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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

December 23, 2014



Christmas Eve Candlelight Services & Sunday, 12/28

Christmas Eve services tomorrow are at 7:30 pm & 11:00 pm. Both are candlelight services with communion at 11:00 pm. On Sunday, December 28 we'll listen to scripture from Luke 9:56-62 and Pastor Bob's sermon will be "Looking Back and Looking Forward". Hope you can 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.

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.

Our Special Member of the Week:

Sandra Selwood, 132 Huston Avenue, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Please remember her in prayer and if possible, please send a card.

Lifeline Screening at SUMC

A Lifeline Screening will be held at SUMC on Friday, January 9, 2015. Pre-registration is required. There are flyers available in the back of the sanctuary if you are interested or please call the church office.

Electric Space Heater Available

There is an electric space heater available for use during small groups, meetings, etc., if you're holding a meeting in a room that needs some extra heat. Please call the church office ahead of time if you will need the heater. 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.

Mostly Mondays Small Group

We study various books of the Bible and learn about the character of God. We meet Mondays at 7:00 pm in the church Lounge. Any women interested in joining please contact Peggy Stewart - or 570-424-0625.

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 -

Little Caesars Pizza Kits

Starting in January we'll be selling Little Caesars Pizza kits to raise money for our church. If you would like to sell kits at your workplace or school, please contact me for a brochure. We would earn between $5 and $7 for each kit sold. Please consider helping out with this fundraiser. The kits will be delivered on January 26 - just in time for Super Bowl Sunday! If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you! Jackie

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who helped out last month at our Pizza with Santa event! We had a great turnout of people from our church and the community and we had lots of helpers! A special thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus and their elf! Your appearance made this event possible!

Thank you to everyone who came out to Whitestone Corners last Friday night to sing Christmas Carols for the residents. We had a great turnout of senior choir members, cherub choir members, youth group members and church members; the residents and staff really enjoyed the singing!

The Growth Project - Bringing people to Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit

What is the Growth Project?

Simply put, the Growth Project is SUMC’s effort to bring people from the Stroudsburg area to Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures tell us that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He then commissioned all of his disciples (that includes me and you) to go into the world and do the same. Under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Gar Pollard the Growth Project has already experienced significant success. Nine people have given their hearts to the Lord so far! For more information call Pastor Pollard at 732-977-9599.

Have you asked the Spirit of God to dwell within you yet?
Why is the Growth Project Necessary?
Take a look around you on any given Sunday morning. Are our numbers increasing or decreasing? At the present attrition rate the membership of SUMC will decrease by at least 80 members over the next 10 years. While the purpose of the Growth Project is to bring people into God’s wider kingdom, the bi-product of our efforts will be that membership numbers at SUMC will increase.
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. John 3:3
Kingdom Prospecting
A number of years ago my son and I went prospecting for gold in Alaska. As we panned for the yellow stuff we didn’t really care how much black mud went over the sides of the pan. All we were looking for was a nugget of great value. This is also true as we move ahead with the Growth Project. We are prospecting for a single nugget, a single soul of much value. cgp






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.

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 to everyone who has donated so far! Jackie






















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360