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Fall 2020

The Contact
The Newsletter of the Kingwood Church of God
Fall 2020

When Your Hut is on Fire

 The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small uninhabited island.  He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him.  Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.  Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

 One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky.  He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost.  He was stunned with disbelief, grief and anger.  He cried out, “God, how could you do this to me?”

 Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island.  It had come to rescue him!  “How did you know I was here?” asked the weary man of his rescuers.  “We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.

 The Moral of This Story:
It’s easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn’t lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering.  Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground… It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.

Thanks to Heather Houghton for this contribution.

Greetings to one and all!

Let me begin this month’s column by saying:

WOW! It sure is hard for a poor Church mouse to do his/her job of, among other things, attending or social events and observing and commenting on people’s activities. It’s tough to do this during a “shutdown” and “social distancing” and having so many of our longtime social events, if not cancelled, then ”modified”.

I have to say it was wonderful to see the way in which all of you joined together to make the drive through Chicken Barbecue and drive through Applefest happen. I guess that’s what happens when families and especially God’s family works together. Way to go Kingwood Church Family!

I was glad to hear that the Applefest Auction would take place, even if it has to be online this year. As the bulletin said at one point: The first (and hopefully only) online Applefest Auction. Let me add Amen! and Amen!

I see some really nice things coming into the Church and the Fellowship Center and online ( – I tried it. It works!

As I look at these things I also see some of the results of the skills that the Lord has placed in our people and they way in which they have honed and refined those skills, being good stewards of the gifts God gave them.

I was glad that Camp Day could take place and that Carrie and Stacey Dix were able to join us. Thanks to the Committee for the great program they came up with. I was glad to see that all the “oldly-weds” were still talking to each other after the game!

Speaking of old: Do you think that Pastor Jim may be showing his age just a little? I notice he didn’t even get in the water for Baptism, just let it up to Pastor Vince and Pastor Tim!

As usual the Kingwood Cooks came through with all kinds of scrumptious goodies! More gifts honed and refined, resulting in a blessing to others.

I hear that some of our Kingwood Cooks may be getting something interesting to cook. We have some “Longhunters” heading west for elk. Don’t forget about the ivory teeth when you’re taking care of that critter after it’s “harvested”. I hate to break it to you ladies waiting at home, but the American Longhunters from the 1700’s & 1800’s were often gone months or even years! Don’t worry ladies, they’ll be back they know who treats them well!

Well folks, this little mousie has to run! Lot’s to do. Don’t forget to be praying for our nation this election year! And don’t forget to set your clocks back before going to bed on October 31 (unless you want to get up at 2 AM, November 1st to change them, which is when the time officially changes!) And as I write this: Only 5 more Sundays until Thanksgiving week & only 10 until Christmas week! – Get stirring!

Love, Your Friend, The Church Mouse

Prayer Needs

Families who’ve lost loved ones
God’s people undergoing persecution
People who have recently been hospitalized, had surgery, had procedures
John Bishop
Sean Baker
Mark Blasko
Dave Brandt
Shirley S. Brougher
Gerry Cameron
Brynn Cashell
Diane Engleka
Don Hay
Tara Hostetter
Ed Houghton
Ben King
Viola Kerns
Terry Lawson
David Lepley
Sally Locklin
Aroura Martz
Scott Mimnaugh
John Mitchell
Tommy Mitchell
Shirley Mullendore
Pastor Ernie Pletcher
Shanda Pletcher
Maria Rugg
Roger Shipley
Sarah Singo
Ron & Nancy Sleasman
Andrew Weaver
Angie Weaver
Darla Tressler Wevodau
Randy Yachere
Brianna Younkin
Dan Younkin
Lucas Barron
Church Camp
Winebrenner Seminary- Sleasmans
Child Evangelism Fellowship
Military, Police & First Responders
Chatelas Church
Our Missionaries

Long Term Needs
Leonard & Faye Compton
Lois Darr
Pastor Jack Feick
Amy Tressler Gonzalez
Nelda Fox
Paul & Juanita Hall
Jaci Hay
Alivia Ickes
Ron & Audrey Irwin
Kyle & Jessica Kister & Family
Faye Knepper

