St. John's United Methodist Church 

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Pastor's Reflection
R.I.S.E. Sunday
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ASP Luncheon
Blessing of the Animals
Music Ministry
Bible Studies
Table Talk
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
October 1, 2017
R.I.S.E. Sunday
One Worship Service at 9 AM 
followed by Mission Project Sessions.  

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


Thursday, September 28
  Adult Bell Choir


  Adult Choir

Friday, September 29
  Confirmation Class In Church Retreat

Saturday, September 30
  Confirmation Class In Church Retreat

Sunday, October 1
  9 am Worship

  Children's Sunday School

Joyful Voices

  Youth Group

Monday, October 2
  Celebration Ringers

Tuesday, October 3
  Grace Notes

  Praise Band Rehearsal


Wednesday, October 4
  Drive Thru Prayer

  Bible Study

Thursday, October 5
  Adult Bell Choir


  Adult Choir




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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.
Looking for a little inspiration during the week?   Try an online devotional.    

(has many devotionals to choose from)

(Devotional for Women)

(Devotional for Men) 

Contribute a Devotion!

Advent is the season of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas.  This should be a time for families to come together in prayer and devotion. 
St. John's would like to encourage this devotional time by preparing an Advent Devotional containing a reading for each day in Advent that has been written by members of our congregation. 
If you are interested in contributing a devotion, please contact Ruth Portzline.
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,
Regretfully due to the sudden retirement of Mr.Fisher,  
St. John's UMW will not be holding our annual Pot Pie Sale.   
I hope to be able to find another supplier for next year.
Thank you for your continued support of the UMW and our other programs.
Should you have any questions please contact Kathy Keppol @ 215-357-7404
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

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


When you purchase Warrior Coffee for use in your home or business and when you enjoy a cup of coffee in the Grace Café you are making a substantial improvement in the quality of life for villagers in the Dominican Republic.
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            The first annual (we hope!) R.I.S.E. Sunday is happening in just a few more days, and what a great day it will be!  I just know that we are going to make a tremendous difference in the lives of many - through the Rise Against Hunger event, the making of sleeping bags for local homeless persons, the "necessities" kits we'll be supplying for local homeless adolescents, and the "pillow case" dresses we'll be sending to young girls in Africa.
            If you haven't had an opportunity to pick your preferred projects, you can still do that on Sunday morning - just stop by the table in the narthex before or after worship (preferably before).  REMEMBER THAT WORSHIP BEGINS AT 9 A.M. THIS WEEK, and our mission projects begin at 10:15.  We hope you can be with us all morning, but even if you can't stay until noon, we hope to see you in worship! 
            I hope you will also take an opportunity to thank those on the Mission Task Force - these are people with hearts for mission who've been working hard planning and organizing R.I.S.E. Sunday - Robin Abraham, Alison Beal, Jenn Fisher, Heather Giampapa, Ira Hoffman, Barbara Kauffman, Lou Lescas, Sharon Prim and Ruth Portzline.  And thank yourselves too!  You've supported this event with your financial gifts and your material gifts!  And now we are ready to give God the glory on Sunday morning!
Pastor Janice

R.I.S.E. Sunday - October 1, 2017:
a morning of worship and hands-on mission projects; having local and global impact. It is for people of all ages and skill levels.  Participants are encouraged to dress casually.
  • 9 am:  Worship in the Sanctuary
  • 10:15 - Noon:  Two Mission Project Sessions
  • Noon:  Closing prayer and Benediction in Fellowship Hall
Mission Projects available are:
    *   Rise Against Hunger:  Goal:  Assemble 10,152 meals which will feed 28 children living in third world countries for 1 year. *
    *  Necessities Kits:  Goal: Assemble 90 kits for homeless young adults in Bucks County.  *
    *   Pillow Case Dresses:  Goal: Make 40 dresses for girls in Africa. *
    *   Sleeping Bags:  Goal: Make 6 sleeping bags for distribution to local homeless persons. *
    *   Children's Project: Card Making to go with our projects: This is for children too young to participate safely in other projects but too old for the Nursery.
    *   Nursery: for children 3 and younger.

(* Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult for this project)

Registered participants should check their emails for the special R.I.S.E. Sunday information e-news or go to the  R.I.S.E. Sunday page on the church website.

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. 

Volunteers are needed for both the 9:15 and 10:30 services in Children's Sunday School. Contact Alison Beal. 

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. 

