SUM eNews
Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

July 20, 2012



"The Beauty of Creation"

Do you like animals? We get to see a lot of animals living with us here in the Poconos and we get to observe them in the beauty of God's creation. This Sunday in worship we will celebrate the animals God created, see some photographs of them, and thank God for creating them. Later, on the last Sunday of August, we will also have a blessing of the animals in church. Join us this Sunday as we celebrate and give thanks for all the animals God created for us to enjoy!

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 4 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 last game of the season is on Wednesday, July 25 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 Sunday, 7/22 at 9:45 am in the Youth Room.

Church Office Closed

The church office will be closed on Friday, July 27 and the following week from July 30-August 3; the office will reopen on Monday, August 6. Please contact Pastor Ted with pastoral concerns. Any other concerns can be left on the church voicemail or sent via email and will be addressed when I return from vacation. Thanks! Jackie

Sunday School News

Sunday School will be starting again on Sunday, September 9! This year we will have four different classes: Pre-K to 3rd grade will be taught by Denise Shank and Peggy Stewart; 4th grade to 6th grade will be taught by Bob Cool; 7th grade to 12th grade will be taught by Vin Zelizo; and the adult class will be taught by Jeff Weber. Upcoming announcements in the bulletin and eNews will provide the future topics for each class. If you are interested in what Sunday School has to offer or if you are interested in serving in some way please contact Jeff Weber - 402-0931 or





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.

Walk to Emmaus

Anyone who wants to consider the Walk to Emmaus, please see JoAnn Calkins, Cathy Doane, Cliff & Diane Rogell, Dave & Kathy Cook or CJ Penwell. Application deadline is August 12. Dates of the walk are October 11-14 for men and October 19-21 for women.


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.

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