintenance on Wednesdays during Spring, Summer and Fall. If you would enjoy serving in this way, whether regularly or a couple times per season, please e-mail Camp at or call 814-667-2355. Have questions or need a brochure? Contact your Camp Representative, David Meadows, at 814-599-6017 or Brochures are available at the back of the sanctuary.

2012 Annual Conference

Annual Conference Briefing Conference Delegates and others are encouraged to attend an informative Annual Conference Briefing on Thursday, May 31 at 7:00 pm at Martinsburg Memorial Church of the Brethren. Annual Conference Moderator Tim Harvey will provide leadership and be available to answer questions.

July 7-11 in St. Louis, Missouri Stone Church of the Brethren will be represented at the 2012 Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, by delegates Pam Grugan and Tinka Berger. Any one may attend the conference, and “non-delegate” registration and housing reservations are now available. (start date: February 22) All Annual Conference events-worship, business, meals, meeting rooms, and insight sessions will be held in the America’s Center Convention Complex in the heart of downtown St. Louis. For more details on Annual Conference, visit

Buck Season Open Through June That’s right! There’s still time to bag some

Huntingdon Farmers’ Market Bucks! No license required, just a commitment…  to eating more fresh, nutritious, locally-grown food  to support and strengthen the market, its environmentally-responsible farmers and our local economy  to help increase access to market produce for folks who otherwise couldn’t afford it What are Huntingdon Farmers’ Market Bucks? They’re “fake money” that can be used like cash at the Huntingdon Farmers’ Market. They come in $1 and $10 denominations. They’re sold at a 5% discount (i.e. $9.50 buys $10-worth of Market Bucks). How will the Market Bucks help folks otherwise unable to afford market produce? Donations may be made toward the purchase of Market Bucks for use by persons who get gov’t food assistance (i.e. SNAP benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps, now on EBT cards). When folks use their EBT cards at the market, they’ll receive $1 of “Bonus Bucks” (donated Market Bucks) for each $2 they spend. How can people buy Market Bucks and/or make donations to support the “Bonus Bucks” program? Market Bucks purchases and donations may be made using cash or check in May and June:  in the back of the sanctuary following worship on Sunday mornings  at the Stone Church office Mon-Fri mornings  at Boxers, Standing Stone Coffee Company and Curves (Huntingdon)  at the Farmers’ Market (in June only) – open Thursdays, noon5 pm, Portstown Park pavilion (across from Laney’s Feed Mill) Other questions? Interested in helping out with the project? Please call Laura White at (814) 251-4363 or email A component of the Stone Church Witness Team’s “Daily Bread Initiative,” the Market Bucks/ Bonus Bucks program is a cooperative project involving the Huntingdon Forum of Churches, area farmers, the Center for Community Action, the Salvation Army, St. Vincent dePaul Society, Huntingdon House, and Mary Alexander Outreach.

Farmers’ Market Opens Thursday, 7 June—Noon-5:00 Portstown Park pavilion (across from Laney’s Feed Mill)


WE REMEMBER Robert T. McKenzie September 19, 1926 – April 14, 2012 A funeral service was held for Robert T. McKenzie on April 20, 2012 at Stone Church of the Brethren. Pastors Dale and Christy Dowdy officiated at the service. Bob was born on September 19, 1926 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After high school, Mr. McKenzie served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as an aviation cadet. He attended Mt. San Antonio College and then spent the next 13 years working as a pharmaceutical sales representative and as district manager for Bristol Myers Squibb in California, before moving to Syracuse, New York in 1969. Bob retired in 1987 and then formed a pharmaceutical consulting firm. Bob and Yvonne moved to Huntingdon in order to be near their son, Scott and his family. Last November they became members of Stone Church, although they were not able to attend worship because of the cancer Bob was fighting. We are thankful that Bob found a church home and we seek to continue support of Yvonne as she grieves his death.

Jonathan D. Yorke March 29, 1982 – May 6, 2012 A funeral service was held for Jonathan D. Yorke on May 12, 2012 at Stone Church of the Brethren. Pastors Dale and Christy Dowdy officiated at the service. Jon was born on March 29, 1982, in State College, Pennsylvania, the first son of Peter and Karen Yorke. He graduated from northern Bedford High School and went on to pursue his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Penn State University. He worked as an accountant by Leap & Associates, in Duncansville, and was completing testing to qualify as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant). Two years ago, Jon’s life began to dramatically change. He was introduced to Tara Fitzsimons and the rest was history as they were married on May 7, 2011 at Edgewater Acres. Jon and Tara attended Stone Church faithfully during their short married life. Our hearts are broken by his untimely death, and pray for Tara in this very difficult and painful time of grief. We will miss him very much.



to Monte Furry. A new name tag holder

has been designed, built & placed in the back of the sanctuary by Monte. It’s a great addition and a work of art. We greatly appreciate your gift! To the members of Stone Church, I wanted to thank you for opening your church family to me over the past two years I have spent at Juniata. I have enjoyed getting to know the church members, Lisa lunches and volunteering in different capacities. The Stone Church of the Brethren has been wonderful to me and I can only hope to find another church like it. —Carly Hinish

Dear Witness Team, Thank you very much for the care package you sent me. It was a wonderful distraction from finals and the cookies were all delicious! Love, Fiona

