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Pastor - Jerome Kennedy

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Prayer List 


Sandy Shaffer

Pat & Pete Kniseley

Dale Gilhousen


Missions: Chitester, Lenhart, Chamberlin, & Scarlet Cord

Service men & women

Alice Smith

Lois Leksell

Annie Ceconi

Pray for each other

Praising God that tests at Magee revealed what might have been, wasn't! My friends daughter will l go back for a procedure next week & then everything should be ok.

Thanking God for answered prayers!

Even if you don't have any connections to Ferguson Missouri, pray that peace can be restored in that city. Pray for Michael Brown's family as well as the Police Officer & his family. Pray for the Church in Ferguson. Pray that they would be a true city on a hill. Pray that they would point the world to the One who, one day soon, will restore justice and peace for all time. Pray that they would be quick to mourn with those mourning and eager to share the reason for our hope.

 Lynda Martz passed away yesterday, after a short battle with cancer.  It has only been about 6 weeks since her husband Rod passed away so their children,Tara and Aaron have been through a lot.  Please keep them in your prayers.

Continue to pray for healing in Pete Dinger's ankle. He'll be moved to the Jefferson Manor today.

Pray for safe travels for all who are traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Pray for our SonBeams & Youth as they come together tonight. Pray that they'll feel the love of Jesus there. Now more than ever, it's time to stand in the gap for our kids, in front of our God.

Remember to send something with your child, for the Food Harvest (if you can). The girls brought the most last week. So we're rooting for the boys this week! Remember too, anything put in the offering can this month goes to the Food Pantry. Give if you are able. Sunday is the last day for the Food Harvest.

REMEMBER - Thanksgiving Eve Service is at Meade Chapel tomorrow night at 7 pm. Come ye thankful people, come!

 Also, Advent begins this Sunday.  Make church attendance a priority for your family. Why?  To be fed spiritually, to be obedient to and follow after Christ, to minister to and fellowship with others, and to grow in the Word! It saddens me how many parents I see, even within our own church, who do not make regular church attendance a priority. Let's make church a priority during the Advent Season!

I've been asking you to pray for my friend's daughter over the last week or so...and she is still in need of those prayers. She's heading for Magee today for more testing. Pray that God will strengthen her for whatever lies ahead.

Just when I hit send...I got an email from the Pastor. He's back online.

Thanks Scott, for fixing the problem! We're thankful for you!

Pete Dinger broke his ankle & had surgery this morning. Please lift Mr. Dinger in prayer as he recovers.

Pray too, for those traveling over Thanksgiving.

Remember Bible Study at Meade Chapel in the morning at 10. All are welcome!

Pastor Jerome is having problems getting into his email. If you need to get ahold of him quickly, call him.

If I could ask for prayers for my step moms father John Morelli. He has been battling cancer for quite some time now. Hospice was in yesterday and said that it could be any day now.

Kelly L.

 Praise God for the caring hearts of our people!

Asking for prayers for safe travels as our kids (David, Jennifer, Brian and Katie Pearce) started last night heading home for Thanksgiving and hunting season, from Arizona.  If things so well they will be here on Monday.

Karen Wolfe (MC)

Joy would like prayer for her son David who is traveling up from Texas to spend 2 wks hunting & visiting with family.  Pray for safe travels.

Praise God for safe travels as we returned from Cincinnati this evening. We waited out the ice storm on that end this morning & hear we missed the one here this morning. We had a short, but good visit with the grandkids.

KnoxDale folks, remember the Love Offering tomorrow.

  This is not about a furnace - or money. It is about remembering “to do good and to share” (Heb. 13:16). The apostle James reminds us that we demonstrate our faith by our actions (2:18). The needs in our world are varied and overwhelming but when we love our neighbor as ourselves, as Jesus said, we reach people with God’s love.

Praising God for safe travels...and fun with the kids!

My friends daughter is still very much in need of our prayers.

My brother-in-law, Jan Johnson will be going in for back surgery tomorrow. Please lift him in prayer. Pray too, for Kris as she travels back & forth.

Dear Friends and Partners,

Life always seems so busy. I am sure you can relate. We have traveled extensively in the east coast area lately and the day after Thanksgiving we will leave again for the annual “Family Hunt Fest”. John, his dad and brother (and who knows who else) will be hunting deer in PA. We do rely on the meat for our freezer, so though they are having fun, it does have a purpose! : )

 I want to say a big Praise the Lord for the success of Dixon’s surgeries (pic below). He is so full of life and joy now. He is still getting work done on his chest area. Infection is always an issue, so please continue to pray for his complete healing.

We are asking for prayer also for Brenda Mihigo. She got Bell’s Palsy about 2 or more months ago and the partial paralysis in her face has not changed. I know often it returns to normal, but hers has not. This is a very difficult situation for a young woman in Africa. The early intervention may not have been as good as it could have been, but God can still heal her and make her face return to normal. She is a beautiful girl, inside and out! Please pray with us. Her folks (John and Gladys) are very concerned for her as well.

 Our grandson Titus is having some health challenges. After months of being told he had a variety of viruses, he was diagnosed with salmonella. Yes, they have critters (a snake, rats, dragon lizards, birds and a ferret). The Dr. says anyone of those, except the birds, may have given it. He was very sick by the time they found it in his blood test. Thank heavens for a mom who would not give up, and basically she finally just “raised CANE” to get them to find out what was really wrong with his continual stomach pain, headaches, diarrhea and other issues. He was hospitalized for 10 days and is still having some stomach issues, which they are trying to rectify over this coming weekend. Please pray that he will finally feel well and be able to get back to school full time.

Thank you for your continued prayers for Mark, my nephew who had the heart transplant. He recently had a scare with some high numbers but a biopsy showed there is no rejection. Praise the Lord!!. Please keep praying for his continued health.

