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East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

Sunday, July 3, 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 Caf is a place for light refreshments, coffee, and fellowship on the first and third Sundays of the month from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall. ~ 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: Please make your submissions to the church office before 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. Submissions can be emailed to or brought to the church office.

Church Staff
Senior Pastor Associate Pastor Congregational Care Church Administrator Lay-Led Ministries Childrens Ministry Youth Ministry Contemporary W orship Music - Organist - Choirs Administrator of Finances Financial Secretary Building Facilitator Sextons Nursery Attendants Edward C. Kimes Candy Labar Peggy Strack Sharmune Burgess Kelli Oney Sue Randall Scott Kuhnle Lindsey Scott Pauline Fox Norman Fox Sue Mertz Cyndie Faunce Bruce Johnson Eileen OBrien & Sal Lapadula Ana Price, Holly Lapadula, Katlyn Smith

Mission: To love Jesus Christ and to share His love. 83 South Courtland Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 Church Office email: Website: 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 with the request. This aids us in updating weekly. Confidentiality is very important; we want to honor everyones 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 (Ralph & Donna Dinkle) Doris, removal from harmful medications (Cyndie) Carl, successful surgery (Cyndie) Mammie, good test results (Counterman family) Keith Llewellyn, healing from brain surgery (Nancy & Jim Amici) Linda Olivieri, neuro surgery (Nancy & Jim Amici) Jerry Levanowitz, good test results (Church family) Louise Murray, healing of a non-hodgkin lymphoma (Liz Green) Jean Hulswif, suffering from dementia (Liz Green, daughter) Those Undergoing Cancer Treatments Trish Walker (Dawn Walker); Pamela Valley (Karen Peart); Allison, Lisa and Gordon Lyons (Kelli Mercurio); Helen Althouse (Peggy Strack); Vivian & Alma (Patricia Huggins); Julie (Holly Belviso); Poppie (Counterman Family); Kelli (John)

Stewardship Update General giving last week: $8,158. Average June weekly general expense need: $11,630 Monthly Renovation Obligation: $7,084 Attendance last week: (6-26-11) 270 last year: (6-27-10) 271 Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God in memory of husband and father, Robert Mosher by his wife, Virgina and family. (1GA) Worship Ushers and Greeters - 8:30 a.m. Edie & Bill Williams, Mike Wingerter, Caroline Whitmore, Don & Grace Paul, Ron & Nancy Erdman 9:45 a.m John & Kelli Mercurio, Jenn Dunn, Sandy Oberholtzer, Dave & Dan Sanders 11 a.m. Rich Strack, Jean Eden, Denise Thompson, Mike Carlson, Trudi Piatt Acolytes: 11 a.m. Kaitlyn and Kelly O'Brien Scripture Readers: 8:30 a.m. Debbie Zacharias 9:45 a.m. Kelli Mercurio 11 a.m. Dave Thompson Children's Church: Jessica Barrett Pew Packers: Don & Grace Paul Church Driver: Linda Kissel Altar Flowers Delivery: Peggy Strack Communion Steward: Angie Simmons

Today's Organ Postlude after the 11 a.m. service will be extended to celebrate lively American music such as Sousa marches, ragtime, and songs from musical theater. Songfest - Sacred Sing-along is July 17, 3 p.m.! YOU can help - see Music Bulletin Board in Oberholtzer Hall for fliers, sponsor forms, and to sign-up as greeters, reception set up, and clean up. Fliers to print and share are also available at "Organ Programs" under Worship tab of Familiar songs will be in gospel, hymn, and contemporary styles, plus a touch of jazz. The program is coordinated by Pauline Fox and Lindsey Scott, with Joe Dorsch, Keith LaBar, Doug Malefyt and other ESUMC musicians. Be sure to invite others to enjoy this free event of community outreach! Singers and Instrumentalists who wish to share music during the summer are invited to contact Pauline Fox at 223-9889 or

Other Willing volunteers to facilitate the Lay Witness Weekend Jr. High youth and adult leaders on retreat July 8-10. Kendra & Cindy Nesbet, loss of mom & wife, Diane (Mike & Maria) Annette, peace and comfort (Maria Ragonese) John & Steph, healing of marriage (Nancy) Bob, restoration of faith (Church family)
Those Serving in Missions and the Military - Strength, safety and protection while serving. Mission Field: Megan Sanders, Ryan Moyer, Ally Jaggard, Jas Poole; Marines: Damon McHinney; Iraq: Kyle, August Jackson, Steven Post; Pacific: Faith Gibbs; Afghanistan: Jason Lamboy, Brandon Smith, Ryan Maciejczak, Everett Horton, Chris Stowe; Air Force: Brad Poulson, Amelia Gordon, Dave Bennett; Army: Kamahl Gordon (Japan), Josh Kimple (Germany).

