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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

Some months ago, Fay Nichols forwarded to me one of the daily emails to which she subscribes from Christian author Max Lucado.  This one contained what he calls his “Laws of the Lighthouse”, which appeared in his 2006 book In the Eye of the Storm.  With thanks to Fay for sharing with me, I would like to share it with you in this time of literal and figurative storms through which we are passing:

The Laws of the Lighthouse contain more than good ideas, personal preferences, and honest opinions. They are God-given, time-tested truths that define the way you should navigate your life. Observe them and enjoy secure passage. Ignore them and crash against the ragged rocks of reality.  The wise captain shifts the direction of her or his craft according to the signal of the lighthouse. A wise person does the same.  Herewith, then, are the lights I look for and the signals I heed:

– Love God more than you fear hell.
– Once a week, let a child take you on a walk.
– Make major decisions in a cemetery.
– When no one is watching, live as if someone is.
– Succeed at home first.
– Don’t spend tomorrow’s money today.
– Pray twice as much as you fret.
– Listen twice as much as you speak.
– Only harbor a grudge when God does.
– Never outgrow your love of sunsets.
– Treat people like angels; you will meet some and help make some.
– ‘Tis wiser to err on the side of generosity than on the side of scrutiny.
– God has forgiven you; you’d be wise to do the same.
– When you can’t trace God’s hand, trust his heart.
– Toot your own horn and the notes will be flat.
– Don’t feel guilty for God’s goodness.
– The book of life is lived in chapters, so know your page number.
– Never let the important be the victim of the trivial.
– Live your liturgy.

To sum it all up: Approach life like a voyage on a schooner. Enjoy the view. Explore the vessel. Make friends with the captain. Fish a little. And then get off when you get home.

God go with, guide, and bless you in your journeys of all kinds!

Pastor Tom

News from Miss Laurie, Young Christians Minister

Happy autumn everyone!  I hope all the rainy weather we’ve had up to this point is NOT an indication of the amount of snowfall that is coming our way!  I like snow, but at this rate, we might be looking more like Siberia than Central Pennsylvania. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what God has in store for us!!

Now that we’re back into the regular Sunday School schedule, I just wanted to remind everyone that we have classes structured for EVERY young Christian:

  • SONday Celebration for ages pre-school through 4th grade
  • Jr. High Class with Olivia Williard for 5th and 6th graders
  • Catechism instruction for7th and 8th graders
  • Sr. High Class with Matt Williard for 9th through 12th graders

Classes run from 9:00 – 10:00 each Sunday morning.  Start the week out right by learning about and experiencing God’s love!  If you’re already participating, bring a friend!!

Speaking of which, Sunday, October 7th is “Bring a Friend” to SONday Celebration!  We’ll have lots of activities focusing on friendship and our BEST friend, Jesus!  Grab your “bestie” and join us for the fun!!

Also mark your calendars for another outside movie experience!  Join us on Saturday, October 20th, for a “Drive-in by the Fire”!!  Starting at 6:00, we’ll be roasting marshmallows and making s’mores!!  As soon as it’s dark enough, we’ll start the show!  Sit in your car or outside on a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy watching on the “big screen” (or in our case, the side of the shed)! 

Another program I hope to launch this month is “Celebration Club” – a fun, faith-filled interactive experience for children ages 3 through 4th grade!  The Club will meet one Wednesday each month from 6:30-8:30 pm.  We’ll use music, crafts, active games, snacks and Bible stories to immerse the children in God’s word – it will be like a mini VBS experience!  I’ll keep you posted on the start date in my weekly email.  I hope you’ll join in the Celebration!!

Enjoy the sights and smells of autumn and have a blessed October!

Miss Laurie


• Green Team
• Youth Group
• Women's Group
• Clean Up Crew
• Sunday School Committee
• Men's Choir
• Dartball League
• Blanket Making Committee

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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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