SUM eNews
Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

December 17, 2015



This Sunday - The Fourth Sunday in Advent

This Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Advent. The anticipation is building and the wait is almost over. We'll listen to scripture from Matthew 2 and Pastor Bob's sermon wil be Holiday Traditions: Christmas. We hope you can join us this 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.

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

We are seeking volunteers to help with our Helping Hands Ministry here in our church. Volunteers are needed to help with tasks such as grocery shopping, making meals, giving rides, etc. If you are interested please contact Cathy Doane or myself. Also, if you have signed up in the past to help and wish to continue or be taken off our list, please let us know that as well. Thank you!

Our Special Member of the Week:

Carol Romansky, 4 S. Kistler Street, Apt. 118, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. 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.

Christmas Tree for Heifer International

Please be sure to stop by the Fellowship Room after services on Sunday to purchase an animal ornament to support the Missions Committee fundraiser through Heifer International.

2016 Calendar & Altar Flower Chart

The 2016 calendar is up outside the conference room and the new altar flower chart is up in the Fellowship Room. Please mark the calendar with your meeting/event times and please consider putting flowers on the altar in honor of or in memory of someone or a special event. Thank you!

2016 Giving Envelopes

2016 giving envelopes are in the Fellowship Room. Please pick up your box of envelopes after church on Sunday. Please take a box for a friend that cannot make it to church. Thank you!

Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, January 23

The Membership & Evangelism Team invites everyone to a Covered Dish Dinner on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 5:30 pm. The dinner will have a western theme with a Chili Cook-Off as the highlight of the meal. Prizes will be awarded! So we need some of you to bring your best batch of chili and others to bring sides - cornbread, shredded cheese, rice or salad, or a dessert. To help us plan, please sign up at the back of the sanctuary and indicate what you plan to bring or please call the church office. If you have questions, please contact Peggy Stewart - 570-424-0625 or

Trivia Night Saturday, January 30

Join us for another Trivia Night on January 30! Doors open at 6:30 pm, starts at 7:00 pm in our Fellowship Room. Pastor Bob will be our emcee once again. Test your knowledge and brain power on different categories including The Bible, History, Sports, Entertainment, Science, Music and more! We had a great time back in October when we held our first Trivia Night. If you have questions, please email or call the church office - 570-421-6020. Look for more details in upcoming eNews editions and your weekly bulletin.



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.

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!

Sound System Operators and Worship Leaders Needed

We need volunteers to operate the sound system on Sunday mornings. It may look intimidating but it's not and you will be trained. Please consider volunteering for this very important part of worship. We also need more people to volunteer for worship leader. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Bob - or the church office. Thank you!


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. Exciting news for the new year! Each month we will be doing a Monthly Missions Challenge, highlighting a mission SUMC supports and hosting a variety of fundraisers and item drives. To kick it off in the Christmas season, December is Heifer International Month. Fundraising for Heifer will continue until January 1. There is also an online marketplace where you can donate - We thank you for your continued support and hope to see everyone involved in this month's Monthly Missions Challenge!

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

Shop on

SUMC is now recognized as a charitable organization on When you shop on, choose Stroudsburg United Methodist Church as your favorite charitable organization and our church will receive a portion of your purchase. Please let your friends and family members know! Here's the link:

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

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

Coffee for Christmas

Coffee is needed for our Tuesday soup kitchen guests. If you can, please donate a pound of coffee. A box is in the Fellowship Room for your donations. Thank you!



















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360