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Our Mission: To love Jesus Christ and to share His Love

East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church Volume III Issue 51 December 17, 2017

Our Vision
“To be a Christian community
where Christ is transforming lives”
Our goal is to grow God’s way
Upward through worship and prayer
Inward through prayer and bible study
Outward through evangelism, service,
fellowship and stewardship.

Sunday Services and Studies Christmas – Closed Dec 25th & 26th
Traditional 8:30 am
Contemporary 10:45 am New Years – Closed Jan 1st
Sunday School 9:45 am
Discipleship Groups 9:45 am

Pastor’s Corner
During an already busy time of year, we’ve had a lot going at church, and I want to take a
moment to thank all of those who participated in Night in Bethlehem held last Friday, Sunday,
and Monday nights (Sat. night canceled due to snow). This was a big undertaking again this
year, and Erica Dorsch and Liz Green among many others recruited great 1st Century actors
and provided meaningful decorations and activities which drew attention to the most powerful
part of the experience: the manger scene in Oberholtzer Hall. Special thanks to all who
offered tents and decorations, provided set-up and tear-down, acted in the experience, and
attended Night in Bethlehem.
Special thanks also to those from the Vision Team who organized and presented on various topics at the two
hour joint Vision/Steering Team meeting this past Monday night in the Youth Room. Bethany Mills put together
the PowerPoint, and presentations were made by Kurt Visser, lay leader Mike Ragonese, and several others
from Vision Team. The meeting was attended by almost 50 from the congregation, and I know many others
were praying about it at home. Our one regret was that we ran out of time for questions and answers, but all of
us who presented are very willing to spend time with anyone who does have questions or concerns, and we
will attempt to find ways to share the message we did on Monday with the entire congregation.
One of the questions which came to me after the meeting was how the Kistler gift has and will be used. The
total money we received from the Kistler gift was $1,966,649, so just shy of $2 Million. According to our
Endowment Fund Policy (approved by a charge conference in 2008), our Steering Team can make decisions
about the initial use of the funds before they go into the Endowment Fund (administered by our Endowment
Fund Commission, made up of five members). To date, here are the decisions made by Steering Team:
$196,665 set aside as “first fruits” or a tithe of the total to be used to support our mission partners in permanent
projects. Of that, $75,000 has been pledged to Pocono Plateau for their new high ropes course (matching gift),
$10,000 has been sent to our partner church in Volgograd Russia, Transfiguration UMC, for permanent work
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on their building, and recently, the Mission Team approved $5000 to go to the Pregnancy Resource Center for
furnishings for their new office.
Other approvals for Kistler gift use are as follows: $16,552 set aside to cover the budget deficit in 2016, $60,000 to
cover the anticipated budget deficit in 2017, $27,175 sent to the Eastern PA Conference for a pledge made by our
church in 2013 but not yet fulfilled, and $110,000 set aside to pay the salary for three years to hire a full-time
Director of Evangelism, Outreach, Discipleship, and Congregational Care (we hired Bethany Mills with these funds).
On the investment side of the equation, $1.08 Million was invested in the permanent endowment, along with more
than $70,000 we already had from previous bequests and gifts. $600,000 of that amount was entrusted to the Mid-
Atlantic United Methodist Foundation for investment, and the remainder has been invested directly by the
Endowment Fund Commission. Still awaiting decision is approximately $480,000 of the Kistler funds by the
Steering Team. If you have further questions, please feel free to talk to Bob Howes, who chairs the Endowment
Fund Commission, and attorney Rick Deetz, who initially drew up the Endowment Policy and acts as advisor to the
We have three important things upcoming the week before Christmas, and I want to give a reminder about
Christmas Eve. Our church is offering overnight coverage at the Cold Weather Shelter for the homeless from
December 17-23 at Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church (contact Ana Price if you can help), and we host Family Promise
the same week with one day additional (contact Jenn Dunne if you can help). Both are still in need of volunteers
and we can help give orientation before you volunteer. Please remember the Blue Christmas service we will host
on Thursday, December 21 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. We will have area clergy and our own Stephen Ministers
helping with this important service to those who are grieving this time of year. Finally, please remember that on
Christmas Eve, we will have only one morning service at 10:00 a.m. Our evening services will be at 4:00, 7:00,
and 10:00 p.m. We hope you’ll be able to come in the morning as we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent, and
then to the evening service of your choice to celebrate the birth of Christ.
Happy Advent! Pastor Jim


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Christmas Eve Morning Worship Sanctuary
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Christmas Family & Children Worship Sanctuary Service
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Christmas Communion Worship Service Sanctuary
10:00 PM to 11:30 PM Christmas Candle Light Worship Service Sanctuary
Please Inform the Office!
If you or a member of your family is admitted to any hospital, please
inform the church office, 570-421-3280.
Pastor Jim, Bethany Mills, and volunteers are happy to visit if we are
aware of the need!

