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Red Bird Trailers
Newtown Gun Violence Awareness Day
Family Promise
Weekly Reflection
St. John's Kids
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Adult Bible Studies
Book Club
Advent Studies
UMW Election Day Bake Sale
Divorce Care
Living Nativity
Hunterdon Hills Trip
CPR Certification
Memory Cafe
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
November 3, 2019
"Called to be Saints"
Luke 6:20-38
Pastor Janice 
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.
For more information about our Children or Youth Ministries, please contact Director,
David Bigam,   

Thursday, October 31
Sunday, November 3
Heifer Living Gift  
  Adult Sunday School
  Children & Youth Sunday School
Joyful Voices  
  Youth Choir
  Fellowship, Fun and Study
Monday, November 4
  Grief Share
  Celebration Ringers
Tuesday, November 5
  Municipal Election
  UMW Bake Sale
  Book Club
  GENesis Bells
  Book Club
  Praise Band
Wednesday, November 6
Youth Group  
UMW Team Meeting  
  Gospel of Matthew
Thursday, November 7
  Ring of Faith
  Adult Choir



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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.
Thank you!
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If you have any questions about mobile or text giving,
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Looking for a little inspiration during the week?  
Try an online devotional.    
(has many devotionals to choose from)
(Devotional for Women)
(Devotional for Men) 
The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship and refreshments. 
Order forms available in the Grace Café.
An order will be placed in late September..
Thank you for supporting the Village of El Naranjito in the Dominican Republic and   
"Fighting for What's Right One Cup at a Time."

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.

                     Prayer Shawl Blessing Service

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 needed now and throughout 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.

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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.
The Red Bird Trailers can always use bags of clothing.  We use the bags to cushion the furniture as the furniture is packed from floor to ceiling in the trailer.

November 10th
2-4 PM

Learn - Pray - Act
Honor those lost to gun violence, seek sensible gun regulation and eliminate illegal handguns from our community.

Event Program
2 PM - Educational forum & call to action at Newtown Friends Meeting House, 219 Court St. Newtown

2:30 PM - Witness Walk through Newtown to Macedonia Baptist Church, 218 N. State Street

3 PM - Remembrance service at Memorial to the Lost tee-shirt display on front lawn.

3:30 PM - Opportunity for advocacy activities and refreshments

Questions: Contact Heeding God's Call to End Gun Violence at 251-238-8550 or contactheeding@gmail
Sponsored by:  Newtown Friends Meeting, Macedonia Baptist Church, Presbyterian Women of Philadelphia,       St. Andrews Episcopal Church, St. Andrews Catholic Church, Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, The Peace Center of Bucks County, Congregation Beth El, Buddhist Sangha of Bucks County, Episcopal Church of the Holy Nativity, Congregation Kol Emet, Zubaida Foundation, Middletown Friends Meeting, Orange Wave for Gun Safety, Anti-Gun Violence Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of PA, Birmingham Friends Meeting.   


Our next FAMILY PROMISE hosting is November 10-17
  • Sign up at: Signup Genius
  • Or Call Sharon Byle or Amy Scarlett if you prefer not to do it on the computer
  • Current needs: Dinner Hosts and Overnight Hosts on Wednesday 11/13, Friday 11/15 and Saturday 11/16 and Overnight Hosts on Monday 11/11
  • This ministry needs you! Ask our current volunteers, this is easy and provides so much help to our guests. If you would like to join the volunteer team in helping with the guests, you will need clearances and training.
  • The next training is this Saturday 11/2 from 10:00-11:30am at Newtown Presbyterian Church (25 N. Chancellor St, Newtown, PA 18940)
  • Clearance links can be found here Clearance links make sure to keep a copy for any other volunteer organizations you work with.
  • No clearances? No worries, we have jobs for you too....set up/break down, shop and laundry!
Pictures are available in the Narthex

What a wonderful day it was giving thanks for all God's creation, and celebrating His gift of creatures, great and small!

