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Snow Policy
Red Bird Trailers Closed for Winter
Eastwick Food Bank
Pastor's Reflection
St. John's Kids
Youth Group
Diaper Drive
Trivia Night
Bible Studies
Simon Peter Bible Study
Growth of the Christian Church
Divorce Care
Souperbowl Sundays
UMM Breakfast
Chicken BBQ
Family Promise
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
February 9, 2020
"Being Salt and Light"
Pastor Janice
Matthew 5:13-16

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, February 6
  Ring of Faith
  Adult Choir
Sunday, February 9
  Family Promise Hosting Week
  Adult Sunday School
  Children & Youth Sunday School
Joyful Voices  
  Youth Choir
Monday, February 10
  Family Promise Hosting Week
  Simon Peter Bible Study
Tuesday, February 11
  Family Promise Hosting Week
  Prayer Shawl Ministry
  GENesis Bells
  Divorce Care
  Naomi Circle
  Praise Band
Wednesday, February 12
Family Promise Hosting Week  
  Rebekah Circle
  Joanna Circle
Youth Group  
  Gospel of Matthew

FEBRUARY 26 , 2020
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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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.
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.
  • 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 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

Looking for a little inspiration during the week?  
Try an online devotional.    
(has many devotionals to choose from)
(Devotional for Women)
(Devotional for Men) 
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.

Pictured are the latest group of hats which went to World Vision (4 child size) and The Baby Bureau in Warminste r (14 baby size)  
The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship and refreshments. 
Thank you for
"Fighting for What's Right  
One Cup at a Time."
The Red Bird Trailers
are CLOSED for the winter.  

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. 
Also, please contact  
 Lou Lescas,
 if you are available to help deliver food and clothing to the Eastwick Food Bank  
Thank you for your support.

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February 6, 2020
           Hopefully, most of you were at worshi p Sunday morning when our Staff-Parish Relations Committee chairperson, Ron Oedemann, made the announcement we've been waiting for (thank you for your patience while this process unfolded!). With much enthusiasm, I want to affirm our bishop's appointment of Rev. Brad Leight to serve as St. John's new senior pastor effective July 1st. Brad will be coming to us from Grace-St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Jim Thorpe. Although it is difficult for me to believe how quickly June is coming, my upcoming retirement is made much easier by the knowledge that I will be followed by someone with many extraordinary gifts for ministry and that St. John's will be in good hands. Brad is someone who cares deeply about God's call on his life and he is passionate about encouraging others to step out in faith for the purpose of building Christ's kingdom. He will be an excellent fit for St. John's!
            So what happens now? Well, this week I am beginning the process of helping to facilitate the transition so that things will go as smoothly as possible. Pastor Brad and I will be meeting and working together closely over these next months so he will be able to "hit the ground running." Pastor Brad's first Sunday will be on July 5th. There will be a reception following worship that day and I hope you will plan to be here to officially welcome him and his family. As Ron said on Sunday, you'll also be welcoming Pastor Brad's family - his wife, Jennifer, and their two children, Gavin who is 17, and Darcy who is 14.
            Now guess what I'm going to ask you to do over these next months? I'm going to ask you to keep Pastor Brad, his family, and both churches - St. John's and Grace-St. Paul's - in your prayers. Make a notation on your prayer list and pray specifically each day for all who are in the process of transition. We are all well aware that change is often difficult, but we also know that life is all about change - and God is always there waiting to do a new thing - we've all experienced that truth many times!
            So be sure to mark your calendars for July 5th and come welcome Pastor Brad with open arms!
                                         Pastor Janice          
St. John's Kids News
This Sunday:
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 or cell 215-206-6779;  
Church 215-357-6998 
We need a volunteer for our 9:15 Nursery.   
Please consider 1 week a month. 

Vacation Bible School 2020
July 20-24, 2020
"Rocky Railway"
Hey kids, we're headed to the great Rocky Mountains this year! Join us as we hop the train to discover what plans  
God has in store for us! 
  Do you like to work hands on with decorating sets for stage and hallways? Are you a visionary?   
Do you like to use your brain?
If you are any, none or all the above, we would love for you to join our Decorating Committee.  Share your ideas and your time in helping us to make this year's Vacation Bible School another memorable time for our kids and neighbors who attend every year!   
We are planning a decorating meeting soon and would like to add your name on our list!!   
Those interested, please contact David Bigam.
Cell - 215-206-6779  Church - 215-357-6998
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 6 thru 12.

