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Knox Dale Meade Chapel Port Barnet

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Pastor - Jerome Kennedy

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Prayer List 


Sandy Shaffer

Pat & Pete Kniseley


Missions: Chitester, Lenhart, Chamberlin, & Scarlet Cord

Service men & women

Alice Smith

Lois Leksell

Pray for each other


Kenny is having surgery this am. If everyone could keep him in their thoughts and prayers we'd appreciate it.


Thanks Kelly. L



Karen Wolfe is asking for prayer for Paige. (See Below)


Deb, our friend Paige Emberg, is in Mercy hospital in Pittsburgh, she was burned pretty bad but doctors say she will recover, she is 13 years old.

 Prayers appreciated!




Andy Caylor has been diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukemia. Please keep the prayers going...for Andy, as well as Courtney, Becky, Dave and the boys.  He's still in the hospital. They will be starting treatment soon. Let's keep him/them in our prayers as they go thru this difficult time.

Please pray for ANDY CAYLOR and his family.
Becky said....

"Last night Andy went to hospital and was admitted they gave him a blood transfusion and today they did a bone marrow biopsy and another blood transfusion.

It will be several days for the results he will be staying in hospital.

I will pass on information. 

Thanks in advance for all the prayers that will go up tonight. Please add our family to the list!!!"

Becky & Dave 



Please keep Duane Sebring in your prayers as he recovers from surgery. He's back home now.


Continued prayers for Arlene, Sandy, Hope, Connie and Alyce.


Praising God for another good week at camp. Emily, Sydney and Abby all three said they had a great time! Next week we have 4 boys going (John Davis, Devon Kuntz, Kaden & Baily Miller). Please keep them in prayer...that they will be open to all God has waiting for them there!


Remember Izzy Penman goes in for surgery next week. Pray for her, her family and the doctors.


There will be no Bible Study at Meade Chapel the next two Monday's (July 6 & 13) and the SPRC meeting for July 13 will be rescheduled, as the Pastor will be taking some vacation time.

 Pray for safe travels as they go to Maryland to visit family and then travel from there by train to Illinois to visit with Friends.


Pray for all those traveling over the holiday week-end.



As I was cleaning this morning, I found a pair of glasses, left behind after the VBS Program. They were in the third row from the back on the left side. Anyone missing a pair?


Please lift Hope in your prayers. She's in a great deal of pain from what they think is a compression fracture in her back. She awaiting the results of her X-ray.

Thank you!


Thanks, Faithful Followers, for loving the children well!

By nature, children are one of the most receptive groups to the gospel. Studies show that the greatest evangelistic window is among young children between the ages of 5 to 13.  Many of the kids we saw this week are growing up in non-Christian homes. Childhood is God’s time for spiritual harvest. Thanks church, for planting Good seeds in the lives of these kids!

Kids seem to be given every material indulgence, but are often emotionally starved, severely lacking in social graces, and spiritually orphaned. Many live in homes that have been completely deprived of Jesus Christ. Matthew 5:13-14 says, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden...Let your light shine before men (and children), that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Could it be that our church was the “light on the hill?”

 It is God’s will that We be the “light of the world,” that our “light should shine” so others would see His glory. 

Thanks Faithful Followers for letting your lights shine this week! Thanks to those who directed this years VBS. Thanks to all who taught, helped, donated snacks, supported financially, brought their kids/grandkids/neighbor kids and to those who prayed! The program was great! The 'picnic' and the fellowship around the tables was great! I think this was the first time that all three churches have been represented.  It was especially nice to see Stacy B. step out of her comfort zone and teach Preschool for the first time (and she recruited her sister-in-law, Stephanie to help). Some nights I felt like we were throwing her into the lions den...but she always had a smile on her face!  Praise be to God for a successful VBS!

Let's continue our 'Journey To Jesus' by attending worship this Sunday!

Pray for your Pastor, your Church and the Faithful Follower Charge.

Pray for Dwedor & Izzy as they prepare for surgery in Pittsburgh next month.

Continue to pray for Arlene as she battles cancer.

Praise God, Alyce came thru her heart surgery wonderfully!

Pray for families in turmoil...that they can forgive and love each other well.

Pray for our Nation! 

2 Chron. 7:14 says "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."

Have a god one folks! No matter what's happening with you today...remember God loves you!


This morning I went to the church early, to prepare God's House for the company that will be coming tonight. After 4 days of's looking pretty lived in!   I just got started sweeping the basement when the sweeper quit on me. 😩 As I was crawling around the floor trying to pick up the big stuff...the story of Mary & Martha came to mind. You remember it; Jesus came to visit them and Martha was busy cooking and cleaning and doing all the things we do when guests come...but Mary was sitting at Jesus feet listening to all he had to say.  And it came to me...people are coming tonight to see the faces of the children. Although a clean house would be's not the most important thing! If Pat gets it fixed in time for me to sweep this evening...I will. If not..just come and sit at the feet of Jesus and ignore the dirt. Mary did.  Come and enjoy the Program. Come and fellowship with us over a hot dog.

