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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

October 26, 2018



This Sunday

This Sunday's scripture reading is Job 42:1-6, 10-17 and Pastor Bob's sermon is "Blessings Abound!"

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

Let our pastors know how much we appreciate them by sending a card, note, email or text.

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

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:

Vivian Cobbs, Spring Village at Pocono, 239 East Brown Street, Apt. 204, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. 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.

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!

Holly Day Market

Our annual Holly Day Market is coming up on Saturday, November 3 from 9-3pm. Volunteers are needed to serve as greeters at entrance doors as well as floaters to relieve vendors for bathroom breaks, lunch and shopping. If you're available to help in ANY way, please contact me in the church office. Thank you! Jackie

Donations of Baked Goods Needed for M & E

Donations of baked goods are needed for the Membership & Evangelism Team to sell at the Holly Day Market. We need: cakes, pies, breads, cupcakes and cookies....lots of cookies! (Lots of cookies, of different varieties - we'd love a batch of your favorite. We plan to sell plates of assorted cookies.) Profits from the Bake Sale help to finance books and other materials for our Small Group Ministry. Please bring your baked goods to the church on either Thursday, November 1 or Friday, November 2 and leave in the downstairs kitchen. The church will be open in the evening both days. Thank you very much for your donations! If you have any questions, please contact Peggy Stewart - 570-424-0625.

Membership & Evangelism will also be selling food at the Holly Day Market. We need financial help (to offset the cost of the food) as well as some actual help that day (November 3) in the kitchen, serving food. If you can help in any way, please contact Peggy Stewart (570-350-8589 or Thank you!


Pocono ConneXion - Cluster Churches Events

Faith UMC

Trunk or Treat - Sunday, 10/28 11am in the Faith UMC parking lot

Faith in Washington PUMA Study, Tuesdays, October 2-30 6:30 pm in the sanctuary

Poplar Valley UMC

"What Not to Say" Event - Saturday, 11/10, 9:30-12:30pm. Helping you learn what not to say - and how best to care - when people are hurting, struggling or grieving.

Reeders UMC

Christian View of the Supernatural, 10/27. Two seminars: The first one is 9-11:30am, Ghost, Ghouls and God. The second is 1-3pm, The Mysterious World of the Supernatural. Lunch break 11:45-12:45. Please register with the church office - 570-629-1712.

Stroudsburg UMC

Holly Day Market Saturday, 11/3 9-3pm. Two floors of vendors featuring handcrafted items and direct sellers. Get started on your Christmas shopping early! Food will be available for purchase.

Pizza with Santa, Friday, 12/14 6-8pm. $5.00 admission (under 5 is free), 2 slices of pizza and drink. Photos with Santa, Christmas craft activities, Christmas music - Fun fellowship!



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.

Monday Tea Time Small Group

This group meets on Mondays at 1:15 pm and continues weekly. This series study will be weekly episodes of Season 1 of the CBS premier "Touched by an Angel." The series begins on a park bench with two angels (Roma Downey and Della Reese) and ends 9 years later in the same place with the same two angels. Every week we will hear the bold and comforting promise that God exists. He loves you and He wants to be part of your life. A message of hope that can change lives. A discussion of life application will follow. Everyone is welcome. Come for a time of inspirational entertainment and fellowship. No cost and no commitment required, just show up at 1:15pm in the Lounge or designated area. Will finish about 3:30pm. Contact the church office with questions.

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. All are welcome, just bring your Bible.

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.



October item for the Christmas totes is socks. November item is hand sanitizer. Please leave your donations in the box decorated with Christmas paper located in the Fellowship Room. All donations are due to SUMC by November 19th. Thank you!

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are available in the Fellowship Room. Filled shoeboxes are due back to SUMC on November 4th. The cost to send a shoebox is $9.00 (Cash or check made payable to SUMC Missions). Shoeboxes can also be built online by visiting

Look for homemade jam at the Missions table at the Holly Day Market. Strawberry and apple pie jams will be available.

This year's Mission Committee Christmas Tree will benefit Street2Feet. Suggested donation items: reflective items (i.e. tape, vests, etc.), travel cups, small first aid kits, small sewing kits (both can be purchased at dollar stores), snack foods (granola bars, trail mix, etc.), beverages (hot chocolate, coffee) and Aldi's gift cards.

2019 Yard Sale Update - Because of the difficulty we've been experiencing in getting rid of the leftover furniture from this past year's yard sale, we will not be taking any future donations of furniture.

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: Oasis of Love is in need of bottled water, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items (hand soap, toilet paper, etc.) If you can help, please bring items to church or drop them off to me in the church office 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