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Join us for worship
Thanksgiving Eve Service
New Member Sunday
Calendar
Prayer List
Text Giving
Choir News
Divorce Care
Warrior Coffee
Table Talk
Drive Thru Prayer
Amazon Smile
Pastor's Reflection
Commitment Cards
Sunday School
Christmas Eve Pageant Signup
Youth Group
Bible Studies
Advent Study
Book Club
Hunterdon Hills Trip
Wednesday Walkers
Line Dancing
Heifer Project
Angel Tree
UMM Breakfast
Turkey Drive
Drive Thru Living Nativity
   
JOIN US FOR
WORSHIP  
  
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Traditional
 
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
  
THIS SUNDAY, 
November 11, 2018
New Members Sunday 

"A Lesson In Giving"
Pastor Janice 
    Mark 12:38-44     
 
215-357-6998
 
CHURCH HOURS
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM 
 

THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE
Wednesday, November 21st
7:30 PM
"New Member Sunday"
is this Sunday, November 11, 2018
 
THIS WEEK'S 
CALENDAR
 
Thursday, November 8
6:45pm
  Ring of Faith
 
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
8:00pm
  Adult Choir
 
Sunday, November 11
  Heifer Living Gift
New Members Sunday
 
9:00am
 
Sunday Morning Study  
 
9:15am
  Children's Sunday School
 
10:30am
  Adult Sunday School
 
10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School
 
11:30am
  Joyful Voices
 
12:15pm
  Holy Handbells
 
6:00pm
  Youth Choir
 
7:00pm
  Youth Group
 
Monday, November 12
6:45pm
 
Bible Study - Eternity is Now in Session  
 
6:45pm
  Celebration Ringers
 
7:00pm
  Leadership Board meeting
 
7:00pm
  Trustees
 
Tuesday, November 13
10:00am
  Prayer Shawl Ministry
 
5:45pm
  GENesis Bells
 
7:00pm
  Naomi Circle
 
7:00pm
  Praise Band Rehearsal
 
7:00pm
  Table Talk
 
7:30pm
  AA
 
Wednesday, November 14
10:00am
  Rebekah Circle
 
1:00pm
  Joanna Circle
 
7:00pm
  Bible Study
 
7:00pm
  Special Needs Dance and Bingo
 
7:00pm
 
Book Club  
 
Thursday, November 15
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.
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

MUSIC
CHOIR NEWS
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.
 
MISSIONS
Red Bird Trailers  
Are Open Daily
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Drop off Donations of clothing and household items to the trailers located in the back of the church parking lot.  

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.                                         
PHOTOS
 
R.I.S.E. SUNDAY

Thank you to Richard Smith for taking so many great pictures of this awesome day!
Blessing of the Animals
September 23, 2018 
What a wonderful day we shared here at  
St. John's giving thanks for God's creation and celebrating His gift of creatures,  
great and small!  
 

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) 
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 Café.
  • Just go to divorcecare.org and put in our church zip code 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.

 
If you would like to purchase Warrior Coffee, 
  order forms are available in the Grace Café.
Thank you for helping to fight for what's right
  one cup at a time!
The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship and refreshments. 
 Join the Conversation!  Bring a Friend!
 
St. John's    
Drive Thru Prayer 
will resume in the Spring! 
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!

