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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

June 19, 2015



This Sunday

Happy Father's Day! This Sunday we'll talk about fathers and grandfathers and how they teach us and set examples for all of us in our daily lives. Our Cherub Choir will be singing at both services which is always an extra special treat! Our sanctuary is air conditioned so we hope you'll join us on Sunday!

Lost and Found

A pair of ladies glasses was found in the sanctuary after last Sunday's service. They are orange frames in a rectangular shape. A Chicago Bears NFL Jersey, #23 Devin Hester, has been found in the choir room. I have the items in the church office. Please let me know if you know who they belong to. Thank you. Jackie


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.

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:

Howard Steiner, 5 September Circle, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. 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

The SUM softball team won its 6th game in a row last night, defeating the Mt. Bethel Lutherans in a 2 game sweep. Although showers fell most of the day, the skies opened up and the sun shone through just in time for the first pitch. It was a defensive battle until the bottom of the 3rd inning when Natalie Hardy led off with a line drive single followed by Brian Dwinal who continued his hot hitting by singling to center after Kevin Kopec flied out. Vincent Zelizo drove in both runs with the first of 2 doubles on the night, Josh Pensyl then drove in Zelizo which made the score 3-0 going into the fourth. SUM 's defense continued to shine as both Zelizo and newcomer Joe Campbell made some spectacular catches in the outfield and kept Bethel from scoring even as they loaded the bases in the 4th. In the bottom of the fourth, SUM's bats caught fire, something that has become the norm, as they scored 6 runs on 10 hits and batted around. A lead off double by John Allen was followed by singles from Bill Hardy, Herrero, N. Hardy, Dwinal, Kopec, Zelizo, Pensyl, Snyder, and Campbell. Herrero, Kopec, and Pensyl collected RBI's and increased the score to 9-0. SUM shut down Bethel in the top of the 5th then went on to score 1 more run in the bottom of the inning, hits by Bill Hardy (his third of the night), Herrero, and Natalie Hardy (also her third of the night) loaded the bases. Then Jarrett Seip got up and singled driving in B. Hardy and completed the mercy rule win 10-0.
In game 2 SUM playing as the away team this time opened the first with a rare walk by lead-off batter Kopec, followed by a single from Zelizo, but they were left stranded as the heart of the order could not drive them in. SUM's defense continued to play sharp. Dwinal allowed the first Bethel batter to reach first on a walk but he was left on base as the defense shut down the next 3 batters. Bill Hardy reached on a walk in the second as the Bethel pitcher's control alluded him allowing N. Hardy and Dwinal to walk, then with the bases loaded, Jarrett Seip also walked to collect his 2nd RBI of the night. Kopec followed with a double driving in 3 runs to make the score 4-0. Bethel was sent down quietly in the bottom of the inning. And then picking up where they left off, SUM scored 5 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. A lead off single by Pensyl, an RBI triple by Snyder, an RBI double by Campbell, a single by Allen, an RBI single by B. Hardy, a walk by N. Hardy and a bases loaded walk to Dwinal followed by a fielders choice RBI by Seip accounted for the 5 runs scored and made it a 9-0 lead. Again Bethel went quietly in their half of the inning. And then SUM would add another run with a double by Pensyl and an RBI single by Snyder. With SUM needing just 3 outs to complete a second mercy rule win, Bethel fought back. Dwinal allowed a lead-off HR, a double, and 3 singles as Bethel scored 2 runs to deny SUM the early win. SUM went down in order in the top of the fifth for the first and only time all night. Bethel then threatened but did not score in the bottom of the 5th. SUM added a run in the top of the 6th on a lead-off single by Kopec and an RBI double by Pensyl. With the score now 11 to 2, Bethel put together their longest rally of the night scoring 2 more runs on 4 hits and a walk. SUM left 3 runners stranded in the top of the seventh, but allowed Bethel to score just 1 more run in the bottom of the inning as SUM completed the sweep winning the game 11 to 5.
The wins give SUM a 6 game winning streak - the longest ever in club history.
The wins move SUM to within 2 games of first place and ties them with Middle Smithfield (their next opponent) for third place.
Bill Hardy and Natalie Hardy shared the Player of the Game award for the first game as both had perfect nights each going 3 for 3.
The Player of the Game for game 2 was Kevin Kopec who went 2 for 3 scored a run and drove in 3.
Brian Dwinal picked up his 22nd and 23rd victories as an SUM pitcher.
Herrero played in his 100th and 101st consecutive games; having never missed an inning in 3 1/2 years.

SUM's next game is Monday June 22nd 6pm at Pinebrook Field vs Middle Smithfield.

Remaining regular season games will be held on Monday, June 22 at Pinebrook Field, Tuesday, June 30 at Pinebrook Field, Monday, July 6 at Pinebrook Field and Wednesday, July 8 at Pinebrook Field. Fan Appreciation Day will be at the July 6 game. Hope to see you there!

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. Last meeting is June 22, 2015. This group will start up again in September.

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.

SUMC Scholarship Applications

SUMC Scholarship Applications are available at the back of the sanctuary or please call the church office. Deadline is June 30, 2015.

New Member Classes

Classes will continue this Sunday, 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!!

Freezer in Dining Room

The freezer in the dining room is due to be defrosted. If you are part of a church committee or group and have items in the freezer, please either take them home until the freezer is defrosted or dispose of them if they are outdated, etc. Otherwise they will be disposed of within the next week so our custodian Matt can take care of defrosting the freezer.
Any questions, please call the church office. Thank you!

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. The proceeds from all auctions will go toward the church kitchen renovations. 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