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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

February 11, 2016

 

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This Sunday

This Sunday Pastor Bob will begin a new sermon series on Spiritual Mentors, the first being Thomas Merton. Our Cherub Choir will be providing special music at both services and it's Scout Sunday. Scouts from Troop 86 will be leading worship at 8:30 & 11:00. It may be cold outside but our sanctuary is warm! We hope to see you on Sunday!

2016 Pocono Cluster Lenten Services

A schedule of this year's Lenten services is in the back of the sanctuary. The schedule is also in the February Courier. All services begin at 7:00 pm. If you have questions, please contact the church office.

Pastor Bob's Blog

Pastor Bob has started blogging once again: https://bobshank.wordpress.com/

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: 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

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:

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, 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 available again at the back of the sanctuary. Hearing devices are also available. Please see an usher before service if you are in need.

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!

Cub Pack 86 Pancake Breakfast

The Cub Pack Valentine's Day Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, February 13 from 8:00 am until 11:00 am downstairs in the dining room. Treat mom to a Valentine's Day suprise of pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and tea served by the Cub Scouts. Please use the Ann Street entrance and parking lot. Adults $5.00; children 6 and under eat for free!

 

UPDATE: Covered Dish Chili Cook-Off rescheduled to February 20

The Membership & Evangelism Covered Dish has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 20, 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 already signed up just let Peggy know if you still plan to attend on February 20 or you can call the church office. If you have questions, please contact Peggy Stewart - 570-424-0625 or bpstew@juno.com

After Church Fellowship

An updated sign up sheet for After Church Fellowship has been posted in the Fellowship Room. Please consider signing up for a Sunday or two either at 8:30 or 11:00 to host After Church Fellowship. It's simple enough to do - you don't need to supply anything elaborate - just a few snacks (cookies or cake or doughnuts, cheese & crackers.....you get the idea). Coffee and paper products are provided. If you have questions, please see Ron and Jenny Bogart or call the church office.

 

End of year statements

Statements have been mailed and emailed to those we have email addresses for. If you don't receive your statement, please call the church office.

Easter Lilies

Easter lily forms were included in the February Courier and are also in the back of the sanctuary. Plants are $10.50 each and the deadline to order is February 29, 2016.

 

 

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.

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.

Monday Tea Time Small Group

Monday Tea Time small group has started again. Meet at 1:15 pm at the home of Nancy Haase. Please call Nancy for directions - 570-872-9516. Length of study open ended. Study book is provided, you will need a Bible and a notebook. Topic: "Bible Prayer Study Course" by Kenneth E. Hagin. Description: "Learning to pray effectively is one of the most important things a believer can ever do in their Christian walk. A believer cannot be a success in fulfilling God's purpose in their life if they do not know how to pray according to biblical principles."

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

Sunday School Substitute Teachers Needed

Please contact Jeff Weber if you are interested in helping out with Sunday School classes and possibly filling in for some of our teachers when needed. Thank you!

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 - bobshank@epix.net 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. February's Monthly Missions Challenge is "Feast and Famine" benefitting Oasis of Love, the local food pantry here in Stroudsburg. We will be collecting non-perishable food items and will be updating our needs list as we learn more from the pantry. Monetary donations are always welcome as well. Place any items for donation in the box marked "Feast and Famine" in the Fellowship Room. Thank you for your continued support! If you have any questions, please see a member of the Missions Team or call the church office.

30 Hour Famine

Our Youth Group will be participating in World Vision's 30 Hour Famine once again this year on February 26 & 27. Please consider supporting our youth. Just $1.00 provides food for one day. Please see a member of the Youth Group to donate. Thank you!

Lenten Giving Boxes

Starting on Sunday, February 14, Missions will be putting out Lenten Giving Boxes. All money raised will go to the Youth Group for their Mission Trip.

Christmas Totes

This month's item for the Christmas Totes is body lotion. Please place your donated items in the trunk in the Fellowship Room. Thank you!

Jam Available for Sale

Jam is still available for sale - $4.00 per jar. If you're interested, please see a member of Missions or please contact the church office. Thank you!

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 Smile.Amazon.com

SUMC is now recognized as a charitable organization on Smile.Amazon.com. When you shop on Smile.Amazon.com, 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: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/24-0861587


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

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.

Soup Kitchen Needs

Coffee and pasta sauce is needed for both our Tuesday and Sunday soup kitchen guests. If you can help, please leave your donations in the box in the Fellowship Room. Also, the Tuesday soup kitchen is seeking volunteers to help. Please contact Bob Cool - 570-269-5987 if you are available. Thank you!

Bell Tower Repairs

Although our bell tower has been repaired, we are still seeking donations to put toward the cost of those repairs. The GoFundMe page is still in effect: http://www.gofundme.com/km4ab3w8

If you don't want to donate online, you can always send a donation to the church - 547 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 and designate in the memo portion of your check "For the bell tower". Or you can put your check in the offering plate on Sunday during worship services. Every little bit helps and we appreciate everything that has been donated so far. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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