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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

June 21, 2011



Lessons in Stained Glass: Let The Children Come to Me

We continue our sermon series on the stained glass windows in our church by looking at the window which features Jesus with the children. The disciples were disturbed and upset because people kept bringing so many children to Jesus. They didn't like this because they figured there were plenty of adult problems to address. How many times do we neglect children because we think our problems are more important? Jesus would have none of this. He said, "Let the children come to me, do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God." Children certainly have a place in the church and in the kingdom of God!

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: 
July 24, August 14 & 28. Please call the church office 570-421-6020 to let us know which date you are willing to serve in this way. 

Texas Roadhouse 

Texas Roadhouse is offering 10% off of your meal on Saturdays and Sundays if you show them our church bulletin. The hours for this special discount are from 12pm to 4pm each day on the weekends. Don't forget to take your bulletin with you!

Cherub Choir 

The Cherub Choir is now rehearsing on Wednesdays at 7pm instead of Mondays. This is only temporary and will change back to Mondays in the near future. The Cherub Choir is for all children from Kindergarten through 5th Grade.

Mission's Yard Sale 

The annual Mission's Yard sale will be held on Friday, August 12th & Saturday, August 13th.  Items may be brought to the church starting on July 1st and put in the blue Sunday School room.


On Tuesday, June 28th at 6:00 PM, UMW will hold its pot luck supper. Sharon Cottle is in charge and she would like to know how many are coming and what you will be bringing. Please call Sharon at 242-4738. The dinner will be held in the Fellowship Room.

Church Picnic 

Sunday, July 31st. 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome! Brodhead Creek Park, Stroudsburg. Bring a salad, side or dessert to share and an extra dessert for the "Cake Walk". Hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages provided. 11:00-Worship. There will be traditional 8:30 worship at the church. The picnic will start with an informal worship service. If you go to the 8:30 service, come to the picnic about 11:45. About 12:00 - Lunch. 1:00 - Games & fellowship. There is a pavilion with picnic tables, but feel free to bring a folding chair to relax in if you wish. (Please sign up at the back of the Sanctuary to help us plan)


New Small Group!

A new Small Group has been started. A Walking Group will meet on Mondays 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.

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 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.

DVD's Available

If anyone is interested in watching the movies "Letters to God" and "Facing the Giants", please let me know. I have copies of the movies in my office. Jackie

Walk to Emmaus

Information for SUMC: Men's Walk - October 13-16, Women's Walk - October 20-23. Thursday evening through Sunday evening. No cost. Applications available through JoAnn Calkins. Deadline for applications is August 11.

Make a Difference!

Boy's Clothes are Needed

Clothes are needed for a 4 year old boy in our church family.  Clothes size 5 and any shoes size 10-10 1/2 or 11 are needed. Please bring these items to the church office.

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 mission does.


Membership & Evangelism is organizing the Nursery to be staffed during worship at 11am on Sundays. If you are willing to volunteer to staff the nursery, 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!

Information for Wounded Warriors

To donate to Wounded Warriors, please send your check to: Wounded Warriors, please send your check to: Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. For more information, visit:

A Member of our Church Family

is currently serving in Afghanistan - Kyle Dougher. Kyle's address is: LCpl Dougher, Kyle L., 2d LAR BN e-co, Unit 73510, Fpo ae 09510-3510 if you would like to send him a letter, card, movies, etc.

The DASH Youth Group

will be going on their Mission Trip this Wednesday, June 29th and returning on Sunday, July 3rd. They are traveling to Overlook Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts. They will be doing daily livestock, garden and kitchen chores as well as service projects such as barn cleaning, fencing and firewood to name a few. They will begin to understand how people, land and livestock can work together to combat hunger and poverty. These activities along with many "team building" activities will help our youth better communicate and work together so that as a group they can better serve our community and our church family. Please keep our youth and their chaperones in your prayers while they are on the mission trip.

Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360