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East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

Sunday, October 9, 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 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.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 ( ).

Stewardship Update
General giving last week: $12,718 Average October weekly general expense need: $12,239 Monthly Renovation Obligation: $7,084 Attendance last week: (10-2-11) 372 last year: (9-19-10) 347 Altar Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in Memory of Loved Ones by Thelma Adelman. (1 GA)

Healing and Illness

Katlin, Howard, Allen (Dinkle family) Mike, healing of burns (Amy Doolittle) Jim, prayers for a kidney to become available (Amy Doolittle) Jake Canfield, peace, comfort and healing (Balcik family) Len, continued healing (Mike C) Roberta (Nancy Amici) Bob, successful surgery (Don & Grace Paul)

Ushers and Greeters: 8:30 a.m. Caroline Whitmore, Vere Pilgrim, Eileen Turkos, Rick & Hester Deetz, Scott Kuhnle 9:45 a.m.Amy Hollister, Brian & Linda Farris, Mike, Maria & Brianna Ragonese 11 a.m. Ken & Sandy Brown, Candace Goucher, Linda Kissel, Bruce Osbun Scripture Readers: 8:30 a.m. Vere Pilgrim 9:45 a.m. Lynn Pappalardo 11 a.m. Nancy Amici Acolyte: 11 a.m.: Grace Doolittle Children's Church: Sonia Lopez Altar Flower Delivery: Ross & Nancy Transue Church Driver: Linda Kissel Many Thanks to Nickey Baxter for her vocal message at 8:30 a.m, and to Mr. David Collins, guest organist from Falmouth, England, for offering his gift of music at 11a.m. His choice of postlude is a special greeting from Britain, as it was written for their Queen's Silver Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in 1977. We also welcome the return of the young ringers for their new season. Chimers are Grace Doolittle, Madelyne Gasper, Logan Mackin, Emmanuel McIntyre, Brandon Osbun, Michaela Raub, Vicky Zimmerman and Abby Zall. Choirs Have Started - New singers and ringers welcome! Tuesday - Chimes, grade 3-up, 5-5:30 p.m.; Youth 5:30-6:15 p.m., Adults 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Bell Room. Thursday, - Chancel Choir for adults and teens, at 7:30 p.m., in Choir Room. For details or individual instruction for new ringers, see Norm Fox. Did you know? Weekly audio sermons are available at for those occasions when you cannot make church or when you want to share the message with others.

Those with Cancer: Barb Counterman (Counterman family); Walter

Price, Jr. (Our Sunday School students); Trish Walker & Angie Werkheiser (Rebecca Stager);Rita (John Wolf)

The Mercurio family, loss of Kellis dad Gordon (Church family) Robert Cassieri, praise for successful surgery (Donna Marie) Maria, job opportunity (Ragonese family) The Nesbit family, loss of wife & mother (Ragonese family)

Those Serving in Missions and the Military - Strength, safety and protection while serving. Mission Field: Megan Sanders, Ryan Moyer, Jas Poole, Ben Drake; Marines: Damon McHinney; Iraq: Kyle, August Jackson, Steven Post; Pacific: Faith Gibbs; Afghanistan: Jason Lamboy, Brandon Smith, Ryan Maciejczak, Everett Horton, Chris Stowe, Brad Martz, George VanWhy, Josh Kimple; Army: Brad Poulson; Navy: Matt Spence.

Information and Events

Weekly Adult Recreational Basketball meets Monday at 8 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. For information call John at 426-7574. Merry Marthas and Misters will meet Friday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. for an Apple Fest in Fellowship Hall. Bring a dish made with apples to share, anything from an appetizer to dessert, and hear about different types of apples. This is open to anyone with a joy of cooking. SWAT, (Seasoned Workers Action Team) meets the 4th Tuesday of every month (October 25) at 9 a.m. in Bruce Johnsons office. First we have coffee and donuts, then work until around noon. Men, Women, all are invited for this three hours of service to beautify our church. We do things like painting, minor repairing, etc. Give it a try, the blessing will be yours. Questions: Call Bob Rosenberger, 223-7076

Congregational Care
Our Homebound and Care Facility Members are always happy to be remembered by the church family. Encouraging cards or notes can be sent to: Judy Biffen, 63 Wildflower Circle, Stroudsburg, Pa. 18360. Free Mammogram Program is offered through Pocono Medical Center for eligible women. Call 476-3488 for information. Wellness Ministry Tip for Losing Weight: Order the smallest portion of everything! If you are ordering a sub, get a 6-inch sandwich. Buy a small popcorn, small salad, or small hamburger. Studies find that we tend to eat whats in front of us, even though wed feel full on less!

