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Pastor - Joni Williams

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Pat & Pete Kniseley


Missions: Chitester, Lenhart, Chamberlin, & Scarlet Cord

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How fun was that!?

Praise God for a good turn out, a wonderful service, an abundant table of picnic food and a great time of fellowship! God is so good! We need to get together as a charge family more often!  

If you missed it, we missed you and you missed a blessing! 

I honestly couldn't hear all the prayer requests today...but God heard each one!

Ask Him to remember and act on each His Way & in His Wisdom!

Nan left the picnic and forgot her Bible. If you picked it up, maybe drop it off at her store or the KnoxDale church.

Someone left a big red & white umbrella behind.  Gale Wolfe has it. Either respond to this email or let Gale know if it's yours.

Today I was finally able to put a face with the names 'Penny & Lewis'...but you left before I got to introduce myself. Maybe next time!

Today we also welcome Patti Gardner & Ginny Kniseley to our Prayer team!  (let me know if you get this so I know I have the email addresses right)

The power of prayer should not be underestimated!

 James 5:16-18 declares, "…The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. "

"Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble.

But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, 

Our prayers do make a difference."

-Max Lucado

Praise God, Craig Kniseley's tests went well! It will take a couple days to get the results...keep praying!

Bonnie Beck came thru her (6 hour) surgery and was doing ok last night. Continued prayers for Bonnie and her caregivers too.

 Continue to lift Shirley Zimmerman as well as her family as they go thru the storm.

I don't know about you all, but I'm getting excited about Sunday's "Get Acquainted" Service & Picnic! This Sunday at 10 am at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

The weather says 90% chance of showers...but not going to complain! We've prayed too long for rain! We will PRAISE HIM in the storm! Hope to see you, your family, your friends...or your enemies  there!

Just a side note here - KnoxDale UMC is sponsoring a game booth during homecoming. I am currently putting together the schedule for workers. Each 2 hour shift takes 2 or 3 youth (upper elementary or Jr./Sr. High) and one adult. (three adults would also work)  One boy asked me last night if this was a paying is not. Just good old fashioned community service, volunteerism! Proceeds go into the playground at the firemen's park. If you'd like to help, let me know. If you can't help, but would like to donate some small prizes...those are appreciated too!

We've been asked to pray for Linda Robbins (Bob too) Betty M. said she had surgery and she's home but not doing well.

Today we welcome Pam Mcintosh to our prayer team!

I think this officially makes Pam the most popular name on the team!

(Pam, please let me know if you get this, so I know I have your email address right.)

I would like to put my neighbor Bonnie Beck on the prayer chain she is in the Dubois hospital in intensive care.       
Thank you. Judy Plyler

Pray for Scott too as he prepares for surgery on his elbow next week.

Also learned that there are chairs! But they're just folding chairs that we'll be using for the meal. If you'd be more comfortable in your lawn are welcome to bring them.

And for those of you who have asked where this event is taking place....they tell me it is past the grandstand. To the right when you go into the grounds. Parking up behind the pavilion.
If you've been out past the've probably seen this event on the sign! How cool is that?!

 There will be offering envelopes for each church for your tithes. If we have guests, not connected with any of our churches, we'll Praise God and then just add their offerings to the Charge account to help with the expenses.

We've been asked to include Shirley Zimmerman and her family in our prayers.
They don't think it will be long for Shirley. Pray for comfort for Shirley and that peace that passeth all understanding for their family. John, Dee, Melanie, Johnny, Connie and the grandchildren.
Huntingtons is a devasting disease and that family has lost far too many from it. Pray for a cure!

Question for those in the know: Is the set up for Sunday, tables and chairs or picnic tables? Should we be telling people to bring their lawn chairs for the service?

I had posted earlier in the week about Sanctus Real being in DuBois this Saturday.

I thought the concert was at 4:00...but as you can see below...there are other events (all of which are good!) before the actual concert.
Here is the tentative schedule of events for Charged 2016:

4:00 pm - Reach The Masses
4:45 pm - Breakout with Curt Wisor/ChristFirst at Kids Area
5:15 pm - Drama
5:30 pm - A Day Awaits
6:15 pm - Brothers Maines/ Josh Maines(speaker)
7:15 pm - John Tibbs
8:00 pm - Sanctus Real

Nan ask for prayer for two of Sara's girl friends. Samantha lost her baby boy @ 27 weeks.
And another friend, Lena had twin boys at only 23 weeks. She hasn't heard how they are doing.

Barb...who is undoubtedly experiencing a bit of pain by now.

Craig...tests tomorrow!

And lastly, the late Rev. Flo Clark's daughter Linda Lazzeroni, has moved into Flo's old house on Main St. KnoxDale. If you see her sure to welcome her! And if you ever get a chance to hear her play piano...take it!

Update from Barb, below...

Subject: Update

Just got home about 5:30 and doing well.  Want me to keep it up for the next couple days.  
They promised me the pain will come soon though and to be sure to take pain med at first sign of discomfort and continue it for the first couple of days.

