Strong and Steadfast in the Spirit, Chapter Eleven: 2011-2021



June, july, august 2012

Christian education report

Recognition of the Sunday School students and high school or college graduates will be held during worship service on June 3. Elementary students will receive their Good News Bibles. Cakes and punch will be served in the Memorial Room after worship. Any high school or college grad not present at worship will be mailed cards after June 3.

Vacation Bible School plans are underway. VBS will be held June 25-29 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Children ages three years old through sixth grade are invited to attend, and junior and senior high students are encouraged to volunteer as helpers for the week.  Children younger than 3 must be accompanied the entire evening by a parent or responsible adult. The threme for VBS is “The Piraes Who Don’t Do Anything,” and should be  a fun-filled week of pirate antics centered around Bible stories and activities.

Many thanks to Shelby Taylor for sharing her guitar music with us. She played “Mary Had a Little Lamb: for the Mother’s Day banquet. She was acompanied vocally by her sister Sydney and Tiffany Newbold. On Mother’s Day worship Sunday she played “Jesus Loves Me” while Sunday School students Sydney Taylor, Shelby, and Jared Schwotzer sang with her. Shelby did a fantastic job. She will be playing her guitar again for the Father’s Day worship on Mune 17, performing “this Little Light of Mine.” Shelby has been a guitar student of Bev Newbold’s since October 212, and has worked very hard since then to be able to share what she has learned with her family and our congregation. Congratulations Shelby!

Sunday School classes are out for the summer and will resume in the fall.

Cluster youth hope to have one activity per month for June, Joy, and August under dircction of Reverend shane Nanney.

Vacation Bible School Ahoy, Maties!!!!!

Calling all Pirates or anyone wishing to be one!! Come on board for a week of seafaring Bible lessons and activities. Take part in some weird science projects and some very fun games. Step lively to the muisc we will learn. Make some pirate garb to wear and a few things that all pirates like to have in their possession. We will be making some really good stuff to eat, in addition to a light meal at the start of each evening.

Registration are enclosed in this newsletter and will be available in the Memorial Room . Students may also register the first night of VBS, June 25 at 8 PM, but pre-registration would be appreciated. Teen and adult helpers ar enndded and we also encourage parents who would like to be a part of our activities to do so. For further informatin, please call Bev Newbold at 224-1962 or contact the churh office at 224-1023.


April 27, 2013

Presbyterians swap pastors

Pulpit Exchange Sunday will be marked by the Ashtabula County Cluster of Presbyterian Churches on Sunday. Shane Nanney of East Side will lead worship and preach at Trinity in Ashtabula; Stephen Long of First Presbyterian will be at North Kingsville; Mary Susan Pisano of Kingsville will lead and preach at East Side; Ken Ayers of North Kingsville will be at First Presbyterian.

The Messenger, 2013

Church Staff:  Pastor, Mary Susan Pisano

Church Secretary:  Gail Urch

Choir Director:  Linda Laugen

Organist/Pianist:  Gene Moroski

Treasurer:  Lauretta Lute

Financial Secretary:  Gail Urch and Betty Swanson

Sunday School Superintenent:  Bev Newbold

Custodian Church:  Dorian Graham

Fellowship Hall:  Dorian Graham

Board and Ministry Leadership

Moderator of Session:  Reverend Mary Susan Pisano

Clerk of Session:  Elder Miranda Barker

Moderator of Diaconate:  Deacon Jan Volk

Clerk of the Diaconate:  Deacon Judy Yusko

Budget and Finance Ministry:  Elder Jim Booth

Misson and Evangelical Ministry :  Elder Laurett Lute

Nominating and Volunteers:  Elder Colleen Lewis

Personnel Ministry:  Elder Dean Bovee

Elder;  Chip Barker

Property Ministry:  Elder Lynn Silva

Elder Ryan Swotzer

Elder Dean Bovee

Stewardship, Fund Raising Ministry:  Elder Lynn Silva

Spiritual Life:  Elder Bev Newbold, Elder Chip Barker, Elder Julie Smallwood

Mission Statement

The mission of the Kingsville Presbyterian Rhuch is to serve our Lord Jesus Christ through word and deed by reaching out to the community and to the world. With open arms we minister to all who want to know the Lord, focusing toward the betterment of all God’s children.

Fall 2013

Ashtabula County Fair

Following is a report of Kingsville Presbyterian Chruch people who participated in the great Ashtabula County Fair held in Jeffeson, Ohio on August 6th through 11th, 2012.

