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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

July 18, 2014




This Sunday

This Sunday we continue our sermon series on Evangelism. We'll be listening and learning about sharing the Gospel with those around us in the community.


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:

Phil Shaffer, 5115 Anona Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Please remember him in prayer and, if possible, please send a card.

Joseph & Sue Martin in Concert at SUMC August 3

Joseph & Sue Martin will be performing in our sanctuary on Sunday, August 3 at 3:00 pm. For more information, please follow this link:

Church Yard Sale - August 8 & 9

Friday, August 8 from 9am-4pm and Saturday, August 9 from 9am-1pm. Help is needed. Please sign up on the sheets in the Fellowship Room. Donations may be brought in and placed in the Blue Room downstairs. Please be sure items being donated are clean and in good condition. If you have questions, please contact Ruth Weber or any member of the Missions Committee. No clothing will be accepted. Thank you!

Church Picnic - August 17

Our Church Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 17 12:15pm - 4:00pm at Jay Albertson Park (5th Street & Avenue C, Stroudsburg) Everyone is welcome! Hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, beverages provided along with paper plates, cups and plastic ware. We'll start with lunch followed by a hymn sing, fellowship and our traditional "Cake Walk". Bring a salad, side or dessert to share and don't forget an extra dessert for the "Cake Walk". To help us plan, sign up at the back of the sanctuary to let us know you will be joining us and what you will be bringing. There are picnic tables, but many people like to bring a folding lawn chair to sit more comfortably.

Free Movie Night - August 3

We will be having a free movie night on Sunday, August 3 at 7 pm in the sanctuary. Everyone is welcome! We will be showing "Heaven is for Real", rated PG and runs for 99 minutes. Popcorn will be provided. Soft drinks and other movie snacks will also be available. If you have questions, please call the church office.

Surprise Birthday Party for Natalie Hardy

Bill Hardy is planning a surprise party for Natalie's 30th birthday. The party is on Saturday, August 2, 2:00 pm, at Natalie's parent's home: 4 Park Road, Eastampton, NJ 08060. They have a large inground pool so bring your swimsuit and towel. RSVP to Bill at or 570-856-1850 by July 26th.

Giving Statements

If you haven't received your statement by email, please pick up your printed copy in the back of the sanctuary. Thank you.






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 T-Shirts Available!

SUMC t-shirts will be available for sale after the 8:30 service and before the 11:00 service on Sunday in the Fellowship Room. Small, Medium and Large are $12.00 each. We have sold out of XL and 2XL. Once we have ordered more and they have been delivered, an announcement will be made. Spread the word about our church! Questions, please call the church office. 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!

July Item of the Month for UMW Totes

Item of the month for July is toothpaste. Please leave your donations in the trunk in the Fellowship Room. Thank you!

Oasis of Love - Food Pantry

Our local food pantry, Oasis of Love, is very low on food supplies. If you can help out with some non-perishable food items, please bring them to church on Sunday and place them in the boxes provided in the sanctuary or drop them off to me at the church office during the week. Thank you! Jackie




















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360