News & Events



 Boy Scout Eagle Award


Congratulations to Zach Roth on receiving his Eagle Scout badge on  Saturday, February 10th.  


Ash Wednesday Service - February 14, 2018


Ash Wednesday Service will be in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. and will include both the imposition of ashes and communion. 

Ash Wednesday emphasizes a dual encounter:we confront our own mortality - "You are dust and to dust you shall return" and "We confess our sin before God within the community of faith. 

These dual themes of sin and death are placed within the context of Cog's redeeming love in Jesus Christ.



30 Days of Marriage Prayers

In an effort to acknowledge the traditional day of love, Valentine’s Day, while remembering the

somber truth of our mortality and sinfulness on Ash Wednesday, Park Church is offering married

couples an opportunity to share a meal and take on the commitment to pray with each other for 30

days during Lent. 

A meal will be offered in the fellowship hall on (Fat) Tuesday, February 13th at 6:00 p.m.  We will

enjoy gumbo, crab cake bites, and non-alcoholic strawberry daiquiris as well as have fun seeing who

gets the slice of Mardi Gras King Cake with the baby inside!  You will have to show up to see what

your prize is for that…  Cheryl Davis, Accountability Chairperson, will have your prayer booklets

ready for you to take home that night and she will explain how this works so we end our 30 days

during Holy Week before Easter. 


Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas and the former chaplain for the

Dallas Cowboys, is the creator of this booklet designed to enrich your marriage as you covenant to

pray with your spouse for 30 days.  The prayers are provided for you and a Bible verse is included

each day to make sure we stay grounded in the Word. 

Perhaps you already pray as a couple – that’s great – keep it up – I’m sure God is blessing you

already for your faithfulness.  But if you’re not, and you don’t quite know how to start, we believe

this booklet will prove the importance of praying with your spouse.   This won’t be a long, drawn

out, evening – we’re thinking 90 minutes at the most.  Isn’t your marriage worth the effort?  Won’t

you prayerfully consider joining us?  Please give your reservation to Cheryl Davis or Ruth King by Sunday, February 11th

“So they are no longer two, but one flesh.  Therefore what God has joined together, let no one

separate.”  Matthew 19:6

Cheryl Davis, 814-882-3762 (cell);">

Ruth King, 814-725-4105 (office); 814-450-9631 (cell);">



Men's Lenten Breakfasts


The following churches have agreed to host the breakfasts for our district. The host church will provide the program and/or meditation, followed by communion, concluding with breakfast. A freewill offering will be received during breakfast. Reservation should  be called in to the host church the Wednesday before each breakfast.


February 17  McKean UMC   476-7538

 5041 Old North Main St.



February 24 Asbury UMC 796-6012

23 West 2nd St.



March 3 Asbury UMC 833-9053

4703 W. Ridge Rd.



March 10 Lawrence Park UMC 899-9851

4015 Niagara Place



March 17 Glenwood UMC 456-6268

2931 Myrtle St.



March 24 Erie First 453-6889

707 Sassafras St.


Community Breakfast


All you can eat pancakes and sausages and more importantly an opportunity to fellowship with your church family.  Invite those you know from the community to come and those you want to get to know better.  It is a perfect opportunity to meet with others or hold a class.  We hope to see you there!


We are trying to have two teams for Saturday and two for Sunday so that each team only has to serve every other month.  If this is a mission outreach that interests you, please contact Ron Holl 725-3014 or see him in church and let him know of your interest.


The Refuge


The Collection for The Refuge for the month of February are blankets (not throws). Please put in the box in the gathering area. Thank you.

I remember visiting the Refuge this past summer on a nice warm day, before the Rapid Housing Initiative began. I met a nice lady who was grateful to be living there. She told me that she had been homeless for seven months and was not one to ask for help. At the time I did not think about it until I realized that meant she had been homeless all winter. I look at myself and think how frustrated I got with the weather around Christmas. Instead of focusing on my blessings of a warm house, safe traveling, family with jobs and homes I worried. I thought of snow laden roofs, not being able to get out, unsafe roads, what are the homeless doing this year etc. I missed that God was there the whole time, and had the job covered (as usual). 

I thank everyone for the dozens of pillows donated in December. I can't tell you how many, but then it really doesn't matter does it? We don't need to pat ourselves on the back. We just need to keep working for God. In that spirit I am asking for  blankets ( not throws) this month for the Refuge. I had some good luck at  Ollie's myself, and used a coupon too. Thanks for giving hope through your loving actions.





On Wednesday, Feb.7, thirteen faithful volunteers completed 228 School Kits for UMCOR.  These cloth bags filled with school supplies will be taken to Eastbrook Mission Barn where they await delivery to a country where children have no materials for school.  Thank you again to everyone who helped make this possible.




