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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Calendar
Prayer List
Sunday School
Bible Studies
Text Giving
Red Bird Trailers
Eastwick Thank You
Warrior Coffee
Amazon Smile
Snow Policy
Pastor's Reflection
Advent/Christmas Schedule
Advent Devotionals
Christmas Music Sunday
Drive Thru Living Nativity
Christmas Eve Pageant Rehearsals
Youth Group
40 Days of Prayer
Bible Study
Book Club
Wednesday Walkers
Divorce Care
Table Talk
   
JOIN US FOR
WORSHIP  
  
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Traditional
 
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
  
THIS SUNDAY, 
3rd Sunday of Advent

December 16, 2018
Christmas Music Sunday
2 services only at 9:00 AM and 10:30 a.m.
  
215-357-6998
 
CHURCH HOURS
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM  
 
 
THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR

Thursday, December 13
6:45pm
  Ring of Faith
 
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
8:00pm
  Adult Choir
 
Sunday, December 16
 3rd Sunday of Advent
  Music Sunday  
9:00 & 10:30 Worship Services
 
9:00am    
Sunday Morning Study  
 
9:15am
  Children's Sunday School
 
10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School
 
11:30am
  No Joyful Voices
 
12:15pm
  No Holy Handbells
 
5:00pm
  Drive Thru Nativity
 
6:00pm
  No Youth Choir
 
7:00pm
  NO Youth Group
 
Monday, December 17
7:00pm
  The Gift of the Nutcracker - Advent Study
 
Tuesday, December 18
10:00am
  The Gift of the Nutcracker
 
5:45pm
  GENesis Bells
 
7:00pm
  Deborah Circle
 
7:00pm
  No Table Talk - Will Resume January 8
 
7:00pm
  Praise Band Rehearsal
 
7:30pm
  AA
 
Wednesday, December 19
7:00pm
  Bible Study
7:30pm
  Salome Circle
 
Thursday, December 20
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
7:30pm
  Ann's Choice Concert

 

 

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.
SUNDAY SCHOOL

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!

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 The Wired Word
led by Eileen Phillips
2nd and 4th Sundays
10:30 AM
Church Library (by the Youth Room)
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, 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

MISSIONS
Red Bird Trailers are closed for the winter.  
Thank you for your support this year.  
Our final truck load of 2018 will depart  
St. John's around the end of the December.  Please do not drop anything off now.  
We will re-open in the spring of 2019.

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.                                         

 
If you ordered Warrior Coffee, it is available for pick up Sunday morning following both services in Grace Café.
The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship and refreshments. 
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) 
SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT!
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 https://smile.amazon.com, 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 smile.amazon.com
each time you shop and help make St. John's smile!

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.
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December 13, 2018
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
           I have a couple of friends with whom I usually plan some sort of pre-Christmas get-together. Sometimes it's been the Philly Pops Christmas concert, sometimes it's been Peddler's Village and the Cock 'n Bull Restaurant, other times it's been something else. This year, we started out considering the Philly Pops again, and then got stuck on where to go for dinner. Then someone suggested we go to New York to see the Rockettes. That idea floated around for a couple of weeks while we tried to decide whether we were driving or taking the train. Then there was a suggestion of the Christmas Village at LOVE Park, which resulted in trying to decide where to park - or should we meet up somewhere and take the train? Somewhere along the line, we then decided we'd just go out to dinner somewhere "interesting". First it was the Victor Café, then it was the Moshulu.
            Finally we did a 3-way call. Someone said, "Going into the city is a pain. Why don't we try to go someplace where we'll have no parking worries, and no decisions about trains? After batting that around for a bit, we decided on the Wayne location of the White Dog Café.
            Of course, dinner in Wayne is a far cry from a day in NYC, isn't it? And maybe we just decided to be take the lazy way out, that's true. I really LIKED the idea of NYC, but sometimes it's not such a bad thing to save yourself some time and stress, and settle for a simpler, less complicated alternative.
            These days, I find myself thinking that way about a LOT of the "hoopla" that surrounds the Christmas season. Sometimes it seems that there is so much to do, so much to accomplish, and so much to be involved in, and so much running around to do that it all begins to feel like a gigantic burden. Don't you feel the same way? Of course you do.
            So ... maybe this is the year to try to keep it as simple as we can. When God came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem, I doubt very much that the response He was hoping for had much to do with constant parties, frantic shopping trips, bargain-hunting, lawns and houses that look like winter wonderlands of lights, or maxed out bank accounts. I'm sure God loves to see his people celebrating together, but we want to keep in mind that God also wants us to step back from the craziness to allow some room in our hearts to savor the wonder, the majesty, and the sheer joy of what Christmas really means to us and to the whole world. So let's schedule ourselves some time to do that!
            I hope to see you on Sunday as we celebrate the 3rd Sunday of Advent! And don't forget about the Drive-Thru Living Nativity Sunday evening from 5-8 pm! What a wonderful opportunity to experience the glory of the Christmas story!
                                                                                     
Pastor Janice
 
ADVENT

2018 ADVENT/CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16th    
A service of Christmas Music presented by the Choirs
at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. only
(PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE)

Drive-Thru Living Nativity  
5:00 p.m. - 8 p.m.
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23rd
8:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship  

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24th
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
5:30 p.m. 
Children's Christmas Pageant 
Children's Choirs

 7:30 p.m. 
Youth Choir, Adult Choir and Handbell Choirs
 
 9:30 p.m. 
Christmas Eve Communion Service
Music Meditations
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30th
8:00 A.M., 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship 
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REMEMBER TO SUPPORT OUR  
ADVENT MISSION OFFERING  
 
YOUR ENVELOPE MAY BE PLACED IN THE MANGER
IN THE NARTHEX
 
Please make checks payable to:
St. John's United Methodist Church

   
St. John's 2018 Advent Mission Project 
Pravaham means "ever-flowing stream" and is a 12-month residential Christian training program in South India that prepares marginalized young women from the lowest caste - the poorest of the poor in India - to care for others as nursing assistants.  
 
