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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

June 3, 2016



This Sunday

This Sunday we remember those who answered the call to serve and gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We hope you'll join us on this very special Sunday.

Memorial Service for Phil Shaffer

Phil Shaffer's memorial service will be held here at SUMC tomorrow, June 4 at 1 pm in the sanctuary. Memorial donations may be made to the church Elevator Fund in memory of Phil.

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 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:

Marti Ernest, 1170 West Main Street, Apt. 138, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Please remember her 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. We are seeking monetary donations to help with the cost of the chicken. If you can help out, please let me know. Thank you! Jackie 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.

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

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. Registration forms are available in the back of the sanctuary and will be included in the May Courier. You can also register online: Snacks are needed from SUMC members and friends on Monday, June 13; Drinks are needed on Tuesday, June 14. Please see the schedule in the back of the sanctuary or call the church office.

Pocono Summer Chorus Concert

There will be a concert here at SUMC on Wednesday, July 27 at 7:30 pm in our sanctuary to benefit Monroe County Meals on Wheels. Visit the Pocono Summer Chorus Concert Facebook page for information and details.

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs Faith Night

I'm looking to organize a church group trip to Iron Pigs Stadium on Wednesday, June 15 for Faith Night. Groups of 20 or more are eligible for the following: $15.00 per person (Includes field level seat with $2.00 ballpark credit on each ticket redeemable for food, beverage and souvenirs), special edition Iron Pigs Faith Night cap, group announcement and recognition on stadium video board, ceremonial first pitch for groups of 50 or more. Please let me know if you're interested in attending. We could carpool from the church parking lot. The game starts at 7:05 pm. Thank you! Jackie

SUMC Annual Yard Sale

Collection for yard sale items has begun. Items can be dropped off in the blue room downstairs. We are not accepting TV's or electronic devices such as computers, printers, etc. Small kitchen appliances and items are accepted. Also, no clothing or encyclopedias. Please donate only those items that you no longer want but you think someone else would - please make sure the items are clean before they are brought in and in good condition. The yard sale is scheduled for August 5th & 6th. Volunteer sign up sheets will be posted soon. Preparation for the sale will start on August 1st. Help will be needed to unpack and sort items as well as to price and set items out for display. Help will be needed on the days of the sale and especially to clean up. Please consider how you can help.

Father's Day Booklet

Names for the Father's Day booklet will be taken after services on Sunday, May 29, June 5 and June 12. Forms will be included in the June Courier, in the back of the sanctuary or please call the church office. Please make checks payable to SUMC Missions.

A Moment with Nelle Harper Lee at First Presbyterian Church

Tickets are on sale for a one woman show "A Moment with Nelle Harper Lee", featuring Elizabeth McDonald. The performance will be at First Presbyterian Church, 579 Main Street, Stroudsburg at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 11, 2016. A meet and greet reception with dessert will follow. Tickets are $15.00 per person. They can be purchased by calling 570-421-7751 or visiting All procceds go toward the FPC Building/Organ Renovation Project.

Doll Tea

The Missions Team will host a doll tea on Sunday, October 9 at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Room. The remainder of Alberta Weber's doll collection will be displayed and will be available for sale. Light refreshments will be served. Please share this information with anyone you think would be interested. Watch for updates as the date gets closer.



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." This study has ended until the fall. Watch for updates.

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. This class has ended until the fall.

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 - Tuesday, May 24 will be the last meeting date for the Digging Deeper Small Group until September.

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 started May 31. 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.

Salvation Army Used Clothing and Household Goods Drive

The Salvation Army in our community has asked for our help. There has been a significant decrease in donor donations that support our Salvation Army thrift stores and community programs in Monroe County. It is a great opportunity to declutter those full closets and cupboards, as well as a conscious way to dispose of unwanted goods in a manner that helps struggling families in our community! What can you donate? We're collecting the following items in well-tied garbage bags: used clothing of all kinds, shoes, purses and belts, as well as bed and bath linens. We're also collecting household items in boxes: dishes, pots, pans, vases, decorative knick-knacks, jewelry and glassware. Tax deductible donations will be gratefully accepted here at Stroudsburg United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 5 from 8:30 am until 12:00 pm. There will be a Salvation Army truck to load donations so you can either leave donations in the dining room downstairs or in the Fellowship Room. If you bring items in before June 5, please leave them in bags or boxes in the blue room downtairs. This is a clothing drive that everyone can feel good about supporting - knowing that your used goods are getting a second life through reuse by those most in need in our community! If you have questions, please call the church office. Thank you!

Baby Bottle Fundraiser

May 8-June 19. Benefits Pregnancy Resource Center of the Poconos. 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.

Family Promise Updates

Families will be with us until Sunday. Then, our next host week for Family Promise of Monroe County will be July 24-July 30, 2016. Please watch for sign up sheets and prayerfully consider helping in some way. If you are unable to prepare a meal due to work commitments, etc., just as a reminder you can give a monetary donation to Family Promise and a meal will be prepared in advance for the families. Please contact Kathy Cook with questions. Thank you for your continued support!

Sixth Annual Wii Bowling Tournament

Sponsored by Kiwanis/DES Aktion Club of the Poconos. Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 6:30-8:00 pm at DES, 400 Powerhouse Lane, Stroudsburg. Proceeds benefit local charities. Please see Beth Armitage for more information about making a donation. Thank you!

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.

Christmas Totes - June, July & August

June item for the Christmas totes is deodorant, July is toothpaste and August is shampoo. Please leave your donations 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

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