Information and Events Welcome Eileen OBrien! Eileen joins our staff as our weekday
sexton. She replaces Harvey Smith who has faithfully served for many years and has stepped down. We thank Harvey for all his contributions and in helping Eileen make a smooth transition. Coupon Savings - As a disciple we all need to be good stewards of the blessings we have been given. Jenn Trump, will be leading a coupon class Wednesday, July 6 at the church from 10 a.m. - noon. The doors open at 9:30 a.m. You will learn the basic knowledge of coupons, how to donate to organizations from your saving and how to be responsible stewards with your grocery budgets. There will also coupon swapping, FREE and open to the community, we do ask that each person bring two pantry items to be donated to the Salvation Army. Childcare provided. The Older Kids, our 65+ group, meets Monday, July 11 at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall for lunch and an informational talk on Being Safe in your home and community. Everyone is asked to bring either sandwiches or finger foods to share. RSVP with MaryLou Kear at 4242455 or Shirley Miller at 421-8271. Weekly Adult Recreational Basketball meets Monday at 8 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. For information call John at 426-7574. Women of Faith - September 9-10 in Philadelphia. Our church as three tickets available. They are $175 each and includes hotel, transportation and some meals. Please contact Kelli at 421-3280 or to reserve a ticket or for more information. Christian Overcomers Camps are designed for the disabled and held at Spruce Lake Retreat Center in Canadensis, PA. July 18-22, August 21-26 & October 24-28. Anybody interested in volunteering for this ministry, please call Dennis Wilkens at 570-421-0391 for more information about this special ministry to the disabled. Mens Retreat Weekend - Mark your Calendar for September 9-11, 2011. More information will follow, or call Doug Ritchie at 977-8398. Fritz Memorial UMC in Bethlethem is need of volunteers willing to do sanding and painting in the old parsonage on Saturday, July 16 at 9 a.m. They use this property as a rental income. If you can help, please contact Kelli at 421-3280 or Caravans can be arranged.

Adult Summer Series - The members of the Stine Sunday School Class invite you to join them in growing deeper in faith through the Summer Satellite Series, Sundays at 9:45 a.m. from July 17-August 21. The first program you will experience is: "Unpacking a Parable" with Dr. Bill Donahue. In this program, Dr. Donahue will guide you as you seek the central truths of Jesus' parables and apply them to your own life. Together, you'll rediscover some of the most powerful parables that Jesus told to his first disciples. Upcoming programs will include: July 24: "Understanding Hebrew Poetry" with Dr. Bill Donahue July 31: "The Power of the Prophets" with Dr. Bill Donahue Aug. 7: "When God Winks" with Squire Rushnell and Louise DuArt Aug. 14: "The Value of Money" with Dr. Susan McCarthy Aug. 21: "Serving as a Group" with Dr. Bill Donahue For more information on adult Sunday School groups and discipleship study programs, contact Pastor LaBar at 421-3280 or

Childrens Ministry - Birth to 6th Grade

To register for events or for information, please contact Sue Randall at Sunday School Summer Movie Lineup - This Summer our Children's Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. will be showing movies in the large group area with supervision by parent volunteers. (Parents, there is a sign up sheet on the wall by the telephone in the large group area if you could help out a Sunday or two). Preschool children thru the age of five may attend the nursery this summer. We also encourage families to worship together at 9:45 a.m. this summer. This week's feature: Tommy Nelsons The Jesus Movie, part I. Any Summer Campers Out There? Summer Camp schedules are available online at and on the Children's Ministry Bulletin Board. Camp cash is available to help offset camping cost for all students in our congregation. See Mrs. Randall for details! Vacation Bible School: Join us for SonSurf Beach Bash from August 1-5 from 9 a.m. to Noon. Volunteer orientation is Sunday, July 10 at 1 p.m. Online registration starts this week at!

"Foundations," our Christian Preschool is accepting registrations for the 2011-12 school year for children ages 3-5. Our preschool is open to the entire community. Contact Sue Randall at 421-3280 or for information or to receive a registration packet. Summer Breakfast and Lunch Program is available for children up to and including age 18 through August 12 at J.M. Hill Elementary School (151 East Broad St., East Stroudsburg.). Breakfast is from 8:30 9:30 a.m. and lunch is from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. There is no charge for either meal and is open to any child, no matter where you live. Please refer to for a complete menu.

A Complete Summer Schedule is now available on the "Upcoming Events" page at or you can get a copy in the Youth Room. Youth Praise Band, which leads our Sunday night worship, practice every Tuesday evening. Interested instrumentalists and singers should contact Scott to participate.

