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8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Praise and Worship
September 1, 2019
"In God's Kingdom There Are No Strangers"
Luke 14:1, 7-14
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM -2:00 PM
The Church Office will be closed on
Monday, September 2nd
Have a Happy Labor Day!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
If your child is in grades 3-6 and would like to be an important part of worship at
St. John's, here is your opportunity!
We are looking for acolytes for the
10:30 a.m. service.
If you are interested, please contact:
Jennifer Haas @ 215-776-1740 or at email@example.com
THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR
Sunday, September 1
Blessing of the Backpacks
Children & Youth Sunday School
Fellowship, Fun and Study
Thursday, September 5
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All "Ongoing Prayer Concerns"
will be listed for
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also indicate any changes on the
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Looking for a little inspiration during the week?
Try an online devotional.
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The Grace Cafe is open Sunday mornings for fellowship
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."
New members of the ministry group are always welcome; lessons and guidance can be provided for beginners and those with rusty skills.
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.
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 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.
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.
Our Missions Team met and identified some hands-on mission projects you may want to be a part of.
- 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
I'm starting to worry that Amazon is going to cancel my account due to my frequent use of their "free return" policy.
I remember telling people how impressed I was with my new sheltie puppy last winter. Shelties, you see, are notorious barkers. But I finally had a sheltie who I thought had broken the mold. He rarely barked. Well, guess what? Ollie spent part of his summer in the Poconos. On a regular basis, deer, squirrels, turkeys and other wildlife walk right through the backyard (one morning, there was even a bear). And lo and behold - sweet Ollie learned how to bark - in fact, he got quite good at it.
In an effort to keep the neighbors from having to listen to early morning barking, I bought a bark collar from Amazon that claimed to make a sound that people can't hear but dogs do not like. Whenever the dog barks, the collar supposedly makes that sound and it supposedly teaches the dog not to bark. Nope. It had no effect whatsoever. Back it went.
Plan B: I bought a collar that you fill with citronella spray. Dogs allegedly don't like citronella. Whenever the dog barks, a little puff of citronella sprays out. Totally worthless - Ollie didn't care one bit. Back it went.
Plan C: I then decided to try a collar that beeps and then vibrates in nine lengthening increments whenever the dog barks. Surely that will do the trick! Nope. He didn't care about beeps nor did he care about the vibrating collar. Back it went.
Plan D: I ordered a collar with a remote control that has 8 levels of vibration, along with 8 levels of loud beeps. That particular collar would vibrate rather heavily on level 8 - I know because I tested it. So did Ollie - and he didn't care. It's in the box ready to be returned.
Plan E: It hasn't arrived yet. This one is not a collar. It's called an "Ultrasonic Dog Bark Deterrent". It's a remote you can walk around with. Supposedly it has a control range of 16.4 feet and it makes a loud sound that is guaranteed to stop the barking. 1,749 people have reviewed this thing and claim that it is a miracle. I'm a little skeptical. But as long as Amazon has free returns, I'm game. So I'm anxiously awaiting its arrival tomorrow.
Sometimes you just have to keep on keepin' on lol! Short of a shock collar (no, I won't use one), I'm determined to find a device, a training technique, or some other "trick" that is effective. It's all about persistence, isn't it?
Switching gears. Because finding a cure for barking is one thing - and yes, it seems that it definitely requires some persistence. But Scripture reminds us that we, as Christians, all have a job to do - and we are to be persistent about it, even when the going gets tough. Here's what Paul says in his letter to the Galatians, chapter 6. He says, "... let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up." "IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP." That's worth repeating, isn't it?
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!
BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS
Whether you are beginning Kindergarten, high school or college, join us and have your backpack blessed
for the new school year!
This Sunday, September 1 at the 10:30 service.
For All Children and Youth!
Kids Church News......
One Room Sunday School will continue through September.
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.
Beginning October 13, Kid's Church will be going directly to their classrooms. We will only meet in Fellowship Hall the first Sunday of every month. We will continue to use our Dig-in curriculum but without the big room.
Help is needed in the Nursery!!!
We are looking for Sunday School Leaders and Co-Leaders for Pre-K thru 2nd and, 3rd thru 5th grade. The more help we have, the less you will have to lead or co-lead. Won't you please consider just one Sunday a month or every other month!
You don't need anything except love for the children and a desire to shine with the light of Christ.
Please contact me anytime and we can talk.
Thank you for your consideration....
Fellowship and fun for youth grades 6 thru 12.
Well some folks have replied to our questions regarding our weekly meetings!
