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Knox Dale Meade Chapel Port Barnet

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Pastor - Joni Williams

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Pat & Pete Kniseley


Missions: Chitester, Lenhart, Chamberlin, & Scarlet Cord

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Remember! If you had left over shoes at your yard sale...bring them to church!

Karen & Pastor Joni will make sure they get to Grove City!



 I'd like to ask for prayers for Katelynn Fitzsimmons. She was playing in a softball tournament today and got injured while playing the field. She dislocated her hip and also has a fracture in it as well. She was sent to UPMC Presbyterian and will be having surgery.  She has a young son, pray for a speedy recovery!



 Kelly. L


Continue to pray for Donna Syphrit and Ray. Both are still in the hospital.

And for families that are grieving loses. There are many!

Pray too for families in turmoil...and especially the children. Too often we hear of children who are hurt by parents bad decisions. Just doesn't seem fair!



Got the following from Pastor Joni. Can't even imagine how 'difficult'.


Deb:  please thank everyone for their prayers and care!  Taylor passed away earlier today.  Please continue to pray for Justin and Aubrey Sturdivant and their families!  It is a difficult time.



There will be a viewing for Rev. Janacek tomorrow evening from 7-9 at the funeral home. McKinney D'Argy will update the obit...but haven't yet.



Prayers for the family of Rev. Janacek. Arrangements are under the care of McKinney D'Argy Funeral Home. Funeral Friday. Buried at Meade Chapel. That's all the info I have for now.


Pray too, for Penny Gilhousen Haywood. (Little Annabelle's mom.) She is having kidney/blood pressure issues. Debbie & Dale may be heading back to N.C. sooner than planned.



We have been asked to pray for Alex Lindemuth and her unborn baby, Caitlynn. Alex was taken to Magee by ambulance this evening. She is expected to be on complete bedrest for the next 10 weeks. You may remember Alex was on our prayer list about a month ago when she lost one of the twins.


Pray too for families in turmoil.


Continued Prayers for Donna Syphrit (Punxsy Hospital) and Ray Wolfe (Brookville Hospital) as they fight off pneumonia.


Baby Taylor and her family are still in great need of prayer.


Little Sutter is home and recovering well from his heart surgery, but will be having surgery on his skull soon. Continue to lift him in prayer.


We Praise God that Wayne is home and ask for your continued prayers for healing, peace and patience. He's not aloud to do anything...but he's going to be fretting about all that needs done with moving, unpacking and getting the old house ready to put on the market. This wasn't how he planned to start his retirement!


And last, but certainly not least; I thank God for a great evening of singing lots of favorite hymns! If you missed the Hymn Sing you missed a Blessing! Thanks Port, for having us!



Thank you all for your prayers for Wayne!

God has been so good throughout this journey!

He came home this evening. He's still got a long road ahead of him...but he's one tough old goat!

If you want to send cards, his new address is:

Wayne Reinard

9655 KnoxDale Road

Brookville 15825



There have been so many prayer requests and needs on the Faithful Followers Charge this week. We've cried together, we've seen prayers answered, we've experienced Gods goodness! Let's not neglect gathering together this Sunday for Worship in the morning...and singing His Praises at the Hymn Sing Sunday evening at 6:00 at Port Barnett. Invite someone to attend both with you!

Pray for your Pastor, your church and the Faithful Followers Charge!



Prayers for the family of Tom Reese (wife was Judy Kniseley) who stepped in to eternity last night.


Ginny Kniseley and her dad, Alan Henry could use some extra prayers tonight. He has some additional health concerns. Pray for strength, peace and patience as he/they go thru more tests, procedures and appointments. Even in the storm we know God is faithful.

Please continue to lift baby Taylor and her entire family in prayer.


Praising God that Wayne was having a much better day today! Still has a long way to go but thanks be to God he was moving in the right direction today.

I thank Him too for a Pastor who willingly visits. We are indeed blessed!


Sandie Eshbaugh was admitted to Brookville Hospital this afternoon for dehydration. Keep her in your prayers.


