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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, the first reading tells us how God uses the Gentile ruler, Cyrus, to accomplish divine purposes.  When the Pharisees try to trap Jesus he tells them to give the emperor what belongs to him and to God what belongs to God. 

 To gather for worship reminds us that our ultimate allegiance is to God rather than to any earthly authority.  Created in the image of God, we offer our entire selves in the service of God and for the sake of the world.

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

"Oh, God, where are you?

A message from Bishop Eaton in response to the recent tragedies in our world.

Upcoming Events

Happenings you shouldn't miss in the weeks ahead.


Oct 25

Bible Study - The Book of Amos

10:00 - 11:00 am - October 25

With Vicar Mark


Oct 26

Choir Rehearsals

7:00 pmOctober 26, November 9, 16 and 30, December 7, 14 and 21


Oct 29

"Oratorio Luther"

4:00 pm - Depart SJCL


Show at Church of Our Savior, Wayne PA

More show information at www.lutherustour.com

See Vicar Mark to sign up for tickets (approximately $25)


Oct 31

LWR Quilts at St. Paul, Adamstown

9:00 am -  3:-00 pm 

Lunch provided

Jobs for all skill levels, including novice.

Flat and fitted sheets and old blankets are always needed.  Drop off in SJCL Piano Room.


Nov 11

"Hands of Hope" Prayer Shawl Ministry

9:30 - 11:30 am - Ephrata Manor Apartments Library on the second floor


Nov 12

Thanksgiving Dinner 

Following worship

Sign up sheet on bulletin board outside the church office

Bring a friend

Free will offering

Sponsored by Social Ministry

Opportunities to Serve in the Community

Lighthouse Vocational Services of New Holland is looking van drivers to transport participants

back and forth to Lighthouse for work.  Candidate must

be able to drive a 12- passenger van, be able to assist

participants in getting in and out of the van, and helping

them to buckle a seat belt if necessary.  Hours vary

depending on the route but would be approximately

from 5:30am - 8:00am and 2:30pm - 5:00pm.  Starting

wage is $9.75/hr.  Must be able to pass a DOT physical and background check.  For further information,

contact Sandy Miller at Lighthouse Vocational Services. 717.413.1635

144 Orlon Rd, New Holland

Blue Ball Released Time needs mentors to help the children learn the Bible verses and help them live lives pleasing to Christ.  Mentors are needed from 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Thursday afternoons from September 21st to May 3rd.  At

least 30 walkers are needed to help move the students from Blue Ball Elementary to Blue Ball Mennonite Church and back. Mentoring involves teaching the students Bible verses and just being a friend and companion in this walk with Christ.

Volunteers must submit current background check information. Contact Coordinator Pastor Kevin Kirkpatrick 

[email protected]


What does it mean to have a 

relationship with God?

What does it look like?  

For a lot of us it's a hard thing to fully understand.  If God is an infinite spirit with no shape or form, 

how can we possibly relate to that? 

And what about Jesus? He said he came to give everyone life in its fullest.  He came to show us how to live.  Maybe it's through trusting Jesus and living the kind of life he taught us to live—a life of truth, love, justice, compassion, forgiveness, and sacrifice—that we have a relationship with God. 

Maybe the way we live every day, every single choice we make, determines how in tune with God we are.

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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