SUM eNews
Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

January 31, 2014





This Sunday

This Sunday's sermon topic is "SUMC's Mission". Come join us on Sunday for this next installment of our new sermon series as we "Move Forward" in 2014!

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. We'll be starting a new interactive online Bible Study soon, too!

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.

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.

New Member Class

Pastor Bob will be leading a new member class this Sunday, February 2 at 9:45 am in the Lounge. The class will continue for two weeks following this Sunday. If you are interested in joining SUMC as an official member, please contact the church office or Pastor Bob.

Hammond Organ

Please check the bulletin board outside the conference room for a photo of a Hammond organ needing a home. If you are interested, please call Sue at 570-421-6873.

Alzheimer's Support Group

Pocono Tranquil Gardens has aligned with the Alzheimer's Association to provide a monthly Alzheimer's support group. Meetings are held at Pocono Tranquil Gardens, 329 East Brown Street, East Stroudsburg, PA on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Jennifer Bayer, Director of Adult Daycare and Memory Care services - 570-426-4019.

Live-In Caregiver Needed

A member of our community has reached out to SUMC searching for a live-in caregiver for his parents who live in LaBar Village in Stroudsburg. He is seeking someone to commit to 70-75 hours per month to care for his mom and dad who are both 87 in exchange for rent. If you are interested, or if you know someone who is trustworthy, caring and loving who may be interested, please contact Jim Cahill - 570-839-0603 for all details.

New Pictorial Directory

The new pictorial directory is here! If you had your photo taken for the directory, please pick up a copy after services on Sunday in the Fellowship Room.

United Methodist Men

UMM breakfast for February will be held on Saturday, February 15 at 8am. The speaker will be Gar Pollard. The change in schedule is due to the 30 Hour Famine being held on February 22.



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 Room 305 upstairs. (The old handbell 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-Starting Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Experiencing God Small Group will begin on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1 pm in the church Lounge. Length of the class each week is 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The class lasts 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. Child care will be provided. Please contact C.J. or Bob Cool if you would like to join this small group and are in need of child care.

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.

Confirmation Class

We are planning a Confirmation Class for those in 7th grade and up. Please let the church office know if Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm or Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm would work best for your schedule. Confirmation classes will be held in Room 305 upstairs. (The old handbell room.)

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

February 8, 2014: Maintaining Healthy Boundaries with Family and Friends with Carol Andersen & Lorna Clause.. 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.

Beginner Handbell Choir

We are going to start a beginning handbell choir. Even if you never held a handbell or don't know how to read music - we will teach you! If you can count to ten you are in. All ages are welcome - boys and girls, adults, young and old alike. We need at least 7 or 8 people. Please give this new vision some prayerful consideration. Rehearsals will start on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. Please use the side door. If you are interested, please call Lynn Seip at 570-421-6517 or email or call the church office - 570-421-6020.

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 posted in the Fellowship Room. 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.

Be a Host to Pennsylvania Singers!!

The ESU Music Dept. is looking for community members to host student singers from other Pennsylvania colleges during the Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Festival held at ESU on Thursday, February 13 through Saturday, February 15. The singers would require lodging after 9:00 pm Thursday and Friday nights, February 13 & 14, as well as breakfast the following morning. They would need to be brought back to ESU by 8:45 am on Friday and Saturday. You may host just one singer or as many as you can - all efforts are appreciated! The PA Collegiate Choral Festival is held at a different Pennsylvania college each year, providing students the opportunity to rehearse with a renowned guest conductor, culminating in an impressive concert performance on Saturday afternoon. East hosting college relies on the generosity of its community members to make this wonderful opportunity affordable to the students. If you are interested or need more information, please contact Jim Maroney at or 570-422-3258.


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 anyone who volunteered to help in any way with hosting the families during the upcoming week of February 2 - 8. All help is appreciated! Our next week to host families will be the week of May 25th. The Fifth Annual 3K Footsteps for Famine, an indoor walk-a-thon will be held at Stroud Mall on March 1. Registration and check in at 8 am at the Food Court; walk begins at 9 am; warm up session with PoconoZ Fitness - registration fee is $8.00. The date for the Spring clothing drive to be announced.

Volunteer Needed at East Stroudsburg UMC

East Stroudsburg UMC is looking for a volunteer to cover their office phones during weekly staff meetings; Mondays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Coverage is also needed on days when the secretary is out of the office, i.e. vacation, personal time. This volunteer position is perfect for a retired person or stay at home mom. The church office is open from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm. Training will be provided. If you are interested, please contact Maria Ragonese at 570-421-3280 or

Youth Group

Did you know that in 2011, 19,000 kids under 5 died every day around the world? Nearly half of these deaths were because of hunger. Once again our Youth Group will participate in the 30 Hour Famine. This is an event to increase awareness of the issues surrounding world hunger. The youth will fast for 30 hours starting at 12:30 pm on Friday, February 21 to Saturday, February the 22nd at 6:30 pm. (Please note the Courier dates are incorrect.) The correct dates are February 21st through the 22nd

Blood Drive, Friday, 2/7

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at SUMC on Friday, February 7 from 1:30 pm-6:00 pm. Please enter on Ann Street. Blood Donor Bonus: All presenting donors during the month of February will be eligible to win a $250.00 VISA gift card. To register, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit



















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360