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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

March 22, 2012



"The Apostles"

Matthew is one of the more well-known disciples of Jesus, but he had some problems; some big problems. One problem was his job. He was a tax collector. Another problem was the company he kept. He ate with other tax collectors and sinners. But Jesus not only ate with him, he called him to be one of his closest followers. What does this say about Jesus? What does this say about us? Join us on Sunday to explore the apostle Matthew. I am quite sure we can learn a few things from him!

Sunday School News

During these difficult economic times, state and local governments have had to make budget cuts in public education. Often these cuts spark many to speak out about the importance of education and how our future as a nation is dependent on the education that children and youth receive. While there is an agreement on the importance of education in society, many fail to recognize the importance of education in our church. From the earliest days of the church, the importance of Christian education was emphasized. Here at Stroudsburg UMC, we are seeking to rebuild out Christian education program and you can be a part. First, add the rebuilding of the Christian education program at SUMC to your prayer list and regularly raise it up to God in prayer; second, start attending a Sunday School or Bible Study class; and third, consider helping out by contacting Jeff Weber at or 402-0931. All the Sunday School classes meet every Sunday 9:45 to 10:45. Here is what the different Sunday School classes are doing:

The Stories of the Bible - The Children's Sunday School class is covering different stories in the Bible to help the children learn the basic structure of the Bible and what loving God and loving others is all about. The class meets in the children's room on the main floor and is taught by Denise Shank and Peggy Stewart.


7 Habits - The Youth are looking at practical Christian ways to live life - keeping your moral compass in the right direction, having a vision, personal mission statements, setting and accomplishing goals, communication, and learning to work with others, are all subjects that are being covered. This class is combining Biblical principles for Godly life with Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The Youth class meets in the upstairs youth room and is taught by Vin Zelizo.


What is in your future? - This year, 2012, has sparked an abundance of end time's predictons centering on the date December 21, 2012. In contrast to the hype and fear generated by many today, stands the Word of God. Beginning March 4th through June 10th, the Adult Sunday School will be studying the last book of the Bible, The Revelation to John. This is a great opportunity to separate fact from fiction, and to discover what the Bible really has to say about the end times. During this study, the four major interpretations of The Revelation will be explained and discussed. This class will meet downstairs in the blue room next to the kitchen, every Sunday 9:45 to 10:45. If you have any questions please contact Jeff Weber at or 402-0931.

Church Directory

Copies of the new church directory are in the back of the sanctuary. Additional copies are available through the church office.

Pocono Cluster Lenten Services for 2012:

March 28, 7:30 pm at Cherry Valley UMC.

SUMC Church Softball Team

We are trying to start a softball team from our church again. It's been some years since SUMC had a softball team, but there is growing interest to start a team again to play in our local church softball league. Anyone, male and female, 16 years and older (with parent's permission for 16 & 17 year olds) is eligible to play on the team. Friends of the church are eligible too, so spread the word! This is a great opportunity to stay physically active, share in some good times with each other and get to know the people in other churches. It will be fun! If you are interested, please sign up on the sheet in the back of the sanctuary or contact the church office. Note: For those people who already signed up, there will be a meeting here at the church this Saturday, March 24th at 12 noon.

UMM Breakfast

United Methodist Men's breakfast is this Saturday, March 24th @ 8 am.

Asbury UMC "Jubilation Ringers" at SUMC

The "Jubilation Ringers" of Asbury United Methodist Church will be performing at Stroudsburg United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 22 at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Tickets are $10.00 each. Please spread the word! For more information, please call the church office - 421-6020. Visit the Jubilation Ringers website:

Parking on Main Street this Sunday, March 25th

Due to the St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday, March 25th, you may experience difficulty parking on Main Street. According to the Pocono Record there will be no parking on Main Street in Stroudsburg from 2 am until the conclusion of the parade. Vehicles will not be allowed to park on either the north or south sides of the 700 block of Main Street between 7th & 8th Streets. Vehicles will not be permitted to park on the south side of the 600 block of Main Street between 7th & 6th Streets. Main Street will not be accessible by vehicles from Broad Street once the parade starts. Please spread the word!



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.

