St. John's United Methodist Church 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Prayer List
Calendar
Sunday School
2017 Academy for Laity
Pastor Janice's Reflection
Lifetree Cafe
Kathy Troccoli Concert
Drive Thru Prayer
Youth Group News
ASP Stock Sale
VBS 2017
Red Bird Trailers
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 16, 2017
 
The sermon series,
The Adventures of Jesus of Nazareth in the 
Gospel of Mark
continues with Pastor Janice's
sermon: Jesus Stills a Storm
Mark 8:35-41

215-357-6998
 
HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:30-3:00 p.m.

Please Note:
The Church office will be closed July 4th.

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
THIS WEEK'S 
CALENDAR

Thursday, July 13
  ASP

7:30pm
  Al-Anon

Friday, July 14
  ASP

Saturday, July 15
  Returning from ASP

Sunday, July 16
  8:00, 9:15, 10:30 am Worship

9:15am
  Children's Sunday School

10:30am
  Children's Sunday School

Monday, July 17
  Vacation Bible School

Tuesday, July 18
  Vacation Bible School

7:00pm
  Lifetree Cafe

7:30pm
  AA

Wednesday, July 19
  Vacation Bible School

4:30pm
  Drive Thru Prayer

Thursday, July 20
Vacation Bible Schoool

 
Sunday School


Summer Sunday School
During the summer, children go directly to Sunday School (Classroom D) at both the 9:15 and 10:30 Service times.  There is a One-Room format for children who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall up to children who will be in 6th grade in the fall. Parents must accompany children who are attending for the first time. 

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.  
                   
Children's Worship and 
Sunday School
For children 4 yrs through 6th grade  at both the 9:15 and 10:30 services.   
Parent must accompany children who are attending for the first time.
 
Youth Sunday School
10:30 AM for Youth 7th grade through 12th each Sunday.
Go directly to the Youth Room in the Education Wing. Youth are encouraged to worship together at the  9:15 service.
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.
LAITY ACADEMY  
Registration For the 2017 Academy for Laity is now open. This year the Academy will offer 10 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 focused on establishing new ministries in your churches.
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.
THANK YOU
To our family at St. John's: 
George is home from his stay and rehab at Brookdale.  
We are again adjusting to a new normal.  I am feeling better also.  George is glad to be home again.  
I cannot thank you all enough for all of your cards, 
best wishes and caring encouragement.  
Thank you for all your prayers.  
Even though we have not been there with you, we are there each Sunday in mind, heart and spirit.  My prayers are full of praise, thankfulness and concern for all of you.  Wishing all God's Peace.  

Your friends in Christ Jesus, 
Millie and George Funk
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PASTOR JANICE'S REFLECTION
            Ever since my first two not-so-great experiences while visiting Williamsburg, Virginia, I can't say I was overly excited about the prospect of spending a week there at the end of June.
            Here's the history.  A long, long time ago, I remember being in Williamsburg with two young children.  I remember how much fun it was to visit Busch Gardens - everybody had a great time.  But the days we spent in the historic area?!  Well, it was not only crowded and very HOT, but both kids did nothing but whine and complain, "This is boring!  Can we go back to the hotel and go in the pool?"
            Then there was the time I once again visited the area on a bus trip with a large group of co-workers.  It so happened that there was a major heat wave going on, and it was at least 108 hot, muggy degrees the entire time we were there.  Needless to say, it was virtually impossible to be outside at all.  And so we didn't bother.
            So all of that contributed to my preconceived notions of what it would be like to spend an entire week in Williamsburg.  It happened to be the best timeshare exchange I could find for that week at the last minute, and so off I went, hoping for the best.
            It turned out to be a GREAT vacation.  The weather was good, it wasn't crowded, there was plenty to see and do, the resort was extra nice, and I even enjoyed learning more about the history of Jamestown, Yorktown & Williamsburg.  Not to mention a day trip to Virginia Beach.  I'd love to go back again - maybe even next year, you never know.
            So all these years I've been telling myself and everyone else that I didn't like Williamsburg because I had formed an opinion that wasn't really based on facts.
            Just yesterday, I read yet another article that spoke about the perceptions of people (especially younger people) outside of the church to those of us INSIDE the church.  These articles are extremely commonplace these days, and they all say the same thing.  People believe we're hypocrites.  They think we look down on people who are different than us; we're judgmental; we're negative; we're intolerant. 
            I'm of the opinion that, most of the time, opinions like these aren't really based on facts.  They're based on what's been read somewhere, or on the supposed
experience of the cousin of a friend or a friend of a 
friend.  Sad.
             But wherever those preconceived notions have come from, it's up to us to show the true face of Christianity to the world.  It's up to us to show p eople the love, grace, kindness, and goodness of Christ.  If just  one person sees the light of Christ shining through us and walks aw ay thinking that just maybe the Christian faith is worth exploring ... well, it will all be
worth it, won't it?
                                                          
