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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

April 27, 2012



The Resurrection Appearances of Jesus

This week in worship we will ponder the resurrected Jesus talking with Peter. That's right! Jesus, in his resurrected body, has a conversation with Peter. He asks questions and he gives some commands. Can we talk to Jesus, too, just like Peter did? What would you say? How would you respond? Come out this Sunday to worship to think about this and much more!

SUMC Softball

Our first softball game will be held on Wednesday, May 2 at 6 pm in Pinebrook Park. Come out and cheer our team!

Church Directory

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

UMM Breakfast

There will not be a UMM breakfast in April due to the book sale.

UMW News

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. This year's theme is "Sights and Sounds of Harmony - Listening to our Sisters". UMW is attending a district meeting, "Day Apart" at Christ UMC at Poplar Valley on Saturday, May 5 from 9:30 am - 2 pm. The theme is "Healing Mother Earth". Several of our members are planning to attend. Bring a bag lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided. Anyone wishing to join us is most welcome. Contact Joni Singer or Ruth Weber. The UMW meeting for May will be held on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 pm in the Lounge.

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:

United Methodist Day at Dorney Park & Wild Water Kingdom

The first Annual United Methodist Day at Dorney Park & Wild Water Kingdom in Allentown, PA will be held on June 23, 2012. Bishop Peggy Johnson will be there at the "Carousel Pavilion". Stop by and say hello! Tickets are being offered at a reduced cost. Please call the church office - 421-6020. For more information, please email Ross Brightwell - or visit the Conference website:

Mother's Day Dinner Sponsored by Troop 86

Saturday, May 12 @ 5:30 pm here at SUMC. Menu: Stuffed Chicken Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Rolls, Salad, Desserts, Juice, Coffee, Tea. Cost: $9.00 per person, $7.00 under 12. For tickets see Rory Stanton, Dick Seip, Matt Stanton, Justin Stanton, Ron Bogart or call 570-856-1029.



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.

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.

New Member Class

A new member class will be starting on Sunday, May 6th at 9:45 am. Classes will continue through Sunday, May 20th. If you are interested in joining SUMC as an official member, please contact Pastor Bob or the church office.


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.

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 from 9 am - 3 pm. The book sale supports missions projects of SUMC.


The self denial coin boxes are to be returned no later than April 29. Please give your box to an usher or place it at the front of the sanctuary near the altar. Thank you.

Monroe County Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is looking for a partner family interested in homeownership. They are currently rehabilitating a house in Mount Pocono and all that is missing is a family to call it home. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Habitat for Humanity, 912 Main Street, Stroudsburg by calling 570-476-9846.

Attention Young Artists!

A contest is being held for The Crossing Abilities Playground Design. If you can draw or design a playground for people with and without disabilities you have a chance to win a great prize! The contest ends on April 30 so enter today! Visit the website for an entry form and rules: Age groups: 3-8, 4 prizes; 9-12, 4 prizes; 13-16, 4 prizes. First prize in each age group is 2 season passes to Camelbeach, 3 runner up prizes are 2 day passes to Camelbeach. Good luck!












Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360