SUM eNews
Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

September 29, 2011



This Week's Sermon

This week's sermon will focus on the Fifth Commandment. What does it mean to honor your mother and father? How can you honor your parents today? Join us on Sunday as Pastor Bob continues his sermon series on the Ten Commandments.

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.

Family Promise Queen's Tea & Fashion Show

Important date change: Due to a space conflict the date of the Family Promise Queen's Tea & Fashion Show by Dunkelberger's and Apple Tree has been changed to Sunday, October 9, 1:30-4:30 pm. Location: Pocono Inne Town, 700 Main Street. RSVP by October 3. For reservations, please call the Center at 420-8589 or Linda at 676-3495.

Cub Scout Pack 86 Spaghetti Dinner

Friday, September 30th from 5 pm until 8 pm in the downstairs dining room. Cost: Adults $8.00, Children 6-12 $4.00, under 6 Free.


Daniel's Dream Team meets Monday, October 3 @ 7:00 PM.

DASH Youth Group

The DASH Youth Group hiking trip to Bushkill Falls has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 8 from 9 am - 1 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Miller @ 476-5721.

Special day at SUMC!

Len Thomas, a member of the internationally famous Fred Waring's Pennsylvanian's is our guest soloist at the 11:00 Worship time this Sunday, October 2. Len started with the Pennsylvanian's in 1971 serving as accompanist and featured soloist. The musical group disbanded after Mr. Waring passed away in July 1984. He was also on the editorial staff at Shawnee Press for 17 years. At the present time, he is the accompanist for the Muskingum University's Musical Theatre, Concert and Chamber Singers in Ohio.

Sherman Theater Octoberfest, October 2, 2011

The Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg is holding their annual Octoberfest on Sunday, October 2. Main Street in Stroudsburg will be closed due to the Octoberfest and also due to the Triathlon being held Sunday morning. Fifth Street through Eighth Street will also be closed. The parking deck on Sarah Street will be open for parking.

October Terrific Tuesday Dinner

Tuesday, October 18th @ 6:00 pm in the downstairs dining room. The menu will be: Roast Turkey with gravy, Pennsylvania Dutch filling, Green Beans, Salad, Rolls & Butter, Assorted Desserts. $8.00 per person, under 10 - $3.00. Our guest for the evening will be our District Superintendent, Bronwyn Yocum who will oversee our annual Charge Conference. If you plan on joining us, please sign up at the rear of the Sanctuary.



Walking Small Group

The Walking Small Group has ended the weekly walks on Monday evenings for the season due to the shorter days. The group will begin again in the Spring. The group had a great time and enjoyed seeing things around the Borough of Stroudsburg that one normally doesn't see when driving.

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.


Stitch & Pray Small Group

The Stitch & Pray Small Group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 2:00 pm and the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. Our next meeting is on October 5. Anyone is welcome and you do not have to know how to knit - we will teach you! So far we have completed 38 prayer shawls and we are now working on projects to sell at the Holiday Boutique in November.

Small Group Discussion: Gifts - the Joy of Serving God

What spiritual gifts do you have? What contributions can you make to the church, so that it becomes what God intends - a light in a dark world? How do you cultivate a servant's heart and your spiritual gifts without wiping yourself out int he process? Through spiritual exercise, bible study, and group discussions, this study will guide us to the answers. Consider joining us: Mondays at 7:00 pm - first meeting, October 17th in the church Lounge. For more information or to reserve your spot in the group, contact: Peggy Stewart 424-0625 or 350-8589.


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!

Upcoming New Member Class

A new member class will be starting on Sunday, September 25 at 9:45 am and will continue the following two weeks. If you are interested in joining SUMC, please contact Pastor Bob or the church office at 421-6020.


Handbell Choir

We are pleased to announce that at the Ministry Fair on October 23rd we will have sign-ups for a children's Handbell Choir. The director will be Flora Barnes. Children 4th grade and up will be eligible to join. This is for boys and girls. We are all excited about starting a new children's ministry in our church. We need everyone to support this new venture. The children are the future of our church. Rehearsals would be on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. If you know of anyone who would be interested or you have questions, please call Lynn Seip @ 421-6517 or cell phone @ 460-3276.


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!

Full Size Mattress/Boxspring and Clothing Needed

A member of our church family is in need of a full size mattress and boxspring. Also needed are ladies clothes sizes medium-large, a ladies coat size XL and ladies pull on boots size 8-8 1/2. If you can help with any of these items, please let me know. Thank you! Jackie

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.

DASH Youth Group - "Leaf It Up To Us!"

The DASH Youth Group is making themselves available to members of our congregation who need to have leaves raked. "Leaf It Up To Us!" will continue through the month of October. If you need leaves raked, please contact Kim Miller @ 476-5721.

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.

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!

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!

Help is Needed

The Webster-Flatley family could use help with meals and driving their daughter to different activities. If you can help, please call Brandon at 422-6816. Thank you!


Stewardship Committee

The Stewardship Committee is beginning to work on the 2012 budget. We ask that you review last year's budget requests for your particular area and submit your requests for the 2012 budget, in writing, by November 7, 2011. Emailed requests will gladly be accepted. Please feel free to contact any member of the Stewardship Committee with any questions. Thank you!

Holiday Boutique

The fourth annual Holiday Boutique is fast approaching. The date is Saturday, November 5 from 9 am until 3 pm. We need people to bake for the bake sale table, make desserts for the Youth Group Luncheon and bake cookies for the cookie sale. If you can help in any capacity, please call Lynn Seip @ 421-6517, Eleanor Bentzoni @ 421-2257 or Gale Butz @ 424-0957. Please come out and support us in this church wide event. Bring your friends out to lunch that day!

Bake Sale

Besides the traditional Bake Sale items, the Membership & Evangelism Team will again be selling homemade cookies, which buyers pack in their choice of Christmas Tins at the Holiday Boutique. If possible please bring your cookies in large zip lock bags, labeled with the type of cookie. These cookie tins were a big hit last year! Please bring your cookies and other baked goods to the church on Thursday, November 3 or Friday, November 4. Questions, contact Peggy Stewart @ 424-0625 or Beryl Hellgren @ 421-4024

UMW Christmas Totes Reminder

With less than two months to go UMW is asking for your help with the Christmas Totes. Many items are still needed. If you can help with any of the following items, please place your donations in the trunk in the Fellowship Room. Thank you for your support. Shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, tissues, emery boards, ball point pens, soap, body lotion, deodorant, note pads.




Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360