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IN THIS ISSUE
Altar Flowers
Join us for worship
Calendar
Prayer List
Sunday School
Bible Studies
Text Giving
Warrior Coffee
Amazon Smile
Snow Policy
Pastor's Reflection
Baptism of the Lord Sunday
Youth Group
Bible Study
40 Days of Prayer
Book Club
Painting Night
Divorce Care
Table Talk
Red Bird Trailers
Eastwick Thank You
ALTAR FLOWERS FOR 2019

The following dates are still available to purchase altar flowers in honor of or in memory of loved ones. 
The cost is just $25 payable to St. John's UMC
(flower envelopes are located in pew racks).

January 13
January 20
August 25
September 22

Please let us know your preferred date/dates by replying to the church office at stjumc@aol.com
   
JOIN US FOR
WORSHIP  
  
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Traditional
 
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
  
THIS SUNDAY, 
January 6, 2019

Rev. Paul Henry will be preaching
"London, June 18, 1944, 11:20 AM"
Hebrews 11; selected verses
  
215-357-6998
 
CHURCH HOURS
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM  
 
 
THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR

Thursday, January 3
6:45pm
  Ring of Faith
 
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
8:00pm
  Adult Choir
 
Sunday, January 6
9:00am
 
Sunday Morning Study  
 
9:15am
  Children's Sunday School
 
10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School
 
11:30am
  Joyful Voices
 
12:15pm
  Holy Handbells
 
6:00pm
  Youth Choir
 
7:00pm
  First Sunday Night Group
 
7:00pm
  Youth Group
 
Monday, January 7
6:30pm
 
Gir Scout Troop 2395 Meeting  
 
6:45pm
  Celebration Ringers
 
Tuesday, January 8
10:00am
  Prayer Shawl Ministry
 
5:45pm
  GENesis Bells
 
6:00pm
  Divorce Care
 
6:30pm
  Naomi Circle Dinner
 
6:30pm
 
Trustees Meeting  
 
7:00pm
  Praise Band Rehearsal
 
7:00pm
  Table Talk
 
7:30pm
  AA
 
Wednesday, January 9
10:00am
  Rebekah Circle
 
1:00pm
  Joanna Circle
 
7:00pm
 
Bible Study  
 
7:00pm
 
Book Club  
 
Thursday, January 10
6:45pm
  Ring of Faith
 
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
8:00pm
  Adult Choir

 

 

PRAYER LIST

Please click to view

 

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

St. John's Sunday School  
 9:15 
All Children Pre-K thru 6th grade go directly to Room D (Holywood) 
  
10:30  
All children go to Fellowship Hall
Youth grades 9-12 go to the Youth Room. 

Please click Kid's Church Registration  
or go to stjohnsivyland.com under Children's Ministry to register. 

NURSERY
Available at both  
9:15 and 10:30. 
We welcome all children birth through 4 years old.  The nursery is equipped with a calling system and will alert you in worship if your child needs you.
Help is needed in the Nursery at the 9:15 AM Service. 
Please contact David Bigam if you are available!
  
For more information about our Children or Youth Ministries, please contact Director,
David Bigam, dbigam@gmail.com  


ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
 
Sunday Morning Study
led by Howard & Beppie Heinrich
Sunday mornings at 9 AM
Parlor
On-going study and drop-ins are welcome!

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 The Wired Word
led by Eileen Phillips
2nd and 4th Sundays
10:30 AM
Church Library (by the Youth Room)
Focuses on current events and analyzes them in a Biblical context. 
On-going study and drop-ins are welcome.

Please see This Week's Calendar for current Bible study opportunities. Contact Lara Bolte (215-357-6998, stjadultministries@gmail.com) if you are interested in joining an existing group.
GIVING
MOBILE GIVING
  • Just go to our website stjohnsivyland.com
  • Click on the donate now button and register.
Once you've registered, you can either make donations by debit or credit.  
OR try  
TEXT GIVING 
 All you have to do is text the amount you wish to give to 215-398-1617.
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 confidenti
al. 
 
