St. John's United Methodist Church 



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Hunterdon Hills Trip
Line Dancing
Crop Hunger Walk
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
September 30, 2018
 "Before and After" 
Pastor Janice 
Mark 9:38-50 
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM 
Thursday, September 20
  Adult Bell Choir
  Adult Choir
Sunday, September 23
  Adult Sunday School
  Children & Youth Sunday School
  Joyful Voices and Pizza Party
Blessing of the Animals  
Youth Choir and Pizza Party  
  Youth Group
Tuesday, September 25
  GENesis Bells
  Naomi Circle
  Praise Band Rehearsal
  Table Talk
Wednesday, September 26
  Drive Thru Prayer
Bible Study   
Finance Meeting  
Thursday, September 27
  District CSM Meeting
  Adult Bell Choir
  Adult Choir



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Please submit a new prayer request card if you desire to renew the listing for 2 additional weeks.
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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. 
to deliver food and clothing to the  
Eastwick Food Bank.   
Please contact  
Lou Lescas,
 if you are available to help.  
Thank you for your support.  
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.  

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
New members of the ministry group are always welcome; lessons and guidance can be provided for beginners and those with rusty skills.

The group meets mon thly on the second Tuesday to knit or crochet together and to pray over the completed items. For more information, contact Carol Rice at 215-357-1203.                                         
 Join the Conversation!  Bring a Friend!
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,

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!

Advent is the season of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. This should be a time for families to come together in prayer and devotion. 
St. John's would like to encourage this devotional time by preparing an Advent Devotional containing a reading for each day in Advent that has been written by members of our congregation.
If you are interested in contributing a devotion, please contact Ruth Portzline., 215-357-6998. 

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

If you would like to purchase Warrior Coffee, 
  order forms are available in the Grace Café.
Thank you for helping to fight for what's right
  one cup at a time!
The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship and refreshments. 
Dear Pastor Janice,  
I wanted to thank you and the members of St. John's who kept me in their prayers this year while I was ill.  It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling to know that there are people who will pray for someone even if they don't know you personally, and those who will pray for you because they do know you and care about you.

I would also like to thank the women who brought me meals after my recent surgery.  I enjoyed every morsel.  Please pass my gratitude on to the committee.  There truly are angels among us.  Thanks to the Lord!

Carolyn Caldwell 
100% of your contribution will directly reach those who need help when you donate through  
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
Place your donation in a pink envelope this Sunday (found in pew racks) with the designation "Hurricane."
Please make checks payable to:
St. John's United Methodist Church.

Saturday, September 29 - 11:00 AM
All the women of St John's and their friends and neighbors are invited to the UMW Harvest Welcome Brunch on Saturday, September 29 at 11:00 AM in Fellowship Hall.
After enjoying soup and wraps, our own Pat Mayrh ofer will present special guest Tucker, her therapy dog. Pat and Tucker are members of the group Nor'wester Therapy Dogs. They work as a team in schools and libraries to help build student motivation and enhance focus. They also offer emotional support and a stress free learning environment for students.
We will get an up close look at how therapy dogs are trained and the important work they do.    
There is a sign-up sheet on the UMW bulletin board. You may also email Arlene Williams or call 215-355-0162 to sign up or get more information.  
A $5.00 donation is requested.  
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September 27, 2018
            Most of you know that I spend a week's vacation every year with a couple of friends at a timeshare resort in Las Vegas. We really like the 'lazy river" at the resort and we really like the shows (this year we saw Queen with Adam Lambert, Boyz ll Men, and Cirque de Soleil "Mystere"). The other thing we really like to do is to take some sort of an interesting day trip.
            Our tentative plan this year was to drive to Lake Havasu City for the purpose of seeing the London Bridge. In the process of looking for a potential half-way point (in case you've never driven around in that neck of the woods, driving for 3 hours with no scenery other than sand and tumble weed gets old pretty quickly!), I found mention of an odd little town by the name of Oatman in Arizona. We eventually looked at a photo of the London Bridge, decided it didn't look exciting enough to warrant such a long drive, and opted instead to head to Oatman.
            The infamous Route 66 goes right through Oatman, and in fact, the sign in front of the ice cream shop proudly proclaims, "Get your licks on Route 66!"
            Oatman is an old gold-mining town and is now officially classified as an old west "living ghost town." It once boasted over 10,000 residents but now supports a little over 100 people. The super interesting thing about Oatman is that there are many wild burros walking all over the town - the descendants of the burros used by the miners. When we first pulled into town, we rolled the window down to take a picture and quickly ended up with a burro sticking his head in the car and nibbling on the steering wheel. You can pay $1 for a bag of feed and they will eat right out of your hand.
            We spent a delightful afternoon walking through the shops that line the street, eating lunch at the café, walking through an old gold mine, visiting the Oatman Hotel (now closed but a tourist attraction anyway since Clark Gable spent his honeymoon there lol), enjoying the ambience of an old west town, and feeding and petting the wild burros.
            One of the things I love best about an experience like this is the ability to walk through the town and feel a strong spiritual connection to the people who lived and worked there so many years ago. I wonder what their lives were like and what their dreams were; I wonder how they coped with the obvious hardships of life in the old west; I wonder what their joys were and how they lived out their faith. I can feel the spirit of many young children running through the streets laughing and playing. And I give thanks to God for His  ability to connect His people together, regardless of time and place.
            It was a good day and I just might re-visit Oatman again next year!
                                          Pastor Janice
    There will be   
    at 9 AM
    followed by MISSION PROJECTS  
    from 10:15-Noon
    Our "work-ship" morning is happening
    Sunday, October 7!!

