St. John's United Methodist Church 

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Prayer List
Sunday School
Drive Thru Prayer
Pastor's Reflection
Children's Ministries Help
Lifetree Cafe
Kathy Troccoli Concert
Youth Group News
Red Bird Trailers
Pancake Breakfast
Hospice Volunteers Needed
Book Club
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
August 13, 2017
The sermon series,
The Adventures of Jesus of Nazareth in the 
Gospel of Mark
continues with
Pastor Janice's sermon,
"Jesus Welcomes the Little Children"
Mark 10:13-16

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



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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.
Thursday, August 10

Sunday, August 13
  Children's Sunday School

  Adult Sunday School

  Children & Youth Sunday School

Tuesday, August 15
  Lifetree Cafe


Wednesday, August 16
  Drive Thru Prayer

Thursday, August 17

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. 

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) 

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.
Drive-Thru Prayer
St. John's Drive-Thru Prayer Ministry is held 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,
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            I had intended to write about something entirely different, but that subject ended up being trumped by my afternoon of computer woes.
            It was well over an hour ago that I sat down at my laptop to begin writing.  I should have known I was in big trouble the instant a pop-up message informed me that the update that had been scheduled for 1 a.m. had failed to happen, and so I now had two choices: "Update Now" or "Update in One Hour".  Oh no!!!!!  "Well," I thought, "I might as well get it over with instead of being interrupted in an hour."
            Big mistake.  Because here I am, close to an hour and a half later writing this reflection the old-fashioned way:  on a piece of loose leaf paper. 
            How annoying!  How frustrating!  And, of course, how DARE Windows to force me to find a pen and paper!
            But, as always, life will go on and this too shall pass.  And eventually, the update will finish and all will be well.
            I remember buying a book way back when I was having a really hard time with some out-of-control-teenage-daughter issues (at least that was the way I saw it!).  It spoke about the parenting of teenagers and why they think the way they do and act the way they do.  And although it's been years since I read it, I suspect it also contained some strategies about how a Christian parent can cope with such stressful situations.  The name of the book ... you guessed it ... "This Too Shall Pass."  I suppose it's still buried in my office somewhere.
            But you see, my daughter is now in her 30's and yes - those years and those issues and problems DID pass, and life went on and became good again.  And it's the same with every problem and every frustration we come up against, isn't it?  We think it's the end of the world, but it turns out to be nothing but a bump in the road.
            Sometimes we need a reminder.  And although that phrase "This Too Shall Pass" is one of those phrases people think is in the Bible (but it's not), there is a wonderful passage that IS in the Bible that reminds us that ALL of our troubles are just temporary and there is a much bigger picture for us to focus on.  So feel free to thank St. Paul for this reminder from 2nd Corinthians:
"For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal."
                          Pastor Janice

There is a desperate need for Sunday School and Nursery Volunteers for both the 9:15 and 10:30 services. 

Please consider whether you can help once a month or more.  There will be little or no preparation needed for Sunday School.  Safe Sanctuary clearances will be required.  Please see Alison Beal in the Narthex if you can help. 


Lifetree Cafe
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!"

August 15th Topic:
"Follow Your Dreams...
Even When You Think You Can't"
Her dream was to be a professional singer, but a sudden loss of hearing put that dream in jeopardy.  See the incredible true story of America's Got Talent sensation Mandy Harvey during "Follow Your Dreams" this week at Lifetree Café.

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.

If you are interested in securing tickets for the Kathy Troccoli concert, you may print them from There will be a $1.00 handling fee for each ticket. 

Once you arrive at the site, 
   *Click on the search tab
   *Type in Kathy Troccoli
   *Click on search again
   *Choose August 24- Ivyland, PA
   *Full directions follow 

There is also a sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board in the narthex.  If you prefer you may also call the church office at 215-357-6998 and provide your full name, most accessible telephone number and number of tickets requested. Every seat is being counted so we hope you will be sure to provide tickets to friends and family who are certain to attend that evening. Seat choice will be determined by your time of arrival at the concert.  
We hope that you will take this opportunity to experience an evening of encouragement, hope, truth and love.

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?


9:00a.m. - 5:30p.m.

3rd Annual Pancake Breakfast
Red Bird Mission Trip 
Sunday, August 20th
8 AM - Noon 

Tickets on Sale in the Narthex after Worship
$6.00 Adults, $4.00 Children ages 6-12
Children under 5 - Free

St. John's Congregants, 
Heartland Hospice needs volunteers.  
Please spread the word: 

Help Heartland expand our team of amazing volunteers.  Anyone with questions or curiosity about hospice volunteering should call Lisa DiCerto at 610-941-6700.  You will be working with patients in your local community!

Wednesday, September 13, 
7:00 PM in the Parlor.

"The Girl Who Wrote in Silk"
By: Kelli Estes