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Pastor's Reflection
St. John's Kids
Youth Group
Vacation Bible School
ASP News
Prayer Partners Needed
ASP Stock Sale
Movie Night
Summer & Sundaes Study
Book Club
Divorce Care
Sheets for Red Bird
Hearts for Mission
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
June 16, 2019
"Learning to Live Without Jesus"
Pastor Janice
John 16:1-15
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.
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,   

Thursday, June 13
  UMW Missions Team Meeting
Sunday, June 16
  Children & Youth Sunday School
Monday, June 17
  Bible Study - Movie
Tuesday, June 18
Deborah Circle  
Wednesday, June 19
  Summer Sundaes & Study
  Salome Circle
Thursday, June 20



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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
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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You will immediately receive a one-time registration link, then just follow the prompts to complete your donation!

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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. 
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.

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.

                     March 24, 2019 Prayer Shawl Blessing Service

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June 13, 2019
            It must have happened well over a year ago, although I never noticed. It was pointed out to me once when I was having my car serviced - "did you know you have a crack in your windshield?" "I do???" And it was true - there was a tiny crack just underneath the inspection stickers. "Well, what should I do about it?" "Well, it's small. It may just stay like that." Well, that sounded good to me, so I ignored it. Until last week, that is.
            As soon as I got in the car Tuesday morning, there it was. All of the sudden, the year-old tiny little crack was no longer tiny or little. Suddenly, like magic, it had grown to be at least ten inches long. Then I noticed it was a few inches longer by later in the day. And on Wednesday morning, it had grown a few more inches. Yikes. How in the world did that happen?
            I was instructed, via the insurance company app, to make an appointment with an autoglass repair company that comes to your house. And bright and early Monday morning, I received, via text, a photo of the technician along with a link so I could watch the repair truck driving to my house. And an hour later, I had a brand new windshield.
            It's a strange thing, though, the way that a tiny little crack in the glass suddenly, and without any warning, became a large crack that continued to grow and grow, almost by the minute. And once it started to grow, there was no stopping it. The more I think about it, the more I realize how that process happens in other ways as well. Sometimes a person might do one good deed or one kind act - something small and insignificant. But somehow there's a ripple effect that continues to grow and expand and makes the world just a little bit nicer. And the same is true for those times when someone speaks an unkind word or acts in a negative way toward another - a ripple effect also grows and expands, but this time, the world becomes just a little more unsettling.
            So there's my thought to ponder for the week. I hope you'll ponder it along with me.
                                          Pastor Janice

Kids Church News......

Beginning this Sunday, June 16  
Sunday School will meet at 10:30 and will be One-Room until the fall.  
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.  As always, David will be there as well...
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 6 thru 12.
Youth Group will be in hiatus for the summer while we re-charge our batteries to prepare for new curriculm for Jr. and Sr. high school Sunday School,
as well as new ideas for Youth Group!

If you have or would like to make suggestions regarding change, please feel free to drop me an email or text; better yet, come in and we can talk about it!

Keep your eyes open for special emails regarding trips we will be taking this summer during the week. 
New 6th graders are all invited to participate this summer.

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!!!!
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

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:
Registration - $15 per child or 
$30 max for families

For more information, please contact David Bigam
215-357-6998 or
July 22-26       9 am - NOON
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. 
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
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 is due NOW.  Your online and paper registrations are due now.   
Don't forget to have the paper notarized!  
Please pick-up T-shirt if you ordered one.
$16.00 Cash or Check payable to St. John's.
Our Youth Mission Trip this year is to Guyan Valley,  
West Virginia July 6th to 13th.  
There are 20 youth  going on the Mission Trip.     
We would like each of them to be covered in prayer.   
Prayer partners agree to pray for their participant each day of the Mission Trip and as they prepare for the trip.   
Prayer partners are also asked to send along small notes of encouragement for their participant to read during their time away.  Each prayer partner will receive an envelope  with their participants name on it.  You are asked to place your notes in the envelope
Please email Kim Smith at if you would like to be a prayer partner for one of our youth.   
Questions call Kim Smith  @ 215-738-9520.
Thank you for your support!
$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!
The Monday Night Bible Study is finishing our study of Paul.   
We will show the movie,
Paul, The Apostle,  
on Monday, June 17th, at 6:45 PM.  We are inviting everyone to come and watch it with us.   
Hope you will join us!

Wednesday evenings
June 19 & 26, 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!!

Tuesday, July 3
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.

GriefShare Monday Nights
GriefShare is a thirteen week, faith-based program for anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one. 
A combination of socialization/support, video, workbook, and discussion, each two hour session is designed to help those who are mourning to process their grief with others who share the burden of loss. 
There can be companionship on the journey through the wilderness of grief; no one has to grieve alone.
Sessions are held on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 in Grace CafĂ© from now until June 24th. 
2019-2020 GriefShare Schedule:
  • Monday, August 26th:  Coping With the Loss of a Spouse
  • September 9-December 2, 2019:  13 Week Session
  • Monday, December 16:  Coping with Loss During the Holidays
  • January 6-April 6, 2020 (no class 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 the workbook payable at the first meeting of each 13 week session.  For further information, contact Pastor Janice, Ruth Portzline, or Chaplain Erin Maurer or go to

Weekly meetings will be beginning again in September.  
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.
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