SUM eNews
Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

September 7, 2012



"Heaven is for Real"

This Sunday we begin a new sermon series entitled, "Heaven is for Real." This series is based on the best selling book authored by Todd Burpo. In the book he tells the story of his four-year-old son, Colton, who had to endure emergency surgery. In these fateful moments, Colton nearly died. He went to heaven for a brief time and then lived to tell others about it! The book is captivating and incredibly inspirational! If you want to buy a copy of the book, we have some available in the church office. This sermon series will focus on the reality of heaven and what we believe about it. Is heaven for real? What do you think? Come to church on Sunday and explore this exciting new series with us! It is sure to be out of this world!


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!

Worship Leader Training

A worship leader training class will be held next Sunday, September 16 at 9:45 am in the Lounge. This class is for those people wanting to learn how to be an effective worship leader and also for anyone who wants to brush up on their skills.

Weekly sermons at SUMC

Do you enjoy listening to the weekly sermons here at SUMC? Would you like to listen to them even when you are on vacation or out of town? Well, we do have all the sermons available for you to listen to and they are typically posted to our church website each Sunday. And if you have an iPod or iPad, you can subscribe to the sermons so they will automatically be downloaded to your device for easy listening! To sign up for the automatic feed, go to our sermon page: and then click on the iTunes logo. This will connect you to our iTunes page where you can listen to the sermons or view them in iTunes where you can sign up for the automatic feed. Share this link with your friends and family members. We hope you enjoy this way of staying connected to our sermons here at SUMC.


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!

Sunday School News

Sunday School will be starting again this 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.

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.

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

SUM Celebration Ringers

The SUM Celebration Ringers are looking for new "ringers". If you are interested, please contact Lynn Seip at 421-6517.

UMM Breakfast

The next United Methodist Men's breakfast will be held on Saturday, September 22 at 8:00 am in the downstairs dining room.

Terrific Tuesday

Terrific Tuesday will be starting again this month on Tuesday, September 18 @ 6 pm in the dining room downstairs. The menu will be: Pot Roast with Bow Tie Noodles, Fresh Carrots, Homemade Cole Slaw, Rolls & Butter and Assorted Desserts. $8.00 per person - under 10 $3.00. Please sign up at the rear of the sanctuary. Help is always needed with setup (3 pm on Tuesday) AND cleanup after the meal.

Church Volleyball Team

Sign up sheets are in the back of the sanctuary for those interested in joining a church volleyball team.



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.

Media Team Operators are Needed

Especially at the 11:00 worship time. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Bob or the church office.

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!

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