Welcome!

East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church
Mission: To love Jesus Christ and to share His love. Sunday, January 30, 2011
If this is your first time worshiping with us, we welcome you. As a church we are committed to Love Jesus Christ and to Share His Love. We offer three services: 8:30 and 11 a.m. are traditional, and 9:45 a.m. is contemporary. Our ushers and greeters are here to serve you. Please ask them for any help you may need. ~ Our Holy Grounds Café is a place for light refreshments and coffee from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. each Sunday in our Fellowship Hall. The café provides an informal opportunity for fellowship. ~ Our Infant and Toddler Nurseries are available every Sunday from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. They are located on the lower level of the church and are staffed with our full-time, professional attendants and parent volunteers. ~ Children's Church for ages four through third grade is offered at the 11 a.m. service and is guided by a parent volunteer. Children will be dismissed after the Children's Message. Please pick up your children from the lower level classrooms of the church following worship. Our Weekly News is a snapshot of activities in our church and community. The Weekly News is also posted on our website: www.esumc.net. Please make your submissions to the church office before 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. Submissions can be emailed to koney@esumc.net or brought to the church office.

Church Staff
Senior Pastor Associate Pastor Congregational Care Church Administrator Lay-Led Ministries Children’s Ministry Youth M inistry Music - Organist - Choirs Contemp orary W orship Administrator of Finances Financial Secretary Building Facilitator Sextons Nursery Attendants Edward C. Kimes ekime s@esumc.net Candy Labar clabar@esumc.net Peggy Strack pstrack@esumc.net Sharmune Burgess sburgess@esumc.net Kelli Oney koney@esumc.net Sue R andall srandall@esumc.net Scott Kuhnle skuhnle@esumc.net Pauline Fox foxes@esumc.net Norman Fox foxes@esumc.net Dan Daccardi ddaccardi@esumc.net Sue M ertz smertz@esumc.net Cyndie Faunce cfaunce@esumc.net Bruce Johnson bjohnson@esumc.net Harvey Smith & Sal La pad ula Ana Price, Jennessy Hernandez, Kimberly Eaton

________________________________________________ 83 South Courtland Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 Church Office email: church@esumc.net Website: www.esumc.net Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 570-421-3280

Prayers and Praise
If you have a prayer request, please list it either on the prayer sheet in the rear of the sanctuary or on the back of the friendship pad, making sure to include your name on the request. This aids us in updating weekly requests. Confidentiality is very important; we want to honor everyone’s right to privacy. Please be mindful of this in writing your requests. The person making the request is listed in ( ). Healing and Illness Kaitlin, Howard, Allen (Dinkle family) Doris Milloy, recovery from brain injury (Cyndie Faunce) Lisa & Sal, healing and accurate diagnosis (Nancy Carlson) Laran Leatherman, good test results (Bob & Winnie Repsher) Rudy (Harriet Stocker)

Stewardship Update
General giving last week: $ 7,306 Average January weekly general expense needs: $11,227 Attendance last week: (1/23/11) 355 last year: (1/24/10) 378

Worship
Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God in loving Memory of Julia Wells and Roy Leiby by Mike and Debbie Wells. (2GA) Ushers and Greeters - 8:30 a.m.: Richard & Hester Deetz, Bob & Arlene Staples, Debbie & Mike Wells, John Miller 9:45 a.m.: Joyce Heller, Lisa & McKenna Datesman, Art & Kathy North 11 a.m.: Bob & Mary Tulloch, Linda Kissel, Craig & Candace Goucher, Kevin Tulloch, Liz Corey Acolytes 11 a.m.: TBA Children's Church: Story Hour Church Driver: Sandy Oberholtzer Altar Flowers Delivery for January: Peggy Strack Thanks to Bryan Wallie for message in song at 11 a.m. today. The choral message at 8:30 a.m. blends the 13th-century French hymn “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” with the contemporary song “Here I Am to Worship.” Together, the words describe the constant worship of God by believers of all years. Cantata - Sunday, March 6 at 8:30 and 11 a.m., is based on the life of Christ. Helpers for costuming ideas and supplies are especially needed. Teen and adult singers may now rehearse with Chancel Choir 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays. For schedules of dates and times for other extra rehearsals starting Saturday, February 19, see Music Bulletin Board in Oberholtzer Hall. Missed a Sunday? We provide audio copies of recent sermons on our church website at www.esumc.net for those occasions when you cannot make it to church, or when you want to share the message with others.