Zach Laugen entered his Rooster named Turtle in the Rooster Crowing Contest, coming in 2nd place. This is the 3rd year he has participated. I think he is getting tired, Zach. Zach also entered Buzkill and Peanut who were encouraged by the whole extended family. Zach said it was like a family reunion. His cousis Noah Swiger, Logan Swiger and Hunter Caruso also participated. Can’t wait till next year.Go Turtle!

Shelby Schwotzer entered the For Jumping Contest with her frog Big Jumper II.  I think they had more fun ctching the frog to be entered, wallowing around in the water and mud. She also entered the Bubble Gum Contest. She won a Blue Ribbon shooting arrows which took place at the 4H meetings. Good job, Shelby!

Jared Schwotzer did an excellent job explaning at the meeting what 4H stood for. He also won a Red Ribbon in the Arcery Project. He shared the forg, Big Jumper II, for the contest. He came in second in two bicuc;e races and First place in the Bubble Gum Contest. Ared is 9 years old  and has won every year since he was 4 years old. Way to go, Jared!

Donna Hanson was at the Fair every day watching her two granddaughters, Amanda Dbais and Jaime Davis winning severdal ribbons with their horses. The girs are advisers of the 4H group.

Jan Volk too 2nd place with her two entries of themed decorated tables set for two- Thanksgiving and Baby Shower. She also entered for display only, Picnic on the Patio. Fun!

Jeff and Joyce Fenton, children of Jan Volk, etnered six beautiful Haflinter horses in several events. Lucky won 1st in her class. She also earned the title “Grand Champion.”  Lady came in second and maggie came in 3rd. All horse carried several ribbons in several different events. Good job, kids!

This year for the first itme over 100 red, white and blue beautiful afghans were hand knitted or crocheted and awarded to Purple Heart recipients during a beautiful Veterans Day ceremony. Our Glenn McKaywas honored, but his son accepted for him since he could not be there. Also Kenny Babcock, a faithful Soup Lunch member, was honored. God Bless all!

Submitted by Jan Volk

Fall 2013

Mindy Barker is working on the video from Vacation Bible School to show at the December 5th worship as part of the Children’s Christmas presentation. Bev will send information to families outside of our church who attended the VBS, inviting them to this special worship in December.

Kings Kitchen

A new name was chosen for the Break Bread Mea; on the second Tuesday of each month to eliminate confusion about whether this was a meal or a worship service. Bevsuggesged the new name at Session. The next meal will be held on September 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. and will be a taco and burito night. The meal is open to anyone desiring Christian Fellowship and is free. Donations welcome.  We still have funds left from the grant from the Ashtabula Foundation.  Bev Newbold


February 2014

Have you ever prayed and prayed and seemingly nothing happens and you think He is so busy He is not paying any attention to you?  However, God is pefect and He IS always are of our needs. The Bible tells us that He loves us an tha He will never leave us. Our actions may sometimes disappoint God, but He always does what is best for us even though we may not quite understand why things happen as they do. God’s ways are not always our ways and trusting in our Father is a sign of our faith.

Look for the answers to prayer in the most unlkley places and accept those answers as god’s wishes.  I know it is hard to accept the way He wants u s to go, but He knows best. Just have faith and it will alltu rn out good in the end.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend y our time with. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.

Happiness is not a destination. It is a way of Life. And if you travel with god, you will appreciate it more. The next best thing to winning is losing1 And at least you’ve been in the race. Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. Love doesn’t make the world go ‘round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.

God Be with You.

Guppy II


November 2015

No matter how many times I read the scripture passages that tell the story of Christ’s humble birth, there’s always something new to learn and think about. As if the story is a favorite decoration hanging on a Christmas tree. An ornament with an amazing, unique design. Every year we turn it in our hands, or hold it up to the light and see it differently, from a new perspective. We see it in a way we never have before.

What struck me most this year was the isolation and even alimentation this young couple must have felt on their journey and during their stay in Bethlehem. Forced by a government decree to up and leave their home and all that is familiar and comfortable to them and travel a great distance. And all of this just as Mary is about to give birth It must have been hard enough in those days to give birth to a healthy child.  Just think of it, at that time and in that culture, a young woman expecting her first child was most likely surrounded by her female relatives, counseled and coached by her mother, a midwife perhaps, and other women in her community. Even these days, so much excitement and preparation surround the birth of a new child. Relatives, especially grandparents, rallying around the new parents, eager to give advice and support.

