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Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
May 5, 2019

"A Charcoal Fire on a Beach"
Pastor Janice
John 21:1-19

Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM   


Thursday, May 2
 Ring of Faith


 Adult Choir

Sunday, May 5
Northampton Day 10-4
 Sunday Morning Study

 Children's Sunday School

 Children & Youth Sunday School

 Joyful Voices

 Holy Handbells

 Youth Choir

 Fellowship, Fun and Study

 Youth Group

Tuesday, May 7
Book Club  
  GENesis Bells
  Divorce Care
Book Club  
  Praise Band Rehearsal
  Table Talk
Wednesday, May 8
  Rebekah Circle
  Joanna Circle
Line Dancing  
Bible Study  
Thursday, May 9
  Ring of Faith
Security Task Force  
  Adult Choir



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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!


"Dig In"

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 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,  

Sunday Morning Study
led by Howard & Beppie Heinrich
Sunday mornings at 9 AM
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, if you are interested in joining an existing group.
  • 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 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
If you have any questions about mobile or text giving,
email Lou Lescas at

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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. 
Join the Conversation!  Bring a Friend! 
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.

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.

  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 Café. 
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

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All vocal and handbell choirs at  
St. John's are open to anyone 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, for more information or
Click here to view our web-site.  
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May 2, 2019
            Just as it was getting dark last night, I happened to walk onto the back patio. And as soon as I did, without a second's hesitation, nine sets of deer eyes were focused on me. None one of them moved an inch - they were completely still - but all nine deer stood silently at attention. Even when Ollie started jumping on the fence and barking at them, they never lost their cool.
            Well, I probably don't have to tell you how incredibly eerie it is to stand outside in the almost-dark and to feel nine sets of eyes staring you down. It might as well be human eyes! In fact, it felt SO intense and that I could only take it for a minute - I imagine that's what it must feel like to swim around in a fish bowl! So without even thinking too hard about it, I turned on my heels and flew back inside so I could discretely peek out the window and not feel so "exposed" lol.
            Right about then, all nine deer, in unison, must have decided that the excitement was over and enough was enough - so they followed one another into the woods next door to the parsonage.
            I guess I have a problem being stared at and being studied by multiple sets of eyes - deer eyes and very possibly human eyes, too.
            It's kind of funny that just because we can't see God with our physical eyes, we rarely think about the fact that God knows us very intimately - God sees and God knows our every move. He is interested in every minute detail of our lives. And yet we rarely, if ever, realize how completely and totally God knows us. Perhaps if we could find a way to be reminded of that fact, we'd try much harder to be the kind of people we were created to be. Perhaps we'd ask God for advice a little more often. And maybe we'd think twice before doing or saying something that would fail to bring Him glory. Sometimes we just need a reason to stay on track, don't you think?
Pastor Janice

This week in Kids Church......

It's great when we can eat a delicious meal. 
But in our Bible story, there was someone who was almost out of meals!  Let's see how she gave generously and how God gave generously. 
God's special book - the Bible -
is one thing God generously gave us. 

1 Kings 17:8-16
God is generous, so we're generous
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.

9-Square Sunday Night!
Come out - Parents are always welcome to join us every Sunday.

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!!!!

Coming soon... 
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

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:
Registration - $15 per child or 
$30 max for families

For more information, please contact David Bigam
215-357-6998 or
July 22-26       9 am - NOON
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.
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
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.
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,

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

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.    

6:45 PM
Fellowship Hall
Next Session - May 8th (Please note change of date)
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!

Tuesday, May 7
10:00 AM Grace Cafe and at
7:00 PM, Youth Room

"The Hiding Place"
by: Corrie Ten Boom
with Elizabeth and John Sherrill

During WW II, in her quiet watchmaking shop, Corrie and her family risk their lives to hide Jews and others hunted by Nazis in a secret room,  a"hiding place".  Corrie and her family are betrayed and are sent to a notorious Nazi concentration camp to die.  This is her story of how faith, hope and love ultimately triumph over unthinkable evil.   
All are welcome.   
Leaders Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell.


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 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
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 Library.
  •  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.
  • Video #1 starts on May 21 at 6 pm.  We will have the video at 6 pm, dinner at 6:45pm, and discussion at 7:15pm.  Past members may join us after the video each Tuesday.
  •  We are also looking for people to help welcome visitors, make coffee, and provide support to our facilitator.
  • Contact or call the church office for more information.
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

A special annual event is happening really soon!

St. John's UMC 35th Annual Chicken BBQ
May 18, 2019
We need many more volunteers in the following areas
PIT CREW - All 3 shifts
Need 1 more Co-Host from 11AM to 3PM
All 3 shifts
Need many more
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 Café
The UMM Truly Appreciates Your Help !!!
The East District of the United Methodist Women held its Ingathering  on Saturday, April 13 at the Janes Memorial United Methodist Church in the Germantown section of the city.  Our unit participated in the "Walk for Missions" and learned about some of the history of the area on the walk  as well as making a monetary donation.  We delivered the donated clothing collected here at St. John's Ivyland.  The items went to United Methodist Neighborhood Services.   
Thank you to all who made a donation. 
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,, 215-364-8131 or Jessica Schwartz,; 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.


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 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.

Congratulations to our 12 Confirmands,
received Sunday, April 28, 2019
Logan Andrew Barretts
Bethany Shannon Conover
Sophia Robin Conover
Ava Jane Cowden
Caroline Thomas Gutsch
Ethan Michael Hoban Harding
Megan Marie Kuehl
Sean William Levin
Mason Edward Perry
Lillian Georgie Scarlett
Rachel Elizabeth Walker
Julie Ann Zesinger