Sean Lunsford

VIRGINIA, BLACKSBURG, VT CAMPUS MINISTRY

Sean Lunsford, through Great Commission Ministries (GCM) and New Life Christian Fellowship (NLCF) Church, will be reaching out to International Students at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. GCM is a non-denominational, evangelical, missionary-sending organization which partners with local ministries and church networks in the U.S and worldwide. NLCF is a Church community on the campus of Virginia Tech. Their mission is to invest in spiritual growth, invite others to follow Jesus and inspire one another to change the world. There are over 2,800 International Students at Virginia Tech. They come from numerous countries, cultures and faith. These students have left family, friends, and home to further their education. Many of them have never heard the Gospel. Sean will have the amazing opportunity to share the love of Jesus with them for the first time through evangelism and discipleship. When these students return to their home country, they will take all that they have learned in America with them, including the Good News of the Gospel.

The Rambo Family: 

Africa, uganda

Scott, Meg , Timothy, Benjamin, Josiah and Elijah Rambo serve with World Gospel Mission (WGM) in East Africa. Their primary ministry focus is training and discipling pastors and other church leaders to plant and grow strong churches in Northern Uganda, Sudan, and in the future, the Democratic Republic of Congo.


The Rambo's are members of St. John's UMC in Turnersville, NJ. During 2014/2015 they returned from the field, trained, debriefed, fundraised, and welcomed their fourth son, Elijah Ronald into their family. After raising about 80% of the support needed to return to Uganda, they were authorized to return in June 2015. In July 2015 the Rambo family moved from Kampala, Uganda to Kasese in Western Uganda. The Rambo's are partners with Africa Gospel Church in Uganda. Currently, Scott is also the Acting Assistant Field Director for WGM in Uganda. The Rambo's will live in Kasese until the Lord opens doors for them to move into a peaceful, Beni, Congo. Meanwhile in Kasese, they are praying for fruitful and lasting ministry in Western Uganda.


You can learn more about Scott and Meg or contact them at: scottandmegrambo.blogspot.com

scott.rambo@wgm.org

Glad Tidings of India

India

Glad Tidings of India & India Bible Literature's vision is to bring the Glad Tidings of the Gospel to India—they have been training and equipping the indigenous church for over 50 years. Rev. William Teate, Jr. of Paradise, PA is their President. The financial support that St. John's sends to Glad Tidings of India each year supports one church planter. Glad Tidings provides education and Bibles to our church planter and sends them to a specific area in India to start a church that will eventually become self sustaining. Our Church planter for 2015 is Gaural Nitin. Our Annual Church planter sponsorship makes it possible for 720 Bibles to be printed; trains & equips an Indian evangelist to plant a church; enables 30 adults to attend Bible-content literacy classes for 10 months; and makes it possible for 500 children to attend Vacation Bible School. How significant it is that funding given to sponsor church Planters is first used to print Bibles. It is the goal that the sale of these Bibles will eventually sustain their ministry.


For more information: 

http://www.gladtidingsindia.org/

gladtidings@frontiernet.net

Rev. William D. Teate, Jr., 53 Harristown Road, Paradise, PA 17462-9636

717-768-0388


To download their most recent newsletter CLICK HERE

Youth Praise Team

                                                                

The Youth Praise Team is an excellent opportunity for students to learn how to lead their peers in praise and worship!  Our music consists of contemporary praise and worship songs and is constantly changing to include new recently released songs.  If you have a love for music and the Lord has blessed you with musical talents, join our Praise Team and start serving the Lord today!  


The Youth Band rehearses every other week on Sundays from 3:30 - 5:30PM. Currently our team only consists of vocalists, but we are always looking to expand and include instrumentalists as well.