Members of ESUMC who are no longer able to attend church always

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; appreciate hearing from you. Cards may be sent to:
my heart trusts in him, and I am
helped. My heart leaps for JOY; and I Doris Rodriguez
will give thanks to him in song” 3274 Trafalger Ave
(Psalm 28:7)
E Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Are you in a time right now where singing
“Joy to The World” seems impossible? Thank You!
Whatever your trial, Jesus has not forsak-
en you. May your joy be renewed as you Hearing Assistance Devices are Here!
rest in His love. And pray: Is this the time ESUMC now owns several hearing assistance devices which can be worn
for you to accept a Stephen Minister? to improve your ability to hear our worship services. Please contact an
usher to pick up your hearing assistance device and return to an usher after
For more info visit our web page use.
Or call—Peggy Strack Healthcare Equipment available:
570-856-2131 Canes, crutches, walkers, adult potty chairs, shower stools, Depends and
Instrumental Carols in Oberholtzer Hall
Instruments play Christmas Carols in Oberholtzer Hall balcony
Sunday Dec. 17, after early service, about 9:30-9:45, then repeat at

Players grade 5 thru adult are welcome. Must have experience or be

in a school ensemble.

Contact or ph 570-223-9889, for music to review.

Same songs as previous years, easy Yamaha Band books.

If this is your first time, we will choose a time to go over the music together.

Save the date!

Saturday, January 20th 4:30 to 7:30pm
Join us for
Chicken & Biscuits dinner, Silent Auction and Concert
Suggested donations:
Adults - $8
Children ages 4-12 - $4
Under age 3 - free
Proceeds benefit the Spiritual Life Retreat36
Donations for Silent Auction are welcome!

Christmas in Women’s Ministries ~

Give your Brushes & Brunch
family a
Paint Party
gift! A one-day retreat ( 9:00 am- Saturday, January 27th 9:30-11:30
7:15 pm) for the entire ESUMC ESUMC Fellowship Hall
family is being planned for Save your spot by signing up Sundays in
Saturday, March 10th at Pocono
December in Fellowship Hall or on
Plateau. Guests speakers will lead
ESUMC’s website.
sessions for adults, youth, and
children. Babysitting $25 includes a delicious brunch,
provided. Cost (includes lunch and friendly conversation, and a
dinner): under 3-free, ages 3-11- make-your-own wintry pallet!
$10, ages 12-adult-$30. Register in * Childcare Provided
Fellowship Hall after Sunday
worship services. Your registration
should be accompanied by a
deposit of $30 or full payment. This
is a day you will not want to
miss! Mark your calendars now!
Events Contact Us
United Methodist Women—December Dollar Challenge
Hats , scarves, gloves and socks for guests of Community meal and Church Office
others in need. (570) 421-3280
All at Dollar Tree. Thanks in advance.
Special Christmas Week Community Meals Breakfast & Lunch Hours: 9am to 1pm
Monday, December 25 through Friday, December 29. Monday thru Friday
Jim Todd
Ext. 1014
Church Administrator
Hand warmers and foot warm- Jill Teaford
ers are needed for the members Ext. 1015
of our homeless community. Administrative Assistant
Kathy Ravago
Please purchase and place in
boxes in the Fellowship Hall. Ext. 1010
Spiritual Life &
Congregational Care
Bethany Mills
Ext. 1023
East Stroudsburg United Student Ministries
Methodist Church's Scott Kuhnle
Longest Night "Blue Ext. 1013
Christmas" Service is Children’s Ministries
intended to be a peaceful Erica Dorsch
night of worship for those
Ext. 1017
struggling to experience
Financial Secretary
joy this Holiday Season Michael Corey
due death, divorce,
Ext. 1012
sickness, unfortunate loss
or a tragic circumstance. Losses like these often leave us with a feeling of William Mack
emptiness and despair. If this is you this Holiday Season, we invite you to
join us for our "Blue Christmas" Service, where the Love of Jesus Christ is Ext. 1018
Organist/Traditional Music
Pauline Fox
Recovery Meetings Available in
The Community Room of Office Building Basement Contemporary Music
Doug Malefyt
NA: Monday through Saturday – 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. Just for Today
Wednesday – 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. New Beginnings (Women’s Group) Choir Director
AA: Thursday & Saturday – 8:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Keep It Simple Julie Montes De Oca
Saturday – 5:30-6:30 P.M. Sunday - 4:30-6:30 P.M. Serenity House
Joe Dorsch
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Technology Support
East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church Michael Corey
83 S. Courtland St.
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 Ext. 1012