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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

April 7, 2017



This Sunday - Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is this Sunday. Velamint, the Christian donkey will be here with us at both services. Scripture will be Philippians 2:5-11 and Pastor Bob's sermon is "True Humility". Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week - we hope you will join us!

Holy Week Services

Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 pm - Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service

Friday, April 14 at 12:00 pm - Good Friday Service

Sunday, April 16 at 8:30 & 11:00 am - Traditional Worship Services

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.

Sound System Operators and Ushers Needed

We are desperately seeking audio/visual volunteers especially at the 11 o'clock service. We also need additional Ushers and a Head Usher for the 11 am service. Please give prayerful consideration to these important elements of worship. Please contact the church office if you can help out with sound; contact Dick Seip or C.J. Penwell if you can help with ushering. Thank you!

Vacation Bible School 2017

Vacation Bible School is available for children ages 2 through finishing 6th grade and will be held June 25-29, 2017 at St. John's Lutheran Church from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Volunteers are needed as well as teenagers to help with opening and closing skits. There will be a training day on May 21 at 2 pm at St. John's. Registration forms and save the date cards are available in the back of the sanctuary or you can register online: Registration deadline is June 11.

Our Special Member of the Week:

Rosemary Levy, 1644 North Fifth Street, 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. 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.

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

Tomorrow 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? Even if you don't have a talent to share, join us for lots of great food and fellowship - bring a friend!

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. Please use the Ann Street entrance for movie night - thanks!


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.

C. S. Lewis Book Club

Sponsored by PUMA - first session: "The Magician's Nephew" Monday, April 17 at 6 pm; Tuesday, April 18 at 12:00 noon. Both sessions to be held at Bovino's Pizzeria, 331 N. Courtland Street, East Stroudsburg. Starting with the beloved "Chronicles of Narnia". While novels by C. S. Lewis are often enjoyed by children, they contain deep messages that can inspire and challenge adults, too. This book club includes both daytime and evening sessions and is open to all - come join us! Book discussions in May, July and August will be paired with Community Movie Nights as we screen the recently released films inspired by the novels. Read the books, then enjoy the movies together in air-conditioned comfort. Future sessions will be held May-October. For more information, please contact Pastor Paul Crikelair at

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. Last day of Bible Study is April 26. Sessions will start up again in the fall.

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 this Sunday, 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. Flyers are in the back of the sacntuary - please spread the word!

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