March 4, 2021
Hello St. John’s Family,
  As the return of sunny days and moderating temperatures slowly yet surely melt away our piles of snow, we can see that spring is finally on its way. I sense this winter was a bit of a reality check for us; after relatively little snowfall for a few years, we were reminded how much “fun” consecutive snowstorms can be. Still, our inconveniences pale in comparison to the disaster and suffering experienced by our neighbors in the south this past February.
  I still find it hard to process the magnitude of suffering experienced by so many in Texas during the recent deep freeze. Images of waterfalls in living rooms due to burst pipes, miles-long lines of cars waiting for a case of bottled water, and families burning furniture and wooden toys to stay warm defy comprehension. The fallout and investigation into who is responsible is already underway, with plenty of finger-pointing and excuses quickly following. We can only hope that meaningful changes will occur that will drastically limit the probability of a repeat disaster… yet I am skeptical. Why? One of the major issues identified so far was the lack of winterization measures taken by utility providers to prepare for extreme temperatures, despite narrowly escaping similar disasters during cold snaps in 2011 and 2014. The investment required for these measures was deemed too costly given the relatively low probability of prolonged cold temperatures. Too costly - until there is a disaster!
 While it seems easy to shake our heads at the messy situation in Texas, I have to wonder if we aren’t prone to taking a similar approach in our relationship with God. Sure, we know we should invest daily time in prayer and reading scripture; yet that requires us to intentionally set aside time for those activities. With an ever-increasing task list and few free moments, that investment can appear costly when we seem to be doing OK on our own. Before we know it, God gets squeezed out.
  People of faith know that difficulties will come our way. I believe that’s why cultivating a deep, ongoing relationship with God is essential. Investing daily time in prayer and reflection helps strengthen and prepare us for the challenging times that will come. Yes, we’ll still experience setbacks. Yet the steadfast faith and deep relationship we cultivate with our Lord will help us navigate the storms of life with much less damage, like appropriate maintenance enables equipment and systems to hold up under extreme duress.
 If you sense that your spiritual life isn’t quite where it should be, Lent is the perfect time to re-engage with God. It’s fine to start small: commit to 10-15 minutes each day, reading a devotion and concluding in prayer. Before long, you’ll be surprised how that time lengthens. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day; simply start back up the next. And, above all, know that every moment you set aside for God is cherished by your Lord!
                                                                                      Grace and Peace,
                                                                                   Pastor Brad
Sunday, March 7, 2021

In-person Worship!
Two services offered.
9:00 am in the Sanctuary
and 10:30 am in Fellowship Hall.
Reservations Required

A recording of the service will be available on our website upon completion.

We've been blessed by a steady increase in attendance at our worship services! If you are planning to attend, it is critical to register each week, via Sign Up Genius or by calling the church office. 
This enables our ushers to promptly seat you while maintaining safe distancing necessitated by Covid. 
Thank you for your sacrifice, patience and compliance with these interim procedures, as we all eagerly await the day when we can fill God's sanctuary again!

The Sign-Up Reservation for next Sunday
will be emailed and posted to the website by Noon, Monday.
Please update the SignUp Genius or contact the church office if there's a need to cancel/update your reservation so another may have the opportunity to attend.
Thank you!
*This Sunday, March 7, the Sacrament of Communion will be offered in worship and to all in a drive-through format. During our 9AM and 10:30 worship services, individual, prepackaged elements will be consecrated and offered to in-person worshippers. Those not able or comfortable attending in-person are asked to join us online for worship; we expect the service will be posted around 10:30 AM. Then come to St. John's at 1 PM to receive the Communion elements. You will be asked to please remain in your car.
We look forward to seeing you and sharing in Christ's love together through the Sacrament of Holy Communion!
Communion Offering: UMCOR (The United Methodist Committee on Relief)

The Communion Offering this month will go to UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief), and will be combined with funds received as part of a special offering for UMCOR Sunday, March 14th. 

The United Methodist Committee on Relief is the humanitarian aid and development effort of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR Sunday underwrites all administrative costs of this critical ministry, so that all designated gifts throughout the year go to critical relief work. Please consider giving generously to this vital mission.
Scout Recognition Sunday
March 14, 2021

On Sunday March 14, St. John's will continue a long tradition of honoring the efforts of our Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and adult leaders involved in Scouting. Anyone involved in Scouting is invited to register and attend either of our worship services in uniform as we acknowledge your efforts. A number of our Scouts are in the GENesis Bells; this group will be involved in the 9:00 worship service.

In addition, a photo collage of all our Scouts will be compiled, to acknowledge those who are unable to attend. This collage will be projected prior to our services and will also be included with the Cornerstone. Scouts and leaders are asked to forward a photo to Nicole McDevitt ( by Tuesday, March 9th for the collage. Thank you!
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 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.


10 AM and 7 PM

This brand new study for the Season of Lent 2021, Character Matters, flows from the language of Proverbs 6:16-19. Study participants will journey through the “seven things the Lord hates,” moving participants toward confession of the sinful practice/tendency... and challenging disciples toward a personal and corporate character which is far more holy!

Beginning the week of Ash Wednesday, this study in seven sessions addresses the “seven things the Lord hates.” Session eight of the curriculum is a post-Easter word of encouragement from Bishop Peggy Johnson.

Each Thursday in Lent, two sessions will be offered via Zoom: 10AM and 7PM. 
Please contact the office and indicate which session you'd like to participate in, and a Zoom link will be forwarded to you.

