St. John's United Methodist Church 

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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
September 17, 2017

The Sermon Series 
Soul Training 
continues with 
Ruth Portzline's, CLM, sermon "Living Simply"
Matthew 6:19-21;25-34

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

Saturday, September 16
  Leave for Red Bird Mission Trip

Sunday, September 17
Adult Sunday School

  Children's Sunday School

  Children & Youth Sunday School

  Joyful Voices

  Youth Choir

  Youth Group

Tuesday, September 19
  Grace Notes

  Deborah Circle

  Lifetree Cafe


Wednesday, September 20
  Drive Thru Prayer

  Salome Circle

Thursday, September 21
  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) 

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,


We are currently taking orders for Warrior Blue coffee through 
St. John's Church. 
This is a mission outreach to support the coffee growers in the Village of El Naranjito, Dominican Republican, through a unique partnership established with the village through Lycoming College, a United Methodist related institution in Williamsport, PA
Prior to Lycoming's involvement with the villagers in 2014, the village was extremely poor. They did not have an equitable market for their coffee beans. In 2013, the villagers were being paid $0.08 to $0.12 cents per pound. At this rate the villagers lived in deplorable poverty even by third world standards. However, through the efforts of Lycoming and its students a partnership was formed in which Lycoming became directly involved in teaching the villagers better farming techniques, purchasing additional coffee plants to replace those lost to the roya virus and purchasing macadamia and avocado plants to provide shade for improved coffee bean growth as well as to give the farmers additional income producing crops. This was all done while paying the villagers $1.85 per pound in 2015 for their coffee beans and $2.05 per pound in 2016. The goal is to eventually pay $3.05 per pound for a premium bean that will compete for flavor and quality with any other brand available in the United States. 


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.

Please pray for our Missionaries in Beverly, KY 

Karen Arner
Linda Barr
Chris Belser
Ed Campbell
Paul Cell
Denise Clark
Vivian DiCristofaro
Jim MacMain
Pat Mayrhofer
Dick Paulus
Laura Paulus
Jane Purdy
Barbara Schink

Lifetree Café  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!"

Every Tuesday
7 PM
@ Richboro Pub

September 19th Topic:

"Is Church Obsolete?  
Has God Left The Building? "


Join the Conversation 
& Bring a Friend!!!

Be sure to Like and Share our Lifetree Caf é posts on Facebook  with your friends!
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I have a preference when it comes to airlines, and some of you might be able to guess which one it is.  I am on vacation this week, you see.  In fact, I am writing this little memoir to help me pass the time on my flight.  According to my calculations, this is my 11th annual trip to my friend's timeshare in - of all places - Las Vegas.  And yes, we are misfits - we aren't gamblers.  We just like the lazy river at the Tahiti Village, and we like the shows!
Here is where you might get a clue as to my favorite airline.  We had a 6:00 am flight this morning (yes ... had to be the airport at 4 a.m. - ugh).  Therefore, I got my iPhone all set up on the airline's website the night before last.  Then I set my alarm for 5:55 a.m. yesterday morning.  And then I waited with my finger poised to press the  "check in" button at the very instant the clock read "6 a.m.".  Immediately, the boarding pass popped up - my position in line was B7.  Whew.  Could've been better, but given the fact that I refuse to ever pay the extra $15 to have my place in line assigned prior to check-in, I was happy.  The goal, of course, is to have your choice of seats.  By the time you get to the "C" boarding group, you see, the only seats left could very well be nothing but single middle seats.
And yes, of course the whole process is a bit of a nuisance.  Other airlines assign seats in advance - you can choose them when you purchase your ticket.  But I don't really care about that.  Whenever I have a choice, I will ALWAYS choose this airline (yes - it's Southwest)
A couple of years ago, I read an article that spoke about the hiring process and the interview process for potential employees of Southwest Airlines.  The main requirement is personality - it's lightheartedness and it's the ability to be outgoing and even fun-loving.  They only want to hire people who love people.  And it shows.  And yes ... I've been on flights where, prior to the flight, the pilot came out to say hello and to serenade us with his harmonica.  I was once on a flight where a flight attendant entertained us with a stand-up comedy routine.  In other words, it's my overall impression that Southwest employees love what they are doing - which translates into excellent customer service.  I don't even mind the check-in/boarding process - in fact, the informality of it is kind of endearing!
So ... I am reminded of hospitality in the church!  It's no secret that we have entered what experts refer to as a "post-Christian" era here in the U.S.  Oh sure, we still have the "Bible belt."  But the Northeast and the Bible belt are world's apart.  Joining or attending a church is no longer a priority for many, many people.  That's why it's our job to be ambassadors for the church of Jesus Christ.  We want to show people how much we love Christ and we love people.  We want to be the reason someone who might otherwise not know Christ decides to explore the faith and to then give their life to Him.  We want to be what Jesus calls "the salt of the earth and the light of the world" - people who love what we are doing, and who let it show.
And oh, by the way, my daughter & son-in-law's cruise that was stuck at sea since Saturday because of Irma is finally arriving back in Fort Lauderdale this morning (Tuesday).   Of course, their flight home was cancelled.  But fortunately, the airline was able to book them on one of their first flights out of Fort Lauderdale tonight.  They had no way to check in for their flight, and so for the second time in one day, there I was at precisely 6:50 pm last night with my finger ready to click the "check in" button.  A 43 & A 44.  Yay!!
 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.
  • 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)
Registration: September 3-24.  Sign up early for the projects of your choice.  Last-minute signups will be assigned to areas of most need.