Tell everyone thanks for the prayers and all the help and concern on Sunday.


Praise God & Keep praying that the leg/ankle heal quickly!

Keep praying for Craig too. He is still very tired and not eating much. More tests tomorrow...and radiation continues.

Getting excited about the "Get Acquainted" Service & Picnic on Sunday! 

Remember to invite a friend! Maybe someone that hasn't been to church in a while!

Also...bring serving spoons or spatulas for your covered dish. The plastic silverware probably won't work well for serving. Electric IS available! 

I hope many of you enjoyed your hoagies & a night off from cooking tonight!  Good as always...and even better knowing you supported a worthy cause!

Please put Betty Mauk on the prayer chain. She is a special friend of mine and resides at Laurelbrook.  She fell out of bed last night & broke her hip. She is in DuBois Hospital & will have it set today... Thank you...Gale Wolfe

 Also remember Coffee, Snack & Chat is tomorrow, Wednesday at 9 AM.

 Continued prayers for Barb G. When it rains it pours. She did not get her cast on today. They are going to do out patient surgery in the a.m. to put a plate/pins in the ankle. Pray for her, the doctors and all who will be caring for her during her recovery.

Pray for the people affected by the flooding in Louisiana.
KnoxDale folks probably remember the the Hurst's serving here in the late 80's. Their daughter Kassy is living in Louisiana and had to evacuate yesterday. This morning Kathy got another message that the Levee near where she had relocated to broke this morning.  She had to move again. Pray for Kassy and the people of that area. Pray for Mark & Kathy as well. We NEVER stop worrying about our kids even when they're grown.


And for those who know & love Shannon...her address at school (until early December is...

Shannon Shaffer
99 E Poplar St.
Apt. #5
Normal, IL 61761 

Maybe drop her a card from time to time to let her know she's loved and prayed for!


Just a reminder that hoagies are tomorrow too. Don't plan dinner if you ordered. I hope to have mine delivered before lunch.

Praise God, Matt made it to Saudi Arabia safely. Please continue to pray for his safety while he is there.

 Pray for all those battling cancer.

Praise God...we've added a couple more names to the list for Sunday! Spread the word...ALL ARE WELCOME!

And they say there are lots of places to plug crock pots in!

Back-To-School Party is Sunday, April 28 from 6 - 7:30. Those in SonBeams & VBS should have received a card...but ALL kids are welcome!

Remember...KnoxDale Nominating Committee meets on Wednesday evening at 6:30.

Please continue to lift Barb Gilhousen. She was hoping to get her leg set today...but that didn't work out.  They will do it tomorrow morning.

My nephew (Lloyd & Dorley's grandson) Justin Reinard could use our prayers. He has Bells Palsy. One side of his face is really drawn and eating is difficult.

I have to give God praise for answered prayers. A couple months ago I asked for prayer for families in turmoil. I learned over the weekend of two couples who have decided to give their marriages another shot. Let's continue to pray that forgiveness can happen and marriages can be restored. I have to believe if they add God to the equation, restoration can happen...and their marriages/families can be even stronger than before!

Sanctus Real will be performing this Saturday, August 20 at 4:00 PM in DuBois City Park.
The ad says Music, Food, Games & More.
It is sponsored by Calvary Church of God.
It's not often a concert like this is offered for free...and Praise God for the freedom to have it in a public place!

PRAY for Sunday! It's drawing near! We have close to 60 people signed up and hoping for even more! The sign up sheet was just to give us an idea of how many to plan for...but ALL are welcome! If you have unexpected guests show up at your house...bring them! And It's not too late to Invite a Friend!
Ham & Chicken, Rolls, Drinks and table service will be provided. Bring a covered dish to share. There is no set menu...just "Pot Luck". 
Does anyone know if we will have access to electric for crock pots?
If you have a family reunion that day...just come and worship and then go where you need to go.
AGAIN...ALL ARE WELCOME! Not signed up, but want to come? COME!
If you know someone who might enjoy this service/picnic...invite them!

Most of us have gotten to know the Williams' at this point...but there are many out there that we'd love to introduce to them.
This will be a Relaxed, Informal...Come as you are...kind of service.
Let's shoot for 100!

Please keep Barb G.  in your prayers.  She took a tumble on her way in to the church this morning. The results weren't quite as impressive as the Olympics.  Broken leg & 2 cracks in her ankle bone.  She has to have it set tomorrow.  Pray that it heals well (and quickly)  with no lasting effects.  Hugs, Barb!

Pray too, for Matt Loving as he travels back to Saudi Arabia and Shannon as she travels to IL.
Pray too for Sara and little Elliott as they have to be separated.

We Praise God for Craig's presence in church this morning even though he wasn't feeling good.  We're going to keep praying  for him till the cows come home!

 If you ordered Marianna hoagies/pizzas...remember they are this Wednesday.

Pray for next Sunday's service at the fairgrounds. Invite someone to worship with us and to stay for the picnic too!