We are planning a trip to Africa in January. The details are fuzzy just now, but in the making. There will be no medical team this time, just teaching for John and I. There is concern in the area with Muslim activity, especially Uganda, if we go there. A few months ago 19 were arrested who had planned a major attack in Kampala (capital of Uganda), but was foiled by the government. Thank Heavens! Pray for our plans to get solidified and for our safety as we trust the Lord to lead our steps.

Our partner in the last medical mission to Uganda and Rwanda, Carmen Marflak , realized while in Uganda that the sedation machine in their surgery unit was literally from the WW I era. As the medication was dispensed to the patient it was also leaking out into the room where the doctors are operating. She has taken on the project of trying to get them a new, current machine. As a fact the old machine has recently “died” and they are currently not able to operate at all. We are asking you to consider sending a year-end gift to help get this needed piece of equipment for the Ugandan hospital where we worked and plan to work again in the future. Attached is the letter she has written explaining the situation and the project. Please read it and pray about what the Lord would have you do to help! Thank you!!

We are, as always, ever grateful for the continual prayer, partnership and giving which you faithfully participate in, on our behalf. Without it there would be no ministry for us. Know we are thankful for you!

We want to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving and a joyous Christmas as we celebrate in the provision of Christ our Savior through our Glorious Heavenly Father. 


John & Janie

Please continue to lift my friends daughter as they are still doing tests. Pray for wisdom for the doctors as well.

I saw Sonja & Bob tonight at Bucks, celebrating their anniversary, and she ask for prayer for Mike Barber who was admitted to Brookville hospital today with chest pains. Please pray for Mike & Praise God for (not sure how many years) the anniversary celebration.

I  just got a email that Sandy Shreckengost  (she is secretary of senior citizens). She is in pittsburgh hospital with a brain tumor. She needs our prayers. (from Judy Plyler)

Pray too, for our shut-ins. As Winter approaches, check on them often to make sure they're ok and see if there is anything they need.

Yesterday I talked to a friend who was saddened by some of the events in her church.

People nit-picking about things that just don't really matter in the whole scheme of things. Went to bed thinking about how things like that could destroy a church from within.

I pray that never happens on the Faithful Followers Charge.

Remember our scripture reading from Sunday...

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Will Durant wrote in his book, on the history of Rome, "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has first destroyed itself from within. The essential cause of Rome's decline lay in her people and her morals." 

 Let's not let that happen in our churches! Let's not destroy ourselves from within...but encourage one another & build each other up. Not everything that happens in the church will be to your liking, but it's not about us. Be loving, be patient, be kind, be faithful, be supportive.

 Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 1 Peter 5:8

Satan LOVES conflict in the church! He loves burnout, rumors, busyness, lies, scandal, bitterness, marriage and family turmoil. He loves to destroy relationships.

But there is good news folks!

You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

Let's be the Church God created us to be!

Thyra has asked us to keep her "other son", Scott in our prayers as he's dealing with the pitfalls of MS. Pray that they'll find a therapy that works for Scott. Pray that God in His mercy, will help him journey through this difficult time with grace. Pray too that he will feel God's presence and the love of family/friends...through it all. MS just stinks! Pray for a cure!

 Please lift Charlene "Charlie" Miller in prayer as she lost her dad yesterday. (Sorry, I don't know his name, but God knows.)

Pray for Shannon Shaffer as she'll be flying home the end of the week to spend Thanksgiving with her family.

Pray for the daughter of a friend who is dealing with some medical problems and awaiting results of tests. This is a really stressful time for her & her parents as well.

Praising God for a nice Thanksgiving Dinner last night & a very informative mission presentation by the Chitesters!  As I sat at Bible Study this morning, I noticed Joy had on one of the necklaces made by the "street girls".  Praise God for His mercy & providing a way off the streets for those girls through the sale of their necklaces. Praise God too, for John/Janie and their caring hearts as they work in mission/ministry to the people of Africa.

Winter is upon us folks! Pray for those who don't have a warm place to stay.

Remember - If school is canceled SonBeams/Youth is also canceled. (Monday Bible Study too)

I complained as I had to hit the floor running this morning to get the church cleaned up & set up for SonBeams. But as I worked I thanked Him for the fellowship we had last night. When I got done with a little time to spare before Bible Study I decided to hand deliver the sermons to our shut-in, and their smiles brightened a dreary morning. Then the good discussions at Bible Study on prayer (and just the friendships we share there) lifted my spirits. I left from there to deliver our Christmas boxes to the Church of God where I was met by another smiling face even tho we had to make many trips in/out of the rain to unload my car. We had 66 boxes this year, which is more than we've ever had...another PRAISE be to GOD! When I stopped in to CB&G for a couple things, I got to chat with Nan for a bit (they had a BEAR in their yard last night!).  And finally I walked in to Mike's and ran into a friend that we haven't seen in church for a long, long to catch up with her & let her know we miss them. Even when we grumble & complain...and don't deserve His blessings...He blesses us beyond measure! Remember to Thank Him!

The Pastor wanted me to share the Bishop's letter to the churches. Please pass it on to anyone you think might be interested in reading it.

Unspoken request for the daughter of a friend with undetermined medical issues.

Pat Berger (W-PA Cares for Kids) had surgery yesterday to remove a brain tumor. Praise God it was benign! Pray for her as she recovers.

Continue to lift Craig K. in prayer as he deals with the annoying drainage tube and awaits surgery on Dec. 2.

Continue to pray for Norma Beverage, Shirley Walters, Mark Nolf, Millie, Linda Maxime, Families grieving the loss of loved ones, Families in turmoil and Families that are struggling financially.

Pray for your Pastor, your Church & the Faithful Followers Charge. Invite a friend to church this Sunday; next week might be too late!

