St. John's United Methodist Church 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Calendar
Prayer List
Sunday School
Mobile Text Giving
Daily Devotionals
Red Bird Trailers Open
Pastor's Reflection
Youth Group
2018 Confirmation Class
Vacation Bible School
Steel Magnolias Outing
Line Dancing
Drive Thru Prayer
Invitation to Membership
Northampton Days
Table Talk
UMW Spring Dinner
Chicken BBQ
Flea Market
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 29, 2018
 
Pastor Janice's sermon  
"Thy Will Be Done"

Luke 1 1: 1-2

215-357-6998
 
HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:30-3:00 p.m.
 
THIS WEEK'S 
CALENDAR
   
Thursday, April 26
6:45pm
  Adult Bell Choir

7:30pm
  Al-Anon

8:00pm
  Adult Choir

Sunday, April 29
9:15am
  Children's Sunday School

10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School

11:30am
  Joyful Voices

6:00pm
  Youth Group

Monday, April 30
6:45pm
  Proverbs Bible Study

Tuesday, May 1
10:00am
  VBS Decorating

5:45pm
  GENesis Bells

6:30pm
  VBS Decorating

7:00pm
  Table Talk

7:30pm
  AA

Wednesday, May 2
4:30pm
  Drive Thru Prayer

6:00pm
 UMW  Spring Banquet

7:00pm
  Bible Study

Thursday, May 3
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.
USHERS ARE NEEDED
at the 8:00 worship service.  Please let Carol Eberz know if you can usher for a week or a month.

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

Thank You

Donations of non-perishable food for the Eastwick and Holmesburg Food Pantries 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.  
April 26, 2018   
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
Once again, our nation is in shock and mourning. A young man with a significant history of mental illness pulled up to a Waffle House Restaurant outside of Nashville, opened fire in the parking lot with his AR-15 assault rifle, then proceeded to enter the restaurant. In the process, he killed 4 innocent people and injured 4 others. If not for the bravery of bystander, James Shaw, Jr., who saw an opportunity to wrestle the rifle from him, there surely would have been even more victims.
            What happened was horrendous, and unfortunately, it is a repetitive story. It's happened in schools, in nightclubs, in malls, in restaurants - anyplace where people are gathered. Does anyone doubt that God is weeping?
            What I've read about this latest incident leads me to believe that the suspect, due to a history of mental illness and safety concerns, had his state firearms card removed and four guns/rifles were removed from him. The weapons were then given to his father who, if what is being reported in true, returned them to his son.
            So what are we to do? Each time there is a mass shooting or an incident such as what happened at the Waffle House (and statistics prove to us that the number of these incidents is on the rise), there is initial outrage followed by a flurry of talk about what is normally referred to as "common sense gun regulations." Unfortunately, these talks never seem to go anywhere. And as soon the outrage dies down, so do the talks.
            My heart truly hurts, and I know yours does too. My heart hurts for the families of the victims. My heart hurts for the young man who committed such a terrible crime - he was obviously very disturbed - mental illness is a terrible thing. And my heart hurts for future victims of violence such as this - if we don't find a way to put a stop to it. In my opinion, "common sense" gun regulation is long overdue. For one thing, we simply HAVE to find a way to prevent people with a history of mental disturbance from being able to secure assault rifles.
            So I invite all of us to be in a serious attitude of prayer. As you pray for the families of the victims, also remember to pray for young Travis Reinking - let's pray that he would get the help he needs, and that he would open himself to receive the grace and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, and enter into a new life of faith.
            And let's then pray earnestly and relentlessly for our nation, and for our nation's leaders, that an effective path forward would be found very quickly. Through God, all things are possible.
 
                                       Pastor Janice
CHILDREN & YOUTH MINISTRY

  
Sunday nights
7:00-8:30 PM
Hmmm.  What are we doing at Youth Gr oup?
     
Youth Group This Week @  6 PM
(No Youth Choir Rehearsal)
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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! 
VBS
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 
JULY 23-27
9 am - NOON
For children 4 years thru 6th grade.
Registrations begin May 1.

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

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 FELLOWSHIP
 
Steel Magnolias Outing 
           (A few spots still available)
  • Adult social group opportunity!
  • Hunterdon Hills Playhouse
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • $79.50 per person
  •  Payment due ASAP 
    * checks to be made out to St. John's
  • Includes deluxe motor coach, full course meal, dessert buffet, tax & gratuity
  • Bus pickup - 9:30 am at St. John's
  • Sign up in the Narthex after all three services
  • Feel free to invite your friends!
Email Lara at stjadultministries@
 or call the church office at 215-357-6998 with any questions.

COMING SOON:  LINE DANCING

Weekly line dancing sessions in Fellowship Hall!

Beginning Wednesday, May 23, 2018

  • No fee!
  • No experience necessary - come out and have fun!
  • Will learn a new dance each week
  • All ages are welcome, and feel free to bring a friend.
    Call Carol Eberz (215-355-3572) or Jane Horton (215-630-6020) with questions!
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.
NORTHAMPTON DAYS
May 6, 2018              10 am -5 pm
 
St. John's will again have a table at Northampton Days on Sunday, May 6, from 10 am -5 pm. (Of course, this would be after you have attended worship service here.) This is a wonderful opportunity for us to be a presence in our community and to tell everyone why WE LOVE OUR CHURCH . If you would like to be a part of this mission opportunity, contact Ruth Portzline.


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

Warrior Coffee is served exclusively in the Grace Cafe. 
 Order Forms available. 
Thank you for helping to fight for what's right  
one cup at a time!


Join the Conversation and 
Bring a Friend!
UMM/UMW
UMW SPRING DINNER 
Wednesday, May 2,  6:30 PM.  
 The Ladies of History
 will present "Queen Victoria." 
Dinner will be provided. 
We are requesting a free will offering to support the program.  A sign-up sheet is on the UMW bulletin board.  
Please contact Louise Henry louiseh605@verizon.net for more information. 

THE UNITED METHODIST MEN ANNOUNCE

A special annual event date is quickly approaching
 
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
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)

UMW INGATHERING
   
The UMW Ingathering was last Saturday.  Sixteen churches contributed 3335 items for Neighborhood Services now located at Janes Memorial UM Church in Germantown. 
St. John's contribution was over 1000 items plus $200 in cash. 
The worship program included thoughts on "Reaching Out in Love" from Suzette James, a young woman who is the Associate
Con ference Lay Leader for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
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