Continue to lift Donna. I haven't had any updates from just keep praying!

Continue to pray for Ray as well.


Pray for families in turmoil. There are so many...even just in this little area.


I had an early morning text from one of our youth who had missed the bus...and needed a ride to school. Would I want to run a taxi service? No! But I thank God that we as a Church have establish relationships that the kids know they can count on us in times of need.

Prayer request from the MC Karen...

Subject: Prayers please

Rev. Janacek is in Alleghney hospital in Pittsburgh, in much need of our prayers.

 Pray too for Ray who was admitted to Brookville Hospital this evening with pneumonia. 

And for Wayne, who wasn't having a very good day today.


Praise God! Great news! Wayne was taken off the ventilator today!!!  They had him up to sit in a chair and he had a little bit of a liquid diet! Prayer is POWERFUL! Please keep them coming!


Donna Syphrit & Baby Taylor...both in great need of our prayers.



Donna has been on my heart & mind this morning. Pneumonia for someone with her lung condition is not good! Keep her and Scott lifted in prayer!


Continue to pray for baby Taylor too. She and her family have been through so much in her short life already. Pray that God will guide the doctors as they care for her. Pray for strength, peace and patience for her family as they wait for answers.


The nurses said Wayne had a good night. Kathy, Mom & Dad are on their way to Erie. Prayers for all Please.


Continue to lift the Keefer family.

And also Tom Reese and his wife Judy (Kniseley) as Tom comes toward the finish line of life here on earth and prepares to step into eternity.



Cathy's husband Mike lost his Mother this morning. Pray for the KEEFER FAMILY and traveling mercies for Mike and Cathy going to and from Mercersburg.


For those who have asked and others who would like to send cards his address is

Wayne Reinard

C/O UPMC Hamot - ICU

·  201 State Street

·  Erie,  PA  16550



Scott said he just got back from Punsxy, he had to put Donna back in the hospital, looks like she will be in for a few days till they get her heart rate settled down. She could use some prayers right now.


Also, Kathy called to say Wayne is looking better than yesterday. Still on the ventilator but they took the tube out of his lung. Praise be to God!



Just thinking, Lloyd & Dorley could use some extra prayers today as Jody & Doug take them up to see Wayne. They will no doubt be shocked by his condition.   Pray for travel mercies as well.


I Praise God for so many things this morning!

For seeing Wayne thru the surgery (twice) and for holding him safe in His arms till the doctors got his heart started again. There is a goosebumps story to this but I truly believe HE gave him back for a reason! Only God knows the plan he has for Wayne's life.

I Praise Him too, for all you, Prayer Warriors who have prayed without ceasing! And for the hugs, words of encouragement, emails, phone calls and offers to help where needed. Please continue to lift him. He has a very long row to hoe!


I Praise Him for Mother's...what a wonderful creation! Pray for those who no longer have theirs.


I Praise Him for the nice time of fellowship around the tables on Saturday evening. And for all who played a part in making it happen! Weren't those little dresses adorable!?


I Praise Him for our churches...where we can gather and draw close to Him and one another.


I Praise Him for safe travels for all those who made it to/from their destinations.


Please continue to lift:

Baby Taylor and her family. Pray for the doctors and all who are caring for her. Pray for Pastor Joni who has yet to meet her and whose heart breaks for her sister and niece who have already been thru so much.

John (Betty too) Burkett and their family as he recovers and regains his strength.

The Family of Kay Ruffner as they grieve her loss.

Donna Syphrit & Scott too. Sometimes life throws us a curveball and we have to learn to adjust our bats.


This week, Love & appreciate all God's many blessings...especially your health. No one knows when that might be taken from you!



Thanks to all who participated in the Ladies Night Out!

Our Biggest & probably noisiest one ever! Hope to see you all in church!



Trying to catch up here!

Please Keep Darlene Kniseley's dad, John well as her mom in prayer as they go thru this storm.


Update on Wayne: They were able to close him up this morning. Still evaluating his condition. Continued prayers Please.


