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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

May 24, 2013

Celebrating 225 Years!



New Sermon Series - The Holy Spirit

How does the Holy Spirit come to us today? This will be our focus in worship this Sunday. Come to explore with us the different and powerful ways the Spirit comes to us. Have you ever been moved by the Spirit? Have you ever felt the power of the Spirit in your own life? We will talk about this on Sunday, but hopefully, we will experience it as well! Join us this week as we continue to be open to the moving of the Holy Spirit in our church and in our personal lives!


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 to 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.


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 Day at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

Saturday, June 22nd is the 2nd annual United Methodist Day at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, PA. Park hours are 10am - 10pm. Visit the website where you can download and make copies of the discount coupon. With the coupon you will pay only $30.99 for your all-day ticket - a discount of $19.00 off the regular price. You can get four people in on one coupon. Coupons are available through the church office as well. The coupon is only good for June 22, 2013. A UMC tent will be set up near the "Sea Dragon" ride where Bishop Peggy Johnson will be to greet you.

Pocono Raceway Festival - Saturday, June 8, 2013

This year we will be selling hot food during the festival. Bill Hardy is chairperson of this event. We are asking for donations of ice, hot dogs, hot dog buns, condiments, paper products, individual size bags of chips, bottled water, soda and baked goods. Volunteers are needed to cook, wait on customers, etc. We need coolers and poster board to advertise prices. If you can help, please see Bill Hardy or call the church office. Sign up sheets and a list of donations needed are in the Fellowship Room on the table at the front of the room. Thank you!

SUMC Softball

No games are scheduled next week. The Box Score will be listed in the Sunday bulletin each week or view the stats from each game here:


May Anniversary News

Updated calendar for visiting clergy:

June 16 - Reverend Thomas Anderman

July 14 - Pastor Scott Widmer

July 21 - Reverend Doctor William Ramsden

August 11 - Pastor Mary Jane Price-Kirby

September 21 - Pastor George Rigby

October 6 - Reverend Doctor Milton Hartenstine

December 22 - Bishop Peggy Johnson

For Sale:

A 26" Samsung TV, about 3 years old, asking $100.00. If you are interested, please call the church office - 421-6020.

Employment Opportunities

Housekeeper, part-time at Tuscarora Inn & Conference Center in Mt. Bethel, PA. Please visit under "Serving" Employment to fill out a preliminary employment inquiry. Please contact Karl Samuelson, Housekeeping Supervisor for more details: or 570-897-6000. Also, a church member is looking for someone to clean 4 rooms twice a month. Light housekeeping and vacuuming involved. If you are interested, please call the church office for more details - 421-6020.

Venturing Crew 86 Fundraiser "Leaf It To Us"

If you are in need of lawn mowing, raking leaves, trimming shrubs, weeding, general yard clean up or other landscaping needs, please contact Timothy Lloyd @ 269-3187 or Kaegan Horvat (after 3 pm) @ 994-2788 for more information. An insert is included in your Sunday bulletin with more details. All proceeds benefit Crew 86 of Stroudsburg, PA. Thanks for your support!

United Methodist Women Hold the Date!

June 25th UMW will be hosting Reverend David Ryan for his presentation on "Our Congo Partnership". There will be a covered dish open to all UMW members and their families at 6 pm followed by Rev. Ryan's presentation in the sanctuary. More information will be provided as the time gets nearer.

Coin Collectors

Do you have a coin collection you don't know the value of but would like to? Please contact Phil Shaffer @ 424-2502. He will be more than happy to assess your collection or give you advice on how to find out the value.

United Methodist Men's Breakfast

UMM breakfast will be held on Saturday, May 25 at 8:00 am in the downstairs dining room.

Spiritual Revival

Saturday, June 1 from 4-6 pm at Effort United Methodist Church in Effort, PA. Eastern PA Northeastern District Superintendent Dr. Irving Cotto will be the featured speaker. This is an opportunity to get spiritually re-energized with fellow Christians who are seeking to put new spiritual power in their lives and faith. Praise bands will bring new life to the Word. If you are feeling as though your faith is fading fast, come to be re-charged with the Spirit. Following the Revival, there will be a pot luck dinner in the Effort UMC Fellowship Hall. Those attending are encouraged to bring a dish to share, but all are welcome with or without one. Bring a chair for your comfort. For more information, please call Pastor Tresita Beach at 992-3621.