Victory in Jesus Small Group

Come be a part of the Victory In Jesus Small Group beginning April 10th at 1:30 pm in the church lounge. Sign up by April 1 in order to purchase the book. The cost is $5.00 - read the book and discuss. There is no workbook. Call Jackie in the church office - 421-6020 or JoAnn Calkins - 402-1210, email:


PUMA - Pocono United Methodist Academy

PUMA is a newly developing ministry of our Cluster of United Methodist Churches in our community. Pastor Bob is leading a six-week parenting series during Lent this year. The parenting series starts on Monday, February 27th and continues each week through April 2nd. The times are from 7 pm - 8 pm on Monday nights. The series is called "Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours." Child care will be offered for each of the 6 week sessions. The cost is $10.00 which includes a workbook for each couple. Pastor Ted along with Ken Brown will be leading a series called "Praying When Life Doesn't Make Sense" based on the book "Talking in the Dark" written by Steve Harper. This series will be held Mondays from 7 pm - 8:30 pm. There will be 1 hour of discussion on the lesson and 30 minutes of silent prayer in the Sanctuary. More information on these and the other classes is available from the pamphlet located at the back of the sanctuary. You can also visit the website:

Cherub Choir

The Cherub Choir needs cherubs! If you know of a child interested in joining SUMC's Cherub Choir, please contact Kim Kopec or the church office.

Higher Education Grants Available

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference is offering a number of grants to assist those church members pursuing higher education for the 2012-2013 school year. Applications are available through the church office and will be accepted no earlier than May 1 and no later than May 31. If you have questions, please contact the church office.

Attention Men!

Promise Keepers is a ministry for Christian men to help them develop spiritual growth. You may have heard of some of these big gatherings in the cities across our nation. Promise Keepers also consists of Small Groups in churches that meet regularly to maintain and stretch their spiritual development. Bob Cool is very interested and willing to organize a Promise Keepers group here at Stroudsburg UMC. Sign up sheets are in the back of the sanctuary for all interested men.

Preschool at East Stroudsburg UMC

East Stroudsburg UMC has a preschool. Open house is scheduled for April 19 from 10 am to 1 pm or call for a personalized tour. Foundations Christian Preschool has been open for 2 years and is recruiting new preschool students from the Pocono area. Two, three and five day sessions are available for 3-5 year olds. Class is from 9 am to 12 noon. For more information, please call Mrs. Pam O'Brien or Mrs. Gail Brady at 421-3280 ext. 19. Visit the website:


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.


Pledge cards are located at the back of the sanctuary along with 2012 offering envelopes. If you can deliver a box to a friend or neighbor who cannot make it to church, that would be appreciated!

Church Picture Calendar

UMW is planning to make a "Church Picture Calendar" to sell at the Holiday Boutique in November. They are asking for pictures from the congregation for each month of the year. If you have a photo you would like to see in the calendar submit it Ruth Weber or Joni Singer. A committee will judge which ones will be used. Pictures need to be submitted by May 30th. Orders will be taken and can be picked up at the Holiday Boutique on November 3rd.

Book Sale

The book sale will be held on April 28, 2012. Please bring in your used books. There are boxes in the Fellowship Room and in the Narthex. You can also put your books downstairs in the Blue Sunday School room; please use the right hand side of the room, closest to the soup kitchen pantry.

Mission Opportunity Available

East Stroudsburg UMC is sending a team to Riverton, Vermont from April 15 through April 21 to work on recovery from last year's flooding. They have room for several people to join them, either as individuals or another small team from another church. Wayne Mertz can be contacted, if anyone is interested, at


Due to the number of daffodils ordered, I have them in the downstairs refrigerator. They are labeled with your name and if you ordered more than one bunch they are held together with a rubber band. Thank you!

Troop 86 Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser April 14, 2012

Troop 86 is holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser here at SUMC on April 14, 2012 6 am-11 am. All you can eat pancakes - $5.00 per person! Please use the Ann Street Entrance.

Soup Kitchen

Starting tomorrow, March 23rd Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church will be hosting a Soup Kitchen every 4th Friday at 5 pm. However, due to the Book Sale next month, they will not host a meal on Friday, April 27th. We understand that their members are very excited and grateful to be a part of our ministry.



















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360