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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

January 3, 2014





This Sunday

This Sunday is Communion Sunday and is also Epiphany Sunday which celebrates the visit of the three wise men to visit baby Jesus and also remembers his Baptism.

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.

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.

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.

United Methodist Men's Breakfast - January 25, 2014

UMM breakfast will be held on January 25 at 8 am. The guest speaker will be George McGovern, Team Chapel Leader for the NY Yankees and NY Giants. Please RSVP to Dick Seip or Bob Cool if you will attend this breakfast.

2014 Calendar and Altar Flower Chart

The 2014 calendar is up outside the conference room. Please be sure to note your committee meetings and small groups so they may be included in the bulletin and courier. The altar flower chart for 2014 is up in the Fellowship Room. Please consider putting flowers on the altar in memory of or in honor of your loved ones.



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.

"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.

Chris Cook's Eagle Scout Project

Please take some time to visit the old handbell room upstairs. Chris Cook did an awesome job renovating the room for his Eagle Scout Project. Thank you Chris for a job well done!



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.

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!

Family Promise

Thank you to everyone for anything they were able to do during our hosting of families in December. Any help is really appreciated. Also, as a reminder, laundry needing to be washed is in the lounge to be picked up. When you return the laundered items, please place a "clean" notice on it. Thank you!



















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360