St. John's United Methodist Church 



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Line Dancing
Church-Wide Picnic
Book Club
R.I.S.E. Sunday
Red Bird Pancake Breakfast
Drive Thru Prayer
Table Talk
Drive Thru Nativity
Acolytes Needed
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 5, 2018
Holy Communion  
  Pastor Janice's sermon:  
 "Who is Jesus?"
John 6:35; 41-51
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM 

Thursday, August 2
Sunday, August 5
  Red Bird Recognition Day
  Children's Sunday School
  Children & Youth Sunday School
Tuesday, August 7
  Table Talk
Wednesday, August 8
  Drive Thru Prayer
Thursday, August 9




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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.

While you're away this summer, the Missions and ministry of the church need to keep working. Electronic giving, text giving or even one time lump sum giving are three ways you can give while enjoying the beach.
  • Just go to our website
  • Click on the donate now button and register.
Once you've registered, you can either make donations by debit or credit.  
OR try  
 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
If you have any questions about mobile or text giving,
email Lou Lescas at

We have installed a keypad for front door entry, emulating what many others churches and businesses have been doing over the last decade. Several church members have attended seminars extolling the needs of getting away from the idea of a wide open church during the day and night. In that time we have had several very minor yet revealing security issues that needed to be resolved.

In addition, there are probably several hundred keys that have been given out over the last 20 years, many of which were not returned. They could have been from members who died, left the church or moved. Also, often the church is left unlocked overnight an alarming number of days/year.

We feel that we have derived a good solution- a front door keypad for entry of those who lead groups and who need passage, and a complete rekeying of the building. This is all to ensure the safety and security of our church building 24/7, our staff during the day, and all of the groups who meet here, day and night.

For those people who will receive the keypad code, to enter the front center doors, just put the six digit number into the keypad and you'll hear a click- then, just open the door handle. The door will automatically lock behind you in several seconds. The doors can be set to stay unlocked too, as in Sunday worship. The keypad does not affect the automatic doors' performance. Also, you will still be able to enter the church from all of the doors on Sunday morning for worship.

The keypad code will be changed from time to time, as needed, again for security purposes. People who have church access will receive a new email when this occurs.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please call me at
215 828 5528, or email me at

Lou Lescas, Administrator

The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship and refreshments. 

Order forms are available in the Grace Café.
Thank you for helping to fight for what's right
one cup at a time! 
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.

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.  

Donations of non-perishable food for the Eastwick Food Pantry 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.  
Looking for a little inspiration during the week?  
Try an online devotional.    
(has many devotionals to choose from)
(Devotional for Women)
(Devotional for Men) 
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August 2, 2018
            Mission and ministry comes in lots of different shapes and sizes. And now that it's August, we began talking about Fall & Winter at staff meeting this morning. I can't help but be excited about some of the opportunities we'll have as a church family this year.
            First of all, it's been a few years since we've had an actual "church picnic" and this September, we hope to do just that - complete with pie baking contest, games, and activities for kids. Oh - and burgers and hot dogs too.
            In the spirit of St. Francis, we'll once again be blessing the animals this Fall - watch for the date. And plan to bring your furry family members to church - we'd love to meet them and we'd especially love to pray God's blessing on them.
            Then it will be "R.I.S.E." Sunday at the beginning of October - and yes, we can thank Bruce Springsteen once again for our theme song, so plan on practicing it in worship during the month of September! This year, we'll gather at 9 am for worship and then we'll spend the rest of the morning making pillow-case dresses for needy girls in Africa, we'll be packing 750 lunches and packaging at least a zillion utensils & napkins to be delivered to the Trenton Soup Kitchen, we'll be making "necessity kits" for homeless youth in Bucks Country, and of COURSE the Rise Against Hunger organization will be here to guide us once again in packaging another 13,000+ meals to be used for world-wide hunger relief. Mark your calendar!
            Then on Sunday afternoon, October 14, St. John's will be participating in the Doylestown Crop Hunger Walk, sponsored by Church World Service. This is a mission activity that the whole family can participate in and we're excited to be a part of it this year.
            And then there is a brand new and exciting opportunity to add to your Advent calendar this year. On Sunday evening, December 16, St. John's will be presenting our first (and perhaps annual) Drive-Thru Live Nativity, complete with all of the characters in the Christmas story, music, and yes, of course - the animals will be here too - we'll even have a camel with us. This wonderful and heartwarming event will take place around the perimeter of our parking lot, allowing cars to slowly drive through and experience the scenes of the Christmas story - St. John's gift to both our congregation and our surrounding community.
            And these are just a FEW of the many opportunities in mission and ministry in the upcoming months. It will be an exciting time, and a faith-filled time. We can't wait to tell you more about the details and we especially can't wait to make a difference for Christ - with your help, of course. Watch for details!
Pastor Janice


All Children 4 years to 6th grade from both service times, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. will go directly to Holywood
(Room D)
Parents can pick up from Room A or C.

