We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace.

Click this text to start editing. This multi-element block is great for showcasing a particular feature or aspect of your business. It could be a signature product, a picture of your entire staff, an image or your physical location, etc. Double click the image to customize it, edit the text, and choose a call-to-action for you button - what do you want people to do now?

More on the ELCA today...

You are welcome here...

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.  

Click Here to Add a Title

Each Sunday begins with a 9:30 am Gathering on the lower level of the church to review the day's Lessons .

The Gathering is followed by Worship service 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.

Little One's Sunday School is offered each Sunday.  Children will be gathered prior to the Sermon

and their time together will end at the conclusion of Worship.

Staffed nursery is available.

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

Click Here to Add a Title

Click this text to start editing. This block is a basic combination of a title and a paragraph. Use it to welcome visitors to your website, or explain a product or service without using an image. Try keeping the paragraph short and breaking off the text-only areas of your page to keep your website interesting to visitors.

Music Sunday


Sunday, June 2, 2019

St. John Center Lutheran Church

10:15 am

Dr. Jun Chon, Guest Soloist

Music selections by the Choir and Bell Choir

Join us for the Strawberry Social / Pot Luck Dinner in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service.

Photo courtesy of Engle Printing and Publishing

Upcoming Events

Happenings you shouldn't miss in the weeks ahead.


May 16

Choir Rehearsals

7:00 pm - May 16 and 23

6:30 pm - May 31 - refreshments and fellowship to follow practice

9:30 am - June 2 - Music Sunday

10:15 am - Last day for the choir before Summer Break

May 19

Bell Rehearsals

May 19 and 26 - following worship

6:30 pm - May 31 - refreshments and fellowship to follow practice

May 20

May 23

"The Bible" Bible Study

Concludes the week of May 20

Mondays - 1:30 pm

Thursdays - 6:00 pm 


May 24

Volunteer at Faithful Living (formerly Colonial Lodge) with Bingo

1:30 pm


May 30

North Lancaster Count Lutheran Cluster Ascension Service

7:00 pm

Held at Swamp, Denver, with Pastor Schwabe-Fry preaching


Jun 8

"Hands of Hope" Prayer Shawl Ministry

9:30 am - 11:30 am

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

Mon - Fri

Jul 15

Aug 5

Summer Lunch Program

SJCL Volunteers need for weeks of July 15th and August 5th

Sign up sheets will be available closer to the event

200th Anniversary Celebration Events

Polka Mass

Sunday, May 19th

Make It, Take It

Saturday, June 15th

Strawberry Festival

Sunday, June 2nd

Bishop James Dunlop Visits

Sunday, June 23rd

Music in the Grove

Sundays during June, July and 


Annual Church Picnic

Sunday, September 8th

Scary Stories in the Graveyard

Sunday, October 27th

Old Time Service

Sunday, September 15th

Community Hymn Sing

Sunday, September 22nd

Organ Recital by Dr. Horton

Sunday, October 6th

Thanksgiving Dinner

Sunday, November 17th

Vacation Bible School

July 15th through 19th

New York City Bus Trip

Sunday, 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