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

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.

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Upcoming Events

Happenings you shouldn't miss in the weeks ahead.


Feb 17

Choir Rehearsal

Sundays following Worship

February 17 and March 3

Feb 18

Feb 21

Bible Study

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

Topic:  The Book of James


Feb 26

LWR Quilting at St. Paul's Lutheran, Adamstown

Tuesdays - February 26

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Lunch provided; all skill levels welcome!


Mar 9

"Hands of Hope" Prayer Shawl Ministry

9:30 am - 11:30 am

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

200th Anniversary Celebration Events

Italian Dinner and Chalk Art

Saturday, March 16th

Breaththrough Movie and Hoss's

Saturday, April 20th

Easter Celebration

Sunday, April 21st

Make It, Take It

Saturday, May 11th

Polka Mass

Sunday, May 19th

Strawberry Festival

Sunday, June 2nd

Bishop James Dunlop Visits

Sunday, June 23rd

Music in the Grove

Sundays during June, July and August

Vacation Bible School

July 15th through 19th

Annual Church Picnic

Sunday, September 8th

Old Time 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

Thanksgiving Dinner

Sunday, November 17th

New York City Bus Trip

Sunday, December 7th

First, We Give of Ourselves

Giving in Grace

This lent, St John Center Lutheran Church embarks on a three-year journey that we are calling “First, We Give of Ourselves.”

Together we will explore discipleship and how we can grow in sharing gifts for ministry. “Giving” is a faith practice and a mark of our discipleship as God’s people in Christ. Over the next three years we will talk together about what it means to “give of ourselves”, how this faith practice relates to growing in discipleship, and what this can mean for ministry in our personal lives and that of our congregation.

Starting this lent, our emphasis will be “Giving in Grace”.

Next lent, we turn to part two of “First, We Give of Ourselves”. The center of our attention will be a conversation on “Giving in Gratitude”.

Then, in our third year, we will conclude our journey with a focus on “Giving in Generosity”. This promises to be a meaningful journey for the family of St John Center.

Plan to walk with us!

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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