SUM eNews
Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

August 31, 2011



The Ten Commandments

The Second Commandment instructs us not to make or worship any graven image. God declares to be a jealous God and does not want us to be distracted with images. We cannot see God, so it may be tempting and easier to worship something we can see, but God says, "No!" Idol worship was not unique to the people of Israel. What idols do we have around us today? Come to worship in Sunday morning to find out more about this second commandment and how we can keep it.

Ministry Fair: October 23

A reminder to all committees to be thinking about your presentation for the Ministry Fair on October 23. Please let JoAnn Calkins or Carole Everitt know by October 16 the amount of space you will need for your booth. Remember, this is to be FUN as well as informative.


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: 
September 11 & 25. 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 have resumed and the rehearsals will be held on Monday nights at 7:00 pm.

Choir Rehearsal

Choir rehearsal will start on Thursday, September 8 at 7:30 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.

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 on September 20 in the Conference Room beside Pastor Bob's study. 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

Are you part of a group that is starting back up in September?

September is a busy month for groups starting back up after summer comes to an end. If you are part of a group that will start meeting again in September, please call the church office - 421-6020 - so your date can be put on the main church calendar and also be inserted in the online version of our church calendar which is included in the monthly Courier. You can also send an email: Thank you!

Make a Difference!

Boy's Clothes are Needed

Thank you to all who have donated clothing to this child in need! He now has an extensive wardrobe of clothing but is still in need of socks and underwear. He is 4 years old. If you can help with these items, please bring them to the church office. 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.

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!

The Connection

The Connection, the contemporary worship service that was held each Sunday at 3:00 p.m., has
been discontinued as of the end of August. This worship experience ran for almost four years. The
Connection was not growing like we hoped it would and it took a lot of time and effort to put it together
each week. The participants mostly consisted of those coming to the Soup Kitchen. Oftentimes we
started out with just a few people and then the group would slowly grow in numbers mostly so people
could get a good spot in the Soup Kitchen line. We had just a handful of regular worship attenders.
So we are taking a break and discontinuing The Connection worship.
Jeff and Audrey Weber and several other volunteers put a lot of time, effort, and energy into this
worship service. Without them The Connection would not have been possible. I thank each and every
person who had anything at all to do with this worship experience. It was a very good thing to do and
some very good things came out of it. We had a few new members join the church, we performed a
few baptisms, we sang praise songs that were uplifting and thought-provoking, and we created a
community of new believers that began to be concerned about and even prayed for each other.
Thank you again to each one of you who helped lead The Connection over the past four years. I
especially extend a grateful thank you to Jeff & Audrey Weber who took care of a lot of details and
made sure The Connection happened each and every week. Thank you both very much!

PATH (Pocono Area Transitional Housing) Luncheon

Come share good food and fellowship at the annual Soup 'n Salad Luncheon on Saturday, September 24 from 11 am until 1:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church of Stroudsburg. Homemade soups, salad, breads and desserts will be served. All proceeds go to support PATH. Tickets are available at the church office (call 421-7751), or at the door. $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children under 10.

For Sale:

14' aluminum Princecraft fishing boat. It has a trailer and a 9.9 horsepower Mercury motor. It has life vests and a cover. The cost is $2,800. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Ted. Thank you!



Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360