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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

May 12, 2011


Gather!

Current Sermon Series

Our current Sermon Series is focusing on "God in the movies." This sermon series focuses on God in the movies--some recent and some from years ago. We will see some clips from these movies and talk about what we see. This should offer an exciting and engaging way for us to talk about important theological issues regarding our relationship with God in today's terms. This week's sermon is based on the movie, "Facing the Giants." It is about a high school football coach with a mediocre record who's job is threatened. In addition, his car is falling apart, the player's parents are working to get him fired, and he discovers that he is the reason for his wife not becoming pregnant. The movie depicts this man's struggles and his attempts to overcome them through prayer and seeking God's help.

"Under the Same Moon" Performance at Stroudsburg UMC

Stroudsburg UMC is hosting the Faith in God Theater Group's presentation of "Under the Same Moon" on Saturday, May 14th at 6pm downstairs in the Worship Center. This Christian group features accomplished and Off Broadway actors. You can find out more information on their website at www.theatermania.com. Tickets for Saturday's performance are $10 for adults and $5 for studetns. Call 212-613-3107 or our church office 570-421-6020 to order your tickets.

Upcoming After-Church Fellowships

The following dates are still available for volunteers to host After Church Fellowship. This is a very important ministry to welcome our guests and provide a time of sharing after worship. Please consider stepping up so we can continue to provide this time of gathering and fellowship. The dates where leadership is needed are:
June 26, July 10, & July 24. Please call the church office 570-421-6020 to let us know which date you are willing to serve in this way.


Grow!

New Small Group!

A new Small Group will be starting in June. Starting Monday June 13th. A Walking Group will meet at 7:00 PM at the Ann Street parking lot of the church. The group will walk about two miles in approximately an hour at a comfortable pace so that everyone can participate in the group. These will not be power or brisk type of walking. We will walk along sidewalks of streets in the Borough of Stroudsburg or along easy trails such as the Brodhead Creek greenway. So get out your favorite pair of walking shoes and come out for some fun, exercise, and companionship. For more information contract C.J. Penwell.

A Course on World Religions

A course on World Religions will be offered in the Adult Sunday School class. The course will provide a factual overview of the five major world religions (Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity). Each overview will provide information on a religion's background; sacred texts; and, major tenets of belief. Next, a comparison of each religion belief concerning God, Jesus, and Salvation will be presented. The course will examine the major beliefs of different Christian denominations. Additionally, the course examines some of the major religious influences on current international events. This course will be offered from 9:45 to 10:45 am every Sunday morning in the downstairs worship center, beginning May 22. The course will run from May 22 to August 28. Come for one, two, three, or all of the sessions. For additional information please contact Jeff Weber.

Sunday School for All Ages

Each Sunday children, youth, and adults gather for Sunday School at Stroudsburg United Methodist Church. This is an excellent opportunity for you to deepen your faith, ask questions, and explore new spiritual understandings. Teachers are equipped to teach, lead, and challenge you on your faith journey and you will surely be affected in very positive ways when you attend Sunday School. Children meet in the Wee Care Room, Youth meet in the Youth Room, and Adults meet in the Lounge. Give it a try this Sunday at 9:45pm!

Small Groups

Do you belong to a Small Group? If not, you really should seriously consider doing so. There are a variety of opportunities available which you can see on our website here. You will be able to see brief description of each Small Group, view when and where they meet, and see if there are openings to join the groups. Check out our active Small Groups and consider joining one of them. Alternatively, do you have a passion or interest? Then maybe you can start a brand new Small Group. Contact JoAnn Calkins or Pastor Bob for more information.

Digging Deeper Small Group

The Digging Deeper Small Group meets on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. They will be starting a new video series entitled, "Keep Climbing: Why God Doesn't Give You Everything You Want." This specific theme goes hand-in-hand with the second sermon in our current series, "God in the Movies: Bruce Almighty." This Small Group exists to dig deeper into our faith and grow spiritually. We do this through study, sharing our stories and experiences with each other, and hold each other up in love and mutual accountability. You can join this Small Group by emailing the leader, Pastor Bob, or calling the church office.

Any Interest in a Daily Study Guide?

Some churches use a part of their bulletin for worshippers to take notes during the sermon. One of our goals in worship is to teach new ideas and help us all grow spiritually. This is hard to accomplish in a twenty minute sermon! When I prepare for preaching each week's sermon I quickly realize that I acquire more information than I can reasonably use in the sermon given the time parameters. Do you think it would be a good idea to utilize this information in the form of a weekly study guide? After developing my sermon each week, I could write a short study guide that will share more in-depth information surrounding the sermon theme and content. This could be written up in a format that allows you to use the study guide in your daily devotions. If this is something you think is a good idea and one that you would find helpful, please respond by taking this short, 7-question survey.


Make a Difference!

Tyler Higbie Family Community Benefit

This special event will be held on Saturday, May 14th at the Jackson Township Fire Hall. A buffet diner of Ham and Turkey, and a Tricky Tray will be offered. The Benefit starts at 4:30-6:30pm with prizes drawn at 7pm. Tickets are $15 per person. For tickets or more information, please contact Jason Smith at 570-977-8491.

Soup Kitchen Volunteers Needed!

Beryl Hellgren is looking for 10-12 volunteers from SUMC who will be willing and available to prepare and/or serve a Sunday meal for Soup Kitchen. Contact Beryl through her email or call the church office at 570-421-6020 if you are willing to help in this important and vital ministry.


Baby Bottle Boomerang

Baby bottles are available from the Missions Committee in the back of the Sanctuary to benefit the Pregnancy Resource Center. Take a baby bottle and fill it with your loose change betweeen now and Father's Day.

Change Boxes

If you didn't pick up your Change Box on the way out of church this past Sunday, you can pick one up in the back of the Sanctuary. The change collected in these boxes will go toward the Youth Misison trip. Please support our youth on this important and educational mission trip where they will be helping others.

Empty Coffee Cans are Needed!

Empty coffee cans are used when delivering flowers to the shut-ins. Please leave cans in the upstairs kitchenette. Thank you!

Give to a Mission

A variety of missions are supported in our church. You can make a difference both locally and around the world by giving to these missions. A list of missions we support is available in the back of the sanctuary. You can also suggest a new mission that interests you by providing the name and address of the mission, as well as some details about what this particular misson does.

Nursery

Membership & Evangelism is organizing the Nursery to be staffed during worship at 11am on Sundays. If you are willing to volunteer to staff the nusery, please contact one of the M&E members or call the church office (570-421-6020). All volunteers must go through a child abuse and criminal background check. This is required as part of our Safe Sanctuaries Policy to ensure that the children are protected and also to put new parents' minds at ease. Please consider helping this important ministry!

My Brothers Keepers

My Brothers Keepers Quilting Group meets this week on Thursday at 10am in the Dining Room. This is an active group that makes a difference through their skills in quiliting! Join the group on Thursday morning and help to make a difference!

Red Bucket Donations

The Missions Committee encourages you to place donations in the Red Buckets to benefit the DASH Youth Group Mission Trip.


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