SUM eNews
Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

August 10, 2011



Lessons in Stained Glass: "Mary, Martha and Jesus"

"Are you working hard or are you hardly working?" Have you ever heard this saying? Jesus came to Martha's house one day and Martha had much to do. She took her job as hostess very seriously and tended to all the details that needed to be accomplished. Mary, in the meanwhile, just sat at Jesus' feet passively listening to what he said. Martha was disturbed by this and asked Jesus if it was right that she had to tall the work? And then said, "Tell her to help me." What do you think Jesus said? Come to worship this Sunday to find out!


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: 
August 28, September 11 & 25, October 23. 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 

Cherub Choir rehearsals will resume next Monday, August 15th @ 7:00 pm.


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. Meetings will resume in September. Check the weekly eNews, church bulletin and Courier for updates. This group 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. Fall and winter clothing are needed, too. Please bring these items to the church office.

Double Bed Needed

A member of our church family is in need of a double bed and has a twin size bed to give away. If you can help, please call 476-4258. Thank you!

Volunteer Drivers Needed!

The American Cancer Society is looking to recruit new volunteers to drive cancer patients to treatment. Training is provided. Please call Judy at 421-7939 for more information.

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.

Now Open Next to PMC ER:

PMC Immediate Care. Open everyday from 9 am - 9 pm. No appointment needed, no long wait, just walk in! Phone: 570-476-3700.

For Sale:

60" HiDef 1080 P. TV. $400.00 or best offer. Please call Kevin @ 624-9657 for more information.


Packs for Backs

Packs for Backs is in its 8th year. Margie Good started the program and is the chairperson of it. They are gathering back packs, the type that has two straps. The children asked for this type of backpack. The sling types are too small. They are requesting donations of traditional school supplies such as glue sticks, glue, pens, pencils, crayons, washable markers, notebooks, tooth brushes & toothpaste, double pocket folders and notebook paper. Please avoid Trapper Keepers because they do not fit into the childrens' desks. You can bring your donations to the church and Pastor Ted will take them to the First Presbyterian Church. If you would like to give a monetary donation, please make your checks payable to: "Packs for Backs Project" and mark the memo line Packs for Backs. You may put your check in the offering plate or hand it in at the church office. Thank you for continuing to make this endeavor a successful one!

Volunteers are Needed for Family Promise

SUMC is hosting families from Family Promise September 4th - September 11th. Volunteers are needed! If you can help either by preparing a meal, staying overnight or doing laundry, please sign up on the sheets in the Fellowship Room. Thank you!






Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360