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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

April 10, 2015



This Sunday

This Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter, we will hear the scripture reading from John 4 about the woman at the well with whom Jesus talked during his journey back to Galilee. Pastor Bob's new sermon series is Close Encounters with Jesus. We hope you'll join us on Sunday!

Service for the National Day of Prayer - May 7, 2015

On Thursday, May 7, 2015, there will be a service for the National Day of Prayer in Courthouse Square, Stroudsburg. The service starts at 12:15 pm and will end by 12:45 pm.

Pastor Bob on Retreat

Pastor Bob will be on retreat April 13-15. Please contact the church office, Pastor Ted or Pastor Gar with any pastoral concerns.


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:

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

Missions Committee Book Sale

The Book Sale will be held on Saturday, April 18 from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm. Donations of books for the sale will be accepted until Sunday, April 12. Please come out and support our Missions Committee by purchasing a book or two. Proceeds from the sale go toward the SUMC Scholarship Fund.

Apartments Needed

Janet Woolever and Jami Lipe may need to move and are looking for reasonably priced apartments. Must allow pets. If you know of any apartments for rent in the East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg area or south of Stroudsburg, please contact Janet, Jami or the church office. Thank you.

Darkness to Light - Keeping our Children Safe - Stewards of Children

Stewards of Children is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Saturday, April 18 from 9:30am until 12:00pm. (Please arrive at 9:15 am to register) Here at SUMC in the Fellowship Room. No charge. For more information, please contact Sue Scarborough, Facilitator at 570-421-2525 ext. 123 or by email -

SUMC T-shirts & Mugs for Sale

We still have t-shirts for sale. Please consider purchasing one if you haven't already or if you would like another one now that the warmer weather is finally here! Small, Medium, Large & Extra Large $12.00; 2XL available for $15.00. New glass mugs are available for $7.00. Mugs are given to our new visitors on Sundays. Purchase of one mug will offset the cost of mugs for 2 visitors. Contact the church office if you are interested. I will also be selling mugs and shirts on Sunday between services in the Fellowship Room. Thank you. Jackie



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 -

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

Family Promise News

Family Promise monthly clothing drive first and third Wednesday of every month. Drop off site: Family Promise Day Center, 1247 North 9th Street, Stroudsburg. 10am-4pm. Clothing, shoes, coats, linens accepted. Please place items in strong plastic bags and please call before stopping by - 570-420-8589. April 19th from 1pm-4pm "Spring Forward Fashion Show & Luncheon" at Stroudsmoor Lawnhaven. Details and tickets at $35.00 online, $38.00 at the door, $270.00 for a table of 8. Our next week to host families will be May 31 through June 7, 2015.

Boy Scout News

Leaf-It-To-Us Yard Clean Up (Sponsored by Venture Crew 86 of Stroudsburg) Quoting begins April 12 and work will begin on April 26. First mow of the season, leaf raking, weed trimming, shrub trimming, mulching, fertilizing, weeding. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a meeting for a quote, please contact Justin Stanton - 570-517-1481 (after 4 pm on weekdays) or Tim Lloyd - 570-269-3187 (anytime).

The Annual Boy Scout Troop 86 Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser is tomorrow, April 11 from 6:30 am until 11:00 am. $6.00 per person; children 5 and under eat for free! Menu: Pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea and orange juice. Please use the Ann Street entrance. All proceeds benefit Troop 86 Scouts.

Mother's Day Dinner - Saturday, May 9, 2015. Dinner served promptly at 5 pm. $9.00 per person (single seating); children 7 and under, $5.00. Menu: Fresh salad, ham, mashed potatoes, corn, honey glazed carrots and fresh dinner rolls. Coffee, tea, fruit juice iced tea. Desserts: Fresh apple, peach and cherry cobblers with a choice of homemade chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Hosted by Venture Crew 86 of Stroudsburg.

UMW Christmas Totes

The item for the month of April is toothbrushes. Please place your donations in the trunk in the Fellowship Room. Thank you!

Volunteers Needed

Sign up sheets are in the back of the sanctuary for volunteers in the following areas: Tuesday Soup Kitchen, Sunday School Volunteer, Security & Safety Task Force. Please sign up or call the church office if you can help out with any of these ministries. Thank you!

Stand Down Day by Vets for Vets

Sunday, April 12 from 10 am until 3 pm at the Pavilion in Dansbury Park. Hotdogs, hamburgers. Free food, clothes, health checks and housing referrals for the homeless.


















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360