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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Calendar
Prayer List
Sunday School
Bible Studies
Text Giving
Table Talk
Red Bird Trailers
Ronald McDonald House Tabs
Eastwick Food Bank
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Thank you
Pastor's Reflection
St. John's Kids
Music Ministry
Youth Group
Vacation Bible School
ASP News
Flea Market
History of Christianity
Lenten Studies
GriefShare
Divorce Care
Hearts for Mission
35th Chicken BBQ
Family Promise
UMW
Invitation to Membership
   
JOIN US FOR
WORSHIP  
  
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Traditional
 
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
  
THIS SUNDAY,  
May 12, 2019
Happy Mother's Day!
"
"God is Greater"
Pastor Janice
John 10:22-30 (NIV)


215-357-6998
 
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM   
 
 

THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR
  
Thursday, May 9
7:00pm
 Security Task Force Meeting

7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
Sunday, May 12
9:00am  
Sunday Morning Study  
 
9:15am
  Children's Sunday School
 
10:30am
  Albanese Baptism
 
10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School
 
11:30am
  Joyful Voices
 
12:15pm
  Holy Handbells
 
6:00pm
  Youth Choir
 
7:00pm
  Youth Group
 
Monday, May 13
6:30pm
  GriefShare
 
6:45pm
  Bible Study
 
Tuesday, May 14
10:00am
  Prayer Shawl Ministry
 
5:45pm
  GENesis Bells
 
6:00pm
  Divorce Care
 
7:00pm
  Naomi Circle
 
7:00pm
  Praise Band Rehearsal
 
7:00pm
  Table Talk
 
7:30pm
  AA
 
Wednesday, May 15
7:00pm
Bible Study  
 
7:00pm
  Coffee with the Pastors
 
7:30pm
  Salome Circle
 
Thursday, May 16
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.
If your contact information changes: 
address, phone, email, etc.
please notify the church office at 215-357-6998 or stjumc@aol.com.
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!

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!

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.
GRADUATE RECOGNITION
Sunday, June 9th  
10:30 Service  

Please list on the back of the top page of the Ritual of Friendship the name and school of anyone you know from    St. John's who is graduating high school or college this June.  You may also call or email the church office at 215-357-6998, stjumc@aol.com.
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

(Click for more information)
Log in to smile.amazon.com each time you shop and help make St. John's smile!
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) 
The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship and refreshments. 
TABLE TALK - TUESDAY NIGHTS! 
Join the Conversation!  Bring a Friend! 
MISSIONS
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.

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.

                     March 24, 2019 Prayer Shawl Blessing Service
                   

click to view the thank you letter
UMC LINKS umc logo
 
  
  
May 9, 2019
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
           I made a trip to Costco the other day for the sole purpose (ha ha) of purchasing the LED bulbs that were on sale for a very good price. Of course, the downside of walking into Costco is that I rarely manage to walk out again without having picked up some additional bargains I think I can't live without. On this particular trip, I found something I was simply powerless to resist.
            If you're anything like me, new technology fascinates me. So what did I run into right there in the lightbulb aisle (not to mention that it, TOO, was on sale!)? A two-pack (nothing at Costco every comes in a one-pack lol) of 60-watt LED "smart bulbs." WOW. I had absolutely no idea there even was such a thing! You simply download the app, connect to WIFI, add the bulbs as "devices,", and then you can open the app on your phone from ANYWHERE and turn the bulbs off or on, you can adjust the brightness, and you can even time them to come on automatically.
            Well, let's just say that although I'm fascinated with new technology, I have a great deal of difficulty admitting that I'm only mediocre at best with it. So I had complete faith in myself as I placed those bulbs in my cart. I figured it couldn't be all that difficult. So I brought them home, I carefully read and re-read the instruction pamphlet (it sure looked simple enough!), I downloaded the app, I registered, and then I followed the step-by-step prompts on the app.
            Well, after multiple repeated attempts to connect bulb #1, I finally unscrewed the darn thing from the lamp and put it back in the package. An hour of aggravation and frustration was way more than enough. And I still have no idea what I did wrong!
            I kind of wish this little fiasco had happened LAST week, because it would have made a perfect illustration about the way we often think we're bright enough, or strong enough, or organized enough, or powerful enough, or ..., or ...., or .... and therefore, we can handle anything on our own. We refuse to admit that we are imperfect, we have limitations, and we just might need some help. Sometimes, the answer is simple: we need to humble ourselves and rely on someone else's expertise (which is what I obviously need to do!). But, on a higher level, we have to remember that we can accomplish NOTHING on our own - it is only because of God working in us and with us that we are able to accomplish anything in life.
            Looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!
                                      Pastor Janice
ST. JOHN'S KIDS NEWS

 
This week in Kids Church......

