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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

August 23, 2013

Celebrating 225 Years!



This Sunday

This Sunday we will be continuing the sermon series - Lost! Sunday's message will be "The Lost Coin". We will be having another moment for Small Groups and will show a video presentation and we'll have a moment for Acolytes at both services. We will be baptizing Jeremy Kevin Storm at the 11:00 worship time. Come join us 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 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:

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

Sunday Pre-Service Prayer Teams

Please give prayerful consideration to participating in the Sunday Pre-Service Prayer Teams. Teams should consist of at least three people and no more than five persons. This means we are looking for between six and ten people every month (3-5 for each service) who will meet before each service and ask our Father that the Holy Spirit not only be present, but work through those leading our service and work in and through those participating in the service. A sign up sheet has been posted in the Fellowship Room (on the bulletin board near the kitchen). You may also call the church office @ 421-6020 to sign up or Dave Cottle @ 570-242-1480 for more information. We would like to begin the full ministry with both teams fully staffed on Sept. 8 of 2013. Join with us to pray, grow deeper in the Lord and watch as He changes lives and makes a difference one person at a time. He has said, "....test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it". Malachi 3:10.

Ceramic Anniversary Tiles

The Anniversary tiles have arrived! Tiles will be available for pick up on Sunday in the Fellowship Room after services. If you didn't pre-order a tile, extras have been ordered. The cost is $10.00. (The tiles are beautiful, by the way!!)

Spruce Lake Public Concert Series

Friday, August 30 @ 7 pm, The Brunner Family. $5.00 in advance, $5.00 at the door. Labor Day Music Festival. Saturday, August 31 @ 7 pm, The Talleys. $10.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door. $20.00 for chicken BBQ dinner & concert package. Sunday, September 1 @ 7 pm, Vocal Union, $10.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door. For more information, please call Spruce Lake @ 800-822-7505 or visit

Service for Veterans Day

The Membership & Evangelism Committee will be putting together a presentation honoring our veterans for Veterans Day in November. If you or a loved one served our nation and would like them and/or yourself to be honored, please provide a picture, preferably in uniform, to C.J. Penwell or to the church office. The picture will be scanned and returned to you. The veteran does not necessarily have to be a member of Stroudsburg United Methodist Church, past or present. We would like to honor all whether they are currently serving, are out of the service, or even if they are deceased. Along with the picture please provide their name, rank if known, and branch of service. Please contact C.J. Penwell with any questions - 421-1666.

Sunday School

Sunday School for the Youth will resume on Sunday, September 8 @ 9:45 am in the Youth Room. Bring a friend, your Bible, and an apple for the teacher. Sunday School for grades 3-6 will resume on September 15 @ 9:45 am in room #303 on the third floor.

Handbell Rehearsals

Handbell rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, September 4 @ 7:00 pm in the sanctuary.



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.


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.

Acolyte Ministry

We would like to propose an initiative to re-establish an active Acolyte Ministry at Stroudsburg United Methodist Church. This ministry would be open to youth as well as adults. The focus, however, would be on the youth for this is often the first opportunity children in the 3rd to 6th grades have to serve in the church. The purpose is to promote the mission of the church from the inside by growing our youth and adults to make a difference by their service being leaders in worship and preparing them for the responsibility of gathering disciples for Christ. We propose to begin recruiting and training acolytes beginning in September and have a full contingency by Anniversary Sunday. There will be no initial cost to begin this ministry. A sign up sheet is in the back of the sanctuary for those interested. If you have questions, please see Diane Rogell or Pam Cool. A training session has been scheduled for Saturday, September 21 from 1-2 pm; additional sessions will follow.

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.

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. There are approximately 12 bottles that have not yet been returned. Thank you.

Volunteers Needed for VNA/Hospice of Monroe County

VNA/Hospice of Monroe County is looking for caring individuals for their volunteer program - the next training session is scheduled for September 2013. Volunteers are needed to provide friendly visits to patients and provide respite for their caregivers in their home. Volunteers are also needed to provide visits to patients staying in the acute care unit - Hospice House. Assistance with fundraising events is also needed. Assignments and hours vary according to volunteer's interests and availability. For more information, please call Tammy Hiestand, Volunteer Coordinator at 421-5390.





















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360