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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

May 1, 2015



This Sunday

This Sunday Pastor Bob's new sermon series on Close Encounters with Jesus continues with the story of Jairus. It's Communion Sunday, too. We hope you will join us.

National Day of Prayer Service - May 7, 2015

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

Mothers' Day Vigil - Friday, May 8, 2015

On Friday, May 8, 2015, there will be a Mothers' Day Vigil held at Quaker Square on Seventh Street in Stroudsburg from 7:30pm - 8:00pm. Meet in front of the Courthouse.


SUM Softball

GAME 1 RESULTS: On a beautiful day in Stroudsburg SUM opened its season against St. John's Church. Winning the game by the mercy rule 13 to 3. The game was highlighted by newcomer free agent James Pugliese going 3 for 3 with 2 triples a HR and 7 RBI's. He was named player of the game. The winning pitcher was Brian Dwinal. This was the first time in four years that SUM won its first game of the season.

SUM lost the night cap in a see-saw battle that went into extra innings by a score of 12 to 9.

SUM looks to regroup as they play Pocono Community Church next Tuesday May 5th 6pm at Pinebrook Field.
Come out and support our team!

Vacation Bible School 2015

This year VBS will be held at Zion United Church of Christ in Stroudsburg Monday, June 22 through Friday, June 26; 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Cost is $10.00 per child (ages 3 through entering 6th grade). Registration deadline is June 7. Registration forms are available in the back of the sanctuary or please call the church office - 570-421-6020. Volunteers are needed also. If you have questions, please contact Candice Davis at Zion UCC - 570-421-8670 or by email

Path Walk 2015

Sunday, May 3 - registration begins at 12:30 at Courthouse Square in Stroudsburg. The walk begins at 1:30 pm. A fun walk through downtown Stroudsburg to raise money and awareness for housing homeless families in our community through Pocono Area Transitional Housing, Inc. For more information, please call 570-476-1828.

Benefit Concert for PATH

Gaither homecoming artist Allison Speer on Saturday, June 27 7:00 pm at Stroudsburg Area High School. Also appearing Donna Godshall. Tickets are $20.00 each for adults, $15.00 for seniors and children 12 and under. Purchase online at or call 570-476-4223 to order by mail.


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:

Helen Ann Edinger, 1055 West Main Street, Apt. 207, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Please remember her in prayer and if possible, please send a card.

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.

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

Names for the Mother's Day Booklet

Names for the Mother's Day booklet will be taken after both services on Sunday in the Fellowship Room or you can send to: Sharon Cottle, 346 E. Brown Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. Deadline is Sunday, May 3.

Spring Concert at SUMC - May 17, 2015

Join us here at SUMC on Sunday, May 17 at 3 pm in the sanctuary as we spring through a year of music and drama. A variety of music from our Senior Choir, Cherub Choir, Bell Choirs, Piano, Organ, Instrumentalists, Soloists and much, much more. Come and enjoy a fun filled afternoon. Refreshments to follow in the Fellowship Room.

Covered Dish Dinner

The Membership & Evangelism Team invites everyone to a "Start of Summer" Indoor Picnic on Saturday, May 30th at 5:30 pm. We'll provide: Sloppy Joes and beverages (iced tea, punch and coffee). We'd like you to bring: salads, sides or desserts. To help us plan, please sign up at the back of the sanctuary and indicate what type of dish you plan to bring. Questions? Please contact Peggy Stewart - 570-424-0625 or



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 -

New Small Group - Foundations of Faith

FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH - Leaders Cliff Rogell, Diane Rogell and JoAnn Calkins. Meets Wednesdays, at 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm in the church Lounge. No cost, bring your Bible and a notebook or journal. Imagine how different your outlook on life would be if you had absolute confidence that God was with you. Imagine 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.

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.

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.

SUMC Scholarship Applications

SUMC Scholarship Applications are available at the back of the sanctuary or please call the church office.



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. Our next week to host families will be May 31 through June 7, 2015. Sign up sheets are in the Fellowship Room.

Boy Scout News

Leaf-It-To-Us Yard Clean Up (Sponsored by Venture Crew 86 of Stroudsburg) 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).

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 May is non-spiral notepads. Please place your donations in the trunk in the Fellowship Room. Thank you!

Baby Bottle Boomerang

Mother's Day, May 10 - Father's Day, June 21. Take a bottle or two, fill it with change, bills or a check made payable to Pregnancy Resource Center. (Checks will be receipted) Return the bottles to church by Father's Day. Questions - please call the church office or see a member of the Missions Team.



















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360