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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

September 11, 2015



This Sunday

This Sunday we'll hear the last of Pastor Bob's latest sermon series on The Importance of Sunday School. The topic will be "Let's Get Practical". We'll hear the story of Balaam and his donkey, one of the stories in the Bible that teach us how important it is to trust and obey God.


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:

Roy Pipher, 1621 Wallace Street, 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. Small, Medium, Large & Extra Large $12.00; 2XL available for $15.00. New glass mugs are available for $7.00 and they are made in the USA! 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.

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.

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!

Birthday Celebration for Dorothy Baldwin

Dorothy is turning 93 on September 15 and would like everyone to join her on Sunday, September 13 after the 11:00 am worship time for a brithday celebration in the Fellowship Room. Dorothy will proide the cake. We will need donations of finger sandwiches, chips, veggies and dip, etc. Please contact Joni Singer or Peggy Stewart if you can help out. Hope to see you there.

Large Print Bulletins and Hearing Devices Available

Large print bulletins are now available in the back of the sanctuary on Sunday mornings. Please ask a greeter for one if you need it. Also, hearing devices are available. Please see an usher before service if you are in need.

Save the Date

Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Joseph Martin will be performing at Stroudsburg High School and conduct the Project One Step Community Choir and Orchestra in a benefit concert. Reserved seats cost $15.00. Proceeds from this concert will be distributed to Pocono Alliance's Bridges Out of Poverty, Stroudsburg United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen and PATH. Go to to find out how to join the choir and order tickets. Since this concert will benefit our soup kitchen, please consider attending.



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. Next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 15.

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. This group will start up again on September 21, 2015.

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 on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

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 on Tuesday, September 29, 2015.

New Sunday School Class

As a practical follow up to our current sermon series: The Importance of Sunday School, a new Sunday School class led by Pastor Bob will start on Sunday, September 13. The current topic is Bible 101: How to Read and Understand the Bible. We will meet at 9:45 in the Lounge. Upcoming topic series through next summer include: The Apostles' Creed, The Lord's Prayer, The Ten Commandments, and Songs & Lyrics of Faith. Choir members can join us for the first half of our class and then be permitted to leave for their choir rehearsal. Please join us in the Lounge whenever you can attend!

A Christ Servant Minister Training

A Christ Servant Minister Training will take place in our District at Faith UMC on December 11 & 12. Christ Servant Ministers are lay ministers in local churches who are involved in a variety of ways: worship leader, Small Group leader, Sunday School teacher, Team leaders, etc. You can find out more on this website: To sign up for this local training event in December, please contact Pastor Bob.


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

Bidding for Good Online Auction

Our first auction ended with these results: We had a total of 83 items up for bidding. 29 of those items had bids (66 bids). The auction ended with a profit to be put toward our church kitchen renovations. That figure will be available soon. Look for announcements on our next auction to be held in October. Thank you to all who donated items, placed bids and shared the auction site!

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

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 or Bill Hardy if you can help.

Family Promise Updates

Thank you to everyone who helped with Family Promise in any way this past week. A wine tasting event to benefit Family Promise of Monroe County will be held on September 18. Visit for information on this event and other Family Promise news. Our next scheduled host week is November 1-8. This program cannot run without your help! In case you didn't know...Family Promise provides safe shelter, meals and support services for homeless families with children through a collaborative network of local congregations of which SUMC participates. Because of the varied ways in which our church is showing hospitality to families, Family Promise was able to shelter 15 families during the year July 2014 to June 2015. Thanks to your efforts, ten families have now successfully exited to self-sufficiency.

Car Wash

Pocono Plateau and Retreat Center is in need of a truck to support their camping ministries throughout the year. The Pocono Cluster churches of the United Methodist Church are hosting a car wash to help raise funds for this ministry. The car wash will be held on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 12:30 pm until 3:00 pm in the SUMC parking lot on Ann Street. The cost is a donation of any amount to support Pocono Plateau. Hosted by: Analomink UMC, Cherry Lane UMC, Cherry Valley UMC, East Stroudsburg UMC, Faith UMC, Poplar Valley UMC, Reeders Church, Stroudsburg UMC and Wooddale UMC.

Cancer Patients Need Your Help

The American Cancer Society needs volunteers to drive cancer patients in our community to and from their treatment appointments. To learn more about how you can get involved and help make a difference in someone's life or if you know a cancer patient who would benefit from this program, please call the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 or visit



















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360