This week "Be God is Holy!"

You know they say if you pray for rain you should carry an umbrella. I found that to be true today as I got caught in rain showers twice! Praise God for the much needed rain!

Pray for our college students as they head back to school very soon. College is a time ripe with possibilities, both good and bad.  We hear far too frequently of students who walk onto campus following Christ but walk away four years later denying Him, often because they were confused by secular philosophy.

Pray for our students to have courage, wisdom and discernment. Pray they will not hide from new ideas but will see this as an opportunity to become better equipped to defend their faith. 

Shannon will be heading back to IL on Sunday. Pray for safe travels. Pray for DuWayne too, as he experiences the empty nest.

Michaela heads back on the 20th.

Praise God too, that Nancy McPherson is home. Pray for her speedy recovery. 

Pray too for the family of Gary Rhodes & continue to lift the Bullers family.

Memorial Service for Kayla is tomorrow at 3 at the Ramsaytown UMC

Prayers for the family of Kayla Bullers who was killed in a car accident yesterday. Kayla was the daughter of Tammy (Knapp) & Jerry Bullers. Her grandparents live in Ramsaytown next to the church.

 Pray for your Pastor, your Church and the Faithful Followers Charge!  Invite someone to join you for church this Sunday!

Sunday, August 21 at 10 am at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

This is open to all!

There is a sign up sheet in each church, but if you are coming and have not signed up...and can't...let me know and I'll add you to the list. Please know that if you or a family member or friend aren't signed up and decide to come at the last minute that is fine too! We will plan on some extras! And even if we have more than planned on, it'll work out! Jesus fed 5.000 with two little fishes and five loaves of bread...he can surely feed us Faithful Followers! Encourage friends and family to join us that morning. This may be their first opportunity to meet Pastor Joni & Dan.

 Gerry B. is going to give me the total for Meade next Monday. If someone from Port could also report on your total that would be great! KnoxDale has a good number signed up...but still hoping for some more.

 Port will be setting up that morning (service & picnic)

Meade is bringing the drinks

KnoxDale the table service.

Charge is providing meat & rolls.

Everyone bring a covered dish to share! Someone asked if there was a menu; there is NOT. It's pot luck! If we get 20 pans of beans...we'll eat beans!

If you'd like to contribute to this service...let Pastor Joni know.

Music will likely be CD's...unless someone has a key board they'd like to bring & play.

There will be envelopes for each churches tithes/offerings.

Plan now to attend!  And Begin NOW to invite family, friends, members we haven't seen in a while!

Prayer request for Katy Alderton...

Please keep my mom (Nancy McPherson) in prayer. She was thrown from her horse last night. She had a concussion and we found out she broke a couple ribs and one punctured a lung. Last we heard in the wee hours they were taking her to Pittsburgh (we had been with her at the dubois hospital previously but we reached a point where we needed to come home and get some sleep to be able to deal with whatever comes today. Not sure if we'll be going down there or what will be going on...but prayers for my sister, aunt and I are great too (city driving is not easy for this country girl). They couldn't life flight her because of the chance of her lung collapsing from the pressure change in flight. We are all working on very little sleep and unsure of what the future holds. Your prayers are truly appreciated. 

 Thank you!



Continued prayers for Craig (and Peg too) as he begins radiation today.

Praise God, Jennifer's eyes are coming along well.

Today is mom's 80th birthday. Last weekend when they visited Uncle Roy in Ohio, he gave her, her birthday card and made her promise not to open it till her birthday. Needless to say, it was hard to open it this morning. And he called her every night at 8:30...those calls will be missed too.  Prayers are appreciated for all his family.

Please lift the family of Roy Harriger in your prayers. Uncle Roy passed away last night.

Thanks to all those who prayed for him after he broke his hip. Praise God! He was FULLY healed last night!

Relay for Life is going on TODAY at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds...until midnight tonight. Go on out and support a great cause! Eat a Dinger Dog or a walking Taco or a whole host of other goodies. Buy some tickets. Donate to the American Cancer Society.

And the Clarington Riverbank Sing is also this evening at 5. Take a lawn chair and enjoy the music and a hot dog!


We're just a couple weeks away from the Faithful Followers Charge Service & Picnic at the Fairgrounds! August 21 at 10 am.  Remember to sign up in your home church tomorrow so we know how many to plan for! Guests are welcome too! Spread the word to those who may not be on the email list!

Special music is also welcome!! Anyone want to sing or play an instrument?

Port will be setting up & covering tables.

Meade will provide drinks.

KnoxDale will provide plates, cups, silverware & napkins.

Rolls & Meat (chicken, ham & hot dogs) will be provided.

Hope to see YOU at the Lord's Table tomorrow!


Jennifer's surgery went very well, now she just to have her face down 20 hours out of 24 for three days, should have sight back in 6 weeks. GOD IS GOOD!

Thanks for all the prayers.


Below is an update from Taylor Songer about his brother, Dustin...

