St. John's United Methodist Church 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Calendar
Prayer List
Text Giving
Daily Devotionals
Academy for Laity
Table Talk
Red Bird
Pastor's Reflection
Sunday School-Summer
Youth Group
ASP Stock Sale
Vacation Bible School
Book Club
Backpack Drive
Drive Thru Nativity
Drive Thru Prayer
R.I.S.E. Sunday
Open arms and serving hands transforming lives through Christ
   
JOIN US FOR
WORSHIP  
  
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Traditional
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
  
THIS SUNDAY, 
July 15, 2018
  Pastor Janice's sermon:  
 "When It Seems That Evil Wins"
Mark 6:14-29   
 
215-357-6998
 
HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:30-3:00 p.m.
 
THIS WEEK'S 
CALENDAR
 
Thursday, July 12
  ASP Mission Trip
 
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
Friday, July 13
  ASP Mission Trip
 
Saturday, July 14
  ASP Mission Trip - Return 
 
Sunday, July 15
9:15am
  Children's Sunday School
 
10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School
 
Tuesday, July 17
10:00am
  VBS Decorating
 
6:30pm
  VBS Decorating
 
7:00pm
  Table Talk
 
7:30pm
  AA
 
Wednesday, July 18
4:30pm
  Drive Thru Prayer
 
Thursday, July 19
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
 

 

PRAYER LIST

Please click to view

 

All "Ongoing Prayer Concerns" will be listed for 
2 weeks.  
Please submit a new prayer request card if you desire to renew the listing for 2 additional weeks.
GIVING
When you sleep, your heart still pumps blood, you still breathe...think of the church in the summer that way.
While you're away this summer, the Missions and ministry of the church need to keep working. Electronic giving, text giving or even one time lump sum giving are three ways you can give while enjoying the beach.
MOBILE GIVING
Have you ever arrived at church and forgot your giving envelope? Or you would like to make a Communion Offering and you have just 18 cents in your pocketbook? 
Well, help has arrived, as 
St John's offers mobile giving! 
 
Just go to our website 
 
Click on the donate now button, and register. Once you're registered, you can either make donations by debit or credit.    
 
OR try  
TEXT GIVING 
 All you have to do is text the amount you wish to give to 215-398-1617.
You will immediately receive a one-time registration link, then just follow the prompts to complete your donation!

It's quick and secure.
The same vendor that handles electronic giving for us, Vanco Services, has state of the art encryption, so you can rest easy that your transaction is 100% safe and confidenti
al. 
 
If you have any questions about mobile or text giving,
email Lou Lescas at  stjohns820@gmail.com


Order forms are available in the Grace Café.
Thank you for helping to fight for what's right
one cup at a time! 
The Grace Cafe is open 
Sunday mornings for fellowship and refreshments. 
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month  in the Parlor - 10 AM
Please come help knit or crochet various items for those in need.
Contact Carol Rice for more information or if you  w ould like to request a  Prayer Shawl.
215-357-1203, harbrechtrice@gmail.com
DAILY DEVOTIONALS
Looking for a little inspiration during the week?  
Try an online devotional.    
(has many devotionals to choose from)
(Devotional for Women)
(Devotional for Men) 

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE TABS COLLECTION
Naomi Circle is collecting tabs from beverage cans for Ronald McDonald House.  You will find a container under the sign hanging on the UMW bulletin board. Please place them in a plastic bag and put it in the container. This is an ongoing collection, so keep bringing them in as you collect them.   Thank you.  
Academy for Laity
Registration For the 2018 Academy for Laity is now open. This year the Academy will offer 12 courses within the Christ Servant Ministry categories: Basic Course, Leading, Caring and Speaking. There is a selection of returning courses and instructors along with a few NEW classes. There is something for everyone!

If you are interested in attending this year's Academy, contact Ruth Portzline - outreachstjohns@yahoo.com or 215-357-6998. Brochures are available with the course descriptions as well as registration information.