Come! Journey with us to Jesus!


Closing Program at 6:00

Picnic to follow. Hot dogs/drinks/table service provided. Bring a covered dish to share...and maybe an umbrella. Or better yet, Pray that the rain passes us by tonight.





Lisa Penman ask for prayer for a friend, Alyce Spitzer, 91 years old, who is having a valve replacement tomorrow at Shadyside.


I Praise God for ALL who are involved in VBS...but as I listened to the lesson this evening...I couldn't help but Thank God for Sandy's involvement tonight! She and Kelly tag-teamed the lesson (and did a great job, I might add).  Sandy went for Chemo this afternoon and took dinner to Arlene and then came to VBS to share with the kids! She continues to amaze us all! I Praise God that thru it all, her light continues to shine for all to see. She remains  positive and a real inspiration to us all...

in spite of the stupid cancer!



Jeanna Reinard's sister Mary is having tests this week and could use some prayers.


And also pray for Morgan, our 2 yr.old granddaughter as she has an infection behind her ear that has her ear swollen up and painful. And it's a battle to get the antibiotics into her.


Thank you!



Praising God for another good night of VBS. The children learned about Joseph tonight. I'm not sure how many we had tonight...but I know there were a lot of new faces! If you know a child between 3 - 12...invite him/her to join us tomorrow night!


Jim Davis's test results were inconclusive. More tests to come! Please continue to pray for him.


Arlene Reinard is back home from Pittsburgh and is still very much in need of our prayers!


Pray too, for Sandy, Connie, Charlie, families in turmoil, VBS, girls at camp this week (Abby, Emily & Sydney), EUM's mission team, your Pastor, your church and the Faithful Followers Charge!




Praise God for a good first night at VBS. 

The lesson was on Mary, mother of Jesus. God was pleased with Mary and chose to use her to be the mother of His Son.  Are you living a life that is pleasing to God? If not, He allows U-turns!

Our Bible verse for last night was Colossians 3:12 

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.


Happy Father's Day!


Jim Davis will be having tests this week. Please keep him in your prayers.


Praise God, Mary Jane Gilhousen is out of the hospital...and was in church this morning. Pray for continued good health...and that she won't have any more heart problems.


Aleah Ames will be traveling up from FL...hopefully this week. Pray for safe travels. It didn't work out for her to attend camp at Wesley Woods..but she'll be coming to Grandma Camp.


Prayers for VBS this week. Pray for the children, the teachers and helpers. May God be Glorified through this important outreach! Tonight is wear RED night!


Continued prayer for families in turmoil. May God's amazing Grace heal the hurts!


Praising God for a good (but exhausting) time at camp this week! Sydney loved it...and every time we saw Ariana and Lauryn, they seemed to be having a good time too!


Pray this week for Sydney and Abby Miller and Emily Kramer Who will be heading off to camps tomorrow. I think Aleaha Ames may also be going this week (not sure if she decided to or not)...but pray for her as well.


Pray for VBS at KnoxDale this week. If you signed up for snacks, please take them to the kitchen tomorrow morning. And thank you for helping out!


Attend Worship tomorrow!

God Loves You!


Praise God! A new great granddaughter for the Rhodes'! See details below.

Also, Sydney and I are just finishing up day one at camp. She think she likes it!

Subject: Re: update

Deb, Our Great Granddaughter has arrived at 2:12 am this morning her name is Elizabeth Marie Rhodes. Praise God!

Got the following update from Nan, about her brother-in-law, Ed. Keep praying!

Haven't heard how Charlie's surgery went...but keep him in prayer too.

Subject: update


Ed is still in ICU but is much improved. His blood pressure is still low and he has an infection that is pretty bad.  He and his family are still needing prayers.

Thank you


John Syphrit is home and doing well.

Connie hopes to get home tomorrow. Continue to lift them in prayer.

 Please add Charlie S. to your prayer list, as he is having surgery this afternoon.

And below is an update on Chaplain Rick....

Hi All, The surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday the 23rd at 7 am. With pre-op on Wednesday this week at 8:30 am. The operation will be at least triple & possibility quadruple. The doctor wants to fix everything while they are in there. I know the Lord has been in control of everything so far & will lead the doctors hands as this procedure is done. Keep praying that thru everything  God will be lifted up & his name proclaimed. Thanks Chaplain Rick


 I have a PRAISE to share with all of you, prayer warriors! (See below)

It's reports like the one below, that make all the fundraising we have to do all year...soooo very worth it! Praise be to God!
And what makes this even more wonderful is that Kayla is so very quiet and shy. It took a lot of courage for her to step out of her comfort zone and give camp a try! And for her mom to let her go.

