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Prayer List
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Red Bird Trailers
Ronald McDonald House Tabs
Eastwick Food Bank
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Thank you
Pastor's Reflection
Music Appreciation
Welcome New Members
Graduate Recognition
St. John's Kids
Youth Group
Vacation Bible School
ASP News
Movie Night
Summer & Sundaes Study
Book Club
Divorce Care
Chicken BBQ Thank You
Sheets for Red Bird
Hearts for Mission
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
May 26, 2019
"You are to be My Ambassador"
Pastor Jim
II Corinthians 5:16-21

Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM   

Thursday, May 23
  Ring of Faith
  Adult Choir
Sunday, May 26
Sunday Morning Study  
  Children's Sunday School
  Children & Youth Sunday School
  No Joyful Voices
  No Holy Handbells
  No Youth Choir
  Youth Group
Monday, May 27
Tuesday, May 28
  History of Christianity (Part 2)
  GENesis Bells
Child Care for Divorce Care  
  Divorce Care
  History of Christianity (Part 2)
  Praise Band Rehearsal
Wednesday, May 29
Bible Study  
Thursday, May 30
  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 stjumc@aol.com.
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!


"Dig In"

St. John's Sunday School  
All Children Pre-K thru 6th grade go directly to Room D (Holywood) 
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. 

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  

Sunday Morning Study
led by Howard & Beppie Heinrich
Sunday mornings at 9 AM
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.
  • 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  
 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
If you have any questions about mobile or text giving,
email Lou Lescas at  stjohns820@gmail.com

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

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 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.

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.

                     March 24, 2019 Prayer Shawl Blessing Service

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May 23, 2019

            To this day, I'm still not overly thrilled about thunderstorms. But I really, really disliked them as a young child. I can still remember my mother's attempts to explain the thunder: "That's just God moving the furniture around in heaven." And the crazy thing is ... I totally believed hfer - I bought into it hook, line, and sinker. I would just sit there beside her imagining God, bigger than life, complete with full white beard and kindly look on His face, pushing, shoving and rearranging heavenly sofas, beds, refrigerators, and dining room tables.
            That vivid memory came back to me Sunday night when it seemed that several thunderstorms in a row passed by. I have to admit that I was not on top of the weather, and so the series of storms took me by surprise. And they were pretty intense for a while - a few fire trucks with sirens flew back, and then there was one of those LOUD warning alerts on my phone just after I fell asleep - which, of course, caused me to wake up and listen to the thunder and lightning again - and to remember my mother telling me the story of God moving furniture around.
            I find it interesting that nature disasters are often referred to, even by the insurance industry, as "acts of God." It's true that we normally have very little control over things like storms, floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. But the fact that we call them "acts of God" makes it sound as though God purposely points a finger at someone, or at a whole town or village. And that is not an idea that sets well with me - theologically, it makes no sense. Because the last thing God would ever do is to target innocent people. That's not the kind of God we believe in. God would never send hardship, destruction, death and anguish to anyone on purpose.
            The truth is that "life" just happens. The "laws of nature" just happen. God never promised we would live a trouble-free life, but God DID promise He would be with us always. I don't know the reason why bad things happen to good people. All I know is that this life is somehow meant to be a growth experience for us - we are meant to have both successes and failures in life. We're meant to have both joy and despair, happiness and sadness, good relationships and challenging relationships. And somehow, through it all, we're meant to learn certain lessons - lessons that will help develop our character and make us more like Christ. And in both the good times and the tough times, God is always there at our side, guiding us, comforting us, assuring us, and giving us peace. And I thank God for His great promises!
                                   Pastor Janice

June 9th

Welcome to Our New Members!
May 19, 2019

Pat Castiglione
Jen Gatt
Cynthia Hart
June H. Hyduk
Jonathan Jusino
Pat and Richard Loose
Audrey and Bill Nicola
William and Amy Scarlett
Sunday, June 9th  
10:30 Service  

Please list on the back of the top page of the Ritual of Friendship the name and school of anyone you know from    St. John's who is graduating high school or college this June.  You may also call or email the church office at 215-357-6998, stjumc@aol.com.

This week in Kids Church......

God is Mysterious ....so we have faith...
Sometimes, we can't figure out God!  God is mysterious because he's bigger than we can understand.  Sometimes we're not sure why he does things.  But we can have faith and believe in him even when we don't understand.   
One way God helps us start to understand him is through the Bible. 

Beginning June 16  
there will  be no 9:15 Sunday School  
through the summer.
Please feel free to attend our 10:30

Sunday Nights from 7-8:30 PM
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 6 thru 12.
NO Youth Group Sunday Night!
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Escape Room - St. John's Youth  
Do you have what it takes to "Escape" my room?   
I don't think you do!


Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, June 10th
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!!!!
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 Ivyland
Vacation Bible School 2019
July 22-26 9 AM til Noon
For children ages 4 years thru 6th grade
Registrations are now being accepted!!!
Pick up your forms on table in Education Wing or on our website: Stjohnsivyland.com
Registration - $15 per child or 
$30 max for families

For more information, please contact David Bigam
215-357-6998 or dbigam@gmail.com
July 22-26       9 am - NOON
Snack Factory Leader
Prepare snacks for the crews each day. Need not be there every day. Indicate your availability below
Snack Factory Helper
Prepare snacks for the crews each day. Need not be there every day. Indicate your availability below
Crew Leader
Volunteers 18 years of age or older. Guide groups of 5-7 children to stations. No preparation required.
Jr. Crew Leader
Volunteers 14 - 17 years old. Guide groups of 5-7 children to stations. No preparation required.
Song Leaders
Lead the songs before and during VBS each day.
Take action shots of the children during the day.
Registration Administrator
Put registration information into a spreadsheet, mail out information to families.
Registration Table
Help with registration and sign in on July 22 & 23 between 8:25 AM and 9:15 AM
Decorating Team
Make & put up decorations. No artistic ability needed. Come out & have fun. Tuesdays: 10am - Noon, 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Clean Up Crew
Take down decorations on Friday night after the closing program. Put everything away, get classrooms back in order, vacuum, take out trash, etc.

See sign-up sheet in the Sunday's bulletin or contact
David Bigam 215-357-6998  dbigam@gmail.com
Our week for 2019 ASP is
July 6-13, 2019.
We are staying at Guyan Valley, WV.
This is one of ASP's full-time centers!
Final payment of $100.00 due no later than May 31.

T-shirts are here.  Please pick-up if you ordered one.
$16.00 Cash or Check payable to St. John's.
The Monday Night Bible Study is finishing our study of Paul.   
We will show the movie,
Paul, The Apostle,  
on Monday, June 17th, at 6:45 PM.  We are inviting everyone to come and watch it with us.   
Hope you will join us!
Wednesday evenings
June 19 & 26, July 10 & 17
7 PM in Fellowship Hall
Join us for a unique study ("Nooma" videos) that touches on issues we care about and that we want to talk about!
We'll be gathering for a light study & discussion along with great fellowship and a make-your-own-sundae party!
Come when you can! Each study stands alone!
Sign up on the table in the narthex so we have enough ice cream!!
Tuesday, June 4
10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

"When I Found You"
by: Catherine Ryan Hyde

What do I have to do to make you wash your hands of me?  There's nothing you could do.  I will never wash my hands of you.  From the author of Pay It Forward comes a poignant tale of love, pain and trusting people to stay by your side in a world where leaving is easy.

We will meet on Tuesday, June 4, at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM in the Church  Parlor.  
Leaders are Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell.   
All are welcome.

Mondays at 6:30 PM in the Grace Cafe.

We are pleased to announce that St. John's will be sponsoring a GriefShare group for our church family as well as for our community facilitated by
Chaplain Erin Maurer, United Methodist Deacon. 

GriefShare is a twelve-week, faith-based program for anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one.

You may register online at griefshare.org. There is a $15 fee for the workbook payable at the first session.  For further information, contact Pastor Janice or  
Ruth Portzline or go to griefshare.org.
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 group. 
  • Weekly meetings are Tuesdays, from 6pm to 7:30pm in the Church Library.
    • Now to June 4, 2019
    • Sept. 17 to Dec. 17, 2019
    • Jan 14 to May 5, 2020
  • Each rotation lasts about 14 weeks but you can join or miss anytime and make up sessions during the next rotation if desired.
  • There is a $35 registration fee but scholarships are available. Payment and Registration can be done in class for walk-ins.
  • We are also looking for people to help with childcare or with administrative tasks.
  • Contact DivorceCareIvylandPA@gmail.com  or call the church office for more information.
  • A complete schedule by topic, more details, and registration are at: www.divorcecare.org/groups/99959

The United Methodist Men would like to thank all of the volunteers
that participated in this year's  
Chicken BBQ event.
St. John's has always been very blessed to have the cooperation
and the given talent to make a successful day
of fellowship and service, to each other and to our community.
And thanks to all of the 900 patrons, families and friends
who visited on a beautiful sunny day
in order to support our 35th year of doing this !!!
Please mark your calendars for next year's
36th Annual Chicken BBQ event on
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Naomi Circle is collecting sheets for Red Bird Mission during the month of June. They will be included in the Christmas Boxes that each family receives.  Because of your generosity, last year each child received their own set of sheets.  Many received their own set for the first time.  All sizes are requested, juvenile twins would be great.  Containers may be found throughout the church for your donations.  Any questions please contact Linda Barr, 215-773-9865 or Carol Campbell, 215-364-0942.   
Thank you.
St. John's is bringing back our "Hearts for Missions" theme.  Our Missions Team met recently and identified some hands-on mission projects you may want to be a part of.
  • One Great Day of Service - detail coming soon.
  • Habitat for Humanity - working on construction/finishing of four homes in the Morrisville Area.
  • Third annual R.I.S.E. Sunday, October 6, 2019.
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