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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Calendar
Prayer List
Sunday School
Bible Studies
Text Giving
Amazon Smile
Warrior Coffee
Red Bird Trailers
Eastwick Thank You
Pastor's Reflection
Snow Policy
Youth Group
Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper
Lenten Study:Simon Peter
Book Club
Game Night To Be Rescheduled
Sight & Sound Lunch Trip
Softball Team
Line Dancing
Divorce Care
GriefShare
Table Talk
Helping Hands
Caring Ministries
Music
UMW
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, 
February 17, 2019

Sermon Series: 40 Days of Prayer  
Pastor Janice's sermon  
"How to Pray for Healing"
2 Chronicles 7:12-15 

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

THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR

Thursday, February 14
6:45pm
  Ring of Faith
 
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
8:00pm
  Adult Choir
 
Saturday, February 16
8:00am
 
UMM Breakfast  
 
Sunday, February 17
9:00am
 
Sunday Morning Study  
 
9:15am
  Children's Sunday School
 
10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School
 
11:30am
  Joyful Voices
 
12:15pm
  Holy Handbells
 
6:00pm
  Youth Choir
 
7:00pm
  Youth Group
 
Monday, February 18
6:45pm
  Bible Study
 
Tuesday, February 19
10:00am
  Prayer Shawl Ministry
 
5:45pm
  GENesis Bells
 
6:00pm
  Divorce Care
 
7:00pm
  Deborah Circle
 
7:00pm
  Naomi Circle
 
7:00pm
  Praise Band Rehearsal
 
7:00pm
  Table Talk
 
7:30pm
  AA
 
Wednesday, February 20
10:00am
  40 Days of Prayer
 
6:30pm
  40 Days of Prayer
 
7:00pm
 
Bible Study  
 
7:30pm
  Salome Circle
 
Thursday, February 21
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!

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 The Wired Word
led by Eileen Phillips
2nd and 4th Sundays
10:30 AM
Parlor
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!

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) 

  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. 
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.

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February 14, 2019
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
 
Many, if not most, animal lovers know what it's like to have to make the tough decision to let your beloved pet go to doggy or kitty (or whatever-else) heaven. I once had a cat that was a stray my sister found. She begged me to take him.   And he was a pretty cat, but I guess his years as a stray had affected him because, as I told everyone, "He just lives in my house." In other words, he minded his own business. He mostly stayed out of sight; never sat on my lap or came around to be petted. He kept to himself. Then one day, he had a sudden medical emergency. The vet said there wasn't anything he could do. I was upset, but not devastated. I realized all along that I simply wasn't that attached to poor Butterscotch.
            But then there was Penny - the little toy fox terrier I grew up with. And Casey, the best Siamese cat in the whole world (he thought he was a dog - he played fetch, and he even went for walks on a leash). And Bo, my first sheltie - what a sweetie. Then last summer, it was Zack, and this week it was his brother, Obie. It's such a tough thing to make the decision to let your beloved pet go.
            I remember the first time someone sent me a copy of the poem, "The Rainbow Bridge" - it was right after my Bo passed. It tells the story of a bridge that connects heaven and earth, and a place of lush, green pastures where the pets we've loved and lost go as they wait to be reunited with us. It's a heartwarming poem - actually, a tear-jerking poem - that raises the question, "do animals go to heaven?"
            Today, someone told me about a statement made by Billy Graham many years ago. Someone had apparently asked Rev. Graham if our pets go to heaven. And he replied that heaven will be a place of perfect happiness, and if having our pets in heaven with us is something that will make us happy, they will be there.
            I tend to agree, Billy! God is good. And I want to thank Him for the thirteen years that Obie brought joy to my heart!
                                        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 Sunday!
Hmmmm.
Movie Night!!
Come in your PJ's if you want and enjoy some Popcorn!!!
"The Investigator"  
The movie is 1 hour and 40 minutes.  
Come on out and watch with us.  
 
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Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, March 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 
 
St. John's Ivyland
Vacation Bible School 2019
July 22-26 9 AM til Noon
For children ages 4 years thru 6th grade
Registration begins May 1
$15 per child with a MAX of $30 per family.

For more information, please contact David Bigam
215-357-6998 or dbigam@gmail.com
LENTEN STUDY
 
Coming in March - Lenten Study 
Adam Hamilton's  
SIMON PETER:  
FLAWED BUT FAITHFUL DISCIPLE
Join us on this six-week journey through Adam Hamilton's examination of the life, faith, and character of Simon Peter.
  • 6-week small group study, 3/13 through 4/21
  • Offered on Wednesday mornings and Wednesday evenings
  • 10:00 a.m. OR 6:45 p.m.
  • Workbook cost: $15
  • Location: Parlor (most weeks)
Sign up using the tear-off in the bulletin or on the sign-up table in the Narthex.
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.
Leaders: Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell
ADULT/FAMILY MINISTRY
 
TO BE RESCHEDULED 
UNPLUGGED: GAME NIGHT
Unplugged, which was originally scheduled for Sunday 2/24, will be rescheduled for a later date. Thank you for your interest, and stay tuned for updates!

Coming in May 
SIGHT & SOUND AND SHADY MAPLE!
Join us on Saturday, May 4 as we travel by luxury coach to Lancaster, PA. We will see the Sight & Sound Theatre's 11:00 showing of JESUS, then head to lunch at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, a Pennsylvania Dutch favorite!  
  • May 4, 2019
  • Bus will leave from St. John's at 8:45 AM and return by 4:30 PM
  • We will see the 11:00 showing of Sight & Sound's production of "Jesus"
  • Lunch at Shady Maple after the show
  • $130 per person; make checks out to St. John's
  • Payment due at sign-up
  • No refunds for cancellations after April 1
  • Bus is contingent up on us having at least 40 people signed up.
  • Sign up in the Narthex!

ST. JOHN'S CO-ED SOFTBALL TEAM!
We are looking into forming a softball team to play intramural games with other area church teams this Spring.
  • This is a slow-pitch, or "arc pitch," softball league.
  • Games will typically occur on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, April through June, with playoffs in July.
  • At this point, we are in the information-gathering stage, but we wanted to gauge our congregation's interest.
  • If this sounds like something you would participate in, please indicate your interest by signing up on the sheet in the Narthex!

1st Wednesday of each month -  6:45 PM
Fellowship Hall
Next Session - March 13th - 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 Tuesdays, 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.

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.

The first session will be on Monday, March 25 at  
6:30 PM in the Grace Cafe.  Registration information will be available soon.  For further information, contact Pastor Janice or Ruth Portzline or go to griefshare.org.
TABLE TALK - TUESDAY NIGHTS! 
Join the Conversation!  Bring a Friend! 
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.
CARING MINISTRIES

St. John's Caring Ministries Visitation Team will meet on Monday, March 11 at 7 pm in the Church Parlor. 
Chaplain Erin Maurer will be speaking about  
"Walking with Those Who Grieve".
She will help the Caring Ministries Team to clarify popular misconceptions of grief and to learn what is helpful (and not helpful!) to say
   when offering care and support.
The Caring Ministries Visitation Team regularly  
visits our shut-ins.
If you are interested in becoming a part of this important
ministry of St. John's, please join us for this meeting.
MUSIC
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.  
UMW
Carol Rice, chairperson of St. John's Prayer Shawl ministry, selected seven prayer shawls to be given to delegates at the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference in St. Louis February 23-26 as an initiative of the national office of United Methodist Women.
 
The purpose of this special General Conference will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on the Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops. The Commission was authorized to examine paragraphs in the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and to explore options to strengthen church unity.
Arlene Williams
   
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.