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THE TRUMPET CALL East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church December 6, 2015 Sunday Morning Discipleship Class inmayersfamily5@gmail.com or 570 424 - 3564 Pastors Corner I'm sure we are all in prayer for the situation in San Bernardino, CA where two killers so brutally shot and killed 14 and wounded another 17 persons in a building which helps those with disabilities. Though it happened to adults and not children, it does call to mind the terrible shootings in Connecticut a few years ago which also happened just before Christmas. We must keep all of these families in our prayers and find ways to support police, EMT's, and other first responders. We must also pray for wisdom and courage for our lawmakers as they seek to grapple with what to do after these situations. May we, and they, find comfort in God's presence at this time. Our United Methodist Service of Committal for the deceased begins with this question: "In the midst of life, we are in death; from whom can we seek help?" The question is then answered in the next sentence: "Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth." Truly, only by seeking God in Christ at this time can we find the help our world needs! As that quote points out, we are "in the midst of life." This Sunday we celebrate the life we have in Christ, as we proceed toward Christmas Eve with our series, Love Revealed. We welcome our missionaries and mission representatives this Sunday, and at each service, you will have the opportunity to hear (briefly) from people representing local, regional, national, and international missions. During the Discipleship/Sunday School hour from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m., you will have a wonderful opportunity to mingle and to discuss these different mission organizations with their representatives in Fellowship Hall. Not everyone will be able to speak in our two worship services, but they will be able to visit with you one on one in a relaxed atmosphere during that hour. I am so grateful for our Mission Team for putting this special Mission Sunday together! (Continued on page 2) " id="pdf-obj-0-2" src="pdf-obj-0-2.jpg">

THE TRUMPET CALL

East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church

December 6, 2015

 

Sunday Morning Discipleship Class in Fellowship Hall Cancelled for this week

Our Vision

To challenge and encourage everyone in our congregation to know and follow Christ by:

Growing as disciples through Christs teachings Connecting with one another in Christian community Serving Christ by serving others Praising God as we worship Christ

This week is our big Mission Sunday event and between services we will have lots of activity going on in Fellowship Hall.

In support of our Missions work we will not have the Sunday Discipleship class so you can participate in all the fun things happening. We will resume our classes on Sunday December 13 th .

Reach out to Rich or Deanna

Sunday Services

Traditional 8:30 am Contemporary 10:45 am

No preparation needed. Come as you can and join for some lively discussion and fellowship.

Mayers if you have questions or if you have topics you might like

Sunday School/Discipleship Classes 9:45 am

Pastors Corner

THE TRUMPET CALL East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church December 6, 2015 Sunday Morning Discipleship Class inmayersfamily5@gmail.com or 570 424 - 3564 Pastors Corner I'm sure we are all in prayer for the situation in San Bernardino, CA where two killers so brutally shot and killed 14 and wounded another 17 persons in a building which helps those with disabilities. Though it happened to adults and not children, it does call to mind the terrible shootings in Connecticut a few years ago which also happened just before Christmas. We must keep all of these families in our prayers and find ways to support police, EMT's, and other first responders. We must also pray for wisdom and courage for our lawmakers as they seek to grapple with what to do after these situations. May we, and they, find comfort in God's presence at this time. Our United Methodist Service of Committal for the deceased begins with this question: "In the midst of life, we are in death; from whom can we seek help?" The question is then answered in the next sentence: "Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth." Truly, only by seeking God in Christ at this time can we find the help our world needs! As that quote points out, we are "in the midst of life." This Sunday we celebrate the life we have in Christ, as we proceed toward Christmas Eve with our series, Love Revealed. We welcome our missionaries and mission representatives this Sunday, and at each service, you will have the opportunity to hear (briefly) from people representing local, regional, national, and international missions. During the Discipleship/Sunday School hour from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m., you will have a wonderful opportunity to mingle and to discuss these different mission organizations with their representatives in Fellowship Hall. Not everyone will be able to speak in our two worship services, but they will be able to visit with you one on one in a relaxed atmosphere during that hour. I am so grateful for our Mission Team for putting this special Mission Sunday together! (Continued on page 2) " id="pdf-obj-0-64" src="pdf-obj-0-64.jpg">

I'm sure we are all in prayer for the situation in San Bernardino, CA where two killers so brutally shot and killed 14 and wounded another 17 persons in a building which helps those with disabilities. Though it happened to adults and not children, it does call to mind the terrible shootings in Connecticut a few years ago which also happened just before Christmas. We must keep all of these families in our prayers and find ways to support police, EMT's, and other first responders. We must also pray for wisdom and courage for our lawmakers as they seek to grapple with what to do after these situations. May we, and they, find comfort in God's presence at this

time. Our United Methodist Service of Committal for the deceased begins with this question: "In the midst of life, we are in death; from whom can we seek help?" The question is then answered in the

next sentence: "Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth." Truly, only by

seeking God in Christ at this time can we find the help our world needs!