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November 8, 2018
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
            Safety and prevention are always good things. Most of us try, as best we can, to protect ourselves and our loved ones against accidents, illness & other things that could potentially cause us harm.
            In fact, after much research, I recently decided to splurge and buy myself the most amazing gadget ever - an Apple Watch - primarily as a safety device lol. Yes, it was far too expensive, but the amazing thing is that this watch is not only a watch - in fact, keeping time is probably the very least of its functions. It also keeps track of your steps, your exercise, and how long you've been standing or sitting. It gives you access to your emails, your text messages, your calendar, the weather, and your alerts. But what it ALSO does is to monitor your heart rate and rhythm (it will even run an EKG if you ask it to) and it will alert you if there is an abnormality. With apps, it will monitor your blood sugar and your blood pressure. It has "breathe" function which reminds you several times a day to stop what you're doing and focus on deep breathing exercises. And, of course, it has an "SOS" function where you can call for police if you run into trouble - in fact, it will detect if you have fallen, and it will ask if you are OK. If you don't click "I'm OK," it will automatically call 911 as well as your designated emergency contacts - AND it is equipped with a GPS so it will send your location to emergency personnel. Can you imagine?!
            Well, I apologize if I sound like a commercial for Apple, Inc., but I really do like this device. And the truth is that, in whatever way best suits each of us, we all tend to be very concerned about safety and prevention. We want to stay as healthy as possible - it's one of our priorities.
            But it seems to me that many people don't subscribe to that same philosophy when it comes to our spiritual lives, because, after all, we ARE primarily spiritual beings rather than simply physical beings, aren't we? And we really OUGHT to be concerned about the best ways to stay spiritually healthy, right?   And it stands to reason that the best way to do that is to spend some daily, scheduled time alone with God - in prayer and devotion. So find some devotional material that resonates with you - start, perhaps, by picking up a copy of The Upper Room in the Narthex, which has daily reflections and Scripture readings. Also find a small Bible study or Christian discussion group - it helps to get other people's perspectives on faith issues and to be in fellowship with other Christians. And commit yourself, of course, to weekly worship - our life together as a church family ALWAYS begins on Sunday mornings when the gathered community worships as one body. It's where we not only connect with God, but God connects with us and then sends us out to be His hands and heart in the world.
            Those are some thoughts and suggestions I will leave you with! See you on Sunday!
 
                               Many blessings!
                               Pastor Janice

Financial Commitment Cards

Oops!  Financial Commitment cards were inadvertently mailed without envelopes! 

Envelopes will be available on the welcome table in the narthex.  Additional cards and envelopes are also located in the pew racks.  

If you are mailing your card, the mailing address is:
St. John's United Methodist Church
820 Almshouse Road
Ivyland, PA 18974

Commitment cards will be received in worship on Sunday, November 18 but can also be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the office prior to that date.

CHILDREN  MINISTRIES


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. 

KID'S CHURCH REGISTRATION 
  If you have registered your children last year, then all you need to do is fill out the "short " registration form.  Those who have not registered, will need the long form.
Please help us to help your children have a safe and exciting time here at St. John's.
 
 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  

CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT
Sunday is the Last Day to Sign Up!
Any child age 5 years - 6th grade is invited to participate in the Christmas Eve Pageant at the 5:30 service. Sign up at the Children's Ministry table in the Education Wing.  There are speaking and non-speaking options.  
Parents who are available to help out may sign up as well.  
We need your help, parents.... 
 
Rehearsal schedule:
November 18 (Sunday)   5-5:45 PM         
Speaking parts only
 
December 2 (Sunday)      4:30-5:45 PM     
Speaking parts only
 
December 8 (Saturday)    9-11 AM
All children 
            
December 15 (Saturday)   9-11 AM
All children (Dress rehearsal) 
            
December 22 (Saturday) IF NEEDED 9-11AM

YOUTH GROUP
Youth Group 
Sunday Nights from 7-8:30 PM
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 7 thru 12.
  
Youth Group Sunday Night!

November 18

TURKEY BOWLING
Bring your best game!!!
7 PM
 
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14th Annual Special Needs Bingo and
Dance Night!
Hosted by St. John's Youth
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
7:30-9:00 PM
 
We need your help.  I have a signup posted on the bulletin board outside youth room!!! 
 _____________________________________________
 
Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, November 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
dbigam@gmail.com

BIBLE STUDIES

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
Church Library (by the Youth Room)
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.
ADVENT STUDY - BEGINNING 11/19
     The Gift of the Nutcracker

Do you think of Jesus when you ponder this ballet? Probably not.  But interestingly, the story resonates with strong parallels to Christianity. Stepping back, we can see that Clara represents humanity perpetually stuck in a stage of waiting. She is cherished by her godfather who gives her the gift of a toy who battles evil, only to be killed in the end and then brought back to life by the godfather himself. After his resurrection, the toy brings Clara to his kingdom, where his subjects have anxiously awaited his return. He greets them all for joy and cheer. Sound familiar?
 
The Gift of the Nutcracke explores three themes throughout four chapters, each focusing on a particular character from the story. In turn, each chapter applies lessons learned from the story to help us understand our walk as Christians and our relationship with Christ.    
Come, join with other members of the group as we await the coming of the King of kings this Advent season.
  • Monday evenings at 7 PM AND Tuesday mornings at 10 AM
  • Location: Church Parlor
  • 4-week study: 11/19, 11/26, 12/10, & 12/17 (no class 12/3)
  • Book cost: $10
  • Bring paper, pen, a Bible, and the book to each class
  • Sign-up sheet is on the yellow bulletin board by the Grace Café and online, or fill out the tear-off below and place it in the offering plate.
  • Sign up early so we can order your book!
  • Questions? Call Pastor Sue Czarnecki: 267-614-3603

BOOK CLUB
ST. JOHN'S BOOK CLUB
The next book club meeting will be Tuesday, November 27 at 10 AM and 7 PM in the Parlor.  
 