If you have any questions about mobile or text giving,
email Lou Lescas at  stjohns820@gmail.com

If you noticed damage on your car following the Christmas Eve services, please contact the church office. 

 
If you ordered Warrior Coffee, it is available for pick up Sunday morning following both services in Grace Café.
The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship and refreshments. 
DAILY DEVOTIONALS
Looking for a little inspiration during the week?  
Try an online devotional.    
(has many devotionals to choose from)
(Devotional for Women)
(Devotional for Men) 
SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT!
When you enroll in 'Amazon Smile', Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible "AmazonSmile' purchases to a charitable organization of your choice. St. John's United Methodist Church - Ivyland is a participating group!

'AmazonSmile' is the same Amazon you know - same products, same prices and same service. This is an easy way to contribute to St. John's without any extra cost to you!

To support, go to https://smile.amazon.com, fill in your Amazon account email and password, then choose -
St. John's United Methodist Church - Ivyland - as your preferred charitable organization.

Simply log in to smile.amazon.com
each time you shop and help make St. John's smile!

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 answering machine and 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.
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January 3, 2019
Happy New Year!
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
            There's something about a brand new year that causes us to want to start over with a clean slate. We review the past year, and we consider which areas of our lives need a fresh start. We call them "New Year's Resolutions." And if you're anything like me, you've made a million of them over the years. Most of which never really took hold. In fact, SOME of those resolutions keep recycling year after year.
            In one sense, starting something afresh can be energizing. And giving something up can be cleansing. And so each year, we arrive at January 1st with a conviction that we want to turn over a new leaf - i.e., we want to get healthier, we want to lose weight, we want to eat right, we want to begin an exercise program, etc. Or we decide that January 1st is the perfect time to QUIT doing something - like smoking, drinking, cursing, etc.
            Well, January 1st happened just a few days ago, and what do you think? Are you feeling just as committed as you did then? Well, the good news is that it's not too late!
            But as a believer in Christ, do we really feel that the best we can do is to make a resolution to do this, or not to do that, and then fall short or give up entirely? It seems to me that we can do better. And perhaps the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to ask the Lord to help us each day to fall deeper and deeper in love with Him.
            So what if our New Year's resolution this year would be to have a deeper commitment, a deeper love, and a deeper worship for the Lord? What if we were to decide to make Him our all in all? What if we were to pledge to ourselves to give Him our undivided attention in spite of all the distractions and temptations that we find around every corner? And what if Christ becomes our main focus in the coming year?
            Somewhere along the line, our love for the Lord was hijacked in the past year - let's be honest. But now we have a chance for a new beginning. And don't you think this would be a great time to rekindle our love for Christ? I pray that will be our New Year's resolution this year.
                                                                                     
                                             Pastor Janice
BAPTISM OF THE LORD SUNDAY  
will be celebrated on January 13, 2019
 
We will remember Jesus' baptism by John in the Jordan River.   We will focus on the meaning of baptism that day and you will be given and opportunity to renew your baptism at the altar rail.  This can be a very meaningful experience.  If you have never been baptized and would like to be baptized during this service or if you would like to schedule your child's baptism on this special day, please call the church office.  All church leaders and those who serve on any teams or committees will also be invited to stand for commissioning for 2019 at the conclusion of the renewal of baptism on January 13th.

YOUTH GROUP
 
Sunday Nights from 7-8:30 PM
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 7 thru 12.

Welcome to 2019!!
We will see you Sunday night at 7 PM!! 
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Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday,  January 14th
Please contact David Bigam.
Do Not Miss This Opportunity! 
Come and experience great Fellowship
on the 2nd Monday of every month! 
Morrisville is open to EVERYONE interested in going to help make 220 grocery bags full of food. 
Families are always welcome! 
Following this event we always head to Chick-fil-a for Milkshakes!!!!
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Coming soon... 
Escape Room - St. John's Youth 
Do you have what it takes to "Escape" my room?   
I don't think you do!
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And as always
Bring a Friend and Bring a Can!
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Have you HELPED anyone today?
Have you SAID SOMETHING NICE to anyone today?

