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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

December 1, 2017

 

Gather

This Sunday

This Sunday Pastor Bob's message will be "Tear Open the Heavens." We'll hear scripture from Isaiah 64. It's communion Sunday and the first Sunday of Advent, too. We'll be lighting the advent wreath candles at both services. Hope you can join us as we begin the advent journey.

Pocono Concert Chorale

Pocono Concert Chorale, directed by Dr. James Maroney, will present its "Winter Concert - Music for the Christmas Season" this Sunday, December 3 at 2:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Stroudsburg. The concert will feature a mixture of holiday choral works by Mathias, Rishel, Rutter, Holst, Chilcott and more. Admission is $10.00/adults, $8.00/seniors and $5.00/students and can be paid at the door.

Cub Scout Pack 86 Krispy Kreme Donut Fundraiser

Krispy Kreme donuts will be on sale this Sunday. Please visit the Fellowship Room after services to purchase donuts to help the Scouts from Pack 86 with their fundraiser.

4th Annual Pizza with Santa

Friday, December 8 from 6-8 pm. $5.00 admission (benefits remaining bell tower repair fund). You will receive 2 slices of pizza and soft drink. Photos with Santa, too! (donations accepted) Reservations would be appreciated - please sign up at the back of the sanctuary or please call the church office. We are seeking monetary donations to help with costs of pizza, drinks, cups, napkins, etc. Come out and join us for this fun time - volunteers are always needed - let me know if you can help out. Thank you! Jackie

Second Saturday Supper for December

December 9 at 5:30 pm. Program: Rev. Dean Frey "I Just Want to Be a Sheep" - Puppet Ministry. Sign up at the back of the sanctuary. Thank you!

Moe's Fundraiser

Greg W. Moyer Defibrillator Fundraiser hosted by Beta Sigma Phi on December 13 from 11 am - 10 pm. Moe's Southwest Grill, 290 Frantz Road, Stroudsburg.

Memorial Service

There will be a memorial service for Bill Dennington on Saturday, 12/16 at 11 am in the sanctuary.

UMW of East Stroudsburg UMC "The Marketplace at Bethlehem"

The Marketplace at Bethlehem will be held on Saturday, 12/9 from 9-4pm at East Stroudsburg UMC, 83 South Courtland Street. Entrance from the front door. The sale will include Christmas ornaments, decorations, white elephants, kid-affordable presents especially for parents, grandparents or teachers. Christmas packaged home baked goods and jelly. A Silent Auction of antique jewelry and linens will be held from 9-3. A light lunch will be served. Proceeds go to PATH, Women's Resources, Pregnancy Resource Center, Pocono Plateau, Family Promise and Nationald and International Ministries for Women and Children with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.

2018 Altar Flower Chart and Church Calendar

The 2018 Altar Flower Chart is up in the Fellowship Room. Please consider putting flowers on the altar in honor of or in memory of a special person or event. Please remember to indicate whether or not you will take the flowers or if you would like them to go to shut-ins. Please note your events and meetings on the calendar outside the conference room. Thank you!

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: http://www.stroudsburgumc.com/SUMCNeweSermons.html 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.

Worship Leaders are Needed!

We are seeking volunteers to be worship leaders at both the 8:30 and 11:00 worship times. Please prayerfully consider serving in this important ministry. Contact Pastor Bob or the church office if you would like to volunteer.

Our Special Person of the Week:

Carol Romansky, 4 South Kistler Street, Apt. 118, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. Please remember her in prayer and if possible, please send a card.

Temporary Address Update

Jean Warner is receiving therapy for her broken hip at Pleasant Valley Manor. If you would like to send a card, please send to Jean Warner, c/o Pleasant Valley Manor, Room 204, 4227 Manor Drive, Stroudsburg, PA 18360.

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 Update

Please call or email the church office to schedule a time to meet with Pastor Bob on Wednesday's between 11:30am & 1:30pm. Thank you!

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!

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!

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 (carotjce@ptd.net or 570-402-1210)

 

Grow!

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 - bpstew@juno.com 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 carotjce@ptd.net

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 - bobshank@epix.net 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

Street2Feet - This year the Missions Committee Advent Tree will benefit Street2Feet in Stroudsburg. Following is a list of items needed by those who visit the homeless day center. Chap stick, "Hot Hands" Hand Warmers (rectangular shaped single-use air-activated heat packs that provide up to 10 hours of continuous warmth for the hands and feet), Coffee (any size), Non-dairy powder creamer, Individual packs of hot chocolate, Fruit powder to add to water, Granola bars, Aldi's gift cards so the staff can shop for perishable foods (fresh fruit, cheese, yogurt, etc.). Once the tree is up choose an ornament and bring your donation to church. If you have any questions, please see a member of Missions or call the church office. Thank you!

Jam is still available - $4.00/jar. Makes a great gift - different flavors to choose from - strawberry, peach, blueberry and apple pie!

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 to everyone who has donated items! It is appreciated! Jackie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
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Stroudsburg, PA 18360