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For over two centuries, people have gathered on this small hill to worship and praise the Lord.  Though many changes have taken place in the congregation, in the neighborhood and in the world, we remain committed to actively worshiping and serving our Lord Jesus Christ at St. John Center Lutheran Church.

If you are passionate about discerning your gifts for ministry and finding ways to use them, the members at St. John Center Lutheran open their hands in welcome to you.  

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Worship services are offered each Sunday at 10:15 am in the sanctuary on the upper level of the church.

Holy Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of each month,

all Festival Sundays and weekly during Advent and Lent.

The sanctuary is air conditioned and handicapped accessible by chairlift.

Restrooms on the lower level of the church are not accessible by wheelchair.

Handicapped accessible restrooms are available in the Fellowship Hall.

Little One's Sunday School is offered each Sunday.  Children will be gathered prior to the Sermon

and their time together will end at the conclusion of Worship.

Staffed nursery is available.

Join us this Sunday as we do God's work 

in Christ's name for the life of the world.

This Sunday - God promises Jeremiah that a “new covenant” will be made in the future: a covenant that will allow all the people to know God by heart. The church sees this promise fulfilled in Christ, who draws all people to himself when he is lifted up on the cross. Our baptismal covenant draws us near to God’s heart through Christ and draws God’s light and truth into our hearts. We see God’s heart most clearly in the way Jesus shares human suffering, in an agony both the John and Hebrews readings describe.

Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.

Conflict is a part of relationships and life in community.  Jesus’ words in today’s gospel are often used in situations having to do with church discipline.  The prophet Ezekiel tells of warning the wicked to turn from their ways, and Paul reminds us that love is the fulfilling of the law.  We gather in the name of Christ, assured that he is present among us with gifts of peace and reconciliation.

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Upcoming Events

Happenings you shouldn't miss in the weeks ahead.


Mar 22

Terre Hill | Bowmansville Ministerium Lenten Lunches

All lunches will be held Thursdays during Lent at St. John's Center UCC, beginning at Noon.  

This year's theme is "Seven Last Words of Christ."  

Lunch will include soup, sandwich and a dessert.

Free will offering will be taken and shared between CrossNet Ministries and the Terre Hill Food Bank.

March 22 - Pastor Craig Sensenig of Elanco Dove or Neal Martin of Trinity EC, preacher | Message based on John 19:30

March 29 - Pastor Ken Evitts of St. John's UCC, preacher | Message based on Luke 23-46


Mar 20

LWR Quilting - Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

9:00 am - 3:00 pm - St. Paul's. Adamstown.  Lunch provided.


Mar 21

Northern Lancaster Cluster Mid-Week Lenten Services

The North Lancaster Cluster of Lutheran Churches will gather each Wednesday during Lent under the theme of “The Servant of The Lord: Isaiah”.  All services begin at 7:00 pm.  The offering from the services will be donated to the North Lancaster Conference Dean’s Fund for Disaster Relief and the United Lutheran Seminary Seminarian Support Fund.

March 21 - At Mellinger's Lutheran with Vicar Mark Fischer of St. John Center Lutheran preaching

March 28 - At Bergstrasse Lutheran with Pastor Sandy Gideon of St. Paul's Lutheran preaching


Mar 22

Choir and Bell Choir Rehearsal

7:30 pm - Combined rehearsal


Mar 30

Good Friday Worship

7:00 pm - Worship Service at St. John's Center United Church of Christ


Mar 24

Hershey Bears Hockey Game

Details to come


Mar 27

Choir and Bell Choir Rehearsal

7:15 - Combined rehearsal with choirs of St., John Center Lutheran and UCC and Bell Choir


Mar 29

Maundy Thursday Worship

7:00 pm - Worship Service at St. John Center Lutheran Church


Apr 29

Lasagna Lunch 

Following worship in the Fellowship Hall

Meal of Salad, Lasagna, Bread and desserts.

Cost of meal is by donation only.

Sign up sheets on the bulletin board in the Narthex.


Apr 1

Easter Dawn Worship

6:30 am - Worship Service at St. John Center Lutheran Church

Followed by Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall

There will not be a second worship service at 10:15 am this year


Apr 14

"Hands of Hope" Prayer Shawl Ministry

9:30 am - Ephrata Manor Apartments Library - Second Floor


May 10

Ascension Worship

7:00 pm - Worship Service at Swamp Lutheran

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Inclement Weather

Unsure if Sunday School and/or worship services are cancelled due to inclement weather?  

Simply call the church office at 717.445.5505.  The voice mail message will be updated by 

8:00 am on the day in question.

Center Union Cemetery

Call Becky at 717.354.5560 for information regarding the cemetery.

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We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves 

is never alone.​

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