We will be reading Moloka'I, by Alan Brennert. This richly imagined novel, set in Hawaii more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place - and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. Moloka'I is the true-to-life chronicle of a people who embraced life in the face of death. Such is the warmth, humor, and compassion of this novel that few readers will remain unchanged by this story.

ADULT/FAMILY MINISTRY
HUNTERDON HILLS PLAYHOUSE TRIP!
We have reserved a block of tickets for Hunterdon Hills Playhouse Dinner Theatre's matinee production of
Christmas in the Air!
 
This luncheon show is Thursday, November 29, 2018 and is an original, holiday musical with songs, comedy sketches, dance numbers, and a live on-stage orchestra.
The cost is $92 per person and includes deluxe motor coach transportation, full course meal, dessert buffet, tax & gratuity. Bus leaves from St. John's at 9:30 AM.

We had a great time when we visited the playhouse last Spring and are excited to return! You can sign up for the trip in Narthex after church, or contact Lara Bolte ( stjadultministries@gmail.com or 215-357-6998).
Checks should be made payable to St. John's UMC and can be placed in Lara's Bolte's Mailbox near the church office or given directly to her.
Payment due by 11/21/18.
 
INTRODUCING:
WEDNESDAY WALKERS!
  • Weekly walking group!
  • Starting Wednesday, 11/14 at 10:00 AM
  • Meet in the Narthex.
  • We will walk outdoors on nice days, indoors on cold/inclement weather days
  • No need to sign up - just show up.
  • WALKERS OF ALL SPEEDS WELCOME!
  • Contact Lara Bolte with questions: 215-357-6998
 

1st Wednesday of each month -  6:45 PM
Fellowship Hall
Next Session - December 5th
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!

UMW/UMM
UMW HEIFER PROJECT SUNDAY

This Sunday,
 November 11th
8 AM - Noon
Narthex
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 $66,000 to Heifer. Thank you for your support!   If more information is needed, please call Rosemarie Malizia at 215 598 8567.
CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE 2018
Sunday November 11th - Sunday December 9th
This giving season is fast approaching and once again the United Methodist Women are decorating our St. John's Angel Tree with names for needy families in our Philadelphia and Bucks County area. 

Please consider taking a tag from the tree and return it to the Narthex with your unwrapped gift and we will do the rest.  Should you have a gift receipt, please attach it to your gift with tape.  This is a big help for the parents, should they receive duplicates or if there is a change in size.

Thank you for sharing in this wonderful tradition and may you all have a truly blessed Holiday Season.  Any questions, please contact Kathy Keppol at 215-357-7404.
UNITED METHODIST MEN'S BREAKFAST
Saturday, November 17, 2018
8 AM
Fellowship Hall

ALL MEN WELCOME!

See sign-up sheet in the Narthex
TURKEY DRIVE
TURKEY & "FIXINS" DRIVE FOR EASTWICK FOOD BANK
 
It is that time of year again to start planning for St. John's Thanksgiving Turkey drive for the benefit of Eastwick Food Bank, and this year, we are seeking donations for shelf-stable side items as well (stuffing mix, canned chicken broth, canned cranberry sauce, etc.) We are praying that you again will be able to help!
  • Bring in your frozen turkey and place in the freezer.
  • Bring in your "fixins" and place in one of the grocery carts (one in the hallway by the Narthex, one by Fellowship Hall)
  • Place "Free Turkey" certificates in the collection bags on the Missions Bulletin Board near the Sanctuary
  • Use the Special Offering Envelopes in worship to make a contribution toward the purchase of a turkey. Please write "Eastwick" on the envelope.
  • Turkeys and other food will be delivered on Monday, November 19th.
 
Thank you for your support and generosity!
 
LIVING NATIVITY

 St John's Christmas gift to our community!   
December 16, 2018     5 PM- 8 PM  
"Drive-Thru Living Nativity"
Experience the complete Christmas story as you drive through the church grounds!
Your time and talents are needed to make this a huge success!!
Stay tuned for additional information!