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IN THIS ISSUE
Altar Flowers
Baptism of the Lord Sunday
Join us for worship
Calendar
Prayer List
Sunday School
Bible Studies
Text Giving
Warrior Coffee
Amazon Smile
Snow Policy
Pastor's Reflection
Advent/Christmas Schedule
Youth Group
40 Days of Prayer
Bible Study
Book Club
Painting Night
Divorce Care
Table Talk
Red Bird Trailers
Eastwick Thank You
Merry Christmas!
ALTAR FLOWERS FOR 2019

The following dates are still available to purchase altar flowers in honor of or in memory of loved ones. 
The cost is just $25 payable to St. John's UMC
(flower envelopes are located in pew racks).

January 13
January 20
March 3
March 10
August 25
September 22
December 8

Please let us know your preferred date/dates by replying to the church office at stjumc@aol.com

 
BAPTISM OF THE LORD SUNDAY  
will be celebrated on January 13, 2019
Remember Jesus' baptism and renew your baptism
at the altar rail. 
If you have never been baptized and would like be during this service, please contact the church office.
   
JOIN US FOR
WORSHIP  
  
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Traditional
 
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
  
THIS SUNDAY, 
4th Sunday of Advent

December 23, 2018
Services at 8:00, 9:15 and 10:30 AM
  
215-357-6998
 
CHURCH HOURS
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM  
 
PLEASE NOTE:
The church office will be closed  
12/24, 12/25, 12/26 and will reopen on  
Thursday, December 27 at 11 AM
 
New Year's Eve Hours: 
9-Noon  
 
New Year's Day  
Closed 
 
THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR

Thursday, December 20
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
7:30pm
  Ann's Choice Concert
 
Sunday, December 23
  4th Sunday of Advent  
Worship Services 8 am, 9:15 am, 10:30 am  
 
9:00am    
Sunday Morning Study  
 
9:15am
  Children's Sunday School
 
10:30am
  Adult Sunday School
 
10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School
 
11:30am
  No Joyful Voices
 
12:15pm
  No Holy Handbells
 
6:00pm
  No Youth Choir
 
7:00pm
  No Youth Group
 
Monday, December 24
 Christmas Eve
 
5:30pm
  Children's Pageant
 
7:30pm
Worship Service
Choirs 
 
9:30pm
Worship Service
Communion 
 
Tuesday, December 25
 Christmas Day
 
Thursday, December 27
6:45pm
  No Ring of Faith
 
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
8:00pm
  No 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.
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


 
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 20, 2018
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
            I think we all remember the camel in the snow several weeks back. His name was Einstein, and he was riding in a trailer that got stuck in the snow on Rt. 309 in that freak November snowstorm. He became a sensation overnight! Today I listened to a song written about him on YouTube - "Einstein the Snow Camel". Can you imagine?!
            Well, Einstein is one of the camels from the Peaceable Kingdom Petting Zoo. One of their other camels is named Percy, and Percy was one of the stars of the show this past Sunday evening at the Drive-Thru Living Nativity. He was almost as popular as the baby Jesus!
            After many long months of preparation - along with a lot of hard work, a lot of excitement, and many folk committed to making our first Living Nativity a success, we suffered what was almost a wash-out. It was a dreary, drizzly day. And then, just as predicted, the steadier rain arrived about 4 pm - just about an hour before going live. But, no worries! Thanks to a box full of disposable hooded rain ponchos, and a whole lot of enthusiasm, our Drive-thru Living Nativity attracted several hundred cars - despite the rain! I finished up my last shift as an angel, and I quickly jumped in my car and drove through myself. What a awesome experience of the birth of our Savior! What a great job our church family did! And what a wonderful gift to our community!
            Standing outside on a damp, cold, rainy, windy night is a fairly unpleasant thing - I think we would all agree with that. But the good news is that a lot of hearts were touched, and the fun and fellowship was contagious.
            Thank you to everyone who took part in Sunday's event. Whether you were part of the construction crew, the planning team, the costume designers, one of the characters, the kitchen crew, or someone who provided food and snacks for the participants, you made a difference to our local community. You gave witness to the love of Christ.
                                         Pastor Janice
ADVENT

2018 ADVENT/CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE

   
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
 

CHILDREN  MINISTRIES
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT
Last Rehearsal: Sunday, December 23  
following the 10:30 service.   
YOUTH GROUP
 
Sunday Nights from 7-8:30 PM
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 7 thru 12.
  
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
FUN FELLOWSHIP EVENING: PAINT NIGHT
Join us - and an art instructor from Art Dept. Newtown - for an evening of painting fun, good food, and fellowship. When the evening is over, you will have completed a 12x12 painting of two baby owls in winter.
  • Sunday, 1/27/19 from 4 PM to 6 PM
  • Fellowship Hall
  • $35 per person
  • Appropriate for adults and kids age 8 and up
  • Hoagies & drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring additional food to share if you desire.
  • Sign-up sheet in the Narthex
  • Place your payment (checks made out to St. John's) into the box in the Narthex.
  • Payment due by 1/14/2019
  • Contact Lara Bolte with any questions (215-357-6998; stjadultministries@gmail.com)
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! 
MISSIONS
Red Bird Trailers are closed for the winter.  
Thank you for your support this year.   
We will re-open in the spring of 2019.
   
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.                                         



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.  

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.  

The Pastors and Staff of St. John's wish you a joyous Christmas and
a Happy New Year!