SUM eNews
Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

October 30, 2015



This Sunday

This Sunday is All Saints Sunday. We'll be remembering those in our church family and in our community who have passed on to glory. It's also Communion Sunday. We hope you can join us on Sunday! Don't forget to change your clocks back one hour so you'll be on time!

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. 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.

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. Krista Montgomery will have tickets available on Sunday, 11/1. She'll be in the Fellowship Room after both services.

Donations of Baked Goods are Needed

Donations of baked goods are needed for the Membership and Evangelism Team to sell at the Holiday Market on November 14! We need: Cakes, pies, breads, cupcakes and cookies, lots of cookies (lots of cookies of different varieties, we plan to sell plates of assorted cookies) Profits from the bake sale help to finance books and other materials for our Small Group Ministry. Please bring your baked goods to the church on either Thursday, November 12 or Friday, November 13 and leave in the downstairs kitchen. The church will be open in the evening on Friday, for set up. Thank you very much for your donations! Questions, contact Peggy Stewart (570-424-0625) or Beryl Hellgren (570-421-4024).

Donations Needed for Holiday Market

Debbie Fox is seeking donations of the following to sell at the Holiday Market on November 14. One pound can of coffee, individual bags of snacks (chips, pretzels, etc.), 5-12 packs of soda (mixed flavors) and monetary donations. If you can help, please contact Debbie - 570-856-7931 or the church office. Thank you in advance!


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. Children under 5 are free. 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 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. Deadline for submissions is Monday, November 2.

Material Available for Sewing

If you sew and are in need of material, Susan Armitage has knit winter material available. Please contact Susan or the church office.

Tuesday Night Soup Kitchen

The Tuesday soup kitchen is looking for volunteers to help prep and serve food to the needy. Lately the number of people attending the Tuesday soup kitchen has been growing and we are now feeding an average of 80 people weekly. A couple of volunteers are also needed to help at the door when guests arrive and to keep things moving smoothly and calmly. Please contact Beryl Hellgren (570-421-4024) if you are able to help. Thanks!

Holiday Market Flyers

Flyers for the Holiday Market are in the back of the sanctuary. Please take a couple with you after church and hang them in local businesses (diners, hair salons, etc.) so we can spread the word. Thank you!

Volunteers are Needed for Church Decorating Committee

We decorate our church for the Christmas season on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We need more people to help us get our church ready for Christmas! Interested? Please contact Joni Singer at 570-421-4668.



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.

Experiencing God Small Group

Another class of Experiencing God begins Tuesday, November 3 at 7 pm in the Lounge. This class will be for 10 weeks. Leader is Peggy Stewart. There is no cost for the study guide, but we encourage baked goods and contributions for the Holiday Market November 14. Bring only your Bible and a journal. Experiencing God is our basic Small Group that is offered periodically as it is our goal that every person in the church, new and long time worshipers complete this as a common base for spiritual growth. Anyone who has completed the class is encouraged to be a mentor or co-leader as a next step for completing training to be a small group leader. Just tell us of your interest! God is inviting you to experience Him in an intimate love relationship through which he reveals to you His will, His ways, and His work. Through the biblical principles in this course, God can teach you how to: Know when He is speaking to you, recognize His activity around you, adjust your life to Him and His ways, identify what He wants to do through you, respond to His activity in your life. To sign up contact Peggy Stewart or Jackie in the church office.


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. 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 -

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: 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 meets on Mondays, 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.

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.

Greeters are Needed on Sunday Mornings

We are looking for volunteers to greet at the 8:30 worship time. If you can smile, shake hands and say 'Good Morning', you can be a greeter! It's really simple to do! Please contact Janet Woolever at 570-801-7256 if you can volunteer to greet a few Sundays during the year.

Sound System Operators are Needed

We need volunteers to operate the sound system at the 11 o'clock worship time. It may look intimidating but it's not and you will be trained. Please consider volunteering for this very important part of worship. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Bob - or the church office. Thank you!

United Methodist Men Breakfast

The next UMM breakfast will be held on Saturday, October 31 at 8:00 am in the dining room. Charles Armitage will be the guest speaker.


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. The new Chairperson of SUMC Missions Committee is Elizabeth Miller. Please visit the SUMC Missions Facebook page - for all updates on what's happening with our Missions Committee. Also, please stop by the Fellowship Room on Sunday to pick up a Joe Corbi product catalog. There are a variety of products available - we're certain you will find something you or someone you know would like. While you're there pick up a Community Days booklet. The booklets cost $5.00 and you can use them at Bon-Ton for bonus buys. All profits from the sale of booklets goes directly to our Missions Committee. Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child will also be available.

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

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 help out this past week with Family Promise. All help is greatly appreciated. We hosted 11 individuals and all were very appreciative. Volunteers are needed to do laundry this week. We have numerous sheets and blankets that need to be laundered. 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)

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

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! Our Facebook page is

Donations Needed to Help Fill Christmas Totes

UMW is in need of the following items to complete the filling of Christmas totes: 22 combs, 18 soaps, 33 body lotions, 29 deodorants, 34 shampoos, 3 toothpastes, 10 individually wrapped toothbrushes. Please place your donations in the trunk in the Fellowship Room. Thank you!



















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360