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Red Bird Trailers Closed for Winter
Eastwick Food Bank
Pastor's Reflection
St. John's Kids
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Broadway Night
Divorce Care
CPR Certification
UMM's Breakfast
Souperbowl Sundays
Family Promise
Book Club
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
January 12, 2019 
Baptism of the Lord Sunday
Commissioning of Those Serving in 2020
"One In Ministry to All the World"
Matthew 3:1-6, 11-17

Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM   
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,   

Thursday, January 9
  Ring of Faith
  Adult Choir
Sunday, January 12
  Adult Sunday School
  Children & Youth Sunday School
  Joyful Voices
  Youth Choir
Monday, January 13
Tuesday, January 14
  Prayer Shawl Ministry
  GENesis Bells
  Divorce Care
  Girl Scout Troop 2395 Meeting
  Naomi Circle
  Praise Band
Wednesday, January 15
Youth Group  
  Gospel of Matthew
  Salome Circle
Thursday, January 16
  Ring of Faith
  Adult Choir

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!



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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.
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.
  • 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 877-960-2396.
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

Looking for a little inspiration during the week?  
Try an online devotional.    
(has many devotionals to choose from)
(Devotional for Women)
(Devotional for Men) 
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.

Pictured are the latest group of hats which went to World Vision (4 child size) and The Baby Bureau in Warminste r (14 baby size)  
The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship and refreshments. 
Thank you for
"Fighting for What's Right  
One Cup at a Time."
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Log in to each time you shop and help make
St. John's smile!
The Red Bird Trailers
are CLOSED for the winter 
and will reopen in the Spring.

Donations of non-perishable food for the Eastwick Food Pantry are needed now and throughout 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.

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.  

What a wonderful day it was giving thanks for all God's creation, and celebrating His gift of creatures, great and small!

UMC LINKS umc logo
January 9, 2020
        Over the last week, the news media has carried stories and articles related to the "Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation" that was released on January 3rd.   The protocol addresses a proposal that will be voted on at General Conference in May. In worship this Sunday, I shared my personal thoughts with the congregation. For those who weren't able to attend this week, the following is a draft of the statement I shared:
     No doubt many of you read or heard reports in the news over the past few days that imply that the United Methodist Church will be splitting.   Those reports are very premature. The bishop sent a message yesterday emphasizing the fact that it is NOT a done deal - it is still just one of several proposals going to General Conference in May.
     While it is true that there may very well be some structural changes in the denominational hierarchy in the years to come, and while it's ALSO true that there are churches and clergy who, for many years, have been dissatisfied one way or the other who will elect to leave the denomination over issues related to human sexuality, I want to just say THIS about OUR church family. St. John's has always been a diverse congregation theologically, and we like it that way. Some of us are conservative, some of us are liberal, most of us are right smack in the middle - but we consider our diversity to be a strength, not a burden. And that's the way it SHOULD be. We're also a congregation who has always welcomed everyone and anyone to join us. We value diversity in all its forms. And that's ALSO the way it should be!
     IF there is a split - and I say IF - it will be primarily because churches and clergy who already identify as members of a conservative group called the Wesleyan Covenant Association elect to leave and form their own conservative denomination.
     However, I don't anticipate ANY CHANGES that will affect St. John's anytime in the foreseeable future.
I've already had a number of people ask me, "Pastor Janice, what does this MEAN and what's going to happen to US?" The answer is that we are United Methodists and we'll STILL be United Methodists. But let's keep the prayers going - I don't know about YOU, but I'M still hoping and praying for UNITY.
                                       Pastor Janice
This Sunday, January 12, 2020 
We will remember Jesus' baptism by John in the Jordan River.   We will focus on the meaning of baptism that day and you will be given and opportunity to renew your baptism at the altar rail.  This can be a very meaningful experience.  If you have never been baptized and would like to be baptized during this service or if you would like to schedule your child's baptism on this special day, please call the church office.  All church leaders and those who serve on any teams or committees will also be invited to stand for commissioning for 2020 at the conclusion of the renewal of baptism on January 12th.

B ecause of your generous support of this year's Advent Mission Offering, St. John's was able to send $10,053 to support the Society of St. Andrew in their quest to feed America's hungry.
St. John's Kids News
All children and youth please go directly to classrooms for Sunday School - 10:30 Service Only.

