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.


Sept 20

Volunteers Needed at Faithful Living Community to help residents with Bingo

Friday, September 20th at 1:30 pm

Wednesday, September 25 at 10:30 am

Monday, September 30th at 1:30 pm

See Al McCoy for details.


Sept 22

Choir Practice for Hymn Sing

3:30 pm


Sep 22

Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing - Community Invited - Bring your friends

4:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Participating Music Directors and Organists

Vickie Kissinger - St. John Center Lutheran

Carl Tobias - Mellinger's Lutheran

Greg Gehman - Muddy Creek Lutheran

Selections by the combined choirs of St. John Center, Mellinger's and Muddy Creek

Sep 23

Sep 26

"Discovering your Gifts of Holy Spirit" Bible Study

Beginning Monday, September 9th

Mondays at 1:30 pm

Thursdays at 6:00 pm

Sign up sheets in the Narthex


Sep 26

Choir Practice

Thursdays at 7:00 pm

September 26th

October 10th and 24th

November 7th and 21st

December 5th, 12th, and 19th

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


Oct 6

Organ and Harpsichord Concert - Community Invited - Bring your friends

4:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Dr. Robert Horton - Organist and Choirmaster of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster


Oct 12

"Hands of Hope" Prayer Shawl Ministry

9:30 am - Noon

2nd Saturday of the month at Ephrata Manor Chapel


Oct 17

Sub Sale

Pick up at Church after 4:00 pm

$5.00 each

Turkey, Italian, Baked Ham, Roast Beef, Vegetarian or American

Lettuce, Tomato and Onion packed separately


Oct 19

Fall Festival and Pig Roast

5:00 pm 

Pig Roast followed by Scary Stories from the Bible, Games and Hayride

Free Will Offering will benefit the Chair Lift Fund


Nov 9

"Together Again" Concert - Community Invited - Bring your friends

3:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Vickie Kissinger and Dr. Jun Chon

Sunday, September 22nd

We will observe God's Work Our Hands Sunday on Sunday, September 22nd by visiting Faithful Living in Denver and sharing personal items with the residents.

We are currently collecting:

Soap + Shampoo

Combs + Men's and Women's Deodorant

Men's Shaving Cream + Hand Towels

Small Notebooks + Pens/Pencils

Word Search Books

Donations can be placed on the table near the water cooler.

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

Community Hymn Sing

Sunday, September 22nd

Organ Recital by Dr. Horton

Sunday, October 6th

Fall Festival with Pig Roast, 

Hay Ride, and Scary Stories 

from the Bible

Saturday, October 19th

Vickie Kissinger and 

Dr. Jun Chon Recital

Saturday, November 9th, 3:00 pm

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