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If this is your first time worshiping with us, we welcome you. As a

East Stroudsburg church we are committed to love Jesus Christ and to share His love.
United Methodist Church 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.
Mission: To love Jesus Christ and to share His love.
Sunday, April 3, 2011 ~ Our Holy Grounds Café is a place for light refreshments, coffee, and
Jesus, Barabbas and Pilate 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
~ 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 Edward C. Kimes ekimes@esumc.net
Associate Pastor Candy Labar clabar@esumc.net
Congregational Care Peggy Strack pstrack@esumc.net
Church Administrator Sharmune Burgess sburgess@esumc.net
Lay-Led Ministries Kelli Oney koney@esumc.net
Children’s Ministry Sue Randall srandall@esumc.net
Youth Ministry Scott Kuhnle skuhnle@esumc.net
Music - Organist Pauline Fox foxes@esumc.net
_______________________________________________ - Choirs Norman Fox foxes@esumc.net
83 South Courtland Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 Contemporary W orship Dan Daccardi ddaccardi@esumc.net
Church Office email: church@esumc.net Administrator of Finances Sue Mertz smertz@esumc.net
Website: www.esumc.net Financial Secretary Cyndie Faunce cfaunce@esumc.net
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Building Facilitator Bruce Johnson bjohnson@esumc.net
Sextons Harvey Smith & Sal Lapadula
570-421-3280 Nursery Attendants Ana Price, Holly Lapadula, Katlyn Smith
Prayers and Praise Stewardship Update
If you have a prayer request, please list it either on the prayer sheet in General giving last week: $9,242
the rear of the sanctuary or on the back of the friendship pad, making Average March weekly general expense need: $11,767
sure to include your name with the request. This aids us in updating Attendance last week: (3-27-11) 394 last year: (3-28-10) 437
weekly. Confidentiality is very important; we want to honor everyone’s
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God.
right to privacy. Please be mindful of this in writing your requests. The
person making the request is listed in ( ).
Healing and Illness Ushers and Greeters - 8:30 a.m. Richard, MaryAnn & Cassidy Miller,
Kaitlin, Howard, Allen (Dinkle family) Rick & Hester Deetz, Leon & Barb Warner, Linda Frace, Marie
Doris Milloy, recovery (Cyndie Faunce) Babcock 9:45 a.m. John & Kelli Mercurio, Jennifer Dunn, Sandy
Walt (Mark & Kelli Oney) Oberholtzer, Dave & Dan Saunders 11 a.m. Rich Strack, Steve Randall,
Sue B., comfort and healing (Pat Dillensnyder) Jean Eden, Warren & Liz Green, Bobby Cruse Acolytes: 8:30 a.m.
Angelica, Nancy, Mary (Angie S.) Taylor & Cassidy Miller 11 a.m.: Isaiah Courtney & Caroline Buff
Karlene Kohler, successful bone marrow transplant (Maria J.) Scripture Readers: 8:30 a.m. Debbie Zacharias 9:45 a.m. Kelli
Fred Hanadel (Candy LaBar) Mercurio 11 a.m. Dave Thompson
Children's Church: Jessica Barrett
Those Undergoing Cancer Treatments: Pew Packers: Linda Frace/Marie Babcock
Trish Walker & Tom Collins (Dawn Walker), Angie Werkheiser Church Driver: Linda Kissel
(Rebecca Stager) Dawna (Pat Dillensnyder), Neide Dippre (Justina), Altar Flowers Delivery: Dennis Wilkens
Communion Steward: Betty Ladlee
Thanks to Kristen Weaver playing cello at the 8:30 a.m. service and
Jonathan, healing (Ariel)
Bob Rosenberger for singing at 11 a.m. service today.
Self, custody hearing (Ken Allen)
Mercurio family, peace and continued healing (Joanna Walker) Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. at Wesley UM Church (Center St. ,
Joanna Walker, peace & strength (Ken Brown) Bethlehem.) "The Invisible Fire" - a dramatic oratorio on the life of
