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Thank you so much for visiting the home of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Berrysburg, PA – the historic Hill Church – on the World Wide Web! 

Founded in 1780, ours is a congregational family with a deep and rich heritage that informs out efforts to reach out to our present-day community – near and far – with the Gospel of Jesus.  In my years of service here, I have come to see that we are a congregational family that defies easy description.  We have the warmth and intimacy of a small congregation, while also being blessed with an extraordinary body of committed and gifted believers that allows us to do many of the ministries of a large congregation.  We hope that you will visit often – here, from the comfort of your computer or smart phone or other electronic device, but also in person.  Whether you are seeking a family of believers with which to join in serving God, or just stopping to take in the view, we would love to welcome you in person to “The Hill”!     - Pastor Tom

Letter from the Pastor

Dear Friends in Jesus,

Our journey through the Season of Lent begins this month, with our observance of Ash Wednesday on March 6 at 7:00 P.M. with a Liturgy of Holy Communion, including the optional imposition of ashes.  Those desiring to receive the mark of a cross, traced in ashes on their forehead, will come forward at the appropriate time in the worship, much as we come forward to receive Holy Communion.  As is traditional here at St. John, those communing will have the option of receiving the wine from the common cup. 

Then, on subsequent Wednesday evenings during Lent, the Lutheran, United Church of Christ, and United Methodist congregations of the Berrysburg and Elizabethville area will again join together for a light supper and worship.  The supper, consisting of simple items like soup and sandwiches, will begin at 6:15 P.M.  Following supper, at 7:00 P.M., we will join in worship.  Worship will end before 8:00 P.M.  The host pastor of each congregation will lead the worship, while the pastors will each take turns preaching in a congregation other than their own.  Our theme for this year’s series will be A Journey of Forty…  Why Lent? in which we will take a look each week at a different significant forty-day period in the Bible and what each might say about our forty-day (not counting Sundays) journey through the Season of Lent. The details for these Wednesday evenings are as follows:

Date Host Congregation Preacher/Character
March 13 St. John Rev. Ray Holland
Forty Days: Moses on the Mountain
March 20 St. Peters United Church of Christ Crossroads Rev. Jim Lewis
Forty Days: Elijah Fleeing
March 27 Trinity United Methodist Church
Rev. Dr. Nathan Minnich
Forty Days: Noah and the Flood
April 3 Salem Lutheran Church
Pastor Tom
Forty Days: Israelites Camping
April 10 Salem United Church of Christ
Rev. Jeff Wagner
Forty Days: Jesus Tempted

Please don’t miss these opportunities to have your faith refreshed and deepened, as we journey together through the Season of Lent.  May God bless us as we once again make our way along this pathway that leads to the Cross!

Pastor Tom

News from Miss Laurie, Young Christians Minister

Well, I’m thinking Mr. Groundhog really DID see his shadow after all, because on this snowy day, spring feels awfully far away!  Those few days of spring-like temperatures have given me “Spring Fever” in a BIG way!  I suppose we’ll have to hang on to the old adage, “Good things come to those who wait.”  As for me, I’m WAITING for SPRING!!!

     The Lenten season is upon us, and because Ash Wednesday falls on the first Wednesday of March (and since the first Wednesday of the month is our usual meeting time), Celebration Club will meet on THURSDAY, March 7th!  If Wednesday hasn’t worked for you, come out on the first Thursday of March for all the fun!  In February, we had 20 friends participate (our largest crowd so far)!  This month, we’ll be talking about how Jesus is stronger and more powerful than any storm we face!  Join us for Celebration Club – it’s a great evening and an amazing time of young Christian fellowship!

     Also mark your calendars for a special “Wearing of the Green” SONday Celebration on March 17th!  Wear something green and join us at 9:00 for some St. Patrick’s Day fun!

     As we begin this new season of Lent, may your journey bring you closer to God and the awareness of how much we need Him in our lives.  “Celebrate” the season (and the coming of spring)!!

Miss Laurie


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Current Schedule

Every Sunday

9:00am - Sunday School for all ages Preschool through Adult

10:15am - Worship

Our Mission

St. John congregation, responding to the call of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel, unites together to preach and teach the Word, administer the sacraments, and carry out God's mission. With God's guidance and grace, we strive to boldly proclaim by word and action the reconciling Gospel of Jesus: Working together for justice and peace, and caring for those in need in our community and world. We invite everyone to join us wherever you are on your faith journey.

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