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Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
January 20, 2019

The Sermon Series: 40 Days of Prayer begins with Pastor Janice's sermon  
"A Beginner's Guide to Prayer"  
Matthew 6:5-8

Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM  
January 13, 2019

Thursday, January 17
  Ring of Faith
  Adult Choir
Saturday, January 19
UMM Breakfast  
Sunday, January 20
Sunday Morning Study  
  Children's Sunday School
  Children & Youth Sunday School
  Joyful Voices
  No Holy Handbells
  Youth Choir
  Youth Group
Monday, January 21
  Bible Study
Tuesday, January 22
  Book Club
  GENesis Bells
  Fellowship Team Meeting - Grace Cafe
Book Club  
  Praise Band Rehearsal
  Table Talk
Wednesday, January 23
  40 Days of Prayer
  40 Days of Prayer
Bible Study  
Thursday, January 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.

"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 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,  

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

 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, if you are interested in joining an existing group.
  • Just go to our website
  • 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

Looking for a little inspiration during the week?  
Try an online devotional.    
(has many devotionals to choose from)
(Devotional for Women)
(Devotional for Men) 
Red Bird Trailers are closed  
for the winter.  
Thank you for your support this year.   
We will re-open in the spring of 2019.

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,
 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.                                         
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, 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
each time you shop and help make St. John's smile!

Dear Friends of St. John's,

We would like to thank the congregation of
St. John's for all they have done for our family.
We are grateful for all of your cards, calls, visits, donations, meals and kindness exhibited over the last year. It has been a most difficult transition for our family to learn to live without Jim in our daily lives. This last year has been met with a variety of "firsts" and "new normals" and we wish to thank you for your prayers and thoughts throughout every step.

Nancy Maholic & Julie Sourbeer

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.
Pastor Ruth
January 17, 2019
            As a young adult, there was a period of time when I had a significant problem with asthma - which meant multiple inhalers & medications, occasional trips to the E.R., a round of allergy testing, and many years of allergy shots. For whatever reason, I more or less grew out of it, except that I will still get tightness and wheezing with a bad chest cold, when I laugh way too hard for way too long, and when I'm in a smoke-filled room.
            At least 16-17 years ago, I had several back-to-back episodes of asthmatic bronchitis. After multiple visits to the doctor, I was told that if I had one more episode, I had to see a pulmonologist.
            Well, that was enough for me - I did not want to go to a pulmonologist! So I decided to run out that very afternoon and buy several air purifiers. I placed one in the bedroom, one in the living room, and one in the kitchen.   Voila! No more problems.
            I've continued running those very same units 24/7. And then this summer, one of them started making a rattling sound off & on. Over time, the rattling became more constant, and for weeks now, the motor has sounded like something is loose - and whatever has been banging around is rather loud.
            So I finally broke down and bought a brand new unit. Anything that has run faithfully 24/7 for that long deserves to finally be put to rest. After all, nothing lasts forever - not appliances, not automobiles (yep, I've had a few that I ran for close to 200,000 miles lol), and not programs at church either. Everything has a life span.
            For instance, we just started a brand new children's Sunday school curriculum,  "Dig In" by Group Publishing, and so far there's a whole lot of excitement about it. There was nothing WRONG with the curriculum we were using before, but there comes a time when starting something new brings new life. So if you have friends and neighbors with children who have no church home, this is a perfect opportunity to invite them to church with you - I know their kids will love our new children's program!
            And on Sunday, we'll be starting a brand new sermon and study series - 40 Days of Prayer. I hope you'll join me for one of the study groups - Wednesday mornings at 10 am or Wednesday evening at 6:30. Don't you think it's time to put an end to our tentativeness about prayer and spend some time learning how to have vital and exciting prayer lives? I'm looking forward to the next 40 days!
                                            Hope to see you on Sunday!
                                            Pastor Janice

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

Youth Group Tonight!

Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, February 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!!!!