Join us this week as we talk about Mothers
in the Bible.  Who knew? 
Followed by a special craft for mom!!!

YOUTH GROUP
 
Sunday Nights from 7-8:30 PM
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 6 thru 12.
 
Changes have come to St. John's Youth
St. John's Youth Group - 6th thru 12th Grades.

No Youth Group Sunday Night
Mother's Day!
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Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, May 13th
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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JUNE 2 
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
dbigam@gmail.com

St. John's Ivyland
Vacation Bible School 2019
July 22-26 9 AM til Noon
For children ages 4 years thru 6th grade
Registrations are now being accepted!!!
Pick up your forms on table in Education Wing or on our website: Stjohnsivyland.com
Registration - $15 per child or 
$30 max for families


For more information, please contact David Bigam
215-357-6998 or dbigam@gmail.com
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
July 22-26       9 am - NOON
HELP NEEDED
 
Snack Factory Leader
Prepare snacks for the crews each day. Need not be there every day. Indicate your availability below
Snack Factory Helper
Prepare snacks for the crews each day. Need not be there every day. Indicate your availability below
Crew Leader
Volunteers 18 years of age or older. Guide groups of 5-7 children to stations. No preparation required.
Jr. Crew Leader
Volunteers 14 - 17 years old. Guide groups of 5-7 children to stations. No preparation required.
Song Leaders
Lead the songs before and during VBS each day.
Photographer
Take action shots of the children during the day.
Registration Administrator
Put registration information into a spreadsheet, mail out information to families.
Registration Table
Help with registration and sign in on July 22 & 23 between 8:25 AM and 9:15 AM
Decorating Team
Make & put up decorations. No artistic ability needed. Come out & have fun. Tuesdays: 10am - Noon, 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Clean Up Crew
Take down decorations on Friday night after the closing program. Put everything away, get classrooms back in order, vacuum, take out trash, etc.

See sign-up sheet in the Sunday's bulletin or contact
David Bigam 215-357-6998  dbigam@gmail.com
ASP NEWS
Our week for 2019 ASP is
July 6-13, 2019.
We are staying at Guyan Valley, WV.
This is one of ASP's full-time centers!
Final payment of $100.00 due no later than May 31.

T-shirts are here.  Please pick-up if you ordered one.
$16.00 Cash or Check payable to St. John's.
SPRING CLEANING
FLEA MARKET
at the St. John's Chicken BBQ

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019
10 AM - ? pm
Open to Everyone!

Spaces are $10.00

Limited Space Available.
Just $10.00 for a table, if you need it!

Call or email David Bigam, 215-357-6998, dbigam@gmail.com

Proceeds from table and space, benefit the St. John's ASP Team.

ADULT/FAMILY MINISTRY
THE HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY (PART 2) 
Tuesdays at 10 and 7 in Fellowship Hall   
May 21 - June 11
Leader: Paul Henry 
 
The History of Christianity (Part 2) exploring the phenomenal growth of the Church from its Jewish roots in Palestine to a worldwide religion will be explored. This past fall we looked at the early years of Christianity from the Resurrection of Jesus, to the de-criminalization of Christianity by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the early fourth century. During this 300-year period, Christianity grew from a handful of followers of Jesus of Nazareth in 33 A.D. to about 10% of the population of the Roman Empire. The History of Christianity will explore the time period of the fourth century to the Reformation, wherein the church grew to encompass all of Europe.    
OUTREACH

 
Mondays at 6:30 PM in the Grace Cafe.

We are pleased to announce that St. John's will be sponsoring a GriefShare group for our church family as well as for our community facilitated by
Chaplain Erin Maurer, United Methodist Deacon. 

GriefShare is a twelve-week, faith-based program for anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one.