Pastor Janice

OUTREACH

 
Lifetree Cafe
Join the Conversation and Bring a Friend!

Lifetree Caf é is an outreach ministry of St. John's where people gather to hear inspiring stories and engage in conversation on a different topic every week.  Lifetree offers a wonderful opportunity to form relationships and engage in faith conversations with those who do not sit in the pews with us.  

Please promote Lifetree Caf é to your friends and family who are not connected to a faith community!  It is a great place to explore life, meet new friends, and experience God in an informal community setting.  If you haven't had a chance to experience a Lifetree Caf é session, please come join us so you can spead the word!

Every Tuesday at 7 PM
at the Richboro Pub

The topic for the July 18th session will be 
"What People Really Think of Christians... and Why"


Be sure to Like and Share our Lifetree Caf é
 posts on Facebook  with your friends!
"Comfort By Candlelight"
Kathy Troccoli Concert

August 24, 2017
St. John's UMC
7:00 P.M.

Love Offering
 
Kathy Troccoli, a world renowned Christian artist, will be performing in concert at St. John's on August 24th.  Her accolades include 24 recordings, 19 Dove award nominations, 2 Dove Awards and 3 Grammy nominations.  She has ministered at Women of Faith Conferences and has served on the mission fields of Africa, India and Central America.
 
We need your help in order to fill our sanctuary! 

We are offering the St. John's church community the opportunity to reserve a full pew for yourself, your family & your friends (approximately 10 persons) for this free concert until  Sunday, July 16th.  If you are able to fill a pew, you may choose your pew in the narthex on Sunday after each service.  For those who are not part of a reserved pew, there will also be a list available for you to sign up for individual tickets (seat choice will be determined by your time of arrival at the concert).  On Monday morning, July 17th, the remaining tickets for the concert will be offered to the community.
Drive-Thru Prayer
St. John's Drive-Thru Prayer Ministry has started again on
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.
YOUTH GROUP
YOUTH NEWS
 
 
 
NO Youth Group This Sunday Night


Morrisville Food Bank Monday
August 14  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?

2017 ASP STOCK SALE

  $25.00 per share
The purchase of your share entitles you to our annual stockholders luncheon held in early fall.
 
Or if you would like, you can purchase a
"David Dollars"f or just $5.00
 
All proceeds help fund the cost of van rentals and gasoline to and from  Logan County, W.V.
Our ASP Volunteers are currently there helping to make several families' homes drier and safer!
   
Thank you!
VBS


V ACATION BIBLE  SCHOOL
July 17-21
9 am - NOON
For children 4 years thru  6th
grade.

A Few Spaces Left! Register ASAP!
 
Please drop off food donations to the kitchen by Sunday. 

The congregation is invited to the 
VBS Closing Program on Friday evening, 7/21 
@ 7 PM in Fellowship Hall!

AUTHOR VISIT

Please join us for a return visit from 
author Laura Schroff on 
Wednesday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m.  
Laura will discuss her most recent book, Angels on Earth : Inspir ing Stories of Fate, Friendship, and the Power of Connections .  

 
From the #1 New York Times and international bestselling author of An Invisible Thread comes a heartwarming and inspiring book about the incredible impact that acts of kindness from strangers can have on the world around us.
Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.  We'll either meet in the parlor or fellowship hall, depending on the number of people who sign up.  Laura will have books available for purchase.  She's willing to sign any of her three books. Please indicate if you would like to make a purchase.  Prices to be determined.

                   
 
For more information, please contact Eileen Phillips at 267-312-2500.

MISSIONS

RED BIRD TRAILERS 
ARE OPEN  DAILY 
9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.