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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

March 13, 2015



This Sunday

Pastor Bob's sermon series Journey to the Cross continues this Sunday. The message will be "Endurance". Our Cherub Choir will be providing the special music this week. The weather is looking great, too! Come join us 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.

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.

Electric Space Heater Available

A space heater is 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!

2015 Pocono Cluster Lenten Services

March 18 - Wooddale UMC - Pastor Dottie Stem

March 25 - Poplar Valley UMC - Pastor Bob Shank

All services start at 7:00 pm

Easter Egg Hunt

The Membership and Evangelism team is hosting an Easter Egg hunt for the community on Saturday, March 28 at 11 am. We are asking for donations of individually wrapped candies to put in the plastic eggs. If you can help, please leave the candy in the basket in the Fellowship Room by Sunday, March 22. Thank you!

Easter Lilies

I apologize for not having an Easter Lily order form in the March Courier. There are order forms in the back of the sanctuary or please call me in the church office and I will take your order over the phone. Plants are $10.00 each. Deadline to order is Sunday, March 22. Thank you in advance for your understanding. Jackie

Softball Team Breakfast Fundraiser

Our Softball Team will be holding a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 8 am until 12 noon in the dining room. $5.00 per person (proceeds will go towards league and umpire fees for the season). Menu: Pancakes, Sausage, Coffee, Tea, Orange Juice. Please support our softball team by coming out on March 29 and enjoying breakfast.

United Methodist Men

UMM breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 28 at 8 am in the dining room. Guest speaker will be Rev. Chuck Arnold.

Holiday Market - Meeting Canceled

The Holiday Market meeting scheduled for tomorrow evening, Monday, March 15 has been canceled. Please look for the date for the meeting to be rescheduled.



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 -

Monday Tea Time

Monday Tea Time is held at the home of Nancy Haase. Current study, "Red Sea Rules", a 10 week study of Exodus 14. We study about God taking the children of Israel through the Red Sea to the promised land. The study guides us from life circumstances which seem to have no solutions to our place of victory. Book with study guide provided. Need Bible, some homework and lots of discussion. Please call JoAnn Calkins if interested - 570-402-1210 or email:

Small Group Info - Planning Ahead

We are depending on your interest response:
FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH - Leaders Cliff Rogell, Diane Rogell and JoAnn Calkins. This group is planned for right after Easter. Imagine how different your outlook on life would be if you had absolute confidence that God was with you. Image how differently you would respond to difficulties, temptations and even good things if you knew God was in all of it and was planning to leverage for good. In other words, imagine what it would be like to just have increased faith in every area of your life - family, healing, finances, career, etc. Learn to build your foundation.

More Planning Ahead. Your response for interest and preferred time is required to complete the planning:
1. Current events and their application to Bible History and Prophecy. Current news discussions in biblical perspectives. Led by Dave Cook and a co-leader.
2. A study on learning to pray. Leader Dave Cottle and a co-leader. Text not chosen yet.
3. Couponing, learning to save by couponing. Leader Eva Knight and a co-leader.

Quilters Needed

My Brothers' Keepers are in need of quilters. They meet on Thursday mornings from 10:00 am until 11:30 am. If you're interested, please contact Lynn Seip - 570-421-6517.

A Course on World Religions

A course on world religions will be offered in the Adult Sunday School class. The course will provide a factual overview of the five major world religions (Islam, Hindiusm, Buddhism, Judaism and Christianity). Each overview will provide information on a religion’s background; sacred texts; and, major tenets of belief. Next, a comparison of each religion belief concerning God, Jesus and Salvation will be presented. The course will examine the major beliefs of Christian denominations. Additionally, the course examines some of the major religious influences on current international events. This course will be offered from 9:45 am-10:45 am every Sunday morning, beginning March 8. The course will run from March 8 to June 7. Come for one, two, three or all of the sessions. For additional information, please contact Jeff Weber at

Grant Applications Available

Grant applications for financial aid through our Conference are available in the back of the sanctuary.



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

Update on Molly Maroney

Molly flew out of JFK to Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday, February 9, 2015. She will be in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for 7 days. Then she will head 5 hours north into the Tonga region and stay with a host family in a village surrounding the small, Muslim town of Muheza for 10 weeks. Once sworn in on April 22, she'll be sent out to a village of her very own where she will be living and working for the next two years. If you would like to send cards/letters (please do not send packages) her address until the end of March is: Molly Maroney, PCT, US Peace Corps, Box 9123, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Please note that letters that post to and from Tanzania can take over a month so please patient if you're waiting to receive mail from Molly.

School Supplies Needed

The daughter of a long time friend of Alex and myself who is a teacher recently had a flood in her classroom and the students lost all of their books and supplies. Since the school is funded by the State of New Jersey they are not replacing the supplies. I am asking for donations of first grader books, pencils, notebooks, folders, etc., or any other supplies you would like to donate. Please call me in the church office - 570-421-6020. A gofundme page has been setup if you would like to make a monetary donation - Thank you in advance. Jackie

Help Needed for "Homeless Tim"

You may be aware of a homeless young man who has been sleeping outside the church next to the shed in the courtyard. He’s 33, jobless and homeless. He became homeless through a series of unfortunate events. He had a job and was living with his girlfriend and her parents. There was a falling out with Tim's girlfriend's parents and they kicked him out. Once his employer found out Tim was homeless, his employer fired him. Right now he is staying with a friend after a kind soul gave him money to pay his friend for the room. PLEASE help Tim have a roof over his head and have some food until he's able to get himself and his family to Florida. As Tim says "People don’t realize that even a quarter helps. If someone gives me a dollar, I still can’t get something off the dollar menu; I need a dollar and 6 cents. Every little bit helps." To donate visit:

Family Promise

We are hosting families the week of March 22. Sign up sheets are in the Fellowship Room. Please prayerfully consider where you might be able to help out. If you would like more information or if you are in need of a refresher or training course, please contact Kathy Cook.

30 Hour Famine Wrap Up

The Youth Group would like to thank everyone who donated time and/or money to our efforts for the 30 Hour Famine. As a community we raised $1,387 which is enough to feed three children for a year and a month each. Once again, Marisa Seip was our top fund raiser! We also completed a service project in the SUMC soup kitchen by giving it a long overdue scrub. Thanks again for all of your support! Vin Zelizo



















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360