As that quote points out, we are "in the midst of life." This Sunday we celebrate the life we have in Christ, as we proceed toward Christmas Eve with our series, Love Revealed. We welcome our missionaries and mission representatives this Sunday, and at each service, you will have the opportunity to hear (briefly) from people representing local, regional, national, and international missions. During the Discipleship/Sunday School hour from 9:45-10:45 a.m., you will have a wonderful opportunity to mingle and to discuss these different mission organizations with their representatives in Fellowship Hall. Not everyone will be able to speak in our two worship services, but they will be able to visit with you one on one in a relaxed atmosphere during that hour. I am so grateful for our Mission Team for putting this special Mission Sunday together!

(Continued from page 1)

As I've said in previous Trumpet Call's, we have a great opportunity

this Christmas to "go big" for Jesus on his birthday this year. Since

Christmas is Jesus' birthday, please consider giving Jesus a Christmas gift through your mission offering to support our Faith Promise commitments. This is in line with the parable Jesus offers us in Matthew 25: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me." (Matthew 25:35-36) In other words, what we do for those in need we are actually doing for Jesus. We are seeking to raise $10,000 for our Faith Promise and Imagine No Malaria commitments by the end of this year. With all of our help, we can make it! Thanks for your generosity, and I look forward to seeing you on Mission Sunday, December 6!

Pastor Jim

Photo Caption Stephen Ministry
Photo Caption Stephen Ministry

Support

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.Psalm 33:20

Life is uncertain. Things can be going smoothly according to our plans and expectations, when suddenly we are ambushed by a crisis: a loved one dies, we get a serious health diagnosis, our spouse leaves, our job is terminated, or the occurrence of any other unexpected challenge!

If you are experiencing a time of trial, perhaps the Christian support of a Stephen Minister would be Gods gift to

you!

For more information about

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Stephen Ministry, please contact Peggy Strack, 570-421-3280, ext. 1023.

Members of ESUMC who are no longer able to attend church, always enjoy hearing from you! Cards and notes of encouragement may be sent to:

John Kistler 1222 N. 5th Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Hearing Assistance Devices are Here!

ESUMC now owns several hearing assistance devices which can be worn 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 use.

Special thanks to our Tuesday morning small group for giving up their study time on December 1 to pack food boxes for low income seniors at Second Harvest Food Bank. All are welcome on the first Tuesday of each month. Contact Pat
2 Braun 570-424-5481.

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OKs Christmas Party

Dont forget the Christmas Party at 11:30am on Dec. 9th (snow day, Dec. 16). Call Erma at 570-421-1422 if you need more information.

Thank you, Erma

Bakers Needed

Bakers needed for Breakfast with St Nicholas-especially cookies but also- brownies, muffins, candy, jelly. Items can be dropped off Thursday afternoon or Friday by noon on Dec 10-11. Contact Linda Drake at 570-856-9395

Great News It's Mission Fair time!

This Sunday you are invited to meet and greet our 15 Mission Partners at display tables in Fellowship Hall. It's a perfect opportunity to increase your knowledge of the unique way each of our Mission Partners brings new LIFE through the love and hope of Jesus Christ to those persons our world views as "the least, the lost, the broken." Hear their sacred stories and then dare to seek God's word for how you can better serve Him!

Special thanks to our

Faith Promise (Mission)Team for coordinating this event, to those Mission Partners participating in ESUMC's 8:30 and 10:45 worship celebrations, to Mary Schneider for organizing a 'special' Holy Grounds Cafe for you to enjoy, and to those disciplining classes who are able to join us during the 9:45 a.m. hour. See you at the Fair!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

4:00 PM Childrens 7:00 PM Family 10:00 PM Communion

Church-Wide Study

OK ’ s Christmas Party Don ’ t forget the Christmas Party at 11:30am on Dec.