Tonight, tomorrow night & Saturday night Brookville High School will present "Thoroughly Modern Millie".  I have no idea what the story line in this one is...but I know at least one of our charge youth is in it (Sydney Cook). Let's support our youth by attending if possible. Pray for all involved & pray that they'll realize that their talent is a gift from God and use it to Glorify Him! 

One of the great things about God is how HE has given gifts and talents to His children. Each one of us is unique. To one He may give the gift of music, yet to another the gift of helps. To one He may give the gift of athleticism or the gift of compassion, yet to another the gift of evangelism. ALL good and perfect gifts come from God! YOUR special gifts and talents come from God. Are you using them to Glorify Him?

If anyone is still trying to use the Pastor's email no longer works. If you need to email him, use

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This will just take a couple minutes of your time...but it's well worth it. Thought provoking for sure!

Karen Wolfe (KD) is asking for prayer for her friend Millie who is preparing for a major surgery. Please lift Millie in prayer.

 Also, remember the Chitesters will be speaking at KnoxDale Sunday evening at 6:15. All are welcome!

Mark Nolf is home from the hospital and doing great! His family is Praising God tonight. "Rejoice with those who rejoice..."

 Please lift Shirley Walters in prayer. She's been in a lot of pain with her back. And needing wisdom in picking a doctor.

Could we please add Pete Morelli (from DuBois) to our prayer list?  He was in an accident on Sunday and is in Pittsburgh in desperate need of prayer.
Kelly. L

Bob Wolfe and the guys made it home this afternoon about 3:00, safe and sound.
Thanks for the prayers for safe travels.

 Praise Him too for the safe return of Dave Miller (from Japan) and Joe Urchuck & his hunting buddies. God is good!

Dave and Evelyn Beverage, request that we put Norma Beverage on the prayer chain. She's hospitalize and needs prayer.


Grandma Bernie (Lindermuth) is turning 90 this Thursday Nov. 13th  I thought it would be great if she could be blessed with cards. She is at the Jefferson Manor in room 207.

Thank you,

Kelly B.

I have an unspoken request for a family in turmoil. Their children have been taken out of the home & the parents, who love them dearly, but are just not capable of taking care of them are devastated.  Pray that the parents are able to get some help with parenting. Pray that the children will be cared for well in their temporary home. Pray that those who care about this family will rally around them to support & encourage them to get the help they need. I always loved Mia Angelou...and one my favorite quotes from her was "When we know better we do better."  As we heard this morning...we have a God that loves children. Let's lift this family to the One who is all powerful, all knowing and all loving.

Peg & Craig were blessed with a new granddaughter (Nov.7)

Johnnie LuAnn  weighted 8lb.3 oz & was 20 in. long.

Parents are David & Tommee Kniseley.


Please pray for the family of Loretta Wazelle. She passed away last night.  They think she had a heart attack  during the night.

 had heard this story before...but hadn't see this video about it. Watch it, be Blessed & be a Blessing to someone else.

Remember to pray for your Pastor, your Church and the Faithful Followers Charge. Invite a friend to Church to share the Lord's Table. Remember to turn your clocks back an hour Saturday night or you'll be extra early.

AND...Come out to the Worship Service / Charge Conference on Sunday at Port Barnett at 2:00. (SPRC meet at 1) Let's show the D.S. Rev.James Pond...that we're alive in Christ & well on the Faithful Followers Charge!

Message from Peg...

Craig is home He will be getting his gallbladder out in a couple of weeks.Thanks to everybody for the prayers

Continue to lift Linda Maxim in prayer (Terry's sister). Linda is in DuBois Nursing Home for physical therapy. She currently has a spacer where the hip should be. In a couple months they'll go back in and replace the hip again. Pray too, for her husband who is confined to a wheel chair and having to adjust to her not being at home.

If all goes well, Craig Kniseley will come home tomorrow. Please continue to lift him in prayer, that that old infected gall bladder won't act up again until they get it out of there!

 Praising God for a great bunch of children & youth that come out on Tuesday evenings.  And for all the adults who care enough about them to dedicate their time & talents in leading them!

Pray for travel mercies for Trudee & Randy Blair who will be heading south soon. And for several of our Faithful Followers guys who left today on hunting trips.

Please pray for the Family or Caroline Steel Montague (Henry's Daughter) She passed away yesterday in North Carolina, after battling lung and lymph node cancer for some time. Pray too, for Betty & Dick as they are traveling down there today to be with the family.

Prayers too, for Terry Windham (son of Sandy & Terry Campbell). Terry was having open heart surgery in FL this morning.

 Continue to pray for Craig Kniseley. He's in room 303 of DuBois Hospital. They're putting a drain into his gall bladder to drain the infection. Will do surgery in a couple of weeks.

Please lift Craig Kniseley in prayer (Peg too!). He was admitted to DuBois today with a bad gall bladder.

Pray too, for Kate Syphrit (Ron too). Kate is battling Brain & Lung cancer as well as kidney failure. Pray for strength for the journey ahead.

Remember October is Pastor Appreciation Month! Do something nice for your Pastor!

Also remember Bible Study at Meade Chapel tomorrow (Monday) morning at 10. Hope to see you there!

Trick-or-Treat Night in KnoxDale is Friday from 6 - 8 pm. Leave your porch light on if you want to "treat" the kids.

 Faithful Followers Charge Conference is next Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2:00 pm at Port Barnett. (SPRC meets at 1:00 pm) The past few years these meetings have been held in Clusters. This year it's just us...Faithful Followers. Plan now to attend!

Wendy is home & in some pain, but doing well. Dave is doing well also, he just has a bit of a longer road ahead of him. He is still in ICU, but will be moved soon to another room. The kidney is working in him. He will need to be monitored for any kind of rejection or any other problems that may happen.  Continue to pray for both Wendy & Dave.


Pray too, for Craig Kniseley who is sick.


