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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

March 15, 2013

Celebrating 225 Years!


New Sermon Series - Conversations with Jesus

This week our conversations with Jesus take us to Levi, the tax collector whom Jesus calls to be one of his disciples. Not only does Jesus talk to this outcast, but he even eats in his home! Join us this Sunday as we explore this conversation and examine our own conversations with others who are different from us. It will be an exciting time of worship as we welcome new members into our church, hear the Cherub Choir sing, and experience all the other elements of worship that will uplift our souls! Don't miss this Sunday!

Table Project

Table Project is an online church software program that allows church members and friends to sit at a virtual table. One cool feature is that we can post prayer requests on the table and others can respond by praying for the person. When the prayer is prayed, you can indicate that the person has been prayed for on the page and a running count of how many prayers were lifted up! Another feature allows Small Groups can stay connected privately among themselves and only themselves. The leaders of the Small Groups will have the option of opening their Table page to everyone or just those who are members of their Small Group. If the group is private then no one else sees their content. A feature I really like is called Serve. Here we can post the different volunteer needs we have in the church. We can explain in detail what the need is and people can sign up to volunteer for this specific need. Pretty cool, huh? I believe our new Stroudsburg UMC Table Project will be helpful to us on a number of levels to stay connected with one another. Go to this new page and sign up today! Then fill out your profile and start exploring the content we already started. Add some content of your own: prayer requests, volunteer opportunities, etc.


Softball Team Breakfast Fundraiser

There will be a softball team breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, April 7th from 9 am - 1 pm. $5.00 per person - all you can eat pancakes & sausage. Coffee, orange juice and apple juice will also be served.

2013 Church Activities

A list of church activities for 2013 is included in the Sunday bulletin and will be included in the Courier for March. the next trip will be on April 20 to the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, NY. 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.

Pocono Mountain Community Chorus of Churches Concert

Cherry Lane UMC will be hosting the Pocono Mountain Community Chorus of Churches concert on Wednesday, March 27th at 7:30 pm. This group of singers from Monroe County and beyond will present a program of varied music depicting the Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter season. Under the direction of Jack Hamblin and accompanied by Gary Raish. The chorus has approximately 60 singers. A reception will follow the concert. Everyone is invited to join downstairs in Fellowship Hall. A free will offering will be taken for the chorus to help defray the cost of music.

Daffodil Wrap Party - Grand Finale - Volunteers needed

Monday, March 18, will be the final wrap party of the daffodils for the American Cancer Society. Volunteers are needed for this event to help wrap the flowers. Please come to the First Baptist Church in East Stroudsburg (at the corner of North Courtland and East Broad Streets) Enter at the back of the church and come down the steps into the fellowship hall. Arrive after 1:30 pm and stay for as long as your schedule permits. There will be light refreshments and door prizes. The parking lot is behind the church. Join us for a fun time while helping others at the same time. We are looking forward to seeing you then. The local chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will be sponsoring the wrap party again this year.



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.

Cluster Lenten Services for 2013

March 20 - Faith UMC (Stbg.) All services start at 7:30 pm.

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.

It's Time for our New Directory!

In coordination with our 225th Anniversary, we are planning a new pictorial church directory. Sign up for photos will take place this Sunday after both services as well as next Sunday, March 17. Members of the Directory Committee will be in the Fellowship Room to schedule appointments. Sign up can also be done online at Instructions for signing up online are in the back of the sanctuary or you can call the church office. Photos will be taken on Wednesday, April 10, Thursday, April 11 & Friday, April 12 from 2:00 pm until 8:30 pm, and on Saturday, April 13 from 10:30 am until 5:00 pm. Brochures with additional information are also in the back of the sanctuary.

New Series on the Bible on the History Channel

"The Bible" is an epic five week mini series continuing this Sunday at 8:00 pm on the History Channel. The final episode will conclude on Easter Sunday with the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Palm Sunday Request

We are looking for someone who has a hitch for a trailer for get Velamint, our Christian donkey, to church on Palm Sunday, March 24. Please call the church office if you can help. Thank you!



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.

UMW Needs a Treasurer

The SUMC United Methodist Women are looking for a new treasurer. If you are interested in volunteering for this position, please contact Ruth Weber. Thank you! Also, the next meeting for UMW will be Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 pm in the Lounge.

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.

Missions Committee

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

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 $2370.00 - new tables were ordered and have been delivered to the church!!

Missions Committee Book Sale in April

The Missions Committee will be collecting books for the Book Sale in April. The date of the sale will be Saturday, April 27 from 9 am - 2 pm. 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.

Troop 86 Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Fundraiser on Saturday, March 23 from 8:30 am - 11:00 am here at SUMC. $5.00 per person. Pancakes, Sausage & Beverages. If you purchase a ticket, you MUST bring it with you to the breakfast!

Chris Cook's Eagle Scout Project

Chris Cook is selling candy and Joe Corbi products to raise money for his Eagle Scout Project. If you would like to purchase candy bars and/or Joe Corbi products (i.e. pizza, cookie dough, etc.), please see Chris Cook on Sunday after services.

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 and thank you to those that have already brought in donations. Jackie

Family Promise Upcoming Events

April 7th "Spring Forward" a luncheon at Lawnhaven, Stroudsmoor with Dunkleberger fashion show; June 6th "Clothing Drive" at Faith United Methodist Church.

Mission Committee Supports One Great Hour of Sharing

For more than 50 years, United Methodist congregations have been taking part in a special One Great Hour of Sharing offering, laying the foundation for UMCOR's (United Methodist Committee on Relief) ministry of relief and hope. Donations received through this offering, along with other undesignated gifts made throughout the year, make it possible for UMCOR to use 100% of all other contributions on the projects specified by donors, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs. UMCOR DOES NOT receive United Methodist World Service or apportionment funds, so without special offerings, UMCOR would not exist. UMCOR keeps its operating costs under 10% of total budget. Donations to UMCOR may also be used to allow UMCOR to respond to disasters immediately after an event. Natural or civil disasters of such magnitude overwhelm a community's ability to recover on its own. Through UMCOR, United Methodists extend loving care to people within the United States, as well as those in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean. These beneficiaries are seen as partners, not victims, and UMCOR works to empower them. Wherever possible, UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend its reach. In its holistic response to disasters, UMCOR: Offers disaster preparedness training; provides essentials supplies and care, both physical and psychological, in the immediate aftermath of a disaster; and supports long-term rebuilding efforts and assists communities as they adapt. If you didn't turn in your OGHS envelope on March 10th, please consider putting a check in it and bringing it next week. As mentioned, your support of OGHS makes it possible for UMCOR to fulfill its mission.

Family Promise Meeting

There will be a Family Promise meeting on Monday, March 18th at 7 pm at the East Stroudsburg Presbyterian Church on Smith Street. This will be a refresher for volunteers and to educate new members.

Fundraiser for Theresa DeHaven

Save the date - June 7, 2013. Sign up sheets for helpers are in the back of the sanctuary. More details will follow. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Miller or myself. Thank you! Jackie

Giving Boxes

Missions Committee encourages members of the congregation to pick up a giving box from the window sills in the sanctuary. Proceeds from the giving boxes are designated for our Youth Group's mission trip. So please take a box, fill it to the brim and bring it back on April 7th.
























Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360