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For over two centuries, people have gathered on this small hill to worship and praise the Lord.  Though many changes have taken place in the congregation, in the neighborhood and in the world, we remain committed to actively worshiping and serving our Lord Jesus Christ at St. John Center Lutheran Church.

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.  

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Gathering with Bible Study begins each Sunday at 9:30 am.

Worship services are offered each Sunday 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.

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Join us this Sunday as we do God's work 

in Christ's name for the life of the world.

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

Three weeks ago we heard John’s gospel’s version of Peter’s confession of faith. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, given for the life of the world. In Mark too the scandal has to do with Jesus’ words about his own coming death, and here Peter himself stumbles over Jesus’ words. But Jesus is anointed (the meaning of “messiah”) in Mark only on the way to the cross (14:3); so we are anointed in baptism with the sign of the cross.

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Upcoming Events

Happenings you shouldn't miss in the weeks ahead.

Nov 12

Nov 15

Bible Study with Liz

Topic:  Women of the Bible

Mondays at 1:30 pm  and  Thursdays at 6:00 pm

Nov 13

LWR Quilting - St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Adamstown

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Lunch provided


Nov 15

Choir Rehearsal

7:00 pm 

November 15, and 29; December 6, 13 and 20

6:30 pm

December 24


Dec  2

Congregational Meeting

Foilowing worship

Election of Congregational Council members and approval of the 2018 budget


Dec 2

Bell Choir Rehearsal

Following worship

December 2, 9, 16, and 23


Dec  2

Holiday Dinner 

Follows worship and Congregational Meeting

Free will offering and gloves, mittens, scarves and hats are being collected to benefit CrossNet Ministries

Sign up sheet outside of the Pastor's office


Dec  8

"Hands of Hope" Prayer Shawl Ministry

9:30 am - 11:30 am

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

Christmas Project

CrossNet Ministries in New Holland will be hosting a Christmas project in which families in need of joy on Christmas morning will be sponsored by a local congregation.  SJCL will have a family to support.  In addition, CrossNet will be hosting a party for parents to come and pick up their children's gifts.  There will be cookies and hot chocolate for all and parents will have the opportunity to fill a stocking with stuffers that have been provided by the community.  The items for our family will be available later in the month, but in the meantime, SJCL will be collecting the following items through December 2nd:

Beef Jerky   *   Candy   *   Chapstick   *   Chewing Gum   *   Fun Pens or Pencils   *   Glow Sticks

Hair Accessories   *   Hairbrush or Comb   *   Head Phones   *   Jewelry Sets   *   Key Chains

Manicure Sets   *   Matchbox Cars   *   Nail Polish   *    Pez Dispensers   *   Phone Charger   *   Playing Cards

Post-It Notes   *   Silly Putty   *   Shopkins   *   Silly Straws   *   Small books

Small Lego Kits   *   Small Puzzles   *   Small Toys   *   Stickers   *   Sunglasses   

Travel size Shampoo or Body Wash   *   Wallet

"SJCL E-Blast"

Click here to 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