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 is deeply committed to 

living out God's love in word and deed...

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.


Jul 13

"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 -19

Vacation Bible School

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Reservation forms on the table in the Narthex.  See Jodi Ravert with questions. 

Mon - Fri

Jul 15

Aug 5

CrossNet Summer Lunch Program

SJCL Volunteers needed for weeks of July 15th and August 5th, 11:30 - 12:30, two volunteers per day.  Meals distributed at the Skate Park in Terre HIll.

Sign up sheets will be available closer to the event

Music in the Grove

Upcoming Shows

Sun July 7

6:00 pm - Horst Brothers

Sun July 14

6:00 pm - Sunnyside

Sun July 21

6:00 pm - Hertzog Trio

Sun July 28

6:00 pm - Summit Hill

Sun August 4

6:00 pm - Amazing Grace

Sun August 11

6:00 pm - Potters Clay and Pine Ridge Ramblers

Sun August 18

6:00 pm - Remington Ryde

Grove Amenities and Menu

Vacation Bible School

July 15-19, 2019

"God's Good Creation"

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

All children, ages 3-13, are invited

This year's program celebrates the animals that God has created and how animals help us and our neighbors.

Stories, games, crafts and fun for all!

Call Jodi at 717.445.7061 for enrollment information.

200th Anniversary Celebration Events

Polka Mass

Sunday, August 11

Annual Church Picnic

Sunday, September 8th

Old Timey 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

Vickie Kissinger and 

Dr. Jun Chon Recital

Saturday, November 9th, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving Dinner

Sunday, November 17th

New York City Bus Trip

Saturday, December 7th

School Kit Collections

Ongoing collections during the Summer months for Lutheran World Relief School Kits and 

supplies for children at Brecknock Elementary School.

What is Needed

Soap Collections

A box is located on the first floor near the water cooler to drop off donations of new bars of soap (any size) to be sent to Lutheran World Relief.

Learn More

"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