Praise God for the Ladies Retreat...last night's music & teaching were very inspirational. And the food was great too. Looking forward to what God has in store for us today! They said if we wanted to bring a friend we if any of you ladies reading this wants to join us! If you can't attend, please pray that God speaks to each heart in a special way.

Someone today is in need of your prayers. Take time to pray for them!

Christy says...

Wendy's kidney is working awesomely in Dave!! THANK YOU LORD!!

Joy Himes has asked us to pray for her little great-grandson M.J. (Matthew James)...Sarah's baby.  He's got a really bad cold.

Pray too, for our shut-ins. As winter approaches it's a lonely time of year. Send a card, make a phone call, stop in for a visit, take a meal...let the love of Jesus be seen in you.


Please keep the Aul family in your prayers, Ken Aul passed away yesterday in Houston, PA. Have known him all my life. 
Karen Wolfe

Remember Wendy McPherson & David Parker in prayer today and as they recover after the surgeries.

Pray for Mary's daughter, Cindy Gelnette.

Remember to pray for your Pastor, your Church and the Faithful Followers Charge. Invite someone to worship with us this Sunday.

 If you signed up for the Ladies Retreat at EUM...remember it is this Friday & Saturday.

I got the request below from Pastor Jerome. I'm guessing this might be Cindy Gelnettte?


"Hey Pastor Jerome(?) this is Cathy Jackson and I just wanted to call you back on the prayer chain let you know that Mary Gillam that wants to put her daughter Cindy on the prayer chain she's going in for surgery today to have a stent put in her stomach. I don't know anything more than that and I know Cindy lives down in Pittsburgh. So just looked her up in prayers. If you have any questions I might I would assume that Mary would probably be down there with Cindy if that's the case but that's all I know about it. So that's all I can tell you but just lift her up and maybe you can pass on to debbie(?) put on the prayer chain. Already thanks. Bye bye."

Please lift Wendy McPherson and her daughter-in-law's father, David Parker in prayer. Tomorrow, Wendy is giving David one of her kidneys. He needs it to survive and they are compatible. I know they would appreciate your prayers at this time. 

Continue to lift the Mumford family as well.

Praising God for Scott (and his patience) and the nice presentation he did for the kids last night. You couldn't look at those pictures and not see the greatness of God in His creation!

Praising God for safe travels to/from for both Jaime & I yesterday. It's been fun having the kids here, but now I need to get back into my normal routine!


Pray for one another this week!

    Someone is sick.

    Someone lost a loved one.

    Someone is unemployed.

    Someone is broken hearted.

    Someone needs a Savior.

    Someone is far from home.

    Someone is struggling with an addiction.

    Someone is depressed.

Please pray for the family of Pastor Jerome's friend. (Read below)


Just got this sad news this morning about the death of someone so dear to me.

Please keep my best friend family in your prayers. He meant so much to me. Read story below.

The deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) has again struck at the nation’s already staggering medical workforce. This time a young Liberian medical doctor, Thomas S. Scotland, fell prey to the virus on Saturday morning.

Dr. Scotland leaves behind his four very young children and a widow who is expecting their fifth child.

He died at the Government of Liberia-run Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) within the compound of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia.

The late Dr. Scotland, who was a member of the University of Liberia's A.M. Dogliotti Medical College's 2013 graduates, was interning with the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor before Ebola crossed over from neighboring Guinea to Liberia.

Kelly Belfiore writes:

LeighAnn passed away this evening surrounded by her loved ones. I was there with them and it was awful and peaceful all at the same time..she wasn't responding since last night but smiled before she took her last breathe what an amazing blessing to see.

Continue to lift the Mumford family in prayer.

We all ought to die with smiles on our faces...knowing what awaits us in Heaven.

Please continue to lift Leigh Ann Mumford and her family in prayer during this very difficult time.

Remember Linda Maxim as well, as she goes into surgery tomorrow.

Deb Roy has tests in Cleveland this week...please pray for good results.

I'd appreciate Prayer for travel mercies as Jaime & I travel tomorrow to return Morgan to Cincy.

I'm Praising God for a nice service this morning. Everyone did their part & God was glorified! 

Remember Bible Study tomorrow morning at Meade Chapel at 10 am. All are welcome!

Also, if you haven't already seen Scott's safari pics...join us on Tuesday evening at 6:30 at KnoxDale.

Just a reminder that the Fall Fest at Laurelbrooke Landing is today from 10 - 4.

Petting Zoo, Raffle, Crafts, Home Party Consultants, FOOD (Chili, Apple Cider, Pumpkin Desserts, Baked Goods, Caramel Apples and more!)  Get your child's  Fall Photo Taken for free! Hope to see you there!

Leigh Ann Mumford was placed on Hospice Care today. Please continue to pray for Leigh Ann & her family (Randy, Jill, Gabby) & friends as they deal with this difficult reality. Pray that she can keep the Faith as she finishes the race here on earth.

The truth is none of us knows how much time we really have. Life is a gift, and it is meant to be lived – fully and richly, to its very last drop.

Terry Kuntz is asking for all you prayer warriors to lift her sister, Linda Maxim in prayer. She has a severe bacterial infection in her Temporary hip (which has popped out again). Linda is in "EXCRUCIATING PAIN" and her family is heart sick watching her go through all of this. Pray that God will shine His light on this family & give them all strength to overcome all of the difficulties that they are dealing with right now. Pray for wisdom for the doctors / caregivers that are treating Linda.

Ernie McPherson could use your prayers. He was admitted to DuBois today. He's got pneumonia in on lung & some heart issues.

 Take some time to go to the website & pray your way down thru the prayer requests! And thank God for Scott who so faithfully keeps the website updated.

Please keep the family of Rodney Martz in prayer as they grieve his passing.

Pray too, for Leigh Ann Mumford as she battles cancer.

