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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Sunday School
Calendar
Prayer List
Text Giving
Red Bird Trailers
Ronald McDonald House Tabs
Eastwick Food Bank
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Thank you
Music Appreciation
Graduate Recognition
Pastor's Reflection
St. John's Kids
Youth Group
Vacation Bible School
ASP News
ASP Stock Sale
Summer & Sundaes Study
Book Club
GriefShare
Divorce Care
Sheets for Red Bird
Hearts for Mission
   
JOIN US FOR
WORSHIP  
  
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Traditional
 
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
  
THIS SUNDAY,  
June 30, 2019
"I Will Follow You Wherever You Go"
Luke 9:57-62
Pastor Janice
John
215-357-6998
 
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM    

Please Note:
The Church Office will be Closed
July 4th and 5th.  
 
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.
 
For more information about our Children or Youth Ministries, please contact Director,
David Bigam, dbigam@gmail.com   

THIS WEEK'S  CALENDAR
  
Thursday, June 27
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
Sunday, June 30
10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School
 
Tuesday, July 2
10:00am    
Book Club
 
7:00pm  
Book Club  
 
7:30pm
  AA
 
Thursday, July 4
Independence Day
(church office closed)

7:30pm
  Al-Anon

Sunday, July 7
10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School
 
6:45pm
  Fellowship, Fun and Study
 
Tuesday, July 9
10:00am
  Prayer Shawl Ministry
 
7:30pm
  AA
 
Wednesday, July 10
7:00pm
  Summer Sundaes & Study
 
Thursday, July 11
7:30pm
  Al-Anon

 

PRAYER LIST

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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 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!
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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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. 
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.

                     Prayer Shawl Blessing Service
                   

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June 27 & July 4, 2019
 
Have a Happy 4th of July!
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
            I've had an interesting week away, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet a large group of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Most of us were meeting each other for the first time at a family (re)union planned months ago in Las Vegas. We are all related to one another through my paternal grandfather's family. But somewhere along the line, many years ago, people were lost, last names were changed, and it took about four years, some DNA testing, and a lot of research on the part of a number of us to finally get some answers. The group had come from all over the U.S. - Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington state, Minneapolis, Denver, Pennsylvania (my daughter Allison & I) and a few other places.   We all decided before we left that we would plan another gathering next year in Philadelphia. Many of these new-found relatives are looking forward to exploring the city where their father, aunt, uncles, grandparents, and great-grandparents lived.
 
                One of the conversations we had was especially interesting. You see, none of us know exactly what caused that family rift so many years ago. I think we've all tried to find answers but with very little luck. Anyone who had any first-hand knowledge is no longer alive. We all agree, however, that it was probably something that could have, and should have, been talked through and worked out by those involved. But over the course of time, however, the division apparently grew deeper and wider until family relationships became so broken that those involved felt there was no going back. The GOOD news is that the conversation was then taken to the next level. One of my cousins stated that she was sure that a wonderful reconciliation had already taken place in heaven, and also that, as we were gathering, there was hugging, many smiles, and lots of tears of joy being shed by our parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and others who were watching from above as we were enjoying one another's company. And I believe she is absolutely right. There is always joy in heaven whenever reconciliation takes place among God's people.
 
                And I pray that will be a lesson I will remember always. I hope all of us will remember it the next time something threatens to tear apart the threads of our connectedness. Christ has called every one of us to the ministry of reconciliation. Perhaps today is the day to consider how we can best live that out in our personal relationships.
                                        
Many blessings,
                                         Pastor Janice
ST. JOHN'S KIDS NEWS

 
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 thru 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 will be there as well.
YOUTH GROUP
 
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.
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Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, July 1st
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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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

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.
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. 
FOOD ITEMS ARE NEEDED FOR VBS
Please sign up at bulletin board outside of Grace Cafe.

See sign-up sheet in the Sunday's bulletin or contact
David Bigam 215-357-6998  dbigam@gmail.com
ASP NEWS
 
30 Volunteers will be going to  
Guyan Valley, WV for this year's mission trip! July 6-13, 2019
 
 
On Saturday, July 6th at 9:15 a.m.
Please meet us in the parking lot for a prayer and send-off!

ASP Stocks are being sold now.    
Sign up to sell!!! 
2019 ASP STOCK SALE 
$25.00 per share

The purchase of your share entitles you to our annual stockholder's luncheon held in early fall.  
 
Or if you would like, you can purchase "David Dollars" for just $5.00. 
 
All proceeds help to fund the cost of van rentals and gasoline to Wyoming County, W.V.

Please see our stock advisers after each service in Narthex.
 
Thank you!
ADULT MINISTRY
SUMMER SUNDAES & STUDY

Wednesday evenings
July 10 & 17
7 PM in Fellowship Hall
 
Join us for a unique study ("Nooma" videos) that touches on issues we care about and that we want to talk about!
We'll be gathering for a light study & discussion along with great fellowship and a make-your-own-sundae party!
Come when you can! Each study stands alone!
Sign up on the table in the narthex so we have enough ice cream!!
BOOK CLUB
ST. JOHN'S BOOK CLUB - JULY

Tuesday, July 2
10:00 AM and 7:00 PM in the Parlor.  Please join us, all are welcome. 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz
by: Heather Morris

 This beautiful illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Aschweitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov - an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.

Leaders are Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell.   
All are welcome.
ST. JOHN'S BOOK CLUB - AUGUST
 
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!
OUTREACH

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
Pencils
Pencil sharpener
Colored pencils
Pens
Pink erasers
Glue sticks
Pocket folders
Scissors
Crayons
Markers
Dry erase markers
Notebooks
Ruler
Multi-subject notebooks
Composition notebooks
Index cards
Highlighters
Protractor
Loose-leaf paper
Book covers
3-ring binders
Dividers
USB/flash drive
Calculator

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

 
GriefShare Sessions will begin again in August.


 
Weekly meetings will begin again in September.  
 
 
UMW
SHEETS FOR RED BIRD 
6/30 is the Last Sunday 
Naomi Circle is collecting sheets for Red Bird Mission during the month of June. They will be included in the Christmas Boxes that each family receives.  Because of your generosity, last year each child received their own set of sheets.  Many received their own set for the first time.  All sizes are requested, juvenile twins would be great.  Containers may be found throughout the church for your donations.  Any questions please contact Linda Barr, 215-773-9865 or  
Carol Campbell, 215-364-0942.   
Thank you.
HEARTS FOR MISSIONS
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