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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

May 4, 2012



"Building Bridges Out of Poverty"

This week in worship we will hear of a new and creative way to be the church for the poor in our community. Special speaker, Art Piancone will talk about "Building Bridges Out of Poverty", a nationwide initiative that provides structures, ideas, and concrete tools a community needs to counter poverty in the community. We will hear how this effort is working and be invited to consider hosting one here in our community as an effort among the United Methodist Cluster of Churches in our area. Join us this Sunday as we consider how we can be the church for Christ in transforming the world one person at a time.

UMW News

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.

Terrific Tuesday May 15th @ 6 pm

Menu: Baked chicken, oven roasted red potatoes, vegetable medley, "Terrific Tuesday" salad, rolls & butter, assorted desserts. $8.00 per person, under 10, $3.00. Sign up at the rear of the sanctuary. Assistance is always needed with setup (3 pm Tuesday) and clean up after the meal.

Candlelight Mother's Day Vigil - May 11

A Mother's Day vigil will be held on Friday, May 11 at 7:30 pm in front of the Monroe County Courthouse Square to remember the challenges mothers and women face these days and to give thanks for the blessings they bring to us. This bilingual celebration is sponsored by FLECHA, the Federation of Latinos for Education about the Cultures of Hispanic-America.



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.

Family Promise

SUMC will be hosting Family Promise the week of May 27 through June 3. Sign up sheets are available in the Fellowship Room for volunteers. If you have questions, please contact Kathy Cook or Jeff Weber.

Media Team Operators are Needed

Especially at the 11:00 worship time. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Bob or the church office.

SUMC Scholarship

One scholarship, in the amount of $1,000.00 is awarded to a single recipient for continuing education after high school, based on demonstrated academic achievement, community involvement, and an expressed interest in pursuing further education. The scholarship is available to a student who is actively involved in the life of SUMC and who has been accepted into an accredited college, university or trade school for the 2012-2013 school year. Scholarship applications are available in the back of the sanctuary. Completed application packets must be returned to the church office no later than July 15, 2012.


The Mission Committee has funds available to assist SUMC families with sending children or youth actively involved in the life of SUMC to summer church camp. Please see a member of the Mission Committee for more information.

Vacation Bible School 2012

VBS will be held from June 25 - June 29. Registration forms are in the back of the sanctuary. A preparation meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 22 @ 7 pm at St. Luke's Church. A second preparation meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 12 at 7 pm. Location TBA. The deadline for registrations is June 18. Forms can also be downloaded online:


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.

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.













Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360