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.   
Please go to the Children's Ministry Page for forms. 
Sunday School Registration 
For more information about our Children or Youth Ministries, please contact Director,
David Bigam,  

Attention new 7th Graders!
Welcome & Congratulations to you!!
We all look forward to meeting and greeting you this summer and in the fall. You are now able to join  
St. John's youth on our summer activities.  

August 15
Tubing the Delaware

Sign ups will be on the Bulletin Board outside
the Youth Room.
Keep an eye out in the Bulletin and your Inbox.
Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, August 13th    
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!!!!

And as always
Bring a Friend and Bring a Can!

Have you HELPED anyone today?
Have you SAID SOMETHING NICE to anyone today?


So many thanks go out to these folks who have helped make this week at Vacation Bible School so amazing!
Andrew Baldridge 
Sarah Kavash 
Michael Smedley 
Matthew Baldridge 
April Keller 
Mitchell Smedley 
 Jimmy Baldridge 
Lance Kenney   Karissa Smedley  
 Morgan Belser  Tessie Kenney   Jason Smith 
Laura Belser  Robbie Kern   Stephanie Southard  
Olivia Boccardo   Helen Kushla  Melissa Steele  
David Brownell 
Brenna Lucoth   Peg Thatcher 
Colleen Brownell 
Mary Anne May 
 Rose Vizza 
Patsy Byle 
Peter May  
Rachel Waugh  
Sharon Byle  Melissa McDevitt Evan Waugh

Carol Campbell  Matthew McDevitt   Emily Whalen 
Ed Campbell   Amber McQuaid  Ashley Whalen  
Bethany Conover  River Norton   Connie Whalen  
Sophia Conover  Alison Orrino  Kiersten Whalen  
Vivian DiCristofaro  Ruth Portzline   Caitlin Whalen 
Kari File  Sue Priore  Emily Wilson  
Dana Gabriel  Rosemarie Malizia  Ali Witt 
Cathy Geiger 
Wade Rice   Joanne Yerkes  
Lauren Gudknecht  Jalen Saunders   Sally Zemanek  
Liz Gutsch  Amy Scarlett   Pastor Janice   
Heidi Gutsch  Lily Scarlett    
Amanda Jones 
Kristen Smedley  
Decoration assistance from members of Neshaminy Warwick.
The Congregation of St. John's!


Wednesday, September 5th at 6:45 PM
Fellowship Hall
No fee
We will meet the 1st Wednesday of each month.
No experience necessary - come out and have fun!
Bring water!
All ages are welcome, and feel free to bring a friend.
Call Carol Eberz (215-355-3572) or Jane Horton (215-630-6020) with questions!


Sunday, September 9 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM

St. John's will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and drinks (water, tea, and lemonade).  


We will have online and paper sign-ups for these items.  

Please sign up so we know how much food to buy!


This event will be fun for ALL ages:

Outdoor games!

Pie-baking contest!

Inflatable fun for the kids!

Board games for people who prefer seated activities!



If you have questions, or if you have outdoor game equipment to share (badminton/horseshoes/croquet, etc), please contact Lara Bolte at or  

215-357-6998 ext. 309.


Wednesday, August 15th
10:00 AM and 7:00 PM
Church Parlor

"Make Your Bed"
by Admiral William H. McRaven
(U.S. Navy Retired)


We are again making pillowcase dresses as one of our R.I.S.E. Sunday mission projects. We need pillowcases in colors and/or prints suitable for little girls. We also need WIDE double folded bias tape and ¼ inch elastic for this project.
We have set a goal of 60 dresses, so please consider purchasing pillowcases and/or other supplies to help. If you have any questions, please see Ruth Portzline.
Red Bird Trailers  
Are Open Daily
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Drop off Donations of clothing and household items to the trailers located in the back of the church parking lot.  
4th Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast
Sponsoring Our Fall Adult Mission Trip to Red Bird, Kentucky
Sunday, August 19th
8:00  AM-Noon

Tickets on sale in the Narthex
August 5th & 12th
Adults - $6; Children 6-12 - $4; Under 6 - Free
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,
 Join the Conversation!  Bring a Friend!

Time to dust off your Christmas spirit!
 St John's Christmas gift to our community!   
December 16, 2018     5 PM- 8 PM  
"Drive-Thru Nativity"
Experience the complete Christmas story as you drive through the church grounds!
Your time and talents are needed to make this a huge success!!
Stay tuned for additional information!

If you are in grades 3 - 6 and would like to be
an important part of worship at
St. John's, here is your opportunity!
We are looking for acolytes for the 10:30 am service.
If you are interested, please contact
Jennifer Haas @ 215-953-1560 or at