David Bigam, Director of Children and Youth Ministries
dbigam@gmail.com

FAT TUESDAY 2019 
March 5 - 5:30-7:30 PM 
Tickets are STILL just $8.00 for Adults  
and $5 for ages 5-12  Kids under 5 eat free!
Live Music with the Jazz Sanctuary!!! 
BIBLE STUDIES
The Rock, the Road, & the Rabbi

In this study, Kathi Lee Gifford and her co-author, messianic Jewish Rabbi Jason Sobel, will visit sites in Israel and share fascinating background details that make the story of the New Testament come alive. As the authors reveal in this study, Jesus is indeed the Rock and the Rabbi whom we follow along this Road in life.
  • 6-week small group study, 1/14 through 2/18
  • Led by Carol Campbell and Barbara Schneider
  • Monday evenings at 6:45
  • Location: Parlor
  • Workbook cost: $8
  • Sign up using the tear-off below or the sign-up sheet on the yellow bulletin board by the Grace Café
 
40 Days of Prayer
Throughout the 40 Days of Prayer sermon series and study, you will learn how to cultivate a powerful prayer life and experience breakthrough in your relationship challenges, financial difficulties, bad habits, health crisis, and many other areas of your life. 
    • 6-week small group study,
      1/23 through 2/27
    • Led by Pastor Janice
    • To be offered on Wednesday mornings and Wednesday evenings
    • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. OR 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (choose one)
    • Workbook cost: $13
    • Location: Parlor (most weeks)
    • Sign up using the tear-off in bulletin or the sign-up sheet on the yellow bulletin board by the Grace Café
     
ST. JOHN'S BOOK CLUB
Tuesday, January 22 
10 AM and 7 PM  
in the Parlor  
 
The One-In-A-Million By
by: Monica Wood 
The story of your life never starts at the beginning.  Don't they teach you that in school?  So says 104-year-old Ona to the 11 year-old-boy who's been sent to help her out every Saturday morning.  As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed.  Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she is confessing she has kept secrets for decades.  We learn that the world can surprise us at any age, and sometimes sharing a loss is the only way to find ourselves again.
MUSIC MINISTRY
MUSIC MINISTRY NOTES
 
As a Congregation, we have many things to be thankful for.  These past few months were a wonderful example of Talent, Fellowship, Giving and Worship for our Music Ministry.
 
WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE
Our clothing drive provided over 150 coats to A Woman's Place in Doylestown.  In addition, gloves, hats, socks and scarves were donated.  Special thanks to SARAH FLOYD and family for organizing this event.  The generosity of our congregation was appreciated.
 
20th FESTIVAL OF CAROLS 
December 9th was a wonderful night of music and celebration at St. John's.  Our Choirs, Bell Choirs, Orchestra and Special Groups were FABULOUS.  A good time was had by all.  We thank Alissa Nelson, and the Villa Joseph Marie HS Choir for their music.  Also, Brian Barber, Joe Vettori, Kari Johnson, The Newtown Brass Quintet and Robin Gaul for their contributions to the program.  And we can't forget Brian, Matt, Matthew and Kyle for their quartet "singing".  EVERYONE enjoyed your performance.
 
HANDBELL RESTORATION
As most of you know, our Handbells are 32 years old.  With the exception of one of our Bass Bells, all of our bells were donated through the years.  We have done an exceptional job of keeping the bells in great shape, with regular maintenance.  However, our handles and clappers need to be replaced due to age and cracking.  The cost is approximately $2,800.  I am please to announce that our offering from the FESTIVAL OF CAROLS was over $2,000, and we will be able to complete stage one of our restoration this summer.  THANK YOU ALL for your generosity to our Music Ministry.
 
CHRISTMAS MUSIC SUNDAY
Our December 16th Music Sunday was a great success.  Wonderful presentations by our choirs were given to an appreciative congregation.  Thank you to all who attended this very meaningful service.
 
All choirs at St. John's are open to anyone, young and old(er) who loves music.  There is no formal audition, and your participation in our Music Ministry is welcomed.
 
