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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

February 15, 2013

Celebrating 225 Years!


New Sermon Series - Conversations with Jesus

Do you express your thankfulness to others around you and to God? What are you thankful for today? Worship is designed to be a time and place to express our thankfulness to God. We praise God through song, the vocal word, and other actions like giving our offerings to the Lord. This week we will examine ten people who were healed by Jesus, but only one of the ten came back to thank Jesus for the healing. Who are we most like? Do we take the time to stop and verbally thank Jesus for the blessings in our life or do we merely take them for granted? This Sunday we will take a hard look at thankfulness to determine if we can find better ways to show our thanksgiving. If you are thankful for anything in your life, please join us as we give thanks to God. If you realize that you haven't always remembered to thank God, please join us who make the same exact mistake. We will worship and thank God this week!

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.


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.

Elevator Update

The elevator is up and running and ready to be used! On Sunday mornings please use the new door at the back of the church to enter. There is a ramp for those who need it. Once you enter the door, the elevator is to your right. There is a new staircase to the left if you would rather take the stairs.

Special Birthday Announcement!

Emily Shirey will be celebrating her 100th birthday on February 27th! We are planning to have a large card in the Fellowship Room in the next week or so for everyone to sign and wish her Happy Birthday!

Cluster Lenten Services for 2013

February 20 - Stroudsburg UMC, February 27 - Cherry Lane UMC, March 6 - Wooddale UMC, March 13 - Poplar Valley UMC, March 20 - Faith UMC (Stbg.) All services start at 7:30 pm. Please note the Lenten schedule listed in the PUMA Class brochures is incorrect. A correct listing of all Lenten Services is included in your Sunday bulletin as an insert.

No UMM Breakfast in February

Due to the 30 Hour Famine, there will not be a Methodist Men's Breakfast in February.

Worship/Praise Band at 3:00 pm

"Expressions of Faith Ministries" is a worship/praise band offering live music and singing before Soup Kitchen on Sundays. The service was organized by Wayne Lanese of Middle Smithfield Presbyterian Church.

Lenten Service here at SUMC on February 20

Since we are hosting the Lenten Service next Wednesday, we will need "goodies" for after the service. If you can help out, please contact Betty Michelin - 421-8377. Thank you!

Thank you!

Bob Cool would like to thank everyone who came to the softball breakfast fundraiser and supported the team - it was a success. Bob would like to thank the youth and the softball team members who helped in all areas setting up, cooking and cleaning up. There was great team work and Bob couldn't have done it without a great team working with him. $197.00 was raised after expenses. SUMC baseball caps are for sale - $10.00 each. If you are interested in purchasing one, please see Bob Cool.



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. Members of the youth group will be selling Gertrude Hawk candy bars to raise money for the youth Mission Trip. Candy bars are $1.00 each. If you would like to donate a separate amount to benefit the famine, please see a youth member. Thanks for your support!

Missions Committee

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

New Member Class

New member classes will be starting on Sunday, February 24th at 9:45 am in the Lounge. Classes will continue the following two weeks on March 3rd and March 10th. If you are interested in becoming a member here at SUMC, please contact Pastor Bob or the church office.

2013 PUMA Classes

Brochures with information on this year's PUMA classes are in the back of the sanctuary. Details about each class can also be found online: Registration for any of the classes can be done online also.


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

A total of 13 families (17 adults, 25 children) were served through the Family Promise program during 2012. Of this number 12 graduated were employed, and moved to secure housing; one left early for employment out of the area. Our next date to serve as host is February 10-20. We have agreed to extend an additional 3 days to help with an unanticipated need. The Family Promise program at SUMC needs your help. Here are some ways you can help: Help to provide meals: prepare, deliver & serve meal. Spend fellowship time with families. Prepare a meal. If you are unable to deliver, we can arrange for pick up and serve the meal. Provide the funds for a meal. We can then purchase the food for someone to prepare or purchase a prepared food. Purchase food for use at SUMC or Day Center (breakfast). Be an overnight host: Arrive at the church at 8:00 pm and leave the next morning before 6:00 am. Open the church at 5:00 p before the families arrive. Provide fellowship with the families during meal or after dinner. Laundry during the week and at the end of the week. Sign up sheets are in the Fellowship Room.

Missions Committee Book Sale in April

The Missions Committee will be collecting books for the Book Sale in April. You can start bringing in books and leave them in the blue room downstairs in the back part of the Sunday School room. Boxes will also be available in the Fellowship Room and in the Narthex.

Oasis of Love Food Pantry

Oasis of Love is a local food pantry supported by SUMC. Recently I spoke with the director, Frank, who let me know his last trip to the food bank was very disappointing as the shelves were nearly bare. I am asking for food donations to help Oasis of Love provide for those needing food in our community. Please leave your donations of non-perishable foods in the sanctuary and I will arrange to get them to Frank. You can also drop items off during the week at the church office. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide. Jackie



























Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360