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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

June 12, 2015



This Sunday

This Sunday we'll be blessing the animals so be sure to bring your pets to church. If you have an animal too large to fit through the sanctuary doors, Pastor Bob will be more than happy to bless him or her outside in the church courtyard! If you can't bring your pet, bring a photo. See you Sunday!

Free Movie Night - Sunday, June 14

We'll be having a free movie night on Sunday, June 14 at 7 pm in the sanctuary. We'll be showing "The Gospel of John". The movie runs for 125 minutes and is rated PG. We'll also have "Curious George" playing in the children's Sunday School room. Free popcorn! Bottled water and movie candy will be available for $1.00 each. Any questions, please call the church office.

Vacation Bible School 2015 Canceled

Due to lack of response for volunteers, there will not be a Vacation Bible School this year.

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.

Blessing of New Stoves

Everyone is invited to a special After Service Fellowship and Blessing of our New Stoves on Sunday, June 28 after the 11:00 Worship Service. The church, with monies from the Soup Kitchen fund, a grant from the Conference, and some money from our Property and Building account, was able to purchase two commercial grade stoves for our kitchen downstairs. They really are a wonderful upgrade to the previous ones which had been used for at least the last 50 years. Our kitchen is used weekly for two soup kitchens and often for many other events. We are planning on upgrading the rest of the kitchen, but want to take a moment to thank God for our ability to purchase these and bless their use in our ministry to others.

Names for the Father's Day Booklet

Names will be taken after services on Sunday, June 14. If you want to mail your request, please send to Ruth Weber, 115 Sandhill Terrace, Stroudsburg, PA 18360.


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:

Phil Shaffer, 5115 Anona Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Please remember him 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.

SUM Softball

GAME RESULTS: On a hot and steamy night in Mt. Bethel SUM had their work cut out for them, facing the league champs and also a team in which they had failed to score more than three runs against in any one game over the past three years. But a new day has dawned. SUM came out swinging opening the game with hits by Kopec and Pensyl and a 2 run RBI double by Snyder to take a 2 to 0 lead in the first. Dwinal looking to pick up his 20th win as a SUM pitcher scattered 3 hits but allowed Hamilton to score 1 run to cut the lead in half. SUM went quietly in the top of the 2nd and also held the Lutherans scoreless in their half of the inning. Ryan DeHaven opened the 3rd with a walk followed by the first of what would be a 5 hit night for Dwinal. Kopec got up and hit a single scoring DeHaven, Zelizo followed with a fielder's choice and then Pensyl knocked in 2 runs with a triple. Snyder hit a sac fly to score Pensyl and SUM led the game by a score of 6 to 2. In the bottom of the third with Dwinal showing good control and the defense settling in for their best games this season allowed the hard hitting Lutherans to score just 2 more runs to cut the lead to 6 to 3. SUM went quietly in the fourth and after holding Hamilton scoreless in the bottom of the inning, exploded in the fifth scoring 5 runs. A lead off single by Dwinal, a single by Zelizo, an RBI double by Pensyl, a 2 run inside the park HR by Snyder (his 3rd of the year), a double by newly signed free agent Joe Campbell,and an RBI single by John Allen accounted for the scoring. SUM's defense continued to shine and would hold Christ Hamilton scoreless in the 5th and 6th innings. In the top of the seventh SUM would tack on three more runs on hits by Pensyl, Snyder, Allen, and Eldridge bringing the score to 14 to 3. Christ Hamilton would try to get a rally going but Dwinal's pitching and SUM's defense would only allow them to score 1 more run making the final score 14 to 4.
In game 2 a stunned Christ Hamilton set out to right this tragic wrong and jumped out to a 4 run lead to open the game, then held SUM scoreless in both the 1st and 2nd innings and scored an additional run in the 2nd to make it a 5 to 0 deficit. But SUM's bats could not be silenced for long. In the bottom of the third sparked by another lead off single by Dwinal, a single by Kopec, a 2 RBI triple by Pensyl, and an RBI triple by Campbell, SUM cut the lead to 5 to 4. Now once again SUM's defense took control and allowed just 1 run in the top of the fourth bringing the score to 6 to 4. Then as the skies opened up and the thunder rumbled SUM sensing their destiny exploded for 6 runs. A lead off single by Herrero was followed by hits from DeHaven, Dwinal and an RBI single by Kopec and then like a scene from "THE NATURAL" Josh Pensyl launched a 3 run HR deep into left field.That was followed by a triple by Snyder, an RBI double by Campbell, and an RBI single by Allen that completed the scoring and bought the tally to 10 to 6. SUM's defense pretty much shut them down the rest of the way allowing just 2 more runs in the top of the sixth. SUM would score 2 more runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth on a lead off single by Zelizo, and another 2 run HR by Pensyl giving him a total of 6 RBI's on the night, and giving SUM the win and sweep over the defending league champs by a score of 12 to 8.
Josh Pensyl was named player of the game in both game 1 and game 2; a rare feat. Josh had 10 RBI's 6 hits including 2 HR'S 2 triples a double and a single hitting for the cycle. He also scored 7 runs.
Pensyl's 2 HR's give him a total of 5 on the year.
Brian Dwinal notched his 20th and 21st wins as an SUM pitcher. He also went 5 for 6 and scored 4 runs raising his average to .435.
Herrero Played in his 99th consecutive game.

