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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Calendar
Prayer List
Sunday School
Bible Studies
Text Giving
Red Bird Trailers
Ronald McDonald House Tabs
Eastwick Food Bank
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Thank you
Pastor's Reflection
Music Appreciation
Graduate Recognition
St. John's Kids
Youth Group
Vacation Bible School
ASP News
Movie Night
Summer & Sundaes Study
Book Club
GriefShare
Divorce Care
Chicken BBQ Thank You
Sheets for Red Bird
Hearts for Mission
   
JOIN US FOR
WORSHIP  
  
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Traditional
 
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
  
THIS SUNDAY,  
June 2, 2019
"Christ Prays For Us"
Pastor Janice
John 17:20-26
John
215-357-6998
 
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM   
 
 

THIS WEEK'S  CALENDAR
  
Thursday, May 30
6:45pm
  Ring of Faith
 
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
8:00pm
  Adult Choir
 
Sunday, June 2
9:00am
 
Sunday Morning Study  
 
9:15am
  Children's Sunday School
 
10:30am
 
Acolyte Recognition  
 
10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School
 
11:30am
  Joyful Voices
 
12:15pm
  Holy Handbells
 
6:00pm
  Youth Choir
 
6:45pm
  Fellowship, Fun and Study
 
7:00pm
  Youth Group
 
Monday, June 3
6:30pm
  GriefShare
 
6:45pm
  Bible Study
 
6:45pm
  Celebration Ringers
 
Tuesday, June 4
10:00am
  Book Club
 
10:00am
  History of Christianity (Part 2)
 
5:45pm
  GENesis Bells
 
6:00pm
 
Child Care for Divorce Care  
 
6:00pm
  Divorce Care
 
6:30pm
Missions Team Meeting  
 
7:00pm
  Book Club
 
7:00pm
  History of Christianity (Part 2)
 
7:00pm
  Praise Band Rehearsal
 
7:30pm
  AA
 
Wednesday, June 5
7:00pm
Bible Study  
 
Thursday, June 6
6:45pm
  Ring of Faith
 
7:30pm
  Al-Anon
 
8:00pm
  Adult Choir
 

 

PRAYER LIST

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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 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!

SUNDAY SCHOOL

"Dig In"

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. 

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  


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!

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.
TABLE TALK WILL RESUME  
IN SEPTEMBER
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

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Log in to smile.amazon.com each time you shop and help make St. John's smile!
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) 
The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship and refreshments. 
MISSIONS
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.

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.

                     March 24, 2019 Prayer Shawl Blessing Service
                   

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May 30, 2019
PASTOR'S REFLECTION
            Sometimes there is a very simple solution to a problem that is perhaps SO simple that it has totally escaped you for your entire life.
            Anyone who knows me well will tell you I don't eat cereal and milk for breakfast. And the reason is simple: the cereal gets soggy. From the time I was a child, I've pretty much refused to eat soggy cereal.
            Well little did I know that I am not alone - and so maybe I'm not quite as strange as I thought I was! A friend, knowing my quirkiness about eating soggy food, bought me a gift - it's a special bowl that is specifically made for people like me. It has a "cereal" side and a "milk" side so you can easily dip your cereal into the milk spoonful by spoonful. It's called "Just Crunch," and it claims to be "the anti-soggy cereal bowl". WOW! I was so excited that went right out and bought myself some corn flakes, and guess what? It works!
            So the lesson, of course, is that sometimes, we just have to open our eyes - often, there is a simple solution staring us right in the face.
            Granted, my little cereal dilemma is rather trivial compared to some of the other problems we can run into. Sometimes we wear ourselves out trying to come up with remedies, and other times, we just give up completely (like I did - for a zillion years, lol!). But there is often a very simple solution to the more serious dilemmas of our daily lives, isn't there? Most of the time, the solution involves doing the one thing we tend to resist - giving our problems to God and then trusting that God has all the answers. Which he DOES.
            And just in case you, too, hate soggy foods, you can easily buy your very own "Just Crunch" bowl from Amazon.com!  
           Looking forward to seeing you in worship this Sunday!
                                                Pastor Janice


ACOLYTE RECOGNITION
JUNE 2

The following acolytes will be recognized this Sunday at the 10:30 service.

Izzy Alfonso
Liv Alfonso
Greta Conover *
Juliet cons
Jane File
Grace Kenney
Merrick Kenney *
Matt Miller
Grace Seamans *
Caelyn Semonsky
 
*Graduating Acolytes
MUSIC
 
MUSIC APPRECIATION SUNDAY
June 9th
GRADUATE RECOGNITION
Sunday, June 9th  
10:30 Service  

Please list on the back of the top page of the Ritual of Friendship the name and school of anyone you know from    St. John's who is graduating high school or college this June.  You may also call or email the church office at 215-357-6998, stjumc@aol.com.
ST. JOHN'S KIDS NEWS

 
This week in Kids Church......

