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

Our Vision: To be a Christian community where Christ is transforming lives
East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church Volume IV Issue 21 May 27, 2018

The Church Office will “ I w a n t t o t h a n k e v e r yo n e

be closed May 28th to for their cards, calls,
meals, and well-wishes
observe Memorial Day. while recuperating. ”
Thank you!
Grace Paul

Pastor’s Corner
I’ve got another “cute kid” photo to post in my pastor’s article this week, as we have
another baptism this coming Sunday, May 27. Meet Ethan James Marek (photo below)
born September 28, 2017 to Kristin and Alex Marek. Ethan’s grandparents are Jill and
Tim Malefyt, and his aunt and uncle are Doug and Dana Malefyt. Ethan will be baptized at
the 10:45 a.m. service, and I wanted to provide his photo here so that the 8:30 a.m.
worshippers can see him and be able to congratulate the Marek/Malefyt families.

Because we are having a baptism this Sunday and are having Holy Communion on the
following Sunday, I’ve decided to do a two-part sermon series on our two sacraments. “Sacrament” comes
from the same root as “sacred,” meaning “consecrated” and “holy.” United Methodists subscribe to the basic
definition of sacrament formulated by Augustine of Hippo: “an outward sign of an inward grace that has
been instituted by Jesus Christ.”

The next two sermons will focus on how these consecrated and holy acts are lived out in the Christian life
and why they are so important to us. On Sunday, June 10, Karen and I will be away celebrating our 39th
wedding anniversary, and we will welcome Zachery Uporsky to our pulpit. He tells me that God has put a
message on his heart for our congregation, and far be it for me to deny the pulpit to one who has already
shown us that God has called on Zach to bring His Word to the people!

June is an exciting month for many reasons, and we begin with a “bang”
with our annual carnival on June 2. The carnival affords us the
opportunity to offer a fun, mostly free activity to our community and
especially to families who might be struggling financially. It, along with
the block parties which begin the following week (June 7, continuing for
a total of eight weeks), are great opportunities for us as a congregation
to interact with people from the community, discern their needs, and if
possible, to tell them about Jesus and how we work together as a faith
community. We are witnesses to the great things God has done and is
doing in our community!

We need your help. If you look on page 2 of the Trumpet Call, you can
find out how to be in touch with those in charge of these activities and to
volunteer to run an activity at the carnival, flip burgers or hotdogs at the
block parties, or simply mill about and talk to people you meet at these
activities and to show them that you care and God cares for them. May
God lead you to discern how best your gifts and talents are to be used!
Blessings in Christ, Pastor Jim
Be a Blessing…. Request for Help
Hello Friends~
And Be Blessed!
We have a friend with a 6 year old who needs a safe, clean
Christ followers have the privilege of blessing other people place to stay until he can get on his feet. He wouldn't have
through volunteering our time and talents to assist others by
being God’s hands and feet here on return. In return, God funds till gainfully employed. Maybe you have an available
blesses you beyond what you can imagine. Please assist our room they can share? He can help around the place as
ministries by donating your time and talents to one of the repayment? Please give this prayerful consideration and
upcoming needs.
then reach out to Maria Ragonese mmrags@ptd.net, (570)
ESUMC Community Carnival – Saturday, June 2 – needs 30 236-0733 or Nancy Carlson ncarlson@ptd.net, (570) 460-
plus volunteers between noon and 7:00 pm. Contact Sarah 2085 with any helpful possibilities for this Dad and his
Kuhnle at sarahkunle@yahoo.com or 848-448-3731
little one.~ Nancy & Maria
Summer Block Parties – all Thursday evenings in June and July
– need volunteers for each event to assist in preparing, serving
and cleaning up this community meal. Contact Scott Kuhnle at
skuhnle@esumc.net or 570-421-3280.
Choir Director Position
Graphic designers – multiple upcoming projects to support
ministries of the church – Contact Rich Poole at The position works closely with our Director of
richpoole2016@gmail.com or 570-460-1321. Traditional Worship and Music in directing
various configurations of vocal groups.
Ministry Fair - Sunday, November 4 – assist in producing this Choirs may include up to a 4-part-mixed,
awareness event concerning the ministries at our church. blended ensemble of adults/teens in a variety
Contact Rich Poole at richpoole2016@gmail.com or of styles. A degree or certification in vocal music or music
education is desired. We are looking for a very good
Transportation providers – to assist those needing musician, but most important, a spirit devoted to worship; a
transportation to church, medical offices, groceries, etc. – needs willingness to collaborate and interpersonal sensitivity.
are at various times and days - Contact Rich Poole at
richpoole2016@gmail.com or 570-460-1321 Our choir season begins in early September and ends mid-
We appreciate your assistance in these needs. We know you May. The choir (currently 18 adults) sings two times a month
will be blessed! at the 8:30am service. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings
6:30-8pm. The choir also sings on our special occasions,
Ministry Placement and Stewardship Team Sunday evening before Thanksgiving, Christmas caroling the
first Sunday afternoon in December, Ash Wednesday evening
service, Maundy Thursday evening service and Annual
OUTRAGEOUS HOSPITALITY Cantata event a few weeks after Easter.

