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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

August 9, 2013

Celebrating 225 Years!



This Sunday

This Sunday we welcome guest preacher Pastor Mary Jane Kirby! Our 8:30 worship will be held in the sanctuary and the 11:00 worship will be held at Jay Albertson Park in Stroudsburg followed by our annual Church Picnic. Come out and join us!

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.

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.


August Anniversary News

Updated calendar for visiting clergy:

August 11 - Pastor Mary Jane Price-Kirby

September 15 - Pastor George Rigby

October 6 - Reverend Doctor Milton Hartenstine

December 22 - Bishop Peggy Johnson

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.

Youth Group Summer Hiking Series

During the summer, the Youth Group will replace their meeting time with a hike on a nearby trail. All are welcome to join us on our hikes. We will meet at the church at 6:45 pm. We will leave the bank parking lot promptly at 7 pm and return to the church at 8 pm. Please contact Vin Zelizo if you have any questions.

Adult Sunday School

The Adult Sunday School will continue to meet during the summer. Throughout the whole summer, we are studying the "Life and Times of Jesus Christ." This is a chronological study of the life of Christ as told by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Additionally, all the events of Christ's life are placed in a historical and cultural context. We realize that many people have a lot of travel and vacation plans during the summer, so each lesson is designed as a stand-alone lesson, so feel free to come out for only one or all of the lessons.

History Committee

The newly formed History Committee is seeking more members. Anyone interested in joining this committee should contact Dave Cook @ 476-6261; or C.J. Penwell @ 421-1666;

The History Committee mission statement: "To preserve, research and record the history of the Stroudsburg United Methodist Church; and to make this history available to all interested parties and individuals."

Here is some of the History Committee's agenda, in addition to researching and producing the rest of the history movie:

To create a regularly changing history display in the church

To clean and refurbish the history room

To catalog the history room contents

To reorganize historical documents and artifacts

To make digital copies of important images and documents for preservation

Church Picnic - Sunday, August 11

Our church picnic will be held on Sunday, August 11 at Jay Albertson Park in Stroudsburg. (Fifth Street Duck Pond) Traditional worship will be held in the sanctuary at 8:30. 11:00 worship will be held at the park followed by the picnic. Our guest preacher on August 11 at both services will be Mary Jane Kirby. If you go to the 8:30 service come to the picnic about 11:45 am. Lunch will be served about 12:00 pm followed by games and fellowship. To help us plan, please sign up at the back of the sanctuary, indicating how many will attend as well as what you will bring. Hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages are provided. Please bring an extra dessert for the cake walk. Please call the church office if you have questions.

Join Bishop Johnson on the field!

UMM Night at the Phillies is August 17. If you have bought a ticket for the game and will be present that night, would you consider joining Bishop Johnson on the field to sing the National Anthem? We would love to have a choir of at least 50 folks on the field and we are not quite there yet! The choir director is Nicole Brown. Her email is and her phone number is 914-882-0877. Please call her and let her know if you would like to join the choir. She will give you all the necessary details about rehearsals.



Walking Small Group

The Walking Group will meet for our weekly walk 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 an 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 at 421-1666.

Director of Children's Ministry at East Stroudsburg UMC

The East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church is looking to hire a Director of Children's Ministry. It is a part-time position (25 hours weekly) to oversee our Sunday morning children's education program and a weekday outreach. The Director provides direction for the children's ministry and leadership to the volunteers. Qualifications include having a heart for children and a passion to help children grow in faith. We also assume the applicant will have an understanding of child developmental levels and process. Send resume to


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.


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.

Church Yard Sale

The Church Yard Sale will be held on Friday, August 16, from 9am-3pm and Saturday, August 17 from 9 am-1pm. Please bring your donations in and put them in the blue room downstairs. We will be needing volunteers to help set up, price items and to help on the days of the sale. A sign up sheet is in the Fellowship Room for those who can volunteer. Please note: NO CLOTHING WILL BE ACCEPTED. If you have additional questions, please contact Alberta Weber or any member of the Mission Committee. The Youth Group will be serving refreshments.

Packs for Backs Project

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Packs for Backs Project, which is an endeavor to secure backpacks and school supplies for needy children. We had a goal to gather 100 book bags and other necessary items for the youngsters. We distributed over 150 of them the first year. We did it in conjunction with the Stroudsburg Council of Churches and Church Women United. Kathy Lombardo and her staff handed them out when the parents came to the Clothing Room to get their boys' and girls' school clothes. The program met with extreme success and the mothers and fathers were very appreciative of the necessary items. If you would like to participate in this worthwhile aim you can do so by choosing the method that pleases you most. You can buy a backpack or traditional school supplies and take them to the First Presbyterian Church's office at 575 Main Street in Stroudsburg from 9 am until 4 pm, Monday-Friday. You could also bring the items to church and place them in Pastor Ted's office. Trapper Keepers do not fit into the students' desks and we avoid using them. Useful pieces include glue, glue sticks, tooth brushes, toothpaste, crayons, washable markers, erasers, spiral notebooks, notepaper, pencils, pens and similar products. If you would like to donate the funds to purchase the backpacks at a reduced price you can use a check, which is a tax deductible donation, made payable to Packs for Backs Project and mail to 1119 Beacon Hill Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. The items will be purchased and taken to the Clothing Room for distribution. Your participation is greatly appreciated and we thank you for it. If you have any questions about the program, please call Margie Good at 424-5251.

Baby Bottle Boomerang

If you still have a baby bottle from the baby bottle boomerang that ended in June, please bring it back to the church as soon as possible. Thank you.





















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360