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June 2024

June 2024

2024 Graduates

Emma Engleka
Emma Ream
Abby Rosman
Aidan Ream
Aaron Show
Mollie Wheatley





Church Mouse

MayThey say that April showers bring May flowers. It must be true for there are flowers blooming all around. May has been a fairly active month for us here at Kingwood.  I stowed away in PWs vehicle and got a ride to the Somerset County Court house so I could take part in the National Day of Prayer.  I saw some of our people there. PJ and Melanie, Pastor Tim from Centerville COG and wife Rita, and Allen and Sue Stahl to just name a few.  It was a great time of praying for our nation.

The next weekend I hitched a ride down to the FC and scurried through the flea market.  There were

lots of baked good’s crumbs around for a little mousey to nibble at. And there were folks from all over the area at the market getting great deals.

In between the flea market and the NDP PW took off for some place near Chicago for a seminar about multiplication.  I learned multiplication in mousey school years ago.  Maybe it’s not the same thing?  I’ll have to ask.

The very next week I again hitched a ride down to the FC for the Allegheny regional conference. I saw Terry & Peggy Ream, Elika Pletcher, Karey Vough and PW and Beth there representing Kingwood. Also, our amazing kitchen crew was there making everyone from the region feel as welcome and comfortable as possible.  I heard PW tell someone that our metal chairs should be declared a health hazard after sitting in them for 2 hours.

We had visitors in worship the Sunday after conference. The Keystone State Quartet was there to lead us in worship. And a young fellow from UF was here in the second service to talk about Campus Ministry there.

I caught another ride down to Rockwood to see the Memorial Day celebration.  The rain caused them to decide to cancel the parade. The service was moved inside of Trinity Reformed Church.  Pw did the Invocation and the Benediction, and our own Elika P read Abe Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the poem, In Flanders field.

The school year is coming to a close and we have some people graduating from college and from Highschool. Emma R, Emma E and Abby R are graduating from college.  Aaron S, Aidan R, and Mollie W are graduating from High School.  As the school year winds down, I think I heard PW say something about being at the Rockwood Baccalaureate service.  With school getting out thoughts turn to summer camp and summer jobs.

Well, I think that’s all the news from my little mousey hole for now.

Until next time.
As always yours,
The Church Mouse

Youth News

 The school year is coming to an end and that means the summer opens wide with opportunities for serving in the community. One way we intend for students to do so is to go on a backyard mission trip, which will have those involved accomplish one large or several smaller projects in our local context. We have found our first project and are in the process of assessing what will be necessary to connect the need with young people looking to serve. The backyard mission trip will be open to young men and women of youth group and college age. We will also be looking for adult mentors to help guide and direct while the projects are happening. If this sounds like a good fit for you, please let me know.

Next, we will begin the Summer Youth Café program for the second summer in a row. Volunteers pass out prepackaged meals to families in the communities (there are no income requirements, which means ANY family can pick up a meal for a child(ren) up through age 18). This often relieves some of the extra food costs that come with having kiddos home in the summer. There are also quarts of yummy white and chocolate milk that go home with each child, ensuring there is some healthy and treat for each of them! We are looking for volunteers, if you are interested in helping with this wonderful program add your name to the calendar/signup sheet outside of the sanctuary. We are hoping to have at least 5 adults for each Tuesday and Friday we are distributing. The time of distribution is 11-12 and volunteers are asked to arrive at 10:30 am.  We also would love kids and youth to be a part of this program. Last year many smaller hands made light work and it is a joy to have multiple generations working together to honor God as one big family. Meal distribution begins Friday, June 14th.

Church camp will also be starting sooner than we think! Senior High Camp will be June 9 – 15 for grades 10-graduating Seniors. Junior High Camp will be June 16-22 for grades 8 and 9, while Intermediate Camp is June 23-29 for our 6-7 grade campers. (Primary Camp for our elementary age students will be June 30-July 6 and includes 3rd – 5th grade.) This is an exciting time to disconnect from screens and the everyday to reconnect with God and others who love Jesus. There are many students from Kingwood and their friends planning on attending this summer, particularly Intermediate week. It is not too late to sign up if your child/grandchild/child’s friend would like to attend!  Have them go to to register.  Please let me know if you have ANY questions – we want to fill those cabins and have as many teens and kids connect with the Lord in a meaningful way this summer!

High School Sunday School will be continuing through summer with Pop tarts and some new topics showing up each week.

Pastor Karey



June & July Birthdays

June 1      Vincent Show
June 2      Renee’ Strelko
June 3      Olivia Moore, Bill Peirsel, Barbara Pletcher
June 6      Eileen Buchanan, Jamie Faidley, Melissa Vough
June 10     Sharron King
June 13     Eli Walker
June 15     Eli Show
June 16     Peggy Kreger
June 17     Natasha Dumbauld, Nathan Faidley
June 18     Cary Phillippi
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, Keith Knepper
July 8        Angie Mitchell
July 9        Gianna Rosman, Randy Schartiger Jr.
July 13      Hillary Whaley
July 14      Coral Lee Kreger
July 15      Stacey Hay
July 18      Patricia Weaver
July 19      Amber Lemmon, Katie Snyder
July 21      Debbie Miller
July 22      Luella Pletcher
July 24      Landon Strelko
July 26      Elliot Pletcher
July 29      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      Don & Debbie Miller, Drew & Melanie Younkin
June 11     Tim & Lindsay Latuch
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 26     Kevin & Stacey Hay
June 25     Pastor Jim & Melanie
June 29     Andy & Amber Webreck
July 11      Daniel & Katie Snyder
July 24      Vincent & Kerri Show, Todd & Renee’ Strelko, John & Trista Younkin
July 26      Tom & Kelly Mills
July 27      Greg & Carey Beth King