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October 31, 2019
Daylight Saving Time Ends this weekend.   
Remember to turn clocks back one hour this Sunday!
Occasionally, and for no discernable reason except that I've always had allergy problems, I'll have a major sneezing attack. Despite the fact that I take Allegra every single day of my life, I'll start sneezing, and for the next five or ten minutes, there is nothing I can do to stop sneezing. My common sense tells me to sit down calmly with a big box of tissues and wait it out because it's totally out of my control.   And P.S. it's only by the grace of God that this has never happened on a Sunday morning!
And isn't that the way with so many things in life? A major storm pops up out of nowhere - there's thunder and lightning, the rain is coming down in sheets, and then the power goes out. Common sense tells us that there's nothing we can do except to sit down calmly and wait it out (of course, there's never anything wrong with prayer!) because we know that we have no control over that storm.
            But sometimes there's another type of storm that comes out of nowhere. It's a physical storm, or an emotional storm. In other words, some type of crisis hits and suddenly all you-know-what breaks loose. Common sense tells us that this storm, too, is out of our control. But how often does our common sense win? Not too often. Instead of sitting back calmly, waiting it out, praying, and trusting God (who is the only One with any control!), we begin to frantically attempt to get control. So we run ourselves ragged; we fret; we stew; we cry; we worry; we beat ourselves up; we lash out at others ... you know the kinds of things we resort to. For some reason, we forget that none of those strategies have worked for us in the past, so why should we think that they will work for us now?
            I hope and pray that the next time one of those other kinds of storms happen in ANY of our lives, that we'll take a moment to allow our common sense to speak to us. Let's try to sit back calmly, rest in God's hands, and wait that storm out. God is always in control, especially when we aren't.
                                        Pastor Janice
St. John's Kids News
10:30 Service Only 
All children please go to the Sanctuary first. 
You will then be dismissed to Fellowship Hall.

Youth - please go directly to the Youth Room for Sunday School

Leaders and Co-Leaders are always needed for our classrooms as well as Nursery.  If you feel called to help in these areas, please let me know!  Clearances are required! Please contact me anytime and we can talk. Thank you for your consideration...David Bigam or cell 215-206-6779;  
Church 215-357-6998 
We are proud to be bringing you this year's pageant...
"The Not-So-Silent Night"
Sign-up now for this year's Christmas Pageant!  
We have speaking and non-speaking parts.   
Sign-up sheet is on table in Education wing.  
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 6 thru 12.

Looking for something meaningful to do on
Wednesday nights?
That's right, it's now on Wednesdays!!!
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Join us for light snacks, a devo and fun.
Monday, November 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!!!!
Sunday Mornings at 9:15 - Room E

This week's topic is "The Holy Spirit"
Do we have what it takes?
And as always
Bring a Friend and Bring a Cn!

Have you HELPED anyone today?
Have you SAID SOMETHING NICE to anyone today?

David Bigam, Director of Children and Youth Ministries

Come Sing and Ring with Us!

St. John's Vocal Choirs provide opportunities for EVERYONE to be involved in music. From young children through adults, we have a place for you in our music program. Beginning musicians and experienced singers are welcome in our Vocal Choirs.
Joyful Voices: HELP NEEDED!
Children are urgently needed to join our Joyful Voices Choir!! At the present time, we only have seven children participating in the choir.  Any children grades K-4 are eligible to participate.  Rehearsals are on Sunday morning, following the 10:30 Worship Service.  Please, PLEASE consider having your child participate in the Joyful Voices choir.

For more information on our Vocal and Handbell Choirs, please contact:  
Roy Nelson, Director


Tuesday, November 5
10:00 AM and 7:00 PM
Church Parlor

Everyone is welcome.
Leaders: Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell
The story is set in the 1950s and revolves around a young woman named Kya Clark, who is from extremely rural North Carolina. Known by others as the Marsh Girl, she lives alone in nature but the draw of other people, and specifically love, brings her into contact with the greater world. This novel has a mystery at its core, but it can be read on a variety of levels. There is great nature writing; there is coming of age; and there is literature. Crawdads is a story lovingly told, one that takes its time in developing its characters and setting, and in developing the story.

Not a Silent Night
Begins Monday, November 11
at 6:45 PM

Carol Campbell & Barbara Schneider

Spend some time with Mary during this Advent season. In
Not a Silent Night, Adam Hamilton looks at Jesus' life through the eyes of his mother. Imagine what Bethlehem must have looked like from Mary's point of view. Focus your own gaze on the Savior she knew as her beautiful child! Beginning with the crucifixion and resurrection, then backtracking through Jesus' life and ministry, Hamilton paints a fresh and moving portrait of the Messiah's life in this 5-week Advent study.

Please sign-up by November 3rd. See sign up table in the Narthex.
Down to Earth
Tuesdays, November 26 to December 17
10 AM and 7 PM
Pastor Janice and Pastor Sue
More than 2,000 years ago a baby was born in a backwater village of the Roman Empire - and the world was changed forever! In this 4-week Advent video study, Mike Slaughter explores the extraordinary story of how the Son of God chose to become a lowly human. We are challenged us to respond during Advent with down-to-earth love, humility, and obedience.
Please sign-up by November 10th. See sign up table in the Narthex.  

Saturday, November 9th
(Note: Date Change)
8 AM - Fellowship Hall
All Men Welcome!