But Mary and Joseph were utterly alone, arriving in a foreign place where they had no relatives or even an acquaintance to turn to for their most basic needs – food and shelter for the night. Imagine their feelings, their exhaustion and discomfort. No sense of relief and safety when they arrive in the town. Instead, they go from inn to inn, trying to find a p lace to stay. They must have felt frightened and perhaps even a bigt desperate as Mary’s time approached.

Think of the shepherds in vast empty fields, staring up at the dark sky and stars as they fell asleep, perhaps feeling very distant from any kindred soul. And the three wise men traveling down through foreign lands. As the scripture says, an agel appears to the shepherds and the wise men and inspires them to find the child.

And finally, all the players in this ageless tale come together in the stable with the new family.

What could Mary and Joseph have been thinking as these strange visitors arrived, asking to see their baby? They did not know anyone for miles. They didn’t think anyone had given them a thought, a poor couple bedding down with the naims, struggling to bring their son into the world.

The new mother and father must have been frightened at first by these visitors, possibly even kings. But the kings are humbled by the sight of the baby and eagerly present their costly gifts which must have awed Mary and Joseh. Yet, they bring another gift that surprised the parents and not part of the list. The gift of unconditional, unquestioning love for the the tiny child.

So the night is filled with unexpected visitors and gifts. The young couple’s abject isolation, even fear, miraculously transformed to connection, goodwill, and joy. The dark, lonely scene in the stable turns into one of celebration with lowly shepherds and kings brought together by the same mission and message. A kind of surprise party, if you will. Certainly, a scene of reunion and even reconciliation. For these visitors have come from far and wide. CConnection, Reunion, reconciliation, and Unconditional love. These are a few of the deep threads that run through this story’s rich tapestry. Those are lessons we can all take to heart.

How many of use experience the sense of being set apart, isolated, even in the midst of a roomful of people? I suspect we have all experienced that feeling at one time or another, even in a room filled with those nearest to us. In this story, we learn that this day is a time for connection. A time to put aside fear and open up our hearts. To strangers surely. And also to family and friends, which is sometimes even harder.

It’s difficult to put aside differences and grievances. It’s hard to offer the gifts of forgiveness, trust, and love. But that example, that chanllenge, is one beautiful idea we can take away from this story and live out in our lives today and every day of the year ahead. Many times it is not easy at all. As the story suggests, it can e a frightening journey through a dark, foreign place. But the reward is great for those who persevere who hold fast to their faith and try to live in this isolating, alienating world. Those who try to express the best part of themselves, the inspired part that strives for connection and forgiveness and unity, refusing to be guided by fearful, alienated instinct. But instead by our spiritual and loving selves, which is the dicin image in each of us.

Fear not, for I bring you good tidings

Peace on Earth

Goodwill toward men. Merry Christmas everyone.

Love and Prayers, Guppy II


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CONNEAUT – Marjorie C. Webster, age 95, formerly of Kingsville, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at her son’s home. She was born on Dec. 14, 1920, in Bath, Ohio, the daughter of Iva (Eaton) and Hiram Ezra Cochran. Marjorie was a graduate of Kingsville High School, Class of 1939. She was a member of the Kingsville Presbyterian Church and former member of the Eastern Star.

Pastor Mary-Susan Pisano of Kingsville Presbyterian Church officiated at her funeral, and she was laid to rest next to her husband Joseph at Greenlawn memory Gardens.

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May18, 2016

Robert C. Skarlinski

Robert C. Skarlinski, age 83, of Ashtabula, Ohio, died at his residence Monday, May 16, 2016. Bob was born August 28, 1932, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Walter and Dolly Rupp Skarlinski. He attended Dorset School and then entered the United States Army where he proudly served his country until he was honorably discharged.

Bob worked at the Ashtabula Rubber Company and later retired from the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad as a Car Inspector after 23 years of service.

Bob is a member of the Kingsville Presbyterian Church and loved to snack on candies and junk food. He also was an avid card player, playing poker with his brothers and pinochle. He liked to fish and put together crossword puzzles, have breakfast with the Railroad friends, and was a Cleveland Sports fan for his entire life. Bob cherished the time he spent with his family and loved to follow his grandchildren at their sporting events..

 Funeral Services will be held Thursday, May 19th, l l a.m., at the Kingsville Presbyterian Church with Pastor Mary Susan Pisano officiating. Burial will take place at Dorset Cemetery with the American Legion Post #743 Honor Squad conducting Military Honors

December 24, 2016


 3049 W Main St

 Sunday school 9 a m worship 10 a m

Candle Light Worship Service begins at 7 p m today

Christmas worship sermon, “ Child of Promise,  Promise Fulfilled,” by Elder Bill Daywalt

Scripture Isaiah 9 2-7 Luke 2 1-20


March 25, 2017


Sunday school 9 a m; worship 10 am

Message by the Rev Aland Smith:  “Worry- The Great Promise Robber”. Scripture Matthew 6 25 34 Philippians 4 4-7

Deacon Betty Swanson Elder Gail Urch

April 15, 2017


Sunday school 9am; worship 10am,

Easter service 8 a.m., breakfast 9 a.m.

