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Pastor's Reflection
St. John's Kids
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ASP Wreath Sale
Adult Bible Studies
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Advent Studies
UMM Breakfast
UMW Election Day Bake Sale
Divorce Care
Living Nativity
Hunterdon Hills Trip
Memory Cafe
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
October 20, 2019
"Don't Give Up!"
Luke 18:1-8 
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM   
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.
For more information about our Children or Youth Ministries, please contact Director,
David Bigam,   

Thursday, October 17
Adult Choir and Ring of Faith  
at Twining Village  
Saturday, October 19
  UMM Breakfast
Sunday, October 20
  Adult Sunday School
  Children & Youth Sunday School
Joyful Voices  
  Youth Choir
Monday, October 21
  Grief Share
Tuesday, October 22
  GENesis Bells
  Divorce Care
  Girl Scout Troop 2395 Meeting
  Praise Band
Wednesday, October 23
How Happiness Happens  
  Youth Group
  Gospel of Matthew
  How Happiness Happens - Study
Thursday, October 24
  Ring of Faith
  Adult Choir



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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.
If your contact information changes: 
address, phone, email, etc.
please notify the church office at 215-357-6998 or
You may also indicate any changes on the
sign-in sheet during worship and we'll be sure to update your information in our files.
Thank you!
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  • Click on the donate now button and register.
Once you've registered, you can either make donations by debit or credit.  
OR try  
 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 confidenti
If you have any questions about mobile or text giving,
email Lou Lescas at

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Looking for a little inspiration during the week?  
Try an online devotional.    
(has many devotionals to choose from)
(Devotional for Women)
(Devotional for Men) 
The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship and refreshments. 
Order forms available in the Grace Café.
An order will be placed in late September..
Thank you for supporting the Village of El Naranjito in the Dominican Republic and   
"Fighting for What's Right One Cup at a Time."

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.

                     Prayer Shawl Blessing Service

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.  

Donations of non-perishable food for the Eastwick Food Pantry are needed now and 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.

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Red Bird Trailers are Open! 
9 AM - 5 PM Daily 

Donations of clothing and household furnishings are accepted   See the trailers located in the back of the
St. John's parking lot.
The Red Bird Trailers can always use bags of clothing.  We use the bags to cushion the furniture as the furniture is packed from floor to ceiling in the trailer.

  • Habitat for Humanity - working on construction/finishing of four homes in the Morrisville Area - this fall
  • Compassion Sunday - October 27
  • One Great Day of Service - Spring 2020
You are invited to join us as we work to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need.

Questions?  Contact Pastor Ruth
215-357-6998, ext. 306


Our next FAMILY PROMISE hosting is November 10-17, sign up here

Family Promise of Lower Bucks invites you to get involved "Tuck One In" with Family Promise. With your help, Family Promise changes the lives of homeless families, one-by-one-by-one. During October, we look to raise awareness of the need in our community and funds to support our programs. For more info, please call 215-943-0402 or email

OCT 25 - Family Promise National Giving Day. Across the country Family Promise affiliates will host educational and fundraising events.   Also, get acquainted with the "other half" of the program by visiting the FPLB Day Center at our Open House from 6:30 to 8:00pm, 1700 Woodbourne Road, Levittown, PA 19057
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October 17, 2019
            I never fail to be amazed and fascinated by the wonderful 'relationships' that are possible between us humans and others of God's creatures.
            Our church once again hosted brief a "Blessing of the Animals" service this past Sunday afternoon - not just for our own church family but also as an outreach to our local community.   Once again, thank you to Ruth Portzline for organizing the event! We blessed 27 different animals ranging from parrots to pigeons to bearded dragons and, of course, a large variety of many breeds of both cats and dogs - some of them quiet and docile, others much more rambunctious. I'm guessing that at least one-third to one-half of the "pet parents" who attended were not at all affiliated with our church, but they came in response to the sign out front. Most people came simply because they loved their pet and wanted to ask God's blessing upon them. A few came because their pet was ill and they requested prayer. One gentleman came because he was grieving the loss of his very best friend who had recently died - he had tears in his eyes as I offered a prayer of thanksgiving for the joy he had received for so many years, and then prayed for God's comfort and peace for him.
            Each of the animals was blessed individually with words like these: _______ (pet's name), may you be blessed in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. May you and your family enjoy life together and find joy in the name of the God who created all of us." At that point, treats were available, and individual "family" pictures were taken (thank you, Richard Smith!).
            It was an incredible afternoon and a wonderful opportunity to minister to people who wanted to celebrate their connectedness (and their LOVE) for the beloved animal that brings so much joy into their lives. And, of course, the "connectedness" they feel is a gift from our Creator.
            Well, of course, all of you know what an animal-lover I am! But even if you are not so inclined, I think you can still join me in rejoicing that Sunday afternoon was a great time of celebration for many in our church family and also a wonderful outreach to our community.
Pastor Janice
St. John's Kids News
All children and youth please go directly to classrooms for Sunday School.  10:30 Service Only.

