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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

June 15, 2018



This Sunday

This Sunday's scripture reading will be 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 and Pastor Bob's sermon title is "God's Ways are Mysterious." We'll be recognizing our 2018 graduates at both services as well as blessing more beautiful prayer shawls knitted and crocheted by our Stitch & Pray Small Group.

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 Box

Prayer mail boxes have been placed near the front steps of the church and also at the back of the church on Ann Street. The purpose is to have anyone drop a prayer request in the boxes. These requests can be anonymous or with a first name only, the locked section of the mail box will provide privacy. These requests will be gathered daily and a prayer minister will pray over them. 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.

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:

Dorothy Baldwin, Pleasant Valley Manor, Room 118, 4227 Manor 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 still 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.

UMC Cluster Events

East Stroudsburg UMC has a Community Block Party every Thursday in June and July, 6pm-7:30pm with worship afterward.

Faith UMC - Monday, June 25, 6pm-8pm Summer Book Club "Searching for Sunday" by Rachel Held Evans. Bovino's Pizzeria. Tuesday, June 26 at 6 pm - Faith Writers (Creative Writing Group) at the Wilson home (Call church office for info 570-424-0712)

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!

New Directory

If you had your photo taken for the new directory, please pick up your copy in the church office during the week.

Property & Building Committee Update

The new heating and a/c unit has been installed and is working great! Thank you again to all who donated so generously to make this happen! Due to price increases and a few items that were not figured into the original estimate, we are $840.00 short. If you are able to help with the remaining balance, please place your check in the offering plate marked for "Heating and A/C." Thank you all!

All You Can Eat Ziti Dinner

Tomorrow, June 16 from 5-8pm here at SUMC. Price for adults $9.00; children 5-11 are $4.00 and under 5 are free. Dinner includes Ziti, Sausage, Bread, Salad, Drinks and Dessert. This dinner benefits Boy Scout Troop 86 Sea Base Crew. Please use the Ann Street entrance. As always thank you for your support!


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. Thank you! Jackie

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.


June item for the Christmas totes is deodorant. Please leave your donations in the box decorated with Christmas paper located in the Fellowship Room. Thank you!

Pregnancy Resource Center Baby Bottle Boomerang - bottles are due back this Sunday, Father's Day.

Yard Sale Save the Date - Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4. Collection of items has begun. Please bring your items in leave them in the blue room downstairs. Please DO NOT bring in: TV's computers, printers, etc. Small kitchen gadgets are gladly accepted. No clothing and no encyclopedias. Only bring in items that you no longer want but you think someone else would. Most importantly, please make sure what you bring in is clean and in good condition. Please keep in mind help will be needed in order to prepare for the sale - unpacking items, sorting, pricing and setting items out for display. Please consider how you can help. If you have questions, plese speak with a member of the Missions Team or call the church office.

Family Promise - This past Tuesday, June 12, SUMC hosted a Family Promise training session. People from various churches attended. Many were very complimentary of our church. They really liked the building, sanctuary and felt the Fellowship Room is very comfortable and a good space for hosting events. It was a good evening - it's always nice to hear nice things about our church! 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!

Upcoming Family Promise events: Raffle drawing for a 3 story, handmade doll house. Drawing is October 6, $10 per ticket. Please see Kathy Cook to purchase a ticket. Blue Jeans Ball - October 6. Dinner and dancing, a fun night in informal dress. More details to follow. More information about all events can be found on the Family Promise website -

Volunteers Are Needed in Our Church

We are looking for more people to get involved and help keep our church alive! We need more small groups, Property & Building could use more volunteers to help with work days, painting, etc. We need volunteers to pick a particular area of the church and maintain that area. If you can help out in ANY way, please contact a member of Property & Building or a member of M & E. 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