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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Calendar
Prayer List
Snow Policy
Altar Flowers
Pastor's Reflection
Advent/Christmas at St. John's
Advent Mission Project
St. John's Kids
Youth Group
GriefShare
Divorce Care
CPR Certification
Red Bird Trailers Closed for Winter
Eastwick Food Bank
Merry Christmas
   
JOIN US FOR
WORSHIP  
  
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Traditional
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
   
THIS SUNDAY  
December 22, 2019 
4th Sunday of Advent
"The Story of Joseph"
Pastor Janice
Matthew 1:18-25

215-357-6998
 
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM   
 
Christmas and New Year's  
Church Office Schedule:
Monday 12/23 
11 AM - 2 PM
 
Tuesday 12/24
9 AM - 11 AM
 
Church office Closed  
12/25 and 12/26
 
Friday 12/27
9 AM - 2 PM
 
Monday 12/30
9 AM - 2 PM
 
Tuesday 12/31
9 AM - 11 AM
 
Church office Closed 1/1
 
Thursday 1/2, Friday 1/3
9 AM - 2 PM  
   
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.
 
For more information about our Children or Youth Ministries, please contact Director,
David Bigam, dbigam@gmail.com   
THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR

Thursday, December 19
7:30pm
  NA
 
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
Saturday, December 21
7:00pm
  Blue Christmas Service
 
Sunday, December 22
9:00am
  Adult Sunday School
 
10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School
 
Tuesday, December 24
7:30pm
  AA
 
Thursday, December 26
7:30pm
  NA
 
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
Sunday, December 29
9:00am
  Adult Sunday School
 
10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School
 
Tuesday, December 31
7:30pm
  AA
 
Thursday, January 2, 2020
7:30pm
  NA
 
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
Sunday, January 5, 2020
9:00am
  Adult Sunday School
 
10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School
 
11:30am
 
Joyful Voices  
 
6:00pm
  Youth Choir
 
Monday, January 6, 2020
6:30pm
  GriefShare
 
6:30pm
  Girl Scout Daisies Meeting
 
6:45pm
  Celebration Ringers
 
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
10:00am
 
Book Club  
 
5:45pm
  GENesis Bells
 
7:00pm
 
Book Club  
 
7:00pm
  Praise Band
 
7:30pm
  AA
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
10:00am
  Rebekah Circle
 
1:00pm
  Joanna Circle
 
6:30pm
 
Youth Group  
 
7:00pm
  Gospel of Matthew


The Next Cornerstone will be sent out on Thursday, January 9, 2020.
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!
PRAYERS

 

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.
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.
 2020 ALTAR FLOWERS
Altar flower sign-ups for 2020 are now available on the bulletin board.  If you would like to place flowers on the altar, please put your name next to the date you would like.  The cost is $25.00
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 877-960-2396.
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

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) 
   
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.

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This has been a busy year for the Prayer Shawl Ministry! Since January, 54 shawls or lap robes have been distributed, 8 baptismal shawls presented, 4 prayer hearts (for those who already have a shawl) created, and almost 50 baby and child hats delivered.
 
 
 
Pictured are the latest group of hats which went to World Vision (4 child size) and The Baby Bureau in Warminste  r (14 baby size)  
 
 
Look for the nice thank you letter received from the The Baby Bureau on the prayer ministries bulletin board next to the Grace CafĂ©. 
 
 
The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship and refreshments. 
Thank you for
"Fighting for What's Right  
One Cup at a Time."
 
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December 19, 2019
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
Hallelujah! I'm ALMOST - but not quite - finished my Christmas shopping. For some reason, the whole idea always seems like such an overwhelming task for me, but I really, really dislike making decisions about what to get for whom. There are always so MANY choices, and I never quite know for sure that I'm making the right one. So I agonize for far too long, and then I agonize some more.
 
You'd think it would be relatively easy to shop for the grandkids! Well, it was one thing back in the days when I could at least be confined to one store (it was always Toys R Us). There were STILL way too many choices to make, but it was actually kind of fun to look around at all the dolls and toys. Now that they are older, it's all about clothes and electronics - not quite so much fun and way more expensive (I don't ever remember being quite so picky about my sneakers, do you?)
 