Ready to Quit Smoking? Pocono Medical Center is offering a FREE smoking cessation program. Call 476-3680 to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a trained tobacco treatment specialist.
Learn about Medicare Basics! Kate Koehler, Primetime Health Coordinator for the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging, will be sharing the basics about Medicare and the APPRISE counseling program on Tuesday, October 18 from 6:45-7:45 p.m. in the New Youth Room (church basement.) Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you. Psalm 55:22a Humans like to be in control, having the power to choose exactly what is going to happen and when. Unfortunately, life isn't like that-we only think we're in control. So when something happens and we realize we're not in control, we feel lost, overwhelmed, angry, even terrified. Stephen Ministers are trained to help when things are out of control. They provide support and encouragement while helping a person put faith and trust in GOD. If you would like to learn more about Stephen Ministry, please call Peggy Strack at the church office at 421-3280.

Mission and Outreach

Cleaning Buckets and Bed Kits are needed to help those affected from the massive flooding. A list of items and Collection Box are at the Information Center in Oberholtzer Hall for two more weeks. College Care Packages - Our college students would love to receive care-packages and know that they are missed. Help is needed in purchasing or making treats and packing them to be mailed. If interested in helping, please contact Faith Kimes at, 421-5113 or you can text 570-242-6405. A box for snack donations will be in Fellowship Hall through October 16. Stine Class Collecting Used Cell Phones for Soldiers Project - Place your unwanted phones in the red box in Fellowship Hall any Sunday or in the Church Office. Questions, call Eileen at 420-8165. Important Outreach Events - Recently the youth had 51 participants during an outreach event. They are fulfilling our vision to connect with others in Christian community. As an adult you can also help fulfill our vision to serve Christ by serving others at these outreach events that reach un-churched youth in our community. Servants are needed to help with after-school transportation and youth meals for J.A.M. on Thursdays. If you can help or for information, please contact Scott at 421-3280.

Adult Discipleship
Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts - Sue Mueller will lead a four week class starting Sunday October 23. Come, measure your strengths and identify your God-given spiritual gifts. Classes meet from 11-12:15 p.m. This class is a part of our new member process. To participate, sign-up in Fellowship Hall or contact Kelli at 421-3280 or

Childrens Ministry - Birth to 6th Grade

To register for events or for information, please contact Sue Randall at **NEW PROGRAM** Tuesday Kids is our a new elementary school outreach ministry. The start date is Tuesday, October 25 from 45 p.m. You MUST sign up! This activity is limited to the first twelve 2nd through 6th graders. We will be making (and baking) carepackages for our ESUMC college students. More details regarding school pickups or for information see Mrs. Randall.

Youth Ministries - 7th - 12th Grades

For information, please email Scott Kuhnle at To keep up to date with all youth ministry events check out the youth website: Sunday School is held in the Youth Room at 11 a.m. with classes for Jr. High and Sr. High students. Sunday Night Youth Program for Jr. & Sr. High students is from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. here at the church. We meet for games, hangout time, praise and worship, a message, and small group discussion time. NO YOUTH GROUP TONIGHT - Sunday October 9. Journey of Faith Weekend: Saturday, October 15 the youth program will be offering a day of fellowship and spiritual growth opportunities. Each youth should bring $6 for lunch. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Youth Room and the schedule for the day is: Small Group Bible Study and Fellowship at Rob & Pat Braun's home (church van transportation provided) Lunch at Cicis Pizza Back to the church for an afternoon of fun activity; worship service and small group bible studies. Activities will conclude at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Come join us next weekend and connect with others through fellowship and sharing meals together, and enhance your Journey of Faith through small groups in either homes or at the church. .

How Can I Participate in this Weekend?

By Attending the Weekend. Please feel free to invite a neighbor, friend or family member. If your schedule does not permit this, please participate as you can throughout the weekend; By Hosting Lay Witness Team Member(s) in your home. Amy Hollister is making these arrangements and she is still in need of several homes. You can visit the registration table today, or contact her at 977-0636 or By Participating in a Saturday Morning Coffee/Small Group in a church members home near where you live or at the church. Groups consist of no more than 10 people and a Lay Witness Team Member. The Lay Witness Team Member will run the group using a guidebook. To help plan for food and materials, please register today visiting Oberholtzer Hall after the service.