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.  


Sunday nights
7:00-8:30 PM
Hmmmm. What are we doing at Youth Group???

Some up and coming events to keep an eye on:
Bizarre Food Night
Scavenger Hunt (Outdoors)

Morrisville Food Bank Monday
October 9- 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?

Sign ups for ASP 2018 are going on now.  
Contact David Bigam for more information.

St. John's ASP Crew
Annual Stockholders Luncheon
Sunday October 8 at 12:00 PM
If you have purchased stock for ASP 2017, 
your dividends are here!
If you did not purchase our ASP Stock you can still join us for $5.00 per person  
and hear from our youth what made this year another AMAZING time in Appalachia.

RSVP's are required in order for us to have enough food for all...

RSVP by: This Sunday, October 1, 2017
3 ways to RSVP:
1) Sign up in Narthex
2) Text number of people attending to 215-206-6779
3) Or simply call me, David Bigam at:
Church - 215-357-6998
Cell - 215-206-6779


4:00 PM
Rain or Shine
(Under the canopy - front lawn)
Everyone is invited to attend with their animals (properly restrained, of course) as we give thanks for all God's creation, and celebrate His gift of creatures, great and small.
Each animal will receive a personal blessing, a treat and a free picture of this special event.


Music at St. John's
  Music is an integral part of the Worship experience at 
St. John's United Methodist Church.  Our Choirs and Worship Team provide exceptional music that enhances the Worship Services each week.  There is an opportunity for EVERYONE in our congregation to participate in the Music Ministry.  We encourage you to become part of one of our Choirs.

Joyful Voices Choir
Children grades K - 5 (6)
Meets on Sunday mornings 11:30 - 12:15
Holy Handbells Choir
Children grades 3 - 5 (6)
(2nd graders considered for membership)
Meets Thursday afternoon  5:45 - 6:30
Youth Choir
Youth grades 6 - 12
Meets on Sunday evenings  6:00 - 7:00 before Youth Group
Grace Notes Handbell Choir
Youth grades 6 - 12
Meets Tuesday afternoon  5:45 - 6:45
­Praise Band
Youth and Adult Vocalists and Instrumentalists Welcome
Tuesday Evenings  7:00
Adult Choir
Post High School & Adult
Thursday Evenings   8:00 - 9:30
No Audition required - Singing Experience preferred
Celebration Ringers Handbell Choir
For Post High School and Adults who would like to
Ring Handbells.  No audition is needed. There is always room for more ringers in this Handbell Choir.  Contact the music director for information.  This Choir meets on average once a month  and plays several times a year.
Begins 10/2/17
Ring of Faith Handbell Choir (Adult)
At this time, there are no openings for members of this choir.   If you would like to be considered for a substitute ringer, please contact the  Music Director.

Director of Music Ministries - Roy Nelson  215-355-7596
Accompanist / Assistant Director of M.M. - Alissa Nelson
Organist / Accompanist - Brian Barber

Tuesdays - 7 PM
Richboro Pub

ThisTuesday, 10/3/17  
we will discuss the 
NFL protests, patriotism and 
free speech.

Join the Conversation and Bring a Friend!
The Prodigal Son
Beginning Monday, October 9 
6:45 PM in the Parlor
Barb Schneider and Carol Campbell

Two thousand years ago, Jesus told a simple story about a father and his two sons.  This tale stands out because it is a story about each of us and our struggle with sin.  Whether we identify with the rebellion of the younger son or the self-righteousness of the older brother, we all are in need of our Father's grace, mercy, and forgiveness.

Cost of participant guide is $9.00
Sign up on Bulletin Board outside 
Grace Cafe.

Daring Faith  
3 days and times to choose from:

  Beginning Tuesday, October 17, 10AM in the Parlor    
                Leader:  Pastor Janice
Beginning Wednesday, October 18, 7PM in the Parlor
                 Leader: Ruth Portzline - CLM
Daring faith requires taking risk. It requires the courage to step up and face the giants . . . and to face the unknown. It might be easier to stay in your comfort zone, but when you bravely step out to where God has called you, history is made and lives are changed forever. You must be bold and daring to live an extraordinary life of faith.
Learn what it means to have a bold, unshakable faith that gives you the courage to impact the world around you.
Cost of participants guide is $10.00 

The House Girl, the historical fiction debut of Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia.
The Book Club

Tuesday, October 24th
at 7:00 in the parlor.