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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

May 16, 2014





This Sunday

This Sunday we continue our sermon series on Faith with the question "Are You Cultivating Your Faith?" Come join us on Sunday and as we explore the question AND the answers!

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:

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.

Live streaming worship at 8:30 am!

We are still 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.

Pastor Bob's Blog:

Our Special Member of the Week:

Cherry Rahn 798 Bryant Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Please remember her in prayer and if possible, please send a card.

Flea Market at Effort UMC

Effort UMC is holding a flea market on Saturday, May 17, 2014 (rain or shine) from 9am-2pm. Lunch will be available on premises plus a bake sale. Effort UMC is located on Merwinsburg Road in Effort, PA.

SUMC Softball

DIRECTIONS TO TUSCARORA FIELD FOR SUM SOFTBALL GAME: From SUMC take Route 611 South to Main Street in Delaware Water Gap. Stay on Main Street in DWG for about 6.1 miles. Stay straight onto River Road for about 3.1 miles. The field will be on the right. The last intersection is Belvidere Corner Road. If you reach Shawnee Drive, you have gone too far. We will be playing at Tuscarora field on Wednesday, May 21 @ 6 pm. Hope to see you there!

SUM SOFTBALL GAME RESULTS: SUM dropped two games to Wesleyan A last Friday. A 3 run HR by Chris Valencia was not enough to put them over the top. They lost the first game in a hard fought battle 15-14 in the bottom of the seventh. SUM came out flat and lost the second game as well, getting crushed 20-7 to complete the sweep.

SUM returned to its winning ways this past Wednesday night in dramatic fashion. Shutting out First Baptist Church 15-0 in the first of a two game series. This was the first shut out in SUM softball history. This game also featured the first home run by a rookie - Travis Miller. Chris Valencia hit two triples and scored two runs and was voted player of the game. In the second game SUM's bats remained hot; out scoring First Baptist 19-7. The offense was lead by player of the game John Allen's 4 for 4 performance which included three triples. This game also featured another mammoth homerun by Aaron (Big Meat) Eldridge. The win evened SUM's record to 3 and 3 moving them up in the standings to one game out of first place. This series was the first sweep in SUM team history. The club record for homeruns was broken. SUM looks to stay on course next week as it faces off against Christ Hamilton Church on Wednesday, May 21 at Tuscarora field.

United Methodist Day at Dorney Park

Saturday, June 21, 2014. Flyers with all information including coupons for a discounted admission price are available in the back of the sanctuary. The flyer can also be downloaded from the Conference website:

United Methodist Night with the Phillies

Saturday, June 28, 2014. Flyers with all information are in the back of the sanctuary or you can download it from the Conference website: The last day to order tickets is May 28, 2014.

Vacation Bible School 2014

VBS will be held July 14-July 18 from 9 am-12 pm here at Stroudsburg United Methodist Church. Registration forms are available in the back of the sanctuary or please call the church office - 421-6020. Registration deadline is July 1. There will be two prospective VBS teacher meetings - one on June 4, 2014 at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Stroudsburg. (Use the rear entrance off the parking deck) The next meeting will be held on June 25, 2014 at 7 pm also at First Presbyterian. Visit for online registration forms and scheduled teacher meetings. For further questions, please contact Lee George at 570-424-5875.

United Methodist Men's Breakfast

UMM Breakfast will be held on Saturday, May 24 at 8 am in the dining room. The guest speaker will be Chris Cook.

Run for the Red Race this Sunday, 5/18

Don't forget the race is this Sunday, May 18. For more information visit the Pocono Marathon website here:

Aldersgate Day of Prayer, Friday, May 23, 2014

Pastor Paul Crikelair will be traveling to churches in our cluster once again this year as part of the Aldersgate Day of Prayer. Here is the schedule: 5:30am - Cherry Valley UMC; 7:00am - Poplar Valley UMC; 9:00am - Wooddale UMC; 10:30am - Analomink UMC; 12:00pm - Stroudsburg UMC.



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

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.

SUMC Scholarship Applications

Scholarship applications are available in the back of the sanctuary. The applications have been revised and anyone that has applied in the past is able to reapply. Applications need to be submitted by June 30.


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.

Family Promise

Our next week to host families will be the week of May 25th. Volunteer sign up sheets are on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Room. Future 2014 dates for hosting families are: October 5-11 and November 9-15. 2015 dates are: January 25-31 and March 22-28. Please note there are still some spots available for volunteers to make dinners for the week of May 25th. Thank you!

May Item of the Month for UMW Totes

Item of the month for May is non-spiral note pads. Please leave your donations in the trunk in the Fellowship Room. Thank you!

Baby Bottle Boomerang

The Pregnancy Resource Center of the Poconos Baby Bottle Boomerang continues until Father's Day, June 15. Bottles will be available at the back of the sanctuary. Please take a bottle (or two or three), bring them home and to work. Fill them with coins, cash or a check made payable to Pregnancy Resource Center and bring it back to church filled. All proceeds go directly to the ministry of the Pregnancy Resource Center. For more information, please call 570-424-0373.



















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360