St. John's United Methodist Church 

 Cornerstone



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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Calendar
Prayer List
Sunday School
Mobile Text Giving
Daily Devotionals
Red Bird Trailers
Pastor's Reflection
Youth Group
Club 56
Book Club
Affinity Groups
Drive Thru Prayer
Invitation to Membership
Table Talk
Warrior Coffee
UMW Ingathering
UMW Spring Dinner
Chicken BBQ
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, 
April 15, 2018

Pastor Janice's sermon   "Our Father, Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name"
Luke 11:1-4
 
215-357-6998
 
HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:30-3:00 p.m.
 
THIS WEEK'S 
CALENDAR
 
Thursday, April 12
7:30pm
  Al-Anon

8:00pm
  Adult Choir

Sunday, April 15
9:15am
  Children's Sunday School

10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School

11:30am
  Joyful Voices

6:00pm
  Youth Choir

Monday, April 16
6:45pm
  Proverbs Bible Study

Tuesday, April 17
10:00am
VBS Decorating

5:45pm
  GENesis Bells

6:30pm
  Affinity Group Team Meeting

6:30pm
  VBS Decorating

7:00pm
  Deborah Circle

7:00pm
  Praise Band Rehearsal

7:00pm
  Table Talk

7:30pm
  AA

Wednesday, April 18
7:00pm
  Bible Study

7:30pm
  Salome Circle

Thursday, April 19
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.

 
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. 

For more information about our Children or Youth Ministries, please contact Director,
David Bigam, dbigam@gmail.com 

GIVING
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 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.  
 
 
OR try our new

TEXT GIVING  
In addition to our current opportunities for giving online, we now have the option of giving by text message. 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

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) 
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
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.
MISSIONS
Red Bird Trailers Are Open!
Daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Donations of clothing and household items accepted. 


UMC LINKS umc logo
 
  
  
April 12, 2018

PASTOR'S REFLECTION
What are the little tasks that you really, really hate to do? We all have certain things we dread doing for whatever reason, and we tend to put them off and find almost anything else to do rather than THAT.
 
I happen to be thinking about this subject because at the moment, I'm sitting in the waiting area of the car dealership having service done on my car. Definitely not one of my favorite ways to spend my time and I probably should have done this a few months ago. Some of the other little tasks I often put off are emptying the dishwasher, pumping gas, vacuuming, keeping my two very furry shelties appropriately brushed, and putting away all the odds and ends I tend to leave laying around on the kitchen counter. Some of these things, like pumping gas, I eventually get forced into, but others can be put off for an extended period of time even though I tell myself every morning that today is the day. Of course, I don't usually think of myself as a procrastinator, but obviously I am.
 
The good news is that none of these annoying little jobs are life-and-death issues. And none of them have any eternal impact. And yet, I'm always at least mildly annoyed at myself for procrastinating. I'm sure you, too, suffer from this same kind of guilt!
 
But what are those life-and-death issues that we OUGHT to be on top of and that we OUGHT to be concerned about - those things that really DO have eternal significance? Very simply put, it's our relationships - our relationship with God and our relationships with others.
 
So let's all feel free to let the vacuuming go in favor of caring for our relationship with the Lord as well as the people with whom we share the journey. Sounds like a plan to me!
 
Pastor Janice

CHILDREN & YOUTH MINISTRY

  
Sunday nights
7:00-8:30 PM
Hmmm.  What are we doing at Youth Gr oup?
   
NO Youth Group This Sunday,
April 15

Youth Group Next Week
April 22 - 9 Square 
 
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Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, May 14th  
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!!!!

Morrisville Food Bank Monday
 

And as always
Bring a Friend and Bring a Can!

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

Congratulations to our 2018 Confirmation Class!
April 8, 2018 
Gracie Calabrese DeSaro  Emelia Marie Yotko 
Matthew Douglas Floyd  Karissa Faye Smedley 
Cavan Steven Hansel  Robert Matthew Sciascia 
Adam Joseph Holt  Jalen Amari Saunders 
Eleanor Curtis Moore  Matthew Craig Robinson 
Colin Lawrence Murphy  Jessica Danielle Peterson 
St. John's Kids Club 56 
Moving Up and Moving Out 
Sunday, April 22nd  
4:00-6:00 PM 
 
Attention 4th, 5th and 6th Graders!
Join us for an afternoon of fun! 
Help us welcome todays 4th graders into Club 56 that will begin in September.. and help us say so long and best of luck to our 6th graders who will be moving up into Youth Group.  
We will be making our own t-shirts both 
for St. John's Youth and Club 56. 
Snacks will be provided!
 
