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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

March 30, 2012



Palm Sunday

Kick off Palm Sunday like a donkey!? This Sunday we will have Velamint the miniature donkey in worship to help us celebrate Palm Sunday. This was Jesus' triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem and was the beginning of what we now call Holy Week. The Handbell Choir will be playing and the Choir will be singing. We will also celebrate Holy Communion. Join us this Sunday to kick off Holy Week!

Holy Week Schedule

Thursday, April 5, 7:30 pm Maundy Thursday Service; Friday, April 6 Good Friday: Cross Walk at 11 am, 12:15 Good Friday Service in our Sanctuary; Easter Sunday, April 8 Sunrise Service at 7:00 am in Ann Street Park, Worship 8:30 & 11:00 am.


Church Directory

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


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 practice at Zacharias Pond field tomorrow, Saturday, March 31 at noon. If you don't know where Zacharias Pond is, please be at the church no later than 11:20 am to follow other teammates to the field. If practice is canceled due to rain, Bob Cool will call everyone.

UMM Breakfast

United Methodist Men will be serving breakfast next Sunday after the Sunrise Service and for the Choir in between services. Any help from willing men would be appreciated. There will not be a UMM breakfast in April due to the book sale.

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:

UMW News

UMW April meeting has been rescheduled from Tuesday, April 24 to Monday, April 23 at 7 pm in the Lounge. Church Women United will celebrate Friendship Day in our Sanctuary on Friday, May 4 at 11 am. A luncheon will follow and everyone is invited. More info to follow.

Pocono Community Theater presents "The Ten Commandments"

Sunday, April 1 at 6 pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $6.75 and reservations are encouraged. Pocono Community Theater, 88 South Courtland Street, East Stroudsburg - 421-6684.

Phillies Baseball United Methodist Night - Meet & Greet Bishop Peggy Johnson

Saturday, August 5 at Citizens Bank Park - Phillies host the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:05 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference website:

Pocono Mountain Community Chorus of Churches

Holy Week Concerts: Sunday, April 1 at 3 pm at Reeders UMC, Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30 pm at East Stroudsburg Presbyterian Church, Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30 pm at Mt. Pocono UMC.



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:

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

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.

Security at SUMC

Due to security issues, the lock on the church secretary's office door has been changed. Those needing a key have already been given one. If you have items for the secretary, please leave them in the plastic box outside the office or drop them off during church hours.

Lost and Found

A pair of glasses was found on the floor of the Sanctuary after last Sunday's services. If you have lost a pair of glasses, please call the church office - 421-6020.

















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360