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

March 5 - 5:30-7:30 PM  
Pancake and Sausage Supper! 
Tickets are STILL just $8.00 for Adults  
and $5 for ages 5-12  Kids under 5 eat free!
Join us for Fun, Food, Fellowship
Live Music with the Jazz Sanctuary!!!
Proceeds benefit the Youth ASP Mission Trip 
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. 
    • Starts this Wednesday!
    • 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
    • Books available in the Narthex
    • Location: Parlor (most weeks)
    • Sign up using the tear-off in bulletin or the sign-up table in the Narthex
Tuesday, January 22 
10 AM and 7 PM  
in the Parlor  
The One-In-A-Million Boy
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.

New Small Goup!
With busy schedules and priorities that pull us in multiple directions, it's often hard to find a moment for ourselves to reflect, to pray, to study. If this describes you, this small group is your place to be. What better way to start 2019 than dedicating time for yourself to nurture your relationship with God with the support of others?
  • Perfect for people who are new to small groups/Bible studies
  • First meeting: Sunday, February 10, 6:45 PM
  • Subsequent meetings will be held the first Sunday of the month
  • Church parlor
  • No sign-up necessary - just show up and check it out
  • Questions? Contact Heidi Gutsch at 215-534-6068 or or Ashley Zesinger at 407-461-1165 or

All vocal and handbell 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.
Please contact Roy Nelson, at 215-355-7596, for more information or
Click here to view our web-site.  
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.(Please pay at sign-up).
  • Contact Lara Bolte with any questions (215-357-6998;
Coming in February 
Take a break from screen time and have some classic fun with board games and card games that you know and love, such as Uno, Yahtzee, The Game of Life, Clue, a jigsaw puzzle, and more! Meet some new friends as you rotate from game to game.
  • Sunday, 2/24/19 at 5:30 PM
  • Fellowship Hall
  • Fun for adults and teens
  • Children's game program for K-6
  • Dinner (Italian) will be provided - free will offering to be received
  • Bring an appetizer, snack, or dessert to share (if able)
  • Sign up in the Narthex

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!


Volunteer Training

Free 3-hr training for those interested in volunteering with Family Promise of Lower Bucks.  Whether you are currently affiliated with a partnering Host or Support Congregation, interested in helping out at the Day Center, or have a special skill or trait you feel would be beneficial to the growth of the guest families -
this Volunteer Training is for you!

Date And Time:
Sunday, January 27, 2019
2:00 - 5:00 PM

Assumption BVM Church
1900 Meadowbrook Road
Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053
* Please note:  The training will be held in the SCHOOL, not in the church.  Although both facilities are connected and share the parking lot, use the entrance for the school building. 

To register:
Contact Jessica Schwartz, FPLB Director or at 215-943-0402
Registration deadline is 1/23/19
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 CafĂ©.
  • Just go to and put in our church zip code (18974) 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 or call the church office for more information.
St. John's Helping Hands
If any member of St. John's has been ill and needs a meal, please contact Ruth Portzline, Pastor Janice or Carol Messina.  If you would like to help, call Carol Messina at 215-491-1461.
Join the Conversation!  Bring a Friend! 

  Thank you for supporting the Village of El Naranjito in the Dominican Republic and
"Fighting for What's Right One Cup at a Time

Order Forms available in the Grace Cafe.
The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship and refreshments. 
Saturday, January 19
8 AM
Fellowship Hall   
All Men Welcome!    
See sign-up Sheets in the Narthex or email Ed Campbell at 
January 20 thru February 10
The United Methodist Women are once again collecting non-perishable can goods and boxed items to benefit the Warminster and Morrisville Food Banks. Please bring your items to church with you and place in the Big Barrel with the Huge Goal Posts.  Make this year our best year. Your donation may be the difference between a warm dinner or a family going to bed hungry. For questions please contact Kathy Keppol at 215-357-7404.
Thank you,
The United Methodist Women

Advent Offerings to Pravaham, India
A huge thank you to the congregation! $10,016 was raised for the nursing assistant program in India.  The money will cover over 16 full scholarships for a one year Christian residential training program. Countless lives will be changed and the community and extended families will be greatly impacted. It is very moving to see our hands and arms stretching around the world and impacting these young women from the low caste system.  They now have hope and occupation because of your gifts. You have totally changed 16 lives forever!
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