Message:  “The Trials of Jesus-The Voce of the Tomb” by Elder Bill Daywalt; Scripture 1 Peter 13-9 and Luke 24:1- 12

Deacon Lauretta Lute

Elder: Betty Swanson

June 3, 2017


Sunday school 9 a.m.; worship 10 a.m.;

Communion will be served;

Music: Jared Schwotzer;

Scripture: Acts 2:1-21; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; John 20:19-23;

Message: the Rev. Eric Dillenbeck

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September 3, 2017

Marty M. Robishaw

Marty M. Robishaw, 74 of Kingsville died Sunday (Sept. 3rd) at Austinburg Rehabilitation and Nursing Center after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born August 21, 1943 in Conneaut, Ohio the daughter of Morris and Doris (Stump) Nogal of North Kingsville. Her father was killed in a car accident when Marty was seven and she pretty much had to raise her three siblings because her mother had to work to support the family.

Marty was dedicated to education and her loving students. She was a 1961 graduate of Austinburg High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society; a 1966 graduate of Youngstown University in English and a 1965 graduate of Montreal University in Canada in French; and she received her Master’s Degree in Education from Lake Erie College in Painesville. She taught English at Ashtabula High School; she started the Sheltered Workshop program at Happy Hearts School. She also taught English at Rowe Junior High in Conneaut and West Ave, Junior High in Ashtabula and Special Education at Chestnut Street Elementary in Ashtabula where she retired from. She also did Substitute teaching at Kingsville Elementary when her children were little.  She also took continuing Education classes at Kent State University, Ashtabula Campus and Miami University of Ohio.

She was a fanatic about Genealogy Research, spending years doing research traveling to libraries and village halls around  the country and traveling to Scotland twice and Ireland and England. The last trip she  and her husband took both of their children to Scotland because she wanted them to see where their great-great grandfathers came from.

She was a fabulous cook and baker, she loved to make pies for the church and firehouse dinners in Kingsville. She sewed, knitted, took care of her house and was always busy doing everything and never wanted to leave her house of 50+ years in Kingsville.

She met her husband, Ted H. Robishaw when she went to Kingsville High School for the 10th and 11th grades. She married Ted on October 29, 1966 who survives her; also two children, Ted H. Robishaw, Jr of Marietta, GA and Jennifer L. (Shawn) Robishaw Kirk of Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Memorial service will be Saturday (Sept. 9th) at 12:00 noon at the Kingsville Presbyterian Church, 3056 West Main St. Kingsville with Pastor Bill Day Walt officiating. Burial will be in Lulu Falls Cemetery.

                                            “A Beautiful life”

A beautiful life

That came to an end,

She died as she lived, everyone’s friend.

In our hearts a memory will always be kept,

Of one we loved, and will never forget.

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September 17, 2017

K. Nadine Moroski

 K. Nadine Moroski, 90, of Kingsville died Friday, Sept. 15th. at the home of her granddaughter in Geneva, Ohio. She was born October 12,1926, in Ashtabula, the daughter of John H. and Georgia A. (Beasley) Keller and had been a lifetime area resident.

She was a 1944 graduate of Kingsville High School. She was the owner and operator of Norge Village Laundromat in Ashtabula for twenty years. She was a member of Kingsville Presbyterian Church where she was active as a Sunday School teacher and sang in the choir.

She had been treasurer and board member of the Retarded Citizens of Ashtabula County and was active at Happy Hearts School where she and Gene Moroski were instrumental in starting the school and remained active there. She was also a member of the Red Hatters group; the Roadrunners Travel Club and the VFW Auxiliary . She also enjoyed dancing and travel.

Pastor William Daywalt of Kingsville Presbyterian Church will officiate at her funeral. Burial will be in Lulu falls Cemetery in Kingsville.


Facebook Ministry

The church is running people away faster than we are drawing them in. Perhaps our idea of love is limited to those we approve instead of those who Christ invites.

“Christianity is about helping others and controlling yourself. When it becomes about controlling others and helping yourself, it ain’t Christianity.”

