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For over two centuries, people have gathered on this small hill to worship and praise the Lord.  Though many changes have taken place in the congregation, in the neighborhood and in the world, we remain committed to actively worshiping and serving our Lord Jesus Christ at St. John Center Lutheran Church.

If you are passionate about discerning your gifts for ministry and finding ways to use them, the members at St. John Center Lutheran open their hands in welcome to you.  

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Worship services are offered each Sunday at 10:15 am in the sanctuary on the upper level of the church.

Holy Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of each month,

all Festival Sundays and weekly during Advent and Lent.

The sanctuary is air conditioned and handicapped accessible by chairlift.

​Restrooms on the lower level of the church are not accessible by wheelchair.

Handicapped accessible restrooms are available in the Fellowship Hall.

Little One's Sunday School is offered each Sunday.  Children will be gathered prior to the Sermon

and their time together will end at the conclusion of Worship.

Staffed nursery is available.

Join us this Sunday as we do God's work 

in Christ's name for the life of the world.

This Sunday - Palm Sunday, the Church celebrates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. For those who participated in this event, they saw their messiah entering the holy city to claim his place of power and to reinstate the Davidic dynasty of kings. In our readings of the Passion narrative, we see a different model of kingship, kingship that is built on serving downward and outward not a kingship built on being served by those who are on the margins of society. As we prepare to enter Holy Week and the journey of Jesus to Golgotha and the cross, let us ponder how we can model Jesus’ call to be a servant to all.

Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.

This Sunday, the image of the Good Shepherd shows us how the risen Christ brings us t life.  It is the relationship between the shepherd and the sheep, one of mutual knowledge and love, that gives the shepherd authority.  The shepherd’s willingness to lay down his life for the sheep shows his love.  First John illustrates what it means to lay down our lives for one another by the example of sharing our wealth with any sister or brother in need.

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Upcoming Events

Happenings you shouldn't miss in the weeks ahead.


Apr 24

LWR Quilting at St. Paul's, Adamstown

9:00 am to 3:00 pm - All skill levels welcomed.  Lunch is provided.


Apr 26

Choir Rehearsal

7:00 pm - April 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 30


Apr 29

Lasagna Lunch 

Following worship in the Fellowship Hall

Meal of Salad, Lasagna, Bread and desserts.

Cost of meal is by donation only.

Sign up sheets on the bulletin board in the Narthex.


May 6

Bell Choir Rehearsal

After Worship - May 6, 11, 20, 27 and 30 (Wednesday


May 8

LWR Quilting at St. Paul's, Adamstown

9:00 am to 3:00 pm - All skill levels welcomed.  Lunch is provided.


May 10

Ascension Worship

7:00 pm - Worship Service at Swamp Lutheran


May 12

"Hands of Hope" Prayer Shawl Ministry

9:30 am - Ephrata Manor Apartments Library - Second Floor


May 22

LWR Quilting at St. Paul's, Adamstown

9:00 am to 3:00 pm - All skill levels welcomed.  Lunch is provided.


Jun 3

Music Sunday and Strawberry Social

7:00 pm - Worship Service at Swamp Lutheran

"SJCL Weekly"

Click here to subscribe to St. John Center's weekly e-mail, filled with current worship information and upcoming events.  Type the word "Subscribe" in the subject line.

Inclement Weather

Unsure if Sunday School and/or worship services are cancelled due to inclement weather?  

Simply call the church office at 717.445.5505.  The voice mail message will be updated by 8:00 am on the day in question.

Center Union Cemetery

Call Becky at 717.354.5560 for information regarding the cemetery.

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Words From Our Customers

We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves 

is never alone.​

Martin Luther