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
August 26, 2018
 "Needing Some Time Off"
Pastor Janice 
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM 

Thursday, August 23
Sunday, August 26
  Children's Sunday School
  Adult Sunday School
  Children & Youth Sunday School
Tuesday, August 28
  Praise Band Rehearsal
  Table Talk
Wednesday, August 29
  Drive Thru Prayer
Thursday, August 30




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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.
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St. John's Photos!

Dear Members of SPRC and Church Members,

I can't begin to thank you so much for my "Celebration Sunday". It was a very emotional day and week for me working at the church for 36 years. I will treasure the St. John's UMC throw blanket, which is beautiful! The very generous gift card from Gaspers will definitely will be very useful.

I also want to thank the church members for the many, many cards, notes and gifts I received. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated. The three cakes after each service were very much appreciated by all.

Thank you again for making my 36 years at St. John's very enjoyable. I have made so many friends and I will cherish your friendships. I am not leaving St. John's -     I will see you every Sunday at church!

Thanks again for everything!

Love, Carole
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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! 
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
 Join the Conversation!  Bring a Friend!
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) 
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.  
We have an opening for anyone interested in going on the Red Bird Mission Trip, September 15th-22nd.  If interested, please call Ed Campbell, 215-364-0942 for details ASAP.

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!

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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August 23, 2018
Some of you know I've been in San Diego attending the U.M. Board of Discipleship's School Of Congregational Development (with a few days of vacation tacked onto the end!). I've enjoyed all the sessions I've attended, especially the opportunity to hear Father Greg Boyle speak - Father G is the Jesuit priest who founded & runs Homeboy Industries where over 10,000 former gang members from East Los Angeles (the gang capital of the world) find jobs, hope & new life each year. The story Father G tells is absolutely the greatest story of transformation I've ever been privileged to hear. You can get a flavor of this wonderful ministry on . It is quite remarkable!
In addition to the classes and sessions I've attended, it's been an incredible experience to spend time in San Diego & to interact with many clergy and laypeople from the California-Pacific & neighboring Conferences, many of whom have Mexican backgrounds (one District Superintendent told the story of her grandparents crossing the border while her grandmother was in labor. Her father was born, she said, in a bar - a doctor was called to sign his U.S. birth certificate - and they did it, she said, so he would have religious freedom. It was a time when public worship was punishable by hanging - can you imagine?! Her father became a pastor & returned to Mexico to care for the least & lost and he started over 60 churches!)
One of the clergy in this afternoon's seminar spoke about the heartbreaking ministry their church & others have been engaged in over the past couple of months. They're located close to the U.S.-Mexico border where there is a legal site (and detention center) for refugees entering the U.S. to apply for asylum. Apparently the process is extremely slow in recent weeks, and families who've walked hundreds of miles with tiny babies & young children have arrived to find that they must wait in line for 7 days or longer. The area churches are ministering to them each day by bringing food, water & other basic necessities.
As I sit here in my hotel room writing, I realize I am approximately 4.5 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. Up until now, the plight of these Central American families who are fleeing violence & injustice has felt like a problem that is far away. Suddenly it feels very close. But the love, tenderness, care & commitment of local churches relentlessly caring for & trying to lift some of the burden for families they don't even know & will never see again warms my heart.
There is never a shortage of work for God's people, is there? I give thanks to God for the hearts of people everywhere who are busy doing the tough job of standing with people in need - and this week, I'm praying especially for those who care for young men & women who've been involved in gang violence and those who are caring for families from Central America who are desperately trying to save themselves & their children. I hope you'll join me in that prayer.
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.   
As we approach the new school year, this means the beginning of Kids Church and Sunday School.
If you have registered your children last year, then all you need to do is fill out the "short " registration form.  Those who have not registered, will need the long form.
Please help us to help your children have a safe and exciting time here at St. John's.
 Please click Sunday School Registration  
or go to under Children's Ministry  
to register. 
For more information about our Children or Youth Ministries, please contact Director,
David Bigam,  

Children's Ministry is looking for moms and/or dads, grandparents or folks who would love to give some of their time to our kids here at St. John's Sunday School.
We need your help for all ages and grades.
No experience needed and on the job training is included!
This is not an "every Sunday" job.
Tell me how often you would like to help, and we can take it from let's talk!
Please signup now by contacting David Bigam
215.357.6998 (church)
215.206.6779 (cell)

Sunday Nights from 7-8:30 PM
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 7 thru 12.  Youth group resumes September 16 
 If you are in 7th grade or higher and want to be confirmed in the church, the time has come!  
Confirmation Classes are beginning soon.  
Keep an eye out for your snail-mail and signups!!
Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, September 10th 
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 EVERYONE 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?

