Summer fun is in store for children ages 3 - 8 during the months of May, June, and August! There will be water fun days, picnics, walks to the park and movies, cooking, arts and crafts and more! Register today!
Meets: 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays 6:00 - 7:30 unless Basketball ministry is in session so contact the Church Office to make sure we are meeting.
Location: Youth Room (downstairs)
A youth program that utilizes contemporary media to reach youth in and outside the church. A recent grant has enabled the program to have computers and link youth with one another and with missionaries around the world. Our Youth Group Ministry currently involves grades 5 - 12.
We would love to have you join us for a meeting or activity. During the summer we have a special schedule, so if you are interested in joining us, contact our Church Office.
We partner with the community in a variety of programs including the following groups which meet here at Mt. Pocono UMC:
Are you looking to rent a room for your event or group? Read more about our Hall Rentals.
We are located in Mount Pocono township in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. New York City is a two hour drive to our east, and Philadelphia is a two hour drive to our south.
12 Church Avenue, Mount Pocono, PA 18344 (for GPS)
Mount Pocono UMC is located in the Pocono Mountains, just 15 minutes south of Interstate 80 (exit 298 toward Scott Run), on Route 611. Stroudsburg lies to our South and the popular Crossings Premium Outlets are not far from the I-80 exit. Our building is right off Route 611, and ample parking may be found around the rear of the building and in the PNC Bank parking lot adjacent to the church.
There are many things that have or will take place at Mt. Pocono United Methodist Church that should be noted.
1) On May 20th we confirmed 9 young people at our 9:30 service. They had been studying with their mentors over the past few months. Copies of a brochure prepared by Diana Davis with their pictures and information about each one are available at the church office.
2) The Mission Committee held its first Senior Luncheon for women of the church on May 15th. Over 20 persons were able to attend in spite of the rain that day. A good time was had by all. We plan on doing this three or four times a year.
I would like to thank the Lord Jesus Christ for the opportunity to serve the Mt. Pocono United Methodist Church. My wife Sarah and I are very excited to begin our journey of faith and ministry with all of you. I know you have been praying for us and we have been praying for all of you and the ministries of the church as well. We are grateful to know that God has great things in store for us. As I was thinking about my first message to Mt. Pocono this scripture from Ephesians came to mind. I want to borrow from Paul as he wrote to the church of Ephesus in the book of (Ephesians 4:1-14) saying “It is God who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and cunning and craftiness of men in their
Stewardship Campaign 2012
November 2012 will mark the beginning of our Annual Stewardship Campaign. The theme for our campaign this year is: “The Blessing of Giving” and I believe that if we just take the time to look around it becomes evident how blessed we are as a congregation. All too often we get caught up in the daily grind of our everyday lives that we fail to take the time to consider the ways in which God has blessed us. Great loving families, wonderful friends, safe homes and communities to give us the shelter we need, food to sustain us, and the freedom and liberty we have in this country to worship God in Christian fellowship here at Mt Pocono UMC. These are just a few examples of the things for which we should all be grateful.
As I write this article, my prayers go out to the people affected by Hurricane Sandy. I pray for strength, courage, and patience as people wait to hear from loved ones in the more affected areas of Pennsylvania, Jersey, New York and elsewhere. As we wait for restoration of power and other amenities, let us reach out and help each other and neighbors in need, pray for each other, and connect to see how we can help each other get through this. Let’s pray for our local and state officials for God’s wisdom to guide them as they deal with the situation.
The word “hope” can mean different things to different people. It could mean wishful thinking on someone’s part. For example, when I say, “I hope my favorite soccer team, ‘Hearts’, will win tomorrow. They might win, but it is also possible they might lose. It may be likely or unlikely they might win. The element of certainty is not 100 percent.
As an old year ends and a new year is about to begin we all have to reflect on our lives looking at what we were able to accomplish in the past year and also alreas where we fail to reach our goals. New Year resolutions as we all know are losing steam due to the fact that they are broken or forgotten as old habits push their way back in. However as individuals we still need some self-evaluation or self-examination in relation to our lives, our families, our service to God, etc. We should all look ahead with a good attitude or more importantly a godly attitude. As Paul says, we should forget the past and reach forward to the things that lie ahead, which is the heavenward goal in Christ Jesus. So, instead of strict resolutions we cannot fulfill why not ask ourselves a few questions as part of our self-evaluation:
Lent is the time of the Church Year when Christians are given the opportunity to pause and reflect on our journey of faith. I am very much aware of how busy our lives are. For most of us, there are many demands on our lives: work, family, cooking, cleaning, shopping, involvement in sports like soccer, basketball, softball, coaching, etc. As human beings, we are part of this world and we have to play a part to keep it going. However, as Christians we are also part of the Kingdom of God. Paul says that we are in this world but not of the world. This means we continue to look forward to the Kingdom that will be established by our Lord Jesus Christ.
According to Benjamin Franklin in this world nothing can be said to be certain except Death and Taxes. I would add Sunday Church Services. There are few constants in life and it seems that “death and taxes” obviously induce fear in our hearts sometimes. For pastors like me every Sunday is a day of fear and trepidation. Even though you have prepared and prepared, you wake up Sunday morning thinking, ‘what am I going to say?’ and you often leave the service feeling like you did not say everything you wanted to say, and that you did not say it in the way you would have liked. The comfort though is that you get very good support from members of the congregation saying “very nice service” or occasionally you hear comments like “very good sermon, I really enjoyed it.”