  

RECENT Events: 

Women's Tea

"Main Street USA"

THEME:  Main Street

DATE: March 26, 2017

TIME: 3-5pm at St. John's FLC

PURPOSE: To connect and grow with each other as women of Christ. All women are invited and do not have to attend St. John's to be welcome at the tea. Recommended for ages 14+

Soul Solutions: Adult Bible Study Format

Pastor's Study - Room 201

In His Image


Women's Study – Room 203

Facilitator: Sharon Rattay

The Longing in Me by Sheila Walsh


Men's Study – Room 207

Facilitators: Scott Harrison and Brian Myers

Fight by Craig Groeschel


Gemstones – June Zublic’s Home

Facilitator: Bob Ayers

Sermon Reflection and Discussion

Join fellow truth seekers as they discuss Sunday’s sermon and learn to apply the truth from God’s Word to everyday life.


Mission Events

ONCE A MONTH

Time & Location: Varies


Mission Events: These events are outreach events with a goal to reach a specific group of people outside of our Youth Group.  Before each event, we will discuss some goals with the students regarding who we are aiming to reach and how they can be a disciple for Jesus at the event! 


On the calendar, the mission events are listed.  As we get closer to each event, more information such as time, location, our goals, and other details will be given out.




---------- UPCOMING MISSION EVENTS ----------

YOUTH CAMPFIRE GLOW & GROW

DATE: November 19, 2016

TIME: 6:30 - 9:00PM

LOCATION: Malaga Campground Ball Field: 4488 Arbutus Avenue, Newfield, NJ 08344

Activities will be on the ball field.  If turning right into the campground, the ball field is located all the way to the right.  


OUTREACH: Connect with Youth groups in the area and begin to build a community of Youth living for JESUS! 

ACTIVITIES: Glow-in-the-dark Ultimate Frisbee, Campfire, S'mores, Worship, Games, Fellowship


GOALS:

  • Pray for the event and for anyone who will be attending.  Even if you will not be there, you can still be a part of it through prayer!
  • For those attending: Meet someone new.  Begin making connections with other Youth in our area!  Be brave and reach out to at least 1 person!  You never know, God could be bringing a forever friend into your life this night!
  • Have fun!  God loves to see His children filled with joy.  So come, enjoy your time together, and be thankful for the blessing!

PERMISSION SLIP: If you are able to attend, please fill out the permission slip HERE and return it to us by November 16th. 

Also let us know you will be attending by clicking attending on the Facebook event!    


If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Katie Keith at katiekeith118@gmail.com

Retreats: Retreats are intentional times away to experience a new awareness of the presence of God.  It is a chance for an encounter with God, with other people, with creation, with issues, and with our own hearts.  When we retreat, it is not for the purpose of just getting away and staying away.  Everything involved in getting away, and all that is done while away, involves coming back with a renewed faith and sense of purpose in our spiritual life.  Retreats also deepen the fellowship of our community of students through shared experiences and growing relationships.


COST: There is a cost in order to attend the retreats.  Each retreat is different and therefore the price reflects that.  As the event gets closer an estimated cost will be announced.  Once we have a solid idea of how many students and leaders will be in attendance, the cost will be finalized.


WHEN: Currently we have one retreat in the Fall and one retreat in the Spring with a Mission Trip scheduled in the Summer.  For more information about upcoming retreats, see below.




---------- UPCOMING RETREATS ----------

MID-WINTER ADVANCE RETREAT 2017

DATES: February17 - 19, 2017

LOCATION: America's Keswick: 601 County Rd 530, Whiting, NJ 08759

DEPARTURE TIME: TBD

COST: TBD

REGISTRATION FORM & PAYMENT: Link Coming Soon!




MID-WINTER ADVANCE 2017: TRUST

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)


ST. JOHN'S YOUTH CONNECT: If you would like to sign-up for our weekly e-mail just CLICK HERE.

Podcast of Sermons

                                                              

You can now listen or download a podcast of our current and past sermons.  Click on our Media Player Link below or, for greater convenience, subscribe to the sermons on iTunes.

  

SPECIAL EVENT

                                                         

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!

A Christmas Party for the King of kings!


Join us as we celebrate the BEST birthday of the year!

  • DATE: Saturday, December 10th
  • TIME: 10AM - 1PM
  • FOR: Ages 3 - 5th Grade


We'll have lunch, games, crafts and a special treat.  Registration is $5 and open to children ages 3 through 5th grade.