Also, for little Grace Hannah who is very sick. Grace is the little sister of Gavin who was on a prayer list a couple weeks ago.

Continue to lift Harold Richards as well.

Praising God that Sandy Shaffer's appointment in Pittsburgh was encouraging & doctors came up with a chemo regimen that they feel confident about. Continue to lift her in prayer.

Pray for the Ebola situation...home & abroad.

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

Pray for the upcoming Church Conference on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2:00 pm at Port Barnett.

Pray BOLDLY (Ephesians 4:12, Hebrews 4:16). Don’t put God in a box, don’t expect him to work only in the ways you see as possibilities. Expect him to work in extraordinary, mysterious, miraculous ways.

On Tuesday, Oct.21, at 6:30 pm, Scott Syphrit will be doing a presentation of his African Safari for the SonBeams & Youth at KnoxDale. If you haven't seen his pictures yet, and want to be a part of this showing...we'd welcome you!

 Children / Youth will still gather at 6:00. If you're bringing your child, you're welcome to hang out in the sanctuary until time for the presentation.

Come, experience God's beautiful creation through the lens of Scott's camera!

Prayer chain message from Terrry Kuntz.

They took her sister, Linda to Pittsburgh as she has a bacterial infection that they are going to treat.

Thank you for the prayers...

Please continue to pray for Harold Richards. Pastor Jerome said he's still very sick & in need of prayer

Sandy Shaffer writes:

"Prayers would be appreciated for tomorrow, fri 10-10 as I head back to Pittsburgh to see a specialist. Apparently I'm running out of options as my recent chemo is not working.  DuBois is sending me back to pitts. to see if they have any other suggestions."

Please PRAY that GOD would intercede on Sandy's behalf. Pray that her cancer will fade into remission. We know that God is still in the miracle working business. Let's PRAY & TRUST HIM for a miracle for Sandy!

Karen Wolfe's nephew, Les Cochran, in Florida came through his surgery ok...but is in a lot of pain. They are going to try putting in a pacemaker. Please keep Les in your prayers.

Praise God for this beautiful Fall day!

Pray too, for Doran G. who is experiencing some health issues.

Continued prayers for the people of Liberia, Pat Kniseley, family of Mary Garvey, Honey Dawn Dusch, Easton's friend Gavin, Harold Richards, Lila Bachelier,  Ron Walter, Deb Roy, Lynda & Rod Martz.

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

If you haven't already planned something for Laity Sunday -'s not to late.

And remember too, October is Pastor Appreciation month; do something nice for your Pastor!


Tomorrow is the last day to register for the Ladies Retreat "Getting Connected". Friday, Oct. 24  (6:30-9:00 pm) and Saturday, Oct.25 (8:00am-3:00 pm) at Brookville E.U.M.

Praise God!  Pat Kniseley got  home from the hospital yesterday. Continue to lift her in prayer as she regains her strength.

Karen Wolfe is asking for prayers for her nephew, Les Cochran, in Florida who is scheduled for open heart surgery this morning.

We too, are Praising God for safe travels and a good (altho exhausting) 4 days with the grandkids!

"Getting Connected"

Ladies Retreat

Friday, Oct. 24  (6:30-9:00 pm) and Saturday, Oct.25 (8:00am-3:00 pm)

At Brookville E.U.M.

Sponsored by the Good Shepherd UM Parish (Hazen)


Keynote Speaker - Lori Hatcher

Sessions include:

Overloaded- How to Conquer the Chaos that Overwhelms Us

Sleep is a Waste of Time (NOT!)

Worry Wart or Warrior Woman?

Pat Kniseley is in the Punxsutawney hospital. 

Karen Wolfe would like to thank all of those that attended our 50th anniversary & made the day extra special for Bob & her.

Thanks too for all who prayed for our safe travel.

I didn't get to send this yesterday but praise God Gavin was able to come yesterday..he had two life threatening diseases a rare muscle condition that can be fatal or leave permanent damage which in turn caused his blood to be septic. Their family is rejoicing God's great blessings that in Gavin's case they caught it early and is expected to make full recovery!! 
He still must be on medicine for a few weeks but is home and resting. Thank you for your prayers please continue to lift him up for a full recovery.

Thank you 

Would appreciate your prayers for travel mercies as we head for Cincinnati this morning and as Jaime & Luke head for Chicago in the morning. It's been a fun week with Graham but it's time to take him home & keep all four while their parents attend a wedding in Chicago this week-end.

Pray too, for those traveling home from FL this week-end.

Remember the Craft/Soup/Sandwich Sale at Meade Chapel this week-end.

Also remember this is World Communion Sunday. All are Welcome at the LORDS Table!

Pray for your Pastor, your Church, the Faithful Followers Charge and for the many concerns going on in our world.

Remember: Meade Chapel UM Ladies are having a Craft/Soup/Sandwich Sale this Saturday in the church basement. Come on out & support the ladies!

 SonBeams & Youth at KnoxDale are selling Marianna Hoagies & Pizzas for Oct. 29. If you want something and none of the kids ask you...let me know. I'll take your order.

Please continue to pray for Harold Richards and his family during this difficult time.

Please pray for the family of Gene Miller of Summerville, he passed away and the viewing will be Monday (tomorrow) in Summerville at the Furlong funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8pm with the funeral on Tuesday at the Church of God in Brookville at 11:00am

Continue to pray for Mary Garvey. She is home with hospice.  Please pray for her and Stan and her family.

Ruby Thomas' sister, Doris is in need of prayer. Her condition is deteriorating and it is just a matter of time.  Doris is in a hospital in Pittsburgh and Ruby has been with her the whole time. Please pray for Ruby and her family.

Also, Honey Dawn Dusch was taken to AGH by ambulance today. (more issues with her heart) Keep Honey & her family in prayer.

Remember the family/friends of Sylvia Nace & Byron McMillen as they grieve their loses.