Sign-up sheet in the Narthex or email Ed Campbell at


Sunday, November 3rd &  November 10th
Narthex  8 AM - Noon

The International Living Animal Gift Market is now open. All manner of wonderful creatures can be purchased in the narthex November 4th and November 11th.  These gifts of animals provide an entire new way of life for the people who receive them. They provide food, income, health care & educational opportunities for poor families worldwide. Since 2001, St. John's through UMW has donated over $76,000 to Heifer. Thank you for your support!
If more information is needed, please call  
Rosemarie Malizia at 215 598 8567.


Election Day is Tuesday,
November 5th.

We will be seated in Fellowship Hall during voting hours selling baked goods. Please help out by volunteering to bake a few goodies or man the table for one 2 hour shift. 
There will be a sign up sheet on the UMW bulletin board.
As always, we appreciate the great support provided to us by our generous congregation.
Thank you. 
Any questions, please contact Kathy Keppol at 215-357-7404 or speak with any UMW Officer.

GriefShare 13 week Sessions  
Mondays from 6:30-8:30 
2019-2020 GriefShare Schedule:
  • September 9-December 2, 2019:  13 Week Session
  • Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m. until noon in the Library - Surviving the Holidays seminar
  • 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 materials.  For further information, contact Ruth Portzline or Chaplain Erin Maurer or go to

If you or someone you know has experienced separation or divorce, either recently or a long time ago, we want to invite them to this support group.
TUESDAYS, from 6pm to 7:30pm  
in the Church Library
A complete schedule by topic, more details, and sign-ups are at:
Fall Session: Sept. 17 to Dec. 17, 2019   
*No Class on November 5 
Spring Session: Jan 28 to April 21, 2020  
  • Each rotation lasts 13 weeks but you can join or miss anytime and make up sessions during the next rotation if desired.
  • There is a one-time $35 registration fee but scholarships are available. Payment is done in class, please sign up online so we can communicate with you. (Checks payable to: St. John's UMC)
  • No Childcare offered.
  • Our facilitators, Sarah Floyd and Donna Hartfeil can be contacted at:
Located at:
St. John's United Methodist Church 
820 Almshouse Road 
Ivyland, PA 18974
We meet in the church library classroom which is the first room on the left when you enter from the main parking lot which is on the left side of the church. Knock on the double doors on the side of the church. There are a few stairs up. If you cannot do stairs the leader will greet you and bring you to the handicap entrance.
Time to dust off your Christmas spirit!
St. John's Christmas gift to our community!
December 15, 2019   5 PM - 8 PM
"Drive-thru Living Nativity"
Last year over 100 members of St. John's family were involved in this wonderful event. We were all blessed to be able to give our gift of
The Drive-thru Living Nativity to our community.
Over 200 cars drove through to experience the Christmas story - complete with live animals.

Sign-ups sheets are available in the Narthex!
If you missed this outreach opportunity
last year, please consider participating this year.
We guarantee that you will be blessed!

Tuesday, December 17th

  • Bus leaves St. John's at 9:30 AM
  •  Matinee production of Our 2019 Holiday Musical,  a musical with songs, comedy sketches, dance numbers, and orchestra
  • $95 per person (includes deluxe motor coach transportation, full course meal, dessert buffet, tax & gratuity.)
  • Sign-up sheet in the Narthex, or contact Lara Bolte (610-945-5750 or
  • Sign up by 12/10. Payment due ASAP. Make checks out to St. John's and write "Hunterdon" in the memo line.
First Aid - AED Training

Dr. Andrew DeSaro will be offering an evening of CPR/First Aid/AED training

Tuesday, January 14th
6:30-9 PM
$35 per participant

Each participant will receive a book and will receive CPR certification.

Please sign up in the narthex ASAP!
Third Tuesdays
10 AM - Noon
Free to everyone

If you have a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or similar memory-related illness, we invite you to join us at the Twining Village Memory Cafe.   
Our Memory Cafe is a monthly get-together of people with memory loss and their friends and family members in a supportive, non-judgemental, compassionate and engaging environment.  
The cafe provides a place of warmth and friendship to socialize in a relaxed and less stressful atmosphere.  Our goal is simply to bring together people in similar situations to brain health as diet and exercise.  The bonds forged in memory cafes often are long-lasting, offering an additional resource for partipants.  
Our program is not a support, respite or educational group and does require caregivers to be present.  Its range of benefits includes positive change from your daily routine.  
In fact, the Twining Village Memory Cafe is a brief time to leave worries at home and simply enjoy yourself.  Activities include refreshments, crafts, games, sing-alongs, trivia programs and much more!
For more information, contact the Rev. Erin Maurer, Twining Village chaplain or Beverly Gowton, director of community life at (215) 396-7150.
Twining Village - A Diakon Lutheran Senior Living Community 
280 Middle Holland Road, Holland, PA 18966