God is Everywhere...so we look for him around us.
It's fun to imagine being surrounded by something we love.  And did you know that right now you're surrounded by God?  The Bible is special because it's full of true stories about what God has done, and it shows us that God is all around us, even when we can't see him.
 
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Beginning June 16  
there will  be no 9:15 Sunday School  
through the summer.
Please feel free to attend our 10:30

YOUTH GROUP
 
Sunday Nights from 7-8:30 PM
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 6 thru 12.
 
Youth Group Sunday Night!
JUNE 2 
The Escape Room!!!  
Do you have what it takes to "Escape" my room?   
I don't think you do!

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Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, June 10th
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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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

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: Stjohnsivyland.com
Registration - $15 per child or 
$30 max for families


For more information, please contact David Bigam
215-357-6998 or dbigam@gmail.com
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
July 22-26       9 am - NOON
HELP NEEDED
 
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.
Photographer
Take action shots of the children during the day.
Registration Administrator
Put registration information into a spreadsheet, mail out information to families.
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.

See sign-up sheet in the Sunday's bulletin or contact
David Bigam 215-357-6998  dbigam@gmail.com
ASP NEWS
Our week for 2019 ASP is
July 6-13, 2019.
We are staying at Guyan Valley, WV.
This is one of ASP's full-time centers!
Final payment of $100.00 due NOW.

T-shirts are here.  Please pick-up if you ordered one.
$16.00 Cash or Check payable to St. John's.
ADULT MINISTRY
MOVIE NIGHT 
The Monday Night Bible Study is finishing our study of Paul.   
We will show the movie,
Paul, The Apostle,  
on Monday, June 17th, at 6:45 PM.  We are inviting everyone to come and watch it with us.   
Hope you will join us!
SUMMER SUNDAES & STUDY
Wednesday evenings
June 19 & 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!!
BOOK CLUB
ST. JOHN'S BOOK CLUB
Tuesday, June 4
10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

"When I Found You"
by: Catherine Ryan Hyde

What do I have to do to make you wash your hands of me?  There's nothing you could do.  I will never wash my hands of you.  From the author of Pay It Forward comes a poignant tale of love, pain and trusting people to stay by your side in a world where leaving is easy.

We will meet on Tuesday, June 4, at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM in the Church  Parlor.  
Leaders are Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell.   
All are welcome.
OUTREACH

 
Mondays at 6:30 PM in the Grace Cafe.

We are pleased to announce that St. John's will be sponsoring a GriefShare group for our church family as well as for our community facilitated by
Chaplain Erin Maurer, United Methodist Deacon. 

GriefShare is a twelve-week, faith-based program for anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one.

You may register online at griefshare.org. There is a $15 fee for the workbook payable at the first session.  For further information, contact Pastor Janice or  
Ruth Portzline 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 group. 
  • Weekly meetings are Tuesdays, from 6pm to 7:30pm in the Church Library.
    • Now to June 4, 2019
    • Sept. 17 to Dec. 17, 2019
    • Jan 14 to May 5, 2020
  • Each rotation lasts about 14 weeks but you can join or miss anytime and make up sessions during the next rotation if desired.
  • There is a $35 registration fee but scholarships are available. Payment and Registration can be done in class for walk-ins.
  • We are also looking for people to help with childcare or with administrative tasks.
  • Contact DivorceCareIvylandPA@gmail.com  or call the church office for more information.
  • A complete schedule by topic, more details, and registration are at: www.divorcecare.org/groups/99959

UMM/UMW
The United Methodist Men would like to thank all of the volunteers
that participated in this year's  
Chicken BBQ event.
 
St. John's has always been very blessed to have the cooperation
and the given talent to make a successful day
of fellowship and service, to each other and to our community.
 
And thanks to all of the 900 patrons, families and friends
who visited on a beautiful sunny day
in order to support our 35th year of doing this !!!
 
Please mark your calendars for next year's
36th Annual Chicken BBQ event on
Saturday, May 16, 2020
 
THANK YOU     THANK YOU     THANK YOU

SHEETS FOR RED BIRD 
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.
HEARTS FOR MISSIONS
St. John's is bringing back our "Hearts for Missions" theme.  Our Missions Team met recently and identified some hands-on mission projects you may want to be a part of.
  • One Great Day of Service - detail coming soon.
  • Habitat for Humanity - working on construction/finishing of four homes in the Morrisville Area.
  • Third annual R.I.S.E. Sunday, October 6, 2019.
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