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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

May 15, 2015



This Sunday

"Are any among you sick? They should send for the church elders, who will pray for them and rub oil on them in the name of the Lord." (James 5:14) This Sunday we will talk about healing and Pastor Bob will be using anointing oil in that we may confess our sins to one another, pray for one another, so that we may be healed.

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

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.

Community Night for Families - June 4, 2015

Community night for families on Thursday, June 4 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus, Keystone Building, 2nd floor. Sponsored by the Monroe County Children's Roundtable. Resources for families/kids: (child safety seats, summer youth programs, youth employment training, support for new moms, programs for women, children's advocacy center) Interactive areas: (CPR training: adults/infants, drug safety, driving simulator, drug awareness for parents), Educational workshops and much, much more. Flyers with all information are available at the back of the sanctuary or please call the church office.


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:

Carol Romansky, 4 S. Kistler Street, Apt. 118, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. Please remember her in prayer and if possible, please send a card.

SUMC T-shirts, Mugs and Commemorative Tiles 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. We also still have some commemorative ceramic tiles available for sale - $10.00 each. These tiles were sold during our 225th anniversary in 2013. Contact the church office if you are interested.

Spring Concert at SUMC - May 17, 2015

Join us here at SUMC this 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

SUM Softball

St Paul's came out swinging in the first inning of the first game hitting 7 singles and a HR to score 8 runs. SUM answered with 5 hits and 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the first. SUM then held St. Paul's scoreless for the next 2 innings as they tried to scratch their way back into the game, scoring 1 run in the 3rd and 3 runs in the 4th. But St. Paul's fought back and scored 3 runs in the fourth and 4 runs in the 5th. SUM scored their final 2 runs of the game in the sixth on a 2 run HR by Pensyl (his 1st of the season) but it was not enough, and they went on to lose the game 15 to 10.
In Game 2 SUM shot out of the gate scoring 7 runs on 8 hits. Singles by Kopec, Zelizo, Pensyl, Pugliese, B. Hardy, Miller, Herrero and and a triple by Seip into the gap in left center accounted for the scoring. It was the most runs SUM scored in an inning this season and the first time they batted around. This time SUM held St. Paul's scoreless in the first putting them down in order. SUM would score an additional 2 runs in the 3rd on a solo HR by Pugliese (his 2nd of the season) and an RBI single by Miller. SUM again held St. Paul's scoreless in the 4th and 5th innings sending them down in order both times. SUM scored an additional 4 runs in the 4th on RBI hits by Pugliese, Miller and a SAC fly by Herrero to finish their scoring for the night. St. Paul's would try to come back scoring 5 runs in the last 2 innings and loading the bases in the bottom of the seventh but a spectacular play by SS Travis Miller shut them down and SUM went on to win the game 13 to 9.
James Pugliese and Jarrett Seip were named players of the game. Pugliese for scoring 3 runs hitting a HR and accumulating 4 RBI's and Seip for going 3 for 4 with a triple and 4 RBI's.
The win improves SUM's record to 4 and 2 and moves them to within a 1/2 of first place.
The win was pitcher Lohman's second win of the season improving his record to 2 and 1.
Herrero increased his consecutive game playing streak to 91.

Next week SUM plays the Wesleyan A team Tuesday night May 19th, 6pm at Pinebrook Field.

Molly Maroney's Address

Molly Maroney, PCV, PO Box 660, Singida, TZ. This is still a temporary address. Molly is sharing a PO Box with a friend until another PO Box becomes available.



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 -

Walking Small Group

The Walking Small Group will start again for the summer on Monday, June 15 at 7 pm. Meet at the church parking lot on Ann Street and walk around Stroudsburg for about an hour at a comfortable pace. Sign up is not required so if you want to walk just meet at church every Monday evening at 7 pm. Bill Weitzmann will lead the first walk this year stopping at historical or interesting buildings or places around the Borough as Stroudsburg is celebrating its 200th Anniversary this year. If you have any questions, please contact C.J. Penwell at 570-421-1666 or by email - or please call the church office.

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.

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

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).

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