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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

April 29, 2016



This Sunday

This Sunday Pastor Bob will be preaching about being on "the road to Emmaus". Christ is always by our side but too often we don't realize it. Join us this Sunday as we read scripture from Luke 24 about two of Jesus' followers who were traveling to the village of Emmaus and didn't recognize that the stranger walking along with them was Jesus himself! It's communion Sunday, too! See you on Sunday!

Mission Trip to West Virginia

This summer's Mission Trip will be a combined youth/adult trip to West Virginia. Heart and Hand House is one of our United Methodist missions in Appalachia. The dates for the trip are tentatively set for the week of July 17th, leaving Sunday and returning on the following Saturday. We are looking for volunteers who want to be part of this exciting Mission Trip experience, and it will be an unforgettable experience! We also need some skilled craftsman who have experience in construction and other fields. Please contact Pastor Bob if you are interested or have any questions about the trip. Join us for this heart warming experience as we help the least of our brothers and sisters in the beautiful state of West Virginia.

SUMC on Google for Business

Now when you search for SUMC using Google (or when potential visitors are looking for a church in the area) our website address, photos and information about our church comes up. Please take some time this week to check it out and write a review about your SUMC experience for others in our community to see. Let people know we are an active church! Spread the word!

Pastor Bob's Blog

Pastor Bob has started blogging once again:

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.

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.

Save the Dates - 2016

Mark your calendars now! Saturday, June 25, 2016 we are holding what we hope is the first of many "Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner"(s). BBQ chicken breast, baked potato, veggie, dessert - $10.00. Children under 10 - $5.00 (1/2 chicken breast, 1/2 baked potato, veggie, dessert). Weather permitting we'll be cooking in the church parking lot, tables, chairs and tents will be setup for guests to eat outside. Inside seating will be available too. Saturday, November 5, 2016 - "Holly Day Market"! 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. We already have new vendors lined up and are still looking for more! Spread the word! Maybe you know someone who wants to participate. This year in addition to hand crafted items we are expanding and will have items being sold by independent distributors such as Avon, Longaberger Baskets, Pampered Chef, etc. Be on the lookout for more updates on these and other upcoming events being held in our church! Proceeds from the BBQ chicken dinner and the proceeds from the sale of vendor table space for the Holly Day Market will be put toward the remaining bill for our bell tower repair project. Any questions, please call the church office.

SpringFest Open House at Pocono Plateau

Saturday, May 14 from 11:00 am-4:00 pm. Free fun for the whole family. Hayride, hiking, fishing (bring your own equipment), canoeing, games, boating, children's crafts, hot dog roast and much more! Pocono Plateau Camp & Retreat Center, 304 Pocono Plateau Road, Cresco, PA. 570-676-3665.

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 back of the sanctuary. 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!

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 & get the idea). Coffee and paper products are provided. If you have questions, please see Ron and Jenny Bogart or call the church office.

New Clothing Outreach Opened

Light of the World Church in Minisink Hills has opened a clothing outreach named Jo's Closet. This is a community outreach designed to help clothe the homeless and less fortunate. They have a variety of men and women's clothing from infant to adult. Hours of operation are 9am-12noon the first, second and third Saturday of the month and will be open all year round. The address is 114 Academy Drive, Minisink Hills, PA. Phone number - 570-420-9970 or visit

PATH Walk 2016

Sunday, May 1. Begin and finish at Courthouse Square, 7th & Monroe Sts., Stroudsburg. Registration at 12:30 pm; walk begins at 1:30 pm. PATH Walk benefits Pocono Area Transitional Housing. Registration forms are available in the back of the sanctuary.

