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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,

This February issue of St. John’s Epistle is a bit more “bare bones” than normal, basically because, here on the monthly deadline to submit items for the newsletter, I am still very much in catch-up mode and I especially want to get the most important monthly information to you without delay.  Next month, I will have some other important updates to share with you, for instance about our congregational family members who are engaged in higher education.  And next month’s Epistle will also include the details of our observance of the Season of Lent, which will begin on Ash Wednesday, which is coming up quite late this year on March 6.  Stay tuned!

There is absolutely no way that Ann and I will ever be able to adequately express our sense of thankfulness for your love and support in the days and weeks following our January 2 medical emergencies (not to even mention your loving greetings during the Christmas Season now past).  I only pray that I, as the person who has the honor of being called here to serve God with you in this wonderful congregational family, will prove worthy of you and all that you have shared with us.  It sounds so inadequate but, on behalf of Ann, and Tim and Dan, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Pastor Tom

News from Miss Laurie, Young Christians Minister

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed a fantastic holiday and is recovered from the wonderful craziness of the Christmas season!

We shared another great year together at St. John’s, and I thought I’d mention some highlights:

SONday Celebration remains strong and we’ve had LOTS of fun celebrations including the Pajama Party Celebration, Snowman Celebration, Jesus Lives Celebration, 40 Days of Easter Celebration, Noah’s Ark Hayride Celebration, Christmas Decoration Celebration, and the Happy Birthday Jesus Celebration. Look for all of these and more in 2019! SONday Celebration meets each Sunday from 9:00 – 10:00. Please join us for the fun!!

We had another great Celebration Station during the Strawberry Festival with face painting, jokes with Monsieur Alphie, and stories with Sunny!

Although rain caused some cancellations, we rode the rapids of God’s love during our “Rolling River Rampage” VBS adventure! We capped off the program with a “Water Fun Night” with water games and a home-made Slip and Slide!

The Celebration Choir sang during the Strawberry Festival and the Pillow Bicentennial Parade. They joined forces with the “Jingle Elves” and also sang for the Berrysburg Winter Blast and for residents at the Polk Personal Care Facility.

We started the “Celebration Club” which meets the first Wednesday of each month and uses games, crafts, snacks and Bible stories to share God’s Word!

We ended the year with a new, interactive Advent activity – “One Starry Night” – and a reenactment of the Nativity Story by children, youth and a few “extras”!

It was an awesome year, and I thank you for allowing me to serve you as the Young Christians Minister! Thanks also to everyone who helps make all the fun activities possible! I am looking forward to even bigger and better things in 2019!

Miss Laurie


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Current Schedule

Every Sunday

9:00am - Sunday School for all ages Preschool through Adult

10:15am - Worship

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.

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Lent Begins Ash Wednesday, March 6

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