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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Calendar
Prayer List
Sunday School
Bible Studies
Text Giving
Table Talk
Red Bird Trailers
Ronald McDonald House Tabs
Eastwick Food Bank
Warrior Coffee
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Thank you
Pastor's Reflection
St. John's Kids
Youth Group
Vacation Bible School
ASP News
Flea Market
Monday Night Bible Study
Book Club
GriefShare
Divorce Care
Northampton Day
Hearts for Mission
UMW Spring Banquet
35th Chicken BBQ
Ingathering Update
Family Promise
Music Ministry
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 28, 2019

"What if You Have Doubts?"
Pastor Janice
8:00 am & 9:15 am
 
Confirmation will be celebrated  
at 10:30 Service
   
"It's What's in the Middle"
David Bigam,
Director of Children and Youth Ministries

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

THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR

Thursday, April 25
6:45pm
 Ring of Faith

7:30pm
 Al-Anon

8:00pm
 Adult Choir

Friday, April 26
5:00pm
 Julie Yerkes Wedding Rehearsal

6:00pm
 Confirmation Dinner & Rehearsal

Saturday, April 27
4:30pm
 Julie Yerkes Wedding

Sunday, April 28
9:00am
 Sunday Morning Study

9:15am
 Children's Sunday School

10:30am
 Adult Sunday School

10:30am
 Children & Youth Sunday School

11:30am
 Joyful Voices

12:15pm
 No Holy Handbells

6:00pm
 Youth Choir

7:00pm
 Youth Group

Monday, April 29
6:30pm
 GriefShare

6:45pm
 Bible Study

Tuesday, April 30
5:45pm
 GENesis Bells

6:00pm
 Divorce Care

7:00pm
 Praise Band Rehearsal

7:00pm
 Table Talk

7:30pm
 AA

Wednesday, May 1
6:30pm
 UMW Spring Banquet

7:00pm
 Bible Study

Thursday, May 2
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

(Click for more information)
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) 
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.


  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 Café. 
 
   
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.

                     March 24, 2019 Prayer Shawl Blessing Service
                   

click to view the thank you letter
UMC LINKS umc logo
 
  
  
April 25, 2019
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
            I've been reading a wonderful little devotional book that focuses on stress & anxiety ("Less Fret More Faith") by one of my favorite Christian authors - Max Lucado. I really like the way Lucado organizes his thoughts and I also like his down-to-earth writing style.
            This morning, this is what I read: "worry is the interest we pay on the prayer-less life. Worry happens when we keep our problems to ourselves or present our problems to the puny deities of money, muscle, or humankind. Peace happens when we pray ... even before our prayers are answered our hearts begin to change." And isn't that the truth??
            I don't consider myself to be a "major" worry-wart. But I DO have my moments, what about you? Whenever I decide to truly stress out about something, I can not only lose sleep over it, but it can also be a pervasive theme throughout my day - a theme that I just can't seem to kick. It can cause me to not laugh as often, and to not fully enjoy whatever the day has to offer - all because a sense of doom and gloom just seems to hover over everything.
            Lucado says, and I believe it, that the United States is now the most anxious nation in the world (congratulations to us!). And then he asks the question: "how can this be? Our cars are safer than ever, we regulate food and water and electricity ... most Americans do not live under the danger of imminent attack ... Citizens in other countries experience one-fifth the anxiety levels of Americans, despite having fewer of the basic life necessities ... Something about our particular way of life ... is making us less calm and composed."
           WOW! That is quite a revelation, don't you think? And don't you wish we could identify whatever that illusive thing (or, more likely, things) is that causes so much stress and anxiety in our lives?
             However, he reminds us that there is help for people like us. And it has to do with prayer and meditation on God's Word (Philippians 4:4-8)
             "Rejoice in the Lord always ... Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
             So we 1) remember God's goodness and give him praise, 2) we ask him for help, 3) we leave our problem/worry with him, and now there is one final but important step:
             "...whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely ... if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things."
               So, in other words, focus your thoughts on good and positive things rather than whatever was causing you stress. By God's power, we CAN find that peace that passes all understanding.
                                                                                 
Pastor Janice
ST. JOHN'S KIDS NEWS

 
This week in Kids Church......

