AUGUST 18, 2022

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
John 4:24

I recently read the story behind the worship song, “Come, Now Is the Time to Worship.” The composer, Brian Doerksen composed this song during a time of deep anguish in his soul. One day when he felt especially discouraged, he sensed the Holy Spirit nudging him to praise and worship the Lord in spite of the difficult time he was going through. He obeyed, and this song – which has blessed millions worldwide – was born.

When I read about Brian’s choice to worship in the middle of his storm, it changed my perspective. It’s easy to worship Jesus for His goodness, his presence, and his power when life is going well. Not so much when life takes a sudden detour or someone hurts me. That’s when I’m tempted to whine or doubt. But, I know that is the time when I most need to remember that song title and put it into action.

While it is true that we can worship anytime, anyplace…I believe that it is important to gather together with our Brothers and Sisters in Christ (in the Sanctuary) to worship. It is so important for our children and Youth to be in Sunday School. The Bible tells us in Hebrews… And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. It is so important to the life of St. John’s and to our spiritual life as well to get back into the practice of coming out to church. We need other believers!

We need fellowship. September 4 will be “Get Back In the Swing” Sunday here at St. John’s. I encourage you to come –worship our God and fellowship with one another here in the House of the Lord. And then after worship come together for a fellowship brunch. There will be lots of good food and good Christian fellowship. Plus, there will be games for the children and youth (as well as for the young at heart). Join us then and let’s “Get Back in the Swing” of coming out to church on Sunday mornings!

Pastor Ruth
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Come Worship with us this Sunday,
August 18, 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.

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.
Recycling Event
to benefit Bright Futures Academy
(and our Planet Earth)

Through a program with the Trex Corporation, we are collecting clean and dry soft plastic bags (examples in flyer). Bags should be brought to St. John's and placed in the large white container in the Narthex. Upon collecting 500 lbs of material, Trex will provide us with a brand new bench (can receive 1 bench every six months). Our first bench will be sent to the Bright Futures Academy for their new playground. This project is organized by two of our Youth Stars, Nicole & Melissa McDevitt. Click below for acceptable plastics to be recycled.

Movie Night
Under the Stars
is Back with the Disney movie Encanto!

Friday, August 19th at dusk
Please bring a non-perishable food item
for the local food pantry

Bring a chair, bring snacks, bring your friends and family
for a fun night under the stars
"Back in the Swing Sunday" - September 4th

In celebration of our Church and our St. John's Family, we will have a Potluck Brunch to enjoy being together after our enforced pandemic separation. Come out to worship our God, share your favorite brunch recipe, and spend time catching up with friends old and new. Sign-up sheets are available in the Narthex. Meanwhile, brainstorm ideas for future Fellowship Sundays and think about what you're going to bring to the Potluck. (Remember, everything's better with bacon!)
GriefShare 13 week Session  
Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:30 pm
September 7 – December 7, 2022
GriefShare is a support group that meets weekly.
You will find it to be a warm, caring environment
 and you will come to see your group as an
“oasis” on your journey through grief.
You may register online at 
There is a $20 fee for materials.
 For further information
 contact Carol Campbell  215-364-0942
 or go to There is also a sign up sheet in the Narthex.

St. John's Chicken BBQ

September 17, 2022

Food, Fun, Fellowship

Save the date to volunteer and to have a great dinner, too.
And don't forget to invite
 all your friends!
The Grace Cafe is Open!
Stop by between services for a freshly brewed cup of Warrior Coffee, a sweet treat, and fellowship with your St. John's family.
Fellowship Team
Forming Now

Come join the fun and help to plan future opportunities to gather together as a Church family. We're looking for ideas from our youth and our "elders" and every age in between. Join the Fellowship Team or just come to planning sessions as you are able. Contact Pastor Ruth, Kathy Keppol or Lynne Tomlinson
Kids Church and Sunday School will be back in September with more great times and interesting Bible stories. Enjoy summer worship with your family.

Youth Activities Calendar

Youth Sunday School and regular Sunday night Youth Group will resume in the fall.

Rehearsals starting September

Now is a perfect time to join one of our Vocal choirs (All Ages); Bell Choirs, or Praise Band for contemporary service.
Please contact Roy Nelson at

Join our
Volunteer Tech Team and see just how "Techie" you can be!

All ages welcome - youth, young adults, elder statesmen and stateswomen.
Amaze your family with your AV skills!

Skills taught weekly.

Contact church office
at 215-357-6998


Upper Room Devotionals

September and October devotionals will be
be available in the Narthex, beginning Sunday, August 21.

Be sure to pick up one for yourself and one for a friend.
St. John's Book Club
Wednesday, September 7th
at 10 AM and 7 PM
in the Grace Cafe

The novel tells the story of a livestock pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilbur in her web in order to persuade the farmer to let him live. If you read the story as a child or read it to a child, please join us. Or iff you have never read it, please join us.

Facilitators: Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell.
Starting on
September 21st, 2022
7 to 9 PM

Our next study on Wednesday evenings will be Disciple III FastTrack. This is a 24-week comprehensive study with manageable daily scripture readings. The first half focuses on Old Testament prophets; the second half on the Letters of Paul.
This is a wonderful opportunity to study God's Word, strengthen your faith, and form lasting friendships with fellow Disciples.

Please contact the office if you are planning to attend or if you need a book

Ken Lee, facilitator
Disciple III FastTrack study guides on The Prophets and Letters of Paul can be purchased online from The Well Bookstore, UM Church of the Resurrection
Red Bird Mission would like to include sports balls in the Christmas boxes for kids in the Beverly, KY area. The Communion Offering on Sunday, October 2, will be used to purchase items through Amazon and have them shipped direct to Red Bird. Monetary donations will also be accepted each Sunday in September and added to the Communion Offering amount. The Naomi Circle will have a table in the Narthex area each Sunday in September to talk to you about this project and to accept any additional donations.
Please contact Carol Campbell 215-431-7452 or Linda Barr 215-773-9865 with any questions.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!


A tempting array of baked goods and desserts will be available for purchase at the Chicken BBQ on September 17th. Proceeds will benefit UWF mission projects, locally and globally.
United Methodist Men

We're back . . .
with a Gourmet Breakfast this Saturday, August 20th at 9 AM
HERE in Fellowship Hall.
(Free will offering to cover cost of breakfast.)
RSVP to Jack Donovan

Final planning meeting for our
world-famous Chicken BBQ to be held on September 17th.
(Can you help in the kitchen at 7 AM? Let Jack know.
Please and thank you!
Long-time St. John's member Ethel Ann "Toots" Brown entered into eternal life on August 5th. Family and friends gathered at Washington Crossing National Cemetery on Tuesday, August 16th. Please keep the family of Toots in your prayers.

On August 7, 2022, Barry White Jr, beloved son of Evelyn and Dick Cain, entered life eternal. Family and friends may gather at St. John's UMC Ivyland on Friday, August 19th between 10 AM and Noon, with the service immediately following. Please keep the Cain and White families in your daily prayers.

G. Wesley Frazier, beloved father to Brian (& Maritsa) Barber, entered into glory on July 16, 2022. Please keep Brian's mother Jean and the entire Barber family in your prayers.

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.

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 
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St. John's Ivyland UMC
820 Almshouse Road
Ivyland, PA 18974

Rev. Brad Leight, Sr. Pastor