St. John's United Methodist Church 

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Prayer List
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Mobile Giving
Daily Devotionals
Snow Policy
Pastor's Reflection
Youth Group
Pancake and Sausage Supper
Broadway Night
Lenten Studies
Souper Bowl Sundays
UMM Breakfast
Trailers Closed for Winter
Red Bird Trip
Family Promise
Table Talk
Warrior Coffee
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
January 28, 2018
Pastor Janice's sermon
"When Fishermen Don't Fish"
Gospel Lesson:
Matthew 4:18-22

Monday - Friday
8:30-3:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 25
  Adult Bell Choir
  Adult Choir
Sunday, January 28
  Children's Sunday School
Adult Sunday School 
  Children & Youth Sunday School
Wired Word 
  Joyful Voices
Club 56
Youth Choir- 
Broadway Night Rehearsal 
  Youth Choir
  Youth Group
Monday, January 29
  Pre-Baptismal Class
Tuesday, January 30
  GENesis Bells
  Praise Band Rehearsal
  Table Talk
Wednesday, January 31
  Bible Study
Thursday, February 1
Security Task Force Meeting
  Adult Bell Choir
  Adult Choir
Saturday, February 3
Broadway Night 



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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.

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 f or children 4 years old through 6th Grade. A parent must accompany children who are attending for the first time. 

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.  

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.
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  website 
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.
If you have any questions about mobile giving, email Lou Lescas at


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.
Looking for a little inspiration during the week?  
Try an online devotional.    
(has many devotionals to choose from)
(Devotional for Women)
(Devotional for Men) 
St. John's Snow Policy
In case of a major snowstorm or other severe weather that would require cancellation of one or more Sunday services, we will attempt to notify everyone by:
-  A special e-news sent out
-  A message on the church answering machine and website. 

If possible, a decision regarding cancellation will be made the night before.  Please also be aware that, in the event of a power outage, it is impossible to utilize internet or phone services. 
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When I was young, I used to roll my eyes and chuckle whenever my parents, my grandparents, or other adults would start reminiscing about life in "the good ole days." They'd start talking the fact that a loaf of bread used to cost 5 cents, or that the right way to make coffee is with a percolator on the stove ... you know the stories. So when I started doing it myself, I really began to get worried. I suppose it's something you just can't help; it seems to happen automatically, maybe even against one's own will!
            So I almost laughed at myself yesterday when I started lamenting the sheer number of choices we have these days. For one thing, back in "the day," we had just three TV channels. Today, I have no idea how many are on my Fios guide - hundreds, I'm sure. (And P.S., most of the time, I still claim there is nothing to watch!)   When I went to a diner last week, it seemed that the menu was longer than ever - and then there were all the additional "specials". It makes it ultra difficult to make a choice, doesn't it? And it's like that with everything it seems. On the one hand, I claim I WANT lots of choices. On the other hand, the more choices I have, the harder it is to make one.
            Last night, I decided I'd indulge myself - I'm limping around a little because of foot surgery, so rather than go to the grocery store, I decided I'd have groceries delivered. Yep ... the epitome of laziness lol! Well, maybe it was because I was "browsing aisles" online rather than in person, but the vast number of choices of every single item looked overwhelming as I scrolled through my computer screen. There must have been at least a zillion different choices of milk, yogurt, lettuce, bread ... well, everything! And I know for a fact that it took me a whole lot longer to grocery shop online that it would have to get in the car and physically go to the store! I of course, I pretty much felt obligated to open up and read all of the product information to check out all of the choices on the screen.
At around 10 pm last night, I received an email stating that if I forgot anything, I had until 11:59 pm to add it to my order. YIKES! Of course, I simply HAD to go back and review my order. Oh, right - I probably should add a cucumber and a jar of pickles. Oh, and maybe some almonds. I think it was 11:53 when I finally pressed the "complete order" button. So now all I have to do is wait for the text to arrive between 5-7 p.m. today stating that my delivery is next.
            Well, the bottom line is that yes, things have changed a whole lot over the years. And things will CONTINUE to change a whole lot in the years to come. And I'm sure the choices we will have will become even greater - sometimes making life easier and better, sometimes more complicated and more difficult. But change WILL happen. Because God's world is not a static place - He's given men and women the wisdom to learn new things and to grow and change. Sometimes change is hard for us to embrace, and sometimes we try to glorify life in the "good ole days." But life goes on, and it's good.
 Pastor Janice


Sunday nights
7:00-8:30 PM
Hmmm.  What are we doing at Youth Gr oup?