Thanks for all your prayers!

It's these very kind of experiences that give our kids wings to Fly! 

Subject: Camp was great!

Hi Deb,
I just wanted to share with you that Kayla came home from Wesley Woods bubbling with excitement and talking a mile a minute on Saturday!  She loved her experience and already is looking forward to going back next year.  She said her favorite part was tubing on the river!  What a blessing that she was able to go spend a week with other kids her age who are excited to share God's love. 
I am grateful for the opportunity she had to make new friends and have a great experience!  Thanks to all at Knoxdale UMC  and Son-Beams for making it happen!
Blessings,  Becky 

In all my years as Camp Steward...I've learned that parents stress over the first time camp experiences far more than the kids do! Let's lift Raleigh's mom and little brother in prayer. 

Praise God that Izzy was able to get her camp in before her surgery! Pray for her and her family in this time leading up to surgery.

See Chris' prayer requests below.

Reegan Painter (Rayleigh's little brother) is having his tonsils & adenoids removed tomorrow and having his sinuses flushed.  Tera is stressed with having Rayleigh at camp for the first time, Reegans surgery tomorrow and to top it off, the transmission went out in Tera's car today.

Izzy Penman will be having surgery the beginning of July. She will be having a piece of bone from her hip removed and transplanted to her jaw. 

Thank You,


Jim Smith was rushed back to Pittsburgh this evening. Pray that the doctors can figure out what is going on with him.


Remember VBS is at KnoxDale, starting this Sunday and running thru Thursday. 6:00 - 8:30 each evening. All children ages 3-12 are welcome! If you haven't already registered your child, you can register at the door on Sunday evening.


Prayers for Ed and his family. He's been thru so much!

 Subject: prayer request

Please pray for my brother in law Ed Raybuck. After his kidney dialysis today they had to take him to the ER.  His temperature is high and his blood pressure is very low. He is being admitted to the ICU.




Let's keep Cory Barber and his friends in our prayers as they travel over the next couple of weeks!

This will be quite an adventure for the guys...but worrisome for mom.


 Could I have travel prayers for Cory and 4 of his friends. They have taken a road trip out west. They left Friday evening and will be gone 2-3 weeks. They will be having a good time just worry about 5 teenagers, not them but the other people around them.


 Thanks,   Pam



Jaime made it back to Cincinnati safely. Thanks for the prayers!


Please lift Ned & Anna Mae McMillen in your prayers. Anna is Bill Wolfe's sister. They live in Salamanca.  Both have been experiencing many health issues, and Anna Mae will undergo testing Friday in Roswell.


Pray too for travel mercies for Jaime as she travels back to Cincinnati today with the three youngest grandchildren. It's going to be very quiet here.



Please keep Shannon Shaffer in your prayers as she'll be traveling to Italy this week.


And Praise God for all those who step up to the plate to help out in the Worship Services! This month we have Youth as Lay Readers at KnoxDale.  And we also had Casey step up to the plate and do the Children's Sermon this morning for the first time...and a fine job he did!  I praise God for willing servants!


Continue to pray for Connie, Sandy, Arlene, Jim and John...for improved health.

And for families in turmoil.



Please lift these girls in prayer as they go to church camps this week:

Rayna S., Izzy P., Mackenzie J., Rayleigh P. and Jazmine K. are going to Wesley Woods.

Ariana P. & Lauryn C. are headed to Jumonville.

And Sydney C. And Cassidy K. Are off to Camp Allegheny for the week.


Sydney and I will also be heading to Grandma & Me camp at Jumonville on Wednesday.


Pray too, for the EUM Mission Team heading to the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.


And lastly, pray for a safe return from Conference for Karen, Genie and the Kennedy's


Praise God, Jim Smith came home this evening!! The doctors are baffled as to why things turned around so quickly. They think now that maybe it wasn't a stroke, but perhaps seizures. I have to believe God played a part in his recovery, as many were praying! The family is thankful for all the prayers!


Please say a prayer for little Morgan, my two year old granddaughter. She fell backwards off the picnic table this evening and has a huge goose egg on the back of her head. She seems fine, even crawled back up and ate her ice cream, but scared this ole grandma silly! Was a little leery  about putting her to bed this evening. Three full weeks with no injuries (I guess that too is a praise!)...and the night before mom comes for them...we have one.




