News & Events

Tailgate Tureen Fun


The fellowship committee would like to invite the congregation to join us for a tailgate tureen meal following worship on October 15. Please bring your favorite tailgate dish to share. Hot dogs and hamburgs will be provided by the Fellowship Committee. We also encourage you to wear your favorite team colors, yes even to worship! Let's fellowship and see how many teams we can have represented! 

 Caring For Our College Students/Military


It’s that time of year again folks.  Our young adult children (as they will always be our children regardless of their age) are once again working on their dreams as they take on yet another year of classes, studying and learning at the College level.  As we say our goodbyes and drop them off at College with all their “STUFF”  we continue to ask ourselves, “how is it possible we are doing this again already?” 

Every year we like to treat our dream seekers to a box a “goodies” from their Park Church Family to remind them that we will always be here for them and we are thinking of them.  We will be taking donations beginning the first week of October and ending on October 30, 2017.  Once again, there will be a donation box outside Ruth King’s office for treats donated such as gum, mini bags of pretzels, nuts, fruit snacks, individual packets of microwave popcorn, mini bags of cookies, crackers, lifesavers, packets of hot chocolate, tea, or cider, candy bars granola bars etc.…

Please prayerfully consider donating to this wonderful mission, as the kids are often times homesick by the time Halloween rolls around and a box from home always lifts their spirits. 

If you would like to give a monetary donation to help defer postage costs or for goodies, we will be happy to shop for you.  You may give monetary donations to either Ruth King or Shelly Manison.



I am also in need of a helper/helpers who would be willing to help pack the boxes and get them to the post office the first week of November.  This mini mission usually takes about two hours and consists of filling the boxes, slapping on the mailing labels and taking them to the post office for shipping.  If you feel called to get involved with this wonderful project please contact Shelly Manison at 725-2100 or email me at:"> or contact Ruth King at 725-4105.


Vision Group 


Visioning working group will be meeting Wed. Oct 18 at 7pm in the fellowship hall. All are welcome to attend . We will be reviewing results and planning more activities from the program outline.  


Ride for the Refuge Results


We wanted to share an update and praise on our 18th Annual Ride for The Refuge, held on Monday, September 4th. Between Shades Beach and Albion Borough Park, 317 participants enjoyed a beautiful day of cycling, food, and fellowship. To date, the Ride has raised $23,220 to end homelessness for families with children staying at EUMA’s The Refuge—a new event record! This success is because of YOU! Thank you to our event participants, sponsors, donors, and volunteers!

Baptism Blessings

It is with great joy that we welcome Luke Davis into the family of God. Here at Park Church and in

the surrounding community, you will find that this family is quite large and caring. It is our    intent

to surround Luke and your family with our support and guidance as you raise him in this family of

God.  As you begin this wonderful journey of faith development with Luke, may you each be blessed

by our loving and caring Lord. May you encounter the love and service from the many members of

Park. And may you each grow in your love and friendship with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

“You are all children of the Most High God.” Psalm 82:6b


 Free Dinner Sunday October 29, 2017 


PUMC Monday night Ladies Bible study group wish to invite the North East Community for a free dinner on Sunday Oct. 29th 4:30-6:00pm. Please join us for food, fellowship and fun! Reservations are encouraged, but not required. Call 725-4105 to reserve your seat! 


Discovering God's future for Park Church

Discovering God's Future for Park Church During the next few months we will be embarking on a journey to help guide Park Church's next "Faithful Step". To help us discern this we will be using a tool kit from the Lewis Center For Church Leadership. We will be working through a series of listening events and activities to answer questions such as; Who are we ? Where have we been in the past? What do we believe? What do we value? What's going on within our church? What are our needs, strengths, resources and attitudes? What is going on in the community around our church? We need your help to accomplish this process as the tool kit is not lead by our Administrative Council but by you the faithful people of Park Church. Please join us on Wednesday, August 23 at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall for an organizational meeting to explain the tool kit and how the Holy Spirit can move and guide us to walk with Christ in our individual lives, families, church and community. Questions please see or call Roger Schultz, Lay Leader 814-882-1117 or at



Mark Your Calendar for Rise Against Hunger

Attention All, Our church will once again be participating in a packing event for Rise Against Hunger formerly known as Stop Hunger Now on October 14th. Help is needed to make this a success. Please stay tuned.