Jim Heath, TCL community member

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Eula J. Allen, 93 of North Kingsville died Thursday (Nov. 29th) 2018, at the Ashtabula County Medical Center. She was born June 8, 1925 in Ashtabula the daughter of John and Georgia (Beasley) Keller and has been a lifetime area resident.

She was a graduate of Edgewood High School and had worked at Edgewood Norge Village. She had worked there most of her life and retired from there

Eula was an active member of the Kingsville Presbyterian Church where she was a Deaconess and Treasurer at the church. She was a member of the American Legion Post 743 Auxiliary; a member of the Ashtabula Women’s Club and Child Conservation League. She loved her family and enjoyed making scrapbooks for her grandchildren.

Funeral Service will be Wednesday (Dec. 5th) at 11:00 am at The Kingsville Presbyterian Church, 3056 W. Main S. Kingsville with Pastor Bill Daywalt officiating. Burial will be in Lulu Falls Cemetery.

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Barbara Leah Mills

Barbara Leah Mills, 83, of Kingsville, passed away Thursday, October 25, 2018
She was born on July 2, 1935 in Conneaut, the daughter of William E. and Etta Opal (Potter) Green and had been an area resident since 1935.
She married Burton Mills on March 5, 1955 and together they have celebrated 63 years of marriage.
She graduated from the Andrews School for girls in 1954 with a degree in cosmetology. She went on to earn her associates degree in Nursing and worked as registered nurse from 1974-1994 in the Obstetrics Department of Ashtabula General Hospital
A member of the Kingsville Presbyterian Church, she worked hard and was very frugal but loved travelling the world with her husband after their retirement. Their favorite destinations being Alaska and Antarctica. In her earlier years she sang with the Kingsville Starlighters. Her hobbies include sewing, flower gardening, and bird watching.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 11AM at the Lulu Falls on Cemetery Rd., in Kingsville.


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Carolyn E. Stasny Bovee

Carolyn E. Bovee, age 69, went to be with her Savior Jesus on June 13, 2019 at her residence on Dewey Rd. in Sheffield Twp. with family by her side.

She was born October 21, 1949 in Ashtabula, the daughter of the late Joseph R. & Arlene (Hanson) Stasny and has resided in Ashtabula Co. all of her life.  Carolyn was married to Dean R. Bovee on June 10, 2014 at the Kingsville Presbyterian Church.  She was a realtor with Howard Hanna Reality for several years.

Carolyn attended the Kingsville Presbyterian Church and was a member of both the Ashtabula Co. Realtor’s Association and the National Realtor’s Association.  She enjoyed gardening and loved children, she was known as “The Baby Whisperer”.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00 AM at the Kingsville Presbyterian Church 3056 E. Main St., Kingsville, OH  44048 with the Rev. Bill Daywalt officiating.  Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery.

 Carolyn Bovee

Today we remember Carolyn Bovee who went to be with the Lord on July13, 2019.

Carolyn was a loving and caring person who loved to do things for other people. She was a good-natured person.She was mother to a blended family of 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

She loved life, gardening, babies, and real estate.

Carolyn was active in the church and she loved to participate and help out.

Carolyn was a servant of the Lord.

We take this opportunity to celebrate Carolyn’s life and light this candle in her memory.

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Bertha Brocklehurst

Today we remember Bertha Brocklehurst who went to be with the Lord on July 23, 2019.Bertha was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  Bertha was a nurse and always a real care giver.  She always had people’s best interest at heart.

Bertha was small but a mighty woman.  She knew just the way things should be and expected them to be that way. She was a long time and active member of this church serving in many different capacities.

Bertha was a servant of the Lord. We take this opportunity to celebrate Bertha’s life and light this candle in her memory.

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Gene Moroski

Gene was the loving husband of Linda for 43 years.  They cherished their time together.  He was also a father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

Gene was a well-known musician in the area.Gene was instrumental in starting Happy Hearts School so that his son, Larry, would have a place to be educated.

Gene was a long-time member of this church and shared with us his many talents.  Gene was a servant of the Lord.

We take this opportunity to celebrate Gene’s life and light this candle in his memo,

Adelbert Gene Moroski

Gene Moroski, 92, of Ashtabula, died unexpectedly on Friday, August 2, 2019 at home. Born on January 22, 1927 to John and Helen (Dodge) Moroski, in Monroe Township, Gene grew up on Conneaut and was raised by his grandparents.

He graduated from Kingsville High School and retired from Frank Fortune Grocery Co. in 1989.

 As the last living founder of the original Happy Hearts School and the first president of the parent council, Gene worked tirelessly to organize a school that would accept his son Larry, who was born with Down Syndrome.

