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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

November 10, 2011



This Week's Sermon

The Ninth Commandment is very clear: you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. What does it mean to bear false witness? Who is your neighbor? This and more about this commandment will be presented in the sermon this week as we continue our series on the Ten Commandments. Join us for another exciting worship experience!

United Methodist Women

The next UMW meeting will be on Tuesday, November 29 @ 7:00 pm in the Lounge. The Christmas Tea will be held on Saturday, December 10 from 2 - 4 pm. More information to follow.

Concert Event at SUMC on November 12

We are excited to be hosting a special concert this Saturday st 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. Lots of music will be presented and we will have the chance to sing some gospel hymns, too! We hope you can join us on Saturday at 7:30 pm for this concert! The concert will feature an opening act by Kerion Youells and his band. He is a high school senior and the son of Warren Youells who helped the past two years host the Jimmy Fortune concerts here at SUMC. For his Senior Project, Kerion wanted to do a concert to raise money for cancer. A free will offering will be received on Saturday to benefit cancer patients. If you can come early, we are starting the evening events with a Covered Dish at 6:00 pm. If you can bring a dish, please let Jackie know by emailing her at Many of us know persons with cancer and we all know how devastating cancer is for families. Please join us for a special night of music to raise money to help cancer patients. Hope to see you on Saturday! Pass the word around and bring a neighbor!

Terrific Tuesday Dinner for November

Tuesday, November 15 @ 6:00 pm. The menu will be: baked ham, scalloped potatoes, carrots, Terrific Tuesday salad, rolls & butter, rice pudding. Sign up sheets at the back of the Sanctuary. Assistance with setup (3 pm Tuesday) and clean up after the meal is always needed and appreciated! Our program will be presented by David Cook. He has been working on a history of the church and will be sharing some interesting stories from our past. Please note: the date on the flyer in the Courier is incorrect - the dinner is on Tuesday, the 15th. Sorry for any confusion.

Thanksgiving Service - Tuesday, November 22

Cherry Lane United Methodist Church in Tannersville will be holding a Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 22 at 7:00 pm. "To Grandmother's House We Go". Join Pastor Heidi as we share in traditional harvest hymns and a brief reflection of her days at her grandma's house. A homemade quilt will be on display that evening!

"Christmas Traditions"

An Advent experience for all ages! Sundays 7:00 - 8:30 pm starting on Sunday, November 27th with Advent Wreath Making. The Membership & Evangelism Team invites you to join your church friends each Sunday evening in Advent to celebrate some Christmas traditions. Everyone is welcome to come all four weeks or just one or two as your schedule allows. Invite your friends, but please sign up so we know who to expect! Questions? Please call Peggy Stewart (424-0625) or Beryl Hellgren (421-4024).

Welsh Cookies

The UMW will be making Welsh Cookies on November 16th, to be picked up on November 20th. The cookies will have cranberries in them for the holidays. They will freeze very nicely until you are ready to serve them. We will have them for tasting and ordering at the Holiday Boutique on Saturday and also on November 13th at our After Church Fellowship. Cookies are $5.00 per dozen. Order forms are available in your Sunday bulletin and in the November Courier.

Poinsettia Orders

Poinsettia orders are now being taken. Plants are $9.50 each. Orders are due by November 30th. Order forms are available in Sunday's bulletin and in the November Courier.

Free Screening of "The Diary of Anne Frank"

Pocono Community Theater will present a free screening of "The Diary of Anne Frank" Sunday, November 13 at 4:00 pm. Pocono Community Theater is located at 88 S. Courtland Street in East Stroudsburg. For more information, please contact Kimberly Fisher @ 421-6684 or visit Reservations can be made at the Pocono Community Theater box office. Seating is limited.

After Service Fellowship this Sunday

Please join us for After Service Fellowship this Sunday, November 13 - after both services.



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 25 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.


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 - 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


Make a Difference!

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:

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 $2,300. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Ted. Thank you!

For those of you who travel:

If you have small sized shampoo, lotion, conditioner, soap, etc., please donate for handing out to soup kitchen guests. You may bring items to the Ministry Fair on Sunday and place in a basket at the Mission Committee table. Collections will continue through November - a container will be available at the back of the church by the console. Thank you!

Operation Christmas Child

Shoeboxes are now available for Operation Christmas Child. Use an empty shoe box and fill it with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. Age groups: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Gift ideas: toys, school supplies, hygiene items, candy, mints, gum, t-shirts, socks. A complete list will be in Sunday's bulletin and you can also visit the Missions Committee table at the Ministry Fair for more information and a shoebox. Thank you for your support! Please bring your filled shoeboxes to the church on or before Sunday, November 13th.

Harvest Food In-Gathering November 20

The harvest food in-gathering will be held on Sunday, November 20 @ 8:30 & 11:00. Please see the list of items needed in the Sunday bulletin and in the November Courier. Please bring your gifts to the communion rail before the start of service and present them to either our traditional American indian or Pilgrim. We know times are difficult but please do the best you can. Everything helps. Your Mission Committee and our guests thank you!

Family Promise

We will be hosting Family Promise December 4 - December 11. Volunteers are needed. If you can help, please sign up on the sheets located in the Fellowship Room. Also, Family Promise is enlisting volunteers for Sunday, November 13th through Tuesday, November 22nd to provide meals and activities for our guests at the Day Center. During these dates the Day Center will be the Host Site. Families will remain here and we'd like to invite the many volunteers within this organization to participate in this special host week by preparing a meal, activity, or workshop. We are planning to provide structured activities at the Day Center and we would like your help! Please call us at 420-8589 to schedule a time to come in.







Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360