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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,

By the time you are reading these lines, we will be in the thick of summer.  For many of us, that means increased travel, especially on the weekends.  Heading north to a family cottage, taking the camper to a favorite campground, even heading across the country – the change of pace and scenery that are the stuff of wonderful summer memories!

But as you enjoy that change of pace and scenery, one thing that shouldn’t and doesn’t have to change is the weekly rhythm of worship with fellow Christians.  Being too far away to make it back here to your congregational family home for worship doesn’t mean that you have to miss being fed in worship.  Even in the most remote places, we are never more than a reasonable drive from a Sunday gathering of fellow Christians.  And many state parks, national parks, and private campgrounds offer Sunday worship opportunities – Ann and I spent several summers in our younger years involved in this work.  Please let me know if I can ever be of help in locating a Lutheran Christian congregational family near where you are headed – or you can use the congregational locator tool on elca.org.  And if there isn’t a Lutheran Christian gathering nearby, no problem!  It can be a great and invigorating experience to be in worship with Christians from another branch of the One Christian Family.  Please let me know about the experiences you have – and bring along a bulletin if you think of it.  Above all, don’t miss out!

And speaking of worship, as you hopefully already know, on Sunday evening, July 28, at 7:00 we will have the honor of hosting the official Berrysburg/Mifflin Township Bicentennial Worship, which will kick off an historic week-long celebration.  Included in this St. John’s Epistle is an item from Carol Hubler and Judy Ferree including a rehearsal schedule for a community teen/adult choir.  Also, there is information about the community children’s choir that will be led by Miss Laurie and Louise Baumgardner.  And in the weeks ahead, I will be looking for folks to serve as greeters and ushers and Matt Williard will be seeking persons to help him with a parking team for that evening.  Please stay tuned – and don’t forget that, after the worship which we anticipate lasting no more than an hour, we will all make our way out to the pavilion for an old-fashioned ice cream social to end the evening.

May your travels be safe ones, and your homecomings joyful ones!

Pastor Tom

News from Miss Laurie, Young Christians Minister

Happy July, everyone!  I hope you’re all enjoying the warm weather, holiday festivities and vacation-time!  AND I hope you plan to include our fun activities among your summer plans!

With school over and summer underway, that can only mean one thing.......it’s time for Vacation Bible School!  This year our theme is “To Mars and Beyond”!  Come join us as we discover how far God’s love can take us!  Hopefully this year, the weather will cooperate, and we’ll get the whole week in.  No matter what, VBS is ALWAYS a great time!  If you’re interested in helping, please let me know.  Remember, it takes a village!!!!

In addition to VBS, we have lots of other fun activities planned, so please mark your calendars and remember these dates in July and August:

  • July 22nd – July 25th , 6:30 – 8:45 pm-“To Mars and Beyond” VBS
  • Sunday, July 28th , 10:00 am -VBS Sunday and Sunday School Picnic
  • Sunday, July 28th, 7:00 pm-Berrysburg Bicentennial Worship Service here at St. Johns – the “Strawberry Jammers” will be performing during the service
  • Saturday, August 3rd , 2:00 pm- Berrysburg Bicentennial Parade - the “Strawberry Jammers” will be singing on our SONday Celebration float
  • Friday, August 9th, 6:00 pm– Water Fun Night – “Slip-n-Slide” your way to a good time

It’s always fun getting together with your church family, so I hope you’ll be able to join us for ALL of these great activities! 

In the mean time, enjoy the rest of your summer, and DON”T forget the sunscreen!!  As always, see you at the Celebration!!

Miss Laurie


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