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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.

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 - “Rejoice always,” begins the reading from First Thessalonians. Isaiah and the psalmist makes clear that God is turning our mourning into laughter and shouts of joy.  “All God’s children got a robe,” go the words of the spiritual.  It is not so much a stately, formal, pressed outfit as it is a set of party clothes, 

clothes that make us feel happy just to put on.  

We receive that robe in baptism, and in worship we gather for a foretaste of God’s party.

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.

More about This Week's worship at SJCL

Upcoming Events

Happenings you shouldn't miss in the weeks ahead.


Dec 21

Choir Rehearsals

7:00 pm - December 21


Dec 24

Christmas Eve Worship Services

10:00 am - Worship Service

6:45 pm - Musical Prelude

7:00 pm - Candlelight Worship Service

"Just this.  Just now."  

- A Christmas Message from the ELCA Presiding Bishop

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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.

What does the ELCA mean to you?

Words From Our Customers

Here your heart must go out in love and learn that the Holy Communion is a sacrament of love.  As love and support are given to you, you in return must render love and support to Christ in his needy ones...For the Sacrament has no blessing and significance unless love grows daily and so changes a person that they are made one with all others.

Martin Luther