St John center lutheran church

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A Message from Pastor Sandy

Greetings to you and I am so happy you are checking out St. John’s Center Lutheran web site. After you read about us I hope you will also drop by on a Sunday morning to visit us I look forward to meeting you in the name of Christ Jesus!

I come back to Center Lutheran after serving here a number of years ago as an Interim. My name is Pastor Sandy Gideon but I go by Pastor Sandy. I have been in the area for over 21 years so I am very familiar with our congregation and the surrounding area. I graduated from Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary in 1993 with my Master of Divinity degree. During seminary I focused on the small church and then did my internship at a 2-point parish in Iowa. My first call was in Cumberland, Maryland where I served as a youth pastor following which I went to Dillsburg, PA to serve a small parish. I have been at the same parish in Adamstown since 1999. I now come full circle serving 2 churches by joining back with Center Lutheran.

When I am not busy with parish ministry I spend time traveling to listen to my daughter’s music performances at college, working in the yard, caring for my mother and relaxing. But one thing I really love to do is traveling so far having visited 10 countries and much of the United states. You might also recognize my name from the Ephrata Review where I have been writing pastor columns throughout the year for almost 20 years.

I am a very down to earth person and most people would describe me as someone who is easy to talk with so please feel free to reach out to me. I believe that God’s Word has something relevant to say to us and we can learn a lot if we are willing to share who we are and what we know with one another.

Finally, I give thanks to God for allowing us to minister to one another – with the love of Christ. Believing in Christ and following Him in faith is a great and ongoing adventure. We are starting a new adventure at Center and I hope you will join us here.  Please feel free to contact me.

Grace, Peace, Love and Joy in Christ Jesus,

Pastor Sandy

You are not only responsible for what you say,

but also what you do not say.

Martin Luther