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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

December 15, 2016



This Sunday

This Sunday is the fourth Sunday in advent. Scripture reading will be Isaiah 7:10-16 and Pastor Bob's sermon will be "Look For a Sign".

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services

Christmas Eve Candlelight services will be held December 24 at 7:30 pm and 11:00 pm (11:00 pm includes communion). On Christmas Day, there will be two services - 8:30 & 11:00 am.

Pastor Bob's Blog

Pastor Bob has started blogging once again:

Table Project

The Table Project is closing at the end of 2016. We're looking into a similar online church group prayer application. Please watch for updates.

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:

Anne Grant, Pleasant Valley Manor, Room 204, 4227 Manor Drive, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. 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.

Strawberry Jam & Rada Ware Available

Anyone interested in purchasing strawberry jam for $4.00/jar or remaining Rada ware, please see Kathy Cook or Ruth Weber. Rada pieces are available at discounted prices.

2017 Calendar and Altar Flower Chart

The 2017 calendar is up outside the conference room. Please make sure your meetings, etc., are listed so they can be included in the bulletin weekly schedule and on the calendar online. The new altar flower chart is up in the Fellowship Room. Please consider putting flowers on the altar in memory of or in honor of a special person or event.

2017 Offering Envelopes

2017 offering envelopes are in the Fellowship Room. Please pick up your envelopes after church on Sunday. Please take a box for a friend or neighbor who cannot make it to church. 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.




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!

December CORE Prayer Assignment

For December, everyone is praying 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.

SUMC Mission Committee

Stop by the Christmas tree set up in the Fellowship Room an purchase an animal to support the Missions Committee fundraiser through Heifer International. Donations may also be handed in at the church office. Thank you!

Family Promise Updates and News

As 2016 concludes a big thank you to all the Family Promise volunteers. The efforts of the dependable volunteers who make time during each host week and the new volunteers who stepped up to assist for the first time are appreciated. As a church we pray for the homeless and those in unfortunate situations. The Family Promise program is a way to put hands and feet to our prayers. SUMC hosted six times during 2016. We made it through the January blizzard and the sweltering July heat. A total of 22 volunteers from SUMC and volunteers from Wooddale UMC, Cherry Lane UMC and the Unitarian Universalist Church helped to host 15 families (18 adults, 35 children). The families greatly appreciated having a place to stay, the delicious meals, good fellowship. Our efforts in the Family Promise program helps families stay together while they are working on ways to get back on their feet. Let us recall the words of Jesus, Matthew 25:40 "....truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters, you did for me". The 2017 SUMC hosting schedule is posted and the sign up sheets are posted for the host week of January 15. Those who are able please consider a way you can help with this program. Dinner meals, overnights and assistance with laundry is always needed. It may be helpful for several people to work together to provide a meal. If you have any questions about this program or ways you may be able to help, please speak with Kathy Cook. Thank you. God bless you, Kathy

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.

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