St. John's United Methodist Church 



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Pastor's Reflection
Sunday School-Summer
Youth Group
Line Dancing
Church-Wide Picnic
Book Club
R.I.S.E. Sunday
Red Bird Pancake Breakfast
Help Wanted
Drive Thru Nativity
Drive Thru Prayer
Table Talk
Acolytes Needed
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 12, 2018
  Pastor Janice's sermon:  
 "Losing Our Baggage"
Ephesians 4:25-5:2 
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM 

Thursday, August 9
Sunday, August 12
  Children's Sunday School
  Adult Sunday School
  Children & Youth Sunday School
Tuesday, August 14
  Prayer Shawl Ministry
  Table Talk
Wednesday, August 15
  Book Club
  Drive Thru Prayer
  Book Club
Thursday, August 16




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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!


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

We have installed a keypad for front door entry, emulating what many others churches and businesses have been doing over the last decade. Several church members have attended seminars extolling the needs of getting away from the idea of a wide open church during the day and night. In that time we have had several very minor yet revealing security issues that needed to be resolved.

In addition, there are probably several hundred keys that have been given out over the last 20 years, many of which were not returned. They could have been from members who died, left the church or moved. Also, often the church is left unlocked overnight an alarming number of days/year.

We feel that we have derived a good solution- a front door keypad for entry of those who lead groups and who need passage, and a complete rekeying of the building. This is all to ensure the safety and security of our church building 24/7, our staff during the day, and all of the groups who meet here, day and night.

For those people who will receive the keypad code, to enter the front center doors, just put the six digit number into the keypad and you'll hear a click- then, just open the door handle. The door will automatically lock behind you in several seconds. The doors can be set to stay unlocked too, as in Sunday worship. The keypad does not affect the automatic doors' performance. Also, you will still be able to enter the church from all of the doors on Sunday morning for worship.

The keypad code will be changed from time to time, as needed, again for security purposes. People who have church access will receive a new email when this occurs.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please call me at
215 828 5528, or email me at

Lou Lescas, Administrator

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! 
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) 
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August 9, 2018
            I suppose it's just about time to write my annual lament about how quickly the summer is flying by. It seems that every year I wait and wait for summer to finally arrive and in just the snap of a finger, it's over. Shorts, tee shirts & bathing suits are on clearance. Sweaters, parkas, fur-lined boots, school clothes, and school supplies are all over the store shelves. And experience tells me that it will be a LONG, LONG time until summer rolls around again.
            Can you tell I love summer? And can you tell how much I dislike winter?!
            My grandson., Jalen, is visiting with me this week. One of the things on our agenda is the annual trip to Target to work on his school supply list. There's just something about a brand new backpack filled with notebooks, folders, loose-leaf paper, pens, pencils, markers, scissors, highlighters, book covers and at least 20 other items on a long list that helps a child get in the right frame of mind to start the school year.
            I remember last year's trip to Target. I'm pretty sure that by the time I added in the required calculator and a few other things, the bill was hovering in the $100 range. And in my daughter's family, there are 4 school-aged children. That's quite a bit of money.
            This Sunday, at all 3 services, we'll be blessing the gifts of backpacks filled with school supplies that you have provided. And we'll be offering prayer for the children who will receive them as they begin a new school year. And God will be smiling.
             We'll be praying and supporting families who struggle each day just to put a roof over their children's heads and to provide the necessary food and clothing. We'll be reminding ourselves that right here in our own backyard, there are families who would never be able afford the necessary supplies their children need in order to be successful at school.
            The backpack donations seem like such a small thing, but in reality, these items that have been donated through the generosity of our church family, is a ministry that is able to make the difference between success and failure for a child.
            So THANK YOU for giving so generously to needy children in Bucks County.
                                         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)

August 15
Tubing the Delaware

Sign ups are on the Bulletin Board outside
the Youth Room.
Keep an eye out in your Inbox.
Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, August 13th    
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?


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!

Wednesday, August 15th
10:00 AM and 7:00 PM
Church Parlor

"Make Your Bed"
by Admiral William H. McRaven
(U.S. Navy Retired)


Our R.I.S.E. Sunday Team would like to thank you
for your wonderful response to our Pillow Case Dress Project.
You have contributed 72 pillow cases for this mission project.
We had set a goal of 60 dresses, but you have exceeded this number. Thank you!!!
If you would like to contribute bias tape or elastic to this project, please place your donation in the box in the Narthex. Since there are many different colors of pillow cases that have been donated, you will be safe if you purchase white bias tape.
If you have any questions, please see Ruth Portzline.
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
Sunday, August 19th
8:00  AM-Noon

Tickets on sale in the Narthex this Sunday and at the door.
Adults - $6; Children 6-12 - $4; Under 6 - Free

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

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!

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,
 Join the Conversation!  Bring a Friend!
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