Walt Oney (Mark & Kelli) Rose Wilgus, viral meningitis (Jim & Nancy Amici)
Undergoing Cancer Treatments: Trish Walker (Rebecca Stager); Chris (Barbara & Leon Warner); Joellen Berryman (Tom & Leigh Balcik); John (Ministry Placement Team); Florence (Ed & Sue Bommerito); Tommy C. (Traub family); Pamela (Karen Peart) Other Richie, guidance (John & Kelli) The Reamer family, strength during difficult times (Ragonese family)

Those Serving in Missions and the Miltary - Strength, safety and protection while serving God: Megan Sanders, Ryan Moyer, Ben Drake, Jas Poole, Ally Jaggard; Marines: Joshua Hummel, Damon McHinney; Iraq: Kyle, August Jackson; Pacific: Faith Gibbs; Afghanistan: Jason Lamboy, Scott Kiess, Ryan Maciejczak, Everett Horton, Chris Stowe, Kevin Overcash, Nic Chighizola; Air Force: Amelia Gordon, Dave Bennett; Army: Kamahl Gordon, Japan; Josh Kimple, Germany.

Free Gospel Concert today from 4-5 p.m. by Penn State Essence of Joy at Christ Lutheran Church in Allentown.

- Our Guest Speaker Today we welcome Rev. Ron Schane from Pocono Plateau, one of our Faith Promise Partners. Ron is responsible for directing the vision of Pocono Plateau's ministry. He was hired as the Plateau's Director in January 2002. He works in the areas of program, personnel, budget, fund-raising, personal relations, spiritual leadership, and many more. Ron has a B.S. in Recreation and Parks from Penn State and an M.A. in Religion and Christian Education from Eastern Theological Seminary. Ron is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. Previously Ron was the Associate and Youth Pastor at Olivet United Methodist Church in Coatesville for 19 years. Pocono Plateau is a place for experiencing the gospel of Jesus Christ through recreation, challenge, and reflection. As a ministry of the Eastern PA Conference of the United Methodist Church we provide meaningful, enjoyable experiences in camp and retreat settings that lead people to new and renewed life in Jesus Christ. We help local congregations to be in mission for God through Christ, our Lord and Savior: calling persons to new life in Jesus Christ, nurturing their journey as disciples, and addressing the needs of the communities in which they live. Over and over again people comment on the experiences they had at the Plateau. Some met Jesus for the first time in a powerful, lifealtering way. Some grew in a faith that had been planted somewhere else in the family of God. Some returned to their first love here - Jesus - after being away from Him for too long. All of these words have been told countless times, around countless campfires, over countless years. Not only here, now, but over time this place - The Pocono Plateau Camp and Retreat Center - has been a space that has contained the Kingdom of God. With Jacob (at the place of his ladder-dream) we cry out to God, "Surely God has been in this place...".

Information and Events Church Web-site Brainstorming Session will meet today at 12:15 p.m. in the Office Building on the 2nd Floor. If you are interested in input as to the direction and vision of our website please join us. The Older Kids (55+ group) meets at 11:30 a.m. Monday, February 14 in Oberhotlzer Hall for a movie. Bring a sandwich with you. Popcorn, beverages, salad and dessert provided. Saturday Night Fellowship, February 19 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Taste and Tales of England with Pastor and Mrs. Kimes. All food will share the English theme. Bring a friend and fellowship with others. Church Nursery Position Available - Seeking Christian individual to work Sunday’s from 8 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and occasionally for special services or events. Applications are available in the church office. Contact Sue Randall for more information at srandall@esumc.net or 421-3280. Criminal history and child abuse clearances required. Early childhood experience a plus. Application deadline Friday, Feb. 4. Fellowship Meals - Our youth gather for a meal every Thursday from 5- 6 p.m. at the church, between youth programs. They rely on the generosity of parents and volunteers for this meal. If you would be willing to provide a meal for approx. 20-30 people, please contact Scott Kuhnle at 421-3280 or skuhnle@esumc.net Weekly Adult Basketball in Fellowship Hall - Recreational (co-ed) meets Monday at 8 p.m. For information call John at 426-7574. Adult Men play Tuesday at 7 p.m. For information call Eric at 242-6047. Family Life Presents Weekend to Remember - March 25-27 at Skytop Lodge. Four sessions on Pursuing a Marriage That Works is $159 per couple with lodging and meals extra. Couples can commute to this event. To make a reservation, please call 1-800358-6989 and use group # 28123. For more information, please call Bill or Debbie Zacharias at 424-2837.