SIGN-UP NO LATER THAN April 15, 2018
 
Sign-up sheet will be on the table in the Education Wing hallway.  For more info contact 
Mrs. Gutsch or Mrs. Zesinger
hgutsch@gmail.com
atzesinger@gmail.com
 
VBS

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 
JULY 23-27
9 am - NOON

HELP NEEDED 
Sound Wave Sing and Play Leader
Lead the opening large group session
Fun Shop Finale
Lead the large group closing session
Snack Factory Leader
Prepare snacks for the crews each day. Need not be there every day. Indicate your availability below
Snack Factory Helper
Prepare snacks for the crews each day. Need not be there every day. Indicate your availability below
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.
Song Leaders
Lead the songs before and during VBS each day.
Photographer
Take action shots of the children during the day.
Registration Administrator
Put registration information into a spreadsheet, mail out information to families.
Registration Table
Help with registration and sign in on July 23 & 24 between 8:25 AM and 9:15 AM
Tech Team
Prepare daily PowerPoints, run AV during opening and closing, prepare daily Spotlight Dramas.
Decorating Team
Make & put up decorations. No artistic ability needed. Come out & have fun. Tuesdays: 10am - Noon, 6:30 - 8:30pm.
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.
   
See sign-up sheet in Sunday's bulletin.  
For questions, contact David Bigam 215-357-6998    dbigam@gmail.com

ADULT MINISTRIES
ST. JOHN'S BOOK CLUB 
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
10:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Parlor

The Mountain Between Us
Best Selling author Charles Martin writes a captivating story about two strangers who crash into an unforgiving wilderness and must rely on each other to survive.
NEW CONNECTION OPPORTUNITY
  • Introducing St. John's Affinity Groups
  • Connect with others who share common interests and/or same life stage
  • Join a team to help plan events and activities.
Contact Lara Bolte
215-357-6998 or at stjadultministries@gmail.com
OUTREACH
ST. JOHN'S DRIVE-THRU
PRAYER MINISTRY

will resume on May 2nd  
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.
Invitation to Become a Member

If you feel you have found a church home at St John's, we invite you to become a member!

Our next 
"New Member Sunday" will be
Sunday, May 20, 2018.  Those wishing to become members of St. John's will be invited to take the vows of membership at any of our three worship services.

The only "requirement" for membership is that you feel a commitment to Christ and a desire to make St. John's your church family.  If you feel God calling you to take this next step on your faith journey, we welcome you with open arms!  Please check off "wish to join" on the sign-in tablet or contact the church office at 215-357-6998 or stjumc@aol.com.


Join the Conversation and 
Bring a Friend!
WARRIOR COFFEE


Fresh roasted Warrior Coffee has arrived!
If you placed an order please contact Paul Henry at 215-357-9398 to arrange to receive your order.

Thank you for helping to fight for what's right
one cup at a time! 

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

Warrior Coffee is served exclusively in the Grace Cafe.
UMM/UMW
UMW INGATHERING
Please support the UMW as we collect new items of basic clothing for our less fortunate men, women and children in our area. 

Items needed: men, women and children underwear, socks, infant sleepers, children's pajamas, diapers, nonperishable baby formula, Depends or other brand disposable underwear for men and women. Please bring your items to church by this Sunday, April 15th. and place in the basket under the UMW bulletin board.

Thank you so much for your support and please direct any questions to Kathy Keppol  @ 215-357-7404 or any of the United Methodist Women's Officers.
  Where will the things St. John's UMW
 collects for Ingathering go?


United Meth odist Neighborhood Services (UMNS) serves the needs of the poor and the marginalized inner city Philadelphia people, especially women, children and the youth. The Mission is to meet immediate personal needs to produce a positive impact on the whole community. This is accomplished by involving community members in making decisions and by empowering individuals to become self-sufficient. UMNS provides direct services, counseling and cooperates with other Human Service Agencies.   The UMNS is located in Janes Memorial UMC's Thelma Nichols building in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. Much of its income comes from the United Methodist Women and the United Methodist Churches of the Eastern PA Annual Conference.

https://www.epaumc.org/ministry/mission-outreach/
 
UNITED METHODIST MEN'S BREAKFAST

Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:00 AM
Fellowship Hall

All Men are Welcome!  Sign-up outside on the UMM Bulletin Board. 
 
UMW SPRING DINNER 
Wednesday, May 2,  6:30 PM.  
We are requesting a donation to cover the cost of the buffet dinner and program.   
The Ladies of History will present  
"Queen Victoria"   
To sign up or for more information contact Louise Henry  louiseh605@verizon.net 

THE UNITED METHODIST MEN ANNOUNCE

A special annual event date is quickly approaching
 
The STJUMC 34th CHICKEN BBQ - May 19, 2018
 
We are looking for volunteers in the following areas
PIT CREW
HOSTS FOR THE INSIDE DINING PATRONS
DINING ROOM SERVERS AND KITCHEN HELP
SET-UP AND RESTORATION HELP
 
Please volunteer to be a part of this annual tradition 
that provides a  special outreach to our community !!!
Sign-up sheets have been placed on the bulletin board, 
located in the hallway,  in front of the Grace CafĂ©
 
The UMM Greatly Appreciates your help !!!

St. John's ASP Team
Annual Spring Cleaning Flea Market
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00 am

It's time to clean out those closets and make some money!
Come sell and shop. This opportunity is open to everyone!
First come- First serve.
Spaces are limited, rain or shine.
Spaces are just $10.00
$10 per Table if you need it!
So, get yours today!!!
Set up time for the event is 10am and not before.
Questions please contact David Bigam (dbigam@gmail.com)