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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

May 11, 2018



This Sunday

Happy Mother's Day! This Sunday Pastor Bob continues the sermon series "Practical Christian Living." Sunday's message is "Wisdom and Revelation." Scripture reading is from Ephesians 1:15-23. 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.

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:

Carol Romansky, Old Orchard Health Care Center, 4100 Freemansburg Avenue, Room 164, Easton, PA 18045. 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!

Boy Scout Troop 86 Fundraiser

Scouts will be selling Gertrude Hawk candy bars at church on May 20 & May 27, 9:30-11am and 12:00-12:45pm. Proceeds will benefit the Troop 86 Sea Base Crew. As always thank you for your support.

M & E After Worship Church History Movies

Sundays at 12:15-1:30 on May 20, May 27, June 3 and June 10. May 20: Early history of SUMC from days of circuit riders until turn of the century. a DVD produced by David Cook, our historian. He will be present to answer questions. May 27: KJB, The Amazing Tale of the Birth of the King James Bible. One hour presentation followed by 15 minutes discussion. June 3: Complete the movie and discussion. If you miss the first part, still come as the discussion will involve the presentation. June 10: Life of Martin Luther - may take longer to complete. Bring a sandwich or beverage if you like. Hope you can join us.

Community Youth Choir

Major Minors will be holding auditions for their inaugural season on Friday, June 1 from 6-8pm and Sunday, June 3 from 1-3pm, both dates at Zion UCC in Stroudsburg. The age range of singers will be 4th-8th grade - treble voices. Please contact Nicole Rideout at for more information.



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 has resumed meeting 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. 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. 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.


May items for the Christmas totes are toothbrushes and toothpaste. Please leave your donations in the box decorated with Christmas paper located in the Fellowship Room. Thank you!

Pregnancy Resource Center Baby Bottle Boomerang - starts on Mother's Day. Pick up your baby bottle after services, fill it with change, bills or a check made payable to "The Pregnancy Resource Center" and return to the church by Father's Day.

Yard Sale Save the Date - Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4. Watch for updates on when you can start bringing in items for the yard sale.

Family Promise - a Family Promise training will be held on May 29 here at SUMC, 6 pm. It is recommended for anyone who has not yet attended a training in the past and would like to be involved. It's also intended as a refresher for those already involved and for anyone who would like more information about the program in order to pass on to others. If you would like to attend, please let Kathy Cook know so that we have an idea of how many to plan for. Also, our next host week is the week of July 15. We will need dinners on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday as well as overnight volunteers each night. All help is appreciated!

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