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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

November 18, 2016



This Sunday

This Sunday Jeff Weber will preach while Pastor Bob is away on vacation. It's our Ingathering Sunday - please bring your gifts to the Rail before services and present to our traditional American Indian or Pilgrim. A list of suggested items was included in the November Courier and copies are in the back of the sanctuary. Our Cherubs will be singing at both services this Sunday! Jeff's message will be "The Worriers" and we'll listen to scripture from Matthew 6:25-34. We hope you will join us for this Sunday of thanksgiving.

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.

Our Special Member of the Week:

Marti Ernest, Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home, 302 Kunkletown Road, Kunkletown, PA 18058. Please remember her in prayer and if possible, please send a card.

Sanctuary Open for Prayer

The church sanctuary is 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.

Save the Dates for Upcoming Events at SUMC

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 under 5 are free. Once again this year we'll be doing "Photos with Santa" - for a small donation (which will also 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! RSVP's would be appreciated so we know how many to plan for. Sign up sheets are in the back of the sanctuary or you may call or email the church office - 570-421-6020 or

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who helped out with our Holly Day Market! Your help was greatly appreciated the day of the event. Thank you also to everyone who participated and had a table set up. We had about 200 people (maybe more!) come into our church for the event and heard nothing but compliments from vendors and church groups alike. Our Youth Group did a wonderful job serving food - thank you! So far this event has brought in over $1,000.00 for the Bell Tower Repair Fund. Thank you for helping to make this event a success! A special thank you to our Santa who stood out on Main Street for hours making sure everyone who passed by our church knew this event was going on inside!

Turkey Donations Needed

Oasis of Love, our local food pantry in Stroudsburg is collecting turkeys for those in our community who are in need. If you can donate a turkey, please contact me in the church office. Thank you! Jackie



M & E Second Saturday Supper

The Membership & Evangelism Team invites everyone to our December Second Saturday Supper on December 10 at 5:30 pm. We'll provide: plates, utensils, and beverages. Sign up sheets will be available in the sanctuary soon. Questions?? Contact Peggy Stewart 570-424-0625 or

Free Movie Night

We'll be showing "Miracles from Heaven" tonight at 7pm in the sanctuary. Free popcorn will be available. Bottled water and movie candy also available for a small donation. Proceeds go toward the church Bell Tower Repair Fund.

Ingathering Sunday, November 20

Sunday, November 20 we will be collecting items to be used in our soup kitchen pantry as well as items we will donate to PATH. Sheets with suggested donation items are in the back of the sanctuary and were also included in the November Courier. Please bring your gifts to the rail before services and present to our traditional American Indian or Pilgrim. Please contact Beryl Hellgren or the church office with questions. Thank you!


Boy Scout Troop 86 100 Year Celebration

Troop 86, sponsored by Stroudsburg United Methodist Church, is having a 100 year celebration on November 27, 2016 at Stroudsmoor. Please contact Fred Duckloe at 570-897-6172 for more information. Please share this event with any former Scouts from Troop 86. Thank you!

Monroe County Farmer's Market

Each Saturday, from 9 am until 12 noon, the Monroe County Farmer's Market will be renting the Scout Room downstairs and their winter market will be held here at SUMC.

Pocono Concert Chorale

Pocono Concert Chorale, under the direction of Dr. James Maroney, will hold its inaugural concert on Sunday, December 4 at 2:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 575 Main Street, Stroudsburg. The program will include "Liebeslieder Waltzes", by Johannes Brahms, a collection of love songs; and "Sing We Now of Christmas", by Harry Simeone, a colorful holiday program of carols, hymns and secular songs of the season. Tickets are available at the door - Adults $10, Seniors $8, Students $5. Mandy Cunard, Laurie Braman and Krista Montgomery are part of the choir.



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. On hiatus until further notice. Please check back for updates.

Monday Tea Time Small Group

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." If you have questions, please contact JoAnn Calkins. Group meets at the home of Nancy Haase - please call 570-872-9516 for directions and parking information.

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

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. 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 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 - or the church office. Thank you!

November CORE Prayer Assignment

For November, everyone is praying for Leadership, December everyone prays for Families. In January we go back to the regular color rotation. For new persons in our SUMC family please contact JoAnn Calkins (570-402-1210) or Peggy Stewart (570-424-0625) for an opportunity for one to one conversation for you to become involved in a prayer program for the entire church. We want you included.

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.

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.

Supplies Needed for Our Homeless Veterans

Bayada Hospice in East Stroudsburg is collecting supplies for our homeless veterans. Items needed at this time are: sleeping bags, flashlights, batteries, deodorant, tents, footwear, weather gear. If you can help, please bring your donations to the church office or contact Bayada Hospice at 484-509-7411. Thank you!

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: or by phone - 570-807-2445 or 570-350-5430. Visit the website: Facebook: Special Olympics Pennsylvania Monroe County.

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

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