    Worship service in the Sanctuary at 9 AM,
    Work-ship project shifts at 10:15 and 11:15, then prayer and benediction in Fellowship Hall at noon.

    Seven hands-on projects:

    • Making pillowcase dresses for Little Dresses for Africa
    • Making peanut butter sandwiches for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
    • Assembling bagged lunches for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
    • Assembling outreach kits for The Synergy Project
    • Rolling plasticware into napkins for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
    • Meal assembly for Rise Against Hunger
    • Children's project: bagged lunches for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen

    Sign up in the Narthex or Online 


    • PLEASE NOTE: Children/Youth aged 8 and up may participate in any activity with parental supervision. Youth in grades 6-12 may also opt to participate with the Youth Group. Children ages 4 through 5th grade are also invited to participate in the Children's Project. Contact David Bigam to sign up.

T-Shi rts will be available for pickup in the Narthex on Sunday, September 30. If you have not yet paid for your shirt, you can do so at pickup, or you can place your payme nt in Lara Bolte's mailbox (next to the church office).  
Contact Lara Bolte ( or 215-357-6998) with any questions or concerns, or to arrange a time to pick up your shirt if you cannot do so on Sunday.

Vocal Choirs

St. John's Vocal Choirs provide opportunities for EVERYONE to be involved in music. From young children through adults, we have a place for you in our music program. Beginning musicians and experienced singers are welcome in our Vocal Choirs.
Children grades K-5 (6) are invited to be part of the Joyful Voices. Children learn songs to present in Worship Services. The Joyful Voices usually sing on the First and Third Sunday each month. They also sing at special services through the year. REHEARSAL is after the 10:30 Worship Service each Sunday. Rehearsal will last 25-30 minutes. (Holy Handbells rehearsal follows Joyful Voices).
Youth grades 6-12 (or older) are welcome in this choir. The Youth Choir usually presents anthems in Worship on the Second and Fourth Sunday each month. More advanced anthems are presented with the Adult Choir on occasion. REHEARSALS are on Sunday evening from 6:00-7:00 right before YOUTH GROUP (choir members are encouraged to stay for Youth Group). Prior membership in a choir is not required.... NEW MEMBERS are always welcome.
The Adult Choir presents music every week during 10:30 worship. College students are encouraged to be a member of the choir. Anyone with some music experience is welcome in the choir. There is no audition. REHEARSAL is on Thursday night at 8:00 in the Sanctuary.
Our Praise Band presents music during our 9:15 worship service. Vocalists and Instrumentalists (guitar / keyboard / percussion) are ALWAYS welcome. REHEARSAL is on Tuesday night, at 7:00, and usually lasts an hour.
Roy Nelson, Director
Ring a Joyful Sound
Handbell Choirs

St. John's Hand Bell Choirs provide opportunities for EVERYONE to be involved in music. From young children through adults, we have a place for you in our music program. Beginning musicians and experienced ringers are welcome in our Bell Choirs. We hope to expand on the gains we made last year in all of our choirs.
1st rehearsal September 30
Children grades 2-5 (6) are welcome in the Joyful Chime Bell Choir. Children will be taught basic ringing skills and music reading. No experience in necessary. REHEARSALS take place on Sundays following 10:30 worship service. (The Bells rehearse AFTER the Joyful Voices singing choir rehearsal). We are usually finished by 12:45.
GENesis Bells is a multi-generational choir that has youth grades 6-12 & adults participating. We were very successful with this format last year, and it allowed us to play more difficult music which was a challenge for all involved. There are several open spots in this choir for ADULTS and YOUTH. REHEARSALS take place on Tuesday afternoon, from 5:45 to 6:45. We usually ring once a month, on the Second Sunday.
1st rehearsal October 1
This Bell Choir is for ADULTS who have a desire to ring in a choir with limited playing and rehearsing. The REHEARSALS are usually on the FIRST MONDAY of each month. Playing is at Christmas, during Lent and at the end of the year. Music experience/reading is a plus, but not required.
Our advanced Bell Choir rings every month, and rehearses on Thursday nights each week. At the present time, there are no openings in this choir. However, we always need "standby" substitutes. Music experience/reading is a requirement.
Roy Nelson, Director

The youth choir is accepting donations for new and gently used coats in the narthex
September 30th through November 4th. 
The coats will be donated to an area shelter. 
Please contact for more information or ask a choir member.

