St. John's United Methodist Church 

NO Bell Choir or Adult Choir Tonight, Thursday, March 8
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Snow Policy
Pastor's Reflection
Holy Week Schedule
Proverbs Bible Study
Youth Group
Club 56
Book Club
Warrior Coffee
Table Talk
Invitation to Membership
Trailers Closed for Winter
Family Promise
UMM Breakfast
Communion Breakfast
UMW Ingathering
Joanna Circle
Open arms and serving hands transforming lives through Christ
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
March 11, 2018
4th  Sunday in Lent

"Journey Through Lent" sermon series continues with Pastor Janice's sermon,
"Born Again"
John 3:1-17

Monday - Friday
8:30-3:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 8

NO Bells or Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, March 11
  Daylight Saving Time starts
  Children's Sunday School

  Adult Sunday School

  Children & Youth Sunday School

  Confirmation Class

  Joyful Voices

  Club 56

  Youth Choir

  Youth Group

Monday, March 12
  Lenten Bible Study

Tuesday, March 13
  Lenten Bible Study

  Prayer Shawl Ministry

  GENesis Bells

  Naomi Circle

  Praise Band Rehearsal

  Table Talk


Wednesday, March 14
  Rebekah Circle

  Joanna Circle

  Bible Study

Thursday, March 15
  Adult Bell Choir


  Adult Choir



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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. 

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.  

Looking for a little inspiration during the week?  
Try an online devotional.    
(has many devotionals to choose from)
(Devotional for Women)
(Devotional for Men) 
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. 
New Way to Give to
St. John's
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!
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. 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

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This Sunday, March 11TH.

Remember to turn the clocks forward 1 Hour.
            So how is Lent going for you this year??
            You know, preparing our hearts for Holy Week and Easter is a PROCESS. If we do nothing but imagine Lent as an "ordeal," we end up getting very little out of it. But if we use these weeks to anticipate that something wonderful is about to happen ... well, that opens a whole new realm of possibilities, doesn't it?
            So for the last several weeks of Lent, suppose we try to focus on what God wants to give us. Suppose we cultivate a sense of excitement and anticipation in our hearts. Because focusing too much on ourselves can cause us to miss the gift God wants to give us. Always remember that God's great desire is to bless us. So for the rest of the season of Lent, why don't we place ourselves in a space to receive what God wants to give us?
            That "space" could be entirely different for each of us. But some suggestions are to make yourself a "prayer space": place a cross and some candles on a table to help you focus. Perhaps place a candle on your dining table and light it each time you sit down for a meal to remind you of the light of Christ. Perhaps keep a small bowl of water on a table to remind you of your baptismal promises. Or keep a Bible open in a central place in your house to remind you to feast on God's Word.
            And even more importantly, be open to God's grace.
Pastor Janice

March 25 - Palm/Passion Sunday
2 Worship Services only
9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School - 4yrs. To 6th grade. Youth 10:30 a.m.

March 29 - Maundy Thursday 7:30 PM
Dramatic service of Tenebrae, Communion, Music
Childcare available for children up to 2nd grade.

March 30 - Good Friday - Noon
St. Vincent de Paul Church
Participation of clergy and choirs from the local ministerium.

April 1 - Easter
2 Worship Services only
9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Worship
Nursery and Sunday School at both services

A 10-week study on William Mouser's
Proverbs: Learning to Live Wisely will begin
Monday, April 2 at 6:45 in the Parlor
To sign up and receive your book, please fill out the tear-off form in Sunday's bulletin and return it with your payment to the church office or to Lara Bolte's mailbox
(next to the church office).

Proverbs: Learning to Live Wisely 
Book - $7
Mondays, April 2 - June 4
6:45 PM - Parlor

Leaders: Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell
Where do you turn when you need to replace a fuse, cook dinner, eradicate ants, or soothe your child's upset stomach? If you are like many others, you have a shelf full of "how-to" books to supplement your own knowledge and experience. Now it's time to add Proverbs to that shelf! Proverbs is the Bible's own how-to manual. The wisdom contained in its practical and simple instructions will help you to be successful and prosperous in your work, your dealings with family and friends, and your relationship with God. As William Mouser opens up this treasure-store of godly guidance, you'll wonder how you ever survived without it.


Sunday nights
7:00-8:30 PM
Hmmm.  What are we doing at Youth Gr oup?
Yes We Are!!!
This week 
Balloon Games!
Who knew balloons have so many uses!
See you all Sunday Night!

BLIND VOLLEYBALL was awesome!!!
Let me explain - we did not blindfold anyone, just didn't know where or when the ball was coming over the net because it was a SOLID net!!!

Morrisville Food Bank Monday
March 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!!!!

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?


            St. John's Kids
                Club 56 

Operation Aid-For-Friends and Breakfast Bags

Sunday, March 11 from 4:00-6:00PM 
Tuesday, March 27th
10:00AM and 7:00PM
in the Parlor.

by R.J. Palacio 
Auggie was born with a facial difference that prevented him from going to school until now.  He's about to enter 5th grade.  The thing is he is just an ordinary kid with an extraordinary face.  But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances.?

We will be placing an order for Warrior Coffee to be roasted and delivered by the end of March. Please help us fight for what's right one cup at a time by using the Warrior Coffee order sheet found in the Grace Café. Thank you.

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

Warrior Coffee is served exclusively in the Grace Cafe.

Join the Conversation and 
Bring a Friend!
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
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.
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.

March 17th
8 AM Fellowship Hall
All Men Welcome

Linda Barr and Pat Mayrhofer will present
the Red Bird Mission Trip of 2017.

 Please respond by email: or on the sign up sheet in the Narthex. 

MARCH 24, 2018
9:30 A.M.

"From Seder to Communion"
A Christian celebration of our Jewish heritage.
Join us for a seder meal. 

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 Sunday April 15th. and place in the basket under the UMW bulletin board.

Thank you so much for your support and please direct any question to Kathy Keppol  @ 215-357-7404 or any of the United Methodist Women's Officers.
This Week's Circle Spotlight:
Joanna Circle is a group of ladies of retirement age that meets in each other's homes.   Their meeting includes a devotion and a lesson before sitting down to enjoy a snack together . They support the UMW Heifer Project and taking cookies at Christmas to a shut in. The circle has their own prayer chain. They enjoy the UMW Communion Breakfast and the Spring Banquet. This circle very faithfully contributes to the UMW "Prayer and Self Denial" offering, World Thank Offering, and the Love Gift.   Contact Elaine Cassidy 215-293-0303 if you are interested in joining the group.

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.