I would like to update everyone on Dustin, 6-8 weeks ago we went for a scan that was not good he had new tumor growth and swelling which caused him to be put back on steroids. We were very disappointed. Today we went for a new scan and the doctors were pleased with his scan there is no new tumor growth but he still has the tumors that were originally there. They believe his new treatment method is working well for him right now he will continue to go every other week for Avastin infusions and we will go back to Pittsburgh in 3 months for a new MRI.
Thank you to all of you for the positive thoughts and prayers.


I have a friend who has and interview today for a new position at work (same company) and he is very nervous about it. Please pray for him.


Continued prayers for Ray. The nurse was out yesterday and said everything is good. He asked her what he can complain about, if everything is good.  He has aged considerably since the stroke. I know what you're thinking...he's 99, how much more could he age?  But he was so strong and active before and the stroke has really slowed him down. Pray for a lil' strength to he can regain a little of his independence.

Don't know any details...but God does! We've been asked to Pray for Charlie Schreckengost.

Pray too for Sara & Julie as they recover from their C-Sections and adjust to Motherhood. Pray for Grandma Nan too as she is no doubt trying to divvy up her time between both daughters, and new grands, Elliot & Daisy!

Begin now to pray for Sunday's service. Invite someone to join us this Sunday! 

This Saturday, beginning at 5:00 PM, the Clarington UMC will be hosting their annual Riverbank Sing Along,

along the beautiful Clarion River at Clarington. (Just down from the church)
Hot Dogs, Cookies & Music...who could ask for more?
Please bring a folding chair. Invite friends!

Just a reminder that Pastor Joni is currently selling Marianna Hoagies/Pizzas.

If you want any, contact her or Pat Forrest or myself. Orders & Money are due on Sunday.  Delivery is August 17.

 Also, the Mission Team is having a YARD SALE on September 3.

If you have anything laying around that you might like to donate...let Pastor Joni know.

If you are on this Prayer Chain List and you'd rather not be...just hit "unsubscribe".  But seriously, just let me know if you'd like your name taken off.

Pray this week for Izzy, Rayna, Kenzie, Sydney & Cassidy as they are at Camp Allegheny. May God open their hearts and minds to all HE has for them there!


We are happy to announce that Daisy Lois DiMaria arrived 7:38 pm Friday , July 29th weighing 8 lbs 9 oz and 20-1/2 inches long. She is beautiful and we love her!
There were a few problems along the way and Daisy had to go to the NICU but she is out now and doing well. Mom and Dad doing well too.
We have so much to be thankful for 


After being induced last night and still no baby...Julie is headed for a C-Section. Please lift her & the baby in prayer!

Two daughters and two C-sections in one week...but Praise God for grandbabies!

Nan will no doubt be spending some time in Pittsburgh over the next few weeks!

Ed Kerchinski is being taken to Presbyterian Hospital to see trauma surgeon.  Tree fell on him today 3 fractures in 2 vertebrates in lower back. Storm coming in so they won't fly him, going by ambulance.            

 Also, please continue to pray for Tom Hopkins. Praise God...He has been moved back to LaurelBrooke for rehab...but still has a long way to go!

 Continue to pray for Craig as he prepares to begin radiation. Pray for Peg too as she journey's thru this with him.

We have 5 girls preparing to head off to Camp Allegheny on Sunday (Rayna, Kenzie, Izzy, Syd & Cassidy). God is waiting for them there! We thank Him for his faithful presence! Pray that He will work in the lives of these girls so they'll grow in their relationship with Him.

Pray too for my Uncle Roy. He is in rehab in Mason Village in OH. He will have to go into the personal care section when he leaves there.

My cousin Scott is taking Mom & Aunt Betty out to see him this weekend. Pray for safe travels.

If any of our town kids are is an opportunity to attend another VBS!

Come catch the wave at First United Methodist Church; 205 Jefferson St. Dates are Sunday, July 31st-Thursday, August 4th; Time is 6-8:30 pm.

Surf Shack VBS will help Surfers hit their impact zone with a deeper understanding of God's awesome power!! Surfers will "ride the waves" and learn that God creates, God helps, God loves, God calms and God sends. Surfers won't want to miss out on this event. Please pre-register now, children age 2 to students who have completed the 5th grade, by calling the church office 849-5367 or emailing


And finally, Pastor Joni is currently taking orders for Marianna Hoagies to raise funds for Haiti.

Orders have to be turned in on Sunday the 7. Delivery (or pick up from the church) is Wednesday, Aug. 17.

There are several other ways you can help in the fundraising too:

There will be a Yard Sale at the Hazen Church on Saturday, September 3 if anyone would like to donate any items for the sale.

They are also selling baked goods there.  

Then on October 1 there will be an Apple Dumpling Festival at the Hazen church at 2 pm.  It is the last flea market. 

Begin now to PRAY for Pastor Joni and the Mission.

I thought this article was good and wanted to share.

Roy Gearhart  says...

