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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

November 18, 2011



This Week's Sermon

Join us on Sunday for the last of the series "The Ten Commandments". The tenth commandment is "Thou Shall Not Covet". What does your neighbor have that you covet? How can you avoid coveting something that is not yours? Come to worship on Sunday for answers to these and other questions on this important commandment.

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.

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

If you ordered Welsh Cookies please pick them up after service this Sunday, 11/20. Paid orders will be on the tables downstairs in the dining room. Unpaid orders - please see Joni Singer upstairs in the Fellowship Room.

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.

United Methodist Men

United Methodist Men's breakfast will be held Saturday, November 26th @ 8 am.




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

Chrysalis 2012

Attention all youth: Take a Chrysalis Flight or take a Journey. Girl's flight - April 19-22, 2012; Boy's flight - April 26-29, 2012. See Sunday's bulletin insert for more information or contact JoAnn Calkins.

Attention all Youth:

Mark your calendar for December 29, 7-11 pm. RUSH (Re-Uniting Serving Hearts) at Emerald UMC. Transportation provided. No cost. All youth are invited. Please see JoAnn Calkins for more information.



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!

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.

Holiday Mail for Heroes 2011

I'm collecting holiday cards to send to our military men & women. Please do not use cards with glitter. You do not need to enclose the cards in envelopes. Use a generic greeting and include a short note on the card if you wish. Please drop the cards off to me or leave them in the box outside my office. The deadline is December 9th. Thanks! Jackie








Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360