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April 2024

April 2024

The Super Seniors go… “To Breakfast and Beyond!”

The Super Seniors met for their annual breakfast planning meeting on March 14th at Eat and Park. We had 31 people that came to enjoy a good breakfast served by some very quick and friendly waitresses. After everyone had finished eating, Larry thanked everyone for coming and began to give the itinerary for the year.

The first activity planned is for May 30th at The Compass Inn in Laughlintown. We will travel by personal cars and the church van. Our tour is scheduled for 10:00. This will be approximately a 1 ½ to 2-hour tour of the house, barns and outside areas with demonstrations. Afterwards we will be heading to Coal Miners Cafe in Jennerstown for lunch. Cost for everything will be around $45.00 per person. We will finalize this price in a couple of weeks and put out a sign up sheet soon.

Our second activity will have us traveling again, by personal cars and church van to Valley Falls State Park in Fairmont, West Virginia. This is a beautiful park with lovely views of falls, that is about 1 ½ hours away. We have a pavilion rented for the whole day on July 25th. There is no cost for this trip, but we are asking for everyone to bring a covered dish. More details later about this activity.

Our big trip for the year will be to Gettysburg on Oct. 3rd. We will be traveling by bus and our tour guide at Gettysburg will be someone we all know and love, Pastor Jim– “ the best historical pastor around”. We will be having lunch at a very historical restaurant, The Dobbin House. We will have more details later about this trip. We are using a 55-passenger bus, so please mark your calendars to make sure you get a seat for this exciting trip.

We are doing the Strawberry Festival again this year in June. And our fund raiser this year will be a bake sale on election day November 5th, at the Upper Turkeyfoot polling place.

Our last activity for the year will be a special speaker and catered dinner probably mid-November. We are still working out the bugs on this one. We will let you know more about this when it gets closer.


Church Mouse

March  It has been a full and enjoyable month. In my travels around the outside of the church, parsonage and Fellowship Center I am seeing signs of spring actually springing. Daffodils, crocuses, and tulips are in bloom or about to bloom. Forsythias are popping out in their yellow glory and there are skunk cabbage plants popping up in some of the swampier areas around Kingwood.

In March the Maple Taste and Tour (T&T) hit it’s full stride.  PW & Beth had some company on both weekends of the T&T.

Both sets of company came from that state west of us, Ohio.

The Lenten season also hit its full stride and culminated in Holy Week and Easter.  The church was a pretty busy place at the end of the month. There were services on many different occasions. Aside from the usual Sunday and Wednesday evening gatherings there was a Maundy Thursday service, the Good Friday walk of the cross in Rockwood, a Tennenbrae service Friday evening, Sunrise service on Easter morning EARLY, followed by a delicious breakfast. Thank you Pairs and Spares SS class for the breakfast.  All of this concluded with two very nice Easter services.

I noticed that there was a little “tomfoolery” after the Maundy Thursday service.  I think some folks thought April Fool’s Day had come early. After feet washing, PW just put his shoes back on and left his socks laying under the front pew. After the service the socks mysteriously found their way to the hallway where they were pinned up on the corner of the bulletin board. I noticed the culprits that were responsible, but you all know the Church Mouse tells no tales (ha ha).  Luckily, PW found his socks before Easter morning.

This little mousey also got to do a little crumb scrounging after the wild game dinner on the 16th of the month. It was a wonderful evening with interesting displays of long range rifles, leatherwork, hand-made knives, beautiful powder horns and some really cool mounts of some of the “trophies” taken by the great hunters of Kingwood. There was a great speaker, lots of amazing food, and quality fellowship.  Thank you, committee for a great event.

Another crumb scrounging opportunity occurred when the council met for a dinner meeting on the 21st to discuss the annual review that is sent to  the CGGC.  It was a very interesting time of discussion and perhaps some assessment and future planning.

PW finished his series on Giving “IT” up.  I hear there are some plans in the offing for some different types of services coming up. I saw him working of his preaching schedule for the entire year. I don’t think its done yet.

I believe there might be a few of those delicious, chocolate covered eggs left in the church basement. The Christian Crusaders always make such tasty eggs.

Well, this little mousey will continue to scurry around looking for tidbits.  Food for me and news for you Kingwood folks.

