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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,   

As we get into that time of year when a sweater or a blanket can be a really nice and comfortable/comforting thing, it seems a good time to mention our prayer shawl ministry.  As you hopefully recall, prayer shawls were introduced to our congregational family a few years ago now, under the auspices of our St. John Women of the ELCA. The concept is that, as someone of any age or gender who is going through a difficult time in their life and faith journey (for whatever reason at all) is given a blessed prayer shawl, the soft warmth of the fabric surrounding them is a great embodiment and reminder of the love and grace of God which is also surrounding them.  I have seen folks drape them around their shoulders as a shawl is often worn, use them as a blanket for their lap, place them over a particular body part that is giving them problems – the possibilities are as numerous as are the recipients.

We are very fortunate to have a number of people who, under the guidance of Barb Bullock, knit or crochet these beautiful pieces and bring them to the church.  Then, every so often, we display a new “batch” in worship and join together to ask God’s blessing on those shawls and, through them, on those persons who will receive them.  The intention of the ministry is that each person receive just one shawl “for life”, to be used in whatever time(s) of brokenness they are facing or will ever face. (But with that said, every now and then prayer shawls can be lost – as when someone is discharged from the hospital and the folks gathering their things miss including the shawl – and there is absolutely nothing wrong with contacting me for a replacement.)

Now that enough time has passed so that a great many members of our congregational family have already received blessed prayer shawls, we want to make sure that even more folks who are known to be hurting in body, mind, or spirit have the same opportunity.  To this end, anyone from our congregational family can arrange to pick up and deliver a blessed shawl to a person known to them in any way who is struggling in any way. Typically, I would be the person to see for a blessed shawl, but the person requesting the shawl is welcome to help in selecting one of a particular color or fabric.  And typically, we keep a record for posterity of all those who have received blessed shawls but, if anonymity would be best for some reason, that can also be worked out. 

Please don’t hesitate to see me to learn more about prayer shawls in general, to learn more about our prayer shawl ministry, or to pick up a blessed shawl!

Pastor Tom

News from Miss Laurie, Young Christians Minister

Happy November, everyone!  It’s been a beautiful autumn so far – I hope the awesome weather continues!!

And speaking of good weather, we’ll be hoping for it on November 3rd as we begin the month with one of our favorite activities – the annual hayride!  This year in addition to the hayride, we’re having a “Pumpkin Bash” and doing some pumpkin related activities including decorating pumpkins!  We’ll also discuss how being a Christian is like being a pumpkin! Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the fun! (By the way, Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3rd, so remember to set your clocks back an hour on Saturday night so you don’t miss it!!!)

The November meeting of Celebration Club is Wednesday, November 6th!  Join us at 6:30 as we hear the story of Jesus walking on water!  There will be music, games, a craft and a snack that will reinforce the story!  And as always, there will be treats galore!! Come and be part of the Celebration Club adventure!!

On Sunday, November 24th, we’ll again be making ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree in our Celebration Space.  We had a great turnout last year and it was a lot of fun, so plan to join us after worship for pizza and crafts!!  And you’ll get last year’s ornaments to take home with you so you can decorate your tree at home, too!

Wishing you all a wonderful month!  I hope it is a time of family and fellowship with the emphasis on thanking God for ALL He does for us each and every day!  Happy Thanksgiving and happy November!    

Miss Laurie


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• Women's Group
• Clean Up Crew
• Men's Choir
• Dartball League
• Blanket Making Committee
• Sunday School Committee

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Current Schedule

Every Sunday

9:00am - SONDay Celebration

9:00am - Adult Sunday School, Confirmation Class, Youth Sunday School

10:15am - Worship with Celebration Time

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.

GIfts of God

Thanksgiving Eve Worship

Our annual Berrysburg Area Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Worship will be held on Wednesday, November 27, at 7:00 P.M. at Peace United Church of Christ in Berrysburg. Pastor Tom will be speaking that evening and Pastor Jeff Wagner of the Lykens Valley UCC Charge will host and lead our worship. Please don't miss this opportunity to worship and give thanks
with your Christian neighbors!

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