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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Calendar
Prayer List
Sunday School
Bible Studies
Text Giving
Warrior Coffee
Table Talk
Red Bird Trailers
Ronald McDonald House Tabs
Eastwick Food Bank
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Thank you
Pastor's Reflection
Holy Week Worship Schedule
Easter Lily Garden
Youth Group
Vacation Bible School
ASP News
St. John's Kids
Monday Night Bible Study
Planning Team - RISE
GriefShare
Divorce Care
Family Promise
Hearts for Mission
Communion Breakfast
Sock It To Me Sundays
UMW Spring Banquet
35th Chicken BBQ
UMM Breakfast
Music Ministry
Book Club
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,  
April 7, 2019
5th Sunday of Lent

Wipe Away Every Tear 
  "When You Come to the End of Your Rope"
Pastor Janice
1 Kings 19:1-18 

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

THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR

Thursday, April 4
6:45pm
  Ring of Faith
 
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
8:00pm
  Adult Choir
 
Saturday, April 6
9:30am
  Women's Communion Breakfast
 
Sunday, April 7
  Family Promise Hosting Week
  5th Sunday in Lent
 
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
 
6:45pm
  Fellowship, Fun and Study
 
7:00pm
  Youth Group
 
Monday, April 8
  Family Promise Hosting Week
 
6:30pm
  GriefShare
 
Tuesday, April 9
  Family Promise Hosting Week
 
10:00am
  Prayer Shawl Ministry
 
5:45pm
  GENesis Bells
 
6:00pm
  Divorce Care
 
7:00pm
  Naomi Circle
 
7:00pm
  No Praise Band Rehearsal
 
7:00pm
  Table Talk
 
7:30pm
  AA
 
Wednesday, April 10
  Family Promise Hosting Week
 
10:00am
  Lenten Study: Simon Peter
 
10:00am
  Rebekah Circle
 
1:00pm
  Joanna Circle
 
7:00pm
 
Bible Study  
 
Thursday, April 11
  Family Promise Hosting Week
 
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.
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

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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. 
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.                                         

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April 4, 2019
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
            Finally! April has arrived! Of course, along with the arrival of April, we also get April Fools Day. This year, I decided to look up the origin on April Fool's Day (turns out it was a pretty foolish thing to do).
            Apparently, April Fool's Day is "celebrated" in most nations around the world. Whoever would have thought??! In Italy, France & Belgium, the day is called "April Fish Day," which is celebrated by attaching a paper fish to someone's back without them noticing. In Scotland, it's called "Huntigowk Day," and you are supposed to deliver someone a sealed message containing these instructions: "Dinna laugh. Dinna smile. Hunt the gowk another mile." And the recipient is then supposed to deliver the message to someone else.
            Stranger yet, there is some speculation that the tradition of April Fool's Day goes back to the Genesis flood narrative when Noah sent a dove out of the ark before the water had abated on April 1st. (yes, I actually read that in Wikipedia!).
            So on April 1st, in order to prevent being made a fool of (if that's even possible), it makes sense to check out every strange and unusual claim on the internet. I definitely saw a few of them this week. Like the claim that bell peppers are either male or female, and you should only cook with the male peppers. And the claim that McDonald's has a new milkshake-flavored sauce to dip your French fries in.
            But even when it's NOT April Fool's Day, it's often difficult to tell truth from untruth, isn't it? It's a good thing there is one source we know we can always count on for truth, and that, of course, is God's Word. So as we continue through the month of April and the season of Lent, let's be sure to commit ourselves to the discipline of feasting on God's Word of truth every day.
                                     Pastor Janice

2019 HOLY WEEK WORSHIP SCHEDULE
   
Please note changes in worship times for
Palm Sunday and Easter.
 
APRIL 14, 2019 PALM/PASSION SUNDAY
2 Worship Services Only
9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Nursery (up to 3 years) at both services
Sunday School (4 yrs. to 6th grade) at both services
Youth Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. only
 
APRIL 18, 2019 MAUNDY THURSDAY
7:30 p.m.
A dramatic service of
Tenebrae, Communion, Choral and Handbell Music
 
APRIL 19, 2019 GOOD FRIDAY
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
"Seven Last Words"
North & Southampton Reformed Church
1380 Bristol Road
Southampton, PA 18966
Participation of clergy and choirs from our local ministerium
 
APRIL 21, 2019 EASTER
9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship Services
Nursery (up to 3 years) at both services
Sunday School (4 yrs. to 6th grade) at both services  
 
You are invited to place your Lenten offering envelope in the Lenten offering basket that is present in the narthex throughout the season of Lent.

THE EASTER LILY GARDEN
The lilies with the Cross of Hope will be arranged on Easter Sunday, April 21. Please use the flower envelopes in the pews for your order, dedication and payment. 

Deadline for ordering is April 14, 2019.   
Plants are $8.65
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.
This Week at YG!
Movie Night!
Popcorn is Included!!! 
______________________________________________

Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, April 8th
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
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
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
ASP NEWS
Our week fo 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.