Click HERE to sign up!

 

PAST YOUTH EVENT DETAILS

FUSION

DATE: September 18, 2016

TIME: 5:00 - 8:00PM

LOCATION: St. John's United Methodist Church: 149 Ganttown Road, Turnersville, NJ 08012

Activities will be in the Family Life Center as well as in the back parking lot area.


OUTREACH: A Fun-filled event for anyone in 6th - 12th grades!

ACTIVITIES: Giant Inflatable Water Slide, Games led by Youth Leaders, Volleyball, Some awesome music selected by our Youth Worship Leaders: Maddie and Suze, Pizza, Chick-Fil-A, and a visit from Mr. Softee!


GOALS:

  • Invite your friends, family, etc to join you!
  • Pray for the event and for anyone who will be attending.  Even if you will not be there, you can still be a part of it through prayer!
  • For those attending: Take some time to connect with people you don't know very well!  Introduce yourself and learn something about them!  Be brave and reach out to at least 1 person!
  • Have fun!  God loves to see His children filled with joy.  So come, enjoy your time together, and be thankful for the blessing!


IGNITE CONFERENCE 2016

DATES: September 30 - October 2, 2016

LOCATION: WILDWOODS CONVENTION CENTER: 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260

DEPARTURE TIME: TBD

COST: TBD (Estimated: $150)

REGISTRATION FORM & PAYMENT: Link Coming Soon!




IGNITE 2016: Let There Be Light

IGNITE is more than a conference. IGNITE is a movement with a purpose to IGNITE the faith of the next generation of followers of Jesus Christ through life-changing worship, relevant teachings and authentic community.

From Sep. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016 more than 1,000 students from grades 6-12 from around the region will gather in Wildwood, NJ to learn about God’s calling on their lives and go deeper in their faith journey.


Special Events & Forms

In addition, the Student Ministry also participates in a number of special events throughout the year including activities like missions trips, retreats, game nights, etc.  See below for upcoming events and forms.


MISSION TRIP TO NEHEMIAH MISSION IN CLEVELAND OHIO: 

On July 31-August 6, we will be traveling to the Nehemiah Mission in Cleveland, OH. This mission provides help to hurting families in the Cleveland area who are in need both physically and spiritually. We will be participating in home repair and other projects throughout the week. 

                 Info packet with consent forms

                 To Make Payments: Click here

                 Family & Friends Donations: Click here

                 


Questions? Contact Jim Van Mater

   jvanmater@comcast.net


Hospitality TeamS SchedulE

If you cannot work the Welcome Center on a time you are scheduled, please either see if someone else from the list can switch with you or contact by phone, text or email Bonnie Crosby.


DATE                        8:30AM                         11:00AM

        Jan 3rd                     Jane Rotberg                   Bonnie Crosby

           Jan 10th                    Pat Spindler                    Heather Schuck

    Jan 17th                    Mike Bonadies                 Tina Yerkes

            Jan 24th                   Ken Parker                       Michelle Branch

  Jan 31st                    Diane Generao                 Bill Wiley

 

      Feb 7th                     RuthAnn Duffield             Julie Boylan

       Feb 14th                   Jeff Leonard                      Aimee Baerh

       Feb 21st                   Jane Rotberg                    Donna Myers

    Feb 28th                  Pat Spindler                     Molly Kern

                                                                

         Mar 6th                    Mike Bonadies                 Bonnie Crosby

            Mar 13th                   Ken Parker                       Heather Schuck

     Mar 20th                  Diane Generao                 Tina Yerkes

             Mar 27th                   RuthAnn Duffield             Michelle Branch



To download the current schedule, CLICK HERE.

The School of Christian Living

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

The School of Christian Living is the name of our Wednesday evening Christian Education courses. Along with Soul Solutions on Sunday morning, the School of Christian Living offers the perfect balance between growing in Bible knowledge and learning to apply scriptural truth to everyday living in order to develop a strong Biblical worldview. The School of Christian Living runs on a 6 and 12 week semester format so there are constantly new courses that are being offered. Below are the current course offerings and their room locations.


