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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,

Our 50-Day Celebration of Easter, which begins on April 1 and runs through the Day of Pentecost, May 20, provides us time to consider the center point of the entire biblical story – the victory of Jesus over death and sin, a victory for us and for all Creation.  I was thinking that these 50 days might also be an appropriate time to consider the “big picture” of that biblical story, and so, to aid us in that process, I give you The Bible in 50 Words:

God made,                              Adam bit,                                Noah arked,

Abraham split,                       Joseph ruled,                          Jacob fooled,

Bush talked,                           Moses balked,                         Pharaoh plagued,

People walked,                       Sea divided,                            Tablets guided,

Promise landed,                     Saul freaked,                          David peeked,

Prophets warned,

Jesus born,                             God walked,                           Love talked,

Anger crucified,                     Hope died,                              Love rose,

Spirit flamed,                         Word spread,                         God remained!

I believe it was in seminary days that I first came across these words, and so I assume they have been circulating for many years.  May they be a blessing to you this Easter Season. 

Easter is also a time about new beginnings of all kinds and so, with that in mind, I want to mention a brand new Sunday School offering that will be getting started on Sunday, April 8.  Olivia Williard has heard the Call of God to begin a Sunday morning class for junior high folks, basically those in Grades 5 and 6.  Please see her for more information, and also please say “thanks” for this new faith formation initiative!

Don't forget to read on to see Miss Laurie's April letter, where she will have more to say about this new class, as well as our “Easter Celebration Worship” coming up at 10:15am on the 8th.

Pastor Tom

News from Miss Laurie, Young Christians Minister

Happy April everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed a fabulous Easter with family and friends!  And isn’t it great that spring is finally here?!

As we continue to celebrate our risen Lord, please join us on Sunday, April 8th for a special Easter “Celebration” Service!  This service will be a family-friendly worship experience (similar to the 4:00 Christmas Eve Service) using a more contemporary format.  There will be “jazzed-up” versions of traditional hymns, some special music, and our young Christians will be involved in the service.  There will be a Sunny Sermon too!  Mark your calendars and plan to attend!!

And the celebration continues!  On April 29th, we’re having a special “40 days of Easter” SONday Celebration where we’ll learn and explore things that happened to Jesus between Easter and Ascension Day.  Bring your appetites to this one – there will be LOTS of snacks!  It’s another worship experience our young Christians won’t want to miss!

Starting the Sunday after Easter, Olivia Williard will be leading a new Sunday morning class for 5th and 6th graders!  Some of the older kids may feel like SONday Celebration is geared toward the younger children, so Olivia is tailoring a class especially to this age group.  If you have a youth in 5th or 6th grade, bring them April 8th at 9:00! 

There are always new things in the works!!  Wishing you all the wonder of new life that springtime and the season of Easter bring!!

Miss Laurie


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9:00 SONDay Celebration, Confirmation Class, Sr High Sunday School, Adult Sunday School

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History Book Available

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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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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