Next week SUM faces off against Mt Bethel 6pm at Tuscarora field. COME OUT AND CATCH SUM FEVER!!!




An Update from Molly Maroney


So figured I'd keep you updated on what's going on. I'm doing well here. I've been at my permanent site for about a month. My village is pretty great, even if I am out in the bush. I spend most of my days right now exploring the village, talking to people about their lives and things that they think are issues here in the village, and sitting in my village center also talking to people. I'm basically just hanging out for 3 months until I'm allowed to start projects. We only have 1 well, so I would like to start a well/water catchment project. I'm hoping to get grant money to build a well and teach people how to keep it maintained as well as get the people with tin roofs to install gutters so that they can catch more rain water. Many of them do have a gutter, but just a very small piece and not one that runs along the entire roof, so there's a lot of lost water catchment opportunities. Beekeeping is also a big source of income in our region - we're famous for our bees. The only thing is that they use either a wooden box or a log suspended from a tree, which doesn't last very long. We have designs to build a 3 tiered cement beehive that would be on the ground. It obviously would last longer and it would be much easier to harvest honey when it's on the ground and not in a tree. There are also many of opportunities for projects involving Malaria prevention, better nutrition and household gardens that have more than corn and sunflowers - we're also famous for our sunflowers. So there are lots of good project opportunities that I am excited to start.

The people in my village are all very nice and welcoming. They give me lots of food because they have this unwarranted concern that I'm going to die of starvation....I'm not, by the way. But they think I am. My diet consists of lots of fruits, veggies, legumes and potatoes. It works.

As you know I have a cat - Maurice Ravel (Mo). His swahili name is "Ruka" which means jump. It's very fitting to his personality. He's quite the adventurous little guy as long as I'm there to get him out of trouble. He's also a big cuddler, which is great until I'm cooking and cutting things and he's trying to climb on me. But I like him. And I like that he's black, since I've only ever had black cats.

On a less happy note, sad news from Tanzania. A few of the people in my class were traveling and their bus flipped - totally a freak accident, but unfortunately one of them passed away. There is nothing to worry about as far as my safety is concerned, but it is a very unfortunate incident and we were all pretty shaken up by it. There will be a memorial held for him soon, and our Country Director will be escorting him back to his family in the states.

Other than that, everything is fine here. I have friends, lots of fun opportunities, and yes I'm playing my clarinet....although the plastic isn't doing me quite as much justice as it did in 6th grade. It's a little painful....


Molly G. Maroney

Please note: Molly's new address:

Sister Molly Maroney, PCV
P.O. Box 20
Singida, Tanzania



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. Will start up again in the fall.

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 - Will start up again in the fall.

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.

SUMC Scholarship Applications

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

New Member Classes

A new member class will start on June 14 at 9:45 in the Lounge. Classes will continue the following weeks on June 21 and June 28. If you are interested in joining Stroudsburg United Methodist Church as an official member, please contact Pastor Bob - or please call the church office - 570-421-6020.



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 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

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way with the recent Family Promise host week here at SUMC. The program cannot function without volunteers. If anyone wanted to help out this time and could not, we will be hosting families again in early September. Keep an eye out for announcements and sign up sheets. Thank you all again!!


UMW Christmas Totes

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

Baby Bottle Boomerang

Please remember to bring back the filled baby bottles by Sunday, June 21. Thank you!

Bidding for Good

I am starting an online auction to raise money for the church. The YMCA in Stroudsburg has been using Bidding for Good for years and has been very successful in raising money. Here’s where I need your help. In addition to soliciting local businesses for gift certificates to restaurants, hair salons, gym memberships, movie theater tickets, etc., I think it would be great if we
had some different items such as sports memorabilia, jewelry, hand crafted items, etc. Please let me know if you are willing to donate items such as these or others. I hope to have the first auction up and running by mid-July and we’ll focus on StroudFest and it being the 200th anniversary of Stroudsburg. The next auction will start up again in October and will focus on our Holiday Market. If you have any questions or ideas, please let me know. I’m still in the “learning phase” but I’ll try and have an answer to your questions and if I don’t know the answer I will certainly find out for you! Thank you in advance for your help and support for something which I think is a very worthwhile cause! - Jackie


















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360