Stroudsburg Community Vacation Bible School 2016

The Vacation Bible School will be held from June 12th through the 16th from 6:00-8:30 pm. The location will be St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church on Ninth Street. Ages for VBS will be Pre-K through 6th grade and the hope is that teenagers can be volunteers working along with adults. Students will be in the class of the grade that they will complete in June. We are asking for students to register by May 29 but walk ins are of course welcome. A training session for volunteers will be held on May 22 at 3:00 pm at St. John Lutheran. Registration forms are available in the back of the sanctuary and will be included in the May Courier. You can also register online:

Birthday Celebration for Beryl's 90th

A celebration is being planned for Beryl's 90th birthday. Saturday, May 14 here at church. Please RSVP to Ingrid - 954-770-1543 or if you would like to be part of the festivities.

Part Time Church Secretary

St. John Lutheran in Stroudsburg is seeking an energetic, self-motivated person for a Monday through Friday 9:30 am-3:30 pm position. A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is required. Some of the duties include bulletins, monthly newsletters and general office responsibilities. Experience with Microsoft Office and Outlook is required. A pleasant demeanor, confidentiality and the ability to enjoy being in a church environment is essential. Send a resume to St. John Lutheran Church, c/o Rev. Eric Moser, 9 North Ninth Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Resume deadline is May 6, 2016.

Venture Crew 86 Mother's Day Dinner

Saturday, May 7 at 5:00 pm here at church. Flyers with all details, including ticket information, are available at the back of the sanctuary and included in the May Courier. You may also call the church office for information.

Community Night for Families

Thursday, May 12 from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm at Northampton Community College, Keystone Building. Free event, sponsored by the Monroe County Children's Roundtable. Resources for kids and families, interactive areas, educational workshops. Flyers with all details are in the back of the sanctuary.

Cub Pack 86 Indoor Craft, Vendor and Yard Sale

Saturday, May 21 from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. Flyers with all details are in the back of the sanctuary or please call the church office.

M & E Covered Dish

Saturday, May 21 at 5:30 pm. Patriotic theme. Please sign up at the back of the sanctuary or call the church office so we know how many to plan for. Please indicate whether you will bring an entree or dessert. Thank you!



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.

Monday Tea Time Small Group

Meets 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 - 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 -

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 leaders. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Bob - or the church office. Thank you!

Confirmation Classes 2016

Confirmation Classes will be offered in the summer this year. We will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 pm. Classes will start on May 31st. We will meet each week through July 5th and then have Confirmation on Sunday, July 10th. Any youth going into 7th grade and above are invited to attend Confirmation Classes to become members of SUMC.


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. Thank you for your continued support! If you have any questions, please see a member of the Missions Team or call the church office.

Baby Bottle Fundraiser

May 8-June 19. Benefits Pregnancy Resource Center of the Poconos. Baby bottles will be available after church on Mother's Day, May 8. Fill a bottle with loose change, bills or checks made payable to PRCP. (Checks will be receipted) Return the bottles to church by Father's Day, June 19. Contact Ruth Weber or the church office with questions. Thank you for your support.

Foster Parents Needed in Monroe County

Monroe County Children & Youth Services Foster Parent Program is currently in need of foster parents for children of all ages, but especially our teenage population and sibling groups. Training, generous compensation and support provided. If you're ready to learn about becoming a foster parent for a child in need please contact Marshall Wishnic at 570-420-3590 ext. 3209.

Interested in hosting a foreign exchange student?

International Fellowship is currently seeking volunteer host families. You can be married, single, have kids, no kids - even grandparents can apply. Call 800-647-8839 or email Visit for more information.

Lenten Giving Boxes

Please return the filled missions boxes and leave them on the chancel rail in the sanctuary. Thank you!

Family Promise Update

Sunday, May 15, 1-4 pm Family Promise's Spring Forward Fashion Show at Lawnhaven at Stroudsmoor. Please contact Kathy Cook if you would like to attend this event. Tickets are $40.00 in advance and $45.00 at the door. All details can be found on the flyers in the back of the sanctuary or visit If enough people are interested, we could have a whole table of folks from SUMC!

Christmas Totes - April

This month's item for the Christmas Totes is toothbrushes. Please place your donated items in the trunk in the Fellowship Room. The filled totes are given to residents in area nursing homes in December. 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

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

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:

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!


















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360