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.

Janeen Aspden, Missionary in Haiti Update


  You may remember that back in June a young woman named Janeen Aspden from North East spoke during our “mission moment” in worship about her call to serve with the One Mission Society in Haiti.  Park Church has made a two-year commitment to help support her work with the Starfish Kids child sponsorship ministry there (


She recently reported that she arrived safely in Haiti and has been there a month


and has already endured several trials – a hurricane, loss of water and electricity,


severe amount of mosquito bites - but is beginning to settle in.  She is learning to speak Creole


as she prepares to help coordinate the ministry of “evangelization through education” that is


the Starfish Kids program.  Please keep her in prayer as she adjusts to this new climate and


location and ministry.  


The Refuge


The Collection for The Refuge for the month of October is laundry detergent and laundry baskets. Please put in the box in the gathering area. Thank you.

On my last two visits to the Refuge the staff seemed busier than usual. I imagine that has to do with EUMA's new rapid housing plan., as well as summer ending. I never really thought about how the Refuge runs on a day to day basis. I know there are nine rooms for the families. I usually try not to intrude on the residents and quietly drop off what I have for them each month. I am going to be more intentional and learn more each time. Last month the lady that helped me unload my car was there and again was ready to lend a hand. I noticed for the first time that there is a chore chart hanging for the residents so each family is aware of their contribution to make the house run smoothly. Just like in a family, right. They must do it well because there was no need for gold stars! As I was leaving, I saw the Dad with his two preschoolers who first arrived on my last trip. The kids were smiling and saying hi. I was humbled by these offerings of joy that God had blessed me. It was a reminder to slow down, and be in the moment because He was sharing with me. Now if only I could do that every day! For October let's bless the Refuge with laundry detergent, and laundry baskets.





A fantastic group of 13 volunteers inspected 87 Cleaning Buckets last Wednesday.  They were picked up on Thursday and delivered to Eastbrook Mission Barn.  From there, they are shipped to UMCOR to be used as needed.


Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 2 PM  - we will be doing Health Kits. All are welcome.


Thanks to all our volunteers.


Ron & Elsie Holl 




Stained Glass Windows


37We have signed a contract for the refurbishing of the stained glass windows with Pittsburgh Stained Glass Studios with a tentative start date on July 11, 2016. The work is scheduled to be completed by the middle of December 2016. 

All 27 stained glass windows in our church will be restored by Pittsburgh Stained Glass Studios. The scope of the work will be remove all stained glass from the windows and restore the stained glass. All the existing wood frames will be restored and the protective glazing (storm windows) will be removed. Repairs to the windows will be made as needed and the windows will be reinstalled. 

We are asking you, the congregation, to make donations towards the project until the end of June 2018. The monthly envelope packets include one envelope per month for the restoration project. Additional envelopes will be in the pews. If you give electronically, there is a line for this project.

The plan is to have a plaque made recognizing all individual who have made donations, if they so desire. This plaque will be located somewhere in the sanctuary/overflow area. The exact location has not been decided. 

Each donation above $3000.00 will receive a stained glass cross being made by a committee headed by Cindi Reid. We thank you for helping us in this endeavor. 




The Refuge

The Refuge 




 Monthly Collection

The Collection for The Refuge for the month of October will be laundry detergent and baskets.

My most recent trip to the Refuge was actually two in the same week. I had to laugh each time because I don't think I could found a busier time to be there if I tried. On Tuesday they were having VBS provided by a UM church. The children were engaged as their moms looked on. As I started to unload my car, two moms jumped up to help me. One of the moms told me that she did not like to ask for help, so she was homeless for 8 months. It took me awhile before I realized that it meant she was homeless all winter. Missy later told me this lady lived in her car. I thanked God for the mild winter, and could not imagine what this Mom had been through with her multiple children. Inside the Refuge office was full dealing with a new family arriving. The family was a dad with two young children. I was stunned by the impressive manners of the children. I thanked God that the Refuge was there so that this dad could stay with his children. I was so humbled by my visit. I really do not possess words to describe my feelings at the time.

