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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

September 16, 2016

 

Gather

This Sunday

Coming up this Sunday, we'll listen to scripture from Jeremiah 8 and Pastor Bob's sermon title will be "When Joy is Gone". Sunday School and all of our small groups are back in session. Come to worship on Sunday and see where you can connect!

Cluster Charge Conference

This year's charge conference will be held at East Stroudsburg UMC on Sunday, October 2 at 1:30 pm.

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: 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.

Our Special Member of the Week:

Betty Schuler, 561 Roosevelt Street, 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, Large & Extra Large $12.00; 2XL available for $15.00. New glass mugs are available for $7.00. 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.

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.

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 www.lwcpa.org

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. Speakers will be present and there will be door prizes, too. Seating is limited - please RSVP by October 2 to Ruth Weber 570-992-0671 or rappweber@epix.net Proceeds from the sale of dolls will benefit the SUMC Kitchen Renovation Fund. Please share this information with anyone you think would be interested. Watch for updates as the date gets closer.

Church Security System

Our Property & Building Committee obtained a bid for installing a new security system here in our church. We are seeking donations to offset the cost as much as possible due to the debt that still remains from our bell tower repairs. If you can help out, please place your check in the offering plate marked for "Security System". Thank you!

Heather Sorenson Workshop

Blakeslee UMC is holding a Heather Sorenson Workshop on Saturday, October 8 from 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm. Register early at bell01@ptd.net or call 570-646-8624. The list of music selections will be given for rehearsing before the workshop or you may register the day of the workshop and receive the music prior to rehearsal from 12:00 pm-4:30 pm. A flyer with all information will be included in the September Courier.

M & E Monthly Covered Dish

Mark your calendars for a monthly covered dish dinner. Starting in October, there will be a covered dish dinner on the second Saturday. Plan now to keep the following dates open: October 8, November 12 & December 10.

Sanctuary Open for Prayer

The church sanctuary will be open to the public for prayer and/or quiet reflection on Wednesdays from noon to 1 pm. You are invited to take advantage of this time if you are in town during the week, and please let your friends know also. Years ago churches were open during the week for anyone to wander in to pray, however now, because of safety concerns, most churches stay locked. We would like the community to know we are an active and "alive" church and offer this opportunity to anyone who needs a quiet space, even if it is only for one hour a week.

Spiritual Renewal Opportunity

Be renewed and inspired by attending any or all of three sessions as part of "Plugging Into the Power of the Holy Spirit", a weekend event at Reeders UMC on October 8 and 9. Session 1: Saturday, October 8 - 9:30-11:30 - "Spirit of the Living God: Broken, Shaped, Filled and Used". Session 2: Saturday, October 8 - 12:30-2:30 - "Beyond Expectations". Session 3: Sunday, October 9 - 6:00-8:00 - "Let's Do This". For more details and to obtain a registration form, please contact the church office or go online at www.reederschurch.org Speaker is Stephen Gallaher.

Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner at Wooddale UMC

Wooddale UMC Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner and Bake Sale, Saturday, September 17 rain or shine. First seating at 4:30 pm. Cost is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 5-12 and free for children under 5. Served family style. Church is located at 100 Barren Road, East Stroudsburg, PA. For directions and information please call 570-424-7490.

Classic Car Show at Faith UMC

Saturday, September 24 from 9am-3pm, no admission fee. There will be items for a silent auction and food will be available for purchase. Food purchases benefit the Faith UMC Youth Group and all other funds raised will benefit the church building fund.

Save the Dates for Upcoming Events at SUMC

Saturday, November 5 from 9 am - 4 pm is our Holly Day Market. We will have over 45 vendors present (some with multiple tables) and will possibly use all three floors in the church! Santa will be visiting that day and we'll have food available for purchase, too. Bring your friends and family and get started on your Christmas shopping early! All proceeds from the sale of table spaces will be put toward the bell tower fund. Proceeds from food sold wil be split between our Youth Group and the bell tower fund. On Saturday, December 3 our 3rd Annual Pizza with Santa will take place from 6-8 pm. Admission is $5.00 per person for two slices of pizza and beverage. Children 5 and under are free. Once again this year we'll be doing "Photos with Santa" - for a small donation (which will be put toward our bell tower fund), we will take a picture of your child with Santa and email it to you so you can print or share right from your own computer. This was a big hit last year! Please contact the church office with any questions.

