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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

April 4, 2012



Don't miss the events of Holy Week!

Thursday night we will celebrate Holy Communion in a very special way in an Upper Room setting. We will communion in small groups, just as the disciples communed with Jesus on Maundy Thursday. Don't miss this meaningful experience. Then on Friday we will have the opportunity to participate in the Cross Walk, where we will walk from church to church here in Stroudsburg as we remember the Way of the Cross that Jesus took on Good Friday. We will conclude the walk here at Stroudsburg UMC and then have a short time of worship to remember the events of Good Friday. Don't miss these two special experiences. On Sunday we will celebrate Easter! It will begin with the Sunrise Service in Ann Street park at 7 am led by our youth. This is a joint event shared between our church and Zion UCC. Then we will celebrate the Resurrection in worship at 8:30 am and 11:00 am. We will contemplate Easter Reflections, recall the story of Easter and determine if we can reflect the story of Easter in our daily living. Don't miss these meaningful and special experiences. Celebrate Holy Week and Easter and grow in your faith!

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

Note: For those people who already signed up, there will be practice at Zacharias Pond field tonight, April 4th @ 6 pm. On Saturday, there will be another practice at 2 pm at Pinebrook field. If you don't know how to get to either location, please call Bob Cool at 269-5987.

UMM Breakfast

United Methodist Men will be serving breakfast 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.

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: 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.


















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360