Sarah Floyd and her 17-year-old daughter, Laura, traveled to Pravaham this summer to assist her 83 year old mother who has been a missionary and nurse-consultant to Pravaham for many years.  While there, they caught a vision of the life-changing work that's going on.  This program creates a self-sustaining well that changes lives and changes the entire community.
 
YOUR ADVENT MISSSION OFFERING ENVELOPE MAY BE PLACED IN THE MANGER IN THE NARTHEX.
 
PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO ST. JOHN'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
 


Our 2018 Advent Devotional are available in the Narthex.  Please be sure to get one for yourself and one to share with a family member or friend, as well!


MUSIC
 
Music Sunday
"A Christmas Music Celebration"
This Sunday, December 16, 2018
A service of Christmas Music presented by the Choirs at  
2 services only at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 
(Please Note Time Change)

LIVING NATIVITY

 St John's Christmas gift to our community!   
December 16, 2018     5 PM- 8 PM  
"Drive-Thru Living Nativity"
Experience the complete Christmas story as you drive through the church grounds!
 
HELP NEEDED!
ST. JOHN'S LIVING NATIVITY
We are asking for your help with the food for the night of our Living Nativity.  We want to have food and drinks to warm up the participants between their shifts out in the cold.  Our Refreshment Team has posted a list of items they are asking you to donate - there is a list on the bulletin board outside of the Grace Cafe as well as an online sign up: Sign-Up Here
Thank you so much for your help.
 
CHILDREN  MINISTRIES
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT
 
Rehearsal schedule:

December 15 (Saturday)   9-11 AM
All children (Dress rehearsal) 
            
December 22 (Saturday) IF NEEDED 9-11AM

YOUTH GROUP
 
Sunday Nights from 7-8:30 PM
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 7 thru 12.
  
YOUTH PROGRESSIVE DINNER
Saturday, December 15, 2018
4 PM

Youth Group will resume January 6, 2019

Have a Very Merry Christmas and
a Safe and Happy New Year!
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Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday,  January 14th
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

BIBLE STUDIES
COMING IN JANUARY
 
40 Days of Prayer
Throughout the 40 Days of Prayer sermon series and study, you will learn how to cultivate a powerful prayer life and experience breakthrough in your relationship challenges, financial difficulties, bad habits, health crisis, and many other areas of your life. 
    • 6-week small group study, 1/23 through 2/27
    • Led by Pastor Janice
    • To be offered on Wednesday mornings and Wednesday evenings
    • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. OR 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (choose one)
    • Workbook cost: $13
    • Location: Parlor (most weeks)
    • Sign up using the tear-off in bulletin or the sign-up sheet on the yellow bulletin board by the Grace Café
     
The Rock, the Road, & the Rabbi

In this study, Kathi Lee Gifford and her co-author, messianic Jewish Rabbi Jason Sobel, will visit sites in Israel and share fascinating background details that make the story of the New Testament come alive. As the authors reveal in this study, Jesus is indeed the Rock and the Rabbi whom we follow along this Road in life.
  • 6-week small group study, 1/14 through 2/18
  • Led by Carol Campbell and Barbara Schneider
  • Monday evenings at 6:45
  • Location: Parlor
  • Workbook cost: $8
  • Sign up using the tear-off below or the sign-up sheet on the yellow bulletin board by the Grace Café
 
ST. JOHN'S BOOK CLUB
Tuesday, January 22 
10 AM and 7 PM  
in the Parlor  
 
The One-In-A-Million By
by: Monica Wood 
The story of your life never starts at the beginning.  Don't they teach you that in school?  So says 104-year-old Ona to the 11 year-old-boy who's been sent to help her out every Saturday morning.  As he refills the bird feeders and tidies the garden shed.  Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Soon she is confessing she has kept secrets for decades.  We learn that the world can surprise us at any age, and sometimes sharing a loss is the only way to find ourselves again.
ADULT/FAMILY MINISTRY
 
WEDNESDAY WALKERS!
  • Weekly walking group!
  • Wednesdays at 10:00 AM
  • Meet in the Narthex.
  • We will walk outdoors on nice days, indoors on cold/inclement weather days
  • No need to sign up - just show up.
  • WALKERS OF ALL SPEEDS WELCOME!
  • Contact Lara Bolte with questions: 215-357-6998
 
OUTREACH
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 starting Tuesday, February 5th through April 30th from 6pm to 7:30pm in the Grace Café.
  • Just go to divorcecare.org and put in our church zip code 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 sarah@ifloyd.com or call the church office for more information.
TABLE TALK WILL RESUME ON  
JANUARY 8TH!