Ann Argila & Lois Cartwright, loss of husband and father (Kelli Oney) John Wesley and the influence of the Moravians, performed by the
Camerata Singers, the PA Sinfonia Orchestra and soloists. Tickets are
Those Serving in Missions and the Military - Strength, safety and $30, $20, $15. Contact 610-434-7811 or www.pacameratasingers.org
protection while serving. Mission Field: Megan Sanders, Ryan Moyer,
Ben Drake, Kelly Malefyt, Ally Jaggard, Jas Poole, Scott and Christine Weekly Lenten Services will continue this Wednesday, April 6 at
Poole; Marines: Damon McHinney; Iraq: Kyle, August Jackson; Pacific: Faith UMC with Rev. Amundsen of Cherry Lane preaching, and
Faith Gibbs; Afghanistan: Jason Lamboy, Ryan Maciejczak, Everett April 13 at Poplar Valley with Rev. LaBar. Services start at 7:30 p.m.
Horton, Chris Stowe; Air Force: Amelia Gordon, Dave Bennett; Army:
Extra Teen and Adult Singers are welcome with the Chancel Choir for
Kamahl Gordon (Japan), Josh Kimple (Germany).
seasonal music on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and/or Easter. For
music and convenient rehearsal times contact Pauline Fox at
foxes@esumc.net or 223-9889.
Information and Events Children’s Ministry - Birth to 6th Grade
Youth Ministry Survey - The Youth Advisory Team has developed To register for events or for information, please contact Sue Randall at
a survey for any active participant of our church to complete. The srandall@esumc.net
survey can be found at www.esumc.net/youth or at the Information
Center. Completed forms can be given to Scott Kuhnle or placed in Back-Yard Buddies/Lord’s Army, our after-school program for
the collection plate. Your feedback will help improve our program! students in 2nd and 3rd grades, meets Tuesday, April 5 at the church.
Bring your bible if you have one-we will be doing "Bible Boot Camp."
Lost and Found - Please check Fellowship Hall today for any article School pickup is available from SIES and JM Hill.
of clothing or serving plate that you may have left behind.
Summer Camp Schedules are available on the Children's Ministry
Weekly Adult Basketball in Fellowship Hall - Recreational (co-
Bulletin Board or online at www.poconoplateau.org. Camp scholarships
ed) meets Monday at 8 p.m. For information call John at 426-7574.
are available for any student in our church See Mrs. Randall for details!
Adult Men play Tuesday at 7 p.m. For information call Eric at
242-6047. Mark Your Summer Calendar and join us for SonSurf Beach Bash
Church Softball: Our Church will participate in the Monroe County Vacation Bible School from Augist 1-5 from 9 a.m. - Noon.
Church Softball League this summer. The team is open to all
members and regular attendees 16 and older (If under 18 need parent Youth Ministries - 7th - 12th Grades
permission, as they are not covered under league insurance). The For information, please contact Scott Kuhnle at skuhnle@esumc.net or
team plays a doubleheader once or twice a week at local fields; if check out the youth website www.esumc.net/youth where you can find
interested, please contact Dave Thompson, dpthomps@yahoo.com, permission forms and information on trips and events.
(610) 733-4315 or sign up today in Fellowship Hall.
Sunday School - Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Youth Room. We meet
The Older Kids, our 65+ group, meets Monday, April 11 in together until 11:15 a.m. then split into Jr. High and Sr. High classes.
Fellowship Hall at 11:30 a.m. for a potluck lunch followed by a talk During the Lenten season we will be participating in the church-wide
regarding trained therapy dogs led by Pauline Fox. study based on the book, "24 Hours That Changed the World."

