SUM eNews
Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

July 13, 2012



"The Beauty of Creation"

God created a lot of green things: grass, plants, and trees just to name a few. This Sunday we will look more closely at how and why God created these green things. Join us as we continue the sermon series on The Beauty of Creation. Kermit the Frog sang, "It's not easy being green." We will consider why he sang this and explore why green is actually a wonderful color in God's creation!

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!

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 17 at 6 pm in Pinebrook 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 lessons 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!

DASH Youth Group

There will be DASH Sunday School next Sunday, 7/22 at 9:45 am in the Youth Room.



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. 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 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:

Job Opportunity - Penn State Extension

Penn State Extension is searching for an individual who has a strong interest in teaching families how to prepare nutritious foods to eat at home. If you know of a person who is seeking to be employed full time and who has an interest in food, please contact the church office for the complete job description. Penn State Extension is looking for a non degree candidate with some computer skills and who likes to cook. This position does not need a background in nutrition.


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. The Missions Committee would like to remind everyone that donations for the Yard Sale are still needed. Volunteers are needed as well. Please bring your items for the Yard Sale to the church and leave them in the Blue Room. If you are available to help setup for the Yard Sale and work during the sale, please contact a member of Missions and let them know. Thank you!

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. Also, one of the families we hosted in May/June is "graduating" from the Family Promise Program. SUMC is hosting the graduation party this Sunday, July 15 @ 6:30 pm. All are welcome to come and visit with Dawn & Devon and wish them well. They will be moving into an apartment soon and need furnishings. If anyone would like to donate items for their apartment, please contact the Family Promise Day Center - 420-8589. Thank you!

Reclining Chair Needed

If you have a reclining chair you no longer need, please call me in the church office. I have someone who can use it. Thanks! Jackie - 421-6020

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.

Missions Opportunity

Friends in West Virginia are asking for assistance to help with feeding and sheltering due to the storms that hit a week ago. With power outages on top of extreme heat, teams are needed to help out. Please contact Dan Lowther, WV Conference Disaster Relief Coordinator @ 304-642-0897 or Sue @ 304-642-0896.






















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360