September 30, 2018 - 10:30 AM 
It's Crazy Hair Day!!!!!  
Color it, Tease it or Wear it Weird!!!!!
We will have PRIZES for the best HAIR DOO'S  
Leaders and Co-leaders still needed for  
9:15 Sunday School beginning October 21st.   
 Kids Church    
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 Kid's Church Registration  
or go to under Children's Ministry  
to register.  
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.
Help is needed in the Nursery at the 9:15 AM Service. 
Please contact David Bigam if you are available!
For more information about our Children or Youth Ministries, please contact Director,
David Bigam,  

Sunday Nights from 7-8:30 PM
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 7 thru 12.
Signups are now being taken for  
Confirmation Class 2018-19
If you are in 7th grade or higher, sign up and begin another leg of your spiritual journey!  
Confirmation Classes begin with a retreat here at  
St. John's on October 12-13!
Contact David Bigam,  
with any questions.  
Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, October 8th  
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?

David Bigam, Director of Children and Youth Ministries

St. John's ASP Crew
Annual Stockholders Luncheon
This Sunday, September 30 at 12:00


We have several Bible study opportunities - and three ways to register for them!  Continue reading for more detailed descriptions of each study.  You can sign up online, on the tear-off sheets in the bulletin or on sign-up sheets on the yellow bulletin board by the Grace Cafe. No sign-up is needed for the Wired Word.

by William Barclay

Wednesday evenings at 7 PM,
Grace Cafe
began September 19
(You may still join in at any time!)
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.
Course developed by Paul Henry

Tuesday Evenings - 7 PM
October 2-23 - Parlor
Tuesday Mornings - 10 AM
October 9-30 - Grace Cafe and Parlor

"Resurrection to Rome" a four week course to explore the early history of Christianity will be taught by Paul Henry in October. The course will explore the incredible growth of the Christian Church from the few disciples of Jesus who gathered at the foot of the cross on Good Friday to a worldwide religious movement by 350 A.D. Come and find out the dynamics of this growth and learn about your own Christian DNA.  The course will be offered on Tuesday evenings at 7 PM from October 2-October 23, and also on Tuesday mornings at 10 AM from October 9-October 30.  A copy of the course outline is posted on the yellow bulletin board next to the Grace Cafe.
by John Ortberg & Gary Moon
Monday evenings at 6:45
October 15 - November 12

  For Christians, perhaps the deepest expression of what we're waiting for is found in the phrase "eternal life." But what is eternal life? Why do we want it? And how do we know if we have it?

In the Eternity Is Now in Session Participant's Guide, author John Ortberg takes you on a radical journey of rediscovery, dispelling the myth that eternal life is something way out in outer space that we can only hope to experience after we die. Instead, John unpacks the reality that the moment we trust Christ, we are initiated into "eternal living" with God as a here-and-now reality, one that will continue beyond our life on this earth.

The study is led by Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell and the cost of the book is $8. 

The Wired Word
led by Eileen Phillips
Drop-in class resuming 10/14, 2nd and 4th Sundays, 10:30 A.M.
Church Library (by the Youth Room)
Each session, this group will focus on a current event or relevant news item to be discussed and analyzed in a Biblical context. Group members engage in meaningful discussions through insightful lessons and learn how Scripture relates to their daily lives. This is an ongoing study, and drop-ins are welcome.
Snowflower and the  
Secret Fan
by: Lisa See
Wednesday, October 23  
10 AM and 7 PM in Parlor 
The next book club meeting will be Wednesday, October 23 at 10 AM and 7 PM in the Parlor. We will be reading Snowflower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See. "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship.

We have reserved a block of tickets for Hunterdon Hills Playhouse Dinner Theatre's matinee production of
Christmas in the Air!
This luncheon show is Thursday, November 29, 2018 and is an original, holiday musical with songs, comedy sketches, dance numbers, and a live on-stage orchestra.
The cost is $95 per person and includes deluxe motor coach transportation, full course meal, dessert buffet, tax & gratuity. Bus leaves from St. John's at 9:30 AM.

We had a great time when we visited the playhouse last Spring and are excited to return! You can sign up for the trip in Narthex after church, or contact Lara Bolte ( or 215-357-6998).
Checks should be made payable to St. John's UMC and can be placed in Lara's Bolte's Mailbox near the church office or given directly to her.
Payment due by 11/21/18.
Sunday, September 30th
4:00-8:00 PM

1st Wednesday of each month -  6:45 PM
Fellowship Hall
Next Session - October 3rd
No experience necessary - come out and have fun!
No Fee.
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!

Sunday, October 14
Doylestown United Methodist Church is hosting a
Crop Hunger Walk sponsored by Church World Service on
Sunday, October 14. The walk begins at 1:30 PM and is 5K, with an option of shortening it to 1K. Walkers are encouraged to raise funds through email, social media, or other methods. These funds are then used by Church World Service through grassroots development efforts to combat hunger worldwide. Additionally, 25% of the funds raised for this particular walk will go to Doylestown FISH, which provides emergency services to locals in need. For more information, contact Lara Bolte at 215-357-6998 ext. 309,