Morrisville Food Bank Monday
 February 12 - 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!!!!

Coming in February 
The 2018 St. John's Youth Winter Olympics
Dollar Store Broom Hockey - Bobsled Races - Curling

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?

Pancake and Sausage Supper 
Coffee, Juice and Beignet's
(Both regular and Sugar Free syrup will be provided, or bring your own topping!)

FAT TUESDAY (Shrove Tuesday)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
5:30-7:30 PM
Get your tickets NOW
$8.00 per Adult
$5.00 per Child ages 5-12
Children under 5 eat Free! (When accompanied by adult)

Music Presented by: The Jazz Sanctuary

For questions please contact David Bigam at 215-357-6998 or
Colleen Brownell, 
Kim Smith, 
Jim Baldridge,
THIS SUNDAY, 1/28/18
for those participating in Broadway Night
followed by 
It's Back.......

Saturday, February 3rd
7:00 pm

Enjoy and evening of Song presented by the 
St. John's Choirs and Soloists
as they present music from  Broadway and Hollywood.

Invite your friends and family to
our always popular night of entertainment.
Seating is always at a premium.

Admission is FREE
Two opportunities to grow in faith this Lent!  

To sign up and receive your book, please fill out the 
Online Sign-up  (here or on the website under Adult Ministries, Small Groups) or tear-off in Sunday's bulletin and return, with payment, to Lara Bolte's mailbox. (next to the church office)

The Seven-Mile Miracle: Experience the Last Words of Christ As Never Before
Book - $8 
Mondays, February 12 - March 26
6:45 PM 
Leaders:  Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell

Experience the power and meaning of the last words of Christ on location in the Holy Land in this seven-week video-based study.  Steven Furtick unpacks the drama, power, and deeper meaning of Jesus's final hours before his Crucifixion.


The Circle-Maker:  Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
Book - $7
Tuesdays, February 20 - March 13
10:00 AM Parlor
Leader:  Pastor Janice

This four-session video-based study with Mark Batterson will help participants gain a deeper understanding of prayer and, in turn, make a more consistent practice of prayer.  The study will revolutionize the personal prayer life of each participant and help each group form a prayer circle around each other's challenges, opportunities, and dreams. 

It's that time of year when we make New Year's resolutions to eat lighter and healthier. To exercise more and to become a more spiritual person. To show the light of Christ to all those around us.  Well here is your chance.  

The United Methodist Women are once again running our Souper Bowl Sundays to coincide with the big Super Bowl game.  We are collecting canned goods to benefit our local Food Banks.  Please bring your canned goods or non- perishable boxed items to church with you from  January 14th through February 4th.  Just place your items in the barrel with the huge goal posts, located  in the church Narthex. Your donations may be the difference between a warm dinner and empty tummies. Please contact Kathy Keppol, 215-357-7404, with any questions. Thank you for your support!

United Methodist Women

Attention all St. John's Men Over the age of 18
The United Methodist Men of St. John's would like  
to invite you and one other person,  
father, mother, sister, brother, friend, anyone...  
to the U.M.M. Breakfast on February 17th, 8 AM  
in Fellowship Hall.   
Guest Speaker will be our own Kristen Smedley
Topic: "Eye Believe in Miracles"
Please reply to Ed Campbell by phone 215-364-0942,  
email or sign up sheet in the church narthex.  Please note if there will be one or two people, including yourself. Looking forward to seeing you.  

4th Annual Red Bird Mission Trip  
September 15th - September 22nd
Anyone interested please call 
Ed Campbell 215-364-0942 or 
Linda Barr 215-773-9865
Family Promise
What is it?
Family Promise is an international organization, with local chapters that organizes local religious organizations to help temporarily feed and house homeless families.   St. John's is a host congregation, meaning we take families for selected weeks, they come to us about 6pm and leave around 6am. We feed them and they sleep in family groups in our Sunday School classrooms. They go back to the day center and continue living their lives and trying to get out of homelessness. Last spring, the local Lower Bucks chapter had to shut down for a couple of reasons, the main one being a projected shortfall of funds. They have reorganized the Board of Directors and are in the process of fund raising. Once they have the funds they will begin the process of getting ready to take in homeless families and getting them back on their feet.

If you have any questions about this ministry please contact Sharon Byle or 610-888-1329.  
Join the Conversation and 
Bring a Friend!

The Grace Cafe is open  after worship for  f ellowship and refreshments. 

Warrior Coffee is served exclusively in the Grace Cafe.