So, beginning in September, Youth Group will change days from Sundays to Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.
The start has yet to be determined but I am edging towards the 18th of September. Any of our road trips that are usually done Sunday nights such as Hayride, Progressive dinner, etc. will still be held on Sundays but not in lieu of Youth group.
Please stay tuned for more info as we adapt ourselves into this new routine.
Youth Group is open to ALL 6th thru 12th grades.
Please contact David Bigam.
Morrisville Food Bank Monday
Monday, September 9th
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
Save the Date:
ASP Stockholders Luncheon
Sunday, September 29, 2019 following the 10:30 service.
Adult Sunday School
Begins September 8
At 9 AM in the Parlor
What does Scripture tell us about the world to come? What signals will precede the end times? Dr. Jeremiah presents his hope-filled work on biblical prophecy. This epic guide is a resource for navigating today's uncertainties and embracing God's promises for the future.
The Gospel of Matthew
Begins Wednesday September 11 at 7 PM
Meets weekly in Grace Café
Take a deep dive into Matthew's Gospel to better understand what he wants you to know. Originally written to first century Jews, it is still relevant for us today! Barclay makes it easy to understand.
This course has a two-volume book that will be ordered for you if you prepay $32.00 by 9/1.. Please place your check in white envelope and put it in Pastor Sue's mailbox.
How Happiness Happens
Begins Wednesday, September 25
at 10 AM & 7 PM
Meets for 6 weeks in the Parlor
In a world searching for happiness, Lucado provides a personal plan for a life filled with lasting and fulfilling joy, supported by Jesus' teaching and modern research. Do you feel happy? How long has it been since you felt a level of contagious, infectious, unflappable, unstoppable happiness? Only one-third of Americans surveyed said they were happy. How can this be? We've made advancements in everything from medicine to technology, yet 66 percent of us can't find an adequate reason to check the "yes" box on the happiness questionnaire. Marketers get this. "Want to be happy?" they ask. Drive this car, wear this dress. Happiness happens when you lose the weight, get the date, find the mate, or discover your fate. It's wide, this way to happiness. Yet, for all its promise, it delivers a fragile joy; here one day, tomorrow scattered by the winds of comparison, disappointment, or unmet expectations. Max writes, "There is another option." In this book he shares the unexpected path to a lasting happiness, one that produces reliable joy in any season of life. Based on the teachings of Jesus and backed by modern research, He presents a surprising but practical way of living.
The book will be ordered for you if you prepay $9.00 by August 28. Please place check in envelope and place in Pastor Sue's mailbox outside the main office.
Begins Monday, September 30 at 6:45 PM
Meets weekly in the Parlor
Carol Campbell & Barbara Schneider
You were not meant to live in disillusionment and defeat. God has given you tools to live a life defined not by your trials but by your victories. This 6-week study will show you how. There is a book that will help you while viewing the video and during the discussion. The book will be ordered for you if you prepay $8.50 by 9/15. Please put check in Pastor Sue's mailbox.
In order to better keep track of payments and only order the number of books needed, payments are being centralized to one person. Please write your name and class in upper left corner of the envelope. Then drop it in Pastor Sue's mailbox next to office.
If you have not paid for the book before the cut off date, you will need to order the book on your own. We use christianbook.com, cokesbury.com, or amazon.com depending on who has the best price.
If you are in need of partial or full scholarship to help pay for the book, please contact Pastor Sue through the office.
The next Book Club will be on
Tuesday, September 3
at 10:00 AM and 7 PM.
We will meet in the Church Parlor.
Leaders: Barbara Schneider and Carol Campbell. Everyone is welcome to join us.
Based on a true story, the book spans eighty years, two continents and several U.S. states. You will come to love this imperfect, ordinary man, with an extraordinary helping of faith, hope, commitment and zest for living merged with a button-busting love for his adopted country.
Come Sing and Ring with Us!
VOCAL & HANDBELL CHOIRS STARTING
SING UNTO THE LORD
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.
Begins Sunday, September 15 following the 10:30 AM Service
Children grades K-5 (6) are invited to be part of the Joyful Voices. Children learn songs to present in Worship Services. The Joyful Voices usually sing on the First and Third Sunday each month. They also sing at special services through the year. REHEARSAL is after the 10:30 Worship Service each Sunday. Rehearsal will last 25-30 minutes. (Joyful Chimes rehearsal follows Joyful Voices).