Please continue to pray for Trevor's uncle, Jim Smith. He seems to be improving, Praise God and keep praying!

Some have ask who he is. His mom was Shirley Hopkins Smith.

Grandson of Tim & Grace Hopkins.


Remember, this Sunday is Flag Day. Wear Red, White & Blue!


Continued prayer for Rick Youngdahl.

Subject: Re: Chaplain Rick

 I had the catheterization done today & they were not able to stent the other blockages so now we have an appointment with a surgeon on Monday 6/15 at 3 pm to discuss by-pass surgery possibly triple. Pray that as always God will be in control & lifted up thru this whole process. Thanks Chaplain Rick


I had an email from the Pastor, at 6:18, that they made it to Annual Conference. They must have gotten a really early start!

Pray for wisdom for all those in attendance...and for God's guidance.


Continued prayer for Jim Smith.


Trevor Straitiff's uncle, Jim Smith is in need of prayer. He had a stroke while golfing today and was life lighted to Pittsburgh. He's in critical condition. Paralysis on right side. Trevor & Tiffany are in Pittsburgh with him. Pray for Jim and his family,  as well as the doctors/nurses that are caring for him.


And a little Praise to share; it seems someone in Harrisburg has used some common sense! The Governor has waived the fee for background checks, for volunteers working with kids! You still have to get them every 36 months...but you don't have to pay for them, starting in July.

In the confusion with the grandkids, I forgot we had our first camper, and a first timer, go to camp this week! Please pray that Kayla Gaston will be open to all that God has for her at Wesley Woods this week and that good seeds will be planted, that can be nurtured and produce good fruit. I praise God for her willingness to step out in faith and go. And for all who supported the SonBeam's camp fund that has enabled so many kids to go again this summer!



Deb Roy is still in need of our prayers. See Kelly's request below.

 Subject: Prayers

Please pray for my mom. She is back in the hospital again. Hopefully she is well enough wed to have the procedure she needs to start her treatment.

Kelly. L



Chaplain Rick Youngdahl will have a heart catherization on Thursday morning. Please keep him in your prayers.


Also lift Connie McGonagle & John Syphrit in prayer. Pastor visited them in DuBois today and they seem to be doing well.


Pray for the Pastor, Dwedor & Karen as they prepare to go to conference this week.


VBS at KnoxDale - June 21-25 from 6:00 - 8:30.

 Let Chris know if you'd like to register a child.


Praise God for bringing you thru another day!



My Aunt Evelyn Harriger and her family are in need of prayer. She has stomach cancer. The doctors say her time is short. Please keep her and Uncle Roy in your prayers.


Continued prayers for Connie M., Sandy S. & Arlene R. And all those battling cancer of any kind.

Continue to pray for families in turmoil. ""Life: by the yard, it's hard. By the inch, it's a cinch."


Praise - Sandy Eshbaugh was fitted for a leg brace. It's been a great help with walking.


Pray too, for annual conference that begins this week in Grove City. May God's presence be felt in the worship services as well as the business sessions.


Have a great week! Do good, do no harm and stay in love with God!


Please continue to lift Mary McNutt in prayer. She's to be discharged from the hospital today under Hospice care. Send her a card to let her know you're thinking of her. 2 Short Street, Brookville


Continue to lift couples in turmoil. God can heal broken relationships...if we give Him a chance. Forgiveness isn't always easy, but remember how often God has forgiven us.


Pray for your Pastor, your Church and the Faithful Followers Charge. Hope to see you at the Lord's Table this Sunday! Come, remembering Jesus and all He did for us!

Prayer warriors...Please pray for couples who are struggling in their relationships. There are MANY!  Trials can be challenging, even for Christian couples.   Pray that God will radically transform hearts and teach them how to resolve conflict, forgive each other, and to grow back in love!  May they remember why they got married, and may their marriage be strengthened thru this storm.  And finally, that God might be glorified in their marriage.


Jeanna has asked for prayers for her sister, Ruth Pearce, who is driving to Florida to spend time with her daughter and her family, who are currently stationed there with the Navy.  Please pray for safe travels.

And pray too, for all of our military families. They make sacrifices daily for our freedom.




Please keep the families of Terry Hockinson and Wayne Doane in your prayers as they go through this season of grief.


Pray for those graduating tomorrow night. As I was scanning thru the picks in the paper...there are many with Faithful Followers connections. Congratulations class of 2015! Jeremiah 29:11


My apologies to all that were distracted by my crew this morning! I was actually relieved when the birds flew into the sanctuary this morning. For a few minutes our grandkids weren't the only distraction!

I praise God too, that we had many kids this morning! It was nice to see them all in church! And equally as nice to see the nice job they did on the planters in the front of the church! Thank God for kids!

***  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