St. John's United Methodist Church 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Calendar
Prayer List
Mobile Giving
Daily Devotionals
Warrior Coffee
Advent Mission Update
Snow Policy
Pastor's Reflection
Sunday School
Youth Group
Pancake and Sausage Supper
Music Ministry
Broadway Night
Lenten Studies
Book Club
Table Talk
UMM Breakfast
Souper Bowl Sundays
Trailers Closed for Winter
Red Bird Trip
Family Promise
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, 
January 14, 2018
Rev. Paul Henry will be preaching. 
Sermon titled, "Judas"
The Betrayer of Jesus
Who Was He and 
What Happened to Him?


215-357-6998
 
HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:30-3:00 p.m.
 
THIS WEEK'S 
CALENDAR

Thursday, January 18
6:45pm
  Adult Bell Choir

7:30pm
  Al-Anon

8:00pm
  Adult Choir
 
Saturday, January 20
8:00am
  UMM Breakfast

Sunday, January 21
  Souper Bowl Sunday

9:15am
  Baptism

9:15am
  Children's Sunday School

10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School

11:30am
  Joyful Voices

5:00pm
  Youth Choir

No Youth Group

Tuesday, January 23
5:45pm
  GENesis Bells

7:00pm
  Praise Band Rehearsal

7:00pm
  Table Talk

7:30pm
  AA

Wednesday, January 24
10:00am
  Book Club

7:00pm
  Bible Study

7:00pm
  Book Club

Thursday, January 25
6:45pm
  Adult Bell Choir

7:30pm
  Al-Anon

8:00pm
  Adult Choir


 

 

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.
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 Roberta Nelson for more information or if you  w ould like to request a  Prayer Shawl.
robertahsn577@verizon.net
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 as arrived, as 
St John's now offers mobile giving! 

Just go to the  website 
click on the donate now button, and register. Once you're registered, you can either make donations by debit or credit. 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 confidential.

If you have any questions about mobile giving, email Lou Lescas at  stjohns820@gmail.com


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.
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) 

The Grace Cafe is open  after worship for  f ellowship and refreshments. 

Warrior Coffee is served exclusively in the Grace Cafe.
Advent Mission Update

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Advent Mission, which supported Water Mission's efforts in Puerto Rico. Your generosity has enabled our congregation to send $11,325 to Water Mission!

UMC LINKS umc logo
 
  
  
St. John's Snow Policy
In case of a major snowstorm or other severe weather that would require cancellation of one or more Sunday services, we will attempt to notify everyone by:
-  A special e-news sent out
-  A message on the church answering machine and website. 

If possible, a decision regarding cancellation will be made the night before.  Please also be aware that, in the event of a power outage, it is impossible to utilize internet or phone services. 
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
            I was so surprised a couple of weeks ago.  I was watching Good Morning America and their special guest for the morning was a young Christian gospel artist named Tasha Cobbs.  She was preparing to sing one of her newer songs, it was called "Getting Ready."  The amazing and surprising thing was that I was watching a network (6abc) television show and when they asked her to tell a little about the song she was about to sing, she said (and I may not have the quote exactly right), "What I'm doing with this song is introducing God to people who need God.  I want them to know that when they're going through even the worst times, they can know that God is there and they can look forward to seeing and experiencing something they've never seen or experienced before, because that's what God is like." 
            The song was wonderful - she did an excellent job and is very talented. You could tell that she and her accompanists were singing from their hearts - they were true believers.  But the most remarkable thing for me was seeing her being asked to, essentially, give her own personal testimony through both words and lyrics, to the grace and goodness of God on a network TV show.  Intentionally. It was almost a shocking thing to see in this day and age.  I sat back and marveled!  Good for GMA!
            I love it when I hear (and especially when I SEE) people unashamedly give witness to their faith publicly.  It's a rare thing these days.  But it's the only way to make any kind of impact at all in our very secular society, isn't it?  The only way people can hear and see God's presence and God's grace is through our stories and our testimonies - not given in that infamous "holier than thou" stance, but given in love and in sincerity - in the right place and at the right time. 
            I sincerely hope that Tasha Cobbs touched a few hearts that morning and caused a few people to give God more than a passing thought.  I hope she lit a fire in a few hearts.  And I hope all of us are looking for ways to share OUR faith and our confidence in a loving, compassionate God.  Our stories ALSO have the power to touch hearts and to light fires.
                                                                                    Pastor Janice
            
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

 
 
Please go to the Children's Ministry Page for forms.

Children's Sunday School
Children's Sunday School is held weekly at the 9:15 and 10:30 services f or children 4 years old through 6th Grade. A parent must accompany children who are attending for the first time. 

Youth Sunday School
Sunday school takes place every Sunday at the 10:30 service.  Youth who have completed 6th grade through 12th grade go directly to the Youth Room in the Education Wing.  Youth are encouraged to worship together at the 9:15 service. 

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.  

YOUTH GROUP

  
Sunday nights
7:00-8:30 PM
Hmmm.  What are we doing at Youth Gr oup?

NO YOUTH GROUP THIS WEEK
Enjoy the game!!!
 