 

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

Meets at 1:15 pm at the home of Nancy Haase. 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." Please contact Nancy Haase for parking directions - 570-872-9516.

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. This class starts up again on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 10:00 am.

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

We are planning on starting Sunday School again for all ages on September 11. Sunday School times are 9:45 to 10:45. There are classes for Pre-K to 3rd grade; 4th grade to 6th grade; 7th grade to 12th grade and two adult classes. Sunday School for 7th-12th grade will start up again on Sunday, September 18. We are in desperate need for those willing to teach Sunday School - any age. This is a great ministry opportunity for any adult. Ready made lessons and supplies are provided as well as any training that you might want. If you want more information, please contact Jeff Weber at jweber@ptd.net or 570-402-0931.

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 - bobshank@epix.net or the church office. Thank you!

Core Prayer for September

Red books read blue pages for Leadership, Yellow books read yellow pages for families, Blue books read pink pages for Pastors.

Youth Group Updates

On Sunday, September 18, the Youth Group will be hosting an open house for members of the congregation to come and check out our fresh and clean room! Refreshments will be available, too! This Thursday, September 22 in the evening from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm the youth will be collecting canned goods in the Ann Street parking lot for our Can-Can Campaign. Once collected, the cans will be organized and shelved with the SUMC Soup Kitchen. Please make an effort to come suppor the church youth! If you are unable to come on Thursday evening, Jackie will accept donations throughout the week in the church office. For October we have more fun events planned including a Haunted House/Hayride, Movie Night and a lock in. Hope to see you here!! GB, Bill Hardy

Beginning on October 2 through October 16, the SUMC Youth Group will be fundraising by selling items from the "Fall/Holiday 2016 Yankee Candle Catalog" to help defer costs for our mission trip next summer (location still being planned). You will be able to order items from any of the youth group members, and online sales will be available. Orders placed in person will be shipped to the church for pick up, while online orders will be ordered and shipped directly to you (for out of town family and friends). What a great way to get started on your Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping while support a great cause! More information will be presented during both services on October 2 by youth group members. Any questions, please contact Bill Hardy. 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. Thank you for your continued support! If you have any questions, please see a member of the Missions Team or call the church office.

Family Promise Updates

Our next host week is 9/18-9/24. Sign up sheets are in the Fellowship Room. The week of October 16-23 is national Family Promise Week. Family Promise Week will raise awareness abou the issue as well as celebrate the service our congregation and others to serve brothers and sisters in need. You can participate in Family Promise Week by speaking with Kathy Cook, signing up to volunteer, telling others about Family Promise of Monroe County or visiting the website of Family Promise at www.familypromisepa.org to learn more. Family Promise wishes to thank all of the volunteers that already prepare a meal, chaperone overnight or volunteer their time in other ways to help families in need through the Family Promise program. Family Promise is offering a thank you buffet dinner prepared by a former guest on Monday, October 17, to thank all the volunteers. Please check with Kathy Cook if you want to attend.

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.

Volunteers Needed for Monroe County Special Olympics

Special Olympics of Monroe County is looking for community members to help. There are many ways to get involved. Contact by email: sopamonroecounty@gmail.com or by phone - 570-807-2445 or 570-350-5430. Visit the website: somrc.org Facebook: Special Olympics Pennsylvania Monroe County.

Christmas Totes - September

September is Pocket Tissues and Emery Boards. Please leave your donations in the trunk in the Fellowship Room. 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

Our soup ktichen pantry is in need of the following: Regular coffee, pasta sauce, drink mixes (iced tea, lemonade, etc.) peas, mixed veggies and baked beans. Please leave your donations in the Fellowship Room marked for Soup Kitchen Pantry or drop them off to the church office during the week. 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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