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Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

February 1, 2019



This Sunday

This Sunday's scripture reading is 1 Corinthians 13. Pastor Bob's sermon title is "Lessons in Love." It's communion Sunday, too. It's supposed to be warmer on Sunday than it has been - we hope you will join us!

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.

Second Saturday Supper

February 9 at 5:30 pm. Our program will be the first in what we hope will be one of many times we "Meet the Congregation." Come learn about more of the interests and hobbies of some of the members of our congregation. To help us plan, please sign up at the back of the sanctuary or please call the church office.

Cub Pack 86 Valentine's Pancake Breakfast

February 9 from 8-11 am. $8.00 for adults; $5.00 kids 10 and under. Under 4 eat for free. Breakfast will be served by Cub Scouts. All you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea and juice. Please use the Ann Street entrance. All proceeds benefit the Cub Scouts of Cub Pack 86.

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:

Eileen Sebring, 1170 West Main Street, Room 128, 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

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!

2019 Offering Envelopes

The 2019 offering envelopes are available in the Fellowship Room. It would be appreciated if you can deliver a box to a friend or neighbor that cannot make it to church.

Fresh Paint Days Update

Before and after pictures are now available for viewing on the Keep PA Beautiful website: Thank you again to all the volunteers who helped make this possible!

Volunteer Needed to Schedule Greeters

We are in need of one volunteer to schedule greeters monthly for the 8:30am worship time. Please contact the church office if you can help out. Thank you!

Knitting Basket Available at the Back of the Sanctuary

If you listen better when you're doing something with your hands, we invite you to take a scarf from the basket located in the back of the sanctuary, and knit a few rows during worship on Sunday. After worship, please return the scarf to the basket. Completed scarves will be given to those in need.

Fundraiser Started to Help With the Cost of Repairing the Broken Stained Glass Window

If you'd like to donate: You can also give a donation with your weekly offering or mail a check to the church office - please note for the repair of the stained glass window. Thank you!

Prayer Chain Email and Phone List

If you would like to be added to either the email or phone prayer chain list, please contact me in the church office. Jackie

Lights in the Scout Room

As part of an Eagle Scout Project, the lights in the Scout Room have been repaired and are working great! Check them out after church on Sunday!



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. Update: Stitch & Pray has an ample supply of prayer shawls now. Thank you to all who helped with knitting and crocheting. We are now in need of baby blankets for baptisms. Please contact the church office if you can help out. Thank you again!

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.

Volunteers Needed for Soup Kitchen

Volunteers are needed for upcoming Soup Kitchen dates. I have a list of available dates in the church office. Please contact me and let me know if you're interested in hosting soup kitchen and I will give you the dates. Thank you. Jackie



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.

Family Promise - Laundry bags are in the Fellowship Room. Please take a bag home to launder and return to the church next week. Thank you to all volunteers who helped out with our guests this past week. All help is appreciated!

Jam is still available for sale - $4.00/jar. Please see a member of Missions after church on Sunday.

The February item of the month for the Christmas totes is hand sanitizers. Please leave your donations in the box wrapped in Christmas paper located in the Fellowship Room near the Missions display.

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. Thank you!
















Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
547 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360