St. John's United Methodist Church 

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Prayer List
Sunday School
Red Bird Trailers
Drive Thru Prayer
Pastor Janice's Reflection
VBS Closing Program
Lifetree Cafe
Kathy Troccoli Concert
Author Laura Schroff Visit
Youth Group News
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
July 23, 2017
The sermon series,
The Adventures of Jesus of Nazareth in the 
Gospel of Mark
continues with Pastor Janice's
sermon: "Jesus Heals the Gerasene Demoniac"
Mark 5:1-20

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, July 20
  Vacation Bible School


Friday, July 21
  Vacation Bible School
  VBS Closing Program

Sunday, July 23
  8:00, 9:15, 10:30 am Worship

  Children's Sunday School

  Adult Sunday School

  Children's Sunday School

Tuesday, July 25
  Lifetree Cafe


Wednesday, July 26
  Drive Thru Prayer

Thursday, July 27

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) 

9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
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 has started again 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 sincerely hope that none of you have occasion to stop over at the parsonage this week, because if you do, you are very likely to hear an unusual amount of noise, and perhaps even see a fair amount of chaos.  I'm actually writing this on Saturday because I'm trying to get as much work as possible out of the way prior to tomorrow afternoon when two of the grandkids along with a step-grandkid will be arriving to spend the week with me.  Yes, it's Vacation Bible School week again, and all three of them have been counting down the days.  They love coming to our VBS each summer - they talk about it all year.
            I hope you'll take some time this week to find a way to give thanks to the many people, both laity and staff, who give of their time and energy to make our VBS such a fun, inspiring, and faith-building event for the young people who'll be coming to our church this week.  Some of them are our OWN children, others are children from our surrounding community who may or may not have any exposure to the Christian faith.  So I hope you've been praying that many small hearts will be touched by God's grace and goodness this week.  I consider VBS to be one of the greatest things that we, as a church family, do for and with our young children each year.  The impact of what they learn and experience has the potential to change the direction of their lives for many years to come.
            So continue to pray for them - and give God the glory!
 Pastor Janice
Many, many thanks to all those who helped make 
Maker Fun Factory VBS such a success. 

Andrew Baldridge
Matthew Baldridge Wayne Beal
Morgan Belser David Bigam Lara Bolte
Jackie Brownell David Brownell Bonnie Bustard
Patsy Byle Sharon Byle Miles Byle
Anaijah Crichlow Marjorie Elwell Kari File
Dana Gabriel Liz Gutsch Heidi Gutsch
Ruth Hauler Patricia Johnson Kari Johnson
Amanda Jones April Keller Judy Kelly
Lance Kenney Tessie Kenney
Robbie Kern
Helen Kushla Mary Anne May Peter May
Melissa McDevitt Amber McQuaid Alison Orrino
Karley Pedrick
Ruth Portzline
Ryan Pulaski
Pastor Janice Puliti
Kaitlin Reichert Wade Rice 
Richard Smith Jason Smith Ryan Southard
Stephanie Southard
Melissa Steele Chris Steele
Dan Steele
Abby Taylor Rachel Waugh
Hannah Waugh
Evan Waugh
Emily Whalen
Ashley Whalen
Connie Whalen
Emily Wilson 
Sarah Witschard
Joanne Yerkes
Sally Zemanek
A special thank you to Alison Beal for another amazing week of Vacation Bible School.  Your dedication and hard work is very much appreciated!

The congregation is invited to the 
VBS Closing Program on Friday evening, 7/21 
@ 7 PM in Fellowship Hall!

Lifetree Cafe
Join the Conversation and Bring a Friend!

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!

Every Tuesday at 7 PM
at the Richboro Pub

The topic for the July 25th session will be 
"Body Language:
What You Say Before You Say A Word"

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 

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.

Please join us for a return visit from 
author  Laura Schroff on 
Wednesday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m. 
Laura will discuss her most recent book,  Angels on Earth: Inspiring Stories of Fate, Friendship, and the Power of Connections.  

From the  #1 New York Times  and international bestselling author of  An Invisible Thread  comes a heartwarming and inspiring book about the incredible impact that acts of kindness from strangers can have on the world around us.
Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.  We'll either meet in the parlor or fellowship hall, depending on the number of people who sign up.  Laura will have books available for purchase.  She's willing to sign any of her three books. Please indicate if you would like to make a purchase.  Prices to be determined.
For more information, please contact Eileen Phillips at 

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?