St. John Center Lutheran Church

Called by God to share the Good News of Jesus Christ

celebrating our 200th anniversary

Our Faith and Trust is in God

during this Pandemic

In response to the Covid-19 virus, all Worship Services,

including mid-week Lenten services,

have been cancelled through, and including, Sunday, April 12th.

During this time, a link to pre-recorded Sunday worship services

will be available below.

Contact Pastor Tom at [email protected] if you would like to have the links for the 

pre-recorded service and for the accompanying worship booklet 

be e-mailed directly to you as they become available.

See Upcoming Events listed below for status of individual events.

St. John Center Lutheran Holy Week Worship Services

Sunday, March 22, 2020

We begin Holy Week in a way that we have never done before. All of us affected by the COVID-19 are waiting for our Easter morning for the stone to be rolled away. We are waiting for schools to resume, businesses to open, to hang out with friends and just return to normalcy. As we wait in this time of loneliness, loss, and sickness, we wait with the hope of our own Easter morning in the knowledge the at we are never alone.

"The Palms"

Vickie Kissinger, Organist

St. John Center Lutheran Church

"All Glory Laud and Honor"

Vickie Kissinger, Organist

St. John Center Lutheran Church

"The Holy City"

Vickie Kissinger, Organist

Dr. Jun Chon, Soloist

St. John Center Lutheran Church Senior Choir

"Beneath the Cross of Jesus"

Vickie Kissinger, Organist

St. John Center Lutheran Church

We Are Not Alone

A message from 

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton

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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.

Prayer Circle - Postponed until further notice

2:00 pm every Wednesday

Meet in the Sanctuary or pray individually wherever you are.  Prayers can be submitted via the box on the table in the Narthex.  Fill out your request and drop the paper inside the box.  No need to sign your name if you want to remain anonymous.


Apr 11

"Hands of Hope" Prayer Shawl Ministry - Cancelled

9:30 am - 11:30 am

2nd Saturday of the month at Ephrata Manor Apartment Library


May 16

Musical Concert - Vickie Kissinger and Dr. Jon Chon - Dependent on Status of Covid-19

7:00 pm

St. John Center Lutheran

Community and Friends welcome!


Jun 7

Music Sunday!- Dependent on Status of Covid-19

10:45 am

St. John Center Lutheran

Community and Friends welcome!


Sep 20

Hymn Sing

4:00 pm

St. John Center Lutheran

Community and Friends welcome!


Sep 20

Ascension Worship Service

7:00 pm

Swamp Lutheran Church

Pastor Schwabe-Fry from Muddy Creek Lutheran, preaching

Lutheran World Relief

Ongoing Soap Collection

New bars of soap

Any size

Any brand

Collection box next to the water cooler.

"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.

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Words From Our Customers

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

never alone.

Martin Luther