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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 9:30 am Gathering on the lower level of the church to review the day's Lessons .

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.


Mar 23

Fellowship Breakfast at Yoder's Restaurant

8:30 am

Sign up sheet available through March 17th


Mar 24

Bach and Bonhoeffer

4:00 pm

Lititz Church of the Brethren | 300 W Orange St, Lititz, PA

Felix Hell, International Organist

Bob Kettering, Narrator

Suggested Donation - $10

In Johann Sebastian Bach and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, we find two extraordinary individuals who, through their art, express hope and light in situations that appear to be overthrown with darkness and despair."


Mar 27

North Lancaster Count Lutheran Cluster Mid-Week Lenten Services

7:00 pm

March 27 - held at Muddy Creek, Denver, with Pastor Newell Embley preaching on Word Alone

April 3 - held at Bergstrasse, Ephrata, with Pastor Tim Craven preaching on Christ Alone

April 10 - held at Mellinger's, Stevens, with Pastor Tom Darr preaching on Glory to God Alone

May 30 - Ascension Day - held at Swamp, Denver, with Pastor Schwabe-Fry preaching

Offering proceeds will benefit Ephrata Area Social Services.

Inclement weather?  Contact the host church after 10:00 am on the day of the service.


Mar 28

Lenten Luncheon at St. John Center United Church of Christ


Lunch provided followed by a speaker


Mar 27

Volunteer at Colonial Lodge for Bowling!

1:30 pm

See Alvin McCoy for details


Mar 29

Volunteer at Colonial Lodge for Bingo!

1:30 pm

See Alvin McCoy for details


Apr 4

Choir and Bell Rehearsals

Choir Rehearsals

7:00 pm - April 4

7:00 pm - April 11

7:00 pm - April 16 with UCC Choir at St. John Center Lutheran

6:30 pm - April 19

7:00 pm - April 25

7:00 pm - May 2, 9, 16, 23

6:30 pm - May 31 - refreshments and fellowship to follow practice

9:30 am - June 2 - Music Sunday

10:15 am - Last day for the choir before Summer Break

Bell Rehearsals

April 7 and 14


Apr 13

"Hands of Hope" Prayer Shawl Ministry

9:30 am - 11:30 am

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


Apr 20

Easter Egg Hunt

10:00 am

All children, ages 14 and under, are invited to attend


Apr 20

Movie and Dinner at Hoss's

Time to be determined

Movie - "Breakthrough" at Penn Cinema

Followed by dinner at Hoss's

Sign up by April 7th

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!

The next Giving in Grace Bible Study is March 24 at 9:30

This is a four-week study and a key spiritual growth opportunity in the "First, We Give of Ourselves" emphasis.  

We will gather at 9:30 am with something sweet and a coffee and a desire for God's Word to lead us.

"SJCL E-Blast"

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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