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May 2021

May 2021

National Day of Prayer
May 6, 2021

The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”.  The president is required by law to sign a proclamation each year, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.

The modern law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952, although earlier days of fasting and prayer had been established by the Second Continental Congress from 1775 until 1783, and by President John Adams in 1798 and 1799.  Thomas Jefferson established a day of prayer and thanksgiving, but this occurred while he served as governor of Virginia.

The constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer was unsuccessfully challenged in court by the Freedom From Religion Foundation after their attempt was unanimously dismissed by a panel of a federal appellate court in April 2011.

Church Mouse

As the month of April grudgingly gives way to the month of May – Greetings!

Let’s hope we have warm weather coming!

Wednesday evenings are wonderful! It’s always nice to see the kids – and their athletics after the program. – I won’t give you his name, but one of these Wednesday evening athletes ended up with a shoe on the roof of the Fellowship Center – That must have been some kick! Fortunately Tim Latuch came to the rescue! A Guardian Angel with an extension ladder. You owe him young man! Pastor Jim wasn’t much help – he was too busy checking out and drooling over that black Mustang Convertible in the parking lot!

Pastor Vince – time to buy those boys of yours 12 gauges! – If they’d have had them they would have put Thanksgiving Dinner or at least a nice turkey dinner on the table! As it is some fortunate fox or coyote got to eat pretty well! If you talk to Pastor Jim or Mark Lucas and give them your credit card or a blank signed check I’m sure they would be more than happy to take your boys shotgun shopping. In fact I’m pretty sure we could come up with a whole list of Kingwood’s Mighty Hunters who would be glad to do just that. I think PJ is already preparing for the trip. He told me to ask you if the names Perazzi and Krieghoff mean anything to you when it comes to shotguns. (Maybe you should look them up like I had to!)

I saw the Prom pictures. Dan Ream, Mark Houghton, Rick Kemp, Greg King: You guys might want to go on that shotgun shopping expedition too! Andrew Weaver: You’re safe – I don’t know your date’s Father!

It seems Mark Houghton was the guardian angel for Pastor Jim & Melanie as they were moving Melanie’s “new” vintage computerless washing machine into the house.

Congratulations to Trevor & Heather Hostetter who recently became home owners! Prayers and best wishes in your new residence. We’re glad you’re still within driving distance of church!

It’s good to see that Somerset Trust’s Offices are now open and Owen Moore no longer looks like he’s incarcerated when he is at work.

Elliot Pletcher: Congratulations on your turkey! You could have your entire extended family for Thanksgiving Dinner!

Christian Weaver that’s an impressive new saw you got! – I hear you are now full time with your sawmill and lumber business! Best wishes and prayers as you embark on this new chapter in your life!

Well folks this little mousie has to run: Lots of Chicken Barbecues to get ready for! Don’t forget to support our sister churches of New Centerville & Wesley Chapel and the IOOF by attending their barbecues (you’re too late for United, sorry). So far there is one barbecue in May, 2 in June and our own in July.

Blessings, Warm Weather & Barbecue Chicken to everyone!

The Church Mouse

May & June Birthdays

May 1       Brittney Clawson
May 2       Shirley Mullendore
May 3       Barbara Lemmon, Karey Vough
May 4       Gerald Dumbauld
May 7       Nadiya Putman, Fenna Queer
May 9       Kurt Miller
May 10     Brad Pletcher
May 16     Heather Houghton, Drew Younkin
May 17     Aaron Show, Lori Pletcher
May 18     Mitchell Pletcher
May 20     Marsha Tobias
May 22     Merv Yoder
May 23     Emily Kemp
May 26     Gregg Lemmon
May 27     Isaac Moore, Sherri Tobias,Ned Tobias
May 29     Shirley V. Brougher,  Cheryl Pletcher, Stacey Rosman
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

May & June Anniversaries

May 3        Dan & Angie Weaver
May 4        Rick & Missy Kemp
May 8        Jesse & Amy Moore
May 3        Dan & Angie Weaver
May 4        Rick & Missy Kemp
May 8       Jesse & Amy Moore
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

Global Reach Missions Updates and Prayers

Check out the new pics and info on the Missions board at the church!

Weekly missionary prayers are posted every Monday on the church facebook page for you to pray over!

Global Reach Virtual Summit
The next Missions summit is scheduled for May 20th at 7 pm.  Contact Kelly Donat at for the zoom link or ask for the recording link so you may watch at your convenience!

