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8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Praise and Worship
1st Sunday of Advent
December 2, 2018
"A Season of Hope"
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM
Sunday, December 2
Children's Sunday School
Children & Youth Sunday School
Monday, December 3
Tuesday, December 4
Praise Band Rehearsal
Thursday, December 6
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
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
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, email@example.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.
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.
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If you have any questions about mobile or text giving,
Open Daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thank you for your support this year.
Our final truck load of 2018 will depart
St. John's around the end of the December. We will be accepting donations through Sunday December 9, 2018. After this date the donation drop off area will close for the season. Please do not drop anything off after this date. We will re-open in the spring of 2019.
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.
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.
if you are available to help.
Thank you for your support.
New members of the ministry group are always welcome; lessons and guidance can be provided for beginners and those with rusty skills.
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.
COAT DRIVE UPDATE
Thanks to your generosity
we donated 150 coats and winter items to
A Woman's Place in Doylestown!
Looking for a little inspiration during the week?
Try an online devotional.
(has many devotionals to choose from)
If you would like to purchase Warrior Coffee, order forms are available in the Grace Café. Thank you for helping to fight for what's right one cup at a time!
The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship
Join the Conversation! Bring a Friend!
Drive Thru Prayer
will resume in the Spring!
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!
St. John's United Methodist Church - Ivyland - as your preferred charitable organization.
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.
I didn't mean to do it. I didn't intend to get another dog - at least not until Obie (my 13-year-old sheltie) goes to doggie heaven. But, of course, it isn't every day that you hear the sad story of five rescued little sheltie puppies who were living in a barn. And so on Monday evening, little Ollie, who is approximately 5 ½ months old, came to live with Obie and me.
Do you ever wonder whether something happened strictly by chance (a coincidence) or whether it was by God's intervention? There's often a very fine line, isn't there?
Well, Monday evening was a dark, cold, rainy, miserable night. I had just gotten home from picking Ollie up in Fairless Hills and stopping at Res-Q-Pet's veterinarian to have him microchipped. The adoption was a somewhat lengthy process (Ollie had already come for a home visit last week) and I was tired.
It was about 6:15 pm when I let both dogs out into the fenced-in backyard at the parsonage - yes, I was hoping Ollie was mostly housebroken (let's just say he's still on that learning curve). It didn't take much more than a minute for Ollie to find a defect in the fence and scoot out of the yard. Fast. Before I could even get the gate open to chase him, he was long gone. And it was dark. And raining. It was rush hour on Almshouse Road. All I could think of was the traffic, the woods next door, the farm across the street, and a little puppy who doesn't know where he lives or even who I am. I decided he was lost forever. I panicked. I ran for a flashlight. I called the representative from Res-Q-Pets who said she would come right out and help search (she told me later that the couple she was meeting with about adoption said they wanted to come with her!). I cried. I called the police. I freaked out. Then I noticed a couple of cars parked at the front of the church. It was only 6:20 pm - too early for the 7:00 pm Bible study, but I ran over anyway in case someone could help me search.
I must have sounded frantic when I got inside. "Is anybody here? I need help searching for a puppy!"
Turns out that Susan Paulsworth got to church early for the study because of her work schedule. She had brought a chicken sandwich with her from McDonald's, and as soon as she parked and got out of her car, she noticed a little sheltie near the front of the church. She walked over to him (I imagine the chicken sandwich smell was pretty good bait!) and he let her pick him up. She and the Czarnecki's were sitting in the copy room trying to call me but their cell phones weren't cooperating. Boy, did I breathe a sigh of relief!
I still can't get over the way that all the stars happened to line up. There was a Bible study at church that night. Susan arrived 45 minutes early (who DOES that?!) just as Ollie was walking by in the dark and he let her pick him up (dogs really DO have a sense when a person is a dog-lover, don't they?).
Was it just another example of pure coincidence? OR was God's hand somehow involved? We'll never know. But just like so many other "coincidences" that happen to us every day, it's worth pondering and meditating and wondering about. And it's ALWAYS worth giving God the glory.
2018 ADVENT/CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9th
8:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship
Festival of Carols
at 6:00 p.m.
An evening of Christmas Music and Caroling
Presented by St. John's Choirs
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16th
A service of Christmas Music presented by the Choirs
at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. only
(PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE)
Drive-Thru Living Nativity
5:00 p.m. - 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23rd
8:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship
MONDAY, DECEMBER 24th
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
Children's Christmas Pageant
Youth Choir, Adult Choir and Handbell Choirs
Christmas Eve Communion Service
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30th
8:00 A.M., 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship
REMEMBER TO SUPPORT OUR
ADVENT MISSION OFFERING
YOUR ENVELOPE MAY BE PLACED IN THE MANGER IN THE NARTHEX
Please make checks payable to St. John's United Methodist Church
St. John's 2018 Advent Mission Project
Pravaham means "ever-flowing stream" and is a 12-month residential Christian training program in South India that prepares marginalized young women from the lowest caste - the poorest of the poor in India - to care for others as nursing assistants.
Sarah Floyd and her 17-year-old daughter, Laura, traveled to Pravaham this summer to assist her elderly mother who has been a missionary and nurse-consultant to Pravaham for many years. While there, they caught a vision of the life-changing work that's going on. This program creates a self-sustaining well that changes lives and changes the entire community.
