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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

January 27, 2017



This Sunday

Coming up this Sunday Pastor Bob's message will be "God's Ways are not Our Ways". We'll hear scripture from 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. Join us and let's be reminded together that "...God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength." (1 Corinthians 1:25)

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:

Betty Schuler, 561 Roosevelt Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. 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. Please share with your friends and family.

New Recycling Containers

The church has purchased new recycling containers for the kitchen downstairs. They are labeled for glass, metal and plastic. Please do not fill the containers with cardboard. Please DO NOT mix ANY garbage with the recycling. This includes used paper plates, plastic silverware and napkins. Once paper and plastic products have been contaminated with food of any kind, they cannot be recycled. Recently Dick Seip took all of the recycling that was left in the kitchen downstairs to be recycled. As he was dumping what he thought was recycling he found that garbage had been mixed in and he had to go through and pick out everything that was not recyclable. Please make sure to use the containers properly.

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!

Table Project Discontinued

The Table Project online prayer discussion website has been discontinued. If you would like to be included on the church email prayer chain or phone prayer chain, please call the church office to be added. Thank you!

Youth Group 30 Hour Famine

Our SUMC Youth Group is supporting World Vision's 30 Hour Famine February 24 & 25, 2017. From now until February 25 we're raising funds to help the hungry all over the globe. Our group goal is to raise $2,500.00 and we need your help. All monies donated are tax deductible and go directly to World Vision. Please contact Bill Hardy - 570-856-1850 for donation information or any youth group kids between services. Each Sunday, at both services, leading up to the famine weekend, we'll be presenting information to the congregation about World Vision's 30 Hour Famine.

After Church Fellowship

Each Sunday, after each service, we have after church fellowship in the Fellowship Room. There is always coffee and "snacks" for all to enjoy. There is a sign up sheet for individuals to volunteer to host an after church fellowship service either after the 8:30 or 11:00 am service. Please see Jenny or Ron Bogart if you would like to volunteer. If you can't commit to volunteering, please consider bringing in some type of snack to be served and enjoyed by all. Thank you!

Items Looking for a New Home

If you're looking for (or know someone who is) a 32" Phillips Magnavox TV with remote (works great!) or a full size bed with pillow top in excellent condition, please contact the church office - 570-421-6020. Two church members have these items to donate.

Adult Bereavement Support Group

Compassionate Care Hospice has an adult bereavement support group the first and third Tuesday of every month. 10:00 am at Christian Life Assembly, 2209 West Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA. To RSVP or for more information please call 570-476-0150 or email

February Second Saturday Supper

Membership & Evangelism's Second Saturday Supper in February will be held on February 11 at 5:30 pm. The program will be Pastor Bob's trip out west this past summer - photos, stories, etc. Sign up sheets are in the back of the sanctuary or you can call the church office to RSVP and let us know what you will bring - entree, salad, side 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. On hiatus until further notice. Please check back for updates.

Monday Tea Time Small Group

Starting soon - "David - Seeking a Heart Like His" series by Beth Moore. Eleven week study includes workbook, video and discussion. Meetings are held at the home of Nancy Haase Mondays at 1:15 pm. Please call 570-872-9516 for address and parking arrangements. "If you've ever experienced doubts, temptations, inconsistencies, losses or anguish over family problems, join Beth Moore on an exciting and intimate journey to know King David, the man after God's own heart." For more information, please call JoAnn Calkins 570-402-1210.

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.

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 -

My Brothers' Keepers Quilting and Little Quilts

Please note My Brothers' Keepers Quilting group is on hiatus until Thursday, March 2. Anyone interested in joining the quilters on Thursday morning at 10:00 am, please contact Lynn Seip - 570-421-6517.

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.

Oasis of Love - Food Pantry

We are always collecting donations for Oasis of Love, our local food pantry here in Stroudsburg. There is a box for donations in the sanctuary. If you have questions, please call the church office - 570-421-6020.



















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360