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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

August 4, 2017



This Sunday

This Sunday Pastor Bob's sermon title is "Wrestling with God". We'll listen to scripture from Genesis and hear the story of Jacob wrestling with God.

Worship Leader Training/Refresher

For those currently serving as worship leaders and anyone who is interested in learning. Sunday, August 27 at 12:30 pm in the sanctuary.

Church Courtyard

If you haven't seen our church courtyard lately, please take some time to visit and check out the wonderful landscaping John Burrus has done. So many people in the community are stopping by to admire it. Thank you, John, for putting in countless hours of work! Everyone that sees the courtyard absolutely loves it!

Church Picnic

Sunday, August 13 - 11am-4pm. Starting with a brief worship service. Please note: there will not be an 11 o'clock service at the church that day. Sign up and flyers with more information are available in the back of the sanctuary. Hope to see you there!

New Members Class

Pastor Bob will be leading a new members class starting on Sunday, August 20 at 9:45 am. We will meet in the small Conference Room. The class will continue the following week on August 27. If you received an invitation letter in the mail please contact the church office ( or 570-421-6020) if you will be attending the class. If you haven't received a letter but want to join SUMC

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.

Children's Bulletins Available

Children's bulletins are available at the back of the sanctuary. There are two groups - ages 3-6 and ages 7-12.

Our Special Person of the Week:

Dorothy Baldwin, c/o Brookmont Health Care Center, Room #14, 2800 Brookmont Drive, Effort, PA 18330. 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.

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. Pet names can be added, too! Order forms are in the back of the sanctuary. 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!

Stewardship and Property & Building Update

The Stewardship Committee and the Property & Building Committee are seeking donations to help fund a new heating and air conditioning unit for the church offices. The church offices have been without air conditioning for two summers. A new unit will eliminate the need for space heaters in the winter. The total needed to complete this project is $5,380.00. If you can help, please place your donations in the offering plate marked for "Heating and Air Conditioning Unit" or mail your checks to the church office. If you have questions, please contact the church office or a member of either Property & Building or Stewardship. Thank you!

Common Threads

A unique clothing venue offering gently used men's, women's and children's clothing for just $1.00. Located at Stroudsburg High School, 1100 W. Main Street (entrance to the left of the HS entrance). Summer hours are every Friday in August 9am-12pm. It is unique, in that, it is managed and operated by students with disabilities. Common Threads was established to provide SASD students a vocational training site where they could learn and practice essential skills needed to obtain and maintain competitive employment in an authentic retail environment. The goal for students is that they graduate with the skills needed to get jobs in the community alongside their non-disabled peers. If you have questions, please contac the Common Threads staff - 570-421-1991, ext. 44108 or

Holly Day Market Vendors Wanted

This year's Holly Day Market will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Vendors are still needed. Please contact the church office for an application.

Soup Kitchen Help Needed

Beryl Hellgren is seeking help with the soup kitchen duties. She is unable to handle all of the tasks herself. Volunteers are needed to inventory the pantry downstairs, schedule soup kitchen volunteers and volunteer a few Sunday's during the year when she needs people. Another person is also needed to help out with the recycling. Dick Seip has been taking care of this himself for quite some time and could use a hand (or two!) These tasks may seem monumental and daunting but they're really not. If you can help out in ANY way please contact Beryl or the church office. Thank you!

Jars for Jam Needed

If you have any empty jam jars at home from jam you have purchased in previous years, please bring them to church so they may be reused for this year's batches of jam. Please make sure the jars are clean. 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.

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." This small group has ended for now and will start up again in September.

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. Bible Study has ended and 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. This small group has ended and will start up again in the fall.

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

Annual Missions Yard Sale - Today until 3 pm and Saturday, August 5 from 9 am until 1 pm. Please come down to the church and check out everything for sale! There's truly "something for everyone"! You can see some of the items on the church Facebook page - Thank you to everyone who donated and thanks to all those who helped with set up and the days of the sale.

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!
















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360