Pre-K - 2nd Grade - Room B
Grades 3, 4 and 5 - Room A
Grades 6 thru 12 - Youth Room

Leaders and Co-Leaders are always needed for our classrooms as well as Nursery.  If you feel called to help in these areas, please let me know!  Clearances are required! Please contact me anytime and we can talk. Thank you for your consideration...David Bigam or cell 215-206-6779;  
Church 215-357-6998 

Vacation Bible School 2020
July 20-24, 2020
"Rocky Railway"
Hey kids, we're headed to the great Rocky Mountains this year! Join us as we hop the train to discover what plans
God has in store for us!  
  Do you like to work hands on with decorating sets for stage and hallways? Are you a visionary?   
Do you like to use your brain?
If you are any, none or all the above, we would love for you to join our Decorating Committee.  Share your ideas and your time in helping us to make this year's Vacation Bible School another memorable time for our kids and neighbors who attend every year!   
We are planning a decorating meeting soon and would like to add your name on our list!!   
Those interested, please contact David Bigam.
Cell - 215-206-6779  Church - 215-357-6998
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 6 thru 12.

Wednesday Nights!
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Join us for light snacks, a devo and fun.
Monday, January 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!!!!
This Week - "Worship"
How many ways are there to Worship?
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

Back by popular demand.... 
Saturday, February 1, 2020  
7 PM  

GriefShare 13 week Sessions  
Mondays from 6:30-8:30  
2020 GriefShare Schedule:
  • January 6-April 6, 2020 (no class on January 27. Class WILL meet on Presidents' Day): 13 Week Session
  • May 1-August 3, 2020 (no class Memorial Day):  13 Week Session
You may register online at
There is a $15 fee for materials.  For further information, contact Ruth Portzline or Chaplain Erin Maurer 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 support group.
New Session Begins January 14 
TUESDAYS, from 6pm to 7:30pm  
in the Church Library
A complete schedule by topic, more details,  
and sign-ups are at:
  • Each rotation lasts 13 weeks but you can join or miss anytime and make up sessions during the next rotation if desired.
  • There is a one-time $15 registration fee but scholarships are available. Payment is done in class, please sign up online so we can communicate with you. (Checks payable to: St. John's UMC)
  • No Childcare offered.
  • Our facilitators, Sarah Floyd and Donna Hartfeil can be contacted at:
Located at:
St. John's United Methodist Church 
820 Almshouse Road 
Ivyland, PA 18974
We meet in the church library classroom which is the first room on the left when you enter from the main parking lot which is on the left side of the church. Knock on the double doors on the side of the church. There are a few stairs up. If you cannot do stairs the leader will greet you and bring you to the handicap entrance.
First Aid - AED Training

Dr. Andrew DeSaro will be offering an evening of CPR/First Aid/AED training

Tuesday, January 14th
6:30-9 PM
$35 per participant

Each participant will receive a book and will receive CPR certification.

Please sign up in the narthex ASAP!
United Methodist Men's Breakfast
Saturday, January 18
8 AM
Fellowship Hall

All men invited!
See sign-up sheets in the Narthex or email

The United Methodist Women are collecting can goods and non perishable food items for Food Pantries in our area.  Please join our Superbowl ( Soup-er- Bowl) team and drop off your items in the Big Green Barrel with the goal posts, located at the corner of the Choir room and the bulletin boards.  The barrel will be available from Sunday January 12th through Sunday February 9th.
Thank you and we hope your team wins!

Next Hosting: February 9-16, 2020
  • Sign up Here
  • Or call Sharon at 610-888-1329 or Amy at 610-322-2276 if you prefer not to do it on the computer, they can sign you up.
  • This ministry needs you! Ask our current volunteers, this is easy and provides so much help to our guests. If you would like to join the volunteer team in helping with the guests, you will need clearances and training.
  • If you are not Safe Sanctuary cleared you can find links at  make sure to keep a copy for any other volunteer organizations you work with including St. John's.
  • No clearances? No worries, we have jobs for you too....set up/break down, shop and laundry!

St. John's Book Club  
Tuesday, February 4th
10:00 AM and 7:00 PM  
We will meet in the Parlor.   
All are welcome.   
Leaders: Barbara Schneider and  
Carol Campbell