Children’s Ministry - Birth - 6th Grade
To register for events or for information, please contact Sue Randall at srandall@esumc.net Nursery News! Today is Miss Jennessy last day, please stop by and wish her well. 9:45 a.m. Sunday School Teachers! Schedules are now in place outside of the classrooms. Please take a moment to fill in your available dates through June. Backyard Buddies, our after school program for 2-3 grade students will meet at the church Tuesday, February 2 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. Transportation is limited to J.M. Hill and Stroudsburg Middle and Intermediate schools. Monday Night Basketball Schedule Changes - Groups meet weekly in Fellowship Hall learning basic basketball skills and sportsmanship. Ages 6-8 will resume in February. During January, ages 9-12 will meet at 7:10 p.m. For information call John Mercurio at 426-7574. Youth Praise Dance (ages 9 and up) meets in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday evenings from 5-6 p.m. Praise dance encourages individuals to express their faith through movement. For more information, contact Tracy Martin tcmartin@ptd.net

Youth Ministry, continued Sr. High Outreach is every Wednesday from 2:45 - 5 p.m. ANYONE in 9 th - 12th grade is welcome to participate. After-school pickup in church vans is available from Stroudsburg Jr. High School. Thursday Schedule: All youth are invited to participate in the following weekly events: • 2:45 - 5 p.m. - JAM is a time of fun and fellowship for 6th 8 th grade students. After-school pickup in church vans is available from JTL, Stroudsburg middle, and Stroudsburg Jr. high schools. Permission forms are required for all students and available on the JAM Jr. High outreach page of the youth website. • 5 - 6 p.m. - Fellowship Meal for all 6th - 12th grade students. Come hang out with your friends, meet new people and share in a meal. • 6 - 7 p.m. - Small Group Bible Studies designed for 7th 12th grade students to grow deeper as a disciple of Christ. Groups are available for Jr. High Girls, Jr. High Boys, and Sr. High.

Summer Trips and Retreats: If you missed the organizational meeting last week, you can find information and permission forms by clicking on the "Forms and Info" page on the youth website. For a list of complete dates, click on the "Upcoming Events" page. Sign-up for 2011 Summer Trips - Registration cards are available in the youth room or on the “Forms and Info” page of the youth website. Please, return the registration card to Scott Kuhnle. Please note: Jr or Sr. high mission trips, and Creation, a non-refundable deposit is needed with your registration card to reserve your spot.
Confirmation Class for students in 8-12th grades will begin in February and run through June. Classes are led by both pastors and youth director. Youth will study scripture, learn their spiritual gifts, the history of Methodism and examine social justice along with exploring and visiting other faith traditions. Please contact Scott if interested or for more information. Hiking Club meets Sunday, February 20 from 12-4 p.m. The group leaves from the church parking lot. All youth participants (18 and under) need a permission form to attend.

Youth Ministries - 7th - 12th Grades For information, please contact Scott Kuhnle at skuhnle@esumc.net or check out the youth website www.esumc.net/youth where you can find permission forms and information on trips and events.
Sunday School is every Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Youth Room. We meet together until 11:15 a.m. then split into Jr. High and Sr. High classes. Sunday Night Program is from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. There will be a mix of games, worship, message, and small group discussion. Sunday, February 6 we will meet from 6-10 p.m. for a Super Sunday Party. Everyone is asked to bring a 2-liter beverage. Youth Praise Band, which leads our Sunday night worship, practices every Wednesday from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Youth Room. Interested instrumentalists and singers should contact Scott to participate.

Congregational Care
Homebound and Care Facility members are happy to be remembered by the church family. Encouraging cards can be sent to: Lew Staples, Brookmont, POB 50, Brookmont Dr., Effort, Pa. 18330. If You or a Member of the Church Family Is Hospitalized, please inform the church office at 421-3280. The pastors and Care Team visitors desire to provide support to our hospitalized members. It is very helpful if the office is notified of hospital admissions. Health Care Equipment is available to anyone in need. We have walkers, crutches, an adult potty chair, adjustable 4-prong cane, a wrist splint, weekly pill box, medi-cap remover, bed pads and adult diapers. Call Peggy, 421-3280, ext. 23. Winter Safety for Seniors pamphlet contains many tips for keeping yourself and elderly loved ones safe during the winter months. Pick up a free copy from the Information Center.

