SUM eNews
Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

June 29, 2012



"The Beauty of Creation"

We continue our sermon series "The Beauty of Creation" this Sunday with "The Wonder of Water." Water is essential to life. How important do you think water is for creation? Come to worship on Sunday as we explore the wonder of water!

Helping Hands Ministry

The Helping Hands Ministry will provide help to those in our church family who find themselves in need for any number of reasons. Some members need a ride to a doctor's visit for a routine checkup. Others need rides to cancer treatments or to hear the results of a serious test. Another person might need some meals prepared for them during a time when they are recovering from surgery. Our desire is to be a good church family who helps each other out. We never know what might happen in life or when we, ourselves, might be in need of some help. Our job is not to pry into an individual's personal life, but to simply help them in a time of need. So, if you are willing to drive a person to an appointment or provide a simple meal for someone, please contact us. By doing these simple things we are, in fact, being the hands and feet of Jesus right here in our community! Please consider helping by getting involved in the Helping Hands Ministry!

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. REMINDER: 11:00 Worship will be at Jay Albertson Park; 8:30 Worship will still be in the church sanctuary.

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:

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 Monday, July 2 at 6 pm in Zacharias Pond Park field. Thursday, July 5 we will also be playing at Zacharias Pond Park. 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.

Dancing Lessons -

Ted & Margie Good have been enjoying taking dancing lessions over the past year. They would like to invite anyone who would like to join them for the lessons. Classes are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm at Dance Charisma Studio, located at the intersection of Route 611 & Shafer's Schoolhouse Road. (Good Shepherd Rehab & TCBY). The entrance is around the back. Lessons are for beginners and last about 45 minutes. Cost is $12.00/person. The last two weeks of June will feature the fox trot; the Cha-cha will be taught Tuesdays in July. You need to carry your leather soled dancing shoes with you to protect the dance floor and you don't need a partner to take the lessons. Visit for more info or feel free to call Margie & Ted at 424-5251. See you on the dance floor!




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 August 14th in the Conference Room beside Pastor Bob's study. 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.


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.

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.

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.

Missions Committee "Christmas in July"

Stop by the Fellowship Room Sundays after service beginning July 1 to purchase an ornament to support Family Promise.

Family Promise

We will be hosting Family Promise the week of July 15-22. Sign up sheets are in the Fellowship Room. Please prayerfully consider volunteering. Thank you! Also, a training session is scheduled for Sunday, July 1 at 12:15 pm. The training will consist of viewing a short DVD, comments by Karin Falcone (the program's case manager) and a question & answer period. Light refreshments will be served. This will be a refresher for anyone who has served in the past and plans to continue, those who are new to helping with Family Promise or want to begin and for anyone who wants to know more about the program. Please contact Kathy Cook if you plan to attend the training session. Thank you!























Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360