Life Line Screening at SUMC

June 10, 2013. By signing up for this health event, you will be able to receive $10.00 off any package of $149.00 or more and SUMC will receive a $10.00 donation for every member who signs up and attends this Life Line Screening event. To schedule your appointment and receive this special offer, please sign up ONLY by either calling the dedicated Helping Hands phone number: 1-800-324-9458 or by visiting Flyers with additional information are in the back of the sanctuary.

The Women's Choir of the John T. Lambert School

The Women's Choir of JTL presents on Saturday, May 25 at 7:30 pm here at SUMC: "Things My Heart Will Know". Conducted by Todd R. Mason.

Notice from our Property & Building Committee

A new system has been implemented in our church. All visitors that enter the building while the church office is open are being asked to sign in with the office, give your reason for being in the building and sign out when leaving the building. We need to know who is in the building and for what reason at all times. When the office is closed, the sign up sheet will be left in the plastic box that hangs outside the office for signing in and out during that time. Thank you for your cooperation.



SUMC Commemorative Ceramic Tile

Sunday's bulletin will include an order form for the commemorative ceramic tile being sold in honor of our 225th anniversary. The tile is 6"x6" and is in full color. The tiles are $10.00 each. Orders will be collected after church services or can be mailed to Peggy Stewart, 90 Smith Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. Please make checks payable to: Stroudsburg United Methodist Church. Payment is due at the time of ordering and orders are due by June 30, 2013.

Walking Small Group

The Walking Small Group will be starting again in June. To start the season Dave Cook will lead the group on a history walk through Stroudsburg Monday evening June 3rd. Meet at the Ann Street parking lot at the church for a 7:00 pm start. The walk will last about an hour and we will stop along the way for information at each location concerning our church. This promises to be a very interesting and enjoyable evening. Then on Monday, June 10th the Walking Group will meet for our weekly walks at 7:00 pm at the Ann Street parking lot of the church. Weather permitting we will walk every Monday evening throughout the summer. The group will walk about two miles in approximately at hour at a comfortable pace so that everyone can participate in the group. These will not be power or brisk types of walking. We will walk along sidewalks of streets in the Borough of Stroudsburg or along easy trails such as the Brodhead Creek greenway. So get out your favorite pair of walking shoes and come out for some fun, exercise and companionship. For more information, please contact C.J. Penwell.


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 a 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.

SUMC Nursery Update

Sunday mornings at 11 am in the Nursery. Infants to toddler 5. If you would like to help, please call Linda Pollard - 732-547-8000 or email

Please note:

The last day for Bob Cool's Sunday School class will be May 26. The class will start up again in September.


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. 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!! Thank you to Matt for starting this very successful fundraiser and thank you to all that have donated so far!

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

Fundraiser for Theresa DeHaven

Save the date - June 7, 2013. We are holding a benefit Country Western Dinner Dance at the American Legion in East Stroudsburg from 6-10 pm. Tickets are still available - $20.00 each. Children under 5 - free. Donations are also appreciated. Ticket order forms can be downloaded from the Team Theresa website: Visit our Team Theresa facebook page - If you have additional questions, please contact Kim Miller or myself. Our next volunteer meeting will be held on June 3 @ 7pm here at the church. Thank you! Jackie

Family Promise Updates

A clothing drive for Family Promise will be held on June 6, 2013 from 9 am - 6 pm at Faith UMC. All wearable and useable clothing is needed as well as shoes, belts, handbags, backpacks, ties, linens, gloves, hats and stuffed animals. For more information, please contact Family Promise @ 420-8589 or email: Items need to be securely tied in a strong plastic bag. Thank you to all who gave so generously of your time and donations for Family Promise recently. Together we helped this family of 13 feel warm, well fed, and cared for while they were with us at SUMC!

Baby Bottle Boomerang

The Pregnancy Resource Center of the Poconos Baby Bottle Boomerang continues through Father's Day, June 16. Baby bottles will be available in church on Sunday. Take a bottle or two or three, fill them with coins, cash or a check payable to PRC. Bring the filled bottle back to church by June 16. All proceeds go directly to PRC. For more information, please call 424-0373.


























Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360