SUM eNews
Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

August 24, 2012



"God Blesses the Animals, Too!"

This Sunday we will host a blessing of the animals. Bring your pets to worship and we will bless each one of them! If your pet or favorite animals will not fit in the door, bring them to the courtyard and we will bless them there. Tell your friends and neighbors, too! Invite them to have their pets blessed at SUMC. This is sure to be an exciting and special Sunday so don't miss it. Get the word out and let's bless these special creations God gives us to enjoy! Mooove on down to church this Sunday! Come Baaaack to church this week! Raise your voices to the Ruff! Oink if you love Jesus! See you and your pets on Sunday!

Next Sunday

Next Sunday, September 2 "Celebration of our Labor." Bring a small representation of your trade or occupation to place near the altar.

A New Banner is Hanging in the Fellowship Room

Pam Price has purchased a new banner in memory of her husband, Bruce W. Price. It's hanging in the Fellowship Room. Please take a moment to look at it. Thank you!


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!

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!

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 Waltz will be taught Tuesdays in August. 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!

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

Family Promise

Family Promise will be having another clothing drive in the fall. An announcement will be made as soon as we know the date has been set.

Pocono Flute Society Recital

Pocono Flute Society presents "Flutes & Friends" Recital. On Sunday, August 26 at 2:30 pm the Pocono Flute Society will present a recital in our sanctuary. Members of the flute society and their students will perform solos, duets, and other chamber music. Admission for the recital is free. Donations will be gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served after the recital.

New Small Group Starting

Nancy Haase is interested in starting a small group for making greeting cards. Sign up sheets are in the back of the sanctuary for those interested in joining. Please print your name and phone number and indicate whether Monday or Thursday afternoon is convenient for you. If you have any questions, please call Nancy @ 629-9345.

Get Well Card for Travis

There is a get well card for Travis, who was hurt in the recent softball tournament, in the back of the sanctuary. Please take a moment on Sunday to sign the card and let Travis know your thoughts are with him for a speedy recovery.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Please make sure to put your meetings and events on the main calendar so they can be included in the weekly schedule in the bulletin, online and in the courier. If you want I can put your events on the calendar - just call or email me and let me know. Thanks! Jackie



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!

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.

Oasis of Love

Oasis of Love, a local food pantry located on Monroe Street in Stroudsburg, is looking for volunteers to help with food distribution. If you are available during the week and are interested in volunteering, please call Frank Medero, Program Director at 570-972-0838. Also, if you have any food donations for Oasis of Love, please bring them to church and I will arrange to get them to Frank. Thank you! Jackie

Compassionate Care Hospice

Compassionate Care Hospice is looking for volunteers. Visit the Compassionate Care Hospice website for more information. There is also an insert in Sunday's bulletin. A memorial service will be held on September 9 from 3-4 pm at Zion UCC with a reception afterward from 4-5 pm. The memorial service is open to anyone. If you would like to have a candle lit in a loved one's memory, please call the church office - 421-6020 and let us know the name of your loved one. A piano player and singers are needed for the memorial service also. If you have additional questions, please contact Jessica Ritchie, Volunteer Coordinator - 476-0150 or





















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360