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

East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church Volume IV Issue 2 January 14, 2018

Our Vision This Sunday

“To be a Christian community 4th, 5th & 6th

where Christ is transforming lives” Grade Students

Our goal is to grow God’s way Will be released

Upward through worship and prayer
Inward through prayer and bible study from the
Outward through evangelism, service, 10:45am service
fellowship and stewardship.
around 11:00am
Sunday Services and Studies
Students can be
Traditional 8:30 am
Contemporary 10:45 am picked up in Youth
Sunday School 9:45 am Area after Worship
Discipleship Groups 9:45 am Service.

Pastor’s Corner
In last week’s Trumpet Call I talked about a few new technology improvements to the church,
including new televisions recently purchased. I’d like to share a little more about technology
changes coming to our church. Very soon, workmen will be installing cameras throughout the
inside and outside of both buildings. This is part of our overall plan to increase security in a
variety of different ways to keep our congregation and our building safe. Cameras can make
a big difference! We’ve all seen news footage of how cameras have helped to capture
criminals, and I know firsthand that cameras in churches have also helped capture
perpetrators. My wife, Karen, was formerly a children’s ministry director in a church in a town
in Lancaster County about the size of East Stroudsburg. After several break-ins, the church trustees made the
decision to purchase and install cameras. When the next break-in occurred, the culprits were easily identified
from camera footage and arrested by the local police.
Admittedly, this is one of those “wish we didn’t have to” expenditures so that precious funds could go to other
building or ministry projects. However, we were blessed to receive a large insurance settlement from our
recent roofing projects, and the Trustees decided to use the excess to make this project happen. We have
many doors in both buildings, and try as we might without a night custodian, we don’t always get all the doors
locked and the lights turned out as we ought, and the cameras will be a valuable add-on to our already existing
security system. We will use the utmost discretion in both the placement of the cameras and in the use of the
camera footage afterward. Obviously, cameras will not be placed in our near restrooms. Unless there is a
reason to keep the footage as evidence of criminal or illicit activity, it will all be taped over on a continuous
basis. We will seek to use “best practices” in all instances of camera usage.
On another quick note about technology, three years after we signed up for RightNow Media, we have a
number of people in the church who use the 10,000+ Christian videos available free of charge. Anyone with a
high speed internet connection can access these videos with a couple of mouse clicks, and they are used
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often in our discipleship hour teaching and other venues. This service has been a huge benefit to our congregation.
The question is: are you signed up and logged in to RightNow Media? Do you have friends outside the church
you’d like to introduce to this service? Mike Corey, our director of technology would love to get more people signed
up. Please give him a call at the office or email him (, and he’ll be glad to get you on RightNow
Many Blessings, Pastor Jim

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Saturday, January 20th 4:30 to 7:30pm

Join us for
Chicken & Biscuits dinner, Silent Auction and
Looking for a way to serve once a Concert
month or perhaps even once a quarter? Suggested donations:
Contact Kathy Hinkey ( Adults - $8
or 570.236.8183 to serve on the Welcome Children ages 4-12 - $4
Team as an Information Desk Volunteer, Under age 3 - free
an Usher or a Greeter. Proceeds benefit the Spiritual Life Retreat
Donations for Silent Auction are welcome!

Testimonies Please Inform the Office!

What folks are saying If you or a member of your family is admitted to any hospital, please
about Stephen Ministry: inform the church office, 570-421-3280.
Pastor Jim, Bethany Mills, and volunteers are happy to visit if we are
“Before I had a Stephen aware of the need!
Minister, I struggled with
Stephen Ministry whether I even believed in
God. Now I have seen Members of ESUMC who are no longer able to attend church always
God’s love face-to face through my Stephen appreciate hearing from you. Cards may be sent to:
Minister. It is life-changing!” Doris Rodriguez
“As a man, I found it difficult and awkward to 3274 Trafalger Ave
reach out for help. I’m glad I did! I probably
could have made it alone, but it sure was a lot E Stroudsburg, PA 18301
easier having a Stephen Minister to talk to.”
Thank You!
“I felt guilty about being angry at God, but my
Stephen Minister didn’t think I was terrible. He
was very patient and just listened and cared. Hearing Assistance Devices are Here!
He demonstrated Jesus' unconditional love and ESUMC now owns several hearing assistance devices which can be worn
helped me to trust God again.” 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. Healthcare Equipment available:
Or call—Peggy Strack Canes, crutches, walkers, adult potty chairs, shower stools, Depends and
570-856-2131 more!
New Year ~ New Ways to Grow
Continue to “follow the star” and journey with the wise men in seeking to grow closer in your faith by signing up for these new
studies. Throughout the month of January, come to Fellowship Hall and sign up for one of these studies beginning the first week
in February. In the meantime, feel free to continue the Study of John with Bob Rosenberger and Ken Brown. Or grab a cup of
coffee and “drop in” to a discussion group at 9:45 in Fellowship Hall. Most of all, find a way to TRANSFORM your life by growing
in the Word in 2018!