“We urge faithful United Methodists upset by this news to stay and work for accountability, remember that this election is being challenged, share their concerns with their pastors, and remember that such radical actions only represent a minority, who we should not let abuse and take over our great denomination."

We are happy to announce the arrival of Elliott Henry Loving. Healthy and handsome. 6 lbs 5 oz 20 inches long. Born at 4:40 pm. Mommy and baby doing well.

Nan and Dave

 Praise God & Congratulations all!
Another lil' Elliott!

Craig is getting an Iron infusion today and another next week. Pray that these get his counts back up where they need to be!

 Praise God for the love, prayers and support shown to the Zacherl family during Brodie's stay in the hospital. There was a GOFUNDME account set up to help with medical expenses and in just a few days, over $20,000 was raised for medical expenses! God is good! Praise Him for generous hearts that were there for this family in their time of need!

Please continue to lift Ray in prayer. He/we had hoped the catheter would be removed yesterday, but that didn't happen. 😊 The aging process isn't an easy one.

Continue to pray for Rod Frazer. 

Had the following request from Chris...

Please add Jeff & Bonnie Parrett of Brookville to the prayer list.  Jeff had minor surgery in Pittsburgh on July 20 and came home over the weekend. He was life flighted back to Pittsburgh last night for possible blood clots and his heart beating fast & hard. I work with Bonnie and her family & extended family has been hit hard with cancer and other life threatening problems the past few years. This is just added stress & anxiety that she wasn't prepared for.

Thyra asked for prayer for a cousin, Rod Frazer, who is in Hershey Medical after having had a stroke.  Please keep Rod in your prayers. I'm guessing he is a very special cousin to warrant Thyra & Ed naming their own son after him.

Praising God for another good Bible Study...and some new faces around the table. It's never too late to join in! Hope to see you next week. Or join in at Port on Thursday morning at 10.

And last but not least...pray for Dan's back. One never knows when God might call him to take up his cross and follow...and he needs to have a strong back.

Please pray for Craig as he goes to the cancer doctor tomorrow. Pray that blood counts normalize, pray for wisdom for the doctors. Pray for comfort and peace during the journey ahead...for Craig, Peg and their family.

Continue to pray for the Attinger family as they journey through their grief.

Pray for Ray too. He has two doctors appointments tomorrow.

(We Praise God for Jeanna and her willingness to help out with Ray's care!)
And pray for Bill Wolfe as he has been under the weather.

Continue to pray for Brodie Zacherl, Tom Hopkins, Nancy Fox and Donna Syphrit.

I Praise God for little Dominic and his bright eyes being at the door this morning to help his parents greet!  What a blessing he and the other little ones are in our church!  Happy, crying, noisy...Cheerios on the floor...we love 'em!  They are a sign of Hope and a future for our church! Praise God for little ones!

Pray for the empty pews! Many have been missing and missed this Summer! Make a phone call, pay a visit, send a card or text or email and let them know they are missed!

Remember Bible Study at Meade Chapel tomorrow morning at 10...and Thursday morning at Port Barnett.

Remember your index cards - favorite hymns & today's assignment - who is God to you?


If you'd be willing to make up an UMCOR mission kit...the 'recipes' are available in each church or by contacting Pastor Joni.


Just got home from Zanesville (Praise God for safe travels!) and had two prayer requests on my machine.


Please pray for the family of Dale Attinger (Kristin & Tyler's grandpa) passed away yesterday after a courageous battle with cancer.


Also, Shirley Walter would like prayer for her daughters Mother-in-Law, JoAnn Blake wh has pneumonia.


Don "Pete" Ishman could use our prayers. He spent a couple days in the hospital for swelling on one side of his face/ear/head. They don't know what was causing it.

Also, Bishop Bickerton's Dad is in a FL hospital in ICU. He fell and had to have back surgery. Had a heart attack during the surgery. His name is Jim.

Continue to pray for the others on our list.

Pray for your Pastor, your Church and the Faithful Follower's Charge. Invite a friend to church this Sunday.

Remember the Charge Service/Picnic on Sunday, August 21 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Details coming soon.


Praise God! Ray came back home last night. Please keep him in your prayers.


Continued prayers for Craig as well. Tests, blood work, doctors appointments added to healing from surgery can wear a person out!


Continue to lift Tom Hopkins, Brodie Zacherl, DuWayne, Ann Dudek, Nancy Fox, Roy Harriger, Charlie Shreckengost, Donna Syphrit, John Neff, those grieving loses, and our home bound.

Pray for your Pastor, your church and the UM Church as a whole. Pray for our Nation!


Remember Coffee, Snack & Chat this morning at 9 at Port.

Ladies Aide tonight at 7 at KnoxDale.

All are Welcome at both!


2 Chronicles 7:14

Prayer warriors, things have gone downhill and Ray is in route back to DuBois Hospital. Please Pray!

Pray for the UMC

For those who missed Pastor Joni reading the Bishops letter on Sunday and for those who'd like to re-read it for yourself....

here it is.

Here too, is an article about the appointment.

