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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Calendar
Prayer List
Sunday School
Bible Studies
Text Giving
Amazon Smile
Thank You
Pastor's Reflection
Snow Policy
Youth Group
Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper
Fellowship, Fun, Study
Book Club
Music Ministry
Game Night
Line Dancing
Divorce Care
Helping Hands
Table Talk
Living Nativity Photos
Warrior Coffee
Souper Bowl Sundays
Red Bird Trailers
Eastwick Thank You
Prayer Shawl Ministry
   
JOIN US FOR
WORSHIP  
  
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Traditional
 
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
  
THIS SUNDAY, 
January 27, 2019

Sermon Series: 40 Days of Prayer  
Pastor Janice's sermon  
"Who Do You Think You Are Talking To?"  
Luke 11:9-13

215-357-6998
 
CHURCH HOURS
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM  
 
 
January 13, 2019

THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR

 Thursday, January 24
6:45pm
  Ring of Faith
 
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
8:00pm
  Adult Choir
 
Sunday, January 27
9:00am    
Sunday Morning Study  
 
9:15am
  Children's Sunday School
 
10:30am
  Adult Sunday School
 
10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School
 
10:30am
  Poll Baptism
 
11:30am
  Joyful Voices
 
12:15pm
  Holy Handbells
 
4:00pm
  Fun Fellowship Evening: Paint Night
 
6:00pm
  Youth Choir
 
7:00pm
  Youth Group
 
Monday, January 28
  Finance Meeting
 
6:45pm
  Bible Study
 
Tuesday, January 29
5:45pm
  GENesis Bells
 
6:30pm
Mission Team Meeting  
 
7:00pm
  Praise Band Rehearsal
 
7:00pm
  Table Talk
 
7:30pm
  AA
 
Wednesday, January 30
10:00am
  40 Days of Prayer
 
6:30pm
  40 Days of Prayer
 
7:00pm
Bible Study  
 
Thursday, January 31
6:45pm
  Ring of Faith
 
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
8:00pm
  Adult Choir
 

 

PRAYER LIST

Please click to view

 

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.
SUNDAY SCHOOL

"Dig In"

St. John's Sunday School  
 9:15 
All Children Pre-K thru 6th grade go directly to Room D (Holywood) 
  
10:30  
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. 

NURSERY
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  


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

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 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, stjadultministries@gmail.com) if you are interested in joining an existing group.
GIVING
MOBILE GIVING
  • 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  
TEXT GIVING 
 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
al. 
 
If you have any questions about mobile or text giving,
email Lou Lescas at  stjohns820@gmail.com

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!

To support, go to https://smile.amazon.com, 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 smile.amazon.com
each time you shop and help make St. John's smile!

THANK YOU
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.

Sincerely,
Nancy Maholic & Julie Sourbeer
DAILY DEVOTIONALS
Looking for a little inspiration during the week?  
Try an online devotional.    
(has many devotionals to choose from)
(Devotional for Women)
(Devotional for Men) 
UMC LINKS umc logo
 
  
  
January 24, 2019
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
      
             
            Many of you have asked about my new puppy, so here is my report.
            In case you don't already know this, I adopted a rescue sheltie puppy a couple of months ago. He's now about seven months old, and he's extremely cute, and sweet, and cuddly. Which is a darn good thing because, as Ruth Portzline describes him, he's a "stinker."
            Ollie is my fourth sheltie. I've never had a sheltie who chews anything in sight and who digs holes all over the place. I know both of those things sound like normal dog behavior, but having had three other shelties, I assumed that this was a breed that did not chew and dig. Silly me. So far I've lost at least a dozen socks (I know, I know ... stop leaving your socks around ...), two blankets (the second one was brand new and had a hole in it within 5 minutes ... ugh ...), and a couple of ottomans that got pulled apart one Sunday morning while I was at church. I ALSO have to sweep and mop the floors daily (and clean the carpets a couple times a week) due to the mulch and mud that makes it way into the house via the doggie door. Plus I have a growing collection of muddy rocks and stones that have been carried into the house and dropped at my feet. Like I said, it's good thing he's cute, cuddly, and lovable!
            Don't you often wonder how it is we're able to interact with our pets - dogs, cats, parakeets, hamsters, you name it (of course, dogs are the best lol)? It seems that God has somehow programmed His creatures to develop certain types of relationships that actually enhance one another's lives. We can't quite grasp the way they think, although we're usually able to comprehend the things that are important to them. And I suspect they have a general understanding of what is important to us. And, most importantly, they enjoy our company and we enjoy their company. It's a win-win.   And I'm so happy to have been able to rescue one of God's wonderful creatures.
                                                                                     
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.
YOUTH GROUP
 
Sunday Nights from 7-8:30 PM
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 7 thru 12.

Youth Group Tonight!
GAGA
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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!!!!
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Coming soon... 
Escape Room - St. John's Youth 
Do you have what it takes to "Escape" my room?   
I don't think you do!
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And as always
Bring a Friend and Bring a Can!
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Have you HELPED anyone today?
Have you SAID SOMETHING NICE to anyone today?

David Bigam, Director of Children and Youth Ministries
dbigam@gmail.com

FAT TUESDAY 2019  
 
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 
 


WINTER MY CALLING 2019
MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION TRIP
A fun time organizing the Thrift Shop at Holmesburg UMC.
SMALL GROUP STUDY

New Small Goup!
FELLOWSHIP, FUN, & STUDY
 
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 hgutsch@gmail.com or Ashley Zesinger at 407-461-1165 or atzesinger@gmail.com.

BOOK CLUB

ST. JOHN'S  
BOOK CLUB  

Tuesday. March 5
10:00 AM and 7:00 PM
in the Church Parlor.

A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explore the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.
MUSIC MINISTRY
MUSIC MINISTRY NOTES
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, Roynel@aol.com for more information or
Click here to view our web-site.  
ADULT/FAMILY MINISTRY
Coming in February 
UNPLUGGED: FAMILY GAME NIGHT
 
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!

OUTREACH
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 divorcecare.org 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 sarah@ifloyd.com 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.
TABLE TALK - TUESDAY NIGHTS! 
Join the Conversation!  Bring a Friend! 

DRIVE-THRU LIVING NATIVITY
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

  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. 
UMW
SOUPER BOWL SUNDAYS
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

MISSIONS
Red Bird Trailers are closed  
for the winter.  
Thank you for your support this year.   
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. 
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.