Last week to order you ASP 2019 T-shirts.
ST. JOHN'S KIDS NEWS
We have completed 40 School Kits to be sent to UMCOR for kids who need these items!!
 
Our young people from grade 6-8 asked for monetary help and our congregation faithfully donated $431.00!
From there our kids went out and purchase enough school supplies to make 40 kits.
Each kit consisted of the following:
3-One Subject Notebooks, 1-Pack Filler Paper, Pair of Scissors, Box of 24 Crayons, Pencil Sharpener, 6 Pencils, Eraser and a Ruler.
 
This week in Kids Church......
 
God is kind, so we're kind.
 
"He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us"
(2 Corinthians 1:4).
 
ADULT/FAMILY MINISTRY
MONDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY: THE CALL
 
Follow the journeys of Paul, beginning with his dramatic conversion, as he spread the Gospel through modern-day Greece and Turkey, in Adam Hamilton's DVD-based study, The Call.  Travel to the early church sites and explore his conversations with the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Thessalonians.   
 
Six week study beginning Monday, April 29  
6:45 PM, in the Parlor.   
Leaders: Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell.
See sign up sheet in the Narthex.  Materials fee: $7
PLANNING TEAM MEMBERS NEEDED: R.I.S.E. SUNDAY!
Believe it or not, we are already thinking ahead to R.I.S.E. Sunday 2019. We are in need of people to join our R.I.S.E. Sunday planning team, to fill leadership roles for specific projects, and to handle clean-up and delivery of items made for R.I.S.E. Sunday. Contact Lara Bolte at stjadultministries@gmail.com or 215-357-6998.
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 a new group.

  • Weekly meetings are Tuesdays, from 6pm to 7:30pm in the Grace Café.
  • 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.
FAMILY PROMISE
 






Our first Hosting week is April 7th - 14th
Sign Up Genius is active, please see where you can help at this link:  Sign Up Here

Contact Sharon Byle - smbyle@gmail.com or 610-888-1329 with questions or concerns.
 
We need volunteers with Safe Sanctuary clearances for: 
Urgently needed:  Overnight Hosts
 
 People with Safe Sanctuary clearances to help with the hosting of Family Promise - even if you do not want to commit full time to the ministry, we need help for this hosting as many people that usually stay overnight are away or unable to help this go round.  
 
Won't you please consider one night of your week to help these families that have to do this every night!   
 
Also some spots available for:  
Evening Host - 5:30pm-8:00pm
Dinner Host - 5:30pm-8:00pm 
 
   
More ways to help:
  • We are responsible for feeding and sheltering our guests for a week, this includes buying food for use at the day center for lunch and breakfast. If you would like to make a donation toward those purchases you may write a check to St. John's and put Family Promise Food in the memo line. Let Sharon know that you contributed so I can follow up. Thanks for your generosity.
  • The Day Center in Levittown is also looking for volunteers, if evenings don't work for you maybe you can help this ministry during the day
    Day Center Help
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.
  • April 27 - Block Blitz sponsored by Interfaith Housing Visions.  A day of clean-up, landscaping and small repair projects for a block of low-income housing in Bristol.
  • 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
WOMEN'S COMMUNION BREAKFAST
   
"Lamb of God"
Saturday, April 6th
9:30 AM

All Women of St. John's Invited!
Feel free to bring friends, neighbors and relatives. 
Please sign-up on the sheet in the narthex or contact 
Laura Paulus @ 215-794-8764 for more information.



Sock It To Me Sundays
Please bring donations to church by this Sunday, April 7th.

Please support the United Methodist Women as we collect new items of clothing for families in need in our area.
We will be collecting socks, underwear, baby and children's pajamas, diapers, disposable underwear for men and women as well as nonperishable baby formula. 
Please place your items in the laundry basket located close to the UMW bulletin board. Should you have any questions please contact Kathy Keppol at 215-357-7404 or speak to any UMW leader.
 
SAVE THE DATE
United Methodist Women
MEET AMELIA EARHEART
Wednesday, May 1st, 6 p.m.
Spring Banquet
THE UNITED METHODIST MEN ANNOUNCE
A special annual event is happening soon
St. John's UMC 35th Annual Chicken BBQ
May 18, 2019
 
We need volunteers in the following areas
PIT CREW
HOSTS FOR THE INSIDE DINING PATRONS
DINING ROOM SERVERS AND KITCHEN HELP
SET-UP AND RESTORATION HELP
 
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 !!!

UNITED METHODIST MEN'S BREAKFAST
Saturday, April 20, 2019
9 AM (Please note time change)
Fellowship Hall

All men and ANY AGE KIDS are invited to hear guest speaker, former Phillies Pitcher, Dickie Noles.  
 
If attending, please use sign-up sheet in the narthex or email Ed Campbell at edcampbell6@aol.com. 
MUSIC
MUSIC MINISTRY NOTES
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, Roynel@aol.com for more information or
Click here to view our web-site.  
BOOK CLUB
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.

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.

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