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Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
March 17, 2019
2nd Sunday of Lent

Wipe Away Every Tear
"Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing"
Pastor Janice
Ephesians 2:1-2a, 4-10 

Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM  

Thursday, March 14
 Ring of Faith


Adult Choir

Saturday, March 16
UMM Breakfast

Sunday, March 17
  2nd Sunday in Lent
 Sunday Morning Study

 Children's Sunday School

 Gibson Baptism

 Callender Baptisms

 Children & Youth Sunday School

 Joyful Voices

 Holy Handbells

 Youth Choir

Youth Group

Monday, March 18
 Girl Scout Troop 2395 Meeting

Tuesday, March 19
 GENesis Bells

 Divorce Care

 Deborah Circle

 Praise Band Rehearsal

 Table Talk


Wednesday, March 20
 Lenten Study: Simon Peter

 Bible Study

 Salome Circle

Thursday, March 21
 Ring of Faith


 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.
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.
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!

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

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, 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
each time you shop and help make St. John's smile!

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. 
Red Bird Trailers are closed  
for the winter.  
Thank you for your support this year.  
We will re-open in the Spring.   

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.

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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March 14, 2019
             I've struggled for the last several weeks trying not only to put into words my feelings about the decision of the Special Session of General Conference, but also pondering a possible way forward for our congregation.
            Of course, the hope of the Special Session was that we would create a way forward with space for all people to live into our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The reality is that delegates from throughout the world reaffirmed, by a slim margin of 438-384, the "Traditional Plan," which would keep all of the wording regarding homosexuality in our Book of Discipline intact ("homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching") and thus would continue to ban the ordination of gay clergy and continue to ban clergy from performing same-sex marriages.
          The truth is that it doesn't matter which side of the aisle you are on, or I am on. A strong message has now been sent to our communities and to the entire nation that the United Methodist Church no longer has "open hearts, open minds, and open doors," and that our congregations will now be screening and judging all who walk through our doors. Yes, I've actually heard that comment. No, of course it is not true.
          We must focus on the fact that although General Conference is the law-making body of our denomination, it is not the church. WE are the church.   And St. John's will continue to be the same church we've always been. We will continue to be open and welcoming to all people regardless of age, race, gender, theological stance, and - YES - sexual orientation. We will continue to have the same open hearts, open minds, and open doors that we've always had. And we will take steps to make sure everyone is aware of that. Our congregation has never been known to treat anyone, or any group of people, as second-class citizens, and we will continue to be a bright light to our community.
          As Bishop Easterling from the Baltimore-Washington Conference stated, "law and God's grace often find themselves at odds." He also said that "the resounding justification offered by those who would not support the One Church Plan (which would have removed the phrase "homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching," and therefore change the restrictions on clergy) is that they could not be affiliated with a denomination that condones what they believe to be sin. As I have said repeatedly, well-regarded biblical scholars and theologians disagree on the interpretation of the scriptures used to support that understanding ... and to say that you cannot remain in relationship with "sinners" is to deny the reality that our denomination, as is the case with any denomination, is filled with persons living in ways some would define as sin. Our current disciplinary language simply elevates one perceived sin above all others and castigates some to the exclusion of others."
         We as a congregation are called to be in deep prayer at this time. I do not know what the ultimate outcome of this decision will be - it is still very possible that could be looking at some form of denominational split or schism in the future. But we have to remember that God is in control, even when we see chaos all around us - and so we pray that God will make a way when there seems to be no way. And until then, we commit ourselves to live in the uncertainty, to remain faithful, to pray unceasingly, and to continue worshiping and working together for peace, truth and justice for all.
                                        Pastor Janice

Please note changes in worship times for
Palm Sunday and Easter.
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
7:30 p.m.
A dramatic service of
Tenebrae, Communion, Choral and Handbell Music
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
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

Sunday Nights from 7-8:30 PM
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 7 thru 12.
Changes have come to St. John's Youth
Being that 2 of 3 school districts in our area consider 6th grade as Middle School,
then I believe it's time we do the same. 
St. John's Youth Group - 6th thru 12th Grades. 
Welcome to all our 6th graders!!!  
This week at YG!
Do you have the correct question?? 

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

A big thank you to everyone who made
Fat Tuesday 2019 a success!!!!
Great time was had by all!!
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


If you've been thinking about signing up for this,  

now is the time!

  • May 4, 2019
  • Bus will leave from St. John's at 8:45 AM and return around 6:30 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 is due NOW.
  • 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!
Believe it or not, we are already thinking ahead to R.I.S.E. Sunday 2019. We are in need of people to fill leadership roles for specific projects, as well as handling clean-up and delivery of items made for R.I.S.E. Sunday. Contact Lara Bolte at or 215-357-6998.

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
March 24th all volunteers are asked to meet in the library after you attend service. Sharon Byle will be there after each of the services.  We will go over in detail the volunteer job details, make sure everyone has all their forms turned in and go over any questions.  If you are not available on the 24th, please let Sharon know at or 610-888-1329.

2 more ways to help:
  • At 10am on Friday March 29th a couple people are needed to sort and verify that we have all the linens we need and stored for use during hosting.
  • 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.

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.  You may register at the sign-up table in the narthex or 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 a new group.

  • Weekly meetings are Tuesdays, from 6pm to 7:30pm in the Grace CafĂ©.
  • Just go to 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 or call the church office for more information.
We are working to create a St. John's Network Directory of goods and services provided by St. John's members (and regular attenders) in their business lives.
  • The goal is to help members and regular attenders who wish to patronize the businesses of their church family.
  • The ultimate format of this directory will depend upon the number of entries we receive.
  • If you own or manage a business or provide a good or service, we invite you to complete the form below. You may also fill out the form in Sunday's bulletin and place it in Lara Bolte's mailbox (by the church office) or email the information to her at

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.

Sock It To Me Sundays
Sunday March 17th thru 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.

Saturday, March 16
8 AM
Fellowship Hall
All men invited. 
Please sign-up on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex or email Ed Campbell at
Tuesday, April 2, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM in the Church Parlor.

Her name is Dinah, in the Bible her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that tell of her father, Jacob, and his 12 sons.  Dinah's story reaches our from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate connection with the past.

All are welcome.  Please join us.   
Leaders Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell
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.  

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.