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 is deeply committed to 

living out God's love in word and deed...

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.


Aug 23

Volunteers Needed at Faithful Living Community to help residents with Bingo

Wedesday, August 28th at 10:00 am 

Firday, August 30th at 1:30 pm

See Al McCoy for details.

Sep 9

Sep 12

"Discovering your Gifts of Holy Spirit" Bible Study

Beginning Monday, September 9th

Mondays at 1:30 pm

Thursdays at 6:00 pm


Sep 12

Choir Practice

Thursdays at 7:00 pm

September 12th and 26th

*September 22 (Sunday) - Hymn Sing Practice at 3:30 pm

October 10th and 24th

November 7th and 21st

December 5th, 12th, and 19th

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


Sept 14

"Hands of Hope" Prayer Shawl Ministry

9:30 am - 11:30 am

2nd Saturday of the month at Ephrata Manor Apartments' Library


Sep 15

Bell Choir Practice

After Worship

September 15th

December 8th, 15th, and 22nd


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


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


Nov 9

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

3:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Vickie Kissinger and Dr. Jun Chon

200th Anniversary Celebration Events

Annual Church Picnic

Sunday, September 8th

Old Timey Service

Sunday, September 15th

Community Hymn Sing

Sunday, September 22nd

Organ Recital by Dr. Horton

Sunday, October 6th

Scary Stories in the Graveyard

Sunday, October 27th

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