 Gene’s passion was music. He was a working musician from his high school years until his death. He performed in many dance bands over his long career. The best known recently was “Boss Music” which was formed as the house band when he and Linda owned and operated Jewels Dance Hall in the 1970’s.

 His last gig was as the musician of the Kingsville Presbyterian Church, from which he planned to retire on August 11th.

 Gene was a life member of the Musician’s Union Local #118 and was very proud of his Gold Card.He was also a longtime member of the FOPA #94 and served as a trustee.

 In his later years, he enjoyed reading, antique car shows and passing out pens to everyone he encountered.

 Gene deeply loved God, family, music and animals of all kind.

 Gene will be missed by his wife of 43 years, Linda; grandchildren, Lisa (Chris) Palinkas, Tamra Moroski and Tim (Laura) Moroski; four great-grandchildren, Ava, Mya, Colson and Leo.

 Visitation will be held Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 11A.M. until 12 P.M. at the Kingsville Presbyterian Church, 3056 E Main St, Kingsville, OH 44048. A service will follow at 12 Noon.

July 9, 2019

Kingsville Church to Celebrate 175 Years

Sheila Branch, 175th Anniversary Committee Chairwoman (left) and Jan Volk, committee woman prepare for the celebration next weekend.

Brian Haytcher, Ashtabula Star Beacon

KINGSVILLE TOWNSHIP — Kingsville Presbyterian Church is preparing to celebrate their 175th anniversary next weekend.

The church, set back from the road next to the cemetery, was founded on July 11, 1844.

The original building was destroyed by fire in the 1840s, and the current church was built to replace it, on ground donated to the church.

On Saturday, the church will host an open house, with an ice cream social, popcorn, corn hole, a fishing pond, face painting, animals from the APL, and stage coach rides.

“All things to get people to know we’re here,” Sheila Branch, chair of the church’s 175th anniversary committee, said. “A lot of people miss this little church.”

Sunday’s services will be led by Helen Dekker, a former pastor at Kingsville Presbyterian. Ina Hart, another former pastor, will speak at a dinner afterwards.

The church is also putting together a time capsule to commemorate the anniversary.

The church has also had commemorative plates made for the occasion.

“We’ve been here for a really long time,” Pastor Bill Daywalt said. “We’re (a) very welcoming, inclusive church.”

In the 1950s, the Presbyterian church merged with a Methodist church from across the street, with members of both churches voting to join together, and become a singe, Presbyterian church. The former Methodist church now serves as the fellowship hall, Daywalt said.

The 175 years the church has existed has seen a number of changes in the church, both locally and nationwide.

“We’re expanded, gone farther away. It used to everything was local,” Branch said.

“There was a point where everybody was pretty much from the neighborhood, and now, that’s clearly changed,” Daywalt added.

Nationwide, religious organizations have faced changing attitudes. “Not specific to us, but the face of evangalism was much, much different when there were no businesses open on Sunday, when schools didn’t schedule events on a Sunday. Sunday was a church day, it’s no longer that way,” Daywalt said. “I think our outreach is different than it was before, because you’re dealing with a different population, who are going to respond differently. … That’s not us, that’s society in general.”

“We’re constantly evaluating what we’re doing, and making sure that what we are doing is relevant to the community,” Daywalt said.

“We also have a candy making project, once a year, we make hard candy,” Jan Volk, a member of the 175th anniversary committee, said. Parishioners have been making candy at the church since the 50s, Volk said in a letter.

“That’s a fundraiser, a fellowship event, and a community, because people look for it,” Daywalt said.

The church is expecting a capacity crowd for services on July 14.

“We’re going to be here another 175 (years),” Branch said.

Celebrating Our Church Anniversary


February 2020

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Frances Blenman

Frances Blenman, passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the David Simpson Hospice House, after a wonderful and blessed 103 years.

She was born in Sheffield on August 22, 1916 to Charles and Nettie Ruland Weaver. Frances was a 1934 graduate of Kingsville High School. She married the lover of her life, the late Howard R. Blenman on June 4, 1938 in Jefferson on her parents 25th anniversary. They were blessed with 66 wonderful years until his passing on November 4, 2000.