Mark Your Calendars: JAM, Fellowship Meal, and Small Group Bible Studies started, meets every Thursday during the school year. The schedule each Thursday is as follows: 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. JAM (Jr. High Outreach: 6th - 8th grades) 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Fellowship Meal (6th - 12th grades) 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Small Group Bible Studies (7th - 12th grades)

Inside the Friendship Pads this morning you will find a Prayer Vigil sign-up sheet. The vigil starts, Thursday, October 13 at 6 p.m. and ends Friday, October 14 at 8:30 a.m. You can choose a half-hour time slot that is convenient for you and pray from your home. Journey of Faith Prayer Journals are available at the registration table and offer specific prayer requests for our weekend. Pause for Prayer: 1 Peter 2:4-5 Peter portrayed the church as a living, spiritual house, with Jesus Christ as the foundation and cornerstone and each believer as a stone. The stone by itself is just a stone. However, when eternal life from Jesus is breathed into the stone and the stones are placed side by side they become living stones and build a beautiful house for God. The strength of the house is determined by the spiritual sacrifices given to God, the Father. The upcoming Lay Witness Weekend is one of those spiritual sacrifices that will build and strengthen our church. God promises that when we draw near to HimHe will draw near to us. It will be exciting to see how the mortar (the Holy Spirit) will strengthen our frames and build a new spirit of unity with Jesus as our foundation. Let us pray: Father, I (your name), your chosen stone, come before you and lay my requests at your feet. I come to you as just a stone in need of your life breathed in to me. I pray for the other stones and join them in asking you to create a new spiritual house at East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church. Lord, grant us a new outpouring of your Holy Spirit upon the church. Rebuild and revive our church, and begin with me. In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Weekend Schedule
(All events at the church unless otherwise noted. Childcare is available all weekend for Infants - Kindergarten students)

FRIDAY 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 8:00 pm 8:45 pm SATURDAY 10:00 am 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 4:30 pm 6:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:45 pm 8:30 pm SUNDAY

Italian congregational dinner General sessions for adult, youth and children Small group meetings Group closing

Adult small groups in homes and the church Youth, and children programs Congregational lunch Mens and womens groups Youth and children programs Free time/visitation team Communion service Chili dinner General session for adult, youth and children Small group meetings Sanctuary open for prayer and meditation

12:30 pm 1:30 pm

Normal Sunday School Classes and Worship Services led by various Lay Witness Team Members Lunch for those attending the open evaluation session Open evaluation session for visioning and planning for small groups in our church

This Week at East Stroudsburg U.M.C. Sunday, 10-9 7:45 a.m. Music Rehearsals 9:00 a.m. Childrens Choir, Choir Rm 9:45 a.m. Sunday School Marriage Class, Rm 3 3 Simple Rules, Rm 7 11:00 a.m. Jr. & Sr. High Sunday, School, Youth Rm - Marriage Class, Rm 3 - Screwtape Class, Rm 10 Monday, 10-10 Church Office Closed 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm - Soup Kitchen 7:00 p.m. SPR, Conference Rm 8:00 p.m. Basketball, Fellowship Hall Wednesday, 10-12 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm 5:30 p.m. NA, Community Rm 7:00 p.m. Basketball, Fellowship Hall Thursday,10-13 9:00 a.m. Foundations Preschool - Womens Bible Study, Bridal Lounge 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm 2:45 a.m. JAM, Fellowship Hall 5:00 p.m. Youth Dinner, Fellowship Hall 6:00 p.m. Youth Studies, Youth Rm 6:30 p.m. Revelation Study, Oberholtzer Hall 8:00 p.m. AA, Community Rm Friday, 10-14 9:00 a.m. Foundations Preschool 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm 6:30 p.m. Journey of Faith 6:30 p.m. Scouts 542, Community Rm

Tuesday, 10-11 9:00 a.m. Foundations Preschool 9:30 a.m. Staff Meeting 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm 5:00 p.m. Chimes, Bell Rm 5:30 p.m. Youth Bells, Bell Rm 6:30 p.m. Adult Bells, Bell Rm Saturday, 10-8 - Re-Entry Mtg, Community Rm 8:00 a.m. Mens Bible Study, 6:45 p.m. Stephen Leaders, Office Conference Rm Bldg., 2nd fl. 11:00 a.m. Organ in use 7:00 p.m. FOG, Leslie Howes 12:00 p.m. NA, Community Rm Home 2:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall in use Stewardship, Rm 9 8:00 p.m. AA, Community Rm 7:15 p.m. Praise Team, Sanctuary