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June 2021

June 2021

Have you ever wondered how a hymn originated?  Read the story below for some insight.

Take the Name of Jesus with You – 1870

Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…
Acts 2:38 (NKJV)

“I have a very special armor,” Lydia Baxter once told friends who asked her how she could be so radiant despite her health problems.  “I have the name of Jesus.  When the tempter tries to make me blue or despondent, I mention the name of Jesus, and he can’t get through to me anymore.”

Lydia, born in Petersburg, New York, on September 8,1809, was converted alongside her sister under the preaching of a Baptist evangelist named Eben Tucker.  She married Colonel John C. Baxter and moved to New York City, where she worked tirelessly for Christ until a severe illness left her bedridden.  Her attitude, however, was so sunny that the Baxter home became a gathering place for Christian workers.

Lydia also wrote gospel songs.  One of her favorites, “The Gate Ajar,” spoke of Christ’s leaving the gate open for us.  The chorus said:  “O depth of mercy!  Can it be / That gate was left ajar for me?”

In his memoirs, song leader Ira Sankey wrote of how popular this song became during D.L. Moody’s Great Britain Campaign of 1873-74.  “It was sung at the watchnight service in 1873,” Sankey said, “in the Free Assembly Hall of Edinburgh.  A young woman – Maggie Lindsay, of Aberdeen, Scotland – was much impressed by the hymn, and those seated by her side heard her exclaim, ‘O heavenly Father, is it true that the gate is standing ajar for me?  If it is so, I will go in.’  That night she became a disciple of the Lord Jesus…Scarcely a month later, on January 28, Maggie took a train for her home, but she never reached there alive…A collision took place, (and) a number of passengers were killed.  Maggie, all crushed and broken, was found in the wreck.  In one of her hands was a copy of her favorite hymn, “There Is a Gate That Stands Ajar.’”

“The Gate Ajar” is seldom sung now, but Lydia’s other popular hymn has stood the test of time.  “Take the Name of Jesus with You” sprang from Lydia’s own study of the precious name of Jesus in the Bible.  It was written four years before her death and published in 1871 by William Doane and Robert Lowry.

Take the Name of Jesus with You – Page 127 in the hymnal

Church Mouse

This has been quite an active month!

Carey Beth: You had better be careful when you go to print this month’s Contact. I hear when you and Natalie were coming out of the Fellowship Center after printing last month’s edition you were checked out by a State Trooper who asked if you needed any help.  I understand that you think your walker may have caught his attention. That may be so.

That is probably not the reason the trooper stopped when Pastor Jim & Pastor Vince were loitering there after Council Meeting one night. I’m pretty sure she stopped to see what these disreputable looking people were doing or planning to do! (Good thing PJ knew the trooper!)

I hear Kurt Miller managed to set the fire alarm off while making popcorn during the OCC flea market! Maybe we should sign you up for culinary lessons from Jesse Moore. You could call him Uncle Jesse, you know, sort of like the Dukes of Hazard!

I saw Barb Snyder pull Amy Moore’s hair right before the service began on Youth Sunday. I guess Barb thought since it was Youth Sunday she would revert to the way she (mis) behaved as a youth!

I think we need to add Aidan Ream to the list of people needing a new shotgun! I hear he tried to bag a turkey and his shotgun produced only smoke. Same offer as last month Dan. Give your credit card to one of the adult hunters in the congregation and they’ll be more than happy to take him shopping!

Youth & Youth Leaders – Great job on Youth Sunday! Thank you!

Kaitlyn King: I heard that jab you took at Aaron because of the way he feels about dogs. You may not have much room to talk. I understand that you may have a fear of birds – that you didn’t want to get out of the car at Jake & Karey Vough’s because of the vicious attack chickens roaming around!

Even though I’m excited for them, I’m always sort of sad to see our High School Seniors winding things down and getting ready to leave. So many last things for them! Let’s enjoy the time we still have with them this summer.

Did you notice how well our young people are represented in the school and other local events? I don’t if I’m missing anyone or anything or not, if so, it’s not an intentional slight, but look at this list!: Rockwood Jr/Sr High Scholar Recipients: Nathan Show, Chloe Weaver, Elika Pletcher, Aaron Show, Olivia Kemp, Kaitlyn King, Catherine Houghton, Emma Ream. Also Max’s involvement with the French Honor Society.

And let’s not forget Aaron Show and Andrew Weaver moving up to the big time getting to play a baseball game at The Curve Stadium.