Classes begin Wednesday Evenings at 7:00 pm


Heaven—Room 203

Facilitator: Heather Schuck

In the most comprehensive and definitive book on Heaven to date, Randy Alcorn invites you to picture Heaven the way Scripture describes it—a bright, vibrant, and physical New Earth, free from sin, suffering, and death, and brimming with Christ's presence, wondrous natural beauty, and the richness of human culture as God intended it. 


Genesis 1-11: Getting Started – Rm 207

Teacher: Pastor Bob Barber

The Holy Spirit inspired Moses to record the beginning of everything in the Book of Genesis. God’s answers to life’s biggest questions are found in these first eleven chapters of the Bible: Where did we come from? Where are we going? Why are we here? What should we do? Who’s in charge? Today’s big controversies are settled here too: The value of life, purpose of marriage, design of a healthy family, and more. New believers as well as seasoned truth seekers will be blessed by this devotional journey through God’s book of beginnings.


The Lies Women Believe – Rm 202

Facilitator: Angie Boone

In this video series by Nancy Leigh DeMoss many of the deceptions commonly believed by women are exposed. Lies about God, sin, priorities, marriage, family, emotions, and more are confronted by Biblical truth that will set you free to walk in God’s grace, forgiveness, and abundant life.

KINGDOM KIDS

                                                                                       

  

During the 8:30 and 11:00 worship services

 

This ministry takes place during the Sunday morning worship services. Upon arrival, children should first join their families in the main worship service. During the fellowship time of the service, the children will be invited to participate in these ministry opportunities. Pre-School to 2nd grade at the 8:30 service and Pre-School to 5th grade at the 11am service. Children will hear exciting Bible stories with visual aids, participate in hands-on activities and enjoy a little snack. Understanding the Bible and how it guides us through life is our primary focus. Parents can then take their child to the corresponding room location.

 

8:30AM "All-In-One Bible Fun"

  • Preschool (age 4) - Grade 3 - Room 115

11:00AM "Deep Blue Kids"

  • PK-Kindergarten - Room 113
  • Grades 1-2 - Room 115
  • Grades 3-5 - Room 114  





SUNDAY SCHOOL

                                                                                                    

 

During the Christian Education hour between the services (9:50-10:45 am)


"Hands-On Worship" - Where kids encounter God.


Children participating in this program should be dropped off by parents at the corresponding

rooms at 9:50 and then picked up there at 10:45.

 

PK-Kindergarten - Room 113

Grades 1-2 - Room 115

Grades 3-5 - Room 114




 

BIBLE CLUBS

                                                                             

  

6:30 - 8:30 on Wednesday nights

 

Flashpoint: Kid's Praise

     6:30 - 7:15PM

  • Grades 1 - 5 - Sanctuary

Buzz for Kids: This Jesus centered instruction challenges children to take their faith into every-day applications!

     7:15 - 8:30PM

  • PK - K (7:00) - Room 113
  • Grades 1-2 - (7:15) - Room 115
  • Grades 3-4 - (7:15) - Room 114
  • Grades 5 - (7:15) - Room 107





GROWING IN WITNESS

                                                                                                                                                      

 

Watch for details throughout the year regarding the following programs!

 

Children's Music

Dramatic Arts

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

                                                                                       

Vacation Bible School is coming soon!  

For info, please click HERE!

Kate Mularski

Student Ministries Director

  kate.mularski@discoverstjohns.org


What if we really believed that what the Bible says is true? What if we lived our lives like we believed it and raised our children to live like “nothing is impossible with God” and they are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us”?


My goal is to continually work on becoming the woman that God created me to be and fulfill His purposes for my life. My purpose at St. John’s is to create and facilitate ministries for children that help them Connect with God, Each Other and the World. God captured my heart when I was three years old, and He changed the course of my life on my very first mission trip to Haiti at 19 years old. My prayer is that every child would experience the love and adventure that comes from living your life to honor Jesus Christ!


