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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.  Come, join us in the journey!

Welcome to Vicar Mark Fischer!

Vicar Mark


I am a life-long Lutheran who has taken a very long and winding road to enter candidacy and to seek ordination as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  I am a multi-career person who has answered God's call after many year of resistance.  Read more...

SJCL Weekly

Week of August 18, 2017

 In Isaiah we hear that God’s house shall be a house of prayer for all people and that God will gather the outcasts of Israel. The Canaanite woman in today’s gospel is a Gentile, an outsider, who is unflinching in her request that Jesus heal her daughter. As Jesus commends her bold faith, how might our church extend its mission to those on the margins of society? In our gathering around word and meal we receive strength to be signs of comfort, healing, and justice for those in need.

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and weekly activities...

Upcoming Events

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.

Reading Phillies

Saturday, August 26

6:35 pm - Game Time

Movies and Dinner

Saturday, September 2

Time to be determined

Penn Cinema - "All Saints"

Followed by dinner at Hoss's

Sign up sheets outside the pastor's office

LWR Quilting

Tuesday, August 22

Tuesdays, September 12 and 19

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Adamstown 

No experience necessary

Lunch is provided

Annual Church Picnic

Sunday, September 17

Annual Church Picnic

Details to come

2017 Music in the Grove

A celebration of Blue Grass Gospel Music and summer evenings!



"Our Hands" Collections

Now through Labor Day

Social Ministry and EOS (Evangelism, Outreach and Stewardship) Committees 

are gathering new items for Lutheran World Relief School Kits and
Personal Care Kits and personal care items for the residents of Colonial Lodge.

Donations should not have religious symbols, messages, decorated with a U.S. flag, 

patriotic or military symbols or references to armed forces, including camouflage. 

Do not enclose the items in plastic bags. 

Monetary donations may be made via your church envelope.  

Indicate where your donation should go in the "Other" section.

Click Here for a Listing of Items Needed

"SJCL Weekly"

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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