Begins Sunday, September 8 at 6:00 PM
Youth grades 6-12 (or older) are welcome in this choir. The Youth Choir usually presents anthems in Worship on the Second and Fourth Sunday each month. More advanced anthems are presented with the Adult Choir on occasion. REHEARSALS are on Sunday evening from 6:00-7:00 PM. Prior membership in a choir is not required.... NEW MEMBERS are always welcome.
Begins Thursday, September 5 at 8:00 PM
The Adult Choir presents music every week during 10:30 worship. College students are encouraged to be a member of the choir. Anyone with some music experience is welcome in the choir. There is no audition. REHEARSAL is on Thursday night at 8:00 in the Sanctuary.
Rehearsals resume Tuesday, September 3 at 7 PM
Our Praise Band presents music during our 9:15 worship service. Vocalists and Instrumentalists (guitar / keyboard / percussion) are ALWAYS welcome. REHEARSAL is on Tuesday night, at 7:00, and usually lasts an hour.
For more information about our Vocal Choirs, please contact:
Roy Nelson, Director
RING A JOYFUL SOUND
St. John's Hand Bell 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 ringers are welcome in our Bell Choirs. We hope to expand on the gains we made last year in all of our choirs.
Children grades 2-5 (6) are welcome in the Joyful Chime Bell Choir. Children will be taught basic ringing skills and music reading. No experience in necessary. REHEARSALS take place on Sundays following 10:30 worship service. (The Bells rehearse AFTER the Joyful Voices singing choir rehearsal). We are usually finished by 12:45.
Begins Tuesday, September 10th at 5:45 PM
GENesis Bells is a multi-generational choir that has youth grades 6-12 & adults participating. We were very successful with this format last year, and it allowed us to play more difficult music which was a challenge for all involved. There are several open spots in this choir for ADULTS and YOUTH. REHEARSALS take place on Tuesday afternoon, from 5:45 to 6:45. We usually ring once a month, on the Second Sunday.
Begins Monday, September 16 @ 6:45 PM After that... October 7
This Bell Choir is for ADULTS who have a desire to ring in a choir with limited playing and rehearsing. The REHEARSALS are usually on the FIRST MONDAY of each month. Playing is at Christmas, during Lent and at the end of the year. Music experience/reading is a plus, but not required.
RING OF FAITH
Begins Thursday, September 5 at 6:45 PM
Our advanced Bell Choir rings every month, and rehearses on Thursday nights each week. At the present time, there are no openings in this choir. However, we always need "standby" substitutes. Music experience/reading is a requirement.
For more information on our Handbell Choirs, please contact:
Roy Nelson, Director
GriefShare 13 week Sessions
Beginning September 9th
Mondays from 6:30-8:30.
2019-2020 GriefShare Schedule:
September 9-December 2, 2019: 13 Week Session
Monday, December 16: Coping with Loss During the Holidays
January 6-April 6, 2020 (no class Presidents' Day): 13 Week Session
May 1-August 3, 2020 (no class Memorial Day): 13 Week Session
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.
Sundays, from 6pm to 7:30pm in the Church Library
A complete schedule by topic, more details, and sign-ups are at:
Fall Session: Sept. 15 to Dec. 15, 2019
Spring Session: Jan 26 to May 3, 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.
- No Class on Holiday Weekends (see schedule online).
- Our facilitators, Sarah Floyd and Donna Hartfeil can be contacted at:
St. John's United Methodist Church
820 Almshouse Road
Ivyland, PA 18974
We now 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.
Sarah Floyd or Donna Hartfeil
Facilitators of Divorce Care Program
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.
We are already working on this year's event.
So, mark your calendar!!!
Sign-ups will be available soon!
If you missed this outreach opportunity
last year, please consider participating this year.
We guarantee that you will be blessed!
TWINING VILLAGE MEMORY CAFE
10 AM - Noon
Re-opening October 15
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
We need you! We still have a couple spots to fill for our September 8-15th hosting. Please take a look at the sign up genius and see if you can help.
A spot for cot transport has been added, we are looking for someone with a minivan or truck that is willing to transport the cots to the next church on Sunday September 15th in the morning.
The weekend spots are the hardest to fill and usually Sharon will cover but she is out of town that weekend. Please consider helping out by staying overnight on Friday or Saturday.
Amy Scarlett has stepped in to Co-lead with Sharon Byle! Let us know if you have any questions.
Family Promise of Lower Bucks is having a volunteer appreciate day,
if you have volunteered for Family Promise please join in:
- Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, honoring the volunteers that support our families. Come for a fun night out, featuring dinner, live music and door prizes, and the opportunity to meet volunteers from other partner congregations. 5:30 to 8:30pm at Woodside Church, 1667 Edgewood Road, Yardley.
