St. John's United Methodist Church 

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Join us for worship
Prayer List
Sunday School
Drive Thru Prayer
Pastor's Reflection
Children's Ministries Help
Blessing of the Backpacks
Sunday School Registration
Kathy Troccoli Concert
Lifetree Cafe Tuesday Night
Youth Group News
Red Bird Trailers
Pancake Breakfast
Book Club
Laura Schroff Visit
UMM Breakfast
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 20, 2017
"See You Are Already Well"
Guest speaker, 
Rev. Paul Henry
John 5:1-15

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, August 17

Sunday, August 20
  Red Bird Mission Pancake Breakfast

  Children's Sunday School

  Children & Youth Sunday School

Tuesday, August 22
  Lifetree Cafe

Praise Band Rehearsal


Wednesday, August 23
  Drive Thru Prayer

Thursday, August 24
  Kathy Troccoli Concert


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) 

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,
St. John's Congregants, 
Heartland Hospice needs volunteers.  
Please spread the word: 

Help Heartland expand our team of amazing volunteers.  Anyone with questions or curiosity about hospice volunteering should call Lisa DiCerto at 610-941-6700.  You will be working with patients in your local community!
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           This past weekend was a rough one for our nation.  It was a reminder of the presence of something very dark and disturbing, not just in Charlottesville, Virginia, but throughout our nation.  That "something" is the bubbling up of racism, bigotry, intolerance, and hatred.  Most of us have a hard time trying to make sense of what we saw happening - white supremacy, white nationalist, neo-Nazi and other "hate" groups marching; statements by the former KKK grand wizard; violence; the death of innocent people.  It was a sad weekend indeed.
            The thing we need to remember is that none of those who were marching were born with prejudice, intolerance, hatred, or bigotry in their hearts.  Young children care about things like love, kindness, gentleness, and trustworthiness, but they could not care less about such superficial things as skin color, socioeconomic status, nationality, education level, etc.  Bigotry and prejudice are learned behaviors.  And it happens because someone, or more likely, LOTS of someones, taught it to those marchers - none of them came up with beliefs like that on their own. 
            And the best thing for us to do is #1) let's PRAY.  Let's pray that God's love and grace will prevail and that hearts will change.  And #2) let's do what we can to counter those messages of hatred with messages of love.  It stands to reason that if young people are able to be taught to hate their fellow human beings, they are also able to be taught to LOVE them.  That's Christ's message and that's OUR job.  We have to make sure that people see us loving even the unlovable, being tolerant and accepting of others even when we don't agree with them, and speaking words that build up rather than break down.  It's up to us to teach Christ's ways by our own example. 
            I share with you the following statement from the 2016 Social Principles of the United Methodist Church, and I pray that we will all stand up to the terrible sin of racism.
                                        Pastor Janice


There is a desperate need for Sunday School and Nursery Volunteers for both the 
9:15 and 10:30 services. 

Please consider whether you can help once a month or more.  There will be little or no preparation needed for Sunday School.  Safe Sanctuary clearances will be required.  Please see Alison Beal in the Narthex or email at, if you can help. 

Sunday, September 3rd
Children and Youth bring their school backpacks into worship for a school year blessing. They will receive a small token to place on their backpack to remind them of their faith.

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 place in the Registration box in the Education Wing. 
"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 tickets for the Kathy Troccoli concert, you may print them from
There will be a $1.00 handling fee for each ticket.
 Or contact Barbara Schneider at 215-357-5388.

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 

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.


Lifetree Cafe
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
7 PM
@ Richboro Pub

August 22nd Topic:
A Former NFL Player Speaks Out"
 This week, we're going to take a close look at an injury that's affecting more and more people...including people you know.  If you or someone you know is deciding whether to sign on the dotted line to allow a child to participate in sports, you'll want to be here.  If you or someone you know has suffered a concussion, in sports or the military or somewhere else, 
this is an hour for you, too. 

Join the Conversation 
& Bring a Friend!!!

Be sure to Like and Share our Lifetree Caf é
 posts on Facebook  with your friends!
NO Youth Group This Sunday Night

Morrisville Food Bank Monday
September 11 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?


9:00a.m. - 5:30p.m.

3rd Annual Pancake Breakfast
Red Bird Mission Trip 
THIS SUNDAY, August 20, 2017
8 AM - Noon 

Tickets on Sale in the Narthex after Worship
$6.00 Adults, $4.00 Children ages 6-12
Children under 5 - Free


St. John's Book Club
Wednesday, September 13, 
7:00 PM in the Parlor.

"The Girl Who Wrote in Silk"
By: Kelli Estes
Author Laura Schroff 
visited St. John's to speak about her book, 
Angels on Earth, and the importance of kindness.

United Methodist Men's Breakfast

Saturday, September 9, 2017
8 AM - 
Fellowship Hall

Guest Speaker:  
Bill Hartman, Free Masonry Historic Origins
All Men Welcome!
Sign up sheets in the Narthex