 Join the Conversation!  Bring a Friend!
RED BIRD
HELP NEEDED
The Red Bird Trailer Mission is looking for a few good packers on Tuesday mornings between  
9 and 10 AM.  
Please call Dick Paulus at 215-872-2247 or email him at iglefan@comcast.net.  
Red Bird Trailers  
Are Open Daily
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
 
Drop off Donations of clothing and household items to the trailers located in the back of the church parking lot.  
UMC LINKS umc logo
 
  
  
July 12, 2018
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
            Sometimes you just happen to be in the right place at the right time - and you get to witness for yourself something pretty remarkable.
            I was sitting on the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk a couple of weeks ago. It was around 9 p.m. And before you ask, yes, I was sitting there eating my favorite mint & chocolate cone from Kohr's. When in Ocean City, it's a must.
            A rather "different" gentleman who was perhaps 30-35 years of age, complete with a Santa Claus-type beard stopped not too far from us and put a poster and some markers down on the boardwalk. Then he took a very unprofessional-looking sign out of his bag and he stood there on the boardwalk holding up a sign that said, "Ask me to rap."
            Of course, I get mesmerized with things like this. I just had to stay put on that bench until I figured out what was going on.
            In just another minute or two, a group of 5 young people, perhaps 13-14 years old, came up and mentioned that today was one of their birthdays and asked if he could rap about that. He said, "no, I only do my own songs." They said, "okay then, rap for us." With that, the man began a very animated rap song about the way Christ had saved his life. I remember the closing line, "Don't let Satan win!" And then he flipped the sign over and it read, "Jesus Saves".
            Well, I guess I expected all five of the young people to either walk away, or at the very least to start rolling their eyes at one another. But that's not what happened. They stood there attentively. Then they put a few dollars in his basket, he handed them a CD of his music, and he asked them to kneel down and write something on the poster if they felt they wanted to give their life to Christ tonight. Which they all did - one by one.
            Not long after that, another group of young people stopped and what happened was almost identical - they listened and then they knelt down on the boardwalk and wrote on the poster.
            I just couldn't help myself. I walked up to the man and told him I was a Methodist minister and I was so excited by what I was seeing. I asked if he would rap for me and if I could video him. He said, "Sure!" When he was done, I thanked him for sharing his love for Christ with young people.
            Well, needless to say, I was blown away that night. I suppose it just goes to show you - Christ uses all kinds of different people to share the Gospel in all kinds of different ways.
                                                                                   
Pastor Janice
CONGRATULATIONS TO CAROLE DIEMER
Afte r 36 years as our Administrative Assistant,  
Carole Diemer has decided to retire effective July 27th.

Please join us in celebrating Carole's retirement next Sunday! There will be a reception following each of the services. 

Staff Parish Relations Committee
Jack Schink, Chairperson
Ken Lee
Ivonne Sheren
Joe Simon
Sally Zemanek
Pastor Janice
CHILDREN & YOUTH MINISTRY

 

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL
All Children 4 years to 6th grade from both service times, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. will go directly to Holywood
(Room D)
Parents can pick up from Room A or C.

Nursery
Available at both  
9:15 and 10:30. 
We welcome all children birth through 4 years old. 
The nursery is equipped with a calling system and will alert you in worship if your child needs you.   
 
Please go to the Children's Ministry Page for forms. 
Sunday School Registration 
  
For more information about our Children or Youth Ministries, please contact Director,
David Bigam, dbigam@gmail.com  


  
   
YOUTH GROUP SUMMER ACTIVITIES 
 
Attention new 7th Graders!
Welcome & Congratulations to you!!
We all look forward to meeting and greeting you this summer and in the fall. You are now able to join  
St. John's youth on our summer activities.  