What a fantastic year we had at the UMCOR Mission Barn!


Below is a list of the kits we made for our church:


Health Kits – 729

School Kits – 414

Bedding Kits – 37

Cleaning Buckets – 50

Sewing Kits - 3

   TOTAL KITS MADE – 1,233


Below is a list of kits from other churches that we inspected:


Health Kits – 290

School Kits – 93

Cleaning Buckets – 183

Sewing Kits – 27



This was all accomplished with our faithful volunteers as we strived to do one project each month.


Remember that it is with your support in our mission offerings that we are able to provide these kits to many areas of need both in the United States and other countries.


Stained Glass Windows


The Stained Glass Window Project has been paid in full!


We are profoundly grateful for all who contributed to this important work that will enable our church to sustain the craftsmnship and beauty of the original stained glass windows and share the treasured gift of their light with future generations.

Glory be to God!

 We are profoundly grateful for all who contributed to this important work that will enable our church to sustain the craftsmanship and beauty of the original stained glass windows and share the treasured gift of their light with future generations.

Special thank you to the Trustees subcommittee of:  Ed Travis, Ron Holl, Sharon Swift, Chet Sceiford, Bob Reid and Cindi Reid.  Also to those who under Cindi Reid’s creative direction, contributed to making the stained glass crosses which adorn our library in elegant fashion. Some of these crosses will be given to those who were able to donate at a certain level.

Glory be to God!


The Refuge

The Refuge 




 Monthly Collection

The Collection for The Refuge for the month of February are blankets (not throws).

With the new rapid housing initiative things are always moving at the Refuge. Residents now stay for only 30 days. As a result, when you visit or drop off donations there are no familiar faces among the residents. When I arrived at the door, the place was filled with school age kids, enjoying each other and offering to help unload my car. Miss Dottie informed me that even though the kids had the day off from school they asked her for math worksheets so they could work on multiplication. They seemed like a really sweet bunch of kids. Dottie also gratefully informed me that as a result of a recent donation of hand towels, she was able to provide a family of six with appropriate bedding and towels. She was excited to put a set of pink towels together for the little girl. The girl was stunned saying," But these are new..." Those were very humbling words. I hope this little girl treasures her new towel set and realizes that she is valued enough by someone to give her something new. I know at her stay at the Refuge she will know that God above all values her. 

     For December as a celebration of the birth of Jesus, who had no pillow, we will collect new bed pillows. Pillows are a disposable item as they go with the residents when they leave. Because of the rapid housing initiative, The Refuge is going through more of these disposable items than ever. The pillow donation will be a part of the Christmas Eve service. If this is not convenient, or you are traveling, or just want to donate a crazy amount of pillows, please feel free to send in pillows just like our other collection items. 


Liberty House

Liberty House


Veterans Home - EUMA’s Liberty House is full.  Ending Veteran homelessness is our goal and we need your help as we help them move to permanent housing.  Gift cards (Tops, Walmart) and/or food including pasta, meat, chicken, frozen vegetables, milk and other staples are needed. Please drop off items directly to EUMA’s Liberty House at 550 W. 7th St., Erie, PA 16502. 


  – Relinquishing a recliner? Surrendering a sofa?  If your unwanted, gently-used pieces of furniture need a new home, consider donating them to EUMA.  We’ll either pass your items to clients as they leave the shelter to establish their permanent homes or sell them at EUMA’s Rainbow Connection Thrift Store.  Contact us at (814) 456-8073 for more information or to schedule a pick-up.


United Methodist Women

UMW Meeting


February Meeting


We would like to invite you to attend the first meeting for 2018 of our local UMW Unit. Feel free to pick a chair and join our group as we explore how UMW helps to equip young women for leadership roles---not just within the church but in their workplace and communities. This month during our Prayer and Self-Denial program we will learn about some of the mission efforts of UMW. The offering received will be used to support the mission efforts locally and around the world. We will also take some time to make a pledge to commit our time and money throughout the year so that we are personally involved in the programs of UMW.


Join us on Tuesday, February 6 at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Come to meet and share time with other ladies as we enjoy some wonderful refreshments. 



UMW Book Club

YOU ARE INVITED!! The United Methodist Women Book Club is kicking off 2018 with the book

“Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  We take turns facilitating the book discussion and

meet in each other’s homes on the 3rd Monday of the month. Currently, there are about 8 of us and

we would love to have you join us. We plan to complete Program One which is a commitment to

read five books this year. The topics vary from month to month so there is something for everyone!

Our first date for the New Year is Monday, March 19th at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Sharon Shaffer.