Birds come in all different kinds of shapes, sizes and colors.  But wouldn't it be weird if a bird brought you food to eat? That's how God provided in the Bible, God's special book.  The Bible is one-way God shows us he provides for us.  Plus, here's something else God provided:  himself! 
He's here right now, ready to talk to you!
Let's talk with God now.

1 Kings 17:1-6
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.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
12 CONFIRMANDS!!
Please come out Sunday night and celebrate
with our newly confirmed 7th graders.  
Hand prints will go on the wall!
 
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Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, May 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!!!!
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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!
_______________________________________________

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 for 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.

T-shirts are here.  Please pick-up if you ordered one.
$16.00 Cash or Check payable to St. John's.
SPRING CLEANING
FLEA MARKET
at the St. John's Chicken BBQ

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019
10 AM - ? pm
Open to Everyone!

Spaces are $10.00

Limited Space Available.
Just $10.00 for a table, if you need it!

Call or email David Bigam, 215-357-6998, dbigam@gmail.com

Proceeds from table and space, benefit the St. John's ASP Team.

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

6:45 PM
Fellowship Hall
Next Session - May 8th (Please note change of date)
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!

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.

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 this group.
  • Weekly meetings are Tuesdays, from 6pm to 7:30pm in the Library.
  •  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.
  • Video #1 starts on May 21 at 6 pm.  We will have the video at 6 pm, dinner at 6:45pm, and discussion at 7:15pm.  Past members may join us after the video each Tuesday.
  •  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.
NORTHAMPTON DAY
May 5, 2019
10 am - 4 pm
 
St. John's will again have a table at Northampton Day on Sunday, May 5, from 10 am - 4 pm. (Of course, this would be after you have attended one of our worship services here.) This is a wonderful opportunity for us to be a presence in our community and to tell everyone why
WE LOVE OUR CHURCH . We need volunteers to be there to talk about St. John's! If you would like to be a part of this mission opportunity, contact Pastor Ruth.
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.
  • 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


UMW SPRING BANQUET
Wednesday, May 1st
6:30 p.m.
Meet Amelia Earhart

All Women Are Invited!
Free Will Offerimg

Please use the Sign-up Sheet on
UMW Bulletin Board.
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 !!!
UMW INGATHERING 
The East District of the United Methodist Women held its Ingathering  on Saturday, April 13 at the Janes Memorial United Methodist Church in the Germantown section of the city.  Our unit participated in the "Walk for Missions" and learned about some of the history of the area on the walk  as well as making a monetary donation.  We delivered the donated clothing collected here at St. John's Ivyland.  The items went to United Methodist Neighborhood Services.   
Thank you to all who made a donation. 
FAMILY PROMISE
FAMILY PROMISE
Thanks to all the volunteers that gave up their time and talents to help the Family Promise guests find comfort, food and shelter within our walls. The week ran pretty smooth and I have heard there are other families waiting for their clearances. This ministry is needed and it looks like it is on the road to helping many families to come! Our next hosting is September 8th-15th, mark your calendars.
 
Any volunteers that have not attended a Family Promise training seminar should attend one before our next hosting.

The next opportunity for training is:
 
Date: Monday, May 13th
Location: Assumption BVM Church (1900 Meadowbrook Rd, Feasterville, PA 19053)
Time: 7-8:30 pm in the AMC room (former library)
To register (by May 10th): contact Rose Jacobs,  r1jacobs@verizon.net, 215-364-8131 or Jessica Schwartz,  Director@fplb.org; 215-943-0402.
 
Family Promise of Lower Bucks has many fundraisers that you maybe interested in, follow their Facebook page to see what event is next. (this section can only be placed in the paper bulletin-please clear with Pastor Janice to make sure it is not against Policy since it is a form of gambling)
The current fundraising effort is a car raffle, those interested in purchasing a ticket for $25 for a Toyota Corolla, drawing on June 15.  Please contact Maryanne Cahill at familypromiselb@gmail.com for full details.

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.  
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.