She was employed for five years with the Agricultural Adjustment Administration in Jefferson. After having children, she became an Avon Representative in Kingsville for 21 years. Frances was a member of the Kingsville Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School for over 30 years and was also a Deacon, Elder and member of the Women’s Association. In addition, she was a charter member and officer of the Kingsville Fireman’s Auxiliary, member of the 55 and Much Alive Club and an 85-year member of the Sheffield Grange. She loved bowling, golf, watching the Cleveland Indians and spending time with her family.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 24, 2020 at 11:00AM at the Kingsville Presbyterian Church, 3056 W. Main St., (Route 84) Kingsville, with Pastor Bill Daywalt, officiating.

rocky moves on and we need to move on with god

Today I checked the maple tree by the deck to see how my little friend, Rocky Raccoon (that’s what I named him), was doing.  Alas, he has moved on to another safe haven.  Something in his nature must have encouraged him to make that change.

Each of us at one time or another finds it necessary to make changes in the way we live our lives.  Like Rocky, we cannot hide away in “a hole in a tree” indefinitely.  God expects us to think more of doing for others than isolating ourselves in a cozy and comfortable place where we feel safe.

We have His work to do.  We must venture forth in order to care for the needs of others.  What purpose have we served if it is to serve only for our own needs?

Jesus spent his ministry roaming from place to place, spreading the word of God to as many people as possible.  He did not know each day where He might find nourishment or a place of rest.  Yet He did not cease his journeys to teach others about God’s love and salvation.

We must also do the same.  Sharing the word of God with the world around us is the task that God has given to us.  There is no satisfaction in keeping it to ourselves.  Like Jesus, let each of us be willing to freely share the Good News of our love for the Father and His Son.


Lord, You have always shown us Your love in the many things You have done for us.  In these times that are so difficult right now, help us to continue to search for ways to let others know that You are there for Your children.  It is a blessing to enlighten others with Your word and Your love.   AMEN.

Bev Newbold

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Norma J. Flack

November 9, 1933 – July 23, 2020

Norma J. Flack. 86 of North Kingsville died Thursday (July 23rd, 2020) at her home. She was born November 9, 1933 in Kingsville, Ohio the daughter of John Lawrence and Julia May (McFarland) Shellhammer, Sr.
She was a graduate of Kingsville High School and she retired from R.W. Sidley Company.
She was an active member of the Kingsville Presbyterian Church where she was a deaconess and had sang in the choir.
She enjoyed singing, golfing and reading and she was a charter member of the Starliters singing group.

Private services will be held Monday (July 27th) at the Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd Ashtabula with Bill Daywalt and Joyce Shellhammer officiating. Burial will be in Lulu Falls Cemetery.

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As told to Jan Volk

Pray While You Walk

Keys to Rewarding Prayer Walks

When you are taking your daily walk, notice the wonder all around you, the wonder of our Lord. It is a good time to pray. Prayer walking puts your prayers on the street where they belong. Prayer isn’t just for church you know. It’s for the world around you. Prayer walking is great because it satisfies your need to be active and doing things and your need to reflect and meditate. “Be still and know that I am God.”.

keys to rewarding prayer walks

Retreat Get Away

·        Rethink Notice the world around you, the world that you don’t see from the house or car.

·        Remember. Reflect on memories, good and bad. These memories are part of you.

·        Repent..

·        Make a decision for some positive change in your behavior, your responses to people, to God’s call for you.  


Prayer Prints

Circles in the Sand

When our lives dig circles in the sand,

Footsteps wandering in a strange land,

Walking where we don’t understand,

Then it is time to take God’s hand.



At Home in Heaven

May 9, 2021

Phyllis Ann Shinault

 Phyllis Ann (Carle) Shinault, 90, formerly of E. Main Street in Kingsville passed away late Sunday, May 9, 2021 at the Villa at the Lake in Conneaut.

 She was born December 13, 1930 in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Myron C. and Bernadine (Haring) Carle, and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

 She was a 1949 graduate of Kalamazoo High School. After the family moved back to Ohio in the early 1950s, she met her husband James W. Shinault and they married in April, 1955.

 Before moving to Ohio, Phyllis worked for the Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Huey Coal Company in Kingsville, and in the offices of the Carlisle Company in Ashtabula.  After her children were older, she had a number of jobs including the Kingsville Telephone Company in Kingsville, Edward Jones in Kingsville, The Ashtabula Mall in Ashtabula, and helping with children at The Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Center in Ashtabula.

 Phyllis was active in the Kingsville Presbyterian Church and a longtime member of the church choir, frequently making homemade soups and treats for church functions.  She was a member of the Orion Chapter #12 Order of Eastern Star, and the Red Hat Society.

She enjoyed league bowling with friends, camping, Pinochle Club, Yahtzee with family, and watching baseball (especially Kingsville Little League). She loved helping others. She had a happy, playful personality and always saw the good side of life and people.