ACTS Teams
Please be faithful in prayer for the teams this year. Pray COVID restrictions will be eased so that teams may travel.

“COVID-19 Emergency Relief” Fund
$92,045 was donated through December 2020 to this relief fund! $69,144 was distributed to our international ministry fields! The remaining funds will be distributed in the next few months. The churches were able to bring great blessing in a time of tremendous need. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Praise God for the faithful and obedient witness of our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Venezuela Churches of God! Field Directors and Pastors Liarxi and Mara Alcala are dynamic leaders whose witness has inspired their countrymen and women to give it all to the Lord in His service! They have been and continue to be a blessing to their congregations and every community they go into to share the Love of Christ in word and deed. Please pray for this country.  Pray for the many field workers. Thank God for their beautiful work and ask Him to continue to bless the fruit of their labor.

Mike and Dawn are safe, but still in compete lockdown with no change in the climate of violence. Pray for God’s blessing and protection upon them. Pray for wise, honest, and responsible leaders to be raised up in this country. Keep praying for an end to the violence and oppression.

Helping Hands
Helping Hands Prayer Needs for May

Helen Lucas 185 Rockdale Road  Rockwood, PA 15557
Helen King  c/o Meadowview 1404 Hay Street Berlin, PA 15530

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
Family of those with Long Term Needs
Our Teachers / Students
Virgil Weaver
Kim Sutton
Jim Snyder
Ron & Audrey Irwin
Kevin Meyers
Ashlyn Bittner
Sally Locklin
Mark Blasko
Jaci Hay
Don Carrabotta
U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw
Joyce & Lew Henry
Dara Yoder
Ben King
Heather Ream’s Relatives
Jennie Hetzer
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
John Kreger Sr.
David Lepley
Nelda Fox
Jim Peck
Barb Rush
Leonard Compton
Alex Singo
Amy Tressler Gonzales
Jim & Marj Weaver
Susan Webster
Helen Ohler
Dave & Farmie Lemmon
Harold & Donna Kreger
Pat & Butch Weaver
Pastor Jack Feick
Lois Darr
Paul & Juanita Hall
Faye Knepper
Kister Family
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
Fred Weimer
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
Unspoken Needs

ramblings & recipes

Welcome May!! – Trees are turning green, flowers and plants are coming out of the ground – blue skies, warmer days – isn’t God wonderful?  It’s said that Memorial Day is the beginning of Summer!  I’m looking forward to cooking on the grill, Chicken BBQs and picnics!  Picnics are so enjoyable when you can try “a little of this and a little of that”!  New salad recipes are always a good thing to share with family and friends.  I was thinking about my favorite dessert….at a picnic or a covered dish.  Sometimes a particular person is known for their best dessert!  I always enjoy Strawberry Pretzel Salad!  It’s sweet and salty – also a very “pretty” dessert.  Here’s the recipe:

Strawberry-Pretzel Salad
2 Cups Broken Pretzels (not too fine) 1 Tablespoon Sugar
¾ Cup Melted Butter

Combine these ingredients; pat into a 9×13 pan.  Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.  Cool completely.

Cream together:

8 oz. Cream Cheese 1 Cup Sugar 1 8 ounce Cool Whip

Mix well (using your mixer works wonderfully) – mix for several minutes – add an 8 ounce Cool Whip and continue to mix until well combined.  Spread over the cooled crust.


1 Large Box Strawberry Jell-O 2 (10 oz.) containers frozen strawberries
2 Cups Boiling Water

Combine the boiling water and Jell-O – when slightly thickened – add the frozen strawberries and spoon over the cream cheese layer – Chill until set.

**Here’s my take:  I like to use fresh strawberries.  Slice the strawberries and place them in rows on the cream cheese layer.

Use two small boxes strawberry Jell-O and 1 & ½ cups boiling water – stir until

Jell-O is dissolved – add ½ cup cold water.  Allow the Jell-O to thicken a few minutes, then spoon over the strawberries.  Chill several hours before serving!**

Mother’s Day is May 9th – if your Mom is living – share some time with her.  If your Mom is gone from this Earth – share a memory of her with your family.

A Mother’s Love Lasts Forever!