There are many opportunities for Members and Friends to participate in music at St. John's.  Our Music Ministry brings Joy to our Worship Services, while providing Fellowship opportunities for all involved.
Music for Children and Youth includes:
  • Joyful Voices Vocal Choir for Children
  • Joyful Chimes Bell Choir for Children
  • Youth Choir for grades 6 - 12
  • GENesis Handbells for Youth AND Adults
Music for Adults:
  • Adult Vocal Choir
  • Ring of Faith Bell Choir
  • Celebration Ringers Bell Choir
  • GENesis Handbells for Youth AND Adults
Rehearsals will begin in early September........  
WE NEED YOU.  Please share your talent with the Lord.
Roy Nelson, Director of Music Ministries


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!


The Prayer Box
by: Lisa Wingate

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The Prayer Box is Lisa at her finest.  Tandi's extraordinary journey of healing and hope on Hatteras Island is a mesmerizing thrill and a joy you'll want to savor."

Wednesday, September 12. 2018
10:00 AM and 7 PM
Everyone is welcome!


P lease join us on Wednesday evenings starting September 19 at 7pm in the Grace Cafe for the study of the Gospel of Luke. We'll be using the New Daily Study Bible by William Barclay, The Gospel of Luke, for our study book. Our goals for the study are to deepen our understanding of the Word of God and Who Jesus is as revealed to us by the Scriptures of Jesus's life, ministry, death and resurrection. William Barclay is a world-renowned Biblical scholar whose commentary on these Scriptures will help reveal to us the understanding we seek and bring us closer to the God we love and serve. Please feel free to invite others and hope to see you for our study in His Name.  
This study is led by Ken Lee and the cost of the book is $15.

"Resurrection to Rome"a four week course to explore the early history of Christianity will be taught by Paul Henry in October. We will do a Tuesday morning class and a repeat of the class on Tuesday evenings. The course will explore the incredible growth of the Christian Church from the few disciples of Jesus who gathered at the foot of the cross on Good Friday to a worldwide religious movement by 350 A.D. Come and find out the dynamics of this growth and learn about your own Christian DNA.
  • WHAT is R.I.S.E. Sunday? A morning of worship and hands-on mission projects with local and global impact.
  • WHAT projects are available?
    • Pillowcase Dresses for Little Dresses for Africa: Goal: Make 60 dresses, which are distributed in remote villages and aid in the formation of relationships with mission groups focused on clean water and primary education efforts.
    • Bagged lunches for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen: Goal: Make 750 bagged lunches, including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, for distribution to people experiencing food insecurity in Trenton.
    • Necessity/Outreach Kits for The Synergy Project: Goal: Assemble 90 kits for The Synergy Project, a street outreach program offering assistance for runaway and homeless youth and young adults
    • Cutlery assembly for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen: Goal: Using plasticware, paper napkins, and adhesive bands, roll 4,000 sets of dinnerware for use at one of the 6,000 meals supplied by TASK each week.
    • Rise Against Hunger: Goal: Assemble 13, 824 meals which will feed 37 children in developing countries for one year, through international hunger relief organization Rise Against Hunger.
    • WHEN is it and WHEN can I sign up for a project? R.I.S.E. Sunday is October 7, 2018. We will have a worship service at 9 AM, then two sessions of mission projects from 10:15 to noon. We will begin project registration on Sunday, September 2.
    • WHO can participate? EVERYONE! We will have projects for all ages and ability levels, and the nursery will be open for children age 3 and younger.
Financial support for Rise Against Hunger and other R.I.S.E. Sunday projects: Although we are seeking material donations, there are some perishable items we will need to purchase directly for the bagged lunches, and we need significant financial support for Rise Against Hunger. Here are some suggestions. You could choose to feed 1 child (through Rise Against Hunger) for a year ($124), 6 months ($62), or 1 month ($10). Donations of any amount are appreciated! Use the pink envelopes in the pew racks and designate "R.I.S.E." on the envelope. We will also be doing a communion offering in September.
Donated materials needed by 9/23:
Click on the link below to sign up to donate items.  You may also go to the church website for specific information about these items a or fill out the sign-up sheet in the bulletin and place it in Lara Bolte's mailbox (by the church office).
Saturday, September 8th
8 AM
Fellowship Hall
All Men Welcome!
Sign-up sheet in the Narthex.