I love spending time with my wonderful, sarcastic husband, Josh and my beautiful, hilarious daughters, Christina, Suze and Bridget.

Josh Mularski

Associate Pastor

​​  josh.mularski@discoverstjohns.org


Josh joined the team in April 2006 as the Student Ministries Director before becoming Associate Pastor in 2014. He has been in ministry for 14 years and is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with an A.S. in Christian Ministries and a B.S. in Biblical Studies. He is currently taking seminary courses through Asbury Theological Seminary. 


Josh and his wife Kate (who is on staff as the Student Ministries Director), have three daughters, Christina, Carme Suze and Bridget.

Dr. Bob Barber

Assistant Pastor of Visitation & Children's Ministries

bob.barber@discoverstjohns.org


Bob Barber joined the staff at St. John's Church in Oct. 2014. Pastor Bob has been serving the Lord almost continuously since he was saved at the age of 29. He has a B.S. in Business Management from Rutgers University and earned the M.Div. from Palmer Seminary at Eastern University (formerly Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary) and was ordained by the Southern New Jersey Annual Conference of the UMC while serving as Pastor at St. Paul’s UMC in Bridgeport and Centre Square UMC. In 1988 he accepted an invitation to join the staff of the interdenominational Gloucester County Community Church in Washington Twp. and served there for 26 years. Pastor Bob started the church’s single adult ministries and was the host of The Alternative for Single Adults on radio station WZZD for several years. As director of Evangelism and Discipleship, Pastor Bob published Each One Win One, an eight-lesson teaching that equips Christ followers to share their faith and make disciples using everyday relationships. For several years he hosted the radio ministry Each One Win One on WZZD in the Philadelphia region. A highlight of Pastor Bob’s local ministry was serving on the Billy Graham Crusade Team and meeting Billy Graham at the 1991 Philadelphia Crusade.


In 1992 Pastor Bob assumed responsibility for the Children’s Ministries at GCCC. This became a lifetime passion for him as over the years he transformed the Sunday school at GCCC into an exciting ministry that shares the gospel and makes disciples of this forgotten mission field of the church. He made the weekend experience inviting and nurturing by reorganizing the ministry, recruiting and equipping excellent ministry leaders, teachers, and helpers, and adapting cutting edge curriculum to meet the future-shaping needs of GCCC’s children. He also added a Wednesday evening School of Christian Living that offered Bible clubs and classes to all ages, from nursery through adults. Finally, Pastor Bob inspired the GCCC family to develop outreach events into the local community and he introduced Home Bible Clubs and Good News Clubs in area schools. Eventually, Pastor Bob answered the call to launch the area’s first classical Christian academy, and he became the Schoolmaster at Bethel Prep for eight years. Preparation and planning for Bethel Prep led him to earn the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Rowan University in 2009. 


Pastor Bob and Ann Marie have been married and have served together in many ways for over 27 years. They have led small groups from their home (still hosting a Circle of Friends bi-monthly), counseled and mentored single and married adults, and have been leaders in promoting the annual Family Life Ministries Marriage Conference here in the Philadelphia area. They have four terrific children and seven perfect grandchildren. You can discover more of Pastor Bob’s heart for making disciples in the devotional books he has published here: https://www.amazon.com/author/robertbarber.

OUR MISSION

                                                                   

  

CONNECTING WITH GOD, EACH OTHER, & THE WORLD

We value a growing relationship with God where we are refined and shaped

through intentional prayer, Bible reading, giving, and serving others.

 

CONNECTING WITH GOD through building a love relationship, discerning His will, and aligning ourselves with His will.

"As the deer pants for steams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?" 

 --Psalm 42:1-2

 

CONNECTING WITH EACH OTHER by building authentic relationships through Life Groups, Worship, and Outreach.

"Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love." 

--Ephesians 4:15-16

 

CONNECTING WITH THE WORLD through missions and outreach by challenging ourselves and each other to love, as Christ loved, and to embrace everyone on our journey.

"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." 

 --1 John 16, 18