There is a copy of the book in the church library or you can purchase copies on Amazon (new or

used) or check out at the local library. Talk to Ruth King if you are interested or have questions.

Soup & Salad Luncheon


Friday, February 23, 2018 11:00-1:00 will be our next Soup and Salad luncheon. Don’t forget about our gift vouchers to give to someone so they can enjoy our Soup and Salad also. Our lunches include beef vegetable soup and potato soup, gelatin salad, homemade pies and cakes, and a beverage. The cost is $6.00 per person. Take out is available also. Please join us for a delicious lunch and a time for fellowship with our friends and neighbors!


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Soup & Salad Luncheons . Please plan on joining us on Friday, February 23, 2018.







Stephen Ministry: Education Opportunity

The Congregation/community  is invited to join our Stephen Ministers for our Continuing Education this month.

Continuing Education is always a part of our Stephen Ministry Supervision Meetings. When we had a speaker from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) several people from the community joined us for a very informative talk.

This month we are attending a panel discussion offered at the North East High School on Tuesday , February 16, from 6-8 pm. The panel discussion is regarding “Grieving with traumatic loss, Suicide, Drug Addiction and more”.  So please join us for “ the Community Nursing Services of North East and other North East stakeholders for their panel discussion.”  We will be meeting in the foyer of the North East High School at 5:50. If you are interested in  joining us, please meet us there and we can sit together.

Coffee Hostess Opportunity 

If you have enjoyed eating the goodies served with coffee every other week or just like to bake please consider contributing to the coffee hostess program this year.  The new schedule will be made in March so now is the time for you to take advantage of this opportunity to serve. You would be responsible for the goodies once every 3 months.  Please see Sue Hughes if you are interested.  We would all enjoy your baking talents!  



Blood Pressure Screenings

While it is not always important to keep track of some numbers, others are critical to know and to record.  Blood pressure numbers are important.  Recognizing their importance, we will be offering blood pressure screenings the second Sunday of each month.  The date for January is the 10th----and that is another important number to remember.  Several individuals will be available before and after our worship service to take your blood pressure and to record it for you. Nine folks took advantage of this ministry in December and it isn’t too late to start!

If you are interested in knowing your numbers, keeping track of your blood pressure while taking medication, or just want to be informed, we invite you to stop in the church library.   Blood pressure readings will be taken from 10:00 – 10:30 AM and from 11:30 – Noon.

If you would like to help, please contact Ruth King, 725-4105 or Sue Travis, 725-4012.



 Stained Glass Light Catchers





Freezer Meals

God has blessed our church with many willing hearts and hands to serve Him. I wish to thank all the women who participated in our new ministry of preparing meals for future needs. We have 9 chicken pot pies and 6 turkey black bean chili in the freezer ready for use as needed. If anyone knows of a need for a meal for someone please see Ruth, Pastor Eric, Emily, or Shari Cooney.



The Refuge is in need of new or gentle used car seats, some to be used by the shelter and some to go to clients with children.  If you can help, please drop off donations to the shelter located at 1027 E. 26th St., Erie.  Thank you.

EUMA shelter staff report a need for twin sheet sets (urgent), paper towels and large black garbage bags.  If you can help with these items, donations can be dropped off directly to The Refuge at 1026 E. 26th St.  





I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every participant in this ministry. We have thus far delivered many, many meals to those in need of a little cooking assistance. Our new site, www.takethemamealcom has proven to be exceptionally easy to use and very handy in setting up the logistics of helping others. It has come to my attention that several people are interested in joining our little ministry. If you didn’t get in on the ground floor of setting this ministry up and would like to be a part of it, please please let me know and I will get you signed up. It is very simple, I just need an email address and you will be added to the list of available chefs (love that word).   IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN EMAIL THAT IS QUITE FINE, WE WILL USE YOUR PHONE TO GET YOU INVOLVED. For more info, please contact Shelly Manison at"> or 814-725-2100. Thanks again to all of you who are really making a difference by being a part of this ministry.





Aaaahhhhh the difference prayers can make!! Thanks to all who continue to be a part of our wonderful prayer chain warriors. There was a kink or two in the beginning but we have worked through them. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET ON EITHER THE PHONE PRAYER CHAIN OR THE EMAIL PRAYER CHAIN, OR BOTH, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I am not sure if I missed anyone who really wants to participate, so the following message is for you; Sometimes its mechanical and sometimes its my brain power taking a time out, if I missed you, please accept my apology and know that opportunity is knocking again. Give my shoulder a good shaking and let me know you are interested. Please contact Shelly Manison 814-725-2100 if you would like to be added to the list.






