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 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


Sunday, December 1st,

worship begins 

at 10:45 am.

Early birds - bring your own coffee and

be prepared to wait for the rest of us!

Upcoming Events

Happenings you shouldn't miss in the weeks ahead.


Dec 12

Choir Practice

Thursdays at 7:00 pm

December 12th, and 19th

*December 24th - 5:20 pm - practice; 5:45 pm - Carol Sing


Dec 11

Dec 18

Prayer Circle

2:00 pm each 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.


Dec 14

"Hands of Hope" Prayer Shawl Ministry

9:00 am - Noon

2nd Saturday of the month at Ephrata Manor Apartment Library


Dec 15

Bell Choir Rehearsal

Following Worship

December 15 and​ 22


Dec 15

Christmas Caroling

2:00 pm - Meet at the church and join in the fun!


Dec 24

Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Worship Service

5:45 pm - Carol Sing

6:00 pm - Worship Service


Jan 20


Jan 23

Unbinding the Soul

Four-Week Study in Prayer and Community

1:30 pm - Mondays

6:00 -m - Thursdays

Books are $6.  See Pastor Tom to purchase.

The Ordination of Mark Fischer

Congratulations to Mark Fischer, our first Vicar, as he was ordained into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament, on November 13, 2019, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, in York, Pennsylvania.

The peace of Christ be with you always.

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.

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