Ladies attending the dinner: Remember dinner is at 5:00. Tables were set this morning. Find your name when you enter. If you're not beside someone you know...make a new friend!  Car pool if you can. Two people have asked me what to wear and I'll tell you as I told them "it doesn't matter!" We aren't giving a prize for best/worst dressed.  Just let the light of Jesus shine thru you!



Praise God! Wayne made it through the night. He is still in critical condition, but there have been some signs of hope; something we didn't have much of last evening. They backed off his sedation during the night and he winced with pain; the doctor said that was a good sign that he doesn't have brain damage. They had to give him blood. They are going to take him back in today and close him up. Please, please, please keep praying...not only for Wayne, but for the doctors and his family as well.



Not good news. He had a heart attack on the table. They had to go back in and redo surgery. Left him opened up. Is in an induced coma. Hope to close him up tomorrow. PRAY PLEASE!



Please continue to lift little Taylor & her whole family.


 Deb:  please thank everyone for their prayers for Taylor.  She had a procedure and is critical but stable.  Continued prayers are appreciated. 


Pray too, for Ginny Kniseley's friend Ariel. A young mother of three little ones who was just diagnosed with breast & stomach cancer.


Wayne is scheduled to go in to surgery at 6 am. They say it will be 4-6 hours. Triple bypass and two stents. We will be heading up in the morning but won't be there before he goes in.  Please lift him, the surgeons and all who will be caring for him.


Emily Carpino was admitted to DuBois Hospital with a kidney infection. Keep her in your prayers.


For those who missed Bible Study, we missed you. We read over the Disciple papers. You can do that on your own...and we will see you next week!



Pastor Joni is asking for prayers for her great niece, Baby Taylor.


And Emily Carpino is in the ER this morning...probable kidney infection, hospital stay & IV antibiotics. Emily has been down this road far too often.


Pray too, for travel mercies for Kelly L. & Rylee who are traveling to S.C. For the weekend.

Please pray for safe travels for mom, dad, Kathy & Jody as they travel to/from Erie today. Pray too for Wayne as he prepares for surgery tomorrow.

Prayers for Ray are also appreciated. He had a rough night and a quick trip to the ER.

Any ladies going to the dinner on Saturday...please consider car-pooling. With the number we have and the limited parking space...riding together will help alleviate the parking situation.

Howard McGranor is on his way home from Cleveland Clinic and they say he is doing great! Praise Be to God! Pray that he doesn't get any infection this time!


Donna Syphrit is back home and on a new medication. Pray that it does its job!


Continued prayer for Wayne. He had another episode with his heart during the night. They aren't understanding why.  At last report they didn't think they'd be able to get him on the schedule for tomorrow.  I have to believe that all things work together for good...even delays when we're impatient...but I wish they'd get it over with!


Have you driven by the cemetery? Don't the fresh new flags look nice?

This video again gives me some hope.

You can sign the petition without joining the WCF.


It's been a very long day, of waiting for the phone to ring, text messages to come and of checking FB messages! I know I've sent far too many emails already...but wanted to share a message I got from Wayne's daughter Jenelle.


She said  "I just preached a sermon on the Good Shepherd this Sunday.  It was a difficult sermon for me because I feel so many people in my life are stuck in the dark places in life and forgotten.  What I realized in preparing for the sermon is that the heartache of the world does not need to make sense, all we have to do is keep our eyes on the Shepherd because he is in charge.  I've reminded myself of that today, especially in the times I've feel like there is nothing I can do--I just keep my eyes up.  The good shepherd is there.  I pray you and grandma and grandpa and Kathy and everyone feel God's love and grace through these uncertain times.  I pray that my dad place his trust in God's hands.I will continue to pray. Love you!"



Wayne is in need of a triple bypass. (They are waiting to find out when.) We covet your prayers right now; for Wayne, the surgeons, those who will be caring for him and his family. God is able!



Ginny Kniseley would like prayers for her dad, Alan Henry. "They've increased his dialysis, he is so weak and tired. He is losing weight but gaining too​ much fluid. Praying God's will in this situation."


