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Pastor's Reflection
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Vacation Bible School
Book Club
Red Bird Trailers
Divorce Care
Hearts for Mission
Family Promise
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
July 21, 2019
"Are You a 'Martha' or a 'Mary'?"
Luke 10:38-42
Pastor Janice
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, July 18
Sunday, July 21
  Children & Youth Sunday School
Monday, July 22
  Vacation Bible School
Tuesday, July 23
  Vacation Bible School
Wednesday, July 24
  Vacation Bible School
Thursday, July 25
  Vacation Bible School



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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
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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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.
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If you have any questions about mobile or text giving,
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Looking for a little inspiration during the week?  
Try an online devotional.    
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(Devotional for Women)
(Devotional for Men) 
The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship and refreshments. 

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.

                     Prayer Shawl Blessing Service

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July 18, 2019
            Earlier this week, I asked someone how their summer was going, and they said, "I don't know WHERE it's going but it's going WAY TOO FAST." And I totally understood what they were talking about! I'm one of those people who wait all year for summer. I like summer so much that, most of the time, I can even ignore the sometimes oppressive heat. In my humble opinion, the trade-offs are well worth the minor inconvenience of heat and humidity.
            I realize that there are many who would argue that point with me and would claim that any season OTHER than summer is preferable. And I agree that every one of God's seasons has its pluses and minuses. I also agree that we all have different likes and dislikes. That's what makes life interesting.
            I DO find it fascinating, however, that depending on our personal likes and dislikes, the passage of time itself seems to behave differently. Right about now, for instance, those of us who love summer are lamenting the fact that it seems to be quickly evaporating before our very eyes. And yet, next February, I guarantee you that I will feel as though winter is dragging on for an unbearably long, long time. But I imagine that all of the winter-lovers will be feeling that the season is not nearly long enough.
            But I do take comfort knowing that one of these days, when we've crossed the pearly gates, we'll no longer be bound by things as mundane as the passage of time. But until then, it's just another one of those mysteries. And God has given us many different gifts, all for our enjoyment - sunshine, warmth, wind, rain, and maybe even snow.
                                   Pastor Janice

Kids Church News......

One Room Sunday School until the Fall.  
Please go directly to Fellowship Hall for Kids Church.  
9:15 Sunday School will not be available through the summer.  We invite you to our 10:30 Sunday School.

We still need help leading one-room Sunday School...
Please use the sign-up sheet on David Bigam's door to pick a Sunday.  David is always there, as well.
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 6 thru 12.
Keep your eyes open for special emails regarding trips we will be taking this summer during the week. 
New 6th graders are invited to participate this summer.

Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, August 12th
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.

Download the form, complete then mail or drop off.
Forms are also available in the Narthex or on our website - under Children's Ministry.
Registration - $15 per child or 
$30 max for families

For more information, please contact David Bigam
215-357-6998 or
A heartfelt THANKS to all of St. John's who helped make this year's mission trip an amazing, safe, and miraculous success!!!! We could not have done this without all of you!
And another huge THANKS go out to the youth and adults who were part of this year's team!
Thanks so much for making this an unforgettable witness as all of you were true Disciples of Christ!

Tuesday, August 6  
10:00 AM and 7:00 PM  
in the Church Parlor.   
The Song of the Jade Lily
by: Kirsty Manning 
A gripping historical novel that tells the little-known story of Jewish refugees who fled to Shanghai during WWII.
  All are welcome to join us!
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.
          Earlier this month, Red Bird Trailer Mission sent the third trailer of this year to the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky. How big is a trailer? Think of 4, 8 x 12 rooms filled with clothing,furniture,kitchen utensils, bedding, etc. All packed with little or no open space. This was the result of our congregation and our community seeing fit to contribute to our program and help the people in Beverly, Kentucky.
          How does this happen? From March through December, rain or shine, hot or cold.
          There are those who at least once a week spend several hours taking the material donations received and efficiently packing them for delivery to Kentucky.
          There are those who open the trailers in the morning and those who close the trailers in the evening.
          There are those who make sure our trailers are inspected and in proper condition.
          There are those who arrange to rent a tractor,and have a driver to deliver the full trailer to Kentucky and bring back the empty trailer that has been in Kentucky since the last delivery.
          There are those who continue to provide financial support to help pay for the fuel and tractor rental.
          This year we have been blessed with an abundance of material donations but unfortunately, a reduction of financial support.
          As leader of this group, I feel I have been blessed to have this opportunity and wish to thank every one involved in the Red Bird Trailer Mission for their continued hard work and dedication.
                                      Dick Paulus

Back to School Drive
Help us send local kids back to school
with pride and confidence!
Please donate NEW backpacks (please no used purses, briefcases, etc.) and school supplies. Place items in boxes in the Narthex by July 31.
Backpacks and school supplies can be kept separate. Family Service will organize putting the supplies in the backpacks.
Suggested Supplies
New Backpacks
Lunch box/bag
Pencil box/pouch
Pencil sharpener
Colored pencils
Pink erasers
Glue sticks
Pocket folders
Dry erase markers
Multi-subject notebooks
Composition notebooks
Index cards
Loose-leaf paper
Book covers
3-ring binders
USB/flash drive

Questions? Please call Amy Scarlett at 610-322-2276. Thank you!

Loss of a Spouse
Widowed? Help is here and hope is possible
Do you dread the lonely days and nights? Wonder what to do with your spouse's belongings? Feel like your brain is in a fog? Unsure of how you'll go on?
At a Loss of a Spouse seminar you'll discover:
  • Other people understand and have found ways to make it through
  • Why it won't always hurt so much
  • Reasons for hope
  • Practical tips for coping with the death of a spouse
Seminar will be held on August 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the library.  You may register online at
There is a $5 fee for materials.  For further information, contact Ruth Portzline or Chaplain Erin Maurer or go to

Weekly meetings will begin again in September.  
Our Missions Team met and identified some hands-on mission projects you may want to be a part of.
  • Backpack Mission Project - later this summer.
  • Habitat for Humanity - working on construction/finishing of four homes in the Morrisville Area - this fall
  • Third annual R.I.S.E. Sunday, October 6, 2019.
  • Compassion Sunday - October 27
  • One Great Day of Service - Spring 2020
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

Our next hostings are September 8-15  
and November 10-17.  
In preparation we will have a training seminar on August 25th from noon-2pm in Fellowship Hall. If you are a volunteer that has not attended a training seminar or a new volunteer, this is a requirement of volunteering. Those who have attended one in the past are welcome to attend again, it is led by our local director instead of a national one, so it will be more relevant to our procedures and shorter!.  
Please sign up on the bulletin board outside Grace CafĂ© or   click here - SignUp Genius   
A sign up for the September hosting week will be available next week.
Sharon Byle is also looking for a co-leader to assist her with this ministry. Please let her know if you would like to help.