St. John's United Methodist Church 


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Join us for worship
2018 Confirmation Class
Prayer List
Sunday School
Mobile Text Giving
Graduate Recognition
Red Bird Trailers Open
Table Talk
Daily Devotionals
Invitation to Membership
Youth Group
Vacation Bible School
Chicken BBQ
Flea Market
Sheets for Red Bird
Book Club
Drive Thru Prayer
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
May 20, 2018
New Member Sunday!
Pastor Janice's sermon  
"Lead Us Not Into Temptation"

Matthew 4:1-11

Monday - Friday
8:30-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 17
  Image Update Meeting


  Adult Choir

Saturday, May 19
Sunday, May 20
  Bells Recognition Sunday
  New Member Sunday

  Children's Sunday School

  Children & Youth Sunday School

  Joyful Voices

  Youth Choir

Monday, May 21
  Proverbs Bible Study

  Leadership Board

Tuesday, May 22
  VBS Decorating

  GENesis Bells

  VBS Decorating

  Praise Band Rehearsal

  Table Talk


Wednesday, May 23
  Drive Thru Prayer

  Line Dancing

  Live Nativity Meeting

  Bible Study

Thursday, May 24
Congratulations to our  
2018 Confirmation Class!



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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.

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. 

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. 

For more information about our Children or Youth Ministries, please contact Director,
David Bigam, 

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 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.  
OR try our new

In addition to our current opportunities for giving online, we now have the option of giving by text message. 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

Help us give proper recognition to our students at the 10:30 a.m. service on June 10, 2018.  Please list on the back of the top page of the Ritual of Friendship the name and school of anyone you know from St. John's who is graduating high school or college this June.  You may also call the church office at 215-357-6998.

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.
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.
Red Bird Trailers Are Open!
Daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Donations of clothing and household items accepted.  

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.  

Join the Conversation and 
Bring a Friend!
Looking for a little inspiration during the week?  
Try an online devotional.    
(has many devotionals to choose from)
(Devotional for Women)
(Devotional for Men) 

The Grace Cafe is open 
after worship for fellowship and refreshments. 

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May 17, 2018
I met the most interesting man a couple of weeks ago. He happened to be the tour guide on an excursion I signed up for in Belize (yes, I was on a cruise and it was a wonderful week!). The name of the excursion was "Lamanai Mayan Ruins and Riverboat Excursion". It consisted of a one hour bus trip and then a 30 minute speedboat (not exactly what I was picturing when I thought of a "riverboat") ride to the site of 3 Mayan temples in Lamanai along with the excavated ruins of the Mayan king's residence, a sort-of game stadium (the "ball court") and the ruins of a Mayan town where approximately 900 families had lived. You know how much I love ancient archeology, so yes, I was in my glory!
            However, almost as intriguing (and maybe even MORE intriguing) was our tour guide. Not only was he full of energy and enthusiasm, but he talked non-stop during the entire bus ride. He was a native of Belize, his name was Elvis Usher, and now I know practically everything you'd ever want to know about Belize. He passed around pictures of everything you could think of - the national bird, the flag, school uniforms, maps, his passport (!!!), you name it. It was fascinating. As an example of how clueless I was, I had had no idea that Belize used to be British Honduras and that it was the only Central American nation that spoke English. Elvis had collected all of the coins of Belize - pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, & dollars ("we don't have a dollar bill!") into clear little envelopes and gave each of us one as a souvenir - he even signed the back of the envelope ("Elvis Usher 2018"). Then he showed us a video of his house - he wanted all of us to know how he lived, and so he walked around with his phone so we could all watch it. All the while, Elvis kept talking and joking and proudly lifting up his country, which he obviously loved very deeply. And we all loved Elvis. He was the most likeable guy in the world. He gave us his personal email address and told us to keep in touch.
            When it got to be lunchtime, Elvis told us to forget about the boxed lunches in the description of the excursion. He said he had his friends prepare an authentic Belizian meal for us. Elvis told us he was very religious, just like most of the people of Belize, and he offered a prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. He was a true example of faith and love in action - right there on a cruise ship excursion in Belize. Whoever would have suspected??
            So I wanted to share the story of having met such a fascinating and enthusiastic man of faith on my vacation! I've added Elvis to my personal prayer list. And I give thanks for his ability to lift up so many hearts and souls as he does his job every day.   I know I was blessed to have made his acquaintance!
Pastor Janice 
This Sunday, May 20, 2018
at 10:30 a.m. service

Those wishing to become members of St. John's will be invited to take the vows of membership at any of our three worship services. 
If you feel you have found a church home at St John's, we invite you to become a member!
The only "requirement" for membership is that you feel a commitment to Christ and a desire to make St. John's your church family.  If you feel God calling you to take this next step on your faith journey, we welcome you with open arms!  Please check off "wish to join" on the sign-in tablet or contact the church office at 215-357-6998 or
May 20, 2018

This Sunday, May 20, St. John's will recognize 3 it's 4 Handbell Choirs.  We give thanks to these "RINGERS" who bring their talent and dedication to our Worship Services throughout the year.

The Handbell Choirs will be playing at all services this Sunday.
  • 8:00 - GENesis Handbells & Ring of Faith
  • 9:15 - Celebration Ringers
  • 10:30 - ALL Bell Choirs
Please thank members of the Bell Choirs for their contributions to St. John's.

