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Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
July 28, 2019
"Lord, Teach Us to Pray"
Luke 11:1-13

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, July 25
  Vacation Bible School
Friday, July 26
  Vacation Bible School
  VBS Closing Program
Sunday, July 28
  Children & Youth Sunday School
Tuesday, July 30
Wednesday, July 31
District CSM Meeting  
Thursday, August 1



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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
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sign-in sheet during worship and we'll be sure to update your information in our files.
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The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship and refreshments. 

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.

                     Prayer Shawl Blessing Service

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July 25, 2019
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

The following is a statement from our Conference's Commission on Religion and Race.

I pray that all of us, people of faith, will do everything in our power to support policies that "affirm ALL persons as equally valuable in the sight of God," and speak out against "policies, attitudes and/or behaviors that accept the assumptions of a racist value system and that maintain the benefits of this system" as per our Social Principles ("Rights of Racial and Ethnic Persons"), paragraph 162 in the 2016 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church.
                                          Pastor Janice 

                                                                       July 24, 2019 
A Statement and Call to Respond to
Racism in Our Current Political Discourse

Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves? I do.

"The Renunciation of Sin" is a fundamental promise in The United Methodist Church's covenant of baptism and membership vows.

Stoking racist fears and slandering sisters and brothers of color are indeed evil sins that we are called to resist. Are we, as a nation, not better than this? Are we, who profess to be disciples of Jesus Christ and followers of his teachings, not better than this? And should we not demand more civility and fair-minded integrity of our elected leaders-especially of one whose responsibility is to represent the cherished values of our nation on behalf of all Americans?

It is dishonest, hypocritical and repugnant to claim that four racial-ethnic women who were elected to represent their diverse constituents in Congress "hate America" and are "incapable of loving America," merely because they criticize administration policies, priorities and actions. Such a claim is itself un-American.

Watching our highest elected official revel in hate-filled chants of "Send her back!" and then condone those chants as patriotic should chill all of us to the core. These intemperate sentiments are deplorable, and they are proving to be dangerous.

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Commission on Religion and Race stands in solidarity with all those who condemn our U.S. President's racist tweets and racist policies, practices and public statements. We stand in solidarity particularly with the combined statement of protest issued last week by leaders of three of our denomination's general agencies.

"As Christians and general secretaries of United Methodist Women , the General Board of Church and Society and the General Commission on Religion and Race , we call on United Methodists to live out our faith by speaking out against the racist ideas and language in our political discourse."

- Harriett Olson, General Secretary, United Methodist Women
- The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary, Church and Society
- Erin Hawkins, General Secretary, General Commission on Religion and Race

With urgent concern for the health and wholeness of our nation, we challenge all persons, churches and communities of faith to do likewise. May we be reminded of our United Methodist Book of Resolutions statement #3371: A Charter for Racial Justice Policies in an Interdependent Global Community*:

Because we believe:

That our strength lies in our racial and cultural diversity and that we must work toward a world in which each person's value is respected and nurtured;

That our struggle for justice must be based on new attitudes, new understandings and new relationships and must be reflected in the laws, policies, structures, and practices of both church and state

We commit ourselves as individuals and as a community to follow Jesus Christ in word and in deed and to struggle for the rights and the self-determination of every person and group of persons.

In other words, we must speak out!

The Commission on Religion and Race (CORR)
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference,  
The United Methodist Church
Rev. Susan Worrell and Rev. Alicia Julia-Stanley,  

CORR Members: Rev. Olivet Brown, Rev. Tracy Ann Duncan, Rev. Diana Esposito, Mr. Dennis Fisher, Ms.Gladys Hubbard, Rev, Robert Johnson, Rev. Hun Ju Lee, Ms. Marsena Mungin, Rev. David Piltz, Rev. Dr. Deborah Tanksley-Brown, Ms. Susan Kepner, Rev. Dr. Anita Adams Powell (Ex-officio), Mr. John W. Coleman (Ex-officio), Rev. Alicia Julia-Stanley and Rev. Susan L. Worrell

(*To learn about our definitive understanding of and position on racism, see the UMC Social Principles , para. 162A, "The Social Community: Rights of Racial and Ethnic Persons.")

Kids Church News......

One Room Sunday School until the Fall.  
Please go directly to Fellowship Hall for Kids Church.  
9:15 Sunday School will not be available through the summer.  We invite you to our 10:30 Sunday School.

We still need help leading one-room Sunday School...
Please use the sign-up sheet on David Bigam's door to pick a Sunday.  David is always there, as well.
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 6 thru 12.
Keep your eyes open for special emails regarding trips we will be taking this summer during the week. 
New 6th graders are invited to participate this summer.

Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, August 12th
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

All are invited to join us for our
Closing Program on Friday, July 26 at 7 PM
A heartfelt THANKS to all of St. John's who helped make this year's mission trip an amazing, safe, and miraculous success!!!! We could not have done this without all of you!
And another huge THANKS go out to the youth and adults who were part of this year's team!
Thanks so much for making this an unforgettable witness as all of you were true Disciples of Christ!

Tuesday, August 6  
10:00 AM and 7:00 PM  
in the Church Parlor.   
The Song of the Jade Lily
by: Kirsty Manning 
A gripping historical novel that tells the little-known story of Jewish refugees who fled to Shanghai during WWII.
  All are welcome to join us!
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.

Back to School Drive
Help us send local kids back to school
with pride and confidence!
Please donate NEW backpacks (please no used purses, briefcases, etc.) and school supplies. Place items in boxes in the Narthex by July 31.
Backpacks and school supplies can be kept separate. Family Service will organize putting the supplies in the backpacks.
Suggested Supplies
New Backpacks
Lunch box/bag
Pencil box/pouch
Pencil sharpener
Colored pencils
Pink erasers
Glue sticks
Pocket folders
Dry erase markers
Multi-subject notebooks
Composition notebooks
Index cards
Loose-leaf paper
Book covers
3-ring binders
USB/flash drive

Questions? Please call Amy Scarlett at 610-322-2276. Thank you!

August 26  
6:30-8:30 PM - Library 
St. John's Ivyland
You may register online at
There is a $5 fee for materials.  For further information, contact Ruth Portzline or Chaplain Erin Maurer or go to

Weekly meetings will begin again in September.  
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

Our next hostings are September 8-15  
and November 10-17.   
In preparation we will have a training seminar on  
August 25th from noon-2pm in Fellowship Hall.
If you are a volunteer that has not attended a training seminar or a new volunteer, this is a requirement of volunteering. Those who have attended one in the past are welcome to attend again, it is led by our local director instead of a national one, so it will be more relevant to our procedures and shorter!.  
Please sign up on the bulletin board outside Grace CafĂ© or   click here - SignUp Genius
A sign up for the September hosting week will be available next week.
Sharon Byle is also looking for a co-leader to assist her with this ministry. Please let her know if you would like to help.