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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

November 27, 2013

Celebrating 225 Years!




This Sunday

This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. It's also Communion Sunday. Pastors Ted & Margie Good will be preaching - "Tis the Season, or is it?" We hope to see you on 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!

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.


Anniversary News

Calendar for visiting clergy:

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.

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. 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.

Radio City Music Hall Bus Trip

If you signed up to go on the trip to NYC to see the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, please see me to pay for your ticket and bus fare. Seats are still available if you decide you'd like to join us. The cost is $68.00 per person which includes bus fare, your ticket to the see the show and gratuity for the bus driver. We will be meeting at Faith UMC at 5:30 am and will depart for NYC at 6:00 am. We will be leaving NYC at 3:00 pm for the trip back to Stroudsburg. If you have questions, please call me in the church office. Thank you! Jackie

UMW Christmas Tea

All women of the church are welcome to join UMW to celebrate Christmas at the Annual UMW Christmas Tea. Sunday, December 8th at 1 pm. There will be a light lunch served, along with entertainment and carol singing. There is a guest list at the back of the sanctuary to help us plan. Hope to see you there! UMW Christmas Committee

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Day at St. Luke's Church from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. The dinner is free to all. Please call St. Luke's for reservations: 570-421-9097.

Helping Hands Ministry

The Helping Hands Ministry is happy to report that they have been quietly working throughout our congregation. Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers! If you or a family member are in need of assistance, please contact the church office. If you wish to add or update your availability and areas of service, please contact Cathy Doane.


UMW will be meeting here at SUMC on Friday, November 29 at 1 pm to fill the Christmas totes. A brief meeting will follow. All women are invited.



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

For anyone who wants to dig deeper into their faith and grow spiritually. Meets Tuesday evenings at 7 pm in the small conference room. Bring your Bible. Contact Pastor Bob - 421-6020.

Stitch & Pray Small Group

This group is for beginner and experienced knitters and crocheters. The compassion and love of knitting and crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy through prayer shawls. We welcome all levels of experience from beginner to those wanting to increase their knowledge or to share their expertise with others while experiencing the companionship of a small group. No materials are required. Current members will share their equipment. Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 2 pm in the church Lounge and the third Tuesday of every month at 7 pm also in the Lounge; if scheduling conflicts arise - the Fellowship Room or the conference room. Contact Carole Everitt at 421-0459.

Experiencing God Small Group-Postponed until further notice

The Experiencing God Small Group has been postponed for now but you can still sign up if you are interested. The group will meet Monday evenings in the church Lounge at 6 pm for one and a half to two hours. The class is 10 weeks. This study is truly inspiring and everyone who has participated has truly grown in faith and understanding. Through this study, by Henry Blackaby, God can teach you how to know when He is speaking to you; recognize His activity around you; adjust your life to Him and His ways; identify what He wants to do through you; and to respond to His activity in your life. The group will be led by Bob Cool - phone: 269-5987 or email: and C.J. Penwell - phone: 421-1666 or email: and there is no cost for the study book. Please contact either Bob Cool or C.J. to register for the study.

The Patriarchs (Group Bible Study)

Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The study demonstrates that God keeps covenant even when we don't. Somehow His plan gets accomplished and anyone who has been privileged to be a part of it is left, without a shadow of a doubt, that it happened through God alone. A must for understanding the foundation of the New Testament. Every week Beth takes us to scenes filmed in Egypt. Her lessons are gripping, adventurous and filled with life application. This is a Group Bible Study by Beth Moore. Open to everyone but especially women. Presentation is video with a work book. Wednesdays at 1:30pm until about 3:00pm in the Lounge. Class is 10 weeks. Contact JoAnn Calkins - 402-1210, or call the church office - 421-6020.

Mostly Mondays Small Group

This group will be studying and making prayer beads. Usually meets Monday nights at 7 pm in the Lounge; when scheduling conflicts occur, meets Tuesday night. Contact Peggy Stewart - 424-0625 or

Too Busy Not to Pray Small Group

Slowing down to be with God, a small group study based on the book by Bill Hybels. Most of us have trouble finding time to pray. There's church, school, neighborhood, jobs and recreation. And then the crises hits. Pastor Hybels has made the hard discovery that prayer doesn't happen on the run. He decided he was too busy not to pray. The idea in this practical book can help us to learn to slow down to be with God as well. Meets Thursday's at 7 pm in the Lounge. Contact Pam Cool - 269-5987 or

Wednesday Morning Bible Study (Group Bible Study)

Meets Wednesday mornings at 10 am in the church Lounge. Bring your Bible. Contact Pastor Bob or the church office with questions - 421-6020.

Home Bible Study

For those with little or no Bible knowledge, Gar Pollard will be offering a home Bible study on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm. For Gar's address please call him at 732-977-9599 or email


Training groups to be groups by Henry Cloud, Bill Donahue and John Thompson. A dvd program with group practice sessions of 8-10 hours. This session will guide-leader and group together-into new closeness and effectiveness. Designed to create healthy group dynamics and an atmosphere that fosters personal growth, this innovative approach equips both group leaders and members with essential skills and values for creating truly life-changing groups. This class is strongly recommended for every person who will be a small group leader or even Sunday School teacher. The class is scheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2014, from 9am-4pm with an evening to follow during the week. Contact JoAnn Calkins - 402-1210 or

Confirmation Class

Confirmation Class for those in 7th grade and up is scheduled for early 2014. Dates for this class will be announced shortly.