Park Church currently has an active group of “lay” people that minister to our congregation. The Lay Pastor Ministry was created in the spring of 2012 to help our pastor meet the needs of our congregation. As your Congregational Care Director, I am so happy to have this wonderful group of ladies who are a living witness of Christ’s love and grace to our folks. Lay Pastors are: Margaret Lorei, Sandie VanVolkenburg, Sally Barbour, Cathy Howard, Ruth King, Rita Otto, Betsy Sceiford, Sharon Swift, Sue Travis, Carmella Almquist, Barb Fynan, Darlene Orschek, and Linda Schroder.





 Mandatory Reporter Training


In the last year, there has been a flurry of new laws in PA that expand the protections afforded to young people.  As a result, we need to update the clearances and training required by law for all staff and volunteers age 14 and over who selflessly work with children, youth and vulnerable adults.  We want Park Church to be a safe place where our children experience a safe and loving environment. Park Church has had a Safe Sanctuary policy for some time. We were already busy updating our Pa clearances at the end of 2014. Many updates were made to the Prevent Child Abuse Law and went into effect in January 2015. It expanded those required to have background checks completed and persons considered to be mandated reporters. All volunteers age 14 and over who are with children, youth, and vulnerable adults must have clearances completed and are considered mandated reporters.

On Saturday, March 21, we are offering the Mandatory Reporter Training the state of Pennsylvania is now requiring all persons over 14 years working with children and youth in the church, including all church employees, to complete. All these persons are now considered to be mandated reporters, like teachers, doctors, therapists, and others.

It will be held in the fellowship hall and start at 9:00am and end by 12:00. Coffee, juice, and a light breakfast will be available. Vicky Herrmann will be leading the training. She is a certified trainer and persons completing this training will receive a certificate indicating that they have completed the course. (This would fulfill for other opportunities for which the training is required). It is important that those serving know how to help children and families by knowing what to report and what to do when persons come to them looking for help or have concerns. The fee for this training is being covered by the church.

Also, we have been getting forms to persons who need to update theirs and then have them returned for filing. If you have not received a form or gone online, please see Ann Neckers. If you have a form still to complete, please get it back to her.

If you have questions, please contact the church office or email Ann Neckers at">



Clearance Application Forms


Those persons who have given Ann Neckers their clearance app forms prior to mid-February, should be receiving them in the mail.  PLEASE bring in copies to the church office to be kept on file here.  Keep the originals in a safe place.  They are currently "good" for 3 years.  If you are serving with children and youth and are 18 or older, please turn your forms for applying for your clearances into the church office or Ann Neckers.  If you need blank forms, they are in the Discipleship mailbox.  If you have questions, please see Ann Neckers.  Thank you!




Batteries Needed


The holidays are fast approaching and among the many the traditions at Park Church is the need for batteries for the sound system .As we upgrade the system in January, the need for batteries will changed. AA alkaline batterieswill be used on the new microphones. We will still need and use the 9 volt size alkaline on the older mics as well. So while you are out shopping for the kids, grandkids, spouses and all the other important people on your Christmas list, please include a special package for Eric, Ed, Bill and Cory. They would greatly appreciate single, double or multi packs (brand does not matter) of those much used AA and 9 volt alkaline batteries


They can be given to the “sound guys” or dropped off at the office, gift wrapping is optional!





 From the District Office




EUMA---Helping those who are homeless - one heart at a time


DID YOU KNOW – The Rainbow Connection Thrift Store gratefully accepts gently used furniture, household goods, clothing and shoes. Some donations are sold to support the work of EUMA, but many items are given away free to those in need.  Donations can be dropped off directly to The Rainbow Connection at 1516 Buffalo Road, Erie, during business hours. 




ONGOING MINISTRY NEEDS:  EUMA provides safe shelter and care for 50 people every day on average through our three shelter programs.  Donations of supplies are always needed and appreciated.  Among the items most needed on an ongoing basis include: 
** paper products - bath paper and paper towels
** dishes, pots, pans and silverware
** twin sheet sets, crib sheets, pillows, bath towels and blankets
** new socks and undergarments for men, women and children
** large black garbage bags
And, as cold weather and flu season returns, we are also in need of cleaning supplies (dish soap, disinfectant wipes, etc.) and winter coats/accessories for adults and children.  Donations can be dropped off directly to The Refuge (1027 E. 26th St., Erie) and Liberty House (550 W. 7th St., Erie). Questions can be directed to"> or (814) 456-8073.




Current ministry needs at EUMA include socks for the Healthcare for the Homeless program (white crew for men and white ankle socks for women). Donations can be dropped off at our administrative office at 1033 E. 26th St., Erie.  Thank you!








































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