Or register on Sunday mornings after worship in the Narthex.

Financial support for Rise Against Hunger: Donations of any amount are appreciated.  Here are some suggestions.  You could choose to feed 1 child for a year ($108), 6 months ($54) or 1 month ($9).  Use the pink envelopes in the pew racks and designate "R.I.S.E." on the envelope.

You will find more specifics about types and quantities needed on the donation sign up sheet.  
Here's the type of items we need:

trash bags
sheets pillow cases
old neckties
laundry pods
crochet cotton thread
old blankets
sandwich bags tube socks
1/4 inch elastic 1/2 inch bias tape
3-inch doll needles rain ponchos
Band Aids Neosporin
McDonald gift cards

Donated materials needed by 9/24

Loaned items include sewing machines, 
good sewing scissors.



It's time to register all Children and Youth for Sunday School and Nursery.  Each year we need to have updated information (especially about allergies, etc.) and sign out permission, so we can provide a safe environment for your children.
Previously Registered Families:  If you have registered in the past, you can register with the short form online  HERE.
First Time Registrations:  Two Registration Options
You can register online  HERE .  You will need to complete a form for each child you are registering.
You can download and print the registration  HERE.  
Use one  form for all children and youth in the same family. When completed, return by mail or turn in when you
drop your child off at Sunday School

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. 

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 from 7:00-8:30 PM

We're hangin' out to have a chance to re-acquaint ourselves with everyone from a long summer break and to welcome the 7th graders we have coming in.

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

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?

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: 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


Confirmation is open to all students Grade 7 and above.
  • Attend Confirmation Classes on Sundays at 10:30 Oct. 1, 2017 through March 18, 2018.
  • Attend the 9:15 AM Worship Service
  • Attend Sunday Night Youth Group each week
  • Attend Both Confirmation Retreats.  The first retreat will be Sept. 29-30.
  • Second retreat is scheduled for March 16-18, 2018 at Camp Innabah. More information will be available at a later date.
There will be a brief orientation meeting for parents and students on Sunday September 17 following 10:30 service. 

Confirmation Rehearsal Dinner 
Friday, April 6, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018 
10:30 AM Worship Service.
Sign-up sheet located outside the sanctuary or Complete Online:
Feel free to speak to David Bigam if you have any additional questions or concerns.


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.
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

  Choir rehearsals for Vocal and Handbell Choirs will begin on the following dates:
Joyful Voices (children) 
Sunday September 17  - 11:30 - 12:15pm

Holy Handbells (children) 
Thursdays 5:45 - TBD
Youth Choir 
Sunday September 17  6:00 - 7:00pm

Grace Notes Handbells 
Tuesday September 19  -  5:45 - 6:45pm
Adult Choir 
Thursday September 14  8:00 - 9:30pm

Ring of Faith Handbells 
Thursday September 21 6:45 - 7:45pm
Celebration Ringers 
Monday October 2  - 7:00 - 8:00pm

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
Beginning Sunday, October 15, 7PM in the Parlor
                Leader: Alison Beal
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 


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.

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. 
Ruth Portzline will be available at the end of each service on Sunday to give more information and to ask if you will be willing to contribute a devotion.