KnoxDale folks, remember the board meeting tonight at 7. All members have a voice and a vote!



Donna Syphrit was kept overnight for observation. Keep praying!



I haven't heard if they kept Donna or not but continue to lift her in prayer.


Continued prayers appreciated for Wayne as well. He will be taken from Franklin Hospital to Erie tomorrow morning for a heart cath. He did have a heart attack at some point, his heart has some damage, they just aren't sure when.


Please lift the family of Ron Clark (Dan Love's uncle) in prayer as they grieve his passing.


Pray too for Ray. His times of confusion seem to be getting more frequent.



Just had a message from Scott. Donna is at Punxsutawney Hospital with an accelerated heart rate. He is waiting to see if they are going to keep her. Please keep Donna, and Scott too, in your prayers!



Wayne went down for a stress test at 11. They told them it would take 3 hours. He had two episodes during the night, so something is going on. Continued prayers Please.


I just called and added 4 more to our dinner reservations. She took them, but said NO MORE...we've reached the limit of what they can handle. So no more reservations!  And let's extend a little grace if serving takes a little longer than usual. We have never had this many ladies attend!




Darlene Kniseley has asked for prayer for her dad, John Burkett. He's in the hospital. Don't know any details...but God does! Please lift John and those who are caring for him in prayer.


Continued prayers for Wayne. Haven't heard anything yet today..."no news is good news" right?


SPRC - Remember meeting tonight at 7:00 at MC



Please add my brother Wayne to your prayer list. He was admitted to Franklin Hospital with all the signs of a heart attack...but so far all tests have come back good so far. Praise a God! Keeping him overnight and may do a heart cath tomorrow.  (Pray for his Mom too.) Moving can be a stressful time! Kathy says Wayne has worked harder in the past couple weeks, since retiring from the gas company...than he's worked in years. Please keep them in prayer.


Praising God that Bill Brush has been discharged...but he only has 30% heart function so please continue to lift him in prayer.


Continued prayers for little Sutter and Taylor as well.



Praise God & keep praying!


 Sutter did well with his heart surgery. He has to stay at children's hospital for 2 weeks. Please continue to pray for his recovery. And for his mom and dad. They have a 2 year old at home and this is a difficult time for them.





The orders have been tallied! 100 Ladies/Girls signed up for the dinner! Wow! What an exciting evening this will be in the life of the Church! May our Lights Shine brightly for our guests to see Christ in us!


Remember...Dinner is to start at 5:00.

Please be on time so the ladies in the kitchen don't have to keep things warm!



Prayer request from Nan...


 Please prayer for the 2-1/2 month old grandson of my friends Sue and Gary Moser. His name is Sutter Oknefski and he was admitted to children's hospital in Pittsburgh yesterday. Scheduled for heart surgery today. I don't know all the details.






We've been asked to pray for Kay Ruffner. She's in the hospital.


And also for the family of Fred Kelso as the grieve his passing.


We've gone past 80!  This is exciting!



Please keep my cousin, Bill Brush in your prayers. He is in the hospital with heart problems.


Continued prayers for Peg as well. She's been thru all kinds of tests, but they still don't know what's causing her blood pressure to go up. We thank God she was feeling up to coming to Bible Study tonight!


Howard McGranor is doing well, sitting in a chair and talking on the phone. Praise God and continue to pray that his jaw heals well this time.


Haven't heard any more on Baby Taylor (Pastor Joni's great niece)...but keep praying!


Prayers for safe travels for Gaye, Jeff and the kids as they fly out to the Grand Canyon tomorrow...for two weeks of vacation.


Bible Study at KnoxDale will continue to meet on Thursday Evenings at 6:30 this Summer. (Probably 3 Nights a month. Schedule to be announced soon.) continuing the study on Matthew. All Are Welcome!


Praising God as the reservations continue to come in for the Ladies Dinner! It's going to be a great night of food & fellowhip...with the Ladies of the Charge and their guests!

We are almost to 80!!

Please let me know tomorrow if you want added to the list!