And then there was this… Kait Gibboney Thank you Stone Church for the end-of-semester care package! I really appreciate it! :) I love my church family! Christie McClain Gibboney, Heather Fisher and 2 others like this. Heather Fisher cuz they just ROCK a bit! Like · 2 Kait Gibboney Haha. Puns! Like · 2 Nicki Barnett End of the semester church packages are nearly the best ever!! :) Like · 1 4

June-July-August Birthdays June 4—Max Moyer 4—Julie Pheasant 4—Jack Hosler 5—James Garman 5—Barbara Anderson 6—Jesse Cook-Huffman 7—Ruby Detwiler—101st 7—Pat Kepple 8—Tara Yorke 8—Patti Paterson

15—Barb Parlett 16—Bonnie Frijters 16—Ethan Lashlee 16—Roberta Parlett 16—Eva Wampler 17—Elias Rivello 18—William Grubb 19—Joel Pheasant 20—Linda Carpenter 21—Mary Garvey

July 3—Peggy Ruegg 4—Joe Biddle 4—Sandra Brechbiel 4—Margy Miller 5—Fiona Grugan 6—Ian Busko 10—Ron Detwiler

13—John Glick 16—Bill Fagan 16—Carol Swigart 16—John Hille 17—Sandra Norris 19—Sarah Strunk 20—Tan Hille 20—Mitch Laabs

22—Dave Witkovsky 24—Austin Pheasant 24—Belle Tuten 24—Kieran Wright 26—Bob McMinn 27—Claudia McDowell 27—Lona Norris 31—Doris Fittery

August 1—Terry Fultz 2—Sharon Yohn 4—MaryAnne Montoro 5—Jeremy Santos 5—Clay Pheasant 6—Gina Perrin 8—Nina Meadows 12—Sara Jean Brown 13—John Galbraith 15—Roxann Deike

15—Mark Dowdy 15—Jean Kifer 17—Robert Ghaner 19—Luke Fultz 20—Dale Miller 20—Raymond Pembrooke 20—Dick Landrum 22—Otto Krugh 24—Dale Dowdy 24—Jordan Soliday

24—Erica Hayden 25—Jim Bookhamer III 26—Dorothy Longenecker 26—Emily Yohn 27—Joyce Bowser 28—David Meadows 29—Rick Glick 30—Aylee Pheasant 31—Bob Wagoner 31—Andrew Deike

22—Rebecca Mitchell 22—Norma Walter 24—Howard Crouch 24—June Peters 25—Carolyn English 25—Andy Murray 25—Dale Wampler 27—Evelyn Pembrooke 28—Jeff Adams

Locking the Church Building We are now approaching that season of the year when we have fewer evening activities. In order for the building to be secured overnight, when no evening activities are scheduled, the building will locked as early as 3 pm. This will save time for someone having to make an extra trip back in the evening to lock the building. If you wish to come to the church building later in the day, you are encouraged to call the church office and check to see if the building will be open. If you are the last one out of the building after an evening meeting, make sure that all doors are locked. 5

June-July-August Anniversaries June 1—Carol & Charles Swigart 3—Kim & Dave Witkovsky 5—Myrna & Dick Landrum 6—Tammy & Rick Glick 10—Carol & William Grubb—40th 11—Carolyn & Bruce Lidston 13—Joanne & Henry Thurston-Griswold 15—Hazel & Howard Crouch 15—Shirley & Robert Wagoner—60th 16—Carol & Terry Fultz 16—Erica & James Hayden 16—Eva & Dale Wampler—50th 17—Martha & John Swigart

18—Anne & Norman Siems 19—June & Bill Peters 20—Chris & Chip Gibboney 20—Laura & Jamie White 22—Terry & Andy Murray 26—Donna & Loren Rhodes—30th 28—Daisy & Jeff Decker 29—Lisa & Jay Hosler 29—Rebecca & Donald Mitchell 30—Harriet & Earl Kaylor 30—Julie & Joel Pheasant 30—Zilla & Jack Wagner—50th

July 5—Sandra & Robert Norris 12—Judi Howrylak & Steve Stroman 15—Joanne & Otto Krugh—40th 19—Jill & Marty Keeney

23—Barb & Howard Parlett 25—Norma & Roy Walter 26—Kristina & Tim Launtz 31—Cheryl & Robert Ritchey

August 2—Peggy & Randy Yoder 4—Laura & Bob McMinn 5—Margy & Dale Miller 7—Judy & Clayton Pheasant 8—Tan & John Hille 9—Barb & Paul Anderson 9—Sue & Bill Martin 10—Christy & Dale Dowdy 11—Jerri & Dean Wenger

15—Maylin & Bill Musser 16—Alberta & Gene Goshorn 20—Linda & Tom Carpenter 21—Sharon & Jim Bookhamer 23—Celia & Dan Cook-Huffman 25—Anita & Doug Soliday 29—Shelly & Jim Rivello 30—Joyce & John Bowser 31—DeLois & Fred Fluke

Grocery Gift Cards—Every card helps our church!

Purchase a Stone Church Grocery Gift Card on Sundays at the back of the sanctuary or in the church office. Coordinators, Barb Purdy and Cheryl Ritchey, have challenged everyone to purchase a card one week out of every month for the next year.



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