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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

August 17, 2018



This Sunday

This Sunday's scripture reading will be Psalm 111 and Pastor Bob's sermon title will be "God is Great." We hope you will join us either at 8:30 or 11:00!

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.

StroudFest 2018 - Saturday, September 1

Once again SUMC will have a table on Main Street and participate in StroudFest. We will sell hot dogs and drinks as well as sausage & peppers, macaroni & cheese and may add in pulled pork sandwiches, too! We need volunteers to help with food preparation beforehand, set up Saturday morning, serving, taking money, etc. Monetary donations to purchase food or donations of rolls, condiments, plastic silverware, napkins, etc. would be appreciated. Please contact me for a list of what's needed or if you can volunteer. It's a fun day to spend with your church family and all for a very worthwhile cause. All proceeds go toward the remaining bell tower repair fund.

Prayer Mail Boxes

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 either of 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:

Rosemary Levy, 1644 N. Fifth Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Please remember her in prayer and if possible, please send a card.


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.

Cub Scout Pack 84

If your son or daughter is interested in joining Cub Scouts, please contact Dick Seip (570-421-6517) or Magena Clemente (570-730-8499, The pack meets here at the church on Wednesday evenings at 6pm starting in September. One den will be meeting on Monday evenings at 6pm for the months of September and October only.


UMC Cluster Events

Faith UMC -

Indoor Yard Sale - Friday, August 17 & Saturday, August 18, 8am-2pm. Lower Fellowship Hall.

Monday, August 27, 6pm-8pm, Book Club "Velvet Elvis" by Rob Bell, Bovino's Pizza, East Stroudsburg.

Wooddale UMC

Chicken Dinner, Saturday, August 18. First seating is at 4:30pm. Cost is $10.00. Takeout is available after 5pm.

Pastor Nina's book group meets Thursday, August 23 at 7 pm. "Dead Man Walking" by Sister Helen Perjean. Read on your own and come on Thursday ready to discuss. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Nina or visit the Wooddale UMC website for more information.

Summer Reading

Pastor Paul Crikelair has compiled a list of suggested books in order to prepare for his Fall 2018 PUMA Class - 20th Century Christian Classics. Sheets with the class schedule and list of books are available in the back of the sanctuary.

Thank you!

Thank you to John Burrus for all the countless hours he puts into the landscaping and beautification of our church property on both Main Street AND on Ann Street. If you haven't checked it out lately, please do so soon!

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!

Annual Charge Conference

This year's Charge Conference will be held on Sunday, October 7 at 1 pm at Faith UMC.

M & E Save the Date

Our October 13 Second Saturday Supper will be celebrating the people who have been members of our church for 50 years or more. The meal will be provided by M & E - everyone is asked to join us in honoring these members. More details will be included in the September Courier.


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.

"Mastering Life Before It's Too Late" - Book Study

Do you have plans for the future but need help achieving them? Maybe your dreams have faded from view after years of stagnation. Wherever you are in your journey, be assured: You can master life before it's too late. Join us in studying this book by Robert Morgan on Tuesdays, starting July 10 at 7 pm. Class runs for 11 weeks. Cost is $10 for the book and study guide, payable at the first meeting (scholarships available). To register, sign up at the back of the sanctuary, call the church office - 570-421-6020, or email Peggy Stewart -

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.

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.



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

Yard Sale Update: Thank you to all who helped in any way for the sale. The total amount raised for our Missions Committee will be announced soon.

Family Promise: Please note the next host week for Family Promise will be the week of September 30 rather than August 19. Sign up sheets will be posted soon.

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