January 10 th - 31 st

Classes to be held on Sundays and throughout the week at various times/places

Sign-up in Oberholtzer Hall

GOD IS GOOD….ALL THE TIME and ALL THE TIME….GOD IS GOOD!

Do we really believe that? Do we believe it enough to let others know? Do we believe it when tragedy hits our family? Do we believe it when terrible things happen in our communities? Do we believe it when mayhem breaks out across the globe? Do we have hope in the midst of lifes greatest disappointments and sadness?

Learn how to offer hope to a hurting world and especially those God has placed in your path. Learn how to reach others and invite them to hear about

the only hope for a world destined to be ruled by a soon and coming King. Please dont let anything stop you from joining a small group in January and

starting your year with the right focusSHARE HIS LOVE.

..TO

LOVE JESUS CHRIST AND

I am inviting YOU to be a part of this exciting study. See how it will change your perspective FOREVER on loving others through Jesus Christ. Blessings to you as you celebrate the season of the greatest gift ever given to us, Jenni Poole

Through the UMC Market website, you can establish your favorite shopping sites, like an online camera store I've used in the past. All your favorites will be on there: Lowes, Best Buy, Old Navy, etc. Literally, hundreds of sites. Each of these retailers have estab- lished a percentage of the sale they will give back to our church, and by "our church," ESUMC. Now, if you go on the Cameta Camera site and pur- chase a $300 lens, they will donate 2% or $6 to our church. There are no extra steps involved once it is set up. You make the purchase, and money is sent to our church within 30 days. That $6 is not a huge amount, but multiply that by the hundreds in our con- gregation making online purchases, and you can see how this could add up for us. There are also many coupon offers available for users of UMC Market. It's as close to a "no brainer" there is to help a church financially! You are encouraged to try it out, and if you have questions, carefully read the FAQ section on the web- site.

OK ’ s Christmas Party Don ’ t forget the Christmas Party at 11:30am on Dec.

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Events Contact Us Christmas Music Opportunities Church Office For details, contact Pauline Fox at 570-223-9889 or
Events
Contact Us
Christmas Music Opportunities
Church Office
For details, contact Pauline Fox at 570-223-9889 or foxes@esumc.net
Sundays Dec. 6 and 13 at 7:45 a.m. – Choir rehearses for 8:30 service, with
guest conductor Patrick Mertz. More singers are welcome!
(570) 421-3280
church@esumc.net
Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
Mon thru Fri
Sunday Dec. 6 at 3-5 p.m. – ESUMC Choir leads carols at Quiet Valley
Historical Farm tours. See http://www.quietvalley.org/programs/specialevents/
christmas/christmas.htm
Pastor
Jim Todd
jtodd@esumc.net
Tuesday Dec. 8 – Youth Bells Are Back! We expect to play on Christmas Eve
at the 7:00 service, but are looking for 3 more ringers, 5th grade and up, to
complete our group.
Ext. 1014
Secretary
We rehearse every Tuesday, 5:30-6:15 in Bell Room. Helpful if you can
already read music! Please call Chris Perfetti at 610-442-8277 or email
Maria Ragonese
mragonese@esumc.net
Ext. 1010
perfetti3@ptd.net.
Sunday Dec. 20 – Wind and string instruments play familiar carols in
Oberholtzer Hall balcony between morning sessions, 9:30-9:45 and
Congregational Care
10:30-10:45.
Peggy Strack
pstrack@esumc.net
Ext. 1023
From 5th grade students in a school band, through adult. This is a favorite
event with many listeners and players! Ask Pauline Fox for music.
Youth Ministries
Christmas Eve – Bells will play at 7:00 p.m. service. Choir sings at 10 p.m.
service.
Scott Kuhnle
skuhnle@esumc.net
Ext. 1013
Children’s Ministries
Erica Dorsch
edorsch@esumc.net
Ext. 1017
Finances
Sue Mertz
smertz@esumc.net
Ext. 1015
Financial Secretary
Cyndie Faunce
cfaunce@esumc.net
Ext. 1025
Maintenance
William Mack
wmack@esumc.net
Ext. 1018
Organist/Traditional
Music
Pauline Fox
foxes@esumc.net
Audio/Visual
Joe Dorsch
josephdorsch@gmail.com
Contemporary Music
Doug Malefyt
dmalefyt@esumc.net
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Technology Support
83 S. Courtland St.
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
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Michael Corey
mcorey@esumc.net
Ext. 1012
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