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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

March 28, 2014

 

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This Sunday

This Sunday we start a new sermon series on Growth. The first sermon in this series will focus on why growth is important. Our Senior Choir will be singing at the 8:30 service this Sunday. "It's time to do some growing!" Come out on Sunday and bring a friend (or two)!

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. Join our interactive online Bible Study on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm! Follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zISV4q8rhXs

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: http://www.stroudsburgumc.com/SUMCNeweSermons.html 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: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/stroudsburg-umc-worship 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.

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

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.

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.

Pastor Bob's Blog:

http://bobshank.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/you-are-not-the-most-important-person-in-the-world/

Our Special Member of the Week:

Jane Thomas, Pleasant Valley Manor, Room 111, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Please remember her in prayer and if possible, please send a card.

Grow!

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 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.

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 bpstew@juno.com

Women's Bible Study

Meetings are held on Mondays at 1:30 pm at the home of Nancy Haase. The study is "Esther" by Beth Moore. Please contact JoAnn Calkins if you are interested - 570-402-1210.

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 pjcrikelair@gmail.com

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 amyebanka@gmail.com

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 sburgess@esumc.net or call 570-421-3280 ext. 12.

Giving Up Something Bad for Lent Meets Thursdays starting March 6 3-4:30 pm or 6:30-8 pm at Cherry Lane UMC. Contact Pastor Heidi Silliman hmdax@ptd.net 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 jweber@ptd.net or 570-402-0931.

Church Secretary Needed at Reeders UMC

Reeders UMC is looking for a church secretary. If you are interested or know someone who is, please contact Pastor Larry Mark 570-629-1712.

 

Make a Difference!

Mission Committee Book Sale 4/26

The Annual Mission Committee Book Sale will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 9am-2pm. Boxes for donations of books are in the Fellowship Room and in the narthex. Donations of books may also be left in the blue room downstairs.


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. Future 2014 dates for hosting families are: August 10-16 and November 9-15. 2015 dates are: January 25-31 and March 22-28. Spring fashion show & luncheon on April 27, 2014 from 1-4 pm. Pick up a flyer from the back of the sanctuary for more information. Info will be included in the April Courier.

Interested in Becoming a Foster Parent?

IS THERE ROOM IN YOUR HEART FOR A FOSTER CHILD? Consider becoming a foster parent. For more information call Monroe County Children & Youth Services - 570-420-3590 ext. 3291. There are so many ways you can help even without becoming a foster parent - flyers in the back of the sanctuary and in the April Courier have ALL the information!

UMW Item of the Month for April

For the month of April UMW will be collecting toothbrushes. Please put your donations in the trunk in the Fellowship Room. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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