Wednesday Nights!
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Join us for light snacks, a devo and fun.
Monday, February 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!!!!
The 2nd Vow
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

Why Diapers? 5.2 million - the number of babies and toddlers in poor or low-income families. $70-$80 - the amount diapers cost per month, per baby. The number of federal programs that cover diapers. - 0
Did you know babies require up to 12 diapers per day, 8 for toddlers about. A sufficient supply of diapers is necessary to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy. Diapers are essential to a child's well-being.
Babies who remain too long in a soiled diaper are exposed to potential health risks. Your donations make a change for health! Your donations make a change for early childhood education and childhood learning!  
One in three families struggle to provide enough diapers for their children. The gift of diapers makes a big difference for children and families. You can help keep babies clean, dry, and healthy!
We're collecting diapers for the Maker's Place, a diaper bank in Trenton, NJ. The Maker's Place distributes diapers free of charge to low-income families, and is working to combat infant mortality and celebrate community.
Please look for designated drop off locations through out the church.  Donations will be accepted through the first week of March.  

Sunday - February 23, 2020 at 5PM

Join us for a night of Fun and Fellowship
Do you think you know everything?  
Come and test your knowledge!
Bring your TEAM or FAMILY  
or choose your own table but BRING YOUR GAME!
Doors will be open at 5 and the Game will begin at 5:30
Pizza, Hot Dogs, Soft Pretzels and Water and Juice boxes  
will be available at $1 each.
Tickets are just $5 or you can buy the table for $40  
for your team of 8. Stop by our table to purchase tickets and give us your food order if you will be dining with us.
Proceeds will go towards fuel for our ASP vans.

Simon Peter - Flawed But Faithful Disciple  
6 week study  
Begins Monday, February 10th  
6:45 PM   
He was not rich or educated,  but was familiar with hard work.  He was quick tempered and impetuous, but possessed a passion that would change the world.  He left everything to follow his teacher, yet struggled with doubt and fear.    
Our 6 week study will begin Monday, February 10th at 6:45  in the Parlor.  There is a sign up sheet in the Narthex.
The cost of the book is $12.00. All money will be collected on the first night of the study. The books will be available for pickup at the signup table on February 3.  
Leaders are Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell.

Wednesdays 10 AM in the Parlor
February 26 - April 1
Leader: Pastor Janice
Join us for a 6 - week study during Lent.  
We'll be using Max Lucado's resource,  
"Jesus: The God Who Knows Your Name"
Sign-up on the table in the Narthex!
No book is required.

The Growth of the Christian Church
Part III - Reformation to Revival
1500-1920 AD
This five-week course will be led by Rev. Paul Henry on five consecutive Tuesdays beginning on March 3rd and continuing through March 31st. For your convenience it will meet at either 10 am or 7:30 pm. Please sign up on the bulletin board to participate in this class.
The course will look at the Protestant Reformation as it began with Martin Luther in the early 1500's in Germany. It will then follow the explosion of reform that continued across France, Switzerland, England and the Scandinavian countries in Europe. The founding of the new world will lead us to the Colonies in the Americas and the role of the Christian faith in the growth of the United States. As we move into the 1800's, the course will examine religious issues in the United States with particular emphasis on the abolitionist movement and the role of the Church in the War between the States. As we move through the post-civil war decades we will look at how the church shaped the culture of the late 1800's and the early 1900's.
Tuesday, March 3
10:00 AM and 7:00 PM in the Parlor.  Everyone is welcome. 

Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell

Olive Kitteridge offers profound insight into the human condition - its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.
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.
For more information on our Vocal and Handbell Choirs, please contact:  
Roy Nelson, Director
Music at St. John's

GriefShare 13 week Sessions  
Mondays from 6:30-8:30  
2020 GriefShare Schedule:
  • January 6-April 6, 2020 ( no class on January 27. Class WILL meet on 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.

6pm to 7:30pm  
in the Church Library
A complete schedule by topic, more details,  
and sign-ups are at:
  • 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 $15 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.
  • 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.

The United Methodist Women are collecting can goods and non perishable food items for Food Pantries in our area.  Please join our Superbowl ( Soup-er- Bowl) team and drop off your items in the Big Green Barrel with the goal posts, located at the corner of the Choir room and the bulletin boards.  The barrel will be available through this Sunday February 9th.
Thank you and we hope your team wins!
Third Annual  
"Bring a Friend to Breakfast!"
Saturday, February 15
8 AM - Fellowship Hall

Special Guest:
Steve Morrow will share slides featuring his
expedition to see the Wild Bears

All Men Welcome!
Please RSVP by signing up in the church narthex or emailing Ed Campbell at  Please indicate if you will be bringing a friend.
The UMM is looking for someone to coordinate the Chicken BBQ on Saturday, May 16th.  If you are interested and want more information, please contact Ed Campbell, 215-364-0942 or email 

Next Hosting Begins This Sunday
February 9-16, 2020
  • Sign up Here
  • Or call Sharon at 610-888-1329 or Amy at 610-322-2276 if you prefer not to do it on the computer, they can sign you up.
  • This ministry needs you! Ask our current volunteers, this is easy and provides so much help to our guests. If you would like to join the volunteer team in helping with the guests, you will need clearances and training.
  • If you are not Safe Sanctuary cleared you can find links at  make sure to keep a copy for any other volunteer organizations you work with including St. John's.
  • No clearances? No worries, we have jobs for you too....set up/break down, shop and laundry!