To Apply: Please submit your resume with cover letter to:

As a church family, we are seeking to extend outrageous ESUMCjobs@gmail.com.
hospitality to all who enter our doors, for all reasons! Many
folks who are not familiar with our church find themselves
here when the funeral of a friend or loved one is held at
ESUMC. Would you be willing to occasionally serve as an Your Stephen Ministers are...
usher/greeter/welcoming presence when funerals are held
at ESUMC? Responsibilities would include welcoming people,
handing out bulletins, asking them to sign the guest register,
giving them guidance and direction as needed. Please
contact Kathy Hinkey, 570-426-1623, or


“Contribute to the needs of the saints;

extend hospitality to strangers.” Romans 12:13

How May I Serve You?


The United Methodist Women are collecting paper

plates, cups and napkins for VBS this summer. All
items can be purchased at Dollar Tree We
encourage families to get involved in this dollar a For more information about Stephen Ministry, please contact
month ministry. . . Call Linda at Peggy Strack at 570-856-2131 or
570-856-9395 for more info.
visit our website: www.esumc.net/stephen-ministry
Youth Ministry: Sr. High Youth Takeover Retreat

This past weekend (May 18-20), the Sr. High youth

participated in a retreat to Three Springs
Ministries Camp, in Morris, PA. This was Campership Applications for
an especially meaningful retreat, because
the Sr. High student leaders planned and Summer Camp 2018
carried out this event! The student Due May 31, 2018
leaders chose the location, created the Applications can be found on our website:
schedule, planned activities, and www.esumc.net
designed program! We all enjoyed a
weekend full of card games, outdoor
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games, camp fires, horseback riding, lots of food, and four
June 4-Harrisburg-Capitol Building Tour-CANCELLED
bible based sessions. The
student leaders who planned
July 3-Kutztown Folk Festival
this retreat, are also the
same Sr. High students who
volunteer every week at our
Jr. High JAM Afterschool
Outreach Program. I hope Please submit your family’s graduation
as you read this article, you are inspired by the ways that God announcements for publication in the
Trumpet Call.
is working in the lives of our youth! Praise God!
Send Name, Institution, and degree conferred,
Scott Kuhnle To trumpetcall@esumc.net

Director of Youth Ministries

ESUMC Sunday Services and Studies

Traditional 8:30 am
Contemporary 10:45 am
Sunday School 9:45 am
Discipleship Groups 9:45 am
Contact Us
Church Office
(570) 421-3280
Hours: 9am to 1pm
Monday thru Friday
Jim Todd
Ext. 1014
Church Administrator
Jill Teaford
Ext. 1015
Administrative Assistant
Kathy Ravago
ESUMC 3rd Annual Carnival Ext. 1010
June 2nd 3pm-6pm Spiritual Life &
Congregational Care
The past two years we’ve welcomed over 500 community guests to enjoy our FREE Bethany Mills
Carnival Event. Each guest was given a FREE food voucher that included a Hotdog bmills@esumc.net
and a drink, Free Popcorn, Free Cotton Candy, Free Carnival Style games, Free Ext. 1023
Prizes, and Free Balloon animals. It was an overwhelmingly successful event due to Student Ministries
the help of the ESUMC Church Family. Scott Kuhnle
This year we will be holding our 3rd Annual Carnival on June 2 nd but, Ext. 1013
we need your help! Children & Family Ministries
It took MANY volunteers to make this event successful and ALL games, prizes, and Erica Dorsch
food will again be provided FREE of charge. edorsch@esumc.net
Ext. 1017
Please prayerfully consider how you might be able to help us make this a
successful outreach to our community. Financial Secretary
Michael Corey
Needs: Ext. 1012
Volunteers the day of the event June 2nd wmack@esumc.net
Set up: 10am-1pm Ext. 1018
Carnival Event: 2pm-6pm Sunday Sexton
Clean Up: 5pm-7pm Craig Banner
Hotdog Buns & Napkins Organist/Traditional Music
Any Food donations can be given directly to Scott/Sarah Kuhnle Pauline Fox
or dropped off in the youth room. foxes@esumc.net
Financial Donations: Financial donations can be placed in the offering plate on Contemporary Music
Doug Malefyt
Sunday, given to the church office, or placed in the mail slot of the church office dmalefyt@esumc.net
door after hours. Please include “Carnival Outreach” on the memo line.
Choir Director
For questions or to volunteer please contact Sarah Kuhnle at 848-448-3731 or Position Open
email: sarahkuhnle@yahoo.com @esumc.net
Audio//Visual Technician
Joe Dorsch (Temp)
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