Congregational Care
Hazel Kaniper to Celebrate 100th Birthday on July 13th! Birthday cards and notes can be sent to her at 2017 North 5th St., Stroudsburg, PA. 18360. Coffee, Juice Cans, or Vases with a 4-inch diameter are needed for altar flower deliveries and can be dropped off in the church office. Bobby Cruse is now homebound due to health concerns. Cards may be sent to him at 6025 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA. 18360. To visit Bobby, call his family at 629-5317. Our Homebound and Care Facility Members are always happy to be remembered by the church family. Encouraging cards or notes can be sent to Evelyn Smith, R.D. 8 Box 8806, E. Stroudsburg, Pa. 18302. Wellness Ministry Tip for Losing Weight: After breakfast, make water your primary drink! Go ahead and have your orange juice for breakfast, but for the rest of the day have water instead of juice or soda. The average American consumes an extra 245 calories a day from soft drinks. Thats nearly 90,000 calories a year or 25 pounds!

Youth Ministries - 7th - 12th Grades

For information, please contact Scott Kuhnle at or check out the youth website where you can find permission forms and information on trips and events. Sunday School will be held this Sunday in the Youth Room at 11 a.m. During the summer months we will combine the Jr. High and Sr. High Sunday School Classes. Summer Means Transition time for all 6th-grade students going into 7th grade and can now participate in the Sunday Night Program, Jr. High Summer Trips, Fellowship Events, etc. For a list of programs, keep an eye on the Whats Happening page on the youth website; you can even download a complete calendar. Youth Commitment Cards: If you did not receive a Commitment Card, you can download a copy from the youth website. You can turn in your completed card to Scott Kuhnle or in the basket on the altar. July Sunday Night Youth Program Schedule July 3 No Program July 10 Senior High Night Out - This is a special event for any youth entering 9-12th grades from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. July 17 Program for 6-12th grades from 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 24 Jr. High Night Out - This is a special event for any youth entering 6-8th grades from 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 31 No Program

Prayer: O, God, the source of all goodness and love, pour out your Holy Spirit upon our Stephen Ministry. Bless and guide the service of the Stephen Leaders. Bless and guide the service of the Stephen Ministers as they humbly serve as agents of your love. Bless and guide the footsteps of those receiving care from our Stephen Ministers, so that they may witness your presence and be drawn closer to you. Bless and guide everyone at East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church as they strive to become a more caring, compassionate people, living in the joyful freedom of your grace. In Jesus' name. Amen.

This Week at East Stroudsburg U.M.C.

Sunday, 7-3 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Jr. & Sr. High Sunday, School Noon Youth return from Creation Monday, 7-4 Church Office Closed 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm - Soup Kitchen, Fellowship Hall 8:00 p.m. Basketball, Fellowship Hall Tuesday,7-5 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm. 6:30 p.m. Re-Entry Support Mtg., Community Room 6:45 a.m. Stephen Supervision, Various rooms 7:00 p.m. S t e e r i n g T e a m , Conference Room - FOG, Leslie Howes Home - Praise Team, Sanctuary Wednesday, 7-6 9:30 a.m. C o u p o n C l a s s , Oberholtzer Hall 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm 5:30 p.m. NA, Community Rm Thursday,7-7 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm 6:30 p.m. Prayer Group, Chapel 8:00 p.m. AA, Community Rm Friday, 7-8 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm - Jr. High on Retreat Weekend 6:30 p.m. T r o o p 1 0 3 , Community Rm Saturday, 7-2 11:00 a.m. O r g a n in use, Sanctuary 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm 8:00 p.m. AA, Community Rm

Consider This Your Invitation

As the "Lay Witness Weekend" (October 14-16) draws near and the planning intensifies , I am reminded of the parable of the Great Banquet in Luke 14:15-24. Many people who were invited for whatever reason (busyness, work, etc.) made excuses not to attend and in doing so missed a great opportunity. I am inviting YOU to the Lay Witness Weekend because you are my church family and I love you and I don't want you to miss this great opportunity. The Lay Witness Weekend is many things to many people, but most of all it's a spiritual retreat with Jesus, the Holy Spirit and His people. It is prayer, wonderful prayer. It is a time of deep fellowship with your church family members. It is renewal, healing and love. It is a time to laugh and cry together. It is a time that I don't want YOU to miss! Plan right now to put this weekend aside for you and your family to attend. The weekend is for individuals and families-- adults, youth and children. Experience it together. Put aside the golf game, work, soccer games, shopping or whatever excuse gets in the way and come to a great spiritual banquet. Make your faith walk with Jesus a priority for this weekend and hold that time aside for this event. Can this weekend change your life? I believe it can, but why don't you ask my wife Sandy? Her husband was saved at a Lay Witness Weekend on November 3, 1983 here at ESUMC. See you in October. Ken Brown Lay Witness Weekend Coordinator

Living Out Your Faith

Every Member in Ministry

If you have not yet filled out your Commitment Card for the 2011-2012 season, take time to ask God how you should live out your life as a witness for him. Refuse to keep your gifts and talents to yourself, and commit to sharing them with others. Extra cards are available on the Information Center in Oberholtzer Hall. You can return your completed card by using the offering plate or mailing them to the church office.