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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,

Continuing with my “think summer” theme from last month, I particularly want to highlight the several changes coming to our worship at the end of this month, on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26. That will be the morning that we once again switch to our summer schedule of 1. Sunday School for Adults at 8:45 A.M. in the Conference Room, with no opening, so that we simply join in the regular half-hour study session, ending by about 9:15, 2. Worship at 9:30 A.M., ending promptly by 10:30 so that everyone can get on to those reunions and other summer Sunday plans (this will also be the morning that we move out to the pavilion for the first of our outside summer worship opportunities), and 3. SONDay Celebration (Summer Sunday Schoolfor Grades 4 and younger) with Miss Laurie also at 9:30 A.M. We look forward to another summer of worship here on The Hill, including seven Sunday mornings when we will gather outdoors in the beauty of God's Good Creation.  And this just in – stay tuned for the date of a much-requested return of the Lykens Valley Bluegrass Band to our summer outdoor worship!

​Also, as you hopefully recall, this year’s Annual Strawberry Festival will take place on Wednesday, June 12, in our grove and pavilion.  This edition of the St. John’s Epistle contains the updated committee listing for all of the different tasks that need to be done in order for the day to be a success.  Please be sure to remove the listing and keep it handy (maybe on the refrigerator?), and please be sure to check with your committee chairperson, the overall chairpersons, or with me if you have any questions or concerns about your scheduled work.  ​

​And, as we speak of our Annual Strawberry Festival, please also make note of two other important Strawberry Festival-related dates coming up in the next few weeks: 1. The next planning meeting has been scheduled for Monday, April 29, beginning at 6:30 P.M. and 2. The firstpavilion cleaning and preparation night, which will also serve as our spring outside work night on the church property in general, has been set for Tuesday, May 28, beginning at 5:30 P.M.  (You might remember that, for the past few years, we have had good results combining what had previously been two work nights into one instead of trying to schedule two separate days and times, but this again means that we will again need lots of “hands” to pull off this busy evening of projects.)

​May God bless and guide us as a congregational family as we anticipate the turning of the page to summer and, especially, as we continue our journey through the 50-Day and 7-Sunday long Season of Easter all this month!

Pastor Tom

News from Miss Laurie, Young Christians Minister

Happy May, everyone!  I hope you all had a FANTASTIC Easter; hopefully you were able to participate in all (or at least some) of the festivities here at St. John’s!  Sharing all the Easter activities with my Church family is always a highlight of the year for me.  And this year did not disappoint! 

    As you know, Easter is a SEASON, and we’ll be recreating our “Forty Days of Easter” SONday Celebration this month!  Join us for the fun, food and activities on the last 2 Sundays of May! 

    Other dates to remember:

- Wednesday, May 1st – last meeting of Celebration Club (It’s your last chance before we take a break for the summer.)   Don’t miss out on the fun!!

- Sunday, May 5th – Family Fiesta – Join “Senorita Sunny” and friends immediately after church as we take our food, fun and fellowship south of the border!

- Sunday, May 12th – We’ll be celebrating mothers in SONdayCelebration and during Celebration Time.  Come and see what we’re making for Mom this year!

- Sunday, May 19th and 26th – “Forty Days of Easter” SONdayCelebration 

And don’t forget, our Summer Schedule starts Memorial Day weekend!  During the 

summer, from May 26th through September 8th, SONdayCelebration runs concurrently with Church from 9:30 to 10:30 am.  Come and start your summer Sunday mornings off on the “SON-ny” side!! 

    It looks like it will be a busy month for our Young Christians!  Come and be part of the celebration!!

Miss Laurie


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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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