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8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Praise and Worship
February 3, 2019
Sermon Series: 40 Days of Prayer
Pastor Janice's sermon
"Praying in Five Dimensions"
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM
Sunday, February 3
Children's Sunday School
Children & Youth Sunday School
Monday, February 4
Girl Scout Troop 2395 Meeting
Tuesday, February 5
Praise Band Rehearsal
Wednesday, February 6
40 Days of Prayer
Thursday, February 7
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All "Ongoing Prayer Concerns"
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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 email@example.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.
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 stjohnsivyland.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
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
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, email@example.com) if you are interested in joining an existing group.
- 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.
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 confidential.
If you have any questions about mobile or text giving,
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!
St. John's United Methodist Church - Ivyland - as your preferred charitable organization.
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)
DRIVE-THRU LIVING NATIVITY
A big thank you to everyone who was involved in the Drive-Thru Living Nativity this year. It was an awesome night ! More than 200 cars came to experience the Christmas story. We are already looking forward to next year.
Thank you for supporting the Village of El
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
Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to
God. And the peace of God, which
surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your
minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4: 6-7
In the same way that preachers always preach not only to the congregation each week, but also to themselves, I am currently leading two Forty Days of Prayer groups, and the lessons we are learning and practicing are renewing and reviving all of our spiritual lives, including mine. I've heard from so many people how very life-giving the study is so far.
Each day, we are asked to reflect deeply on one Scripture passage, write down what God is saying to us, and then to turn our thoughts into prayer.
One of the passages this past week was Philippians 4 (above). As I reflected on what God was saying to me, I thought of both the low-level and high-level anxiety we all live with for the simple reason that, deep down inside, there is a fear we all share. Sometimes it's on the back burner, other times it's like a neon light flashing before us. It's the reality that, despite our best distractions, we often have very little control over the "big" things in life - those circumstances that really throw us. Like a sudden serious illness, the loss of a job, a loved one walking out on us, a sudden financial collapse, the death of a loved one, our OWN impending death.
But God's Word makes an amazing statement: there is no reason to be anxious. God is greater than any calamity that could possibly happen to us. So if we will just be bold enough to skip the usual fretting and worrying, but instead immediately go to God in supplication and thanksgiving, that peace of mind that we want and need so badly is God's gift to us.
And I know from experience how true that is! It's happened for me over and over. Once I managed to calm myself enough to just sit quietly in God's presence, the result has ALWAYS been a peaceful kind of clarity that helps me not only know my next steps, but also gives me the assurance that whatever happens, everything will still be alright. The secret is to develop that mindset of immediately sitting in God's presence BEFORE doing what comes so naturally - engaging in worry and anxiety.
So that was my prayer focus for Day 3.
Close to 40 of us are on this 6-week journey of learning to communicate with God as a small group. We're focusing on speaking and listening to God more effectively. What we know is that amazing things really DO happen when people start to truly pray passionately from their heart.
I hope you'll continue to join us on Sunday mornings for "40 Days of Prayer" sermons. And I hope you'll take some time to reflect on God's Word each day and then turn your reflection into prayer.
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.
Sunday Nights from 7-8:30 PM
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 7 thru 12.
NO Youth Group Tonight
Enjoy the Superbowl!
Please contact David Bigam.
Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, February 11th
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!!!!
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
FAT TUESDAY 2019
March 5 - 5:30-7:30 PM
Pancake and Sausage Supper!
Tickets are STILL just $8.00 for Adults
and $5 for ages 5-12 Kids under 5 eat free!
Join us for Fun, Food, Fellowship
Live Music with the Jazz Sanctuary!!!
Proceeds benefit the Youth ASP Mission Trip
WINTER MY CALLING 2019
MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION TRIP
A fun time organizing the Thrift Shop at Holmesburg UMC.
New Small Goup!
With busy schedules and priorities that pull us in multiple directions, it's often hard to find a moment for ourselves to reflect, to pray, to study. If this describes you, this small group is your place to be. What better way to start 2019 than dedicating time for yourself to nurture your relationship with God with the support of others?
- We meet once a month
- Perfect for people who are new to small groups/Bible studies
- First meeting: Sunday, February 10, 6:45 PM
- Subsequent meetings will be held the first Sunday of the month
- Church parlor
- No pre-work necessary! DVD-based study
- No sign-up necessary - just show up and check it out
- Questions? Contact Heidi Gutsch at 215-534-6068 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Ashley Zesinger at 407-461-1165 or email@example.com.
ST. JOHN'S BOOK CLUB
Tuesday. March 5
10:00 AM and 7:00 PM
in the Church Parlor.
A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explore the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.
Leaders: Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell
MUSIC MINISTRY NOTES
All vocal and handbell choirs at
St. John's are open to anyone, young and old(er) who loves music.
There is no formal audition, and your participation in our Music Ministry is welcomed.
Sunday, February 24 - 5:30
Take a break from screen time and have some classic fun with board games and card games that you know and love, such as Uno, Yahtzee, The Game of Life, Clue, a jigsaw puzzle, and more! Meet some new friends as you rotate from game to game.
- Sunday, February 24 at 5:30 PM
- Fellowship Hall
- Fun for adults and teens
- Children's game program for K-6
- Dinner (Italian) will be provided - free will offering to be received
- Bring an appetizer, snack, or dessert to share (if able)
- Sign up in the Narthex
1st Wednesday of each month - 6:45 PM
Next Session - February 6th - Weather permitting
No experience necessary - come out and have fun!
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!
Coming in May
SIGHT & SOUND AND SHADY MAPLE!
Join us on Saturday, May 4 as we travel by luxury coach to Lancaster, PA. We will see the Sight & Sound Theatre's 11:00 showing of JESUS, then head to lunch at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, a Pennsylvania Dutch favorite!
- May 4, 2019
- Bus will leave from St. John's at 8:45 AM and return by 4:30 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 due at sign-up
- 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!
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 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office for more information.
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.
TABLE TALK - TUESDAY NIGHTS!
Join the Conversation! Bring a Friend!
SOUPER BOWL SUNDAYS
January 20 thru February 10
The United Methodist Women are once again collecting non-perishable can goods and boxed items to benefit the Warminster and Morrisville Food Banks. Please bring your items to church with you and place in the
Big Barrel with the
Huge Goal Posts. Make this year our best year. Your donation may be the difference between a warm dinner or a family going to bed hungry. For questions please contact Kathy Keppol at 215-357-7404.
The United Methodist Women
UNITED METHODIST MEN'S BREAKFAST
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH
This will be our 2nd Annual "Bring a Friend to Breakfast."
Our guest speaker will be Mr. Michael Kellerman,
CEO and President of the Village, founded as the Presbyterian Orphanage in 1877.
Please sign up in the Narthex or email Ed Campbell at email@example.com.
Red Bird Trailers are closed
for the winter.
Thank you for your support this year.
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.
if you are available to help.
Thank you for your support.
New members of the ministry group are always welcome; lessons and guidance can be provided for beginners and those with rusty skills.
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.