Until next time.
As always yours,
The Church Mouse


April & May Birthdays

Apr. 3        Mathew Zerfoss
Apr. 4        Josh Knepper
Apr. 8        Nathan Show
Apr 9        Lolly Peirsel
Apr. 10      Stacey Stahl Robbin, Wade Snyder
Apr. 11      Joshua Rosman
Apr. 18      Kelly Mills
Apr. 21      Kaycie Pletcher
Apr. 22      Christian Weaver
Apr 23       Auzalie  Minor
Apr. 24      Kenny Cipra
Apr. 25      Rosanna Tobias, Mark Lucas Sr., Barb Snyder
Apr. 26      Abigail Rosman
Apr. 27      Todd Strelko
Apr. 29      Catherine Houghton
May 1        Brittney Clawson
May 2        Shirley Nicklow, Shirley Mullendore
May 3        Barbara Lemmon, Karey Vough
May 4        Gerald Dumbauld
May 5        Bowen Lemmon, Pastor Will Miller
May 6        Fetesha Pletcher
May 7        Nadiya Putman, Fenna Queer
May 9        Kurt Miller
May 10      Brad Pletcher, May Presley Meyers
May 16      Heather Houghton, Drew Younkin
May 17      Aaron Show, Lori Pletcher
May 18      Mitchell Pletcher
May 20      Marsha Tobias
May 22      Merv Yoder, Ambree Whaley
May 23      Emily Kemp
May 25      Nash Phillippi
May 26      Gregg Lemmon, Laura Meyers
May 27      Isaac Moore, Sherri Tobias, Ned Tobias
May 29      Shirley V. Brougher, Cheryl Pletcher, Meghan Pletcher, Stacey Rosman

April & May Anniversaries

Apr. 2        Bob & Sue Koontz
Apr. 5        Chuck & Debra Colflesh
Apr. 6        Blake & Shanda Pletcher
Apr. 26      Richard & Melissa Barry
Apr 29       Anthony & Hillary Whaley
May 3        Dan & Angie Weaver
May 4        Rick & Missy Kemp
May 8        Jesse & Amy Moore
May 19      David & Donna Younkin
May 27      Nick & Jamie Faidley

Prayer Needs

National Revival
Our Country
Allegheny Region Churches, Pastors and Leaders
Pastor Will & Beth
Pastor Jim & Melanie
People of Ukraine
Those dealing with sickness
Violence in Haiti
Violence in our Nation
Families who have lost loved ones
Gary Gribble
Lewis Lytle
Those dealing with mental, emotional, spiritual & financial issues
Those hospitalized & having procedures
Those dealing with long-term illnesses
Those in nursing homes and care facilities
Severe Weather Events
Teachers and Students
College Students
Hospital Workers
Preparations for Mission Trips
Winebrenner Seminary
Brent & Julie Sleasman
Church Ministries
Camp Sonrise Mountain
Summer Camping Program
Vacation Bible School
Chatelas Church
Our Missionaries
Our Global Mission Fields
Military / Police / First Responders
Unspoken Needs


There will be a FREE Luncheon for any area retirees their spouses and/or caregivers on Wednesday April 24, 2024, 12:00 noon at the Fellowship Center.  This will just be a time to enjoy lunch and fellowship with other retirees.  Space is limited and reservations are necessary (First-come, First-serve).  Please either sign up on the list in the hallway or call 814-442-4916 or 814-289-9772 to reserve your space.   The last day to make your reservation is Sunday April 21, 2024.

It’s that time again for the annual Kingwood Church of God Flea Market at the Fellowship Center.  This year the Flea Market will be for two days, Friday, May 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 11th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..  We will be having “Church Tables” where all sales go to Church projects and welcome your donations of clean, gently used items of clothing, housewares, shoes, etc.  Please place donated items in the church library before May 8th.  Individuals may rent a 8’ table for $10.00 for one day $15.00 for both days.  Please give money and table reservation to Georgiann Knepper. Set up will be on Wednesday and Thursday May 8th and 9th.   On Friday there will be limited lunch food available with a Bake sale on Saturday.  Donations of baked goods will be needed.  Watch the bulletin for more details on the Flea Market and Bake Sale as the date draws nearer.

A Note of Thanks…
Thanks to Donna Smiley for Contact contributions.

Global Reach Updates

Haiti – Please keep praying! The hospital at Pierre Payen cannot make payroll any longer and has had to release the staff due to the financial hardship. One bright spot, recently installed phase one solar panels have cut the monthly gas cost of the hospital by almost half. Continued strong and faithful prayers still needed!

Thailand – All of 1st grade celebrated the end of their Mexico unit with a Mexican fiesta! Kids came to school dressed in Mexican themed clothes and enjoyed fun crafts and food! The principal of the school also emailed staff an encouraging and beautiful sharing of how he had the privilege to share Jesus. Please keep Katie’s school in your prayers and all the staff as they shine the light of Jesus into these kids and their families.

