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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

September 19, 2014




This Sunday

This Sunday is UMW Sunday - both services will be conducted by members of Stroudsburg United Methodist Women.

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.

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:

Mary Wells, Slate Belt Nursing and Rehab., 701 Slate Belt Blvd., Bangor, PA 18013.

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.

Fundraiser for Alexis McNeese 9/28/2014

There will be a fundraiser for Alexis McNeese, wife of Boy Scout Troop Master David McNeese. Alexis was recently diagnosed with acute leukemia. The fundraiser will be held at the Jackson Township Firehouse on Sunday, September 28 at 1 pm.

2014 Concert Series at ESUMC

There will be a concert at ESUMC on Sunday, September 21 at 3 pm. "Praising God with Pedals and Pipes" - Shelly Moorman-Stahlman, Concert Pianist. Free Admission.

Charge Conference

SUMC's Charge Conference will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm.

Free Movie Night - Friday, October 3

We will be showing "God's Not Dead" in the sanctuary at 7 pm. "Rio 2" will be showing in the children's Sunday School room also at 7 pm. Free popcorn will be available. Bottled water and other movie snacks will be available for a small donation. After the movie we will have coffee and dessert in the Fellowship Room for anyone that wishes to talk about the movie amongst themselves. Please contact the church office if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!

United Methodist Men's Breakfast

Saturday, September 27 at 8am in the dining room. Speaker to be announced at a later time.

Live Nativity at Faith UMC - Volunteers Needed

There will be an organizational meeting at Faith UMC on September 25 at 6:30 pm. Volunteers are needed for the annual live nativity at Faith. Date for the nativity is December 13; snow date December 14. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Candy LaBar at Faith - 570-424-0712.



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

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.

Mostly Mondays Small Group

Mostly Mondays will start up on September 29 at 7 pm in the Lounge. We will be studying the book of Jonah and learn about the character of God and our own need to embrace radical forgiveness. Any women interested in joining please contact Peggy Stewart as soon as possible- 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 24. 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 -

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.

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:

Growth Project Update

As an extension of the Growth Project, two new teams have been established to help with its goals. The first is the Media Team. The Media Team’s purpose is to promote the church and church events by the use of all types of media - social as well as traditional. The Media Team will have a presence at all future church events and will help with the marketing of these events. The second team is the Event Planning Team. This team was established to plan events that reach out to the community as well as our own church family. These teams will work hand in hand to market (or promote) the church and make people aware of things that are happening at our church and hopefully entice them to get involved and/or join our church. We ask that any group or individual planning an event please register the event on the church calendar to take advantage of this new marketing strategy. If you have any questions, please call the church office. Thank you!

Ringers Needed for AweSUM Handbell Choir

We are looking for ringers to join the AweSUM Handbell Choir. No experience necessary - we will train you! Come out on Wednesday evening at 6 pm in the sanctuary. It's a lot of fun! If you have questions, please contact our director, Lynn Seip - 570-421-6517.






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

Items 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.

High Adventure Golf Tournament

Benefits Scout Troop 86 Sea Base High Adventure Crew. Monday, September 29, 2014 at Glen Brook Country Club, 1554 Hickory Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Presented by Stroudsburg United Methodist Church. Check in at 9:30 am, Tee Off at 11:00 am. Cost: $75.00 per player; includes food, beverage, Green's fees and cart. For more info call John Valinote - 570-236-0030 or Mike Schwartz 570-460-2233.


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 Memorial 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 with all detailed information are in the back of the sanctuary or please call the church office.

Youth Group

Treat yourself and support the Youth Group. On September 28 the Youth Group will begin serving goodies during fellowship time between the 8:30 and 11:00 services. We will offer baked goods for a small fee. Coffee will be free but donations will gladly be accepted. All proceeds will go toward our mission trip to Niagara Falls July 19-24, 2015.

Volunteers Needed for Tuesday Evening Soup Kitchen

If you can help out on a regular basis or as needed, please contact Bob Cool - 570-269-5987.

Operation Christmas Child

Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child will be available October 12, 19, 26 and November 2 and 9 after both services. The deadline to return filled shoeboxes is November 16.





















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360