Saturday Night Fellowship is April 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Change in Tonight’s Sunday Night Program - We will be attending
Fellowship Hall. Please bring a dish to share that complements a a District Wide Youth Worship Event at Asbury UMC in Allentown.
Turkey dinner. There will be praise and worship, a meal, and games. Our ESUMC
Youth Praise Band will be one of the bands leading worship! If you are
Merry Martha and Misters (a cooking fellowship) will meet April interested in participating in this event, please arrive at the church by
15 at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. 2:30 p.m. All youth attending this event need a signed permission form.
To download a permission form, go to www.esumc.net/youth and click
The Davis Class will have their monthly class meeting Monday,
on the forms and info page. We will return at approximately 8 p.m.
April 25 at 1 p.m. in the Bridal Lounge.
30-Hour Famine Date Set for Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30.
Plan to arrive at the church Friday evening by 7 p.m. We will be
finished by 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

Confirmation Class 2011 has started. Parents and students can find
information, updates and the necessary forms on the “Confirmation”
page of the Youth Website - www.esumc.net/youth.
Youth Ministry continued, Congregational Care
Youth Praise Band, which leads our Sunday night worship, practices
Homebound and Care Facility members are happy to be remembered
every Tuesday evening. Interested instrumentalists and singers should
by the church family. Encouraging cards can be sent to: Judy Biffen, 63
contact Scott to participate.
Wildflower Circle, Stroudsburg, Pa. 18360.
Sr. High Outreach is every Wednesday from 2:45 - 5 p.m. All 9 th - 12th
Living with Grief: Spirituality and End-of-Life Care Teleconference
grade students are welcome to participate. After-school pick-up in
is Tuesday, April 26 from 1-4:30 p.m. at Penn State Cooperative
church vans is available from Stroudsburg Jr. High School.
Extension office (724 Phillips St., Stroudsburg.) To register or for
The Next Service Saturday is April 9 from 9 a.m. to Noon. information, call 421-6430. A $15 registration fee is due April 15

Thursday Schedule: All youth are invited to participate in the following Stephen Ministry is your Ministry. It is an important way
weekly events: we at East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church care for
• 2:45 - 5 p.m. - JAM is a time for 6th - 8th grade students. After- one another and our community. We are the eyes and ears of
school pick-up in church vans is available from JTL, Stroudsburg Jesus on earth today. It is our duty to be watching and
Middle, and Stroudsburg Jr. High Schools. Permission forms are listening to people around us, recognizing when they have
required and available on the JAM Jr. High outreach page of the needs for care. If you find someone with a need, listen and care by telling
youth website. them about our Stephen Ministry Program. Contact Peggy Strack at 570-
• 5 - 6 p.m. - Fellowship Meal for all 6th - 12 th grade students. Come 421-3280, ext. 23 for more information.
hang out with your friends, meet new people, and share in a meal.
• 6 - 7:30 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.
Aid for Earthquake and Tsunami Victims - The United Methodist
2011 Summer Trips: Sign-up cards and information are available in the Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is connecting with partners to assess
Youth Room or on the "Forms and Info" page on the youth website. damages and needs that rocked Japan. Donations can be sent to the
Please return completed cards to Scott. A non-refundable deposit is church office (advance # 3021317) or by visiting www.umcor.org.
required for the Jr. and Sr. High mission trips and Creation. One hundred percent of all money goes to emergency relief.

Adult Mission Trip is fast approaching. The team will meet

Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bridal Lounge. If you can help
this team in anyway or want to participate, please contact Wayne
Mertz at wdmertz@gmail.com.

Soup-in-a-Bread Bowl Dinner is Holy Thursday, April 21 from 5:30

- 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Dinner includes your choice of homemade
soup in a bread bowl, salad and beverage. Cost is $5 for adults and $3
for children under 10.
After a successful first school year, our preschool, "Foundations," is
now accepting registrations for the 2011-12 school year for children
Easter is a time for new beginnings. Most people who do not attend ages 3-5. Registration will continue until classes are full. Our
church say they would go if a friend or family member invited preschool is open to the entire community.
them. Why not take this opportunity to invite someone to our Holy
Week or Easter Services and share the love of Jesus Christ. We will begin the school year with two morning sessions from 9 to
Noon. Tuesday and Thursday sessions for three year olds and
Palm Sunday, April 17 Monday, Wednesday and Friday sessions for four and five year
The Crucifixion - We hear in Jesus’ dying words of his purpose olds. Each classroom will have a teacher and a teacher's assistant.
and mission as God’s Messiah. Read Matthew 21:1-11.
A $50 non-refundable registration fee is due with enrollment.
Maundy (Holy) Thursday, April 21 Tuition is set at $135/month for the T/TH session; and $180/month
Pastor Kimes will lead us in an emotional Tenbrae Service. The for the M/W/F session to be paid in nine monthly installments.
candles in the sanctuary will be extinguished while a series of September's tuition is due by August 1 and then by the 15th of each
scriptures are read. As the last candle is extinguished the service month from October through May.
will end in total darkness and silence. However, the story is not
over until Easter Sunday. Contact Sue Randall at 421-3280 or srandall@esumc.net for more
information or to receive a registration packet.
Good Friday, April 22
Pastor LaBar will lead this service from 12-12:45 p.m. in our
Sanctuary. This an opportunity to invite a co-worker to join you
as we remember Jesus' final day. Come worship and pray as we
prepare our hearts and minds to celebrate Easter.

Easter Sunday, April 24

Christ the Victor - The incredible promise of Easter – Christ
lives through us and promises life forevermore. Read Colossians
3:1-4 and Mark 16:1-6.