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
Pastor's Reflection
Youth Group
2018 Confirmation Class
Club 56
Vacation Bible School
Book Club
Affinity Groups
Drive Thru Prayer
Invitation to Membership
Table Talk
Warrior Coffee
UMW Spring Dinner
Chicken BBQ
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, 
April 22, 2018
 
Pastor Janice's sermon  
"Thy Kingdom Come"

Luke 17:20-21
 
215-357-6998
 
HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:30-3:00 p.m.
 
THIS WEEK'S 
CALENDAR
 
Thursday, April 19
7:30pm
  Al-Anon

Saturday, April 21
8:00am
  United Methodist Men's Breakfast

Sunday, April 22
9:15am
  Children's Sunday School

10:30am
Adult Sunday School

10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School

11:30am
  Joyful Voices

4:00pm
Club 56

6:00pm  
Youth Choir

7:00pm
  Youth Group

Monday, April 23
6:45pm
  Proverbs Bible Study

Tuesday, April 24
10:00am
  VBS Decorating

5:45pm
  GENesis Bells

6:30pm
  VBS Decorating

7:00pm
  Praise Band Rehearsal

7:00pm
  Table Talk

7:30pm
  AA

Wednesday, April 25
10:00am
  Book Club

7:00pm
  Bible Study

7:00pm
  Book Club

Thursday, April 26
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.

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April 19, 2018   
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
           My heart goes out to those who were on that flight this week that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia due to what is referred to as an uncontained engine failure. My heart also goes out to the family and friends of the passenger who sustained a fatal injury. The description of the events sounds horrific: "oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling and passengers said their prayers and braced for impact." "passengers scrambled to save a woman from getting sucked out the window ... the New Mexico mother later died." It was the first domestic flight since 2009 where there was a fatality.
            I cannot imagine the state of mind those passengers must have been in during the time it took for the plane to land - which, praise God, it safely did. I'm sure they all thought for sure they were not going to make it.
            But, as always, God sent angels. One was a retired nurse who attended to the injured woman. Another was an EMT. And there were many other passengers and flight crew attendants who unselfishly cared for others in need. And, of course, there was the skill and level-headedness of the pilot in a crisis situation. We all know these things were due to the grace of God.
            But it all makes you wonder, doesn't it? We know that accidents happen all the time. But somehow an airline accident seems particularly frightening, although logic and statistics tell us that we are all at much greater risk of injury or death from the more routine, everyday occurrences than we are from flying. We understand that.
            But it does make you stop and think about what you would have done and how you would have responded if YOU had been on that flight. Would you have remain level-headed? Would you have looked around yourself to see if others needed help? Would you have trusted the Lord to take care of you no matter what happened? Or would you have completely lost your cool?
            The truth is that I HOPE I'd remain level-headed, and look around to see how I could help, and trust God to be in control. But I just honestly don't know for sure. What about you?
            I'm sure there was a huge celebration and a sense of relief unlike anything you or I can imagine when that plane touched down. People must have felt that they'd been given a second chance at life. And I hope that the experience made them rethink their priorities and determine what really is important in life - and give thanks to God for the opportunity to start over and to make their life truly count for something good and holy. In fact, I hope that we, too, as we ponder our own thoughts related to this event, will also rethink our own priorities and make every day count - exactly as God expects us to. That's my prayer.
                                      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
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! 
 
St. John's Kids Club 56 
Moving Up and Moving Out 
Sunday, April 22nd  
4:00-6:00 PM 
 
Attention all 4th, 5th and 6th graders!!! 
Join us for an afternoon of fun and help us welcome today's
4th graders into Club 56 (beginning in September.)
And help us to 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!!

For more information, contact Mrs. Gutsch or Mrs. Zesinger
hgutsch@gmail.com or 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. 

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!
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. 
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 or  
email Ed Campbell, edcampbell6@aol.com 

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
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)

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.