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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

January 18, 2013

Celebrating 225 Years!


New Sermon Series - Conversations with Jesus

This Sunday we are starting a new sermon series entitled "Conversations with Jesus - Who did Jesus talk with and what does this teach us?" By looking more closely at these conversations of Jesus and who he talked with, we might learn something about the conversations we can have with Jesus, too! We start this week by looking at the conversation Jesus had with the woman at the well, which is recorded in the fourth chapter of John's gospel. Join us on Sunday as we kick off this new and engaging sermon series and learn how we can talk with Jesus, too!


Save the Date - February 9, 2013!

Movie night hosted by SUMC DASH Youth Group! Watch a movie, have some popcorn and enjoy some baked goods. All donations to benefit the 30 Hour Famine. More details to follow.

Important Message During the Flu Season

Please use your discretion on Sunday mornings during the greeting time. Please do not be offended if a church member does not wish to shake your hand. We are all concerned about spreading germs at this time of the year. Remember there are hand sanitizers located in the front and back of the sanctuary as well as in the Fellowship Room for your convenience.

Sign Up Sheets for Competitive Softball

Sign up sheets for the SUMC competitive softball team are in the back of the sanctuary. Tentative start up date is April 2013. Details about a recreational softball team will be announced at a later date.

2013 Church Activities

A list of church activities for 2013 is included in the Sunday bulletin and will be included in the Courier for February. On March 2, 2013, we are planning a trip to Roadside America in Shartlesville, PA. We will meet in the church parking lot on Ann Street between 9:00 and 9:15 am for a 9:30 am departure. Information about Roadside America can be found on their website: Details about each trip will be announced as the date draws near. Sign up sheets will be available in the back of the sanctuary or please call the church office.


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.

SUMC Softball Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

There will be a pancake breakfast fundraiser for the softball team on Sunday, February 10, 2013 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm in the downstairs dining room. $5.00 per person. Pancakes, sausage - all you can eat! If you can help with setup/clean up, please see Bob Cool.


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!

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.

United Methodist Night at the Phillies

Saturday, August 17th @ 7 pm. More information to follow. Don't forget: UM Night at the 76ers: March 30, 2013, UM Day at Dorney Park Wildwater Kingdom: June 22, 2013, UMM Rally for Leaders: January 19, 2013 at Albright College.

Troop 86 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

January 19, 2013, 4-7 pm here at SUMC and sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 86. Adults $8.00, Seniors & Children 10-3 $6.00. Under 3 Free and take outs available.


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.

Youth Group Winter Update

One of the biggest events of the year, the 30 Hour Famine, will take place on February 22nd through the 23rd. Most of our efforts after Christmas will be to prepare for that experience. Further along on the horizon is our Mission Trip. This year we are heading to Rutland, VT on July 21 through 26. Stay tuned for more details about the mission trip. These are just a few of our winter activities. More will be added in the weeks ahead. As always we would like to thank everyone who has helped with our past events. We appreciate the support!

Missions Committee

Our Missions Committee is in need of more volunteer members. If you are interested, please contact Alberta Weber. Thank you.

2013 Giving Envelopes

Giving envelopes for 2013 are now available in the back of the sanctuary. Please pick up your envelopes after church this Sunday and if you can, deliver a box to a friend or neighbor who is unable to come to church. Thank you!

2013 Calendars are now up at SUMC

The 2013 Altar Flower Chart and the Church event calendar are now up. Please consider placing flowers on the altar in memory of or in honor of a loved one or special event. Please make sure your small groups, meetings, events are listed on the main church calendar so they are included in the weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter and on the calendar online. Thank you!


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!

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: With donations from members, outside friends and memorial contributions we have already raised $2170.00!

Daffodil Days

I'll be selling daffodils for the American Cancer Society again this year. Bunches of daffodils are $10.00 each. Vase and a bunch is $15.00 and the Bear and a bunch is $25.00. Orders need to be received by February 20 and the daffodils will be delivered on March 20. Sadly, this is the last year for daffodil sales. Thanks for all your support in previous years! Jackie

Family Promise Update

We will be hosting families for Family Promise the week of February 10, 2013. Sign up sheets will be in the Fellowship Room. Details about the families will be coming soon.



























Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360