All I can tell you is that I felt blessed in an unusual way to just be there. A few days later we rolled in with some furniture pieces and a couple of microwaves. On

arrival we squeezed in since the Refuge truck was backed up. It turned out that they were loading to take furniture to someone leaving the Refuge. A few things from our vehicle went right onto their truck, including the microwave. Apparently microwaves are a rare treasured item at the Refuge. We left feeling excited and humbled again. My bad timing wasn't bad at all but actually just part of God’s plan. The first visit was a blessing for me and the second so a family could have a microwave, lamp and a few other items that they would not have had if we showed up at a different time. Please continue to support this life-changing ministry in whatever way you can.  Deb Whistler


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


Our next UMW meeting will be Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00pm. Our speaker will be Amy Blackman from the Crime Victim Center and she will be speaking on “The Internet and Identity Theft”.



UMW Book Club

Monday, September 18 will be UMW’s next book club meeting at the home of Karen Schuyler at 1:30. Sharon Shaffer will lead our discussion of the book “Falling into Place” by Hattie Kauffmann. Anyone can join us.


Soup & Salad Luncheon


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Friday, October 27 from 11-1 will be our next soup & salad luncheon. Lunch will include beef vegetable soup, gelatin salad, homemade pies and cakes and a beverage at a cost of $6.00. Take out is available also. Please come and bring a friend with you!







UMCOR HAPPENING:  On Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 2 PM we will be inspecting kits at the Mission Barn.  We need lots of volunteers so please mark your calendars.  See you then!

Ron and Elsie Holl


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


The Stained Glass workgroup is postponed until the new year (2017).


The stained glass window committee is planning ways to raise funds for the restoration of our windows. One way under consideration is to make and “sell” stained glass light catchers. If you would like to be part of the group that will make these light catchers, please contact Cindi Reid at 814-392-6330. Previous stained glass craft experience is NOT required! Cindi will teach the group the easy skills needed and you just might end up with a new hobby as you help raise funds for the windows.


The Stained Glass Panel working group will start up again on Saturday, September 3, 2016.  We will work 9-11:30 in the room next to the kitchen.  The plan is to work every Saturday.  The only exceptions, as of now, are 9/24 and 10/29, when we will not meet.  


 We have almost all of the 50 panels cut out, about 20 completed, about 20 waiting to be fit to size and the rest waiting to be cleaned and foiled.  Then soldering and patina will finish them all off! Each of the four major steps of the process takes from 45 minutes to an hour and a half to complete per panel, so we can still use help getting these done.  Just show up if you’d like to help! 




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. Four new Lay Pastors, Sandi Bannister, Margaret Lorei, Eunice Mann, and Sandie VanVolkenburg were recently commissioned and will join Sally Barbour, Toni Derks, Mary Lou Hopkins, Cathy Howard, Ruth King, Rita Otto, Betsy Sceiford, Sharon Swift, and Sue Travis.




Do you like to read? Do you enjoy fellowship and dessert? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, please consider joining our United Methodist Women Book Club! We meet five times a year on the 3rd Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. We take turns facilitating or hosting and always enjoy a lively discussion with one of the books from the United Methodist Reading Program List. Our group has won the honor the last few years of having the most women reading in their local unit in our Erie-Meadville District! This is a tremendous accomplishment and shows how serious we are about continuing to focus our attention on current events thereby making us “doers” of the Word and not just “listeners.” This year’s readers were: Sally Barbour, Mary Bielak, Vicky Herrmann, Cathy Howard, Ruth King, Doris Savidge, Linda Schroder, Karen Schuyler and Sharon Shaffer. Speak to any one of us if you have questions or are interested in joining us in 2015. Our first meeting will be February 16th. The book will be “Not Just a One Night Stand; Ministry with the Homeless” by John Flowers and Karen Vannoy.



 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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