Praise God! Peg is home and feeling better! She says "Thanks for the prayers!"

Please continue to pray that it stays down!


Our numbers for the ladies Dinner are climbing! If you haven't made your reservations, do so tomorrow!



Please put Pastor Joni's little great-niece, Taylor, back on your prayer lists. After a long stint in the NICU she was finally released to go home. But after just 4 days at home she had to be taken back to the hospital. Pray for little Taylor as well as her family and all who love her. This has been an extremely difficult journey for all of them. Pray too, for the doctors...who don't really know (even after many, many tests) what they are dealing with.


Continued prayers for Peg. And for those asking what's DuBois.


Praising God for another good SonBeam/Youth Season. Tonight was the last night for this school year.


Reservations are rolling in! Thanks Ladies! If you haven't done so yet, please get them to me or drop them off at the Christian Book Store for Friday!


Continue to lift Howard McGranor in prayer. He was in surgery much of the day. Pray for healing.



Please pray for Howard McGranor. He is having reconstruction surgery on his jaw (again) in Cleveland Clinic this morning. Pray for the surgeons and those who care for him while he's there...and pray too for his family as they travel to/from.


Continued prayers for Peg as well. She was admitted and is in room 308. Pray they are able to keep her blood pressure under control.



Had a message from Darlene...Peg is in the ER being checked out. Please keep her in your prayers.


Pray too for safe passage thru the storms!



I love what Franklin Graham has to say on this!


Congratulations to the United Methodist Church for making the right decision this week. Their council voted 6-to-3 that a “married” lesbian bishop—and those who consecrated her—were in violation of church law and went against the church’s stand on marriage and homosexuality. I hope that more churches will see the wisdom of upholding the Word of God, the Bible, no matter how unpopular or politically incorrect it may seem within their ranks. We cannot condone what God defines as sin.  We should love the sinner, pray for them, and encourage them in God’s truth, but we can never condone what God calls sin.



Pray for the people hit by the Tornados in Texas and flooding in Missouri.


Come and worship! We have much to thank God for!


Sandie Eshbaugh is to go home today. Praise God & continue to pray for her, Melvin and the family as she re-adjusts to being back home and goes thru therapy.


Praise God for a life made new in Christ! I had a letter from Todd today that had lots of good news. He said he just completed a 4 day retreat with 20 other inmates and 10 brothers/sisters in Christ. Said he had a wonderful walk with Christ. 

He also just completed one inpatient rehabilitation program and will be starting another. He said he went before the Parole Board and by the grace of God will be paroled in September. 

He says he's not the same person he was when he walked into prison. Praise be to God!

He said he's learning to "trust God in all things"...but that it's easier said than done.

He asked for prayer for Travis, a young man he lead to Christ, there in the prison.  Please continue to lift both Todd and Travis!

Pray that his walk with Christ continues long after he leaves prison. Pray that he can live a moral, legal and ethical life in service to Christ when he re-enters society and is faced with all the pressures and temptations life has to offer.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"  2 Cor. 5:17

Remember FREE FAMILY SKATE today from 4-6 at Reynoldsville!


Ok Ladies...we're coming down to the wire here! Reservations for "Ladies Night Out" have to be called in the week before the dinner so we need you to get yours turned in within this next week.  Thanks in advance!



Tomorrow - Saturday, April 29

From 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Reynoldsville Rollerdrome

Pizza & Drinks Provided

Bring a Snack/Finger Food to Share


Invite your family, friends and neighbors!

All Are Welcome!


Don't skate? Neither do I! Come & visit!



Praising God that Ray's spirits were much higher this evening! He talked a lot, ate good, spent some time outside and we went down to visit the people in his old dining room and he ate up all the attention! Keep praying!


Continued prayers for Sandie E. They prepared her for tests on Tuesday...that never happened. Now she's to have tests on Friday. It seems that her stay is going to be extended...which she is also with.


When it rains it pours! Emily & Kinsley are doing well (there still keeping close tabs on Em's platelet count) but now Tyson has Shingles and can't be around Kinsley! 


