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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

August 21, 2015



This Sunday

This Sunday Pastor Bob is starting a new sermon series on The Importance of Sunday School. We'll start with "Where Faith Can Begin" and get back to basics with the story about Moses and the ten commandments from Deuteronomy. Hope to see you on Sunday!


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:

Sandra Selwood, 132 Huston Avenue, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. 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.

SUM Softball

Congratulations to our softball team! The SUM Softball Team made it into the playoffs for the second time in four years. Their record was 19 wins and 11 losses. The team would like to thank all the fans who came out to support them over the last five months. See you all next year!

New Hours for the Church Office

Please note the new hours for the church office - Monday - Thursday 9:00 am until 3:00 pm; Friday 9:00 am until 1:30 pm.

Free to Good Home

Antique pump organ. If you are interested, or know someone who is, please contact Debbie Fox - 570-856-7931.

Annual Church Picnic - August 23

Everyone is invited to our Annual Church Picnic to be held on Sunday, August 23 from 12:30 pm until 5:00 pm. We plan to eat about 2:00 pm. Swimming, softball, volleyball, horseshoes, ad good old fashioned fun just relaxing in the shade. Hamburgers, hotdogs, beverages provided. Please bring a salad, side or dessert to share. Brad Hildabrant has graciously invited us to his family's picnic grove just outside of Sciota. Directions are in the August Courier and on cards for you to take at the back of the sanctuary. Hope to see you there! Questions? Please contact Peggy Stewart - 570-424-0625 or

War Room

M & E recommends you see "War Room", a PG-13 movie the weekend of August 29 and 30. The movie is a Christian production demonstrating the importance of prayer during family crises. The War Room is a prayer closet. It is playing at the Carmike in Bethlehem. If enough are interested in a 4:00 pm show on Saturday, August 29, we can arrange for a couple of vans for transportation. Please let JoAnn Calkins know of your interest. Email: or call 570-402-1210.

UMW Speaker in September

Do you have long term insurance? UMW will have a guest speaker, Jeffrey W. Gilbert, a financial associate who will speak about long term insurance and how important it is to proect your life savings when someone gets ill. The date is September 22 at 7:00 pm in the Lounge. All are welcome to attend!



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.


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

UMW Christmas Totes

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

Bidding for Good Auction

We have 12 more days of bidding left on our first online auction. If you haven't already checked it out, here is the link: Please spread the word and take a few minutes to see what we have listed. Currently we have 15 items with bids totaling $570.00. More new items have been added recently. You may see something you are interested in or your may know someone who is.

Go Fund Me Page for Anne Webster & Children

A gofundme page has been started for Anne and her children. Please feel free to share this page with your friends, family, etc., but please respect the family’s wishes to keep the names and specific details private. If you’re not familiar with gofundme, call me or stop in to see me. I will help you make a donation. To date over $1,000 has been raised. Here is the link to the page online: Thank you all! Jackie

Stroudfest 2015

Stroudfest will be held on Saturday, September 5 this year from 11am until 6pm. SUMC has reserved a spot out front on Main Street to sell food, drinks, baked goods, etc. We'll have balloons for kids as well as face painting!! We need some help from you - our members and friends. We will also be setting up tables and chairs in the church courtyard for people to eat. I will be scheduling volunteers and a sign up sheet will be at the back of the sanctuary for you to sign up to help during the day - either with serving food, cooking, cleaning up or other duties. You won't have to spend the entire day - maybe just an hour or two. Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far to either donate their time or donate food items, etc. We are still in need of hot dog rolls, ice, bottled water and baked goods. Please sign up at the back of the sanctuary or call the church office. We could still use a few more volunteers to help out during the afternoon hours as well. Thank you! Jackie

Sunday School

The Sunday School class for grades 7-12 is looking for a donation of a projector and screen for their Sunday School room. Please contact the church office if you can help.

Family Promise

We will be hosting families for Family Promise the week of September 6. Sign up sheets are now in the Fellowship Room. Please consider how you can assist with this important ministry of our church. Any help is greatly appreciated. Family Promise will be moving to a new Day Center. Anyone wishing to help with the move (either physical assistance or donations) please contact Laurie Kozar or Lisa Day at 570-420-8589.



















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360