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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

July 6, 2012



"The Beauty of Creation"

11 o'clock worship will be at the "Duck Pond" on 5th Street. Join us for worship and then the church picnic to follow. It will be lots of fun, so bring a friend, too!

What do you think of the mountains? God's beautiful Creation has many things to enjoy and this week we will focus on the mountains. Many important biblical events took place on mountains and Jesus even spent quite a bit of time in the mountains. Join us for worship this week as we explore the beauty of the mountains!

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, utsensils 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. 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 Tuesday, July 10 at 6 pm in Zacharias Pond Park 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.

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.

SUMC Choir

The SUMC Adult Choir would like to extend an invitation to any singer interested in joining the choir in the fall. rehearsals are on Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00. Worship services are at 11:00 am on Sunday. Choir season runs from September through mid June. Ability to read music is essential, as is previous singing experience. Contact David Lantz via the church email:


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. 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 any Sunday after services in July 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.

Backpacks for the 2012-2013 School Year

The Packs for Backs project is in its ninth year already. It has been so well received by the needy recipients and the number of young people that we service has really multiplied each year. We work with the Stroudsburg Council of Churches and Church Women United in distributing the materials to the children. Backpacks will be handed out on two different Wednesdays in August. The program continues all year so we collect during the school year also. We are gathering backpacks - the type that has two straps. The students ask for that kind and not the ones that are like a sling. The slings do not meet the pupils' needs because they are too small. We are requesting donations of traditional school supplies. We need glue sticks, glue, pens, pencils, crayons, washable markers, notebooks, tooth brushes and toothpaste, double pocket folders and notebook paper. Please avoid Trapper Keeper because they do not fit in the youngsters' desks. You may choose to bring the items to the First Presbyterian Church, 575 Main Street, Stroudsburg, Monday through Friday at their church office, between the hours of 9 am until noon. If you would like to make a contribution so that we can purchase the objects in bulk, please make a check payable to the Packs for Backs Project and mark the memo line with Packs for Backs. You may mail your tax deductible donation to Packs for Backs, in care of Margie Good, the chairperson of the project; and mail it to 1119 Beacon Hill Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. Thank you so much for continuing to help make this endeavor a successful one.






















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360