Tom Kovach
Charlie & Coral Lee Kreger
Harold & Donna Kreger
Dave & Farmie Lemmon
Helen Lucas
Althea Lyons
Dale & Shirley Nicklow
Howard & Etta Nicklow
Von Nicklow
Jim Peck
Helen Ohler
General Larry Powell
Stacey Ream
Barb Rush
Allison Schmuck
Naomi Schrock
Alex Singo
Allen & Marijka Tubbs
Sam Vaughan
Karey Vough’s Uncle Tim
Andrea Walker
Susan Webster
Jim & Marj Weaver
Pat & Butch Weaver
Aldara Weimer
Sue Frazee
Lacey Winters
Pat Younkin
Ralph Younkin
Those who are lonely
Essential Workers
Nursing Homes
Mission Work


Being in a quarantine all summer is a bummer. First of all, there were no 4th of July picnics, or any other summer activities with friends or family. Also, the Somerset County Night at the Pittsburgh Zoo was canceled. Second, school is going to be a pain because, we must wear masks at all times, except for eating or drinking. We do get 10-minute breaks throughout the 7-hour day. During the breaks and while eating, we must stay 6 feet apart. Also, we might have to do online school, which would not be as fun as in-person school. In conclusion, COVID-19 has affected our summer and school. We need to just make the most of it and try to have fun during these times.

Max Kemp

The main thing for which I’m thankful as the Coronavirus restrictions continue to affect our lives is that we can again assemble together in God’s house to worship and fellowship.  The praise and worship and fellowship have been uplifting to our spirits and strengthening to our souls. 

Through all that has and is occurring, we continue to trust in God and depend upon His Word.  What a comfort to know that Almighty God has everything under His control!

Shirley V. Brougher


A Man May Go To Heaven

Without Health
Without Wealth
Without  Fame
Without A Great Name
Without Learning
Without Big Earnings
Without Culture
Without Beauty
Without Friends
Without Ten Thousand Other Things

But He Can Never Go To Heaven Without Christ

November & December Birthdays

Nov 7 – Bradley Lemmon
Nov 9 – Blake Pletcher
Nov 9 – Melanie Monticue
Nov 10 – Jaynn Todias Johnson
Nov 16 – Beverly Pletcher
Nov 19 – Jennifer Gross, Erma Hay, Viola Kerns
Nov 26 – Naomi Shaffer
Nov 28 – Logan Bowman
Nov 30 – Heather Ream
Dec 1 – Terry Ream
Dec 2 – Marchelle Peck
Dec 6 – Kendyll Younkin
Dec 9 – Rose Tressler
Dec 12 – Nina Phillippi, Charlotte Carrabotta
Dec 13 – Ernest Pletcher
Dec 14 – Alessaundra Vough
Dec 18 – Jesse Moore
Dec 19 – Ed Engleka, Elika Pletcher
Dec 17 – Levi Ream
Dec 21 – Sheryl Meyers, Adalyn Strelko
Dec 25 – JESUS
Dec 26 – Tom Brougher
Dec 28 – Savannah Clawson
Dec 30 – Pastor Jim Monticue
Dec 31 – Don Houck, Louise – Dumbauld

November & December Anniversaries
Nov 7 – Ed & Kay Engleka
Nov 27 – Josh & Stacey Rosman
Nov 29 – Tim & Rita Show
Dec 3 – Hilton & Loretta Mitchell
Dec 21 – Paul & Juanita Hall

I Am My Neighbor’s Bible
I am my neighbor’s Bible
He reads me when we meet;
Today he reads me in my home,
Tomorrow in the street.

He may be relative or friend,
Or slight acquaintance be;
He may not even know my name,
Yet – he is reading me.

Dear Christian friends and brothers,
If we could only know
How faithfully the world records
Just what we say and do.

Oh, we would make our records plain
And labor hard to see
Our worldly neighbors won to Christ,
While reading you and me.

  Church Staff

James Monticue, Senior Pastor
Vince Show, Director of Children’s Ministries
Carey Beth King, Secretary

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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