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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 I write these lines, it is a very chilly day in early March, and, eventhough the Season of Lent has begun (the name “Lent” coming from an Old English word having to do with “spring”), it still feels a lot like winter.  And so I would really like to “think summer” and invite you to do the same as I highlight some important dates and times for our congregational family life this coming summer.

​+Our Sunday Morning Summer Schedule will begin on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26, and run through the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, September 1, with Adult Sunday School (minus an opening time) running from 8:45 to 9:15 A.M., followed by Worship and SONDay Celebration (for persons in Grade 4 and younger) both at 9:30 A.M.

​+Our schedule of Summer Outdoor Worship will be as follows: May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend), June 16 (Father's Day weekend), July 7(Independence Day Weekend – “Colonial” Order for Holy Communion), July 14, July 28 (Vacation Bible School Closing Program, followed by Annual Picnic), August 18, and September 1 (Labor Day Weekend – Holy Communion).  Altogether, we will again have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoor beauty of “the Hill” in worship for a total of seven times this summer.

​+As was already mentioned in last month's Epistle, the date of this year's Annual Strawberry Festival will be Wednesday, June 12.  Please watch for next month's Epistle, which will include the complete committee/work list, and consider attending the next planning meeting, which will be coming up on Monday, April 29, at 6:30 P.M. at the church.

​+Vacation Bible School will be held each evening from Monday, July 22, through Friday, July 26, with the closing program taking place – as mentioned above – on Sunday, July 28, outside in the pavilion.  Miss Laurie is just in the early stages of her planning for a week of VBS which will take us To Mars and Beyond, but please consider giving her a call to lend your time and talents.  (Also be sure to add to your calendar the return of last year’s very popular “spin off” from VBS – an Outdoor Water Fun Night on Friday, August 9.)

​+And last, but most certainly not least, we will have the honor of making history by hosting the official Berrysburg/Mifflin Township Bicentennial Worship on Sunday evening, July 28, at 7:00 P.M., kickingoff a week-long celebration.  Pastor Jeff Wagner and I are planning a time of worship which will give us all the flavor of what worship was like 200 years ago for our Reformed and Lutheran Christian ancestors (but withoutthe hour – or more – long sermon!).  Carol Hubler and Judy Ferree will be directing a community adult choir and Miss Laurie and Louise Baumgardner will be leading a community choir for our young persons –watch for more information in the Easter Season.  And, following worship, at 8:00 P.M., it is planned that everyone will gather in our pavilion for an old-fashioned ice cream social.

​Please don’t hesitate to check with me – or with any of the other folks named above – for further information about any of these plans.  As always, thank you for reading and for your partnership in the Gospel!

Pastor Tom

News from Miss Laurie, Young Christians Minister

Well, it’s finally here – SPRING has arrived!  The days are getting longer, the temperature is warming up (let’s hope it STAYS up), and I’m pretty sure I saw my first robin!!  The arrival of spring also means that Easter is on the way, and we’ll be doing lots of things to celebrate the Easter season!

First, Celebration Club gets back to its original meeting day – the first Wednesday of the month!  Join us on April 3rd for our Celebration Club Easter EGG-stravaganza!!  Will there be fun games and activities and LOTS of treats?  You know there will!!  But more importantly, we’ll be learning about the true meaning of Easter, and celebrating the fact that JESUS LIVES!!

Then on Palm Sunday, April 14th, come and be part of the crowd that will be cheering for Jesus as he triumphantly enters the city! We’ll need all our young Christians waving palms and shouting “Hosanna” BOTH in SONday Celebration and thenoutside to kick-off our Palm Sunday Worship service!

April 21st is Easter and we’ll ring in the morning “celebration” style!  Join us for our “Jesus Lives” SONdayCelebration with lots of activities to rejoice in our risen Lord!  And don’t miss the fun that continues in worship during Celebration Time!

The last Sunday of April – the 28th – we’ll again be having an Easter “Celebration” Service!  Come experience this more contemporary, kid-friendly worship service which will feature “jazzed-up” versions of traditional Easter Hymns, music from our Celebration Choir and, of course, a Sunny Sermon!  It will be a fun service and a great way to keep our hearts engaged inthe season of Easter!!

Mark your calendars and join us for ALL these awesome Easter activities!  Wishing you a HAPPY SPRING and a blessed, and joyful Easter season!

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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