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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,

Well, June is almost upon us and that means it’s Strawberry Festival time!  That’s right – as your family calendar hopefully already indicates, June 12 is the big day.  But, as with any event of this size, there is a lot more going on than the actual hours of serving on June 12.  Here are most of the scheduling details to bear in mind:

  • Tuesday, May 28, starting at 5:30 P.M. – combined first work night to begin getting the pavilion cleaned up and ready for the Festival and church outside spring property work accomplished (as we did successfully last year, we are consolidating what have traditionally been two annual work nights into one slightly longer evening, but lots of help will be needed.)
  • Friday, June 7, starting at 8:00 A.M. – ham and bar-b-que preparation
  • Saturday, June 8, starting at 8:00 A.M. – chicken soup preparation
  • Monday, June 10, starting at 8:00 A.M. – bean soup and shortcake preparation
  • Tuesday, June 11, starting at 6:30 A.M. - strawberry pie preparation
  • Tuesday, June 11, starting at 6:00 P.M. – strawberry preparation and final cleanup of the pavilion and grove
  • Wednesday, June 12, starting at 8:00 A.M. – all of the final “moving around, hooking up, and plugging in” at the grove and pavilion
  • Wednesday, June 12, starting at 11:30 A.M. – we welcome our guests from Premier at Susquehanna and prepare to open to the public
  • Wednesday, June 12, starting at 12:00 P.M.WE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
  • Wednesday, June 12, starting at approx. 2:30 P.M. – entertainment by Brad Crum, appearing as Elvis
  • Wednesday, June 12, starting at 4:00 P.M. - brief concert by our own young persons, the Celebration Choir, under the direction of Miss Laurie 
  • Wednesday, June 12, starting after 4:30 P.M. – entertainment by the group Shotgunn (which includes our own Darrell Denlinger and Barry Williard!)

Our Strawberry Festival is an event by which our caring and hospitality are known far and wide.  The Strawberry Festival is an event by which we serve as Jesus served – on June 12 by providing a warm and loving and safe time of fun for the whole family, and throughout the following year by using the proceeds to help our neighbors in need and to do many benevolent projects that would not be possible otherwise.  Please remember that this annual tradition belongs to all of us and requires the support of all of us.  If you can’t be present during the day on June 12, please come after work or your other day’s responsibilities – there will still be plenty of need for your help.  If for some reason you cannot help at all on June 12, please consider helping on some of the other important dates.  If physical limitations prevent you from providing that kind of support, please provide your financial support, especially with the donations chart that is posted on the foyer bulletin board.  Just as there are many parts of the one Body – all of them needed – so too there are many kinds of help and support that make up the Strawberry Festival – all of them needed as well.  Please see the list of committee assignments that was included with the May Epistle.  If by chance you have lost or misplaced yours, please don’t hesitate to contact me for another one.

Pastor Tom

News from Miss Laurie, Young Christians Minister

Happy ALMOST summer, everyone!  I can’t believe our school years are coming to an end – it seems like we just got started!  Congrats to ALL our grads from pre-school through college!  Best of luck with your next endeavors!!

It’s June, so you know what that means ……… it’s Strawberry Festival time!  Yum!!!  This year, the festival is on Wednesday, June 12th!  The “Celebration Station” will be back again this year with face painting, treats, and fun with Sunny!  Check us out between 2:00 and 6:00!  Also, the “Cotton Tails” will be performing at 4:00 (right after Elvis)!  Plan to join us for the fun!

More fun is on the way over the summer months – here is a preview:

  • Saturday, June 22nd-Drive-in Movie Night
  • July 22nd – July 25th-“To Mars and Beyond” VBS(Please let me know if you are interested in helping!!)
  • Sunday, July 28th-VBS Sunday and Sunday School Picnic
  • Sunday, July 28th, 7:00 pm-the “Cotton Tails” will be performing during the Berrysburg Bicentennial Worship Service here at St. John’s
  • Saturday, August 3rd-the “Cotton Tails” will be singing on our SONday Celebration float in the Bicentennial Parade
  • Friday, August 9th – Water Fun Night

Mark your calendars for ALL of the above – there’s always something fun going on at the “Hill”!  I know there’s a lot going on over the summer – hopefully our fun activities will be part of your plans!!  Look for more information on these events in my weekly emails!

Also a reminder – we’ve started our Summer Schedule so through September 8th, SONday Celebration meets from 9:30-10:30 each Sunday morning!  Come join the celebration and get your Sundays off to a SON-ny start!!

Wishing you a happy, safe, and blessed summer!!  Don’t forget the sunscreen!  And as always, hope to see you at the celebrations!!

Miss Laurie


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