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

East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church Volume IV Issue 1 January 7, 2018

Our Vision Dear friends at church,

These were my favorite 2017
“To be a Christian community activities:
where Christ is transforming lives” 1. Eating whatever I found
2. L – o – n – g naps
Our goal is to grow God’s way 3. Greeting people with
Upward through worship and prayer enthusiasm
Inward through prayer and bible study At my age (9 dog years, 50
Outward through evangelism, service, human years), I recommend
fellowship and stewardship. these to you also:
1. Feed your spirit with new ideas and activities.
Sunday Services and Studies 2. Rest often in the Lord, and pant patiently for Him.
Traditional 8:30 am 3. Welcome people in words and actions whoever
Contemporary 10:45 am they are.
Sunday School 9:45 am Spread our Master’s love and joy in 2018!
Discipleship Groups 9:45 am Your friend, Butler the Beagle

Pastor’s Corner
After a one week hiatus, the Trumpet Call (TC) is back, and I pray that as we begin the new
year, our church body finds the TC useful and helpful as people make plans for mission and
ministry. Though nothing will change immediately, look for some changes to the TC in the
coming year. For one, the editorship will be passed from Mike Corey to Kathy Ravago. Mike
has done a fantastic job in the last few years as we have “resurrected” the TC, expanded its
scope, printed it in color with lots of graphics, etc. The TC you hold in your hand or view on
your phone or computer is largely the result of Mike’s skills, and we want to thank him for all
his good work. By passing the editorship to Kathy, Mike can better concentrate on the
technology needs of the church which is a large part of his job description, in addition to the financial secretary
responsibilities he now has. Those submitting articles for inclusion should still send them to

Several members have remarked about the TV mounted on the balcony in Oberholtzer. We also have another
one arriving early in the coming week which will be mounted on a cart and kept out of harm’s way in the closet
between Oberholtzer and Fellowship Halls. The old large screen TV, variously called “The Beast” or “The
Dinosaur” has been removed and is now enjoying a new life elsewhere. You might remember it as the very
large, heavy TV which was occasionally moved into the Sanctuary and into Fellowship Hall for special events.
Now that flat screens have taken over TV technology, it was time to go to something more convenient and
easy to move. The new portable TV will see much action on Sunday mornings as it replaces a portable screen,
laptop computer, table, projector, and sound system. It will also be very useful for other special purposes as
well. The mounted TV in Oberholtzer is meant to give announcements to those standing and enjoying
conversation in that hall, and will also function to help get everyone into the 10:45 am worship service. How
were these TV’s paid for, you might ask? After approval by Trustees, funds were taken from a special
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technology account previously established by generous members with an interest in updating the technological
needs of the church. No funds from our general operating budget were used.
Please make sure that you put on your calendar the Spiritual Life Retreat fundraiser which will be held on Saturday
evening, January 20 (further information about it found elsewhere in the TC). One of the special features of the
fundraiser is the silent auction to be held. This is a great time now to think about what special talent or commodity
you have to offer to the church and community, which has value and can receive a bid from others. For example, in
the past at other churches where we have served, Karen and I have donated a week at our vacation home in the
Endless Mountains, and we will do so again this year. You might donate housecleaning or the cooking of a gourmet
meal for a group of 6 or 8, or a special object you no longer have use for but want to go to a good home. You have
two weeks to think about what it is that others might be excited to submit a bid to win that night. It is destined to be
a great night of fun and fellowship!
Blessings in Christ, Pastor Jim

Women’s Ministries ~ Brushes & Saturday, January 20th 4:30 to 7:30pm

Join us for
Brunch Chicken & Biscuits dinner, Silent Auction and
Paint Party Suggested donations:
Adults - $8
Saturday, January 27 9:30-11:30
Children ages 4-12 - $4
Under age 3 - free
ESUMC Fellowship Hall
Proceeds benefit the Spiritual Life Retreat
Save your spot by signing up on ESUMC’s Donations for Silent Auction are welcome!
Members of ESUMC who are no longer able to attend church
$25 includes a delicious brunch, friendly
always appreciate hearing from you. Cards may be sent
conversation, and a to:
make-your-own wintry pallet! Doris Rodriguez
3274 Trafalger Ave
* Childcare Provided E Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Thank You!

Beat the Winter (Continued from page 3)

Blahs! shows that true freedom is found in surrender, not self-dependence.