Continued prayers for little Gavin, for Harold Richards, Lila Bachelier, Ron Walter, Lynda & Rod Martz.

Praising God that little Ivy Faith Haywood got home this past week. Ivy is the granddaughter of Dale & Debbie Gilhousen...who was born in August weighing just 2 lbs.

And Remember Bible Study at Meade Chapel - Monday mornings at 10 am. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Please continue to PRAY for Easton's friend, Gavin (see below).

And PRAISE GOD for Safe Travels for the Lindermuth's/Belfiore's!!

Praise God too, that Bob & Karen are celebrating 50 years of marriage today! May they enjoy 50 more!

I asked for prayer yesterday for Easton's friend Gavin I'm asking to today that you continue to keep him on the prayer list he is very sick at children's hospital with septic blood. Please pray!
P.S. -We all made it to Florida.

Please lift Gavin in prayer. He is a good friend and classmate of Easton’s.  He is having high fevers and severe hip pain leaving him unable to walk at this time they are sending him to children’s now for a further evaluation.

 Continued prayer for Honey Dawn Dusch. She'll be going to AGH for further testing.

 And the arrangements for Sylvia Nace - Friends will be received at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, at the McKinney Funeral Home in Brookville. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday.

Please lift Ron Walters in prayer. He's having his pacemaker replaced this morning.

 Lila Bachelier is in need of our prayers, as is her mother Margaret.

And continue to pray for Harold Richards. He's still in Brookville Hospital & not doing well.

Three of our Church/SonBeam families are heading off for Florida tomorrow (Belfiore's, Lindermuth's & Gaston's) Pray for safe travels and some good family time.

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

Prayers for the family of Byron McMillen who was killed in a car accident yesterday.  Byron is the Son of Ned & AnnaMae (Wolfe) McMillen). He lived in Texas.

Prayers for Lynda and Rod Martz. Rod is in a Pittsburgh hospital. Lynda is battling cancer...and had a stroke this morning. She's in DuBois hospital. Lynda worked in the administration office at the school with Barb G.

Sylvia Nace went to be with her LORD today. Keep her family/friends in prayer.

 Pray too, for Honey Dawn Dusch.  She had a mild heart attack today & is in DuBois hospital.

Praising God for safe travels. Looking forward to having Graham for a week.

I got this from John Chitester this morning. PLEASE PRAY! Hard to even imagine what these missionaries are going thru there!

 This is a letter we receiver from Dr. Peter's (Dentist from our trip in June) wife. Please read and pass it on and pray!!

 Just want my friends to put this high on their prayer list
 To all prayer warriors   urgent!

On Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM, Grace Fellowship      We recently received these two emails from missionary friends,  one yesterday and one this morning. I pass it on so that people can pray specifically for our brothers and sisters.

This is so sad.  A friend from Ohio just got a text message from her brother asking her to shower him and in Iraq in prayer. He is part of a mission team and ISIS has taken over the town they are in today. He said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And so far all have consequently been killed. But not the parents. The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries on their own. They are determined to stick it out for the sake of the families - even if it means their own deaths. He is very afraid, has no idea how to even begin ministering to these families who have seen their children martyred. Yet he says he knows God has called him for some reason to be his voice and hands at this place at this time. Even so, he is begging prayers for his courage to live out his vocation in such dire circumstances. And like the children accept martyrdom if he is called to do so. She asked me to ask everyone we know to please pray for them. These brave parents instilled such a fervent faith in their children that they chose martyrdom. Please surround them in their loss with your prayers for hope and perseverance. She was able to talk to her brother briefly by phone. She didn't say it but I believe she believes it will be their last conversation. Pray for her too. She said he just kept asking her to help him know what to do and do it. She told him to tell the families we ARE praying for them and they are not alone or forgotten -- no matter what. Her e mail broke my heart. Please keep all in your prayers.Thanks

This came this morning...
Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts.

"We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food too. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated it's staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!"

Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region.

May I plead with you not to ignore this email. Do not forward it before you have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible.  Send it to friends and Christians you may know. Send it to your prayer group. Send it to your pastor and phone him/her to pray on Sunday during the service - making a special time of prayer for this. We need to stand in the gap for our fellow Christians.
"And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercifully and to walk humbly with your God."   -Micah 6:8

John & Janie


Kelly L. has asked for prayers for her mom, Deb Roy. They'll be traveling  to Cleveland clinic tomorrow in hopes of getting some answers as to why she is still sick from when she had pneumonia last Thanksgiving. Pray that they find some answers and she gets to feeling better real soon! Pray too, for safe travels to/from Cleveland.

Please lift the family of Jason Shollenberger -  Lisa Keth Shollenberger, their two sons and the extended family. Jason finished the race last night. He fought a good fight & kept the faith.

When a love one dies too young, life doesn't seem fair, but God is always good. 

Sue Caruso called us yesterday, asking for prayers for her sister-in-law, Mary Garvey.  She was taken to the hospital for extremely low blood pressure and shortness of breath.  She was to be life-flighted to Pittsburgh.  Haven't heard any more.



Please keep Harold Richards in your prayers. He's in Brookville Hospital.

Prayers for the family of Robert Bickerstaff, “Chaplain Bob” who ascended to meet his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And Praise God for the ministry he had in our area for a good number of years. He touched many lives

Please keep the families of Janet Beatty & Sharon Lingenfelter in prayer as they grieve the lose of their loved ones.

Pray too, for Jason Shollenberger (& Lisa Keth Shollenberger). Jason is a young father/husband and is in the final stages of cancer. His journey here on earth won't be much longer...but praise God he's saved & on his way from Florida to Heaven!  

Pray for our children /youth. We had a great group come out tonight (29 kids / 11 youth)...but there are others in the community that need to know the love of the Savior. Encourage your children & youth to attend next week. There is always room for more!

