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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

November 16, 2012



Bible Sunday

Sunday is Bible Sunday! We will think about and explore the Bible's meaning for us in today's world. Is the Bible an old-fashioned and out of date book? Does the Bible have any relevancy to us today? How can the Bible help us? These questions and more will be explored this Sunday as we celebrate Bible Sunday. Join us in the exploration!


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!

Church Volleyball Team

Sign up sheets are in the back of the sanctuary for those interested in joining a church volleyball team. Please note there are two sheets - one for adults 18 and over and one for youth under 18.

We are now live streaming worship at 8:30 am!

Thanks to the efforts of Alex Herrero, Drenen Tucker, and Paul Edinger, we are now live streaming 8:30 worship. This means that when you cannot be here physically for worship due to illness or vacation, you can still worship with us here at Stroudsburg UMC! Here is the link: In an effort to help make live streaming look better, we are asking the 8:30 worshippers to move forward instead of sitting in the back of the church. Your willingness to move forward will help viewers at home see that we actually do have people in worship, instead of them seeing all the empty pews toward the front of the sanctuary. Please help us to enhance this new feature of worship by moving forward and sitting in the front of the sanctuary. This will also leave the prized back seats for our visitors! Thank you for your cooperation

November "Simply Tuesday" Dinner 11/20/2012

With the day of our dinner falling two days before Thanksgiving, the last thing we need is another large meal. So please join us this month for something on the lighter side: Tuesday, 11/20 @ 6 pm Fellowship Room. Please park in the bank parking lot or on Main Street. Menu: Two Soups, Salad, Bread, Dessert. $5.00/person, under 3 free. If you plan on joining us for an evening of "simple" food, fellowship and fun, please sign up at the rear of the sanctuary. Help is always needed with setup (3 pm Tuesday) and cleanup after the meal.

United Methodist Men's Breakfast

United Methodist Men's Breakfast will be held on Saturday, November 24th at 8 am. The speaker will be Ron Bogart, Jr.

Stroudsburg Area Music Supporters

36th Annual Craftfest and Musicfest, Saturday December 1 at Stroudsburg Junior High School. 1198 Chipperfield Drive. Craftfest from 10 am-4 pm in the cafeteria, gym and connecting halls, Musicfest from 1 pm-9 pm in the auditorium. All proceeds benefit SASD music programs.



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. 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.

New Activities Coordinator!

Jeremy Stoeckel is our new Activities Coordinator here at Stroudsburg UMC! Jeremy is involved in the life of the church in many ways and volunteers a great deal of time with us. Jeremy wants to volunteer more of his time to be in charge of organizing some future church activities. These activities will include members and friends of the church from children to adults. Some of the ideas we are brainstorming are: Bingo, trips to various theaters, a trip to Koziar's Christmas Village in Bernville, PA, Craft night, ice cream social, bowling. If you have additional ideas for future church activities or if you are willing to help in this area, please speak with Jeremy.


Make a Difference!

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 donations of Thanksgiving foods - turkeys, stuffing, canned vegetables, etc., to distribute to needy people in our community. If you can help with any donations, please bring them to the church office this coming week and I will arrange to get them to Frank, the director of Oasis of Love. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide! Jackie

Fundraising Campaign for New Tables & Chairs

Our custodian, Matt Parton has started a fundraising campaign to raise money for new tables and chairs here at SUMC. Our goal is $5,000. You can make a check payable to SUMC and place it in the offering plate on Sunday marked for the fundraiser or you can donate online: We have already raised $840.00!

Compassionate Care Hospice - Volunteers Needed

Compassionate Care Hospice is looking for volunteers. If you are able to help out in any capacity please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Jessica Ritchie at 570-476-0150 or Hospice Chaplain, Rev. Phil Schultz at 570-561-9699.

Harvest In-Gathering

This Sunday, November 18th is our Harvest In-Gathering. Please see your Sunday bulletin insert for a list of items needed by our Soup Kitchen and PATH. You can also get the list from the November Courier:

Please bring your gift to the communion rail before the start of services and present to either our traditional American Indian or Pilgrim. Your Mission Committee and our guests thank you!

DASH Youth Group Needs Blankets to Hand Out at Soup Kitchen 11/25

Our Youth Group is hosting Soup Kitchen on Sunday, November 25th. They need donations of blankets to hand out to our guests. Since the soup kitchen numbers are rising each week we need more blankets this year than in the past. Please bring your new or gently used clean blankets to church on Sunday or to the church office before November 25th. Thank you!

Cub Scout Pack 86 Fundraiser at "Five Below"

Cub Scout Pack 86 is holding a fundraising event at Five Below on November 23rd, 24th and 25th and again on December 15th & 16th. Flyers are available in the back of the sanctuary. Please present the flyer to the cashier when you check out and 10% of each dollar you spend will go to Cub Scout Pack 86. Five Below is located in The Shoppes at Stroud strip mall on Route 611 Stroudsburg (near Best Buy, Michael's & Old Navy)

SUMC Members Donated More Than $780 to UMCOR

Our church members has donated more than $780 to UMCOR to assist in hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Thank you to all who are supporting relief efforts to those in need.

Eagle Scout Project Fundraiser

Justin Stanton's Eagle Scout Project Fundraiser is a waffle breakfast being held on Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 7 am - 11 am here at SUMC. $6.00/person. Menu: Homemade Belgian Waffles, Sausage, Fruit Toppings (Apples, Cherries, Blueberries), Orange juice, Coffee.

Helping a Needy Family This Christmas

If anyone is interested in helping a needy family with Christmas gifts this year, I have a list of children, their ages and their wish list. Please contact me. Thanks Jackie

Holiday Mail for Heroes

Once again this year I am collecting holiday cards for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Many members of the Armed Forces will be far away from home and loved ones during the holidays. Why not let them know their sacrifice is appreciated. Please address your cards using a generic greeting and sign your name on the inside of the card. You don't need to include an envelope and please don't use cards with glitter on them. The deadline for mailing the cards is December 7th. I will mail all of the cards at one time. Thank you! Jackie


























Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360