ACTS Teams 2024 – Still spots available for the USA Southwest trip and the Kenya trip. It is not too late to apply!

Our Asia fields continue to face various challenges and it becomes ever increasingly difficult to share the Good News. God is faithful! Keep praying!

Helping Hands
Helping Hands Prayer Needs for April

Shirley Henry 4714 Kingwood Rd. Rockwood, PA  15557
Sonny Kreger 606 South Franklin Ave. Somerset, PA  15501


ramblings & recipes

 Welcome April!  Oh my – I think the April Showers have been a bit MUCH this week.  Every day the grass seems to be a bit greener.  I hope you had a wonderful Easter.  I enjoyed a traditional Easter Dinner with my family.  Ham, cheesy potatoes, green beans, stuffing balls, gravy, a few other side dishes and lots of desserts!  I loved all the Easter Services at Kingwood.  A time to reflect on all that Jesus did for us.  I thought the singing was wonderful on Easter, I enjoyed the special music and I especially enjoyed the Children’s Message by Pastor Will.

Here are two “quick” desserts that I always enjoy, and I think you will too.

White Chocolate Cheesecake

2 – 8 oz. Cream Cheese
2 Eggs
½ Cup Sugar
½ Tsp. Vanilla
4 oz. White Chocolate (I use white chips)
1 Graham Cracker Crust

You may want to chop the chips a bit – not necessary – but it does spread the chocolate throughout the cheesecake.

Add all the other ingredients to the white chocolate and mix really well.  Pour into the crust and bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes.

Dear Abby’s Southern Pecan Pie

1 Cup White Corn Syrup
1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Melted Butter
1 Heaping Cup of Chopped Pecans
3 Eggs – Beaten
½ tsp. Vanilla
¼ tsp. Salt
1 Unbaked Pie Shell (Frozen shells work well – use a 9 inch)

Start with the eggs (beaten well) in a bowl – add all other ingredients, mix well and pour into pie shell.  Bake at 350 for 45 to 50 minutes.  Enjoy this with whipped cream or ice cream.

p.s.  I have this recipe (from a good friend) on a handwritten recipe card – I cherish this recipe!

Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.

Leviticus 26:4

April Showers Bring May Flowers!


March 11th , 2024

Devotions:   Georgiann Knepper shared the Importance of Prayer from James 5:16 and Devotional “Prayer is the lifeblood of your relationship with God.

Discussion of Workdays – it was decided to make April 2, 2024, cleanup/workday at the Fellowship Center and April 9, 2024, Cleanup/workday at the church.

Internet Service at the Fellowship center – Jesse Moore will be looking into purchasing and compare internet services that could be used at the Fellowship Center.


Church Security – Look into classes about active shooter drills coordinated with the State police and also looking at changing the outer pulls on the exterior of the doors for safety reasons.

Review of Five-Year Plan — Completed # 3 of Year 1 (Daycare decision) and also want to put in motion #1 of Year 1 (expanding community dinners) Georgiann is going to see about getting the ball rolling on the community dinners.

Walking Track at FC – Will not be doing anything at this time.

Fellowship Center Pavilion – Drawings have been received and prices.

Old Storage Building – A few bids have been received.  All bids are due on March 15th.

By Law Updates – Meeting will be held on April 13th, 2024 at 9:30 am in the Church Library.

General Conference Ministry Review – Meeting will be held on March 21, 2024 at 5:30 pm in the Church Library.

Tree Removal – Almost all done and gone.


Gamerco Mission Trip Fund Raising – Heather Houghton approached the council to ask permission to hold the following fundraising events for the mission trip which is scheduled around June 3rd to 14th, 2025.

Kingwood Fellowship Center – February 2024 Usage


Walk Fit – 12                                                           Youth Group – 4

Midweek – 4                                                           Lemmon Baby Shower – 1

Council Meeting – 1                                               Girls Softball – 2

Pickleball – 8                                                           Shut in dinner – 1

Hostetter – 1                                                            Rob’s Rations mtg – 1


Total 35


Kingwood Church of God
119 Humbert Rd
Markleton, PA  15551




Church Staff

Will Miller, Senior Pastor
James Monticue, Visitation Pastor
Carey Beth King, Secretary
Church Website:
Church Phone Number:  (814) 926-4429

Sunday Morning Worship
8:15 a.m. First Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Second Worship Service
6:00 p.m. Sunday Youth Group Meeting
7:00 p.m.  Midweek Services @ FC on Wednesday