May 05, 2022
Pastor's Reflection

Hello St. John’s Family,
Once again, our community has been devastated by tragedy. The shock and sadness of hearing two local boys, ages 13 and 9, being shot by their mother this week has been incredibly difficult to process. Reports are surfacing regarding the difficulties this family faced, including the impending eviction from the home they were living in. Difficulties that took any semblance of hope from a struggling mother. I cannot imagine the utter hopelessness that drove her actions; actions that will claim the joyful, energetic, and promising young lives of two beloved boys. These are the moments we must lean on our faith; lean on the trust that God can and will redeem tragedy. Lord, bring goodness and hope out of brokenness and mess of this tragedy.
As I shared with you recently, I don’t think many adults truly understand the difficulty that so many children and youth face in today’s world. Yes, there have always been challenges in adolescence. Today, though, is heavier. Our young people face constant pressure. From elementary school on, the pressure to succeed academically, in athletics, and in extracurriculars, all while maintaining a good image constantly presses down on them. Few elements of their lives are not public – often on social media – where all can see. And comment. And now, so many young people are trying to process a senseless tragedy under what feels like a microscope. Did I post the right words? Did I post quickly enough? Did you see so-and-so didn’t post anything? These are the kinds of pressures that our youth face constantly. Often, the heavier the situation at hand, the heavier the pressure is to respond.
As you pray for all who are struggling to process the heartbreaking events of this week’s shooting, please pray for our local children and youth, and those who care for them. Pray for the young people – including from St. John’s – who attend the schools the boys attended. Pray for the teachers and support staff who are on the front line of providing care and support. Pray for local families: families struggling to process a tragedy that has no good answers, and for families who are inevitably facing some of the same stressors that led to this outcome. Pray that all who are struggling may encounter the hope of Christ, a hope that can guide anyone through the pain and difficulty of seemingly hopeless situations. 
Grace and peace,
Pastor Brad
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Come Worship with us this Sunday,
May 08, 2022

Contemporary Praise Service
at 9:00 AM

Traditional Service
at 10:30 AM

This service can be viewed LIVE through
St. John's Youtube Channel
or on our homepage:

Past worship service videos can also be found:

Auto-generated closed captions are usually provided by YouTube about a week after the service has posted for the hearing impaired.
Video of Good Friday Service

If you were unable to attend the community Good Friday service hosted by St Andrew's and St John's UMCs, please click on the link below. This was a very powerful service and the closing song by Gospel Road will move you to tears.
Opportunities to Fellowship Together

We are pleased to announce that the Grace Café
will reopen on May 22, 2022.
  We are looking for volunteers to help with the coffee. We need folks to help start the coffee at 8:30 - great for people attending the 9:00 service. We also need people to help clean up any time after the 10:30 starts. Please contact Sharon Byle (

Plan on joining us for coffee/tea and snacks and a wonderful time of fellowship after the 9 am worship service.
Many members of St. John’s have been supporters of the Warrior Coffee Project over the last five years so I wanted to give you an update on what has been happening.
Since March of 2020 and the outbreak of Covid, the Village of El Naranjito has been seriously affected by the pandemic. El Naranjito is a small village of about 350 persons set high in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. The closest town is Peralta (population 8,596 persons 2012 census) at the base of the mountain.
As you may remember, Lycoming College (a United Methodist affiliated liberal arts college located in Williamsport, PA) became affiliated with El Naranjito in 2015 as a partner to provide real-life learning experiences for Lycoming students and to assist the village to be self-sustaining.
In 2016, the village was dependent on one crop, coffee beans, for the sole source of their income. It was a village devoid of clean drinking water, social supports, electricity, schools and any sense of community organization that would allow the village to become self-sustaining in the 21st century. The village experienced a devastating loss of much of their coffee plants in 2013, and was not able to replace them. In 2013, the village was paid eight cents per pound for their coffee. A poor village was becoming poorer and more destitute.
In 2015, Lycoming started working with the village replacing coffee plants, and teaching the village to add additional crops for market, such as avocados and macadamias. Not only did a second and third crop create additional income for the village, but coffee is grown best in a shady environment. These new crops provided that to improve the quality of the coffee bean. By 2017, the village was getting $2.47 per pound for their coffee beans.
Then came Covid and everything shut down. The Lycoming Intern (a fulltime employee of the village cooperative) had to return to the States. The village, to protect itself, became isolated again. As we approached late 2021-22, there was renewed hope that the village could return to normal. The coffee bean crop in the fall of 2021 was one of their best in terms of quality and quantity. Then came the supply chain crisis and the village has been unable to ship the beans to the U.S. for roasting and distribution. We simply had no coffee to sell to people who wanted to support the village
But there is hope. We expect by June 1, to have Warrior Coffee available for the Grace Café and for you to purchase. Once again, we will be able to Fight for What’s Right One Cup at a Time.
Children's Activities This Week

  • Children's Message followed by
Sunday School at 10:30 AM
  • Parents, children will check-in at the mobile cart
in the Narthex
A Reminder . . .
The hallway for Classrooms A – E IS CLOSED to general traffic on Sunday mornings. Only children and their parent/guardian(s) will be permitted in this hallway. If you enter the church through the back door and do not need to check in children for Sunday School, please turn right down the hallway past Fellowship Hall and around to the Sanctuary. If you are checking in your child for Sunday School, please proceed to the mobile check-in cart outside Classroom A in the Education Wing.
St. John’s has an “absolute and unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all of our children and youth” and your assistance is greatly appreciated!