At any rate, I just have a few more items to purchase. No big deal. I've made a list - I'm checking it twice - and I am determined that by the end of this week, I will have made my very last purchase. And I'm looking forward to that moment because I just KNOW that a giant weight will be lifted from my shoulders. Then, and only then, will I really be able to sit back and enjoy the season. And as soon as I have that last package in my hand, I have big plans: I'm going to really and truly focus my thoughts and prayers on the coming of Christ and what that means to my life personally, and to ALL of our lives collectively. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm longing to let go of all of the busyness of the season and instead, be able to enjoy the much quieter gifts God has for us - wonder, peace, joy, and hope.
 
My prayer is that we are ALL just about done with the busyness of these past weeks so we can ALL sit back and allow God to speak to us and to bless us. I look forward to seeing you in worship this Sunday as we light the 4th and final Advent candle!
                                           Pastor Janice
2019 ADVENT/CHRISTMAS


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21st
Blue Christmas Service
7:00 p.m.
A time of worship and reflection, of healing and hope for those who are finding themselves in places of pain, loss, or discouragement during the holiday season
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22nd
8:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship
 
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24th
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
5:30 p.m.
Children's Christmas Pageant Children's Choirs
 
7:30 p.m.
Youth Choir, Adult Choir and Handbell Choirs
 
9:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve Communion Service
Music Meditations
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29th
8:00 A.M., 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship  
 
 
REMEMBER TO SUPPORT OUR ADVENT MISSION OFFERING
YOUR ENVELOPE MAY BE PLACED IN THE MANGER IN THE NARTHEX
 
Please make checks payable to St. John's United Methodist Church

St. John's 2019 Advent Mission Project 
More than 40 million Americans sometimes go hungry, including women, children, the unemployed, the working poor, seniors, and those who are homeless.
Since 1979, Society of St. Andrew has helped bridge the gap between the good food going to waste and the millions of Americans in poverty. SoSA saves and distributes 25-30 million pounds of fresh produce each year.
 
How Can We Help? - When we give, we offer health and hope for a better tomorrow. . For $150 you will be able to provide fruits and vegetables for one family for a year; for $50 - you can provide fruits and vegetables for one family for 4 months. Any amount will make a difference.
 
Please give generously this Advent. There are envelopes on the Welcome Table as well as on the table with the display for the Advent Mission Project. Please place your offering into the manger provided by Christmas Eve.

ST. JOHN'S KIDS
 
St. John's Kids News
This Week - Sunday School - 10:30 Service Only 
All children go directly to Fellowship Hall.
December 22 and 29 for One Room Fun!!!

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  
dbigam@gmail.com or cell 215-206-6779;  
Church 215-357-6998 
 
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We are proud to be bringing you this year's pageant...
"The Not-So-Silent Night"
 
St. John's Ivyland Kids
Christmas Eve Service - 5:30 PM
 
YOUTH GROUP
 
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 6 thru 12.


YOUTH GROUP
Wednesday Nights!
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Join us for light snacks, a devo and fun.

Youth Group will resume on January 8, 2020
Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe New Year!!!
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MORRISVILLE FOOD BANK MONDAY
Monday, January 13th
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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NO CONFIRMATION CLASS
Classes will resume January 5, 2020
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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

OUTREACH

  
 
GriefShare 13 week Sessions  
Mondays from 6:30-8:30  
Begins January 6 
 
2020 GriefShare Schedule:
  • January 6-April 6, 2020 (no class on January 27. Class WILL meet on Presidents' Day): 13 Week Session
  • May 1-August 3, 2020 (no class Memorial Day):  13 Week Session
You may register online at griefshare.org
There is a $15 fee for materials.  For further information, contact Ruth Portzline or Chaplain Erin Maurer or go to griefshare.org.

 
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.
 
New Session Begins January 14 
TUESDAYS, from 6pm to 7:30pm  
in the Church Library
 
A complete schedule by topic, more details,  
and sign-ups are at:
  • 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 $15 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.
 
CPR CERTIFICATION
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!
 
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

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

UMW
Anyone who needs Heifer gift cards can pick them up on the table under the United Methodist Women's bulletin board in the Narthex.
MISSIONS
The Red Bird Trailers
are CLOSED for the winter 
and will reopen in the Spring.


DONATIONS NEEDED 
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,  stjohns820@gmail.com
 if you are available to help.  
 
Thank you for your support.


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.  
The Pastors and Staff of
St. John's wish you a joyous Christmas and
a Happy New Year!