Unspoken request for a friend dealing with some health issues...and for her caregivers.


Remember NO Bible Study tomorrow!


Sandie E. is having tests done tomorrow. Please pray for good results.


Pray too, for Ray. He was having a rough day. He fell out of bed early this morning and was complaining that his head hurt when I was there at lunch time. Don't know if the two were related or not. He is to be taken back to McKinley Health Center tomorrow.


Pray for unhappy, complaining people. (We probably all know someone in that boat!) I encountered several in the last couple days. Good people...just clinging to so much bitterness. It's like Satan has covered their eyes so they can't see the blessings all around them! Pray that God will open their hearts, minds and their spiritual eyes to see the good all around them!



Please continue to lift Emily Kennedy (Tyson too) in prayer. Her blood pressure has been climbing all day....due to the HELLP syndrome. She's been moved to ICU. Neither she nor Tyson have had much sleep since Wednesday...which isn't helping. Prayers are appreciated!


Again I want to thank all who helped with the Community Clean-Up today. Praise God...our little corner of HIS beautiful world is a little cleaner tonight!



Our early crews are along the roads...Praise God for their willingness to help Keep America Beautiful. Pray for their safety and for the safety of those of us who will head out after lunch!


Please pray for Emily Kennedy. After the birth of little Kinzley, mom Emily developed what they call HELLP Syndrome. So she's had to spend a few extra days in the hospital. We thank God it happened in the hospital and not after she went home or even before giving birth!  I don't fully understand what's going on; something to do with platelets and liver enzymes and red blood cells. God is in control. Just lift her to Him.


Pray for your Pastor, your church and the Faithful Followers Charge.  Invite someone to come to church with you tomorrow!



Just a reminder that the Ladies Night Out is fast approaching.

This is open to ALL Ladies - Young & Old who just want an enjoyable night out! No cooking! No dishes to clean up!

If you're getting this email...that means you are WELCOME to join us

Saturday evening, May 13 at 5:00 PM at the Roseville Grange.

Cost is: Ladies $13.00,   Girls (5-12)  $6.00 and Little girls 4 & under are Free.

You have a choice of Roast Beef or Stuffed Chicken Breast

Meals also include Fruit cup, Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Noodles, Green Beans & Pan Pie

Reservation envelopes are available in all three churches or by simply responding to this email!

This has proven to be an enjoyable ladies night out!

We hope you'll invite your Mom, sister, friend or foe, daughter, granddaughter, niece, neighbor, you get my point!?  ALL LADIES WELCOME!

(Meade & Port - If you need more envelopes let me know!)


Just a reminder that tomorrow is the Community Clean Up.

From what I've seen the weather looks like it's going to cooperate.

The Fuller Road has already been done.

There is a crew working their way in from CenterHill and one coming up from Kniseley Lane. The rest of us will meet them at the playground at 11:30 for hot dogs...then we will work the Knox Dale Road (from the Meade Chapel Church into KD) & Ramsaytown Road (to the underpass...maybe further if we have lots of helpers) after lunch.


All Are Welcome! If you haven't already let me know you plan to help...respond to this we are sure to have enough dogs!


If you're not working with the group but would like to do your little section of the world just leave your full bags setting along the road or take them to the pile at the township shed. PennDot will pick it up next week.

Wouldn't it be nice to get all the roads in Knox Twp. Done?!



I stopped in today to visit Sandie E. just as Melvin was packing up her stuff to take her home. But when I got home, I had a message that she wasn't discharged. Bloodwork revealed her hemoglobin was low. She'll be staying a little longer until they figure out what is going on.


Ray became Great Grandpa early this morning to the 25th great grandchild. We Praise God and welcome little Kinsley Sloan Kennedy to the family! Colleen is so excited to be grandma!


Pray for our homebound. We have many aging in nursing homes and in their own homes that can use our prayers.


***  When the Service is over, Our service Begins.  ***

Do all the Good you can

By all the Means you can

In all the Places you can

To all the People you can

As long as Ever you can