St. John's United Methodist Church 



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Church-Wide Picnic
Book Club
Bible Study
R.I.S.E Sunday
Red Bird
Red Bird Pancake 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 19, 2018
 "The Good Shepherd"
Ruth Portzline, CLM
Psalm 23 
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM 

Thursday, August 16
Sunday, August 19
Red Bird Pancake Breakfast
  Children's Sunday School
  Children & Youth Sunday School
Tuesday, August 21
  Table Talk
Wednesday, August 22
  Drive Thru Prayer
Thursday, August 23




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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

While you're away this summer, the Missions and ministry of the church need to keep working. Electronic giving, text giving or even one time lump sum giving are three ways you can give while enjoying the beach.
  • Just go to our website
  • Click on the donate now button and register.
Once you've registered, you can either make donations by debit or credit.  
OR try  
 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

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) 

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!


We are looking for men and women who can use a hammer, saw, etc., to help with constructing the scenes for our Live Nativity to be held in December.
If you would like to be involved in this exciting outreach project here at St. John's, please contact  
Ruth Portzline, at church - 215-357-6998, ext 306 or email her at
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,
August 16, 2018

            I can't begin to tell you when the last time was that I went bowling. It's been years. But Saturday afternoon, my grandson, Jalen, and I were trying to figure out something fun to do on a rainy afternoon, and he suddenly said, "Bowling! Let's go bowling!"
            "When was the last time you went bowling?" I asked. "Oh ... maybe 3 or 4 years ago. But I really want to go bowling!"
            With a little bit of a grimace on my face, and after trying to make a plea for the movie theater, I finally caved. "Okay ... let's go bowling."
            Well, I was actually pretty surprised to find out that I had no idea whatsoever where there was a local bowling alley. Thanks to Google, I found out there was one in Warminster, right there on Street Road. I must have passed it by a thousand times, but never noticed it was there.
            I'm almost embarrassed to tell you that I used to bowl in a women's league - many moons ago. And I wasn't half bad. However, on Saturday afternoon, I bowled two games - a whopping 77 & then a 92. Don't laugh!
            But we had fun. We even had fun running through the pouring rain to get to the entrance. And then we had fun on the second part of the outing. Dinner. "Where do you want to go to eat?" I asked him. Well, I should have known. "I have a taste for the Chick-fil-a," he replied. Of course. So we went to the Chick-fil-a, ran through the rain again, and ate chicken sandwiches, waffle fries & lemonade together.
            So it was a good day, a VERY good day. Sometimes rainy days are like that. I think God sends them to us every now and then just so we slow down and find a fun rainy-day activity we can do with someone else. God loves it when we simply enjoy one another's company.
            And God ALSO loves it when we slow down enough to simply enjoy HIS company.
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

The Prayer Box is a masterpiece of story and skill. "Lisa Wingate is a remarkably gifted storyteller.  Her novels both captivate and cradle you, and
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!

Please 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.


  • 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).
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.  
4th Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast
Sponsoring Our Fall Adult Mission Trip to Red Bird, Kentucky
This Sunday, August 19th
8:00 AM-Noon
Tickets will be available at the door!
Adults - $6; Children 6-12 - $4; Under 6 - Free
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