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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

September 5, 2014




This Sunday

We're starting a new sermon series this Sunday. Our first sermon will be Back to Basics "Read the Bible". Our Senior Choir is back starting this Sunday at the 11 am worship time. It's Communion Sunday as well. After both services there will be a Small Group Fair in our Fellowship Room. There's a lot happening this Sunday! Come out and join us!

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 East Brown Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301.


Delaware Water Gap 37th Annual Jazz & Arts Festival - Celebration of the Arts

September 5, 6 & 7 - rain or shine. For all information, please visit

Pamphlets with details are available in the Fellowship Room at church.

2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's Monroe County, PA

When: Saturday, September 6, 2014, Time: 8:30 am, Where: Shawnee Inn & Resort, 1 River Road, Shawnee on Delaware, PA, Contact: Barbara Wilson - 570-822-9915 or email: Thank you to everyone who donated last Sunday. $175.00 was collected for this cause!


Please be sure to mark the calendar outside the Conference Room with your meeting days, times and the room you will be meeting in. Doing so will ensure this information will be put in the weekly bulletins and on the SUMC calendar online. Thank you!

Senior Choir Rehearsals

Senior Choir rehearsals will begin on September 4 at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary.

Handbell Choir Rehearsals

AweSUM handbell choir rehearsal starts on Wednesday, September 10 at 6 pm in the sanctuary. SUM Celebration Ringers handbell choir rehearsal follows at 7:00 pm.

Cherub Choir Rehearsals

Cherub Choir rehearsals begin on Monday, September 8th at 7 pm.

Sunday School

Youth (Jr./Sr. High) Sunday School will start on September 7 at 9:45 am in the Youth Room. Come and hear the good news about the newly improved upcoming year of both Sunday School and Youth Group. Spread the Word! Bring a friend! Sunday School for age 4 through second grade will start up on September 14 at 9:45 am in the Wee Care Room.

Request for Jars for Jam

If you bought jars of jam at the last Holiday Boutique and still have them, would you please bring the empty jars to church. Or, if you would like to donate jars it would be greatly appreciated. Monetary donations to purchase jars would also be appreciated. 8 ounce (1/2 pint) jars are needed. Please contact Lois Shaffer.

Phone Prayer Chain

If you would like to be a part of the phone prayer chain at SUMC please contact Lois Shaffer - 570-424-2502 or the church office - 570-421-6020.

Jeanette Kuhns - Interim Choir Director

Welcome Jeanette! Please take a moment this Sunday to welcome Jeanette as our Interim Choir Director.



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

A new order of shirts has arrived. We now have XLarge and 2XL in addition to Small, Medium & Large. $12.00 or $14.00 depending on size. Please call the church office if you would like to purchase a t-shirt.

New Small Group

A new small group is forming and will study the book and movie “Heaven is for Real”. This is the true story of four year old Colton Burpo who during a touch and go surgery went to Heaven. His story is remarkable. The study will last five weeks and each session will last approximately 1 hour. We will examine the Scripture to determine if what Colton saw is correct according to the Bible and discuss topics such as: is it ok to be mad at God?, is it ok to question your faith?, and is the power of prayer real? The first meeting will be Sunday evening, August 31 at 7:00 pm and will continue each Sunday at 7 pm ending September 28. Please contact C.J. Penwell at 570-421-1666 or email to register. The book can be downloaded for free at

Mostly Mondays Small Group

Mostly Mondays will start up on September 15 at 7 pm in the Lounge. This group is women and they use a study book applicable to Christian growth for women. Please contact Peggy Stewart if interested in joining - or 570-424-0625.

Monday Tea Time

Mondays, 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm. Starts on September 22. Meets at the home of Nancy Haase, a study for women. This series is called Breakfing Free, making liberty in Christ a reality in life through such discussion topics as Binding Up the Brokenhearted, Beauty from Ashes, The Potter and the Clay. A Beth Moore Series with workbook and video presentation. A 10 week study. If interested please contact JoAnn Calkins - or 570-402-1210.