Moving to opposite end of the spectrum: I keep hearing good things about the Retiree’s LuncheonIt really seems to have meant a lot to those who attended. Jesse, Cheryl – well done! Thank you. Just one thing: You might want to have a talk with Pastor Jim. I hear that even though she had volunteered to help with the luncheon, PJ was planning to sign up as her caregiver! No wonder the poor woman spends so much time in Connecticut!

Well folks, this little Mousie has to run. Don’t forget all the Chicken Barbecues and good things coming up this summer! What blessings.

Love & Summer Sunshine to all!
The Church Mouse

June 30 – Church Picnic with New Centerville Church Of God at Laurel Hill State Park.  Meeting at the Lakeview pavilion.  Hot Dogs,  Buns and Condiments provided. Any other food, drinks appreciated! Short devotion to follow. Craft for kids. Come out and enjoy the fellowship with our sister Church and each other. Play corn hole, take a hike, play on the playground or take a swim. There is a sign-up sheet in the vestibule.  Hope to see you there!

The Super Seniors and Friends will be having a free Strawberry Social on June 12, 2021 at the Fellowship Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Sign up in the vestibule so we can plan for you!  All ages are welcome!

Summer Camp at Sonrise Mountain
Week 1: Grades 10-12, June 12-15, Dean Pastor Dean Hay
Week 2: Grades 8-9, June 19-22, Dean Becky Dix
Week 3: Grades 6-7, June 26-29, Dean Lauren Dix
Week 4: Grades 4-5, July 3-6, Deans Katie Trenney and Dave Postelwaite
Week 5: Grades 3-4, July 7-10, Deans Katie Trenney and Dave Postelwaite

**All registrations will be online this year.**

June 12  at 11:00 a.m. – The IOOF is having a Drive Through Chicken Barbecue. This is a full meal at the cost of $10.  For tickets please contact John Younkin at (814) 521-8363

Mission Trip to Gamerco Summer 2023
In order to further plan our mission trip to the Navajo, we need to gauge interest.  We are NOT asking for a commitment at this point!!To determine the type of service mission trip, we need to have a general idea of who wants to go!  We would like to especially encourage our high school aged teens and a few men who know how to build a handicapped ramp to seriously consider going with us. The sign up sheet will be in the vestibule for the next month or two. Sign up and pray hard about your possible spot on our team!  We are blessed, to be a blessing!!

June 20 – Father’s Day

July 17 – Chicken BBQ at FC

Thank you to Pat & Butch Weaver, JD & Dianne Tressler and Bobbi King for your generous Contact contributions.

June & July Birthdays

June 1      Vincent Show
June 2      Renee’ Strelko
June 3      Olivia Moore, Bill Peirsel, Barbara Pletcher
June 6      Diann Vecere
June 6      Betty Clawson, Melissa Vough
June 7      Blair Younkin
June 10     Sharron King
June 13     Eli Walker
June 15     Eli Show
June 16     Peggy Kreger
June 17     Natasha Dumbauld, Nathan Faidley
June 19     Ralph E. Younkin
June 20     Renee’ Moore
June 21     Nicholas Faidley
June 23     John Younkin
June 24     Ashley Gray
June 30     Mark Houghton, Dan Ream
July 1        Arthur Brougher Jr., Mark Lucas
July 2        Cathy Schmuck, Dan Weaver
July 3        Dustin Gray
July 8        Angie Mitchell
July 9        Gianna Rosman
July 14      Coral Lee Kreger
July 16      Abram Minor
July 18      Patricia Weaver
July 19      Amber Lemmon
July 22      Luella Pletcher
July 24      Landon Strelko
July 26      Elliot Pletcher
July 29      Donna Kreger, Owen Moore
July 30      James Meyers
July 31      Wyatt Pletcher

June & July Anniversaries

June 1      Ben & Sherri Tobias
June 2      Brad & Lori Pletcher
June 3      Jack & Barbara Pletcher
June 5      Wayne & Cheryl Pletcher
June 9      Drew & Melanie Younkin
June 11    Tim & Lindsay Latuch
June 12    Harold & Donna Kreger
June 13    Charlie & Fenna Pletcher
June 14    Charles & Coral Lee Kreger, Mark & Vanessa Lucas
June 19    Bill & Shirley Metheney
June 21    Chris & Allie Colflesh
June 25    Pastor Jim & Melanie
July 20      Arthur & Shirley Brougher
July 24      Vincent & Kerri Show, Todd & Renee’ Strelko, John & Trista Younkin
July 26      Tom & Kelly Mills
July 27      Greg & Carey Beth King, Scott & Peggy Kreger

