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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

March 30, 2017



This Sunday

This Sunday is the fifth Sunday in Lent. We'll hear scripture from Psalm 130 and Pastor Bob's sermon title will be "Faith and Assurance." Hope to see 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!

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.

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! For all details, please call St. Luke's - 272-212-1000.

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 Service

April 5, 7:00 pm - Reaffirmation of the Baptism Service, Wooddale UMC

Church Keys

Please return to the church office any church keys you might have that are not in use due to your using the elevator door. Thank you!

Memorial Tree Leaves

We are taking orders for memorial tree leaves. Each leaf costs $25.00 and will be imprinted with the name and year of your choice. Order forms are in the back of the sanctuary and will be included in the April Courier. Please make your check payable to SUMC and note for "Memorial Tree Leaf" in the memo portion. Completed order forms and payment may be left in the box outside Jackie's office or placed in the offering plate. Please contact the church office with any questions. Proceeds from the sale of memorial leaves will be put toward the remaining bell tower repair bill. Thank you!

Second Saturday Supper

April 8 at 5:30 pm in the dining room. April's program will be SUMC's Got Talent! Sing, dance, play an instrument, tell a joke....what's your talent? Please sign up at the back of the sanctuary or call the church office.

Free Movie Night

Friday, April 14 at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary. We'll be showing "The Passion of the Christ". Free popcorn. Feel free to bring your own bottled water and/or soda.


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

"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 -

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. Lenten giving boxes are now available in the back of the sanctuary and in the Fellowship Room. Please take a box, fill it with change and bring it back to the church. Where the funds will be designated to be announced soon. 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 Missions has available in the Fellowship Room after services, 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 expected 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.

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. There is a box in the Fellowship Room for donations. 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 News

The fifth annual Spring Forward will take place on April 23 from 1-4 pm at Great Bear Golf Club in East Stroudsburg. An elegant luncheon, fashion show and silent auction will be featured. Reservations: $40.00 in advance, $45.00 at the door and $300.00 for a table of 8. Please call 570-420-8589 or 570-688-4045 for ticket information and all details. Family Promise of Monroe County conducts a constant rolling Clothing Drive. Over the year collected clothing raises a significant amount of money for our operations and help to homeless families. If you can, clean out your closets and donate used or unused clothing, shoes, pocketbooks or other items. To arrange drop off at our Day Center please call the office at 570-420-8589. Thank you for your closet cleaning!

















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360