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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

June 13, 2014





This Sunday

This Sunday is Father's Day! Come join us as we honor and remember our dads.

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:

Joan Sheeley, Golden Living Center, 221 E. Brown Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. Please remember her in prayer and, if possible, please send a card.

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:

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. Volunteers and teachers are needed. VBS teacher's meeting June 25 at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Stroudsburg. (Use the rear entrance off the parking deck) Visit for online registration forms and all updated VBS info. For further questions, please contact Lee George at 570-424-5875.

UMW Covered Dish Dinner & Meeting

Reminder: UMW's Covered Dish Dinner and June meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 24 at 6 pm in the Fellowship Room.

SUM Softball

On yet another gloomy day in Stroudsburg SUM played their first game at Zacharias Pond this past Tuesday, this time against first place St. John's Church. The evening was set for drama and did not disappoint. Bobby Snyder playing in his first game for SUM payed dividends early by collecting the first RBI of the game. SUM would go on to scrape out another 4 runs, and continued to play sharp defense allowing the hard hitting St. John's team to score only 6 runs, but it was enough, and St. John's went on to defeat SUM in game 1 by a score of 6 to 5.
In game 2 SUM spotted St. John's 3 runs in the first, but belted out 5 hits including 4 doubles in their half of the inning to take a 4 to 3 lead. SUM held St. John's scoreless for the next 2 innings, but due to some defensive gaffs allowed them to score 6 runs in the fourth. Now down 11 to 5 in the 5th, SUM came back to score 6 runs in the inning to tie the game at 11 a piece. It stayed that way until the top of the seventh when St John's scored the go ahead run, making the score 12-11. And then in the home half of the inning with the bottom of the order due up, Pitcher Brian Dwinal worked out a walk to put the tying run on first, Natalie Hardy followed with a walk of her own putting runners at 1st and 2nd, with 1 out Jarrett Seip came up and singled loading the bases for Coach Kevin Kopec. Kopec came through with a SAC fly scoring Dwinal and tying the game. And then Vincent Zelizo came to bat, having already hit 3 doubles on the night, with 2 outs and the game on the line, drilled a shot to deep right field for another ground rule double scoring Natalie Hardy for the win, and recording the first walk off hit in SUM history!!!
2 players were voted Player of the Game in this dramatic win. Captain Vin Zelizo who lead the offense with 4 doubles, 3 RBI's and the game winning hit, and Natalie Hardy for her outstanding defensive play at second base which included throwing a runner out at home deflating St. John's attempt at a rally, and for walking and scoring the winning run.
SUM continues its quest for a championship next Tuesday night, June 17 as they face off against defending champions Middle Smithfield 6PM at Zacharias Pond.


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.

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.

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.

Attention Youth:

We have put a survey up on the SUMC website and would appreciate your feedback. Please visit and click on the "Youth Survey". It's only three questions and your age - you don't have to give your name. Thank you!



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

Future 2014 dates for hosting families are: October 5-11 and November 9-15. 2015 dates are: January 25-31 and March 22-28. Thank you to all who helped with Family Promise this past week. Any help that was provided was very much appreciated!

June Item of the Month for UMW Totes

Item of the month for June is deodorant. 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 back to church on June 15. All proceeds go directly to the ministry of the Pregnancy Resource Center. For more information, please call 570-424-0373.

Request for TV/DVD Player

A request has been made to try and find a donation of a TV/DVD player for the upstairs meeting room recently refurbished by Chris Cook. The TV/DVD player could be used in any room of the church - that room was just a suggestion. If you can help, please contact the church office. Thank you!

Volunteers for Tranquil Gardens

If you have some time to spend with the residents of Tranquil Gardens, please contact Kim Miller at 570-977-7033. The residents love to reminisce. Any topic would be welcome - baseball, cars and/or car racing, butterfly collections, music, etc. Thank you!




















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360