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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

October 14, 2011



This Week's Sermon

Our sermon this week is based on Psalm 30: Joy comes in the morning when we sing God's praises. "And thus with joy we meet our Lord forgiven, loved and free." (Hymn 617) Come join in the celebration of Linda's life. Sing, laugh and dance. Praise His holy name.


Ministry Fair: October 23

Come one, come all!! Sunday October 23 between services. Join in the fun, win a prize and find out how you can become more involved at SUMC. The fair will be the start of our annual Stewardship appeal. When Stewardship is mentioned most think of only the financial aspect but it also involves a commitment of our time and talent. Join us and find out more about SUMC and where you could serve. "As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace." 1 Peter 4:10

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.

United Methodist Men Breakfast

Saturday, October 22 @ 8:00 am. The speaker will be Matthew Stanton.

Annual Charge Conference

The annual Charge Conference with our District Superintendent, Rev. Bron Yoccum, will be held this Tuesday, October 18th @ 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Room. All church leaders are encouraged to be present and everyone is invited to this important leadership meeting. Please join us for an evening of celebration over this year's successful ministries and some encouraging and inspiring words from our District Superintendent!

Memorial Service for Mildred Hoell

A memorial service for Mildred Hoell will be held on Sunday, October 23 @ 3:30 pm at Pocono Lutheran Village for all of Mildred's Pennsylvania friends and family.



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 October 25in 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.


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 in the 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


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

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.

October is Clergy Appreciation Month

Let's not forget our wonderful pastors and their families this month and all they mean to us here at SUMC! Send a card, make a phone call, make a promise to pray for them or whatever else you can think of to show how much they are appreciated!




Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360