 Tuesday, March 15
10 AM
in Fellowship Hall
This is the final work session before the plastic utensils are ready to be taken home and wrapped.
In order to assure safe distancing procedures,
 please sign up on our SignUp Genius.
When this project is completed, the plastic ware utensils
will be delivered to the
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.
If you have any questions please contact me
@ 215-357-6998 or 215-343-4749,
                                                                     Pastor Ruth
Our Daily Lenten Devotionals
“Walk Humbly”
are now available in the
Narthex, outside of Fellowship Hall and
in a container on the front porch of the church.
Be sure to pick up your copy and
one for a friend as well.
All Sunday School classes will continue on Zoom this Sunday. Note that Pre-K to Grade 6 will have a video component and will also include follow-up materials that guide parents in talking about the concepts throughout the week. Hope to see you on Zoom! Links to Zoom meetings with details will be emailed separately. For more information, please contact Susan Seamans, Director of Children's Ministry:
Young Children (Pre-K to Grade 2)
What's In the Bible? 
Sundays at 11 am on Zoom 
Older Elementary Children (Grades 3-6) 
Orange 252 Kids
Sundays @ 11am on Zoom 
Youth Study - Orange High School XP 3:
Sundays @ 11:30 am on Zoom

Thinking About God
Paul Henry will be continuing his Zoom Class “Thinking About God” on Tuesday, January 19, at 10:30 am. If you are interested in joining these discussions please contact Paul at 215-962-6719 or so that he can get you set up on Zoom.
This presentation and discussion format is designed with a number of topical areas so that you can participate as topics interest you or you can be a part of the Zoom course through April.
On Tuesday, February 16, the Tuesday Zoom class Thinking about God will be joined by Walter Edmonds. He will be leading a presentation and discussion on the “Hymns of Charles Wesley”. Walt is a retired pastor and musician living in Monrovia, MD. He is a graduate of Lycoming College, Yale Divinity School and Temple University. He is an accomplished organist and choral director who has served in both musical and pastoral positions throughout his career. He is strongly committed to hymnody and liturgy and was responsible for the Constitutional Hall celebration of the Methodist Hymnal in November 1989. Walt will be leading the Zoom discussion on the hymns of Charles Wesley. If you are interested in joining this session, please contact Paul Henry at

March 2, 9, 16 - Old Testament Narrative
The Gospel of John
The Gospel of John is often considered the greatest Spiritual writing of who Jesus is as it reveals His mission to bring salvation to all of God's children by His life, ministry, death and resurrection. Beginning Wednesday, February 3, Ken Lee will be offering a weekly Bible study of John's Gospel utilizing Jesus in the Gospels curriculum. The group will meet each Wednesday at 7pm in the Parlor. By studying this Gospel in Fellowship, the group aims to develop and grow our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and indicate if you need a Study Manual. The cost of the Study Manual is $32; St. John's will provide assistance as needed to ensure the cost isn't prohibitive. 

This is an excellent opportunity to grow in and strengthen your faith - hope to see you in February!

The Recovery Breakfast was well attended with lots of laughter!
The Fellowship abound and strengthened our Faith with a Joy in our Heart. 
A Great Time!

A Stripped Down - Take Out Only - Chicken BBQ is tentatively planned for September 11th.
The vacccine shots were discussed and most all in attendance have had both shots.
It was agreed to continue the Recovery Breakfast at 
The Sycamore Grill through to May. 
The next UMM Breakfast will be March 20th and hosted by Paul Henry.

Prayer requests can be submitted
online (click here).or through the church email,
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.
Hand made prayer shawls (or lap robes for men) are again available for those experiencing serious illness, bereavement, or other major life issue. Each comes in a sealed plastic bag. Recipients need not be members of St. John's. Requests can be made via the comments section of the prayer request form on the church website, by calling or emailing the church office, or by calling Carol Rice at 215-357-1203. Requesters will be notified of contactless pickup arrangements at the main entrance of church building.

The Red Bird Mission are CLOSED for the winter and are expected to open in April.

Thanks to everyone who has donated to this program, helping the people in Red Bird Kentucky. They are grateful for all items that have been sent. The Red bird committee would also like to thank all the volunteers who gave their time packing trailers. 
Your effort’s have been greatly appreciated. 
Red Bird Committee

Donations of non-perishable food for the Eastwick Food Pantry are needed throughout the year. Please place contributions in the shopping carts located in the narthex and fellowship hall lobby. 
Volunteers are also needed to deliver food and clothing to the Eastwick Food Bank. Please contact Lou Lescas, if you are available to help. 
Thank you for your support.
The Upper Room Devotionals
for March/April are now available.
Copies are in the Narthex and also in a container on the front porch of the church. Be sure to pick up your copy and take one for a friend as well.

  • 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.

All you have to do is 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!

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. 

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
Gmail account users:
In addition to your inbox,
please check your "Promotions" file for any St. John's emails.
Bulk emails may appear there. Simply by moving the message from Promotions to your primary inbox or by adding
St. John's as a contact should allow our messages to go directly to your inbox.

The latest Devotionals, News and Worship Videos can be be accessed below, as well as, under the
"What's Happening"tab on our website.

Two significant needs and great opportunities to serve at St. John's!

A small team of dedicated audio-visual ministry volunteers enable us to offer meaningful online worship each week. We're in need of additional help, as there's very little flexibility within the team in the event someone needs to be away. While some aspects of this ministry requires technical expertise, other aspects are very straight-forward. If you have the ability to advance PowerPoint slides, you can help us offer online worship!

Similarly, ushers are needed for in-person worship to greet worshippers, direct them to their seats, and assist with questions. This is a simple yet meaningful opportunity to serve God by serving our St. John's family.

Please consider serving God by assisting with one of these this crucial ministries. Those interested in serving can contact the office at or (215) 357-6998. Thank you for your faithful support of all we do in service to Christ at St. John's!
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St. John's Ivyland
820 Almshouse Road
Ivyland, PA 18974
Rev. Brad Leight, Sr. Pastor