When I asked tonight what some of the difficulties kids their age face are...death seemed to be the hardest thing.  Over half the kids had lost a grandparent / great-grandparent.  Please, please, please...share your faith with your kids/grandkids. They need to know that if something happens to you...they'll see you again in Heaven!

Begin now to pray for David Smith (& his mom - Haley) as he prepares to head off to basic training in January. Mom is already worrying.

And lastly...I have an unspoken request from a heart broken mom whose son made a bad decision & now they have to deal with the consequences of that decision.  Pray that the situation can be resolved, peace can be restored, forgiveness can happen and life can return to normal. If your child is being bullied or being a bully...take action.

Please lift Brad Harriger & his mother, Maxine (from the Sligo area) in prayer.  They think Brad had a stroke. He's in Pittsburgh hospital.

Pray too, for Sylvia Nace. She's very close to the end of life here on this earth. But, Praise God, those who know her know she's saved and on her way to Heaven!

Please keep the SonBeams / Youth and their leaders in prayer as they get ready to begin a new year tomorrow evening. All children in grades K - 6 are WELCOME at SonBeams & All youth in grades 7 - 12 are WELCOME at Youth! (regardless of Church affiliation)  Meetings are Tuesdays from 6:00 - 7:30 PM.

Please Pray for the people of Liberia...and for the Kennedy's as they anxiously await an end to this Ebola crises.  See Pastor Jerome's message below.

UMCOR  (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is responding to the Ebola crises. If you'd like to make a donation to help, you can go to

and click on the pull down menu (second line) and designate your donation for "Ebola Response". 

The Message paraphrase of the Bible verse Philippians 4:6 says "Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayer."

This is the song the DS wants us to sing at Charge Conference on Nov. 2. 

Please keep it in your inbox and go over it often so you'll know it when we gather for our Charge Worship Service that day.

Would be a good Prayer Song to start each day.

Wouldn't it be great if everyone saw HIM in us?


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In this season of Nominations...I thank God for Faithful Followers - Servant leaders who have personally & patiently dedicated themselves to influence others by their life, their service and their faithfulness!

 Please continue to pray for Betty Painter (eye problems), Olen Brosius (chemo/radiation), Zimmerman family as they grieve the lose of Patty, Dorothy Love, Charlie Schrenkengost, for the unemployed, for those recovering from surgery, undergoing tests, cancer patients, our college kids, for peace in all areas of the world and for your Pastor/Church/Charge.

If you're not part of a Bible Study or Sunday School class...prayerfully consider joining one. There's no better way to combine fellowship with other believers and growing in God than to join a small group Bible study.

If you haven't seen the movie "God's Not Dead"...go see it or rent it if you get a chance. Excellent!

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."  Philippians 4: 8-9

Please keep the Zimmerman family in your prayers as they journey through their grief.

Patty passed away Wednesday night.

Please lift Betty Painter in prayer as she is having some eye problems.

Pray too, for travel mercies for Dale Gilhousen who is in route to NC today and Mike Wolfe who will return to VA tomorrow.

Pray for your Pastor, your Church and the Faithful Followers Charge. Invite a friend to worship with us this Sunday.

Remember little Eric turns two this Sunday. Praise God for this little guy and the joy he brings to many.

Please continue to lift Patty Zimmerman in prayer. Pray that she has that blessed assurance of knowing Jesus as her LORD.

Continue to pray for little Ivy and her mom too. She's growing! But her mom (Penny) has been readmitted to the hospital with an infection of some kind.

We all have family & friends who are in dark places right now - they have family members going through scary things, financial worries, loneliness, job stress, under or un-employment, health issues, many difficult things. We all wish we could fix things for all of them - make them all happy again.

Dr. Brene Brown says there is a huge difference between sympathy and empathy. When someone is in a dark hole and they shout, “It’s dark. I’m scared. I’m overwhelmed,”  sympathy leans over the edge of the hole and feels sorry for you or tries to find a silver living. Or maybe throws down a book or a self-help cliché. Empathy climbs down into the dark hole alongside the sufferer and says, “I know what it’s like down here. And you are not alone.”

Let's sit beside the ones in the dark holes. We can't fix all their problems...but aren't you glad you know the ONE that has promised NEVER to leave us or forsake us!?


For those who have asked if SonBeams/Youth start tonight, the answer is NO.

Meetings will start back up on Tuesday, Sept. 16 (6:00 - 7:30 pm).


Praise God for our Firemen & women. It takes a lot of work & dedication to pull off an event like we saw over the week-end!


The movie "God's Not Dead" will be shown Sunday, Sept.7 at 6:00 PM in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church. (Please use the Jefferson St. entrance)

Admission is FREE. Pews will be used but you are welcome to take your own lawn chair or footstool.

In the film college freshman Josh Wheaton is forced to take a stand and defend what he believes.

Please announce in your churches.  Everyone is welcome!

I Received this email this am from a good friend. The persecution and death
(ISIS) squads are continuing their move to eradicate all who resist. PRAY
International and fellow Christians in the middle east.

Dear Friends,

Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone
from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then spoke
briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent
prayer need with all of our contacts.

 "We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are
beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling
food too. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10
minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city
of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated it's staff in Erbil. Our team is
unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!"

Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq
from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for
mass conversion or death for Christians across this region.

May I plead with you not to ignore this email. Do not forward it before you
have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible.

Send it to friends and Christians you may know. Send it to your prayer
group. Send it to your pastor and phone him/her to pray on Sunday during
the service - making a special time of prayer for this. We need to stand in
the gap for our fellow Christians.

Thanks all for your prayers for safe travels yesterday. God is good! Both Jaime & I both had uneventful travels & no real issues with the kids.

Please continue to pray for Patty Zimmerman who is in need of a miracle at this point. We know that Scripture says that He is the Lord of impossibilities.

