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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Calendar
Prayer List
Sunday School
Bible Studies
Text Giving
Amazon Smile
Living Nativity Photos
Warrior Coffee
Pastor's Reflection
Snow Policy
Youth Group
Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper
Fellowship, Fun, Study
Book Club
Music Ministry
Game Night
Line Dancing
Sight & Sound Lunch Trip
Divorce Care
Helping Hands
Table Talk
Souper Bowl Sundays
UMM Breakfast
Red Bird Trailers
Eastwick Thank You
Prayer Shawl Ministry
   
JOIN US FOR
WORSHIP  
  
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Traditional
 
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
  
THIS SUNDAY, 
February 3, 2019
Holy Communion

Sermon Series: 40 Days of Prayer  
Pastor Janice's sermon  
"Praying in Five Dimensions"
Romans 8:9b-17 

215-357-6998
 
CHURCH HOURS
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM  
 
 
January 13, 2019

THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR
Thursday, January 31
6:45pm
  NO Ring of Faith
 
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
8:00pm
  NO Adult Choir
 
Sunday, February 3
9:00am
Sunday Morning Study  
 
9:15am
  Children's Sunday School
 
10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School
 
11:30am
  Joyful Voices
 
12:15pm
  Holy Handbells
 
5:00pm
  Youth Choir
 
7:00pm
  NO Youth Group
 
Monday, February 4
6:30pm
  Girl Scout Troop 2395 Meeting
 
6:45pm
  Bible Study
 
6:45pm
  Celebration Ringers
 
Tuesday, February 5
5:45pm
  GENesis Bells
 
6:00pm
  Divorce Care
 
7:00pm
  Praise Band Rehearsal
 
7:00pm
  Table Talk
 
7:30pm
  AA
 
Wednesday, February 6
10:00am
  40 Days of Prayer
 
6:30pm
  40 Days of Prayer
 
6:45pm
Line Dancing  
 
7:00pm
Bible Study  
 
Thursday, February 7
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!

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 The Wired Word
led by Eileen Phillips
2nd and 4th Sundays
10:30 AM
Parlor
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

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!

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) 

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.
Pastor Ruth

  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 Cafe.
The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship and refreshments. 
UMC LINKS umc logo
 
  
  
January 31, 2019
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
 
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.
                                                                       
                                     Pastor Janice
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.
YOUTH GROUP
 
Sunday Nights from 7-8:30 PM
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 7 thru 12.

NO Youth Group Tonight
Enjoy the Superbowl! 
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Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, February 11th
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!
_____________________________________________
 
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

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.
SMALL GROUP STUDY

New Small Goup!
FELLOWSHIP, FUN, & STUDY
 
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 hgutsch@gmail.com or Ashley Zesinger at 407-461-1165 or atzesinger@gmail.com.

BOOK CLUB

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
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.
Please contact Roy Nelson, at 215-355-7596, Roynel@aol.com for more information or
Click here to view our web-site.  
ADULT/FAMILY MINISTRY
  UNPLUGGED:  
GAME NIGHT

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
Fellowship Hall
Next Session - February 6th - Weather permitting
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!

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!

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 CafĂ©.
  • 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 sarah@ifloyd.com or call the church office for more information.
St. John's  
Helping Hands
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! 
UMW/UMM
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.
Thank you,
The United Methodist Women

UNITED METHODIST MEN'S BREAKFAST

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH  
8 AM
Fellowship Hall 
   
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 edcampbell6@aol.com. 
 
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.

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.