Morrisville Food Bank Monday
 February 12 - Contact David Bigam
Do Not Miss This Opportunity! 
Come and experience great Fellowship! 
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!!!!
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Coming in February 
The 2018 St. John's Youth Winter Olympics
Dollar Store Broom Hockey - Bobsled Races - Curling
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And as always
Bring a Friend and Bring a Can!
(All food collected goes to Jesus Focus Food Pantry)

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

Pancake and Sausage Supper
Coffee, Juice and Beignet's
(Both regular and Sugar Free syrup will be provided, or bring your own topping!)

FAT TUESDAY (Shrove Tuesday)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
5:30-7:30 PM
Get your tickets NOW
$8.00 per Adult
$5.00 per Child ages 5-12
Children under 5 eat Free! (When accompanied by adult)

Music Presented by: The Jazz Sanctuary

For questions please contact David Bigam at 215-357-6998 or dbigam@gmail.com
Colleen Brownell, rcbrownell@comcast.net 
Kim Smith, smithk22@verizon.net 
Jim Baldridge, jimnteresa03@msn.com

MUSIC
The YOUTH CHOIR will rehearse this Sunday night beginning at 5:00 PM.  
The rehearsal will be until 5:45.

At 5:45 any choir members who are unable to participate in BROADWAY NIGHT on February 3rd will be able to leave.  

We will then rehearse the songs for Broadway Night.  Rehearsal will END at 6:15 so that we all can go home to watch the Eagles football game.   

THERE IS NO YOUTH GROUP on Sunday night.
It's Back.......

BROADWAY NIGHT
"Encores"

Saturday, February 3rd
7:00 pm

Enjoy and evening of Song presented by the 
St. John's Choirs and Soloists
as they present music from  Broadway and Hollywood.

Invite your friends and family to
our always popular night of entertainment.
Seating is always at a premium.

Admission is FREE
LENTEN STUDIES

Two opportunities to grow in faith this Lent!  

To sign up and receive your book, please fill out the 
Online Sign-up  or tear-off in Sunday's bulletin and return, with payment, to Lara Bolte's mailbox. (next to the church office)

The Seven-Mile Miracle: Experience the Last Words of Christ As Never Before
Book - $8 
Mondays, February 12 - March 26
6:45 PM 
Parlor
Leaders:  Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell

Experience the power and meaning of the last words of Christ on location in the Holy Land in this seven-week video-based study.  Steven Furtick unpacks the drama, power, and deeper meaning of Jesus's final hours before his Crucifixion.

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The Circle-Maker:  Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
Book - $7
Tuesdays, February 20 - March 13
10:00 AM Parlor
Leader:  Pastor Janice

This four-session video-based study with Mark Batterson will help participants gain a deeper understanding of prayer and, in turn, make a more consistent practice of prayer.  The study will revolutionize the personal prayer life of each participant and help each group form a prayer circle around each other's challenges, opportunities, and dreams. 


OUTREACH
ST. JOHN'S BOOK CLUB
January 24, 2018 - 10:00 AM & 7:00 PM 
Parlor
A book robust with love and laughter, it's a son's heartfelt tribute to his mother's courage and grace.   It is uplifting with powerful lessons shown through books that connect all of us.
 
Table Talk 
Tuesdays, 7 PM
Richboro Pub

Join the Conversation and 
Bring a Friend!
UMW/UMM
United Methodist Men's Breakfast
Saturday, January 20, 2018
8 AM - Fellowship Hall

All Men Welcome!
Sign-up sheets in the Narthex or 
email Ed Campbell, edcampbell6@aol.com
SOUPER BOWL SUNDAYS
 
It's that time of year when we make New Year's resolutions to eat lighter and healthier. To exercise more and to become a more spiritual person. To show the light of Christ to all those around us.  Well here is your chance.  

The United Methodist Women are once again running our Souper Bowl Sundays to coincide with the big Super Bowl game.  We are collecting canned goods to benefit our local Food Banks.  Please bring your canned goods or non- perishable boxed items to church with you from  January 14th through February 4th.  Just place your items in the barrel with the huge goal posts, located  in the church Narthex. Your donations may be the difference between a warm dinner and empty tummies. Please contact Kathy Keppol, 215-357-7404, with any questions. Thank you for your support!

United Methodist Women

MISSIONS

RED BIRD TRAILERS 
ARE CLOSED FOR THE WINTER  
4th Annual Red Bird Mission Trip 
September 15th - September 22nd

Anyone interested please call 
Ed Campbell 215-364-0942 or 
Linda Barr 215-773-9865
Family Promise
What is it?
Family Promise is an international organization, with local chapters that organizes local religious organizations to help temporarily feed and house homeless families.   St. John's is a host congregation, meaning we take families for selected weeks, they come to us about 6pm and leave around 6am. We feed them and they sleep in family groups in our Sunday School classrooms. They go back to the day center and continue living their lives and trying to get out of homelessness. Last spring, the local Lower Bucks chapter had to shut down for a couple of reasons, the main one being a projected shortfall of funds. They have reorganized the Board of Directors and are in the process of fund raising. Once they have the funds they will begin the process of getting ready to take in homeless families and getting them back on their feet.


If you have any questions about this ministry please contact Sharon Byle smbyle@gmail.com or 610-888-1329.