Can't wait to see you there!
Mark Your Calendar:
Date: Saturday, September 28th
Time: 9:30 - 11:30am
Place: Fellowship Hall
We are planning a continental breakfast on the
above date for all St. John's women and their friends.
The breakfast will be followed by a presentation on "Labyrinths".
Alix Amar, MSS, LCSW, a social worker at Abington-Jefferson Hospice in Warminster, will speak on labyrinths and how they are effective tools for mindful meditation, self reflection and healing. Everyone will have the opportunity to make their own 12"x12" labyrinth for personal use - no art experience necessary. Tickets will be available Sunday, 9/1, 9/8 and 9/15 following each worship service. Please join us and invite a friend. This is also an opportunity to meet new St. John's friends.
Any questions, please contact:
Arlene Williams (215-355-0162) email@example.com or Linda Barr (215-773-9865).
UNITED METHODIST MEN'S BREAKFAST
Saturday, September 21, 2019
All Men Welcome!
Sign-up sheet in the church narthex or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of our R.I.S.E Sunday mission event, we will again be making pillowcase dresses and, new this year, we will also be making sanitary kits for young girls.
We are asking for the following supplies for these projects:
- Pillow cases in solid colors and/or prints suitable for children
- EXTRA WIDE double folded bias tape
- ¼ inch elastic
- Baby flannel fabric
- Terri cloth fabric
- Sew-on Velcro (not adhesive)
- Packages of girls panties (girls size 14-16)
Please consider purchasing some of these supplies
for this important mission project.
If you have any questions, please see Pastor Ruth.
- WHAT is R.I.S.E. Sunday? A morning of worship and hands-on mission projects with local and global impact.
- WHAT projects are available?
- Sewing Projects: Goal: Make 25 dresses and 50 sanitary kits, which are distributed in remote villages and aid in the formation of relationships with mission groups focused on clean water and primary education efforts.
- Bagged lunches for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen: Goal: Make 1000 bagged lunches, including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, for distribution to people experiencing food insecurity in Trenton.
- Cutlery assembly for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen: Goal: Using plasticware, paper napkins, and adhesive bands, wrap 4,000 sets of dinnerware for use at one of the 4,800 meals supplied by TASK each week.
- Rise Against Hunger: Goal: Assemble 13, 824 meals which will feed 37 children in developing countries for one year, through international hunger relief organization Rise Against Hunger.
- WHEN is it and WHEN can I sign up for a project? R.I.S.E. Sunday is October 6, 2019. We will have a worship service at 9 AM, then two sessions of mission projects from 10:15 to noon. We will begin project registration on Sunday, September 1.
- WHO can participate? EVERYONE! We will have projects for all ages and ability levels, and the nursery will be open for children age 3 and younger.
FINANCIAL AND MATERIAL SUPPORT IS NEEDED
Financial support for Rise Against Hunger and other R.I.S.E. Sunday projects: Although we are seeking material donations, there are some perishable items we will need to purchase directly for the bagged lunches, and we need significant financial support for Rise Against Hunger. Here are some suggestions. You could choose to feed 1 child (through Rise Against Hunger) for a year ($124), 6 months ($62), or 1 month ($10). Donations of any amount are appreciated! Use the pink envelopes in the pew racks and designate "R.I.S.E." on the envelope. We will also be doing a communion offering in September.
Donated materials needed by 9/22: Go to the church website for specific information about these items and to sign up to donate them, or fill out the included sign-up sheet and place it in Lara Bolte's RISE Sunday/Fellowship Activities mailbox (by the church office).
R.I.S.E. SUNDAY DONATIONS NEEDED
Sandwich bags, easy-zip top, 100-ct. box
Brown paper lunch bags, 40-ct.
Peanut butter, 40-oz. jars
Jelly, 30-oz jars
Plastic spoons, 500-ct.
Plastic forks, 500-ct.
Plastic knives, 500-ct.
Dinner-sized paper napkins, 50-pack
Snack packs of cookies, 20-ct. box
Snack packs of chips, 32-ct. package
Juice boxes, 10-ct. package
*See sign-up sheet in Sunday's Bulletin. Please completed forms to Lara Bolte's mailbox, by the church office
*Donations needed by 9/23. Please drop them off in the box in the Narthex. Thank you for your donations!
LAY READERS NEEDED FOR 8 AM SERVICE
Please contact the church office
215-357-6998, if you are available. Thank you!