Children's Sunday School
10:30 AM
God is strong and faithful, always working in our lives. We might get knocked down from time to time, but when we put our trust in God, we find the strength we need to get back up again. Jesus showed us how to face life with resilience. No matter what happened, Jesus relied on God to help Him accomplish the mission set before Him. This month, we will learn that because of Jesus, we can trust God no matter what. We can bounce back from whatever knocks us down and complete the mission God has for us.

Youth Activities This Week

Youth Sunday School
at 10:30 AM

No Youth Night Meeting tonight

Youth Sunday School

Gossip is something that everyone struggles with. We all want to “be in the know” and not “out of the loop!” Join Mrs. Gutsch and Mrs. McCrea this week as they talk about what to do when you are invited to gossip about someone else! The Youth will also receive Communion this Sunday.

Looking Ahead
Youth Night

On Sunday, May 22nd
Bowling at Thunderbird Lanes

2 PM Leave from Church
Return by 5:10 PM

Congratulations to our 2022 Confirmands who professed their faith and were confirmed into full membership. We pray God continues to bless them and walk with them in their life of faith.
Confirmands with Youth Ministries Director Sarah Floyd, mentors Denise & Rick Gray and Ken Lee, and
Pastor Brad. April 24, 2022
Did you find the Easter music uplifting? Inspiring? A glory to God? Now is the perfect time to join the choir. No auditions - all voice parts welcomed!

Donations Needed of
Non-perishable foods

 Please place contributions in the shopping carts located in the narthex

Volunteers are also needed to deliver food and clothing to the Eastwick Food Bank. 

Please contact Lou Lescas at if you are available to help. 
Thank you for your support.
Six Mondays starting April 18th at 6:30 in the Parlor.  There will be a sign up sheet in the Narthex. Cost of the Study Guide is $9.00, payable the first session. Books will be available that night. Leaders are Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell. Any questions, please call Carol
at 215-364-0942.
A six-week Bible Study started Monday, April 18th at 6:30 PM

The concept of Jesus' human and heavenly nature is difficult to wrap our minds around. He's the God who formed the universe and, at the same time, knows your personal struggles...because he went through the same things. For thirty-three years Jesus felt everything you have ever felt. Weakness. Weariness. Sadness. Rejection. His feet got tired. His head ached. He was tempted and his strength was tested.
The purpose of this study is simple: by journeying through these six lessons you will get to know Jesus--and, therefore, God--like you never have before. And by learning more about the person Jesus was and is, we come to understand more clearly the people we were created to be.
St. John's Book Club
Anxious People is about a group of people held hostage after a bank robbery who get to know each other, and they end up helping each other and helping the bank robber to find her way out of the mess. It's quintessential Backman: quirky, heartwarming and uplifting.

We will meet on Wednesday, May 11, at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM in the Grace Cafe. Please join us; all are welcome. Facilitators Barb Schneider and Carol Campbell

Wednesday nights
at 7 PM in the parlor

Our current study on Wednesdays at 7 PM is a relatively short-term one on the writings of the
Apostle Peter.
Please join us for our informal discussions. All are welcome!
Ken Lee, facilitator

Tuesdays at 10:30 AM

  • C. S. Lewis - The Great "Apologist"
of the 20th Century

Contact Paul Henry at for Zoom info

United Women in Faith Sunday May 15, 2022
Bake Sale between services!

Bakers needed - for info and sign-up,
check the UWiF (UMW) bulletin board

United Methodist Men
Saturday, May 21st

St. John's has talent!

Thank you to our April speaker,
Brian Jackson. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed his talk about traveling and
living in South America..

Our May speaker Is Michael (Mike) Byle.
 Mike has a family background and a lifelong interest in trains and railroading. It has been his pastime from his first train set as a young boy to influencing his career choice. Professionally he has worked in complex design projects in and under rail lines including Amtrak’s High Speed rail clearance improvement project and work with CSX on many bridge designs.

Please join us at
The Sycamore Grill,
255 North Sycamore Street, Newtown
on Saturday, May 21st
at 10 a.m.

Prayer requests can be submitted
online (click here).or through the church email at
Prayer requests are reviewed
Monday-Friday AM.

All "Ongoing Prayer Concerns"
will be listed for two weeks.
 Please submit a new prayer request
if you desire to renew the listing for 2 additional weeks. 

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the Month
10 AM in the Parlor.

Pictured are four baby blankets and several baby hats destined for The Baby Bureau in Warminster, plus larger children’s hats for World Vision’s Knit for Kids program. Last month, children’s hats were donated to the Ukrainian Education and Cultural Center, Jenkintown, for dispatch to Ukrainian refugees in Poland.

Come join us in knitting/crocheting various items for those in need.
Contact Carol Rice for more information.

Requests for prayer shawls or lap robes to comfort those experiencing serious illness, bereavement, or other major life issues may be made through the prayer request form on the church website, or by contacting the church office
at 215-357-6998 or 
  • Just go to our website
  • Click on the 'Give' button in red, Donate Any Amount and register.

Once you've registered, you can either make donations by debit or credit. Lenten Offerings may also be received through our website.

Simply text the amount you wish to give to 877-960-2396.
You will immediately receive a one-time registration link, then just follow the prompts to complete your donation!

You may also send your tithes and offerings to the church office:
820 Almshouse Road, Ivyland, PA 18974

If you have any questions about mobile or text giving,
email Lou Lescas at
If your contact information changes: 
address, phone, email, etc.
please notify the church office at
215-357-6998 or
and we'll be sure to update your information in our files.
Thank you!

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"What's Happening"tab on our website.
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St. John's Ivyland UMC
820 Almshouse Road
Ivyland, PA 18974

Rev. Brad Leight, Sr. Pastor