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Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
July 14, 2019
"The Two Ultimate Questions"
Luke 10:25-37
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,   
Sunday, July 14
Children & Youth Sunday School

Tuesday, July 16

Wednesday, July 17
Summer Sundaes & Study

Salome Circle

Thursday, July 18



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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
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.
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Once you've registered, you can either make donations by debit or credit.  
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You will immediately receive a one-time registration link, then just follow the prompts to complete your donation!

It's quick and secure.
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Looking for a little inspiration during the week?  
Try an online devotional.    
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(Devotional for Women)
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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 12, 2019
             A few weeks ago, I had a somewhat disturbing experience. I'll start at the beginning of the story, although it's a little convoluted! Me and two of my friends were heading home from vacation and we all received text messages from the airline that our flight was delayed by 30 minutes (okay ... no big deal) and then a second text adding an additional hour to the delay (okay, now I began stressing about making our connecting flight in Chicago). A few minutes later, we all received yet a 3rd text stating that we were now booked on a later flight from Chicago to Philadelphia.
            After deciding we'd just have to go with the flow, we made the decision to delay going to the airport and enjoy the beautiful morning for an extra hour & a half. However, as soon as we arrived at the airport and were checking our luggage, a 4th text was received - this time, it said that our flight was now ON TIME followed by a 5th text that we were now re-booked on our original (earlier) connecting flight in Chicago. Wow. The bottom line was that the flight was now boarding in 10 minutes.
            Fortunately, we lucked out and all had TSA pre-check, AND there was no line at security (!!!) so we arrived at the gate just as the flight was boarding. Whew.
            So after much ado, we arrived in Chicago on time, got some pizza during the layover, and got in line to board. We could hear some commotion going on in front of us - apparently some boarding passes wouldn't scan. Uh oh. Turned out that all of the boarding passes of those who had flown in on the delayed-but-not-delayed flight from Las Vegas didn't work. We were told we'd have to go to customer service for new passes. This is when things began to quickly degenerate.
            There were already about 10-12 other people at the customer service desk trying to get new boarding passes. By the time we got there, they were already fighting with the agents who were very patiently trying to calm down a few irate people. As though that wasn't bad enough, the group was also fighting with one another. As soon as we walked to the desk, we were greeted by a few people who very loudly and very rudely let us know that they were there first. A few were actually red in the face, and were fuming that they had now lost their place in line, or they had paid for priority boarding and wanted their money back. Some were just angry that they might not get their seating choice. The entire experience felt as though I had just walked into a huge barroom brawl.
            My friends and I were eventually given new boarding passes and all was well.
            Sometimes, though, we just need a reminder about some of the traits and habits that Christ asks us to develop - traits like patience, tolerance, peace, generosity, and selflessness - traits that show that we really do love our neighbor just as much as we love ourselves. Of course, none of these traits come naturally to us - by nature, human beings are self-centered - but Christ came to teach us a better way. And Scripture tells us that the more we read and embody God's Word, and the more we become like Christ, the more abundant and joy-filled our lives will be. I truly believe that - and I hope you do too!
                                           Pastor Janice


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 thru 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 will be 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
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:
Registration - $15 per child or 
$30 max for families

For more information, please contact David Bigam
215-357-6998 or
July 22-26       9 am - NOON
Jr. Crew Leader
Volunteers 14 - 17 years old. Guide groups of 5-7 children to stations. No preparation required.
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. 
Please sign up at bulletin board outside of Grace Cafe.

See sign-up sheet in the Sunday's bulletin or contact
David Bigam 215-357-6998

Wednesday evening
July 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!!
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.
Last week the Red Bird Trailer Mission sent the third trailer of this year to the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky. How big is a trailer? Think of 4, 8 x 12 rooms filled with clothing,furniture,kitchen utensils, bedding, etc. All packed with little or no open space. This was the result of our congregation and our community seeing fit to contribute to our program and help the people in Beverly, Kentucky.
How does this happen? From March through December, rain or shine, hot or cold.

There are those who at least once a week spend several hours taking the material donations received and efficiently packing them for delivery to Kentucky.

There are those who open the trailers in the morning and those who close the trailers in the evening.

There are those who make sure our trailers are inspected and in proper condition.

There are those who arrange to rent a tractor,and have a driver to deliver the full trailer to Kentucky and bring back the empty trailer that has been in Kentucky since the last delivery.

There are those who continue to provide financial support to help pay for the fuel and tractor rental.

This year we have been blessed with an abundance of material donations but unfortunately, a reduction of financial support.
As leader of this group, I feel I have been blessed to have this opportunity and wish to thank every one involved in the Red Bird Trailer Mission for their continued hard work and dedication.

                                      Dick Paulus

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!

Loss of a Spouse
Widowed? Help is here and hope is possible
Do you dread the lonely days and nights? Wonder what to do with your spouse's belongings? Feel like your brain is in a fog? Unsure of how you'll go on?
At a Loss of a Spouse seminar you'll discover:
  • Other people understand and have found ways to make it through
  • Why it won't always hurt so much
  • Reasons for hope
  • Practical tips for coping with the death of a spouse
Seminar will be held on August 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the library.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