Continue to pray too, for Dan Love's mom Dorothy, Charlie Schrekengost, Olen Brosius and the people of Liberia.

 Pray for the Knox Twp. Vol. Fire Dept. as they begin their homecoming festivities tomorrow. Plan now to attend the Community Worship Service on Sunday. Pastor Guy Felmlee will bring the message this year.

Pray for Peace in all parts of the world.

Joy has asked for prayers for...

Prayers for friends of Rhonda in Warren, Pa. Samantha Sitler age 28 suffering cancer and Mike Salhi another young person.

 Pray for travel mercies as I meet Jaime half way tomorrow to return kids. 

Thanks too, for all the prayers for Jaime. They ruled out a blood clot today. Not sure what the pain in her leg is...but we know what it isn't!

Tomorrow, reality sets in as she begins life with 4 kids under 4 yrs. of age. After nearly a month with the three older ones...I can't imagine how exhausting that will be!

Pray too, for Dick Reinard. He's having kidney problems as the result of a bad strep infection a while back.

Genie Love's mother-in-law, Dorothy, fell and required 16 stitches. Pray for a quick recovery.

Pray too, for my Jaime. She's having a lot of leg pain. Tests tomorrow to determine if it's a blood clot or what's going on.

And finally, pray for our Firemen/women as they prepare for the Homecoming. Come on out & support them this week-end.

KnoxDale Ladies, if you haven't signed up to bring a cake on Sunday, we still need a couple more. Let me know

Please lift John Michael Dunham in prayer (Betty Miller's grandson). He's having problems with his leg.

 Pray too, for Derek Plyler (Judy's son). He had a bite of some kind...and is having some health problems from it.

Praising God for safe problems getting here. And was nice to surprise the grand kids who thought I was coming tomorrow. Sydney tells me their baby is coming in three days. Hope she is right!


Please continue to pray for Pat Janacek. She was supposed to get her hair done at Marsha's yesterday, but fell on the porch. She wasn't sure if she passed out or what. Rev.Janacek took her to the ER to be checked out. Nothing was broke, Praise God! They did take her off one of her pills (thought maybe she was over medicated).  She's back home and doing ok. This is the third time she's fallen in the past two weeks. Pray that they figure out what's causing it & are able to help her.

I'd appreciate prayer I head for Cincinnati after church tomorrow. Pat's taking me to Cleveland to catch a bus. This will be a new experience for me. I'll be there till the new baby comes. Hopefully she doesn't go late. I will check email as I am able & forward prayer requests. The won't be put on the website Scott will be in Africa.

Remember to pray for him too!

Please keep the Schiafone family in prayer. Janet passed away around 10 pm Tuesday night.

Funeral arrangements at McKinneys are 2-4 and 6-8 Thursday with the funeral at the Church Of God on Friday morning at 11am.

The good news is, she was a believer and is now with her King!


Please lift Cody Shaffer in prayer. He had surgery this evening to remove his appendix and had some complications. Cody is the son of Chad & Dawn Shaffer.

Last Sunday in church we were talking about a camp counselor from Camp Allegheny that nearly drown in the camp pool last Friday. Kate McIlwain, was life flighted to Johnstown hospital, has been in a coma. Just heard this morning that she's out of the coma, all tubes are out and she's doing fine! Praise God for healing Kate!

Continued prayer Emily Carpino as she goes thru tests & for Olen Brosius as he recovers from his surgery.

 Continue to pray us thru this week of VBS! And join us at the Program on Thursday at 6:00 PM. Followed by a picnic at the playground. Pray for nice weather too, please!

 Pray for the pastor as he prepares for Sunday's service. Have you ever wrestled with God? Come Sunday & hear what happened when someone did. And join us at the Lord's Table.

 Pray for the situation in Israel/Gaza. What a sad & dark goal Hamas has.  Jesus can touch the hearts & lives of ANYONE from ANYWHERE at ANYTIME!

Please continue to lift Janet Stormer Schiafone in prayer. Janet is in very critical condition in a Pittsburgh hospital.  Janet is the other grandma of Thyra's grandchildren.

Continued prayer is also needed for Pat Janacek who is having some health issues.

Izzy Penman is in Pittsburgh today for consults with 4 doctors concerning her cleft palate. Keep Izzy & the doctors in prayer as they make decisions on how to best care for her & future surgeries that might be necessary.

Pray for Ed Rhodes sister, Jean. And all those in the late stages of life...and those who care for them. Watching a loved ones health decline is never easy. Pray that they might know Christ & make Him known.

And remember to keep Scott in prayer as he prepares for his trip to South Africa, leaving a week from today. Pray for strength & travel mercies. May he experience God in the beauty of His Creation! Pray too, for Donna, while Scott is away.

Pray for all those missing from your churches (and let them know they are missed!). Summer is a busy time with vacations, reunions, etc., but make every effort to be in the Lord's house on Sunday. Visit another church or attend an earlier service if you need to be somewhere else during your service time. God should be first in our lives & the Sabbath is for worship/rest! If it's not possible to be in His house on Sunday - spend some time in His Word & Prayer.

If you aren't part of a Bible Study...why not consider joining one? I'm here to testify that there is a good one on Monday mornings at Meade Chapel at 10 am. And I hear Port also has one on Thursday mornings at 10.  All are welcome! We've just begun a new study on the "Fruit of the Spirit". See the Pastor for a book.

Remember the SPRC meets on Monday, August 4 at 7 PM at Meade Chapel. If you have a question or concern about the Faithful Followers Charge...this is the committee to talk to.  They are the like the "Human Resources Department" of our charge. Please put into writing & sign your questions/concerns/praises (always welcome) & give them to your churches members of the committee prior to Monday's meeting. Pray for this committee & your Pastor as we strive to lead our Church/Charge in the right direction.

***  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