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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

February 24, 2017



This Sunday

This Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday and we enter the Lenten season this week. We'll listen to scripture from Matthew 17:1-9 and Pastor Bob's sermon title will be "Leaving the Mountain". Our Cherub Choir will be providing special music at both services and we'll have a speaker from the Re-entry Program of Monroe County at both services as a moment for missions. Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

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.

Sunday School Teachers Needed

We are in desperate need of Sunday School teachers. Please prayerfully consider volunteering to teach Sunday School to our children and youth here at SUMC! If you can help out please contact Jeff Weber and let him know. Thank you!

Volunteer Needed on Mondays Here in Our Church

A volunteer is needed to come into the church on Mondays and check the kitchen downstairs to be sure items on the kitchen checklist have been completed and the kitchen is in good condition for the next soup kitchen group. If you're interested in helping out please contact Beryl or the church office. Thank you!

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.

Address for Janet Woolever

Janet Woolever is staying in Bethlehem while her apartment in Stroudsburg is being renovated. Janet misses her church family and would really appreciate hearing from you. Her address is Janet Woolever, c/o Extended Stay America, Room 133, 3050 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem, PA 18017. Please keep Janet and her dog, Emmi in your prayers. Thank you.

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 Member Class Starts This Sunday

A new member class will held this Sunday at 9:45 am in the classroom upstairs directly above the Fellowship Room. If you have an interested in joining SUMC as an offical member, please try and attend the class today and next week.

Older Adult Meal at St. Luke's Monroe Campus - A Healthy Meal & A Healthy Lifestyle

The Older Adult Meal at St. Luke's Monroe Campus offers adults 65 and over an affordable daily dinner meal option. Meals are prepared fresh daily and provide diners with healthy food choices at a special price of $3.99 per meal. Each dinner meal includes an entree, salad, side, vegetable, dessert and a 12 oz. drink. Bring a friend, make a friend. Older Adult Meal participants are invited to eat and encouraged to gather with friends, family or neighbors, link into Wi-Fi and enjoy meeting new people! Throughout the month, St. Luke's Monroe Campus will have guest speakers during the dinner hour. The Older Adult Meal is offered every day, seven days a week from 4-6 pm. Please let the dietary staff know you are there for the older adult meal so they can charge you accordingly. Please share with your family and friends!

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!

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!

2017 Pocono Cluster Lenten Services - All Services Begin at 7:00 pm

March 1 - Ash Wednesday with Holy Communion, East Stroudsburg UMC

March 8 - Contemporary Worship, Reeders UMC

March 15 - Love Feast, Faith UMC

March 22 - Reformation 500th Anniversary, Poplar Valley UMC

March 29 - Healing & Anointing Service, Cherry Lane UMC

April 5 - Reaffirmation of the Baptism Service, Wooddale UMC

A list of all services is available at the back of the sanctuary.

Free Movie Night - Friday, March 3

On Friday, March 3 at 7:00 pm we'll be showing "The Woodcarver" in our sanctuary. A movie for children will be shown in the children's Sunday School room as well. Free popcorn will be available. Feel free to bring your own bottled water or soda. Hope you will be able to join us!

Second Saturday Supper - March 11 at 5:30 pm

Our March Second Saturday Supper will be held on March 11 at 5:30 pm in the dining room. Sign up sheets are in the back of the sanctuary or you may also call the church office. Please let us know what you will be bringing (entree, side or dessert) and how many will be there. We'll provide plates, utensils and beverages. The March program will be PATH. Come find out about this program that is one of the local ministries we support. Besides a covered dish to share, if possible, we'd like you to bring one of the following items that this program is always in need of: Cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, toilet paper, tall kitchen or large heavy duty garbage bags, dish towels. If you have questions please contact Peggy Stewart - or 570-424-0625.

2017 Free Community Night

Monroe County Local Children's Roundtable will host its third annual Community Night on March 16, 2017 from 6pm-8:30pm at the Monroe Campus of Northampton Community College. Community Night is free and open to all. The event will provide information and resources to families and their children on a variety of topics, including: substance abuse, mental health, nutrition, child welfare, our local court, continuing education, youth programs, and support services for students, new mothers, veterans and the homeless. There will be educational workshops, interactive areas and really neat exhibits for kids, including conservation and area wildlife exhibits. Therapy dogs will be on hand demonstrating how they help people. Drug awareness for parents. Student art will be displayed and student musicians will entertain. The Bookmobile and Blood Mobile will also be on scene. This is a great opportunity for those wishing to get involved with volunteering in the community. Flyers are available in the back of the sanctuary.

Core Prayer Project for March

For March - Red books read blue leadership pages; Yellow books read yellow families pages; Blue books read pink pastor's pages.



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 mornings 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.

Missions Team Updates and Events

Our Missions Team is currently seeking new members. If you'd like to be a part, please contact Ruth Weber or Kathy Cook. Bon Ton Community Days booklets are currently being sold by Missions. Your donation of $5.00 will get you over $500 and more in exclusive coupon savings. Sale dates are Thursday, 2/23 through Sunday, 2/26. Please note the date for the sale has been extended so if you haven't yet purchased a booklet, you can do so after church on Sunday. All proceeds from the sale of booklets goes toward missions projects here in the church. Please see Kathy Cook or Ruth Weber after church on Sunday or please call the church office. Lenten boxes for Youth Group will be put out starting March 5. Serrv Sale: Serrv is a non profit fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers and their families out of poverty. UMCOR and Serrv formally collaborate to promote fair trade sales at a congregational level. By purchasing handicraft items and foods you connect to the artisans and farmers who created them. Your purchase is a win, win, win situation: by purchasing unique gifts or items for yourself or your home; by directly supporting poor artisans and farmers which will enable them to help themselves out of poverty; by making a contribution to UMCOR. All profits from the sale go directly to UMCOR. Please take time to browse through the Serrv Catalog or view online - All orders are due by April 9th. Payment may be made by cash or check payable to SUMC Missions Committee. Delivery is exected by Mother's Day. The Annual Missions Book Sale is coming up on Friday, April 28 from 4 - 8 pm and Saturday, April 29 from 8 - 4 pm. There is a box in the Fellowship Room where you can put donated books. Please note - no text books, encyclopedias, periodicals, or Reader's Digest condensed books will be accepted. Any questions, please see Ruth Weber or Kathy Cook.

Christmas Totes

For March, the items needed for the Christmas totes are note pads and pens. Please place your donations in the trunk in the Fellowship Room. Thank you!

Beth Armitage is Collecting Peanut Butter & Macaroni and Cheese

Beth is currently collecting peanut butter and macaroni and cheese as part of her community project food collection for a local food bank by the Aktion Club (affiliated with the Kiwanis Club). If you would like to contribute, donations will be accepted until April 21. If you have questions, please see Beth. Thank you!

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. Thank you!

Family Promise

We are hosting families for Family Promise the week of March 12, 2017. Sign up sheets are in the Fellowship Room. On Saturday, March 4 the 8th Annual 3K Indoor Walk a Thon will take place at Stroud Mall/Food Court starting at 8:00 am. There will be a DJ, free gift, refreshments and a tricky tray! Registration is $10.00. All information will be included in the March Courier and flyers will be available in the back of the sanctuary. If you have questions, please call Family Promise - 570-420-8589 or email


















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360