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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

April 20, 2018



This Sunday

This Sunday Pastor Bob continues the sermon series "Practical Christian Living." Sunday's message is "Sacrifice." Scripture reading is from 1 John 3:16-24. See you 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.

New Member Class

A new member class will be held on Sunday, April 22 and Sunday, April 29 at 9:45 am in the Conference Room beside Pastor Bob's study. If you're interested in joining SUMC as an official member please contact Pastor Bob or just come to the class!

An Acts 29 Prayer Encounter with Dr. Terry Teykl

Join us on Saturday, April 28 from 9am-2pm. Registration with coffee and danish at 8:30 am. Cost is $10 per person and includes all materials and a light lunch. The seminar will teach you about personal prayer, building a praying church, tools and practical ways to claim a city for Christ; and to seek God for who He is, not just for what He does for us. To register call or email Stroudsburg UMC - 570-421-6020 or Registration forms are available in the back of the sanctuary as well. Many helpers will be needed to prepare for this event, including a team of people to clean the church beforehand. The day of the event we need greeters for both doors, registration table helpers, ushers, food servers, cookie bakers and much more. Please sign up - name and phone number on the list in the back of the church or drop the connection part from the bulletin into the offering plate. Everyone can be praying for this event.

This conference is specifically focused to teach congregations how to accomplish church growth and expand our influence in the local community. This is especially beneficial to every church leader as well as all members. Please be in attendance if at all possible. Go to "Terry Teykl U-Tube" to view Event Promotional 3:52 minutes and the one on prayer boxes. Very informative. - JoAnn Calkins

Property & Building Update

The Property & Building team is planning another work day tomorrow, April 21 - 8-1. The team will be painting, fixing ceiling tiles, addressing wallpaper issues and removing the old A/C unit. All work will be done upstairs since the book sale will be going on in the Dining Room and Scout Room. Donations to cover costs would be appreciated. Any questions, please contact Dick Seip. Thank you!

Pocono Concert Chorale

The Pocono Concert Chorale, under the direction of James Maroney, will perform Franz Schubert's "Mass in G" and Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria" with chamber orchestra on Sunday, April 29 at 2:30 pm here at SUMC. Guest soloists will be tenor Erik Sparks and baritone Daniel Hoy. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. The Pocono Concert Chorale is dedicated to quality performances of outstanding choral music in the Poconos. The group receives state arts funding support from the Pennsylvania Councel on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts. For further information about the Pocono Concert Chorale, go to


Prayer Mail Boxes

A prayer mail box will soon be appearing near the front steps of the church and in the courtyard at the elevator entrance. The purpose is to have anyone drop a prayer request in the box. These requests can be anonymous or with a first name only, the locked section of the mail box will provide privacy. There will be directions on how to use it mounted with the box. These requests will be gathered daily and a prayer minister will pray over them; other distributions on prayer lists are being developed. We are needing more prayer ministers, so pray about you becoming one. Training will be offered. Call the church office or contact JoAnn Calkins at or 570-402-1210. Donations toward the cost of the two prayer mail boxes would be appreciated. Please place your donation marked for "Prayer Mail Box" in the offering plate.

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 Michelin, 53 Village Drive, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. 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!

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!


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. Attn: Knitters and Crocheters! We are in need of more prayer shawls. Our Stitch & Pray Small Group lost two valuable members and our supply of shawls has dwindled considerably. If you're interested, please contact me in the church office if you need instructions on how to knit/crochet a prayer shawl. There is plenty of yarn available here in the church. Thank you! Jackie

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 will be starting again on Monday, May 7 at 1:15 pm at the home of Nancy Haase. We will continue to meet weekly until early June. Newcomers are welcome. We will be starting with a DVD "KJB the Amazing Story of the Birth of the King James Bible." You need to call about directions and arrangements to get to Nancy's home. Contact JoAnn Calkins at or 570-402-1210.

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. Please note the last day for Bible Study will be Wednesday, May 2. The group will resume in the fall.

Digging Deeper Small Group

Monday evenings at 7:00 pm. Meets in the Conference Room beside Pastor Bob's study. Please note the last day for this Small Group will be Monday, April 30. The group will resume 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.


April's item for the Christmas totes is mouthwash. Please leave your donations in the box decorated with Christmas paper located in the Fellowship Room. Thank you!

If you took a giving box during lent, please bring the box back to church. Proceeds will go towards Missions projects within the church.

Names for the Mother's Day booklets will be taken after services this Sunday, 4/22, next Sunday, 4/29 and Sunday, 5/6.

Family Promise - Please note the Family Promise Superheroes Walk has been rescheduled to April 21 at Stroud Mall. Registration begins at 8am followed by the walk. Registration forms are available online at Another great week of hosting Family Promise guests at Stroudsburg UMC. The generosity and hospitality of all volunteers, whether providing delicious meals, overnight supervision or compassionate care, is greatly appreciated by the families and the staff of Family Promise. You served 12 meals and contributed more than 147 hours of service to the one family in shelter last week. Thank you all!

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. Help is needed with sorting books and with the actual sale on April 20 & 21. If you can help, please contact Kathy Cook. Thank you!

PATHwalk 2018 - Sunday, May 6. Registration at 12:30pm; walk begins at 1:30pm. Begin and finish at Courthouse Square, 7th & Monroe Sts., Stroudsburg. Visit to download a registration form. A few forms are available in the back of the sanctuary.

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

Helping Hands Ministry

Thank you to all who donated so generously toward our Helping Hands Ministry. If you're interested in volunteering your time and talents, please contact Cathy Doane. Thank you all!
















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360