Pre-K-2nd Grade - Room B
Grades 3, 4 and 5 - Room A
Grades 6 thru 12 - Youth Room

Leaders and Co-Leaders are always needed for our classrooms as well as Nursery.  If you feel called to help in these areas, please let me know!  Clearances are required! Please contact me anytime and we can talk. Thank you for your consideration...David Bigam
We are proud to be bringing you this year's pageant...
"The Not-So-Silent Night"
Sign-ups for this year's Christmas Pageant begin
Sunday, October 20!

Fellowship and fun for youth grades 6 thru 12.

Looking for something meaningful to do on
Wednesday nights?
That's right, it's now on Wednesdays!!!
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Join us for light snacks, a devo and fun.
Monday, November 11th
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!!!!

This Sunday, October 20
Cost is $25.00 for all 4 attractions.  You will need to bring a non-perishable to receive that price.  
Confirmation classes begin Friday night, October 18  
with a Retreat 6 PM thru Saturday 2 PM
Class this Sunday, October 20 - Room E at 9:15 AM 

And as always
Bring a Friend and Bring a Can!

Have you HELPED anyone today?
Have you SAID SOMETHING NICE to anyone today?

David Bigam, Director of Children and Youth Ministries

St. John's Youth Annual Wreath Sale
Appalachia Service Project

Christmas is fast approaching!   
Why not start your Christmas shopping now.   
All proceeds support our Mission Trip in Appalachia.  
Orders will be taken through the end of October.   

Come Sing and Ring with Us!

St. John's Vocal Choirs provide opportunities for EVERYONE to be involved in music. From young children through adults, we have a place for you in our music program. Beginning musicians and experienced singers are welcome in our Vocal Choirs.
Children are urgently needed to join our Joyful Voices Choir!! At the present time, we only have seven children participating in the choir.  Any children grades K-4 are eligible to participate.  Rehearsals are on Sunday morning, following the 10:30 Worship Service.  Please, PLEASE consider having your child participate in the Joyful Voices choir.
Youth Choir: Sunday October 20
Rehearsal on October 20 will be CHANGED to 4:30-5:30.  This change was requested by Mr. Bigam so that the Youth Group could attend the "Haunted Hayride".   
This is only a one time change.  Thanks for your commitment and flexibility.   
For more information on our Vocal and Handbell Choirs, please contact:  
Roy Nelson, Director


Tuesday, November 5
10:00 AM and 7:00 PM
Church Parlor

Everyone is welcome.
Leaders: Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell
The story is set in the 1950s and revolves around a young woman named Kya Clark, who is from extremely rural North Carolina. Known by others as the Marsh Girl, she lives alone in nature but the draw of other people, and specifically love, brings her into contact with the greater world. This novel has a mystery at its core, but it can be read on a variety of levels. There is great nature writing; there is coming of age; and there is literature. Crawdads is a story lovingly told, one that takes its time in developing its characters and setting, and in developing the story.

Adult Ministries Notes
I know Halloween has not yet arrived, much less Thanksgiving, so why am I bugging you to sign up for Advent studies in October? It is because of the way the church calendar and our yearly calendar happen to clash a bit this year as it does every few years.
I know you don't want to attend a study on Thanksgiving Eve or Christmas Eve. So the study, Not a Silent Night, which is a 5-week study, will begin early and remain on Mondays. The other study, Down to Earth, which is a 4-week study, is being moved from Wednesday to Tuesday.
The Gospel of Matthew study on Wednesday will continue through till spring this year. They meet in the Grace Café and would welcome new participants who want to dive into this gospel.

Likewise Adult Sunday School will continue to meet on Sunday AM at 9 in the parlor.
Please sign-up on the sheets in the Narthex.
Payment can be made anytime up to the first class you attend.   
I'm asking you to put your check in a white envelope with your name on the outside and your check on the inside and place it sealed in my mailbox next to the office.  
If you should need partial or full scholarship assistance to pay for the books, please call me: 267-614-3603.  
Your request will remain confidential.
Come grow your faith right here at St. John's!
                                                Pastor Sue Czarnecki

Not a Silent Night
Begins Monday, November 11
at 6:45 PM

Carol Campbell & Barbara Schneider

Spend some time with Mary during this Advent season. In
Not a Silent Night, Adam Hamilton looks at Jesus' life through the eyes of his mother. Imagine what Bethlehem must have looked like from Mary's point of view. Focus your own gaze on the Savior she knew as her beautiful child! Beginning with the crucifixion and resurrection, then backtracking through Jesus' life and ministry, Hamilton paints a fresh and moving portrait of the Messiah's life in this 5-week Advent study.