Mission and Outreach
Adult Mission Trip to Nashville, TN - Saturday, April 30 - May 7. Over 3000 families need assistance because of flooding in 2010. The approximate cost is $250 per person. All skill levels needed. If interested or for information, contact Wayne Mertz at 629-4069 or wdmertz@gmail.com Adult Mission Trip Meeting - Thursday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. This meeting is for anyone interested in serving or supporting church mission trips. Information will be shared regarding the Nashville trip including overview of the trip, cost, fund raising and expectations. Other short-term trips will be shared as well. For information please contact Wayne at wdmertz@gmail.com or 629-4069. Soup Kitchen - Our next Soup Kitchen is February 21, Presidents’ Day. To facilitate our kitchens well it is important for anyone wanting to serve to call Nancy Gargone at , so she may place you on the volunteer schedule. Food Bank Sunday - Food collected the third Sunday of each month will be shared among our Soup Kitchen, The Salvation Army, and Follow Me Foundation. Please place your donations in the Food Bank Box in Oberholtzer Hall. Specific items needed: Canned tuna, chicken, meats, fruits, vegetables, ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, hearty soups, boxed pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, mayonnaise, peanut butter and jelly.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. - Colossians 3:17 Paul tells us to "carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the laws of Christ." At ESUMC our Stephen Ministers have been trained and organized to do just that. They provide one-to-one care, prayer, and support to those who are going through a difficult time. If you would like more information about Stephen Ministry, please call Peggy Strack at the church office at 421-3280.

This Week at East Stroudsburg United Methodist Wednesday, 2-2 Sunday - 1-30
Children’s Choir, Choir Rm. 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. C h a nc e l C ho ir , C ho ir Rm 11:00 a.m. Jr. & Sr. High Bible Study, Youth Rm The Me I Want, Lower Level, Rm 9 Isaiah Study, Lower Level, Rm 10 12:15 p.m. A c o l y t e T r a i n i n g , Sanctuary Dis c iplesh ip Team, Conference Rm Website, Office Building, 2 nd Fl 6:30 p.m. Y o u t h G r o u p , Y o u th Rm Monday, 2-1 9:00 a.m. S t a f f M e e t i n g , Conference Rm. 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm 7:10 p.m. Y o u t h B a s k e t b a l l , Fellowship Hall 8:00 p.m. Basketball, Fellowship Hall Tuesday, 2-2 9:00 a.m. Preschool Program 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm. 3:30 p.m. Backyard Buddies 5:00 p.m. Chimes, Bell Rm 5:30 p.m. Youth Bells, Bell Rm 6:30 p.m. Adult Bells, Bell Rm Romans Study, Bridal Lounge 6:45 p.m. S t e p h e n S u p e r v i si o n, Office Bldg., 2 nd Fl 7:00 p.m. Basketball, Fellowship Hall FOG, Panera Bread Praise Team, Sanctuary 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Fellowship Hall in use 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm. 2:45 p.m. S r . H ig h O u t r e a c h , Fellowship Hall 5:30 p.m. NA, Community Rm 6:45 p.m. S t e p h e n M i n i s t r y , Office Building, 2 nd Fl 7:00 p.m. P r a y e r S t u d y , Conference Rm Thursday, 2-3 9:00 a.m. Preschool Program Mom’s Bible Study, Bridal Lounge 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm 2:45 p.m. JAM , Fellowship Hall 5:00 p.m. Y o u t h D i n n e r , Fellowship Hall 6:00 p.m. Youth Bib le Studies, Youth Rm 6:30 p.m. Prayer Group, Chapel Fellowship Hall in use 7:30 p.m. Adult Choir, Choir Rm 8:00 p.m. AA, Community Rm Friday, 2-4 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm 4:00 p.m. Troop 452, Com munity Rm. 6:30 p.m. S c o u t s T r o o p 1 0 3 , Community Rm Saturday, 2-5 8:00 a.m. M e n ’ s B ib l e S tu d y , Conference Rm 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm 8:00 p.m. AA, Community Rm

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