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.

"Keys to Strengthening Relationships" Seminars to be held at Reeders UMC

Reeders UMC is offering a series of 4 seminars beginning on October 12, 2013 and continuing through February 8, 2014. Overcoming Tough Issues in Relationships: Depression Proof Your Life, How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong, The Emotionally Destructive Relationship.January 18, 2014: Skills for Better Parent-Child Relationships with Deb Mark, February 8, 2014: Maintaining Healthy Boundaries with Family and Friends with Carol Andersen & Lorna Clause. Registration forms and flyers are available in the back of the sanctuary. All seminars are free. Free child care is provided by the staff of Little Blessings Nursery School. For more information visit: You can also register online for the seminars or call 570.629.1712.

Giving Envelopes

Giving envelopes for 2014 are in the Fellowship Room. Please pick up your envelopes and, if you can, please deliver a box to a friend or neighbor who is unable to come to church.

Commitment Cards

If you haven't already submitted your commitment card for 2014 please take a moment to do so now. You can place it in the offering plate on Sunday. If you forget to bring your card to church, there are blank commitment cards at the back of the sanctuary for your convenience.



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.

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.

Youth Group Candy Selling Fundraiser!

Our Youth will be selling Gertrude Hawk candy as part of their fundraising efforts. If you are interested in buying candy bars, please see a member of the youth group after service on Sunday! Candy bars are $1.00 each. Thanks for your support!

Service Dog Needed for Kennedy Sheeley

Jenny Bogart's niece is looking to obtain a service dog to help with seizures. If you can help Kennedy reach her goal, please visit:

Ally's Boxes of Support

A non-profit support group inspired by a 6 year old whose desire is to feed hungry/starving children in our local community and through the world. Take time to hear her story. With your help, support and prayers, we believe together we can help stop hunger by feeding one child at at time. Ally's Boxes of Support, 116 Winona Lakes, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302. Phone: 570-223-1949. Look for Ally's Boxes of Support on Facebook: Thank you!

Holiday Mail for Heroes

Once again this year I'll be collecting holiday cards to send to our military members in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. It only takes a minute to fill out an extra card or two to show your appreciation for the sacrifice members of the military community make. Please do not include any kind of letter, monetary donation or other insert in the card and don't use cards with glitter. Use a generic greeting such as "Dear Service Member" and sign your name at the bottom if you wish. You don't need to include your return address and the envelope is not necessary either; the card is what is most important. The deadline to mail the cards is December 6. Please drop off your cards to me in the church office or leave them outside my office in the box next to my door. For more information, please visit: Thank you! Jackie

Family Promise

We will be hosting families again during the week of December 15-December 21. Sign up sheets have been posted in the Fellowship Room. We will have more information about the families closer to their scheduled time with us. The 2014 SUMC Family Promise schedule is: March 16-22, 2014 and May 25-31, 2014. A new schedule will begin in June 2014. The Family Promise mott is: "Everyone needs a home". This includes a safe, comfortable place to stay, warmth, good food, friendly faces and fellowship. Anything, anyone can do to contribute to this is greatly appreciated! Family Promise is preparing for Christmas. A party for the families in the program currently and in the after-care program will be held on Friday, December 20 at the Day center. Gifts will be provided to all the children in the program currently and in the after-care program and gift cards to the adults. If anyone would like to donate a gift or wrapping paper, please contact Laurie Kozar at Family Promise (570-420-8589). She has a "wish list". (In the after-care program families are followed for a year after they exit the program to help facilitate carryover and stability in their new home.) Thank you all for your support in this program throughout the year. This program cannot run without your help.


If you would like to donate to the relief efforts for the people in the Philippines please note on your check or offering envelope. Our Communion offering this Sunday will be going to UMCOR and designated for the Phillipines.

FIVE BELOW is raising money for Cub Scout Pack 86:

Included in your Sunday bulletin this week is a flyer for FIVE BELOW in Stroudsburg, Route 611 in the Shoppes at Stroud Plaza. 10% of what you buy from November 24th-December 1st is donated back to Cub Scout Pack 86 by FIVE BELOW. You need to bring the flyer with you when you shop. Thank you for your support!

Christmas Gifts for a Needy Family

I have a list of children needing Christmas gifts this year. If you are interested in purchasing a gift, please call or come see me in the church office. Thank you! Jackie

Collection of Warm, Winter Items

We will be collecting warm, used jackets, coats, sweatshirts and hoodies again this year. Please bring in and, if possible, hang on the coat rack in the dining room. Scarves, mittens, gloves, hats/caps would also be welcome. These items should be in bags or boxes for us to place on a table. PLEASE DO NOT DONATE LONG COATS! Thank you!



















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360