August 8 - 12 PM
The Trenton Thunder v. Altoona Curve
August 15
Tubing the Delaware

Sign ups will be on the Bulletin Board outside
the Youth Room.
Keep an eye out in the Bulletin and your Inbox.
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Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, August 13th    
Please contact David Bigam.
Do Not Miss This Opportunity! 
Come and experience great Fellowship
on the 2nd Monday of every month! 
Morrisville is open to anyone interested in going to help make 220 grocery bags full of food. 
Families are always welcome! 
Following this event we always head to Chick-fil-a for Milkshakes!!!!


And as always
Bring a Friend and Bring a Can!

Have you HELPED anyone today?
Have you SAID SOMETHING NICE to anyone today?

2018 ASP STOCK SALE  
$25.00 PER SHARE
The purchase of your share entitles you to our annual Stockholder's Luncheon held in early fall.  Or if you would like, you can purchase a "David Dollar" for just $5.00.   
 
All proceeds help to fund the cost of van rentals and gasoline to Summers County, W.V.  Please see our stock advisers after each service in the Narthex.  Thank you!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 
JULY 23-27
9 am - NOON
For children 4 years thru 6th grade.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!!!
Hurry seats fill fast!!!
Registration forms can be found on the table in the Education Wing or complete the registration form online:

  Please contact David Bigam, Director of Children and Youth Ministries, with questions.
215-357-6998 or dbigam@gmail.com

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HELP NEEDED! 
Decorating is on Tuesdays: 10am - Noon;
6:30-8:30 pm. 
No artistic skills necessary. 
For more information please contact David Bigam 215-357-6998 or dbigam@gmail.com

Crew Leader
Volunteers 18 years of age or older. Guide groups of 5-7 children to stations. No preparation required.
Jr. Crew Leader
Volunteers 14 - 17 years old. Guide groups of 5-7 children to stations. No preparation required.
Clean Up Crew
Take down decorations on Friday night after the closing program. Put everything away, get classrooms back in order, vacuum, take out trash, etc.

There are also more items needed for VBS.
Please check out the list on the Bulletin Board outside the Grace Cafe or here online:
Thanks for your support!
   
For questions, contact David Bigam 215-357-6998    dbigam@gmail.com

ADULT MINISTRIES

 
  • NO LINE DANCING IN JULY!
  • Sessions will resume this fall; possibly in August. Stay tuned for updates.
  • Call Carol Eberz (215-355-3572) or Jane Horton (215-630-6020)  with questions 


ST. JOHN'S BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, August 15th
10:00 AM and 7:00 PM
Church Parlor

"Make Your Bed"
by Admiral William H. McRaven
(U.S. Navy Retired)

OUTREACH



Time to dust off your Christmas spirit!
 St John's Christmas gift to our community!   
December 16, 2018     5 PM- 8 PM  
"Drive-Thru Nativity"
Experience the complete Christmas story as you drive through the church grounds!
Your time and talents are needed to make this a huge success!!
Stay tuned for additional information!

ST. JOHN'S  
DRIVE-THRU PRAYER
Wednesdays from 4:30-6pm.
 
 
Our prayer team offers prayer to those who for various reasons don't feel that they can come to church but do realize their need for prayer.  
 
If you would like to join us and be a part of this ministry of 
St. John's, please contact Ruth Portzline, outreachstjohns@yahoo.com.
MISSIONS

R.I.S.E. SUNDAY
PILLOWCASE DRESS PROJECT
 
We are again making pillowcase dresses as one of our R.I.S.E. Sunday mission projects. We need pillowcases in colors and/or prints suitable for little girls. We also need WIDE double folded bias tape and ¼ inch elastic for this project.
 
We have set a goal of 60 dresses, so please consider purchasing pillowcases and/or other supplies to help. If you have any questions, please see Ruth Portzline


Donations of non-perishable food for the Eastwick Food Pantry are always needed through-out the year.  Please place contributions in the shopping carts located in the narthex and fellowship hall lobby. 
Thank you for your support.