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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

October 24, 2014




This Sunday

A new sermon series will begin on Sunday. We'll start with Theology 101: "What is Theology Anyway?" We'll have another baptism at the 11 o'clock service, too. Hope to see you on Sunday!

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:

Bessie Frailey, 24604 Skyline View Drive, Malibu, CA 90265. Please remember her in prayer and if possible, please send a card.

Honoring our Veterans

The Membership and Evangelism Committee would like to honor our veterans again this year. If you submitted a picture last year there is no need to provide a copy this year. If you or a member of your family served in the Armed Forces including the Reserves or National Guard and would like to have them honored, please email a copy of their picture, preferably in uniform, to or drop off a copy of the picture to the church office. The picture will be returned to you. Tell us the person's name, rank, branch of service and time of service. We will include them in the presentation. Pictures must be received no later than October 26, 2014. If you have any questions, please email or call C.J. Penwell at 570-421-1666.

M & E Bake Sale at the Holiday Market

The Membership & Evangelism Team will be having a Bake Sale at the Holiday Market on November 8. We are seeking donations of baked goods - cakes, pies, bread, cupcakes, fudge and cookies - lots of cookies, as we would like to sell plates of assorted cookies. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Please bring your baked goods to the church on Thursday, November 6 or Friday, November 7 and leave them in the kitchen downstairs. Questions? Please contact Peggy Stewart (570-424-0625) or Beryl Hellgren (570-421-4024).

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

Please take a moment to send a card or email or make a phone call to our pastors letting them know how much we appreciate all they do here at SUMC.



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

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 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. 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. 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. Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm. If interested please contact Dave Cottle -

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.

UMM 4th Annual Men's Retreat

November 14, 15 and 16 at Camp Innabah. $75.00 for the weekend. Theme: "Spiritual Discipline of Men". All men and friends welcome. Speaker is Rev. Chuck Arnold - Certified Pastoral Counselor; 40 years Military with Marines and Army National Guard. For more information, please contact Ed Hartmann - 215-896-3399 or






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.

Item of the Month for UMW Totes

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

Oasis of Love - Food Pantry

In addition to providing the needy with non-perishable food items, Oasis of Love now has a freezer in their facility to store frozen foods and dinners for individuals and families in our community. There are still boxes in the back of the sanctuary for non-perishables. If you would like to donate frozen foods as well, please contact me in the church office during the week. Thank you! Jackie

Youth Group

Treat yourself and support the Youth Group. The Youth Group will be 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 26 and November 2 and 9 after both services. The deadline to return filled shoeboxes is November 16.

Donations for Holiday Market

Debbie Fox is seeking donations of bottled water, soda, individual serving size bags of chips, etc., to be sold at the Holiday Market in November. If you can help out, please contact Debbie - 570-856-7931. Thank you!

Be a Host to PA College Singers!

The ESU Music Dept. is looking for community members to host student singers from other Pennsylvania colleges during the Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Festival to be held at ESU on Thursday, October 30 through Saturday, November 1. The singers would require lodging after 9:00 pm Thursday and Friday nights, October 30 & 31, as well as breakfast the following morning. They would need to be brought back to ESU by 8:45 am on Friday and Saturday. You may host just one singer, or as many as you can - all efforts are appreciated! If you are interested or need more information, please contact Jim Maroney - or 570-422-3258 (email is preferred).

Family Promise Update

We'll be hosting families for Family Promise the week of November 9-15. Sign up sheets are in the Fellowship Room. A list of items needed for the families is also posted. If you can help out in any way, it will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!





















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360