You may register online at griefshare.org. There is a $15 fee for the workbook payable at the first session.  For further information, contact Pastor Janice or  
Ruth Portzline or go to griefshare.org.
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 group. 
  • Weekly meetings are Tuesdays, from 6pm to 7:30pm in the Church Library.
    • Now to June 4, 2019
    • Sept. 17 to Dec. 17, 2019
    • Jan 14 to May 5, 2020
  • Each rotation lasts about 14 weeks but you can join or miss anytime and make up sessions during the next rotation if desired.
  • There is a $35 registration fee but scholarships are available. Payment and Registration can be done in class for walk-ins.
  • We are also looking for people to help with childcare or with administrative tasks.
  • Contact DivorceCareIvylandPA@gmail.com  or call the church office for more information.
  • A complete schedule by topic, more details, and registration are at: www.divorcecare.org/groups/99959

HEARTS FOR MISSIONS
St. John's is bringing back our "Hearts for Missions" theme.  Our Missions Team met recently and identified some hands-on mission projects you may want to be a part of.
  • One Great Day of Service - detail coming soon.
  • Habitat for Humanity - working on construction/finishing of four homes in the Morrisville Area.
  • Third annual R.I.S.E. Sunday, October 6, 2019.
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

UMW/UMM
The United Methodist Men announce:

St. John's 35th Annual Chicken BBQ
May 18, 2019
  
Please volunteer to be a part of this annual tradition that provides a special outreach to our community!
 
Sign-up sheets have been placed on the bulletin board,located in the hallway, in front of the Grace CafĂ©    
 
55+ Volunteers still needed to help in the following areas
 
FRIDAY, MAY 17th  
PREPARATION TEAM - need 5 more
 
SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 18th  
PREPARATION TEAM - need 5 more
 
BBQ PIT TEAM 7:30-10:30 Set-up Team -need 5 more
BBQ PIT TEAM 10:00-2:30 Shift -need 4 more
BBQ PIT TEAM 2:30-End Shift -need 8 more
 
OUTSIDE TAKE-OUT WINDOW TEAM -  
need volunteers to prepare drink refills - all shifts from 11AM to 7PM
 
KITCHEN STAFF TEAM 10:00-1:30 Shift -need 7
KITCHEN STAFF TEAM 4:00-7:00 Shift -need 8 more
 
DINING ROOM SERVING TEAM  
11:00-1:30 Shift - need 1 more
DINING ROOM SERVING TEAM  
1:30-4:00 Shift - need 2 more
DINING ROOM SERVING TEAM  
4:00-End Shift - need 7 more
 
RESTORATION 'CLEAN-UP' TEAM - need many volunteers to stay at the end to restore the building for the church services happening the following morning
 
If able, volunteering for multiple shifts would be greatly appreciated !!!
 
THANK YOU
FAMILY PROMISE
FAMILY PROMISE
Thanks to all the volunteers that gave up their time and talents to help the Family Promise guests find comfort, food and shelter within our walls. The week ran pretty smooth and I have heard there are other families waiting for their clearances. This ministry is needed and it looks like it is on the road to helping many families to come! Our next hosting is September 8th-15th, mark your calendars.
 
Any volunteers that have not attended a Family Promise training seminar should attend one before our next hosting.

The next opportunity for training is:
 
Date: Monday, May 13th
Location: Assumption BVM Church
(1900 Meadowbrook Rd, Feasterville, PA 19053)
Time: 7-8:30 pm in the AMC room (former library)
To register (by May 10th):
contact Rose Jacobs,  r1jacobs@verizon.net, 215-364-8131 or Jessica Schwartz,  Director@fplb.org; 215-943-0402.
 
Family Promise of Lower Bucks has many fundraisers that you maybe interested in, follow their Facebook page to see what event is next.

MUSIC
HANDBELL RECOGNITION SUNDAY
May 19

CHOIR RECOGNITION SUNDAY
June 9
NEW MEMBERS




 
Invitation to Become a Member

If you feel you have found a church home at St John's, we invite you to become a member!

Our next "New Member Sunday" will be
Sunday, May 19, 2019.  Those wishing to become members of St. John's will be invited to take the vows of membership at any of our three worship services.

The only "requirement" for membership is that you feel a commitment to Christ and a desire to make St. John's your church family. If you feel God calling you to take this next step on your faith journey, we welcome you with open arms!

 If you are considering membership, please check off "wish to become a member" on the sign-in tablet and/or contact outreachstjohns@yahoo.com for further information.

Prospective new members will have the opportunity to meet informally with the pastors on Wednesday, May 15 from 7-8 pm for coffee and dessert in the church parlor.