St. John's United Methodist Church 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Calendar
Prayer List
Mobile Giving
Daily Devotionals
Pastor's Reflection
Baptism of the Lord Sunday
Sunday School
Youth Group
Pancake and Sausage Supper
Trailers Closed for Winter
Table Talk
Book Club
Warrior Coffee
Snow Policy
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 7, 2018
Baptism of the Lord Sunday



215-357-6998
 
HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:30-3:00 p.m.
 
THIS WEEK'S 
CALENDAR

Friday, January 5
Church office Closed -Inclement Weather

Sunday, January 7
 Baptism of the Lord
9:15am
  Children's Sunday School

10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School

10:30am
  Confirmation Class

11:30am
  Joyful Voices

6:00pm
  Youth Choir

Monday, January 8
6:00pm
  PreBaptismal Class

Tuesday, January 9
10:00am
  Prayer Shawl Ministry

5:45pm
  GENesis Bells

7:00pm
  Praise Band Rehearsal

7:00pm
  Table Talk

7:30pm
  AA

Wednesday, January 10
10:00am
  Rebekah Circle

1:00pm
  Joanna Circle

7:00pm
  Bible Study

Thursday, January 11
6:45pm
  Adult Bell Choir

7:00pm
  Lydia Circle

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
 
  
  
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
 
When I'm on vacation, I'll often search to see which church I might want to visit for worship.  Many of you know that I normally go to a friend's timeshare every year in Las Vegas - and I know that sounds strange, but the resort has the best lazy river in the world - it just so happens to be in Las Vegas.  And contrary to what you may believe, Las Vegas is a city that is full of churches. 
Last summer, I decided to attend Sunday worship at the main campus of Central Christian Church in Henderson, NV.  Central is one of the largest churches in the U.S. and they describe themselves as "the church where it's okay to not be okay."  On the website, the pastor states that they exist "to introduce irreligious people to Jesus."  Wow.  I definitely wanted to see what this was all about.
Well, during the service, several people - former drug addicts, former homeless persons, and others - told their personal story of how Christ had saved their life.  And then the pastor invited anyone in the congregation who had never been baptized to give their life to Christ today.  He said they would be doing baptisms at the end of the service and everyone was invited to the party.  For those desiring baptism, he invited them to gather at the front of the auditorium and follow the man carrying the "Follow Me!" sign.  And he assured everyone not to worry - they had plenty of towels and their clothing would dry in no time in that desert heat.  Literally hundreds of people who had been living troubled lives in the Las Vegas area came forward to be baptized.
We all followed them outside.  There were 3 very large baptismal pools with ladders going into each.  After registering for baptism at one of the large tables, people were given a towel and were then asked to stand in line at one of the pools. 
Needless to say, I was fascinated.  I even took pictures (I still have them saved on my phone).  This was not exactly how WE do ministry, but when you think about how this church is managing to reach the "irreligious" of Las Vegas and turn them into committed followers of Jesus Christ, I was practically in tears.  And it all began with baptism.
But, you know, it was really the same for us, wasn't it?  It all began with our baptism.  That's the day we (or our parents, who took the vows for us) pledged to commit ourselves to Christ.
This Sunday we celebrate Baptism of the Lord Sunday.  We remember the day Jesus stepped into the Jordan to be baptized by John - the day that the heavens opened and the voice of His Father proclaimed, "This is my beloved Son."  And this is the Sunday we celebrate our own baptism.  We will renew our baptismal vows and be invited to come forward to be anointed once again with water.  "Remember Your Baptism and Be Thankful."
I look forward to celebrating with you this Sunday.
                                                                        
Pastor Janice

P.S.  This is a reaffirmation of baptism, not baptism itself.  However, if you have never been baptized and desire to be baptized on Sunday, please come forward and let us know.  I will be happy to baptize you.
BAPTISM OF THE LORD WILL BE OBSERVED 
THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 2018.
We will remember Jesus' baptism by John in the Jordan River.   We will focus on the meaning of baptism that day and you will be given and opportunity to renew your baptism at the altar rail.  This can be a very meaningful experience.  If you have never been baptized and would like to be baptized during this service or if you would like to schedule your child's baptism on this special day, please call the church office.  All church leaders and those who serve on any teams or committees will also be invited to stand for commissioning for 2018 at the conclusion of the renewal of baptism on January 7th.
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?

Youth Group Resumes January 7th 
9-Square
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Morrisville Food Bank Monday
 January 8 - 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)

Featuring Music by "The JAZZ SANCTUARY"

A St. John's Outreach Event
Bring your family, friends and your appetite!

All proceeds benefit Youth ASP Mission Trip!

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

MISSIONS

RED BIRD TRAILERS 
ARE CLOSED FOR THE WINTER  
OUTREACH
 
Table Talk 
Resumes
Tuesday, January 9th

Join the Conversation and 
Bring a Friend!
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.

The Grace Cafe re-opens on 
January 7  for weekly f ellowship and refreshments. 

Warrior Coffee is served exclusively in the Grace Cafe.
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.