I don't know where you stand on the issue, but if you'd like for your voice to be heard, please consider writing to our new Bishop.

 Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi

United Methodist Center
                                                               1204 Freedom Road                                                                                                                                                      Cranberry Township, PA 16066 

(724) 776-2300 

Because there are right things to say but far too many wrong.  I won't even try, I'll just quietly leave this here.

We live in a messed up world!  We know that we will have persecutions, trials, tribulations, and heartache and pain and suffering as we grow and mature in our walk with God. 
During our times of intense need, times of grief, uncertain times, and in times when things are going increasingly the world and in the Church...we really totally need to depend on GOD and ask HIM for help, and to rely upon Him, because HE is the ONLY ONE that can give us the perfect way out, and perfect answer to all that we are going through. He is the one that can fix broken lives and broken churches! 

Sometimes He sends others to speak a word of truth in our lives, but we dont always receive it. Because we think we know more, or our pain is more intense than anyone else's …but how are we to grow and mature if we get self centered and selfish in our lives? When we cling to our own understanding, and think we know it all, we lose out on some absolutely wonderful inspiration, revelation and deliverance from God!


Franklin Graham has asked believers to pray for our Nation today at noon.

Pray for our nation! Pray for our Church! (Satan would like nothing better than to rip the UMC apart!)

Pray for the world. Pray for our leaders! Pray for the military & those in law enforcement. Pray for each other!


"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

2 Chron. 7:14


Couple of reminders...

Sunday, August 21 there will be a Charge Service & Picnic to Welcome the Williams' at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Service at 10...with picnic to follow at 11:30 ish. 

Invite a friend or someone who hasn't been to church in a while.

More details coming soon!

 On Saturday, September 17 there will be a Ladies Seminar at Warsaw Fire Hall.

"A Wardroabe for All Seasons - How to Dress for Spiritual Success"

Lori Hatcher will be the keynote speaker.

Some of us participated in one of her seminars a couple years ago...and it was time well spent!

Let's take a team!


Coffee, Snack & Chat  9:00 a.m. & also KnoxDale Ladies Aide at 7:00 p.m. this Wednesday.

And a note of Praise to God!

Ray's speech is MUCH better today! There doesn't seem to be any permanent damage from the stroke! God is so good! He was hoping to come home today...but waiting to see what the Dr. says.

I praise God too, for our churches nurses & that they arrive at church early. The events of yesterdays situation could only have been orchestrated by God himself! Ray was able to make it the whole way to the church (about half a mile), the nurses were there early, Pat got him to the hospital quickly and the aspirin did it's work. Thanks all for your prayers!


Also want to welcome Penny & Lewis Saxton of Port Barnett to the "Prayer Chain". (Please let me know if you got this I know I entered your email right!)

Praising God this evening for answered prayers! If all goes well during the night, Ray may come home tomorrow. The clot was in the Carotid artery in the back of his neck. The aspirin given at the ER seems to have broken it up. His speech is still some what slurred, but not as bad as it was. He was able to eat his dinner (didn't care for it but ate it). He will be put back on blood thinners. God is good!

Just a reminder for all.  Port Barnett's Coffee, Snack & Chat is this Wednesday, July 20, at 9:00 AM in our church basement. Everyone is welcome.

Pray too, for Miranda Reitz's grandma and Dale Attinger (Kristin & Tyler's grandpa who was put on Hospice).


Please keep Ray in your prayers. He walked into church this morning...very slowly. When we ask him if he was ok, he was just mumbling. Pat took him to Brookville Hospital. They said he's having or had a stroke. Being transported to DuBois Hospital.

Here is a link to Karen Wolfe's report from Annual Conference

Annual Conference Report for 2016


Hi Deb,

Please add Brodie Zacherl to the prayer list.  He has been in icu in Pittsburgh for a week and still in great need of our prayers. 




Tiffany Straitiff has ask us to...

"Please add Trevors cousin, Tom Hopkins to the prayer list. He wrecked his mountain bike and is really banged up. He's in the Trauma ICU in Pittsburgh with a lot of broken ribs and a broken collarbone. He is in right now for an exploratory surgery he's bleeding somewhere and they can't find it and his stomach is filling up with pus. They left him open yesterday so they could go back in today and try and find it. He's in a medical coma right now and they say a lot of pain. Prayers are greatly appreciated!"


The Straitiff's also have reason to Praise God today too; 4 years ago today, God Blessed them (and us) with two beautiful little girls! Happy 4th Birthday, Ainsley & Addy!!


Please pray for the family of Penny Harriger Geer.  Penny passed away this morning of cardiac just 60 years of age. 😟

Continue to pray for  Roy Harriger, John Neff, Craig Kniseley, Ann Dudek, Nancy Fox, Donna Syphrit and DuWayne. Please add Val Dickey to your prayer lists as she continues to grieve Ed's passing. The Davis/Mays family.

Pray too, for your Pastor and the Faithful Followers Charge.

