Once again, in our mission to build relationships with our neighbors, we will be participating in Trick or Treat downtown on Saturday, October 27th. Last year we handed out over 1200 pieces of candy to children in our community! Our generosity and presence was noted by many families. We are hoping to continue this tradition and need your help! We are in need of bags of candy or treats. Any donations may be dropped off at the church up until the 27th. Anyone who would like to help pass out candy on the 27th, is welcome to join us as well! Trick or Treat is from 3-5pm.
Session of the First Presbyterian Church of Stroudsburg approved the call for a Special Congregational Meeting to be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018 immediately following the 10:00 AM Worship Service in the Sanctuary for the sole purpose of electing officers for the 2021 class.
This service is open to all, not restricted to those desiring healing for themselves. Prayer for others, for our nation, for our families, for friends, or prayers for those we don’t know who need healing are welcome. You are encouraged to share the possibility of this service with people you encounter in need of healing. People of all faith practices are welcome.
PW will be filling 25 stockings again this year: 5 for children, 5 for men, and 15 for women. The stockings are distributed by CWU to nursing homes, halfway houses, PATH, and Women's Resources. You can find a signup list on the PW bulletin board by 11/18. We will fill the stockings on 12/2 after church so we need all items by then.
Since 1888 Presbyterian Women granted support to thousands of ministries worldwide, and raised tens of millions of dollars for mission. The Thank Offering is one of two offerings taken by PW. In March 2018, the Creative Ministries Offering Committee of PW met to review 83 applications submitted for grants from the 2107 Thank Offering. Sixteen of the projects were chosen for funding. Twelve of the projects are ministries serving people in need in the US. Four of the projects are international. More than 40% of the projects funded are health ministries. There are three projects in the Synod of the Trinity, one each in the Presbyteries of Donegal, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Please see the PW bulletin board for more information on these and all the other projects. PW will have envelopes in the pews from 11/4 to 11/18. We ask that you give as you have been blessed.
This year we will host the community Thanksgiving ecumenical service held on Sunday, November 18th, at 7PM here at First Presbyterian. We want to be a good host as we build relationships with our neighbors, so everyone is encouraged to attend. Pastor Brenda Hobson of Zion UCC will preach. Again a massed choir with singers from our Stroudsburg churches will sing several anthems. Come and join your neighbors and friends for this most meaningful service of worship, which not only will inspire you, but serve to strengthen our community.
We have the honor of hosting the Interfaith Service this year, to be held on Sunday, November 18th at 7pm. In lieu of our own Thanksgiving gathering during Coffee and Conversation this month, we would like to gather and give thanks with our community after the Interfaith Service. We hope everyone will attend, and offer something to share during this gathering. We would like to offer a light fare of fruits, vegetables, cheese and crackers, dips, and desserts. If you are able to share something for this blessed event, please contact the church office.
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On Sunday, December 2, at 10:00am, we will welcome the Advent season with our Hanging of the Greens Service. The Christian Formation and Worship and Music committees are working together to bring this meaningful tradition to our worship service as we prepare to greet our Lord. We will be placing candles in the windows, decorating the sanctuary with poinsettias, garlands, and wreaths, as well as decorating our tree with Chrismons. This Sunday will be especially meaningful as we receive the sacrament of Communion on the First Sunday of Advent.
Youth Group will be collecting items from now until October 21, 2018: the date of our shoebox packing party! Needed supplies: (Remember everything needs to fit into a shoebox.)
Combs, Hairbrushes, Toothbrushes, Washcloths, Bar soaps (packaged), Socks, Flip-flops, Hats/scarves/mittens, Sunglasses, Tote bag/purse, Hair bows/ ties, Colorful adhesive bandages, Pencils, Small manual pencil sharpeners, Colored pencils, Crayons, Markers, Pens, Coloring pads, Coloring books, Picture book, Notebooks, Foam ball, Small Stuffed Toy, Puzzles
We will have a collection box in Fellowship Hall. Thank you for any supplies or shipping costs ($9 per box) you can contribute. Let us bless children across the world this Christmas season. See Mrs. Heather or Mrs. Bobbi for details.
PW will hold a SERRV catalog sale on Sunday, 10/21, and Sunday, 10/28, in FH after church. SERRV has been a fair trade nonprofit since 1949. SERRV empowers marginalized artisans and farmers to earn a fair living from their work, breaking the cycle of poverty and building stronger communities worldwide. Those who have ordered from SERRV in the past know that the quality of their products is outstanding. Please plan to do some Christmas shopping. If you are not able to be in church on these two Sundays, please see Sue Ayers for a catalog.
After 27 years of the traditional Soup ‘n Salad Luncheon, this year First Pres is going to offer pot pies for sale to benefit Pocono Area Transitional Housing, a treasured mission of this church. The deadline for ordering was Oct. 14th and is now closed. Thank you to all who placed an order!!! All pick up is on Saturday between 11:30am and 1:30pm.