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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

December 1, 2011



United Methodist Women

The UMW Christmas Tea will be held on Saturday, December 10 from 2 - 4 pm downstairs in the dining room.

"Christmas Traditions"

An Advent experience for all ages! Sundays 7:00 - 8:30 pm. This Sunday, December 4 Celebrate St. Nicholas Day by making cookies - enough to taste and some to bring home! $2.00 per person (max. $5.00 per family) to cover cost of materials. Sign up at the rear of the Sanctuary or by calling Jackie in the church office (421-6020).

Terrific Tuesday Dinner

Tuesday, December 20th @ 6:00 pm in the downstairs dining room. Menu: Pot Roast, Mashed potatoes, Broccoli, Tossed Salad, Rolls & Butter, Cheesecake. $8.00 per person. Under 10 (chicken nuggets) $3.00. If you plan on joining us for an evening of "terrific" food, fellowship and fun....sign up at the rear of the Sanctuary. We always need assistance with setup (3 pm Tuesday) and cleanup after the meal.

Attention: Youth

Mark your calendars for December 29th 7-11 pm RUSH (Re-Uniting Serving Hearts) at Emerald UMC. Transportation provided. No cost. All youth are invited. This is a Chrysalis event. Please see JoAnn Calkins if you have any questions or need additional information.

Welcome Home Party for Kyle Dougher

Sunday, December 18th @ 3 pm in the Fellowship Room. Please RSVP to Eileen or Boyd Butz or to the church office.





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 the December Courier page for more information or contact JoAnn Calkins.



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:

Family Promise

We will be hosting Family Promise December 4 - December 11. Volunteers are still needed. If you can help, please sign up on the sheets located in the Fellowship Room or contact Cathy Doane. Thank you!

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

Do you know of a family in need?

Cub Pack #86 is asking for the name of a needy family in our area. The pack will donate a Christmas tree with stand, lights and all decorations to a family in need. Please let us know the name and address of the family and the ages of children in the family. Please contact the church office or Dick Seip. Thank you!

Training for Worship Media Operators - We need your help and it's easy!

The weekly worship experience at Stroudsburg UMC involes interaction with the congregation as we sing hymns, recite creeds, pray prayers, and experience other elements of worship. The congregation finds it helpful to project these elements up on the screen. This means we need some people who can simply press a button to project these worship elements at the appropriate time. We also need sound operators to mix the sound properly in each worship experience. These behind-the-scenes media operators are invaluable in worship and provide some who are not comfortable in being up front to still be actively involved in leadership. We need you! If you can press one button, they you can be a media operator. It really is that simple! Equipped with a few important bits of information you can easily become a worship media operator. The sound system looks much more complicated, but with the right knowledge, this also is a manageable task. On Sunday morning, December 11 at 10:00 am in the sanctuary we will provide an overview of the importance of this ministry and details on how you can be a media operator. We will begin with prayer, share the "big picture" of how important this ministry is to worship, and then provide detailed steps on how to be a worship media operator. Some of you are not available at this time due to Sunday school class, but don't worry; we will provide this training again on January 8 at 12:20 pm. Remember, if you can press one button, you can be a worship media operator. Join us on December 11 or January 8 to find out how. We need your help and it's easy!


Pledge cards are located at the back of the sanctuary. Offering envelopes are in the Fellowship Room. If you can deliver a box to a friend or neighbor who cannot make it to church, that would be appreciated! Thank you!

Boy Scout Troop #86 Fundraiser

December 6th, 4-10 pm at Texas Roadhouse. 10% off your check. Pick up a coupon from the bulletin board in the Fellowship Room.

Annual Heifer International Christmas Fund Drive

A Mission Committee member will be available after each service Sundays until December 18th in the Fellowship Room. Please stop by, visit the Christmas tree trimmed with animal pins and choose one for any donation. Thank you!












Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360