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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, this is one of those years where it seems as though we no sooner take away the last greenery of Christmas than we are bringing in the rugged cross of Lent!  We will observe Ash Wednesday, the traditional beginning of the Season of Lent, on February 14 at 7:00 P.M. with a Liturgy of Holy Communion, including the optional imposition of ashes.  Those desiring to receive the mark of a cross, traced in ashes on their forehead, will come forward at the appropriate time in the worship, much as we come forward to receive Holy Communion.  As is traditional here at St. John, those communing will have the option of receiving the wine from the common cup. 

Then, on subsequent Wednesday evenings during Lent, the Lutheran, United Church of Christ, and United Methodist congregations of the Berrysburg and Elizabethville area will again join together for a light supper and worship.  The supper, consisting of simple items like soup and sandwiches, will begin at 6:15 P.M.  Following supper, at 7:00 P.M., we will join in worship.  Worship will end before 8:00 P.M.  Once again this year, the host pastor of each congregation will lead the worship, while the pastors will each take turns preaching in a congregation other than their own.  Our theme for this year’s Lenten series will be Lent with Peanuts.  With a nod to the best-selling book The Gospel According to Peanuts, we will take a look each week at one of the characters from the beloved series and what insights for our faith journeys we might gain from her or him. The details for these Wednesday evenings are as follows:

Date Host Congregation Preacher/Character
February 21 St. John Rev. Ray Holland
Peppermint Patty
February 28 Peace United Church of Christ
Rev. Nathan Minnich
March 7 Trinity United Methodist Church
Pastor Tom
March 14 Salem Lutheran Church
Rev. Jeff Wagner
March 21 Salem United Church of Christ
Rev. Jim Lewis

Please don’t miss these opportunities to have your faith refreshed and deepened, as we journey together through the Season of Lent.  May God bless us as we once again make our way along this pathway that leads to the Cross!

And, having mentioned Christmas as I began this letter, I want to, before I close, again join with Ann and Dan and Tim in thanking you, our congregational family, for the many expressions of love we received during the Christmas and Advent seasons.  Your kind words, your cards, your gifts and, of course, the congregational gift were truly sources of great joy for us.  We are indeed blessed as we approach eighteen years of life and ministry together with you here on “The Hill”!

Pastor Tom

News from Miss Laurie, Young Christians Minister

Happy New Year and hello 2018!  I can’t believe that I’ve been “at your service” for a whole year now!  It seems like it was just yesterday that Pastor Tom was “swearing me in” as your new Young Christians Minister.   But in another way, it feels like I’ve always been a part of the St. John’s community.  EVERYONE has been so gracious and welcoming and encouraging!  I’ve always felt like part of the team!  Thank you all for making my first year at St. John’s a remarkable experience!  With your support, I’m looking to build on the successes of this first year and do more things to engage our young Christians in ministry and service to God.  Together, we can do great things!!! 

And the adventure CONTINUES………Miss Laurie


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Current Schedule

Every Sunday

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

10:15 Worship

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.

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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