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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 13 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 13.

Here are most of the details to bear in mind:

  • May 29, 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.)
  • June 8, starting at 8:00 A.M. – ham and bar-b-que preparation
  • June 9, starting at 8:00 A.M. – chicken corn soup preparation
  • June 11, starting at 8:00 A.M. – bean soup preparation, filling quart containers with soup, and baking shortcakes
  • June 12, starting at 6:30 A.M. - strawberry pie preparation
  • June 12, starting at 6:00 P.M. - cleaning and preparation of strawberries and the covering of the pies
  • June 12, starting at 6:30 P.M. – the final work night to finish the preparation of the pavilion and grove
  • June 13, starting at 8:00 A.M. – all of the final “moving around, hooking up, and plugging in” takes place at the grove and pavilion
  • June 13, starting at 11:30 A.M. – we welcome our guests from Premier at Susquehanna and prepare to open to the public
  • June 13, starting at 12:00 P.M. – WE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
  • June 13, starting at approx. 2:30 P.M. – entertainment by Brad Crum, appearing as Elvis
  • June 13, starting at 4:00 P.M. - brief concert by our own young persons, the Celebration Choir, under the direction of Miss Laurie
  • June 13, starting after 4:30 P.M. – entertainment by the group Shotgunn (which includes our own Darrell Denlinger and Barry Williard!)

The 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 13 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 for some reason you cannot help on June 13, please consider helping on some of the other important dates. If physical limitations prevent you from providing that kind of support, please

Pastor Tom

News from Miss Laurie, Young Christians Minister

I can’t believe school is over!  We wrapped things up at Little Hands on May 22nd.  We’re only a couple weeks out, and I already miss my little friends!  But like one wise preschooler told me, “Don’t be sad, Miss Laurie, there will be other kids coming to take our place!”  So true, and such is the cycle of life (and preschool).

With school over and summer on the way, I just wanted to list a few upcoming events to look forward to in the coming months:

  • Wednesday, June 13th – Strawberry Festival    This year at the “Celebration Site” we’re featuring Face Painting with Missy, Jokes with Monsieur Alphie, and Story Time with Sunny!  Stop by and check it out!

CALLING ALL KIDS!!!  The Celebration Choir is also going to be singing at the Strawberry Festival (at 4:00).  People love to hear the kids, so please lend your voices as we lift them up to God!

  • July 23rd – July 27th     Vacation Bible School     Join us for “Roaring River Rampage” and experience the ride of a LIFETIME with God!!  Registration will again be available through our website, through my weekly email, or by hard copy (copies will be available in the lobby).

  • Sometime in August, I want to have another “Drive-in Movie Night”!  I’ll keep you posted on a date for this one!!

  • Throughout the summer, join us for SONday Celebration from 9:30 – 10:30!  I’m planning several cool events including a “Science with Jesus” series!!!  

Mark your calendars and be part of the Celebration for all our upcoming events!   Wishing you all a fantastic summer!!

Miss Laurie


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The 1980-2010 Congregational History Booklet is available for purchase at $15. In addition, a set of three booklets, including the 1955 and 1980 booklets, is available for $25. All proceeds from these sales go to our History/Anniversary Fund, which will, among other things, provide the seed money for a 250th Anniversary celebration in 2030. To make a purchase, please contact Helen Henninger, Lois Lesher, or Carol Hassinger.

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