A PERSONAL THANK YOU
I'd like to thank Brian Barber and Alissa Nelson for all of their contributions to our Music at St. John's.  We couldn't do it without you.  Also, thanks to our Praise Band, Choirs and Bell Choirs for sharing their talent with me and the congregation.  Thanks to members of the Joyful Voices and Youth Choir for your Christmas gifts to me.  And finally, thanks to members of all of the Adult Choirs for their GENEROUS Christmas gift.  You are all very special to me.
 
Roy Nelson, Director of Music Ministries
ADULT/FAMILY MINISTRY
FUN FELLOWSHIP EVENING: PAINT NIGHT
Join us - and an art instructor from Art Dept. Newtown - for an evening of painting fun, good food, and fellowship. When the evening is over, you will have completed a 12x12 painting of two baby owls in winter.
  • Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 4 PM to 6 PM
  • Fellowship Hall
  • $35 per person
  • Appropriate for adults and kids age 8 and up
  • Hoagies & drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring additional food to share if you desire.
  • Sign-up sheet in the Narthex
  • Place your payment (checks made out to St. John's) into the box in the Narthex.
  • Payment due by 1/14/2019
  • Contact Lara Bolte with any questions (215-357-6998; stjadultministries@gmail.com)

1st Wednesday of each month -  6:45 PM
Fellowship Hall
Next Session - February 6th - Weather permitting
No experience necessary - come out and have fun!
No Fee.
Bring water!
All ages are welcome, and feel free to bring a friend.
Call Carol Eberz (215-355-3572) or Jane Horton (215-630-6020) with questions!

OUTREACH
If you or someone you know has experienced separation or divorce, either recently or a long time ago, we want to invite them to a new group.

  • Weekly meetings are starting Tuesday, February 5th through April 30th from 6pm to 7:30pm in the Grace Café.
  • Just go to divorcecare.org and put in our church zip code to find our future group listed and then register.
  • The format is a light meal and viewing of expert information on DVD, followed by a time of sharing and discussion.
  •  There is a $25 fee for a workbook but scholarships are available.
  •  Each rotation lasts 13 weeks but you can miss anytime and make up the session during the next rotation if desired. 
  •  We are also looking for people to help welcome visitors, make coffee, and provide support to our facilitator.
  • Contact sarah@ifloyd.com or call the church office for more information.
TABLE TALK WILL RESUME ON  
JANUARY 8TH! 

DRIVE-THRU LIVING NATIVITY
A big thank you to everyone who was involved in the Drive-Thru Living Nativity this year. It was an awesome night ! More than 200 cars came to experience the Christmas story. We are already looking forward to next year.
 
If you took pictures on that night, we would appreciate it if you would share with us. Please email them to me at outreachstjohns@yahoo.com.
 
Thanks again for making this night one to remember!!
                                                                                                          
                                              Pastor Ruth
MISSIONS
Red Bird Trailers are closed for the winter.  
Thank you for your support this year.   
We will re-open in the spring of 2019.
   
Prayer Shawl Ministry
 
New members of the ministry group are always welcome; lessons and guidance can be provided for beginners and those with rusty skills.


The group meets mon thly on the second Tuesday to knit or crochet together and to pray over the completed items. For more information, contact Carol Rice at 215-357-1203.                                         



DONATIONS ALWAYS NEEDED 
Donations of non-perishable food for the Eastwick Food Pantry are always needed through-out 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,  stjohns820@gmail.com
 if you are available to help.  
 
Thank you for your support.  

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE TABS COLLECTION
Naomi Circle is collecting tabs from beverage cans for Ronald McDonald House.  You will find a container under the sign hanging on the UMW bulletin board. Please place them in a plastic bag and put it in the container. This is an ongoing collection, so keep bringing them in as you collect them.   Thank you.  
Pastor Janice and Ruth wish to thank everyone for all of your cards, prayers, baked goods and generous monetary gifts this Christmas season as well as your support, fellowship and sharing in ministry through the year.