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Graduate Recognition
Pastor's Reflection
Annual Conference Report
St. John's Kids
Youth Group
Vacation Bible School
ASP News
Prayer Partners Needed
ASP Stock Sale
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 23, 2019
"A Letter to an Old Master"
Galatians 5:16-26
Rev. Paul Henry will be preaching
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 20
Sunday, June 23
  Children & Youth Sunday School
Tuesday, June 25
Wednesday, June 26
  Summer Sundaes & Study
Thursday, June 27



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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.
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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.    
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(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 20, 2019
            The general assumption is that people want lots and lots of choices these days. And I do believe that's accurate - up to a point. I have to admit that I often feel I've reached my saturation point when it comes to too many choices.
            I often tell people I am not a TV watcher. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. But I often think that part of the reason I don't watch TV very often is because there are simply too many choices and it causes me to spend far too much time trying to make a decision. Restaurant menus are another big problem for me. I recently went to a diner with my grandson and there were literally hundreds of choices, not to mention at about two dozen "specials." It was mind-boggling. It seems that I often make the choice one time - in other words, I end up with one or two items that I decide I like on a menu, and then I continue to order the same item every time I am there. Why is that? It could very possibly be because it saves me from having to choose over and over again.
            On the other hand, I think that having a limited number of choices is a good thing. If the only choice I have to make, for instance, is between traditional worship or contemporary worship, or between an 8 am, 9:15, or 10:30 service, I can easily do that. And I prefer having those choices; in fact, I like having those choices. But on the other hand, I was in the Las Vegas area once, and I had a really tough time deciding which service and even which location to go to for worship. After we decided on Central Christian Church, the next decision was between about 30 different options for weekend worship.
            So, speaking for myself, having choices is a good thing, but there comes a point when the choices become overwhelming, and I just want to go back to a more "simple" time - i.e, when the TV choices involved Channel 3, 6 or 10 (yes, I admit I'm OLD). But on the other hand, I want to give thanks for a simple choice I made a long time ago. I chose to follow Christ and to serve Him. And so did you.
Pastor Janice
Annual Conference Report  
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church was held this past July 13th, 14th, and 15th at the Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania.  It was attended by over 800 clergy and laity.  The theme for this year's conference was "Tell to the Coming Generations."  The purpose of the theme was to address declining church attendance by addressing how to increase the attendance of all generations.  Multiple clergy and laity, who were truly filled with the Holy Spirit, spoke at the conference.  As they spoke, it became abundantly clear that intergenerational, normal everyday conversation, in simple 1 on 1 settings are very important to establishing relationships.  After a relationship has been established, then the conversation about God will begin quite naturally; mostly without your effort and as the Holy Spirit directs.  This can be easy to do.  Just be out in the community as you normally would.  The simplest way to start can be by just saying to someone, "Hello, how are you doing today?" It's remarkable to see the look on some people's faces when it occurs to them that someone has taken a moment to genuinely express such a simple concern for their well-being.  At that point, circumstances permitting, either there will be a brief bit of conversation or it will be done. Either way, you have just given some of God's love to that person.  It's a great place to start.  That's all God needs.

Other business conducted at the conference included: clergy and laity delegates voting for the 2020 General and Jurisdictional delegates, various committee reports, voting on numerous resolutions and several worship services which included ones for: retiree recognition of clergy and laity, commissioning new clergy and laity and to remember clergy and laity "who have entered the church triumphant."
Denise Clark
Lay Member of Annual Conference

Kids Church News......

Summer Sunday School will meet at 10:30 and will be One-Room until the fall.  

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
30 Volunteers will be going to  
Guyan Valley, WV for this year's mission trip! July 6-13, 2019

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!

Wednesday evenings
June 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 2
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
Sessions are held on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 in
Grace Café until June 24th.
Sessions will begin again in August. (see schedule below)
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.
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 begin 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