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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

January 26, 2018



This Sunday

This Sunday Pastor Bob's sermon talks about change - How Do You Deal with Change? We'll hear scripture from Mark 1:14-20. Come to worship on Sunday - let's see how you deal with change!

2018 Offering Envelopes

2018 offering envelopes are in the Fellowship Room. Please pick up your box of envelopes after services on Sunday or stop by the church office during the week. It would be appreciated if you could take a box to a neighbor or friend who cannot make it to church.

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: 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.

2018 Lenten Services

All services start at 7:00 pm and include a time of fellowship after worship. Child care will be offered at all services.

Wednesday, February 14 - Ash Wednesday and Holy Communion - Stroudsburg UMC Preacher: Pastor Jim Todd

Wednesday, February 21 - East Stroudsburg UMC Preacher: Pastor Bill Kuntze

Wednesday, February 28 - Cherry Lane UMC Preacher: Pastor Paul Crikelair

Wednesday, March 7 - Cherry Valley UMC Preacher: Pastor Bob Shank

Wednesday, March 14 - Faith UMC - Preachers: Pastors Nina Patton-Semerod & Candy LaBar

Wednesday, March 21 - Wooddale UMC Preachers: Pastors Dottie Stem, Nina Patton-Semerod & Candy LaBar

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 lead worship 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.

Sunday School Teachers are Needed!

We are desperately in need of Sunday School teachers. Please prayerfully consider volunteering and contact Jeff Weber if you can help. Thank you!

Our Special Person of the Week:

Jill Warner, Spring Village at Pocono, Apt. 234, 329 East Brown Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. Please remember her in prayer and if possible, please send a card.

Temporary Address

Betty Michelin is at Pleasant Valley Manor for rehab. Cards would be appreciated. Please send to: Betty Michelin, c/o Pleasant Valley Manor, Room 117, 4227 Manor Drive, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Thank you!

Courier Corrections

Some of the information in the February Courier is not correct due to the fact that the information was received after printing. The February greeter at 8:30 am will be DeAnn Harris all month. The Head Usher at 11:00 am will be C.J. Penwell. Altar Guild for February will be Joni Singer and Jackie Herrero.

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 (570-421-6020) 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!

M & E Tract Program

There is a new series of tracts available to encourage the BELIEVER. Look for them. Read the Bible in a Year, believers cards for the sick and many more. Put them in cards and correspondence, in envelopes when paying a bill, put one in the pocket of clothing you are giving away, leave one in the laundromat or public restroom. Remember do not clutter or leave more than one or two in one spot. To obtain them, there are three stands available - one in the front entrance of church (narthex), in the elevator foyer (on main floor), and one in the dining room downstairs. They are put out during after church fellowship and at other church events. If there is a particular one you like and would like a personal packet of them, you can find the address and phone number on the back page. They are inexpensive and effective witness. Thank you for participating in this "Silent Missionary" mission. This project is a service of the Membership & Evangelism Committee.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 5-8 pm. Come on out for dinner and support Boy Scout Troop 86. $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for kids 10 and under, kids 4 and under are free. Includes all you can eat spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and drinks. Proceeds benefit Troop 86.

February Second Saturday Supper

February 10 at 5:30 pm. Our program for the month of February will be "Puppet Ministry." Sign up in the back of the sanctuary or call the church office. 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

Monday Tea Time is taking a break until April. Please watch for updates. When we resume we will begin with a documentary on how the King James Bible came about and Martin Luther's story. We will have other studies of the lives of people like C.S. Lewis and John Wesley. Please consider this time of fellowship and study. 1:15 pm every Monday at the home of Nancy Haase. Contact JoAnn Calkins to inquire or to sign up - 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.

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.


This month's item for the Christmas totes is Chap Stick. Please leave your donations in the trunk located in the Fellowship Room. Thank you!

We are hosting families for Family Promise the week of January 28-February 4, 2018. Sign up sheets are in the Fellowship Room and there are still opportunities for meals, overnight hosts and laundry. If you have questions, please contact Kathy Cook. Thank you!

Helping Hands Ministry

Our Helping Hands Ministry continues to work silently within our church. At this time, there are many in our congregation who are in need of help. We are seeking volunteers and monetary donations in order to continue helping those who need it. If you can help out with a monetary donation, please place your checks or cash in the offering plate and be sure to mark the donation for "Helping Hands Ministry." If you can volunteer, please contact Cathy Doane - 570-242-9845 or 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! 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 food items! It is appreciated! Jackie
















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360