Global Reach Missions Updates and Prayers

Project Help Haiti annual report from our 44 churches:
7,400 – church members
5,983 – average Sunday morning service
2,436 – average Sunday evening service
199 – Sunday School classes
1,702 – children
151 – choir groups
3,558 – students in our schools
75 – marriages
41 – deaths
273 – child dedications
112 – baptisms
431 – conversions

Mike and Dawn report that God is good!

Training for Kenyan Pastors:
Nancy Boyer and Lisa Wilt were able to get to Kenya to facilitate the zoom training for our friends in the Voice of the Gospel Ministry. It was a blessing to all the pastors attending as well as our Winebrenner friends!

Save the Date:
Missions Rally hosted by Haley Day from Gamerco
October 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Camp Sonrise Mountain

Helping Hands
Helping Hands Prayer Needs for June
Kristena Moore c/o Patriot 495 W Patriot Street Somerset, PA 15501
Carol Pletcher  c/o Patriot 495 W Patriot Street Somerset, PA 15501

Prayer Needs

Families who’ve lost loved ones
God’s People Undergoing Persecution
Covid Pandemic
Essential Workers
Health Issues / Loneliness
People Recently Hospitalized
Those Having Surgeries and Procedures
Anti-Israel Demonstrations
Our Teachers / Students
Virgil Weaver
Kim Sutton
Katie Snyder
Ron & Audrey Irwin
Kevin Meyers
Mila Ayers
Sally Locklin
Mark Blasko
Jaci Hay
Don Carrabotta
U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw
Joyce & Lew Henry
Dara Yoder
Ben King
Heather Ream’s Relatives
Marchelle Peck
Stephanie Brougher’s Mother
Scott Mimnaugh
Darla Tressler Wevodau
Randy Yachere
Charlie & Coral Lee Kreger
Helen Lucas
Ralph Younkin
Terry Lawson
Reagan Perkins
Shirley S. Brougher
Debbie Pritts
Bessie Pritts
Becky Smith
Randy Woods
Katie Fike
Ollie Schultz
Dave Brant
Pam Burkett
Erma Hay
John Kreger Sr.
David Lepley
Nelda Fox
Jim Peck
Barb Rush
Leonard Compton
Alex Singo
Amy Tressler Gonzales
Jim & Marj Weaver
Trista Younkin
Helen Ohler
Dave & Farmie Lemmon
Harold & Donna Kreger
Pat & Butch Weaver
Pastor Jack Feick
Lois Darr
Paul & Juanita Hall
Faye Knepper
Ray Donald Shaffer
Althea Lyons
Dale & Shirley Nicklow
Howard & Etta Nicklow
Von Nicklow
Stacey Ream
Naomi Schrock
Roger Shipley
Chase Kemp
Brynn Cashell
Allison Schmuck
Ron & Nancy Sleasman
Alan & Marijka Tubbs
Sam Vaughn
Aldara Weimer
Sue Frazee
Lacey Winters
Karey Vough’s Uncle Tim
Joyce Snyder
Andrea Walker
Church Camp
Winebrenner Seminary
Brent & Julie Sleasman
Chatelas Church
Our Missionaries
Nursing Homes
Military / Police / First Responders
National Police Shortage
Unspoken Needs

ramblings & recipes

When you are reading this – Memorial Day is probably in your rearview mirror!  It’s the beginning of Summer – the first holiday weekend – maybe your first picnic!  I can enjoy a picnic and the opportunity to try a little of this and that – maybe get a new recipe!  Recently I was talking with a young man about a family gathering/picnic.  He was hoping that someone would bring his favorite – DIRT!  Most of us know about DIRT at a picnic.  Sometimes people add gummy worms and a flower on top of the dish!  Recently DIRT was at our Church Bake Sale in single-serve containers and it was a great hit – thank you Hattie Luster!  Here’s a prettier version of DIRT.


