AUGUST 28, 2022


Hello St. John’s Family,

For the past 10 days, I have been blessed to spend some time away with family. Thanks to the insightful planning of my wife, we’ve been able to piggyback time away with moving our son back to college, providing an opportunity to spend extended time together. There’s been sun, sand, and waves; long walks with our dogs; lots of wonderful, fresh seafood (and not-so-healthy snacks in between); and relaxing time with our extended family. Our son is now settled in and starting classes, and we are enjoying a few lingering moments of rest and downtime.

In our household, I am typically the one who gets up with the dogs each morning. As any dog owner knows, the rhythms and routines of our pets do not stop on vacation… and Tate (who is now 1 year old!) is an early riser. The first few mornings of our time away provided me with a vivid reminder of this fact. I have learned it doesn’t matter how deep or emphatic one’s tone is; “GO BACK TO SLEEP” has absolutely no effect on an eager and energetic dog.

In full disclosure, I did not see any benefit - or humor - to this insight as our vacation began. Being the only one outside before the sun came up wasn’t part of my agenda. Slowly, though, I began to see the beauty that was surrounding me. The first rays of sun breaking through in the morning, and then taking in the serene yet powerful rhythm of crashing waves as the day began has been a powerful reminder of how small we humans are in the context of the natural world. This time alone cultivated an awareness of how I wasn’t alone; God’s presence, goodness, and beauty were all around me. These early morning walks have become a powerful centering moment that opens my eyes to the goodness and beauty that I so often overlook. Whether it’s the time shared together with family, the good food we’re eating, the line of pelicans skimming the ocean waves for fish, or even the tiny “footprints” in the sand left behind by the ghost crabs scurrying on the beach the night before, I am seeing again the goodness and beauty of God’s presence that surrounds us daily.

The change of pace during vacation or time away can be a good opportunity to be reminded of God’s constant presence and beauty. Thankfully, that presence doesn’t end when our time away concludes. God is with us always. In big ways and small, God is present and attentive, eager to engage with us and remind us of God’s enduring presence in our lives.

I’m looking forward to being with you in worship this Sunday as we explore how well God knows us. Hearing the powerful words of the prophet Isaiah, we’ll be reminded of how God calls us by name; how God knows us, loves us, and is always with us. I hope you’ll join us as we give thanks and praise to the God whose love is with us always-

Grace and Peace

Pastor Brad

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Come Worship with us this Sunday,

August 28, 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.
Recyclable Plastic Bags
"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 UMC Ivyland

World-Famous Chicken Barbeque!

Saturday, September 17th 11 AM to 4 PM


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.
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


Thank you to those who have dropped off their used monthly Upper Room magazines. Please be aware we are not able to send them to Red Bird at this time. So do not return them to the church. 

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 if 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
Order Study Guides
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!

Please plan to contribute a baked item for the bake sale at the St John's chicken barbecue on Saturday, September 17.  

Each item should be individually wrapped. If you bring them unwrapped we will be happy to wrap it for you.

Items can be placed in the kitchen on Friday clearly marked for the Bake Sale. 

For questions contact Kathy Keppol 


United Methodist Men

Final planning meeting for the Chicken BBQ was held at our August Breakfast meeting, A big Thank You goes out to all who attended and especially to those who helped in the kitchen

Chicken BBQ Sept 17th, volunteer now!

Next meeting is on October 15th, 2022- breakfast meeting.

Agenda: Chicken BBQ Recap

and a Guest Speaker.


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 gathered at St. John's UMC Ivyland on Friday, August 19th. 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 List

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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820 Almshouse Road, Ivyland, PA 18974

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

Rev. Brad Leight, Sr. Pastor

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