Stay tuned for details of a charge service & picnic coming up in August.


KnoxDale folks...remember the Adm. Board meeting is tonight at 7.

Exciting things are happening on the Faithful Followers Charge!!

We had a great turn out for Bible Study at Meade Chapel this morning and great conversation too!
Dan is a gifted teacher and we're looking forward to what God has to offer us through him and the book "I Wish Jesus Hadn't Said That" by Steve Timmis.

If you missed it this morning, the same Study is starting Thursday morning at Port Barnett at 10 am.  Dan hopes to keep the two studies running on the same schedule, so if you can't go to one, you can maybe catch it at the other.

All that being said...the Williams' will be out of town next there will be no Bible Study next week. We will resume on Monday, July 25 & Thursday, July 27.

There are still books available, if you didn't get one and plan to attend, let Dan know.

Also: Just a reminder that the SPRC committee meets tonight at 7 at Meade Chapel. Please make sure your SPRC members know

Prayers for my Uncle,  Roy Harriger. He fell in WalMart parking lot and broke his hip. 😟
Surgery tomorrow in Cincinatti. He is 90 and very surgery is risky. But the good news is he is a Christian and ready to die should God choose to call him home!

Continued prayers for Craig Kniseley (and his family) as they have more decisions to make concerning the best path to take thru cancer.This is an anxious time for them and the ability to make wise decisions may be difficult. Prayer is the key here folks! Let's soak them in prayer as decisions are made. Pray for God's guidance. Pray for the doctors. Pray for strength for the journey...whatever direction they take. Pray for that Peace that passeth all understanding.

Praise God for our Knox Twp. Fire Dept and its dedicated group of volunteers! They responded quickly Friday night when Ray's lifeline went off (for no apparent reason) find him sitting on the porch swing unaware that help had been summoned.

Pray for Pastor Joni & tomorrow's services.  Invite a friend to join us at the Lord's Table!

Praise God!  Emmett got his little brother and Gary/Barb got grandson #4 this morning!

Congratulations, Rachel & Josh on the birth of Elliot Cole Kriner (6 lbs. 4 oz and 18-1/2 inches long). 

All are doing well.

Continued prayer for Sara & Julie as they await their little ones.

Prayers Please! (From Peg)

Subject: pray

please pray for our son-in-law John Neff as he is having surgery tomorrow to replace a knee that he had put in about 4 yrs ago.  Pray there is no infection.

Pray too, for Craig and his consult with the cancer Doctor.


Praising God for a new little great niece. Lillian Grace Ferraro was born today weighing in at 7 lbs 14 oz. Mom (Meghan) & baby are doing well.

Continued prayers for Rachel, Sara and Julie as the await the arrival of their family additions.


Praising Him too for safe travels to/from to return Morgan & Quinn. Quiet here after 6 weeks of 1 or more grandkids!


Tim Lindemuth could use our prayers as he recovers from foot surgery. They'll be doing tests this week to try and figure out why the surgery left him with no feeling in his toes.


Continued Prayers for those grieving loses and for those recovering from surgery..


Pray too for the Shaffer / Park & Shannon / Slater families as they head to the beach this week for the wedding of DuWayne's niece and Sandy's nephew.

Sandy wanted so badly to be able to go to the wedding. She talked about it often during her final weeks. I don't doubt that she'll be there is spirit.  She held a special place in their lives and will live on in the hearts of the bride/groom and so many others!


Please pray for the  Mays/Davis Family. Cindy's mom, Sara Mays passed away today (yesterday)


Pray too, for Ruby Thomas who is not doing well.


Praise God for a great week at VBS, for beautiful weather, for dedicated teachers & volunteers, for the children, for parents who brought their kids, for a nice program and for a church full of people tonight! God is so good!


Praising Him too that Ann Dudek is back home and doing well. She hopes to be in Church on Sunday!


Let's soak Pastor Joni in prayer this week-end!  A funeral, a wedding rehearsal, a wedding, company and the first Sunday on her new appointment! Her plate is full!


I'd appreciate prayers for travel mercies as I return Sydney tomorrow...and return with Morgan & Quinn. I Praise HIM that I could have Sydney for VBS! She absolutely loved it!


And lastly...Gerry B. Has a couch in decent condition that she would like to give to someone who could use it. She said it's a tanish color and would make someone a good couch for s family room or someone just starting out.

 If you want it or know someone who could use it, give Gerry a call!

She works call early in the day.  849-8402



Hey Y'all!

Barnyard Roundup VBS wraps up tonight with the children's closing program at 7:00.

All are invited!

Hope Y'all will Come & hear what the kids have learned! 😊 Invite a friend to come with you!

(Children should gather at 5:45 as usual)



Becky Caylor has been having some trouble with my sciatica. She is taking time off work resting...and would appreciate our prayers.



Ann Dudek is out of surgery and the doctors said it went well. She may get to come home tomorrow.


Please keep Gavin Thompson in your prayers for good test results. They've been doing a series of tests on his heart. Gavin was a regular at SonBeams and then Youth...before he moved.