YOUR ADVENT MISSSION OFFERING ENVELOPE MAY BE PLACED IN THE MANGER IN THE NARTHEX.
PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO ST. JOHN'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Our 2018 Advent Devotional are available in the Narthex. Please be sure to get one for yourself and one to share with a family member or friend, as well!
CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA PLANTS
We will be having our Poinsettia Garden on Sunday, December 16, December 23 and on Sunday, Christmas Eve.
If you would like to order a plant, please fill out a flower envelope and place in the offering plate. Please be sure to indicate if your poinsettia is in memory or honor of someone or to the glory of God.
PAYMENT MUST BE ENCLOSED WITH YOUR ORDER. The cost of each plant is $6.50.
Deadline for ordering is Sunday, December 9th.
Festival of Carols
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Join us for an evening of Christmas Music and Caroling. Presented by the St. John's Choirs.
11th Annual Dan Smalley Food Drive
Please bring non-perishable items to the Festival of Carols to support the Eastwick Food Bank in memory of our friend, Dan Smalley.
"A Christmas Music Celebration"
December 16, 2018
A service of Christmas Music presented by the Choirs at
2 services only at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
(Please Note Time Change)
6th thru 8th Grade Sunday School
The young people in our 6th - 8th grade Sunday School class are using their imagination and creativity to help kids who need school supplies.
Beginning December 2 - 9 the students will be collecting money to purchase supplies for school kits. A school kits consists of: 1 pair scissors, pack of 24 crayons, 3 one subject note books, 1 pack loose leaf paper, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 ruler, 6 pencils and 1 eraser.
As a group they are excited to be going out to shop for these items and then packaging them into kits that can be distributed to children in need across the U.S.
Our children have worked long and hard putting this project together and are very excited to see it through and to serve kids like them in this way. Thank you to everyone who is able to support them!
This project falls under UMCOR relief efforts and kits will distributed where needed.
Would your child like to be a Crèche Presenter at the 10:30 service during Advent? Participants will carry one of the manger figures up to the altar and hand it to one of the pastors. For any child 4 - 12 years old. Siblings can walk together if needed. Please sign up at table in education wing or contact David Bigam if interested.
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT
December 2 (Sunday) 4:30-5:45 PM
Speaking parts only
December 8 (Saturday) 9-11 AM
December 15 (Saturday) 9-11 AM
All children (Dress rehearsal)
December 22 (Saturday) IF NEEDED 9-11AM
Sunday Nights from 7-8:30 PM
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 7 thru 12.
Youth Group Sunday Night!
December 2, 2018
We are making GINGERBREAD HOUSES!!!
6th graders you are invited as well!!!
Please help by bringing graham crackers, assorted candies and tell me what you will bring!
YOUTH PROGRESSIVE DINNER
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Sign-ups are on the bulletin board at Youth Room
Looking for (2) Host/Hostess for appetizers and/or entrees in their home for the youth group's dinner.
NO YOUTH GROUP ON THE
DECEMBER 9 - FESTIVAL OF CAROLS
DECEMBER 16 - LIVE NATIVITY
DECEMBER 23 AND 30 - CHRISTMAS
WE WILL RESUME JANUARY 6, 2019
Please contact David Bigam.
Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, December 10th
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 Christmas gift to our community!
December 16, 2018 5 PM- 8 PM
"Drive-Thru Living Nativity"
Experience the complete Christmas story as you drive through the church grounds!
Your time and talents are needed to make this a huge success!!
Stay tuned for additional information!
COMING IN JANUARY:
40 Days of Prayer
Led by Pastor Janice
- 6-week small group study, 1/23 through 2/27
- To be offered on Wednesday mornings and Wednesday evenings
- 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. OR 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (choose one)
- Childcare will be available as needed (with advance notice)
- 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
- Weekly walking group!
- Wednesdays at 10:00 AM
- Meet in the Narthex.
- We will walk outdoors on nice days, indoors on cold/inclement weather days
- No need to sign up - just show up.
- WALKERS OF ALL SPEEDS WELCOME!
- Contact Lara Bolte with questions: 215-357-6998
CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE 2018
November 11th - December 9th
This giving season is fast approaching and once again the United Methodist Women are decorating our St. John's Angel Tree with names for needy families in our Philadelphia and Bucks County area.
Please consider taking a tag from the tree and return it to the Narthex with your unwrapped gift and we will do the rest. Should you have a gift receipt, please attach it to your gift with tape. This is a big help for the parents, should they receive duplicates or if there is a change in size.
Thank you for sharing in this wonderful tradition and may you all have a truly blessed Holiday Season. Any questions, please contact Kathy Keppol at 215-357-7404.
At the November meeting of the Deborah circle members viewed videos and pictures of the students of the Octobre de 28 school in Cienega Redonde, Ecuador. Instead of doing a gift exchange the circle has given a Christmas gift to the students. Their contact in Ecuador purchased notebooks and markers for the 99 students. The school is in a very rural and poor area. They also prepared cookie trays for shut ins.
New members are always welcome.
Contact Arlene Williams firstname.lastname@example.org 215-355-0162
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 email@example.com or call the church office for more information.