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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

October 13, 2017



This Sunday

This Sunday's scripture reading will be from the book of Matthew and we'll hear the Parable of the Wedding Banquet. Pastor Bob's sermon title is "When No One Shows Up." 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.

Holly Day Market

Saturday, November 4 from 9-4 pm. Please take a flyer from the back of the sanctuary (or call the church office to have one mailed to you), hang the flyer in a local business you visit frequently and please share the event information with your family and friends. Thank you!

Pastor Appreciation Month

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Send a card, text, email or note letting our pastors know how much we appreciate everything they do for us and and our church!

Project One Step Fifth Annual Choral Concert

Sunday, November 5 at 3 pm. Stroudsburg High School Auditorium $15.00 admission. Proceeds to benefit "Fill a Glass with Hope". The concert will feature Joel Raney and Jane Holstein directing and performing with the Project One Step Choir and the Pocono Community Orchestra. Several members of our own Senior Choir will be singing. For more information visit or call 570-476-4223.

Pastor Candy LaBar's PUMA Class

Have you always wondered what a Jewish worship service would be like? Have you ever wanted to experience prayer in a mosque? As part of the "Discovering Faith(s)" PUMA study, Pastor Candy LaBar will be leading site visits to experience worship services with our Jewish and Muslim neighbors. This opportunity is open not only to those participating in the study, but also to anyone in our cluster of churches. The synagogue visit will take place on Saturday morning, October 28, at Temple Israel of the Poconos (Stroudsburg, PA). The mosque visit will take place on Friday afternoon, November 17, at the Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley (Whitehall, PA). Our hosts are requesting an accurate account of attendees, so please register in advance. To register for the synagogue visit, please contact Pastor Candy ( by Monday, October 23. To register for the mosque visit, please contact Pastor Candy by Friday, November 10. More information about meeting times and locations, carpooling, appropriate attire, and "what to expect" will be available upon registration.


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:

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.

Open Office Hours

Pastor Bob has started open office hours on Wednesday's from 11:30am until 1:30pm. These hours will be open to anyone who wants to talk about anything.

M & E Second Saturday Supper

Tomorrow at 5:30 pm. This month's program will be "The 2017 Mission Trip". Please bring a covered dish to share.

Trivia Night - Sunday, October 29

Save the date and join us for another trivia night on Sunday, October 29 at 7 pm. All details are included in the October Courier - Please join us for this fun night! Feel free to call the church office with questions.

Memorial Tree Leaves

We are still taking orders for memorial tree leaves. So far we have a total of 49 leaves on our Memorial Tree. 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!

New Pictorial Directory

Inserts with information are included in the Sunday bulletins this week. Photography dates will be Sunday, November 5 from 1-7 pm, Monday, November 6 from 2-9 pm and Tuesday, November 7 from 2-9 pm. Register online at Sign ups will be taken in the Fellowship Room after services on Sunday. Please note the photography company Lifetouch is sending out reminder messages to all members and friends of SUMC. I recorded the messages and the company takes care of calling everyone. So, if you receive a message with my voice with information about the directory, please either disregard it if you've already signed up, call me in the church office to sign up or sign up after church on Sunday. Thank you! Jackie

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. To date, over $1,000.00 has been generously donated. 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!

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!

M & E Tract Program

Our church mission is "Share the Love of Jesus in Innovative and Compassionate Ways". The Membership & Evangelism Committee has developed a tract program which will be an excellent tool to help you share the gospel with others. This system has been referred to as "Silent Missionaries". A tract is a folded printed piece of paper that starts with a story or provoking question which invites persons to think about their relationship with Christ. On September 10th, racks (a gift of Charles Armitage) containing the tracts will be placed in the Narthex (Main front entry) and the elevator foyer. Caution: Do not use a tract before reading the tract titled, "100 Reasons and Ways to Use Gospel Tracts". This pamphlet gives 90 ideas of how to use and 10 how NOT to use a gospel tract. This complete tract is found in the September Courier. A verbal presentation will be given during worship on Sunday, September 10 during a Moment for M & E at both services. The complete tract will be in your September 10 bulletin and will be placed in the rack as well. Reasons for the necessity of instructions are: 1. All distribution should be done in kind, loving manner that brings glory and honor to God, preferably one at a time. 2. These have our church name on them, so please use them in an appropriate manner. 3. Read what you pass out, so you don't put yourself in an uncomfortable situation. 4. Don't litter - tracts left outside can easily blow around and become a nuisance to those who have to clean them up. Don't leave piles of them in public places. There will be more information on the appropriate, suggested personal use - watch for it. Ask personal questions of Peggy Stewart or JoAnn Calkins ( or 570-402-1210)



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.

Fall 2017 PUMA Classes

A list of the PUMA Classes for Fall 2017 can be found here:

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

Monday Tea Time meets each Monday 1:15-3:30 pm. Open to everyone, newcomers or bring a friend. We start with tea and snacks around the table in the comfort of the home of Nancy Haase, always a time of meaningful fellowship. We will be studying "Mastering Life Before It Is Too Late" by Robert Morgan (author of Red Sea Rules study). We use a study book, a study guide workbook and DVD presentation by the author. We take time for personal discussion of issues and experiences. The study focus is on 10 workable routines for aligning your daily life with the will of God. Class is 10 weeks long. There is no cost but please call to register to assure there is a book available for you, get directions and parking information. Some ride share is available by arrangement. JoAnn Calkins 570-402-1210 or

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

Monday evenings at 7:00 pm. Meets in the Conference Room beside Pastor Bob's study. Pastor Bob's small group now meets on Monday evenings at 7 pm in the Conference Room.

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.

Current Missions Projects

Our Missions Committee is participating in Bon Ton's Community Days November 8-11, 2017. Booklets are available online for $5.00! Free shipping and Missions earns the entire $5.00. The booklets are filled with coupons worth over $500.00! Please see a member of Missions after service on Sunday if you are interested in purchasing a booklet or you can call the church office.

Operation Christmas Child - shoeboxes are available and are due back by November 12. A list of suggested items to fill the shoebox is posted in the Fellowship Room.

Christmas Totes Collection - totes are filled with specific items to be delivered to individuals in assisted living and nursing home facilities. A list of needed items is posted in the Fellowship Room.

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! Update: The Oasis of Love Food Pantry is very low on donations. If you could bring a few non-perishables with you to church or drop them off to me during the week, I will see to it that the items are delivered to Oasis of Love. Thank you in advance! Jackie
















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360