Prayer Needs

National Revival
Our Country
Allegheny Region Churches, Pastors and Leaders
Pastor Will & Beth
Pastor Jim & Melanie
Pastor Karey & Jake
Those dealing with sickness
Violence in Haiti
Violence in our Nation
Families who have lost loved ones
Elsie King
Joe Paravate
Mary Jane Pugh
Carol Sisler
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
Chicken BBQ
School Year Ending
Teachers and Students
Graduating Students
Summer Sports
Safe Vacation Travel
Hospital Workers
Hospice Workers
Preparations for Mission Trips
Winebrenner Seminary
Brent & Julie Sleasman
Church Ministries
Camp Sonrise Mountain
Summer Camping Program
Church Camp Deans and Staff
Vacation Bible School
Chatelas Church
Our Missionaries
Our Global Mission Fields
Military / Police / First Responders
Unspoken Needs

Global Reach Updates

Thailand – Bryan and Katie will be headed to the U.S. for 6 weeks starting June 9th. Please keep them in prayer as they visit with family and friends and visit churches in Ohio and Indiana this summer. Pray for positive family memories to be made as well as a strengthening of their relationships. Their family has not been very supportive to them in their calling to minister in Thailand.

Latino Ministries – Pastor Victor and his wife Alma recently celebrated their 26th anniversary. Pastor Victor’s women’s group held their 1st fasting camp in 2024 with the theme, “God is knocking on your door”! The ladies enjoyed teaching, reflection, and meditation during their stay.

Bangladesh —  Continue to be in prayer for the Nur Alum family and their provision. Pray for the 2 new Child Development Centers that will be teaching Muslim and Hindu children. Pray for opportunities to reach the entire families with the Good News!

Haiti  —  Pray, pray, and pray some more….


Helping Hands
Helping Hands Prayer Needs for June

Helen King   c/o Meadowview  1404 Hay St.  Berlin, PA  15530
Helen Lucas   c/o Meadowview  1404 Hay St.  Berlin, PA  15530

ramblings & recipes

It’s June 2024 – Enjoy your Summer!

So many times, I’m thinking about what I can make for my family or something different to take to a picnic or covered dish gathering!  This month I’m sharing two tasty refreshing desserts.  You can easily have the ingredients for the Lemon Cooler in your kitchen and make it quickly the evening before you need it!  The Creamy Grape Salad can be prepared quickly – you will need to buy the grapes close to the time you make this recipe.  I think you will enjoy both recipes!

Lemon Cooler
1 Box Graham Crackers – 14.4 oz.
2 Boxes Instant Lemon Pudding – 3.4 oz.
3 ½ Cups Milk
1  – 8 oz. Container – Cool Whip
1 – 16 oz. Container Lemon Frosting

Use a 9×13 pan.

Cover the bottom with a layer of Graham Crackers.

Prepare the lemon pudding – using the milk – whisk or mix until well combined – about two minutes.  Fold the Cool Whip into the pudding.

Place half of the pudding mixture over the Graham Crackers.

Do another layer of Graham Crackers – then the remainder of the pudding mixture.

Place another layer for Graham Crackers.  Spread the Lemon Frosting overall.

Cover with plastic wrap and allow to chill in refrigerator for about twelve hours.

Creamy Grape Salad
2 lbs. Seedless Green Grapes
2 lbs. Seedless Purple Grapes
1 – 8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 – 8 oz. Sour Cream
½ Cup Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
½ Cup Brown Sugar
½ Cup Chopped Pecans

Wash & Dry the Grapes.

Combine the Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Sugar and Vanilla.  Mix this well using your mixer.

Pour this mixture over the grapes in the bowl/container that you will use to serve the salad.

Chill several hours in the refrigerator.

Just before serving, sprinkle with the brown sugar and the pecans.

Special Note:  Toasting the pecans adds to the flavor!  If you toast them – allow them to cool before topping the salad.

 “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13


May 20th, 2024

Devotions:   Randy Pletcher – Acts 5:12 reminds us to that we have to take a stand on our beliefs and who we are to follow.

Dean Hay said the van garage is cleaned out and ready to be used.  Pastor Will, will be taking the snow blower and Pastor Jim, is taking the lawn mower.

Fellowship Center Pavilion – Nothing to report.

By Law Updates – Need to set a new date.

A donation of $1000.00 will be made to Alireza (Ali) Majidi for his Success and Safety request

A Mission Trip Fund Committee has been established.  Will need to be added to the agenda for approval at the Congregational Meeting in November

The same company will be washing the church windows again this year.

There will be some shelving added to the library.

Church Mutual is offering a monitor that can be used  to monitor heat and water at our Church and Fellowship center.

A reminder was given that there should be no kind of sales in the Church on the same floor as the Sanctuary.

Summer Youth Café Program at the Fellowship Center June 14th through August 16th from the hours of 11:00 – 12:00 on Tuesdays and Friday’s.  It will be drive thru style again serving children up to the age of 18.  We will continue to look for ways to bring the message of God to these families.


Fellowship Usage:
April 2024

Walk Fit 13, Midweek 3, Council Mtg 1

Pickleball 5, Ream Birthday 1,    Youth Gr 4,    Retiree Dinner 1 and Prep,

Buckwheat Supper 1, Youth Football 2

Total 31

Kingwood Church of God
119 Humbert Rd
Markleton, PA  15551




Church Staff

Will Miller, Senior Pastor
James Monticue, Visitation Pastor
Karey Vough, Youth/YA 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