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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

March 9, 2018



This Sunday

This Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Lent. Join us as Pastor Bob continues the sermon series "Living a Holy Lent." Sunday's sermon will be "Depend on God." Pastor Bob will baptize Noah John Hardy during the 11:00 worship time. Hope to see you Sunday!

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.

Second Saturday Supper

The March Second Saturday Supper will be held tomorrow at 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Room. Please bring an entree, dessert, side or salad to share.

Easter Lilies

The form for ordering Easter lilies was omitted from the March Courier in error. There are copies of the form in the back of the sanctuary as well as in the online version of the Courier. You may also call the church office to order lilies. Deadline is March 15. Thank you.

Movie Presentation "Tortured for Christ"

First Baptist of East Stroudsburg will be showing the movie, "Tortured for Christ" on Sunday, March 25 from 6:30-8:30 pm. The movie is about 120 minutes. Ticket cost is $9.00 each. First Baptist Church of East Stroudsubrg, 160 North Courtland Street, East Stroudsburg.

To purchase tickets online, visit:

The dramatic testimony of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand as told in the international bestseller, "Tortured for Christ." In 1945, Communists seized power and a million Russian troops poured into his beloved Romania. Pastor Wurmbrand was captured by the secret police and held as "Prisoner Number 1." 14 years of unthinkable torture in Communist prison could not break his faith.

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, 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:

Betty Schuler, 561 Roosevelt Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. Please remember her in prayer and if possible, please send a card.

2018 Mission Trip

The 2018 Mission Trip to Philippi, West Virginia will be held July 8 - July 14, 2018. Volunteers are needed! Sign up sheets are in the back of the sanctuary or please contact Pastor Bob or the church office. Thank you!


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

Please stop by the Fellowship Room after services on Sunday and pick up one of the tracts (Scripture Based Prayers to pray for Your Pastor) that are available on the tables during after church fellowship.

Aktion Club Collects for Local Food Bank

The DES/Kiwanis Aktion Club is collecting boxes of mac 'n cheese and jars of peanut butter to donate to a local food bank in Monroe County. A box is located in the Fellowship Room for your donations. Collections will be ongoing until April 27th. If you have questions, please contact Beth Armitage, Kiwanis Aktion Club President - 570-992-4886 or Denise at 570-424-5410. Thank you!

Empty Shoe Boxes are Needed

Please bring them to church and leave them in the Fellowship Room. Thank you!

Soup Kitchen

We are in need of the following items in our soup kitchen pantry: spaghetti sauce, salad dressing and ketchup. Please bring your donations to church and leave them in the kitchen downstairs marked for "Soup Kitchen Pantry."

Cards for Betty Michelin & Betty Schuler

Cards for both Bettys would be appreciated. Please send to: Betty Michelin, St. Mary's Villa Campus, 516 Saint Mary's Villa Road, Room 516, Elmhurst Township, PA 18444. Betty Schuler, 561 Roosevelt Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301.


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 hand or body lotion. Please leave your donations in the box decorated with Christmas paper located in the Fellowship Room. Thank you!

Lenten Giving Boxes are out in the Fellowship Room and in the back of the sanctuary during lent. Proceeds will go towards Missions projects within the church.

Missions will be holding a Serrv sale during Lent. Catalogs are now available. Please see a member of Missions after church on Sunday.

Family Promise - we are hosting families the week of March 18, 2018. Please check the sign up sheets in the Fellowship Room for opportunities to help out. Thank you!

The annual Missions Book Sale will be held April 20, 2018, 4pm-8pm and April 21, 2018 8am-4pm. You can start bringing in books for the Book Sale - please leave them in the Blue Room downstairs. No magazines, textbooks, Reader's Digest or encyclopedias. 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." Please contact the church office for a list of areas of service where volunteers are needed. 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