Because our gospel is not one based on our works, but faith in the finished
What better way to beat work of Jesus Christ.
the after holiday blahs
than to have something Biblical Worldview
special to look forward
to! One Church Many Hearts: Walking in
Faith Together is the theme of the Justin Searle
Spiritual Life Retreat which is being Wednesdays 7- 8:30 PM starting Feb. 7th
planned for the entire ESUMC family on
Saturday, March 10th at Pocono
(Commitment is needed. Time is negotionable, based upon the
Plateau. Guest leaders are preparing
group’s decision.)
programming for all ages, including
babysitting. The very reasonable cost of This class is an introduction to the principles and practices of
$30 for ages 12- adult, $10 for ages 4-11,
and 3 and under free, includes lunch and interpreting the Bible using a historical-grammatical-rhetorical method
dinner and programming. This will be a of interpretation: (Grasp the text in their town, Measure the width of
day of worship, Christian fellowship, the river to cross, Cross the principlizing bridge, Consult the biblical
spiritual inspiration, and fun that you do map, and Grasp the text in our town). We will be studying the ways in
not want to miss! Stop by Fellowship Hall
after services on Sundays to register and which we can apply scripture to our lives while maintaining a proper
pick up a brochure or visit our church view of the original message and author’s intent. You will only need a
website: Bible and a notebook for this study.
Merry Christmas
As I end my last day of the two weeks at the shelter, I’m reminded what a
blessing it has been. Don’t get me wrong, my bones keep reminding me that
I’m not 21, but by God’s Grace and Love HE gives me what I need for the
New Year ~ New Ways to Grow journey.
Continue to “follow the star” and journey with I was able to get a young woman to shower. She is afraid to shower because
the wise men in seeking to grow closer in your she was brutally raped when she was younger. The homeless are very
faith by signing up for these new studies. compassionate towards her. She gave me a hug because I guarded the door.
Throughout the month of January, come to Stories of Grace and just God’s presence has brought me to tears each and
Fellowship Hall and sign up for one of these every day and night. There is love and compassion towards one another in a
studies beginning the first week in February. In very present way. Last night we prayed in the shelter, where they sleep, and
the meantime, feel free to continue the Study every person just gave thanks to God for every blessing
of John with Bob Rosenberger and Ken
Brown. Or grab a cup of coffee and “drop in” to They gave thanks over and over for the hospitality and warmth they had been
a discussion group at 9:45 in Fellowship Hall. shown at ESUMC. They are grateful for everything we do for them. The
Most of all, find a way to TRANSFORM your thought that they didn’t need to be out in the elements was a blessing to them.
life by growing in the Word in 2018!


Deron Spoo and Kyle Idelman Matthew 25:40
Sundays 9:45-10:35 AM starting Feb.
4th “Whatever you did for the least of these my brothers and sisters of mine, you
did for me”
Leaders ~ Deanna Mayers & Jackie This scripture came alive more than ever this week. My prayer is that more
Visser and more people step out of their comfort zone and see what a wonderful
The Bible is a big book. Hundreds of experience it can be. I’m also reminded, that as tough as things are in my life,
characters and thousands of ideas parade I am still blessed.
across its pages from beginning to end. From
the uninitiated to the very seasoned, readers Happy New Year to all,
of the Bible will always find something new to Ana Price
learn in The Good Book.

Over the course of 8 sessions, pastors Deron

Spoo and Kyle Idleman will visit the most Help Wanted-We need some V.I.P’s
salient themes about God in the Bible. With
the goal of providing a sketch of each idea, Do you have a love for Toddlers and
each session will break down the concept into
two smaller sections to unpack the meat Babies?
behind the theme. At the center of the series
stands God, and each theme will focus on who Would you be interested in keeping our
He is in relationship to His created order. church’s little ones safe, well-cared for and learning their first lessons
THE BOOK OF GALATIANS about Jesus? Would your spiritual gifts and/or experience benefit our
KYLE IDLEMAN young children and their families as they attend church or special
Sundays 9:45-10:35 AM events? Perhaps you or someone you know might be interested and
starting Feb. 4th you can tell them about this opportunity?
Leaders ~ Cathy Saunders & Mike
Ragonese We are looking for Very Important People to be part of our nursery
If someone asked you to explain the gospel, staff at ESUMC. This is a paid position that works Sundays during the
what would you say? What is the good news worship services. The position involves teaching from lesson plans
of the Christian faith? Writing to the Galatians,
Paul made it clear how easily we can be (which are generated through team planning), helping children with
tempted to turn toward fraudulent gospels, crafts, games, songs, having fun, and caring for the new infants in our
especially those that teach we can earn God’s
love through our works. Though they may church. The schedule can be flexible so you can take off a Sunday
have the appearance of truth, they are lifeless every few weeks to worship. There are also occasional church events
and leave us empty in the end. where the nursery is open and coverage is needed.
In this Book of the Bible series, Kyle Idleman
dives into the book of Galatians, one that If you are interested or would like more information, please contact our
contains some of the clearest explanations of Director of Children’s Ministry-Erica Dorsch at 828-455-7332 or
the gospel in the New Testament. Through Nursery Coordinator-Michelle Traub at, or Church
biblical study and engaging lessons, Kyle
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Administrator-Jill Teaford at 570 421-3280.
A new year….. A new resolution…..
Contact Us
Church Office
(570) 421-3280
Hours: 9am to 1pm
Monday thru Friday
Jim Todd
Resolve to give your burdens to the Lord, Ext. 1014
and He will take care of you Church Administrator
Psalm 55:22a Jill Teaford
Ext. 1015
Let a Stephen Minister walk alongside you. Administrative Assistant
You do not have to face your crisis alone. Kathy Ravago
Ext. 1010
For more info visit our web page Spiritual Life &
Or call—Peggy Strack Congregational Care
570-856-2131 Bethany Mills
Ext. 1023
Student Ministries
Scott Kuhnle
Heartsaver CPR AED Class Offered
Ext. 1013
On Saturday January 13th from 9-12:30 at East
Children & Family Ministries
Stroudsburg University, the ESUMC Nursery Staff is Erica Dorsch
taking a CPR/AED class in order to receive their
training. There are a limited amount of spots still Ext. 1017
available, but they are opening it up to the congregation to see if any of Financial Secretary
our nursery volunteers, parents or church members would like to Michael Corey
attend. The cost is already at a reduced price of $50, but if you are
receiving this training in order to volunteer in our nursery in 2018, the Ext. 1012
price will be cut in half. Anyone interested in the CPR training must Maintenance
contact Erica Dorsch at or Michelle Traub at William Mack The deadline to register is Sunday January 7th so
please let us know if you plan to attend or have additional questions. Ext. 1018
Thank you! 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
Audio//Visual Technician
Tristen Gearhart
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Technology Support
East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church Michael Corey
83 S. Courtland St.
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 Ext. 1012