SUM eNews
Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

February 28, 2014





This Sunday

This Sunday we continue our new sermon series - "reWorship". This Sunday's sermon will focus on how worship is relevant to our everyday lives. Come join us on Sunday and bring a friend!

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 on Monday, February 17 at 7:00 pm! Follow this link:

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.

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 Pictorial Directory

If you had your photo taken for the directory, please pick up a copy in the church office - Monday-Thursday, from 9am-2pm and Friday 9am-12:30pm.

"Son of God" Movie

"Son of God" will be opening at Pocono Community Theater today, 2/28. Show times are as follows: 2/28 & 3/1 - 4:30pm, 7:30pm & 10:00pm. Sunday 3/2 - 12:45pm & 3:45pm. Monday-Thursday - 4:30pm & 7:30pm.

Fellowship Dinner

Everyone is invited. Saturday, March 29th at 5 pm. Please sign up at the back of the sanctuary. MENU: Italian Wedding Soup, Tossed Salad, Beef-a-Roni, Bread & Butter, Fruit Cobbler. $2.50 per person. Program: Membership & Evangelism - What We Do For You.

2014 Lenten Services Schedule

March 5 - Ash Wednesday 7:00 pm at Stroudsburg United Methodist Church - Pastor Sharmune Burgess "Psalm 103"

March 12 - 7:00 pm at East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church - Pastor Deb Hoffman "Psalm 150"

March 19 - 7:00 pm at Faith United Methodist Church - Pastor Bob Shank "Psalm 137"

March 26 - 7:00 pm at Wooddale United Methodist Church - Pastor Amy Banka "Psalm 51"

April 2 - 7:00 pm at Analomink United Methodist Church - Pastor Paul Crikelair "Psalm 22"

April 9 - 7:00 pm at Cherry Valley United Methodist Church - Pastor Ed Kimes "Psalm 151"

If you need any information about the above schedule, feel free to call the church office - 570-421-6020.

New Members Welcomed on February 23, 2014

Last Sunday we welcomed the following new members to Stroudsburg United Methodist Church: Ana Caraballo, Martha Herman, Jessenie "Deannie" McDonald, Gerald Neil, Joycelyn Neil. If you haven't already done so, please take the time to introduce yourself to our new members and give them a warm welcome when you see them around our church.

UMW Meeting March 25, 2014

UMW will be meeting on Tuesday, March 25 at 7 pm in the church Lounge. The speaker is Maryann Repsher, Dean of MissionU (Formerly known as School of Missions). Maryann will provide information on this year's MissionU to be held on July 25-27 at The Inn of Reading. Anyone interested in learning more about MissionU is welcome to attend.

UMM Breakfast March 29, 2014

United Methodist Men's breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 29 at 8:00 am. The speaker will be Gar Pollard.

SUMC Softball Team Breakfast Fundraiser Canceled

The softball team breakfast originally scheduled for this Sunday, March 2 has been canceled. Once a new date has been determined an announcement will be made here in the weekly eNews and in your Sunday bulletin.



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.

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.

Mostly Mondays Small Group

A weekly study, prayer and fellowship group for women. Meets on most Mondays at 7:30 pm in the church lounge. During the winter months we will be meeting at Beryl Hellgren's home. For more information, contact Peggy Stewart - 570-424-0625 or

Women's Bible Study

Starting Monday, March 10, 2014 - meetings will be held on Mondays at 1:30 pm at the home of Nancy Haase. The study will be "Esther" by Beth Moore. Please contact JoAnn Calkins as soon as possible at 570-402-1210 if you are interested.

2014 PUMA (Pocono United Methodist Academy) Class Schedule

Bard & Bible & Bread Meets Mondays 6-8 pm starting March 3 at the Old Mill Restaurant on Route 209 in Sciota. Contact: Pastor Paul Crikelair

Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus Meets Thursdays 7-8 pm starting March 13 at Faith UMC. Contact Pastor Amy Banka @ 570-424-0712 or

Discernment Meets Thursdays 6-7 pm starting March 13 at East Stroudsburg UMC (Room 3, 2nd floor of the office building). Contact Pastor Sharmune Burgess or call 570-421-3280 ext. 12.

Fasting Meets Sunday, March 9 4-6 pm at Wooddale UMC and again on Sunday, March 23 from 4-6 pm. Contact Pastor Deb Hoffman or 570-269-2000.

Giving Up Something Bad for Lent Meets Thursdays starting March 6 3-4:30 pm or 6:30-8 pmat Cherry Lane UMC. Contact Pastor Heidi Silliman or 570-517-1250.

Religious Sign Language Meets Thursdays 7-8:30 pm starting March 13 at Stroudsburg UMC in the Children's Sunday School Room. Contact Jeff & Audrey Weber or 570-402-0931.

Technology in the Church Meets Mondays 7-8:30 pm starting March 3 at Stroudsburg UMC. Contact Pastor Bob Shank

Detailed information about all of the above classes is available at the back of the sanctuary or feel free to call the church office at 570-421-6020 if you have questions about any of the classes being offered.

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.


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.

Family Promise

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 tomorrow, 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.

Rental Property in Monroe County eligible for Section 8

If anyone knows of a rental property in Monroe County eligible for section 8 please contact Family Promise - 570-420-8589.



















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360