St. John Center Lutheran Church

Called by God to share the Good News of Jesus Christ

celebrating our 200th anniversary

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We are the church that believes God is calling us into the work - together.

And, you are welcome here!

What to expect on a Sunday morning

This Week at SJCL

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

More about This Week's worship at SJCL

Upcoming Events

Happenings you shouldn't miss in the weeks ahead.


Nov 7

Choir Practice

Thursdays at 7:00 pm

November 7th and 21st

December 5th, 12th, and 19th

*December 24th - 6:20 pm - practice; 6:45 pm - Carol Sing


Nov 9

"Hands of Hope" Prayer Shawl Ministry

9:00 am - Noon

2nd Saturday of the month at Ephrata Manor Chapel


Nov 13

Vicar Mark's Rite of Ordination

7:00 pm - St Matthew Lutheran Church - 839 W Market St, York PA

Reception following the service

Bus transportation from Yoder's parking lot at 5:15 pm; meet near the horse and buggy sheds

Reserve your seat on the bus by contacting Deb Lorah


Nov 17

Thanksgiving Dinner

Following Worship in the Fellowship Hall

Sign up sheets available

Free will offering will be accepted


Dec 7

Bus Trip to New York City

6:30 am - Departure for NYC

5:00 pm - Departure for home

Day is yours to do as you please


Dec 8

Bell Choir Rehearsal

Following Worship

December 8, 15 and​ 22


Dec 1

Annual Congregational Meeting

Following Worship

Election of Congregational Council Members and Vote on the 2020 Budget

CrossNet Mininstries

Benefits children ages infant - 12th grade who live in the ELANCO School District

Christmas Toy Drive

Legos for both Boys and Girls

Toy Cars/Trucks/Trains

Dolls and Doll Houses


Portable Speakers

Basketball/Football/Soccer Balls

Action Figure Toys


Wireless Earbuds

Building Blocks

Throw Blankets/Pillows

Body Lotion/Spray Kits for both Boys and Girls

Board and Card Games

Gift Cards

Jewelry Sets

Educational Baby Toys

Paw Patrol Toys

Arts and Craft Sets

Reading Books

Baseball Hats


Stocking Stuffer Drive

Small Toys

Matchbox Cars

Small Books

Key Chains

Card Games

Glow Sticks




Individually Wrapped Candy

Chewing Gum

PEZ Dispensers

Magic Washcloth

Silly Putty

Ear Buds

Phone/Car Charger

Manicure Set

Nail Polish


Body Wash/Shampoo

Disposable Razors


Hair Accessories


Small Purse/Wallet

Post-It Notes

Small Lego KIts


Small Puzzles

Flash Drives


Fun Pencil/Pens Sets

Jewelry Sets

Beff Jerky/Slim Jim's

Lutheran World Relief

Ongoing Soap Collection

New bars of soap

Any size

Any brand

Collection box next to the water cooler.

200th Anniversary Celebration Events

Fall Festival with Pig Roast, 

Hay Ride, and Scary Stories 

from the Bible

Saturday, October 19th

Thanksgiving Dinner

Sunday, November 17th

New York City Bus Trip

Saturday, December 7th

"SJCL E-Blast"

Subscribe to St. John Center's weekly e-mail, filled with current worship information and upcoming events.  Type the word "Subscribe" in the subject line.

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

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

never alone.

Martin Luther