Please sign-up by November 3rd. See sign up table in the Narthex. Books are $8.00. Place check in envelope and leave in Pastor Sue's mailbox next to office.  Payment can be made anytime up to the first class attended.
Down to Earth
Tuesdays, November 26 to December 17
10 AM and 7 PM
Pastor Janice and Pastor Sue
More than 2,000 years ago a baby was born in a backwater village of the Roman Empire - and the world was changed forever! In this 4-week Advent video study, Mike Slaughter explores the extraordinary story of how the Son of God chose to become a lowly human. We are challenged us to respond during Advent with down-to-earth love, humility, and obedience.
Please sign-up by November 10th. See sign up table in the Narthex. Books are $7.50. Place check in envelope and leave in Pastor Sue's mailbox next to office. Payment can be made anytime up to the first class attended.


This Saturday, October 19th
8 AM - Fellowship Hall
All Men Welcome!  
Sign up on the sheets in the Narthex   
or email Ed Campbell, 

Election Day is Tuesday,
November 5th.

We will be seated in Fellowship Hall during voting hours selling baked goods. Please help out by volunteering to bake a few goodies or man the table for one 2 hour shift. 
There will be a sign up sheet on the UMW bulletin board.
As always, we appreciate the great support provided to us by our generous congregation.
Thank you. 
Any questions, please contact Kathy Keppol at 215-357-7404 or speak with any UMW Officer.

GriefShare 13 week Sessions  
Mondays from 6:30-8:30 
2019-2020 GriefShare Schedule:
  • September 9-December 2, 2019:  13 Week Session
  • Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m. until noon in the Library - Surviving the Holidays seminar
  • January 6-April 6, 2020 (no class Presidents' Day): 13 Week Session
  • May 1-August 3, 2020 (no class Memorial Day):  13 Week Session
You may register online at
There is a $15 fee for materials.  For further information, contact Ruth Portzline or Chaplain Erin Maurer or go to

If you or someone you know has experienced separation or divorce, either recently or a long time ago, we want to invite them to this support group.
TUESDAYS, from 6pm to 7:30pm  
in the Church Library
A complete schedule by topic, more details, and sign-ups are at:
Fall Session: Sept. 17 to Dec. 17, 2019   
*No Class on November 5 
Spring Session: Jan 28 to April 21, 2020  
  • Each rotation lasts 13 weeks but you can join or miss anytime and make up sessions during the next rotation if desired.
  • There is a one-time $35 registration fee but scholarships are available. Payment is done in class, please sign up online so we can communicate with you. (Checks payable to: St. John's UMC)
  • No Childcare offered.
  • No Class on Holiday Weekends (see schedule online).
  • Our facilitators, Sarah Floyd and Donna Hartfeil can be contacted at:
Located at:
St. John's United Methodist Church 
820 Almshouse Road 
Ivyland, PA 18974
We meet in the church library classroom which is the first room on the left when you enter from the main parking lot which is on the left side of the church. Knock on the double doors on the side of the church. There are a few stairs up. If you cannot do stairs the leader will greet you and bring you to the handicap entrance.
Time to dust off your Christmas spirit!
St. John's Christmas gift to our community!
December 15, 2019   5 PM - 8 PM
"Drive-thru Living Nativity"
Last year over 100 members of St. John's family were involved in this wonderful event. We were all blessed to be able to give our gift of
The Drive-thru Living Nativity to our community.
Over 200 cars drove through to experience the Christmas story - complete with live animals.
We are already working on this year's event.
So, mark your calendar!!!
Sign-ups will be available soon!
If you missed this outreach opportunity
last year, please consider participating this year.
We guarantee that you will be blessed!

Tuesday, December 17th
  • Bus leaves St. John's at 9:30 AM
  •  Matinee production of 
    Our 2019 Holiday Musical
    ,              a musical with songs, comedy sketches, dance numbers, and orchestra
  • $95 per person (includes deluxe motor coach transportation, full course meal, dessert buffet, tax & gratuity.)
  • Sign-up sheet in the Narthex, or contact Lara Bolte (610-945-5750 or
  • Sign up by 12/10. Payment due ASAP. Make checks out to St. John's and write "Hunterdon" in the memo line.
Third Tuesdays
10 AM - Noon
Re-opening October 15
Free to everyone

If you have a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or similar memory-related illness, we invite you to join us at the Twining Village Memory Cafe.   
Our Memory Cafe is a monthly get-together of people with memory loss and their friends and family members in a supportive, non-judgemental, compassionate and engaging environment.  
The cafe provides a place of warmth and friendship to socialize in a relaxed and less stressful atmosphere.  Our goal is simply to bring together people in similar situations to brain health as diet and exercise.  The bonds forged in memory cafes often are long-lasting, offering an additional resource for partipants.  
Our program is not a support, respite or educational group and does require caregivers to be present.  Its range of benefits includes positive change from your daily routine.  
In fact, the Twining Village Memory Cafe is a brief time to leave worries at home and simply enjoy yourself.  Activities include refreshments, crafts, games, sing-alongs, trivia programs and much more!
For more information, contact the Rev. Erin Maurer, Twining Village chaplain or Beverly Gowton, director of community life,
at (215) 396-7150.
Twining Village - A Diakon Lutheran Senior Living Community 
280 Middle Holland Road, Holland, PA 18966