Church Library News


Who the Bishop Knows  #3 in the series Amish Bishop Mysteries by Vannetta Chapman
Forever Hidden  #1 in the series The Treasures of Nome by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse.
Endless Mercy  #2 in the series The Treasures of Nome by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse.
Truly, Madly, Deeply  #6 in the series The Baxter Family by Karen Kingsbury
Someone Like You  #7 in the series the Baxter Family by Karen Kingsbury.
Active Defense  #3 in the series Danger Never Sleeps by Lynette Eason
Three Missing Days  #3 in the series Pelican Harbor by Colleen Coble
Blackberry Beach  #7 in the series Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon
The Robin’s Greeting  #3 in the series Amish Greenhouse by Wanda Brunstetter.
Home to Holly Springs  #10 in the series Mitford Years by Jan Karon
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good  #12 in the series Mitford Years by Jan Karon.
Rebecca’s Promise  #1 in the series Adams County by Jerry Eicher
Christmas Duty by Paige Dooly
Christmas at Harrington’s by Melody Carson
You can find a review of each book in the library.

Hello my name is The Crown and the Crucible.  I have two brothers one is called A House Divided and the other is named Travel and Triumph. I am the oldest and am speaking on behalf of my brothers and myself.  We reside in your church library.  You probably do not know us because even though we have been here since 2013 no one has opened our covers to read us. We are feeling lonely and unappreciated.  I do believe my brothers are very depressed and fear they may jump off their shelf and fall to their deaths if they are not soon read.  Perhaps if you knew a little bit about us, you would choose us to entertain you.  Our story is about living in Russia in the 1870”s.  You will meet two families whose lives are entwined despite one family being from the peasant class and the other from the aristocrat class.  Experience what it is like for both classes to live under the rule of a tsar and then live free as citizens.  Yes, I admit there is a tad of history found in our pages but you won’t even notice it amid the love, relationship struggles, jealousy, attempted assassinations and murder.  If you love history then you will have it all as you read and enjoy.  Check us out soon.

Mark Your Calendars…

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!!


April 12th, 2021

Devotions:  Allan Stahl’s devotions came from Luke 23, ”On the road to Emmaus”.   Pastor Monticue gave the opening prayer.

March’s Fellowship Center Usage 

Walk Fit – 13
Girls SB Practice – 9
Council – 1
Midweek – 4
Meatloaf Dinner – 2
Total – 29


Sanitization of Church– A motion was made and seconded to discontinue the sanitization of church and open up all pews in the sanctuary.  Motion carried.

Review of 5 Year Plan – Year 1 #1, an announcement will be made as well as a sign-up sheet provided for any young adult (college age and up to 30) who might be interested in attending a midweek class.   #2, council will look into a First Responders luncheon.   #4, a committee was formed to address the need of a church security training plan.

Saturate USA – no addition information from Ministerium.

Basketball Hoop – hoop and backboard will be replaced Monday, April 19th, at 6 pm.

Security video camera – A software package can be purchased at the cost of $69, which will work with our current cameras.  To video the entire gym, a seconded camera will need to be added and relocate the existing camera.

Church roof – Dean Hay is waiting on a price quote on roof replacement.  An estimate of $500 to $600 for the steeple cleaning was given.

Drainage at Fellowship Center – A motion passed to create a ditch, add pipe and shale at the cost of $1,500.


Rockwood Improvement Committee – Council was approached by this committee to see if there would be an interest to help in improving the town of Rockwood.  Pastor Monticue will find out more details to be discussed at next meeting.

Yard mowing – Terry Ream mows the yard at the Fellowship Center and John Mitchell mows the grounds at the church.   A motion was made and seconded to increase this year’s pay by 5% to cover the increase cost in gas.  Motion carried.

Air Conditioning – Council discussed adding additional air conditioning to both kitchens and the room with the round tables.  The cost will be $5,000 per room.  Rick Kemp will be contacted to check on what the cost would be to also add air to the office spaces.  This will then be presented to the congregation.

Heating Oil – Woodford Oil Co. is interested in providing the church with both gas and oil.  The company will be contacted later in summer and get a locked-in price.

Confluence Fire Department – A motion passed to donate $100 to the fire department.

Operation Christmas Child Fundraiser for postage – A motion was made and seconded to allow the committee to take orders for Snyder’s Snack Box at the price of $15 during the month of May.  Motion carried.

First Time Camper Fees – A motion was made and seconded to pay the $70 fee cost for first time campers invited by church members.  Motion passed.


Easter Attendance:  39 attended the Sunrise Service, 173 attended the Worship Services.
Meeting was adjourned with closing prayer by Pastor Show.

Respectfully submitted by Cathy Phillippi, Clerk


  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