Please keep Ann Dudek (Mary Barber's mom) in your prayers as she has surgery today.


Praising God that Craig is doing much better! Continue to keep him in your prayers. He sees the cancer doctor on the 9th to come up with a battle plan.


Praise God, DuWayne is doing well. He is in a boot now.  Continued prayers for healing of the foot and the knee surgery that is coming.


Praising God for another good night at VBS! Just two nights to go. Program is Thursday at 7.   All are welcome!


Prayers for those grieving loses. Services are tomorrow for Ned McMillen, Friday for Pastor Joni's aunt and Saturday for Dave Buffone.


Pray for Pastor Joni as she prepares to begin her ministry here on the Faithful Followers Charge. Be open to all that God is going to do through her!



Prayers for Pastor Joni's family in the passing of her Aunt.

Also keep her daughter & family in prayer for travel mercies as they fly in on Thursday for a family wedding this weekend.


Pray too, for my great nephew Carson who suffered a broken arm after being hit by a ball in last night's All Star game.



To God be the Glory for the Great things HE is doing at VBS this week!!


On Sunday night there were 32 kids and they learned about the Good Shepherd (Chris did a great job with the lesson) and their Bible verse was Psalm 23:1. We had a great time singing and crafting...then enjoyed a picnic with families and our soon to be Pastor and her husband. The kids LOVED the petting zoo!


Last night the kids came in reciting their memory verse and getting a sticker. One little guy, 3 years old and all smiles, spouted it off like a pro...and then gave me a high five! (These are the moments that make it all worth while!) 41 kids last night!  The learned about Jesus feeding the 5,000. (Kelly used a cute little counting/clapping trick to keep their attention) Even in the heat...we had a good time! Gaye does a wonderful job with the music and the kids are picking up on the songs quickly!  The snack ladies are so creative too! We enjoyed some yummy dirt last night! When we were leaving one of the craft ladies warned me that the basement was "a mess". I went  down expecting to see a mess...but what I saw was cuteness!! Adorable stick horses and farm hats! (We are blessed to have some really crafty ladies!) The preSchool class continues to grow! I think they had 14 last night! It looked pretty scary to me! But Stacy, Stephanie, Michaela and Cassidy...exhibit the fruit of PATIENCE! How they keep it together for 2.5 hours is beyond me!! Again...we are truly blessed to have them taking part! Not many would be up for that challenge! And I read on FB late last night how some of the little ones are going home so excited, singing their songs and reciting their verses! That what it's all about!


God is sooooo good! He must love children...cause he made them soooo special!

Looking forward to night three...and seeing where HE will show up! So much fun & so many God moments! Remember to wear something Green! The color of growth and our story is about growing good things! 🌿


Don't miss the program Thursday night at 7:00!

It's going to be fun! 😊


Praise God for a great first night at VBS! God is our Good Shepherd!

Praise God for willing volunteers that do their part to pull it all together!

Praise Him too, for Children! Without them there would be no VBS!


Secondly, Praise God for the life of Ned McMillen. A life well lived!  Ned went to be with Jesus today.  Please keep Anna Mae and the boys (and Bill and Karen too) in your prayers during this difficult time....and in the days and weeks ahead. The Wolfe's July 4th picnic certainly won't be the same this year without he and Hope.


Continued prayers for Ann Dudek as she goes for surgery on Wednesday.

For Craig and DuWayne as they continue on the road to recovery.

And for Miranda's Grandma and Pastor Joni's aunt...both had strokes and not doing well.

Keep the Buffone & Jones families in your prayers as well as the grieve such sudden loses.


Begin now to pray for Pastor Joni's first service on the Faithful Followers Charge!  Receive her well! Be a Blessing to her and her ministry here! Reach out in Christian Love and make her feel welcome here! Plan now to make name tags available for the first couple weeks until she gets to know our people.



Two unexpected loses yesterday.


Please pray for the Jones' (Richard & Ursula) as they grieve the lose of their son.


Pray too, for the Buffone Family. Dave (a good friend of Denny & Jeanna) was struck by a car and killed last night.



Praising God that Craig is home! (No place like home!) Pray for his return to good health!



Prayer warriors...(Elizabeth) Ann Dudek...Mary Barber's mom is in need of our prayers.

She will be having her 2nd breast removed next week in test have revealed cancer.  Ann is new to the area (Witch Hollow Road) and to our church. Let's soak her in prayer!


Betty Miller has ask for prayers for Jim Yates who is not doing well.


Prayers too for Pastor Joni & Dan as they transition from there to here and begin their ministry on the Faithful Followers Charge, July 1.

They're scheduled to move in on Friday. Praise God the painting is done...but there are still lots of little repairs and cleaning to be done. Plus, the man that is to lay the carpet on Thursday has had some medical issues, so pray for him that his BP will come down and that he is able to get it laid.


Pastor Joni's first service will be July 3. 

She would like to delay Communion until July all three churches.


***  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