St. John's United Methodist Church 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Calendar
Prayer List
Mobile Giving
Daily Devotionals
Snow Policy
Pastor's Reflection
Sunday School
Youth Group
Pancake and Sausage Supper
Broadway Night
Trailers Closed for Winter
Family Promise
UMM Breakfast
Souper Bowl Sundays
Book Club
Table Talk
Advent Mission Update
Warrior Coffee
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 11
6:45pm
  Adult Bell Choir

7:30pm
  Al-Anon

8:00pm
  Adult Choir

Sunday, January 14
9:15am
  Children's Sunday School

10:30am
  Adult Sunday School

10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School

10:30am
  Confirmation Class

11:30am
  Joyful Voices

6:00pm
  Youth Choir

7:00pm
  Youth Group

Tuesday, January 16
5:45pm
  GENesis Bells

7:00pm
  Deborah Circle

7:00pm
  Praise Band Rehearsal

7:00pm
  Table Talk

7:30pm
  AA

Wednesday, January 17
7:00pm
  Bible Study

7:30pm
  Salome Circle

Thursday, January 18
6:45pm
  Adult Bell Choir

7:30pm
  Al-Anon

8:00pm
  Adult Choir

 

 

PRAYER LIST

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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.
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) 
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
It was a rather strange ending of 2017 and beginning of 2018 this year.  I had planned to be basking in the sun and the 80+ degree WARMTH on a Caribbean cruise with two of my friends over the New Year's holiday.  However, at the very last minute, despite the fact that I had already checked in online for the flight to Florida, I already had stacks of short-sleeved tee-shirts, crop pants and sandals lined up and ready to be packed, and I had even attached the Holland America Westerdam luggage tags to my luggage, it simply was not meant to be.  I ended up having to make a unexpected trip to the ER with what I hoped was a minor ailment (which, in the end, it was ...), but it unfortunately won me admission to the hospital for a few days, and the ER doctor said, very definitely "you don't want to be on a cruise ship in the middle of nowhere right now ...".
            I told my friends to go ahead without me, but they decided we should all rebook for a later date.  The blessing is that we all had trip cancellation insurance, and we are now booked on a cruise in late April.
            Sometimes things just don't go as planned, do they?  And I have to admit that most of last week, all I did was look outside at the snow and ice and lament the fact that I was not on that cruise!  But, you know, it turned out that I was suffering all week with a nasty cold and cough and probably wouldn't have felt so great on that cruise.  And then I heard that, due to the weather, flights out of Florida to the Northeast were being cancelled the day we were supposed to return home.  So maybe Someone was looking out for us after all!
            I'd venture to say that almost every time in my life when something didn't go the way I expected it to go, I've been able to look back later and realize that it really was for the best, because it turned out that there was a better plan I had not thought of, or there was evidence that the thing I really wanted would not have been in my best interest after all.  Someone really DOES look out for us, in big ways AND in small ways, even though we hardly ever recognize it.  What an amazing God we have!
                                                                                    
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?
This week:
Put your thinking caps on!


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

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
MISSIONS

RED BIRD TRAILERS 
ARE CLOSED FOR THE WINTER  
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.  
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

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!
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!


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

Warrior Coffee is served exclusively in the Grace Cafe.