Deron Spoo and Kyle Idelman
Sundays 9:45-10:35am starting Feb. 4th Leaders ~ Deanna Mayers & Jackie Visser
The Bible is a big book. Hundreds of characters and thousands of ideas parade across its pages from beginning to end. From
the uninitiated to the very seasoned, readers of the Bible will always find something new to learn in The Good Book.

Over the course of 8 sessions, pastors Deron Spoo and Kyle Idleman will visit the most salient themes about God in the Bible.
With the goal of providing a sketch of each idea, each session will break down the concept into two smaller sections to unpack
the meat behind the theme. At the center of the series stands God, and each theme will focus on who He is in relationship to His
created order.


Kyle Idelman
Sundays 9:45-10:35am starting Feb. 4th Leaders ~ Cathy Saunders & Mike Ragonese
If someone asked you to explain the gospel, what would you say? What is the good news of the Christian faith? Writing to the
Galatians, Paul made it clear how easily we can be tempted to turn toward fraudulent gospels, especially those that teach we
can earn God’s love through our works. Though they may have the appearance of truth, they are lifeless and leave us empty in
the end.

In this Book of the Bible series, Kyle Idleman dives into the book of Galatians, one that contains some of the clearest
explanations of the gospel in the New Testament. Through biblical study and engaging lessons, Kyle 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 work of
Jesus Christ.

Biblical Worldview
Wednesdays 7- 8:30pm starting Feb. 7th Leader ~ Justin Searle
(Commitment is needed. Time is negotionable, based upon the group’s decision.)
This class is an introduction to the principles and practices of interpreting the Bible using a historical-grammatical-
rhetorical method of interpretation: (Grasp the text in their town, Measure the width of the river to cross, Cross the
principlizing bridge, Consult the biblical map, and Grasp the text in our town). We will be studying the ways in which
we can apply scripture to our lives while maintaining a proper view of the original message and author’s intent. You
will only need a Bible and a notebook for this study.

Women’s Ministries ~ Brushes & Beat the Winter Blahs!

What better way to beat the after holiday blahs than to
Paint Party have something special to look forward to! One
Saturday, January 27 9:30-11:30
Church Many Hearts: Walking in Faith Together is the
theme of the Spiritual Life Retreat which is being
ESUMC Fellowship Hall
planned for the entire ESUMC family on Saturday, March 10th at
Save your spot by signing up on ESUMC’s Pocono Plateau. Guest leaders are preparing programming for all
ages, including babysitting. The very reasonable cost of $30 for ages
$25 includes a delicious brunch, friendly 12- adult, $10 for ages 4-11, and 3 and under free, includes lunch and
conversation, and a
make-your-own wintry pallet!
dinner and programming. This will be a day of worship, Christian
fellowship, spiritual inspiration, and fun that you do not want to
miss! Stop by Fellowship Hall after services on Sundays to register and
* Childcare Provided pick up a brochure or visit our church website:
Events Contact Us
Weekly Wellness Classes
Core Strength Training Church Office
(570) 421-3280
Monday - 5:30-6:30 p.m.—Oberholtzer Hall
Wednesday - 5:30-6:30 p.m.—Fellowship Hall
Hours: 9am to 1pm
Monday thru Friday
Zumba Gold Thursday - 10-11 a.m.- Fellowship Hall Pastor
Jim Todd
55 Plus for January will be Pizza and a Movie on Thursday
Jan 25th.We will eat at noon and watch movie right after. Sorry Ext. 1014
for the change of date .Call so I know how much pizza to order Church Administrator
-Linda (570-424-6038 or 570-856-9395) Hope to see new faces. Movie title Jill Teaford
will be released next week.
Ext. 1015
Community Meal occurs every Monday evening from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Administrative Assistant
All are welcome to enjoy a healthy and satisfying meal. If you would like to Kathy Ravago
help contact the church office (570) 421-3280.
Ext. 1010
Welcome Team Training will be held on Spiritual Life &
Sunday, 1/21 for 20 minutes after each of Congregational Care
the worship services in the Choir Room. Bethany Mills
Please plan to attend to share ideas of how ESUMC can truly
display HOSPITALITY through our service. Also available will be the Ext. 1023
yearly schedules and listings of other team members. Student Ministries
Scott Kuhnle
Dollar Challenge—United Methodist Women January’s items are
non-perishable food items. Shoprite's Can-Can sale is a good place to Ext. 1013
shop this month. All other months could be a monthly family trip to the Children & Family Ministries
Dollar Tree. I hope everyone who has been participating continues, and Erica Dorsch
that new people join this great and easy mission.
Ext. 1017
Cub Scout Pack 103 sponsored by ESUMC Financial Secretary
Michael Corey
Pack Meeting—Second Wednesday of Month 6:30 p.m.
Wolf Den—Mondays at 6—7:00 P.M. Ext. 1012
Bear Den—Tuesdays at 6—8:00 P.M. (except 2nd Tue.) Maintenance
Tiger Den—Wednesdays at 6—8:00 P.M. (except 2nd Wed. ) William Mack
Webelos I & II Dens—Fridays at 6—8:00 P.M.
Den Meetings in Community Room—Pack Meeting in Youth Room. Ext. 1018
For more info call Cub master—Mike Greene (973) 229-5641 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