Bible Study

Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am in the church lounge starting on September 17. A Pastor led discussion for men and women focusing on books of the Bible or select study topics. A time of learning applicable to a wide span of ages and life situations. If interested please contact Pastor Bob - or call the church office - 570-421-6020.

Digging Deeper Small Group

Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm starting September 30th. Meets in the Conference Room beside Pastor Bob's study. If interested please contact Pastor Bob -

A Study of the Lord's Prayer

A study of the meaning of the Lord's Prayer, line by line, what are we asking when we pray this prayer? Workbook, open to everyone. Starts September 28 at 7 pm in Pastor Bob's study. If interested please contact Dave Cottle -

Walking Small Group

The Walking Small Group will host a History Walk through Stroudsburg on Monday, 9/8 at 6:00pm. Meet in the front of the church on Main Street just prior to the start time. Dave Cook,
Chairman of the History Committee, will guide us through Stroudsburg stopping at points of interest to Stroudsburg United Methodist Church throughout the lifetime of our church. The
walk will be at a slow pace and last about 1 1/2 hours. For more information, contact C.J. Penwell at 570-421-1666 or email

Request for Cards

Meredith Vogt, of Wooddale UMC, is recovering from a heart transplant. She is 16 years old and loves to get mail. The address is: A.J. DuPont Children’s Hospital, Nemours Cardiac Center Sec. 2B, Attn: Meredith Grace Vogt, 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.

Small Group After Church Fellowship

On Sunday, September 7 there will be after church fellowship following both services. Tables will be set up to promote Small Groups for the fall. You may review study books, talk with the leaders, sign up for a group or give us information on a study topic or time you would ike to have considered for your convenience. Please give this your prayerful consideration. See you there!

Help Wanted

Part-time weekend kitchen assistants and cook. For more information, please contact Debbie Lohnes, Food Service Manager, Pocono Plateau Camp & Retreat Center, 304 Pocono Plateau Road, Cresco, PA 18326. 570-676-3665 or email:

New Member Class

A new member class will start on Sunday, September 14 at 9:45 am in the Lounge. Class will continue the following two weeks - September 21 & September 28. If you are interested in joining SUMC as an official member, please contact Pastor Bob or the church office.






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 News

We will be hosting families for Family Promise the week of October 5-12. Sign up sheets are now in the Fellowship Room. We always need volunteers for meals, overnight stays, fellowship, etc. Please consider keeping your calendar open that week and helping out in some way. Family Promise will be having a Night of Golf on Saturday, September 13 from 5:30pm - 10:00pm at Wolf Hollow, Water Gap Country Club. Reserve by September 6. $50.00 includes 9 holes, hamburger or chicken BBQ dinner, glow balls and gift bag. $25.00 dinner for non-players. Contact Linda at 570-676-3495 for more information. (Sponsored by Knights of Columbus)

September Item of the Month for UMW Totes

Item of the month for September is Pocket Tissues and Emery Boards. 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 to everyone who has donated items so far! Jackie

Mission Team Christmas Tree

The Mission Team Christmas Tree is set up in the Fellowship Room. Donations will be received by a team member after both services each Sunday for the entire month of September. Proceeds will benefit Family Promise here at SUMC.

Pregnancy Resource Center "Walk for Life"

I will be participating in the PRC "Walk for Life" on Saturday, October 4 and I'm looking for sponsors and anyone who would like to join me on the walk. Registration is at 8:30 am and the 2 mile walk starts at 9:00 am from the Ann Street parking lot of the church and also ends in the parking lot. Sign up sheets and sponsor pledge forms are in the back of the sanctuary for anyone interested, or you can contact me after church on Sunday or in the church office during the week. Thanks! Jackie

Golf Tournament October 5, 2014

The Doreen Mirams Annual Memorail Golf Tournament will be held on October 5 at 1 pm at Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort. This tournament is to support the Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center and is hosted by William Mirams, grandson of Doreen Mirams. Register online Brochures will all detailed information are in the back of the sanctuary or please call the church office.




















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360