1 8 oz. Cream Cheese 3 Cups Milk
1 8 oz. Cool Whip 1 Large Package Oreo Cookies
2 Large Boxes Instant Vanilla Pudding

Crush all the Oreos – save 8 for the top!  Press the crushed Oreos into a 9×13 buttered pan.  Get Cream Cheese to room temperature.  Mix cream cheese, instant pudding and milk, about one cup at a time.  Fold in the Cool Whip.   Pour this mixture onto the Oreo crust.  Cut the remaining cookies in half (using a sharp knife) and press into the top of the dessert.  Chill until ready to serve.  This is deeeelicious!

Here’s a salad that can be prepared the day-before.

Lettuce Small/Medium Head – Cut Onion Diced  (not real fine)
Cauliflower (or petite frozen green peas) Use about two cups of one choice
Hard-boiled Egg Use 10 – chopped
Bacon Use ½ lb – fried & crumbled
Shredded Cheddar Cheese 8 oz block – shredded
Mayonnaise 1 to 1 ½ Cup – enough to cover

Layer into a bowl in the order above – spread Mayo over top – cover and refrigerate overnight.  Stir right before serving!

Enjoy Summer – attend a family gathering, a Chicken Bar-B-Q, a graduation party, the options are endless.  Happy Summer!




America’s Forgotten History

 Here are some American Historical Facts that are mostly unknown.
1.  Henry Ford, inventor of the Ford Model T and A cars also published an instructional Dance Book

2.  Henry Ford admired Nazi Germany and was presented The Grand Cross of the German Eagle by Hitler, the highest award a foreigner could earn.

3.  Dr. Mary Walker, a Union Civil War Medal of Honor Winner, army surgeon, and POW, was arrested several times after the war for wearing pants.
That was a no-no for women during that time in history.

4.  The Jamestown, Va. settlers survived the winter of 1609 existing almost entirely on a diet of oyste

5.  The Pilgrims of Plymouth, Mass. ate so much lobster that they grew to hate it.

6.  Maple Sugar was considered the poor man’s sugar in the late 1700’s. White cane sugar was much more expensive and harder to get.

7.  Miniature golf or “Put-Put Golf” was invented in 1916, and was a national passion in the roaring 20’s.

8.  It was considered embarrassing to ask a sales clerk for medicated paper as it was called in the early 1900’s which was sold in flat sheets.
Irwin and Clarence Scott changed all that by putting the paper on a roll. That was the beginning of what we today call toilet paper.
The Scotts also invented the tissue for runny noses.


May 10, 2021

Devotions:  Pastor Monticue’s devotions came from Deuteronomy 31:34 & 1 Kings 19.   Pastor Show gave the opening prayer.

April’s Fellowship Center Usage
Walk Fit – 13
Baby Shower – 1
Council – 1
Midweek – 4
Buckwheat Supper – 1
Work night – 3
Family Reunion – 1
Softball Practice – 3
Flea Market Set up – 1

TOTAL — 28

Heating Oil -A second tank will be added.
Review of 5 Year Plan – Under Year 1 2021, items #2, 4 and 6 are currently being worked on.
Saturate USA – Pastor Monticue will bring additional information to be discussed at the June meeting.
Basketball Hoop – The hoop and backboard have been installed over a period of 2 work nights.
Security video camera – No new update.
Church roof and HVAC at the Fellowship Center – Council approved the replacement of the church roof at a cost not to exceed $50,000. Council also approved to add HVAC to three more rooms at the Fellowship Center at a cost not to exceed $20,000.   These two items will be voted during special Congregational Meetings to be held Sunday, May 30th after both Worship Services.

Drainage at Center – No activity.

Church Security – A motion was made and carried to allow the committee to meet with a Somerset County Police Officer to help assist with a security plan.

Blinds for the Youth Room – Renee Moore was approved by council to purchase blinds for classroom.

Strawberry Festivalpermission was granted to proceed with the Strawberry Festival by the Super Seniors and Friends on June 12th, 2021.

Items from Elders’ Meeting

  1.  A motion was made and carried to return to normal church services. This includes use of hymnals, attendance pads, and offering plates.
  2. Through mutual agreement due to low attendance, it was decided to discontinue Sunday Evening Services.
  3. Pastor Monticue submitted his plan to retire July, 2022.

Meeting was adjourned with closing prayer by Pastor Show.

Respectfully submitted by Cathy Phillippi, Clerk

Kingwood Church of God
119 Humbert Rd
Markleton, PA  15551


  Church Staff

James Monticue, Senior Pastor
Vince Show, Director of Children’s Ministries
Carey Beth King, Secretary
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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
7:00 p.m. Evening Worship Service