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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

June 8, 2012

 

Gather

 

This Sunday is Choir Sunday!

The services will be led entirely by our choir, with lots and lots of music of course! We'll feature anthems by Joseph Martin, John Purifoy, Joel Raney, and others (and our very own David Lantz III). Come on out, settle in our pews and get ready for some great music!

Farewell Service for our District Superintendent

On Sunday, June 10 at the Wesley UMC in Bethlehem starting at 4 pm, our district will have a farewell service for our current District Superintendent, Bronwyn Yocum. The service will include some of Bronwyn's favorite hymns, as well as her last sermon to us as our D.S. Of course there will be refreshments and a time to wish Bronwyn and her family well. If you plan to attend this event, please think about bringing with you a personal note as to how Bron has affected your life and any personal photos you may have.

Church Picnic - Sunday, July 8

Everyone is welcome! Sunday, July 8 from 11 am - 3 pm. Jay Albertson Park in Stroudsburg (Fifth Street Duck Pond). Bring a salad, side or dessert to share and an extra dessert for the "Cake Walk". Hamburgers, hotdogs and beverages provided. 11:00 Worship - There will be traditional 8:30 worship at the church. The picnic will start with an informal worship service. If you go to the 8:30 service, come to the picnic about 11:45. About 12:00 - Lunch, 1:00 Games & fellowship. There is a pavilion with picnic tables but feel free to bring a folding chair to relax in if you wish. To help us plan, please sign up at the back of the sanctuary.

 

UMW News

Our Annual Covered Dish will be held on Tuesday, June 26th at 6 pm.

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: http://www.epaumc.org/events

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 - rossbrightwell@verizon.net or visit the Conference website: www.epaumc.org

Books, Books, Books!

There are many new books that have been added to the church library in the Lounge. Check them out! You may find a good "read"! Also, there are free books in the back of the sanctuary for anyone interested. Feel free to take one home with you after church this Sunday!

SUMC Softball

Our next game is today, Friday, June 8 at 6 pm in Zacharias Pond field. Come out and cheer our team! Also, SUMC softball hats are available for purchase - $10.00 each. Please contact the church office or see Bob Cool if you are interested.

 

Grow!

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.

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.

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.

Camperships

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 second preparation meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 12 at 7 pm at St. Luke's. The deadline for registrations is June 18. Forms can also be downloaded online: http://sburgvbs.blogspot.com

 

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.

Family Promise Clothing Drive - Today - June 8, 2012

Family Promise is collecting wearable & useable clothing, shoes, belts, handbags, backpacks, briefcases, hats, gloves, ties, linens, blankets, sheets, tablecloths, towels, stuffed animals. Today, June 8 @ Faith UMC from 9 am to 8 pm. Items need to be securely tied in a strong plastic bag. For more information, please contact Family Promise @ 420-8589.

Pregnancy Resource Center Baby Bottle Boomerang

The baby bottles with donations for the Pregnancy Resource Center need to be returned by next Sunday, June 17th. If you would like a receipt for your donation, please put a check inside the bottle instead of loose change. The Baby Bottle Boomerang is a worthy mission project supporting the efforts of the Pregnancy Resource Center.

Helping Hands Ministry

Cathy Doane has started a new ministry at SUMC. The Helping Hands Ministry exists to utilize our God-given gifts and talents to assist members of the body of Christ. We grow together in Christ's love by helping each other and just by being there for each other in times of need. The areas of service where help is needed are: making meals, grocery shopping, phone calls, visitation, prayer, transportation, light housekeeping and emergency response. If you are willing to serve in any of these areas, please contact Cathy Doane or the church office. Thank you!

Church Yard Sale

The church yard sale to support mission projects will be held Friday, August 10th from 8 am - 4 pm & Saturday, August 11th from 8 am - 1 pm. Bring your used treasures, in good condition, to the Blue Room beginning July 1st. Missions Committee is looking for volunteers to help sort, set up and work during the yard sale. Contact any member of the Missions Committee if you can help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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