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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

October 9, 2015

 

Gather

This Sunday

Continuing with the current sermon series "Tools for Faith", this week we'll talk about prayer. We know God answers prayers, but why does it sometimes seem like God doesn't hear us? If you have ever asked yourself this and other questions about praying, come join us on Sunday as we listen to Pastor Bob's message on the importance of prayer in our daily lives.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

Send a card, text, email or make a phone call to let our pastors know how much we appreciate all they do for us here at SUMC.

 

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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zISV4q8rhXs

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: http://www.stroudsburgumc.com/SUMCNeweSermons.html 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: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/stroudsburg-umc-worship 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:

Helen Ann Edinger, 1055 West Main Street, Apt. 207, 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. 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.

Large Print Bulletins and Hearing Devices Available

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

Trivia Night - Saturday, October 17, 2015

We are having a Trivia Night here at SUMC on Saturday, October 17. Doors open at 6:30 pm; starts at 7:00 pm. Pastor Bob will be our emcee. $5.00 per person entry fee - teams of 4. Prize to winning team "Dinner and a Movie" (Gift card to local restaurant and movie passes for 4). Tell your friends! Questions? Please contact the church office - 570-421-6020. Proceeds will be put toward our bell tower repair project. We are planning on setting up card tables for teams of 4 that night. If you have a card table you would like to loan us for the evening, please give me a call. Thanks! Jackie

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 www.projectonestep.org to find out how to join the choir and order tickets. Since this concert will benefit our soup kitchen, please consider attending.

Second Annual Pizza with Santa Event

We will be holding our second annual "Pizza with Santa" event on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm. This year we'll be adding "Photos with Santa" - you will be able to get your photo or your child's/children's photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus and we will email you a JPEG file for you to print from your computer. Admission will be the same as last year - $3.00 per person and will include two slices of pizza and a soft drink. Look for more information in the November Courier and future eNews publications. Please call me with any questions. Thank you! Jackie

Recognition of our Veterans

Our Membership and Evangelism Committee is organizing the recognition of our Veterans again this November. If you, a family member, or loved one served in the military and would like them included please drop off a copy of their picture (in uniform if possible) to the church office. The picture will be scanned and returned to you. If you can scan the picture please send an electronic copy to cjpen@ptd.net All branches of the military - Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard or any of the Reserves or National Guard are included. If a picture was submitted in past years it is not necessary to provide another copy. If you have any questions please contact the church office or C.J. Penwell at the above email address or call 570-421-1666.

Grow!

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 Wednesday, October 7 at 2:00 pm..

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 - bpstew@juno.com 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 - bobshank@epix.net or call the church office - 570-421-6020. We are seeking new members so if you have some free time on Wednesday mornings, we would love to have you join us. Please bring your Bible.

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 - bobshank@epix.net

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 has started. 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: http://www.christservantministries.net/ I have resgistration forms in my office. Please call me, stop in the church office or send me an email if you are in need of one.

Monday Tea Time Small Group

This Small Group starts up again on Monday, October 5, from 1:15pm until 3:30pm at the home of Nancy Haase. It will be a 10 week study called SoulSHIFT - a measure of a life transformed. Max Lucado says "SoulSHIFT guides believers to a deeper walk with God, reveals the power and richness of the transformed spirit, and shows practical ways to move our souls into alignment with our heavenly Father." Please contact JoAnn Calkins if interested.

Sunday School for Grades 4 through 6

Those students who usually attend Bob Cool's Sunday School class, please note Bob will not be in church on Sunday, October 11 to teach Sunday School. Please meet in Peggy Stewart's class for Sunday School that day. Her room is right near the sanctuary, next to the Fellowship Room.

For Those Seeking Employment

Job applications are available at the back of the sanctuary (or call the church office) that were sent to the church office from Staffing Synergies. Staffing Synergies has a facility for warehouse positions located in Tobyhanna. Also in the back of the sanctuary is a list of major employers in our community. It was discussed at a recent staff meeting and members of the church staff are willing to help with resume writing, job interview protocol, etc. Feel free to contact the church office for more information.

 

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.

Missions Committee

Our Missions Committee is looking for new members and a chairperson. If you have an interest in joining or have questions, please contact Ruth Weber.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

Send a card, email, text, make a phone call to let our pastors know how much we appreciate all they do for our church.

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. Our next online auction will start on October 15. 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: http://www.gofundme.com/SingleMom2Children 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

Our next scheduled host week is October 25-October 31; please note the new dates. Sign up sheets are up in the Fellowship Room. Family Promise of Monroe County would like to thank the over 600 dedicated volunteers from our network of host and support congregation, who during 2014, spent over 9000 hours preparing and providing meals, chaperoning overnights, helping out at the Day Center and in a variety of other activities. You should be proud of the wonderful support system you are for the families receiving services in our local network. The week of October 18-25, 2015 is being celebrated across the nation as Family Promise Week. Please help raise awareness to the increasing numbers of families struggling with homelessness. During 2014, all 187 Family Promise affiliates combined, provided services to over 53,000 individuals nationwide. You are contributing to a major movement in addressing family homelessness. Please continue to advocate for our families in need. (Laurie Kozar, Family Promise of Monroe County)

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 cancer.org.

Save the Bells and our Bell Tower

We have reached out to many community resources in order to raise funds to repair our church bell tower. Most recently we had an on air spot on the Gary in the Morning show and we also had a meeting with Representative David Parker to discuss options to raise money. Stroudsburg United Methodist Church does a lot for our community - some of which you may not be aware of - we have two soup kitchens weekly, we host families through Family Promise throughout the year, we have Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from Pack 86 meeting here weekly (They also hold community events throughout the year here in our church), we support Oasis of Love, a local food pantry located here in Stroudsburg. These are just a few of the outreach programs we have here at SUMC that benefit the community. These are in addition to our worship services held each Sunday. Please continue to share this page with your friends, neighbors, coworkers, family - EVERYONE! Every little bit helps. Work should be starting soon so keep checking for updates. We all miss the bells so let's pull together and give back whatever you can to help support our bell tower repairs! Thank you to all who have donated so far! http://www.gofundme.com/km4ab3w8 Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/SUMCSavetheBells?ref=hl We are also seeking members of our congregation who are familiar with the grant writing process. We need people who know how to search for types of grants that will help us get funding for the bell tower repairs as well as filling in the information required on the applications. One person cannot do this alone. Please contact Pastor Bob or the church office if you can help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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