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JOIN US FOR
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Praise and Worship
November 5, 2017
All Saints Sunday
The sermon series,
Daring Faith: The Key to Miracles, continues with Pastor Janice's sermon,
"Daring to Commit"
Monday - Friday
Sunday, November 5
Children's Sunday School
Children & Youth Sunday School
Monday, November 6
Prodigal Son Bible Study
Tuesday, November 7
UMW BAKE SALE
Daring Faith Bible Study
Praise Band Rehearsal
Wednesday, November 8
Daring Faith Bible Study
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All "Ongoing Prayer Concerns" will be listed for
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
ould like to request a
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE TABS COLLECTION
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.
Looking for a little inspiration during the week?
Try an online devotional.
(has many devotionals to choose from)
AV HELP NEEDED!
Volunteers are needed to help run the PowerPoints at both the 8 AM and 10:30 AM services. At 8 AM, it will be announcements only on most Sundays, but there could be an occasional special presentation during worship. At 10:30 AM you would be responsible for both the announcements and the worship service. You will be instructed in how to use the AV system. It is very simple. Please contact Peter Sheren if you are interested
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
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.
There will be two Christ Servant Ministries courses offered here at St. John's on December 1-2, 2017.
Introduction to Christ Servant Ministries
for those wishing to begin the road toward becoming a
Christ Servant Minister;
Christ Servant Ministries Speaking Course 1
for those who have already completed the Introduction to Christ Servant Ministries class and wish to be certified as a
Christ Servant Minister.
If you are interested in either of these classes, please contact Ruth Portzline for registration forms.
Wednesday, November 29.
"Before We Were Yours"
By: Lisa Wingate
Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, for readers of Orphan Train and
Daylight Saving Time
Remember to turn the clocks back one hour this Sunday morning!
It's a little late, but thank you all so much for your thoughts, prayers, as well as the multitude of cards and notes following the death of my Mom a few weeks ago. I appreciate your kind words of sympathy and the many personal notes reminding me of the greatest truths of our faith:
"even though we die, yet shall we live."
I know that many of you have also experienced significant losses in your life. Although we know that death is simply a part of God's plan for the children He loves, there is still a profound feeling of "lostness" that sneaks into our souls as we try to adjust to a new reality. For me, one of the most difficult things is the rude reminder I receive several times a day when, without thinking, I have that sudden, familiar urge to "check in with Mom." And then, a split second later, I remember. I still haven't had the heart to delete her phone number from the address book on my phone. One of these days, I know I must - and I will. But not quite yet.
I also know that many of you have experienced the goodness and grace of "family" at times of great loss. It's one of the reasons God made us for relationships, and it's one of His greatest gifts to us. And so I give thanks for the support and the caring of my "sisters" - my sister, Carol, as well as my five stepsisters. In fact, one of them came up with a hashtag we've all adopted - "#SISTERSTRONG." One of them ordered throw pillows with our names and the hashtag "#SISTERSTRONG" imprinted on
them. And over the weekend, my sister announced that she's commissioned a friend to work on a "#SISTERSTRONG" tattoo design (oh my ...) and she seems to think we are all going to have a tattoo party. Yikes.
The other aspect of "family" that we've all experienced, of course, is our wonderful church family. What a blessing it is to gather for worship, for prayer, for study, for fellowship, and for conversation with others who are walking this journey of faith with us. So thank you for being instruments of God's grace and God's presence to me and to one another as brothers and sisters in faith. Keep up the good work, and keep sharing God's love!
BIBLE SUNDAY: NOVEMBER 19, 2017
All 3rd Graders will be receiving their Bibles on Bible Sunday during the 10:30 Worship Service.
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
or children 4 years old through 6th Grade. A parent must accompany children who are attending for the first time.
Volunteers are needed for both the 9:15 and 10:30 services in Children's Sunday School. Contact Alison Beal.
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.
It's been a pleasure serving the St. John's congregation for the past 21 years. Thank you so much for the cards and kind words over the past couple of weeks and for the hard work and passion of the volunteers over the years. Many thanks for the great "Soul Man" performance and the Heifer donation by the Children and Youth Ministries. It was awesome! May God bless the congregation as you move forward.
In His Love,
Hmmm. What are we doing at Youth Gr
This Sunday, November 5
Come out and enjoy the warmth of the fire and
make some s'mores!!
Movie - "The Shack"
"The Shack" will be played for anyone interested,
Fellowship Hall, 6:30pm
Bizarre Food Night
Please mark your calendars for November 15
13th Annual Special Needs Bingo and Dance Night
Wednesday, November 15 from 7:30-9PM
The Pug Wugs are our guests of honor.
Please sign up on the bulletin board outside youth room to participate and bring "goodies" or prizes
as we all love to eat and win!
Morrisville Food Bank Monday
November 13- 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?
It's time to sign up for the
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT
Any child age 5 years - 6
grade is invited to participate in the Christmas Eve Pageant at the 5:30 service.
Sign up at the Children's Ministry table in the Education Wing.
Sign up deadline for speaking parts is November 6.
