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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

​September is a month of transition, from the things of summer to the things of the coming autumn, and our congregational family life is no exception. Much too soon it seems for many of us, we gather for our final outdoor worship experience on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, September 2. I would like to use the rest of my letter this month to highlight the Sunday schedule changes which take place in the two weeks following Labor Day. ​

Our schedule on the Sunday following Labor Day (September 9) will again this year be a kind of mixture of summer and autumn. From 8:45 to 9:15 A.M., I will lead a combined Adult Sunday School Class downstairs in the conference room. Our 9:30 A.M. worship, also on our summer schedule, will be a “SONDay Celebration” worship, featuring a time of sharing from our crew which attended the National Youth Gathering in Houston, TX back at the end of June and also including a Sunny Sermon by Miss Laurie, music by the Celebration Choir, and our Annual Blessing of the Backpacks led by me (for which all students – Preschool through Grade 12 – are asked to bring along their school backpacks for a time of recognition, blessing, and prayer, as a new school year gets underway). As has become our annual custom, when our worship ends at 10:30 A.M., it will be time to head out for our congregational outing to Knoebel's, where we have a pavilion set aside for our use and where everyone attending will gather with their covered dish and container of drink for sharing to join in lunch together, followed by plenty of time for riding. (Our younger members will have some ride tickets provided, through the recent Subway card fundraiser.) ​

Then, on Sunday, September 16 and following Sundays, we will be fully back to our fall schedule of SONDay Celebration (a creative and vibrant Sunday School experience for those in Grades 4 and younger) Jr. High Sunday School, Confirmation Class, and Sr. High Sunday School downstairs, getting underway at 9:00 A.M. Also at 9:00 A.M., the Adult Sunday School Class which typically meets upstairs on the main floor will return to their usual gathering place there – please stay tuned for news about plans for the balcony level Adult Sunday School Class and their plans for later September. Worship will then follow at 10:15 A.M., including time out for a “Celebration Time” experience for our younger members.

​Thank you very much for letting me share with you in this way, and especially for your continued partnership in this wonderful congregational family that is St. John, the Hill Church!

Pastor Tom

News from Miss Laurie, Young Christians Minister

Happy September everyone! I can hardly believe that it’s back to school time already! Many young people have already begun their school year; we at Little Hands Nursery School will begin on September 10th! I hope all our young friends are off to a FABULOUS start!!

Before looking ahead, I just wanted to recap some of the fun we had over the summer! In July, we had a great ride on “Rolling River Rampage”, our VBS adventure! Even though we had to cancel TWO days due to the weather (a FIRST for me), we still “passed through the waters” with a record number of young people (and helpers)! Thanks to everyone who helped make our program a fantastic experience!!

In August, as a “Grand Finale” to VBS, we had a “Water Fun Night” with a slip-n-slide, sprinklers, water balloons and a “food party”!! It was a great time and a great way to wrap-up our program!!

Now it’s time to mark your calendars for some fun activities coming in September:

- September 16th - 9:00 “Return to SONday” Regular Sunday schedule resumes with SONday Celebration from 9-10 and Celebration Time during church.

- September 29th - 11:00 Pillow Bicentennial Parade We’re re-creating the St. John’s float featuring our Celebration Choir.

There’s always something happening on “the hill” so join us for the fun and fellowship as we begin another new (Sunday) School year!!

Miss Laurie


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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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