Services and burial will be held Friday, June 18 at 1pm at Lulu Falls Cemetery in Kingsville, beginning with an Eastern Star service and followed by a funeral service officiated by Pastor Bill Daywalt of the Kingsville Presbyterian Church.

Despite His Faith, Noah Must Have Wondered

We can picture Noah looking out one of the rain-streaked port holes of the ark and wondering, “Is it ever going to stop raining?”

We summer 2021 mortals are wondering the same after several days of steady rain and reclusive sun. Think about rain, heavy, wet, dreary, drenching rain. Think about Noah and the ark spending, according to modern reckoning, at least 150 days on an ark full of two animals of every kind and a human family with human faults and human habits. He might have spent a lot of time on the rain-washed deck instead of the company below. Sometimes life seems like a rain-washed deck. Our life voyage sometimes takes us into a series of steady rain squalls as heavy as two elephants on the ark that threaten to sink our hope of a rainbow.

Imagine this.  Day No. 29 on the ark. The elephants are having a squabble and one of them stomps out of the room and slams the door. The entire ark rocks back and forth and the trumpeting insults of the other elephant cause a windstorm that blows several chickens off their perches on the deck rail.  He can’t go below for human solace because he can hear Mrs. Noah calling his name and one of his sons and his wife – probably Ham and Mrs. Ham – arguing about who was going to dry the dishes. Noah sighs and grips the rail, wiping away the raindrops running down his nose.

Despite his faith, do you think Noah ever wondered if and when it would stop raining?

At this point Noah might wonder:  “Do I have enough faith to weather this latest storm?” Noah’s story in Genesis identifies Noah as a “righteous man who found favor with God.”  How do righteous and favored people like Noah navigate storms in their lives, and what about ordinary people with regular sinning episodes?

Faith and feeling often battle each other like porcupine quills on dogs’ noses on the ark or otherwise and people on the ark or otherwise. When storms strike our lives, feeling sometimes says that God has turned His back on us. When things don’t turn out right or the way we want them to turn out, feeling wants to give up and retreat. Noah had to have days like that. He was responsible for a diverse population of animals that included elephants, skunks, and porcupines. He was responsible for a diverse population of people that included great potential for family squabbles. The weather did not ease his problems any. Some days he surely felt like we do when we feel that some days or some situations are not worth they effort and emotional energy they require.


Noah kept following his faith over his feelings. He had enough faith in God to send out the raven who kept flying over the waters to see if they were going down at all and the raven did not return to the ark. Biblical scholars and ministers of the gospel interpret the raven and his actions in different ways. Some believe the raven is a symbol of Satan, of human depravity, or sexual sin. The positive interpretation says that ravens fed Elijah. Psalm 147:9 and Job 38:41 use ravens to symbolize God’s care for all of his creation. In Luke 12:24, Jesus uses ravens to illustrate Gods care for his people.

Is it possible that Noah’s raven symbolized God’s concern and care for people and both their rebirth and the birth of their home, planet earth? The raven didn’t return because he had the difficult task of helping Noah resurrect the flooded world and he had enough faith to begin what seemed like an endless task?  However small the steps of faith, they don’t move backwards. There is always a mustard seed of faith buried in the rank weeds of doubt. 

Even when the raven didn’t return, Noah followed his faith in rebirth. He sent the dove out two times. The first she returned with an olive branch. The second time she did not return. Had she developed the same faith in resurrection and rebirth as the raven despite their biological differences?

Noah took the next steps on is voyage of faith, despite currents of doubt. After the dove returned with the olive branch, he tackled the task of unloading the ark and settling everyone on land again. Where to begin after the initial faith step. There are so many choices in faith action.

Despite his faith, Noah must have wondered what to do next. Then Noah waited for the rainbow that his faith told him would come. It appeared in the rain-washed sky.

Do you think Noah might have wondered from the beginning if his listening to God was faith or folly?  What did he think when He heard God’s voice telling him to build a boat and load animals and his family onto it?  What did he think when his neighbors laughed at him and questioned his sanity?  Instead of trying to prove He actually heard God’s voice, Noah listened and built the ark. He listened to his neighbors laugh and kept on building.  He listened to his family and animal sounds and kept loading the ark. Noah kept believing in God’s plans and goodness despite the storm clouds, including some doubt, that followed him through each experience in his life on the ark and afterwards.

 Despite our faith, we wonder. Then we wait for the rainbow that our faith keeps us searching to see. Then we take tiny faith steps  following God’s rainbows of promises through sunny and rain-washed skies.