There are speaking and non-speaking options.
Parents who are available to help out may sign up as well.
Speaking parts only
Speaking parts only
St. John's Music
Happening This Week:
Joyful Voices Choir - Grade K- 5 (6)
The Joyful Voices Choir sings again on Sunday, November 12, at the 10:30 Worship Service. Children will wear robes. Regular rehearsal will be held after Worship. The children are working hard to receive their attendance pins. Several will be awarded this Sunday. Our new CHOIR SHIRTS have been ordered, and will be worn when we sing in late November.
Youth Choir - Grade 6 - 12
The YOUTH CHOIR sings this Sunday, November 5
th, at the 10:30 service. This is a CHANGE from our usual Sunday singing. ROBES THIS SUNDAY. We have begun to work on Christmas music. Please attend ALL rehearsal so you can properly learn the music. Rehearsal tonight at 6 PM. The YOUTH CHOIR is open to anyone in grade 6 - 12. Come Join Us. Rehearsal on November 12 will be at 5:00 PM. This will allow everyone to attend the Church wide event at 6:30.
Grace Notes Hand Bell Rehearsal - Tuesday 5:45
Hand bell ringers are still needed in the Youth Hand Bell Choir. Youth OR Adults are invited to join this choir. We currently have THREE adults ringing in the choir, to assist the young people. Please consider joining and helping out. Regular rehearsal on Tuesday November 7.
Adult Bell Choir Rehearsal - Thursday 6:45 PM
There are currently no openings in the Adult Bell Choir
NO REHEARSAL ON NOVEMBER 9
Adult Choir Rehearsal - Thursday 8 PM
The Adult Choir is open to anyone post-High School who has an interest in singing. There is no audition, but some singing experience is helpful.
Praise Band - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Singers and instrumentalists are welcome to join our Praise Band. Speak to Roy Nelson if you are interested.
Adult Bell Choir - CELEBRATION RINGERS
The CELEBRATION RINGERS Handbell Choir will rehearse on Monday, November 6 at 6:45 PM. The Celebration Ringers meet once a month and present music 3 or 4 times a year. New members are welcome to join us. Music reading skills are a help, but bell ringing experience is not a must. Contact Roy Nelson if you are interested in joining our Bell Choir.
CHRISTMAS MUSIC PROGRAMS
Festival of Carols
Sunday, December 10 - 6:00 pm
Choirs Handbell Choirs Special Music
Orchestra Carol Singing
Canned Goods Food Drive
Music Sunday Services
Sunday, December 17
9:00 & 10:30 Services
Choirs and Handbell Choirs
"A Christmas Music Celebration"
Come Join Us!
The United Methodist Women are having an Election Day Bake Sale to raise money for the many missions we sponsor throughout the year. Bake goods are needed to keep our table going for the entire day. If you like to bake and are willing to help, please place your baked goods in the kitchen prior to
Tuesday, November 7th, or you may place your items in the frig or freezer marked UMW Bake Sale. If the stove is not your best friend or you are short on time, you still can help by manning the bake sale table for two hours on Election Day. There is a sign up sheet on the UMW bulletin board. The United Methodist Women appreciate the congregation's support and we would not be able to continue the work that we do without you. Thank you. For more information, please contact Kathy Keppol at 215-357-7404.
UMW HEIFER PROJECT SUNDAYS
November 5th & 12th
Narthex after all
The International Living Animal Gift Market is now open. All manner of wonderful creatures can be purchased in the narthex this week November 5 and next week November 12th. These gifts of animals provide an entire new way of life for the people who receive them. They provide food, income, health care & educational opportunities for poor families worldwide. Since 2001, St. John's through UMW has donated over $66,000 to Heifer. Thank you for your support!
If more information is needed, please call Rosemarie Malizia at 215 598 8567.
UNITED METHODIST MEN'S BREAKFAST
Saturday, November 18, 2017
8 AM Fellowship Hall
All Men Welcome!
See sign-up sheets on the UMM bulletin board or
email Ed Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org
AN INVITATION TO BECOME A MEMBER
you feel you have found a church home at St. John's, we invite you to become a member! Our next "New Member Sunday" will be Sunday, November 12, 2017.
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.
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!
Blessing of the Animals
t was a wonderful day giving thanks for all God's creation, and celebrating His gift of creatures, great and small.
TURKEY DRIVE FOR EASTWICK FOOD BANK
It is that time of year to start planning for St. John's Thanksgiving Turkey drive for the benefit of the Eastwick Food Bank. We are praying that you again will be able to help!
- Bring in your frozen turkey and place in the freezer.
- Place "Free Turkey" certificates in the collection bags on the Missions Bulletin Board near the Sanctuary.
- Use the Special Offering Envelopes in worship to make a contribution toward the purchase of a turkey. Please write "Eastwick" on the envelope.
Turkeys will be delivered on Monday, November 20th.
Thank you for your support and generosity.
Tuesday, November 7th
We will be discussing belief and why we believe what we do.
Join the Conversation and
Bring a Friend!
Donations of clothing and household furnishings accepted.