GENesis Handbells 

Jane File 
Kari File 
Kari Johnson   Andrew Baldridge 
Abby Taylor*
(Graduating Senior) 
Matt Haas 
Rosemarie Malizia  Hannah Hartfeil 
Brian File  Jenn Haas 
Sarah Witschard  Matthew Floyd 

Celebration Ringers

Linda Barr
Carol Rice
Dolly Cell
Sandy Rice
Vinny DiCristofaro
Deb Scarpati
Vivian DiCristofaro
Barbara Schink
Sarah Leslie
Peg Thatcher
Nancy MacMillan
Lynne Tomlinson
Jeffrey Mencken
Debi Wirtz
Sue Nelson

Ring of Faith

Jack Barr
Alissa Nelson
Linda Beason
Laura Paulus
Katie Decker
Jack Schink
Matt Haas (sub)
Barbara Schneider
Jennifer Haas
David Sharper
Sue Kirby
Valerie Sharper
Nancy MacMillan
Janice Simon
Garry Warlow (sub)
Kari File (sub)
David Brownell (sub)

Roy Nelson, Director of Music Ministries

 Music Appreciation Sunday - June 10, 2018

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


Thanks in advance to those donating to our Bake Sale at the Chicken BBQ this Saturday!

Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, June 11th  
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!!!!

Morrisville Food Bank Monday

And as always
Bring a Friend and Bring a Can!

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

JULY 23-27
9 am - NOON
For children 4 years thru 6th grade.
Hurry seats fill fast!!!
Registration forms can be found on the table in the Education Wing or download and print the registration form here:
VBS Registration Form

  Please contact David Bigam, Director of Children and Youth Ministries, with questions.
215-357-6998 or

Decorating is on Tuesdays: 10am - Noon;
6:30-8:30 pm. 
No artistic skills necessary. 
For more information please contact David Bigam 215-357-6998 or

Snack Factory Helper
Prepare snacks for the crews each day. Need not be there every day. Indicate your availability below
Crew Leader
Volunteers 18 years of age or older. Guide groups of 5-7 children to stations. No preparation required.
Jr. Crew Leader
Volunteers 14 - 17 years old. Guide groups of 5-7 children to stations. No preparation required.
Song Leaders
Lead the songs before and during VBS each day.
Registration Administrator
Put registration information into a spreadsheet, mail out information to families.
Decorating Team
Make & put up decorations. No artistic ability needed. Come out & have fun.   Tuesdays: 10am - Noon, 6:30 - 8:30pm.
Clean Up Crew
Take down decorations on Friday night after the closing program. Put everything away, get classrooms back in order, vacuum, take out trash, etc.

A sign-up sheet for VBS Snack Donations is on the board outside the Grace Cafe or you can sign up Online.
Thanks for your support!
For questions, contact David Bigam 215-357-6998

Our Mission Trip this year is to Summers County, WV, July 7 - 14.  There are 28 youth going on the Mission Trip.   
We would like each of them to be covered in prayer.  Prayer partners agree to pray for their participant each day of the Mission Trip and as they prepare for the trip.  Prayer partners are also asked to send along small notes of encouragement for their participant to read during their time away. 
Once signed up, you will be given a youth to pray for.
Please email Kim Smith at to sign up. 
Prayer partner sign up: 
I ­­­­­­­­­­­ would like to be a prayer partner for a 2018 Summers County, WV Trip Participant.
Name   _______________________________________
Thank you for your support!
Pocono Plateau
Gretna Glen
Carson Simpson Farms
If your child or youth is interested in attending any one of these fabulous Methodist camps, the United Methodist Men have generously offered $50 vouchers to assist in covering the cost.  Contact David Bigam by June 30 if you would like to receive a voucher.


34th Annual  
This Saturday, May 19, 2018 
11:00 AM - 7 PM

Eat-in or Take-out!  
Delicious chicken, great fellowship!

Also come enjoy the Flea Market,
Bake Sale and Car Wash
(proceeds benefit the Youth ASP Mission Trip)
St. John's ASP Team
Annual Spring Cleaning Flea Market
Saturday, May 19, 2018 
10:00 am

It's time to clean out those closets and make some money!
Come sell and shop. This opportunity is open to everyone!
First come- First serve.
Spaces are limited, rain or shine.
Spaces are just $10.00
$10 per Table if you need it!
So, get yours today!!!
Set up time for the event is 10am and not before.
Questions please contact David Bigam (

Naomi Circle will be collecting sheets during the month of June.  Red Bird has requested twin sheets for their Christmas boxes this year.  They mentioned sheets with a juvenile pattern on them would be great.  They are also asking for solid colors.  There will be containers placed throughout the church for our donations.  Thanking you in advance.  Any questions call Linda Barr, 215-773-9865, or Carol Campbell, 215-364-0942.

After enjoying delicious dishes prepared by our UMW members, we were treated to a visit by Queen Victoria who enlightened us on her long life. She shared a bedroom with her protective mother from her birth in 1837 until she became queen of the United Kingdom in 1901. She married her first cousin, Albert, in 1840 who died in 1861.

She gave birth to nine children and spoke about her relationships with each of them. Quite a few of their children went on to marry into other royal families. She had 42 grandchildren. She's often referred to as the "Grandmother of Europe". She died in 1901 at the age of 81. She is the great great grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II.


Learn a new dance each session
All ages and abilities welcome
Sessions most Wednesdays
Begins 5/23/18
 6:45 PM

Call Carol Eberz (215-355-3572 or
Jane Horton (215-630-6020)


Wednesday, June 13
10:00 AM and 7 PM - Parlor

The Letter
By: Kathryn Hughes

The story of two women born decades apart whose paths are destined to cross and how one woman's devastation leads to the other's salvation.
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 will be placing an order for Warrior Coffee on
June 1st. If you wish to order please use the order form in the Grace Café.

Thank you for helping to fight for what's right
one cup at a time!