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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.

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

Three weeks ago we heard John’s gospel’s version of Peter’s confession of faith. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, given for the life of the world. In Mark too the scandal has to do with Jesus’ words about his own coming death, and here Peter himself stumbles over Jesus’ words. But Jesus is anointed (the meaning of “messiah”) in Mark only on the way to the cross (14:3); so we are anointed in baptism with the sign of the cross.

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Upcoming Events

Happenings you shouldn't miss in the weeks ahead.

Sep 10

Sep 13

Bible Study with Liz

Topic:  Women of the Bible

Mondays at 1:30 pm  and  Thursdays at 6:00 pm

Sep 18

LWR Quilting - St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Adamstown

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

September 18

October 2 and 30

November 13

Lunch provided


Sep 20

Choir Rehearsal

7:00 pm 

September 20, October 4 and 18, November 1, 15, and 29, December 6, 13 and 20

6:30 pm

December 24

Through Sun

Sep 23

God's Work.  Our Hands.  Sunday

Following worship

Collecting soap, shampoo, combs, men's and women's deodorant, men's shaving cream, hand towels, small notebooks, pens, pencils, and Word Search books to give to the residents of Colonial Lodge, Denver, PA.  

Place donations on small table near the water cooler.


Oct 13

"Hands of Hope" Prayer Shawl Ministry

9:30 am - 11:30 am

2nd Saturday of the month at Ephrata Manor Apartments' Library


Dec 2

Bell Choir Rehearsal

Following worship

December 2, 9, 16, and 23

School Kit Donations Now Being Accepted

Take advantage of those great sales on School Supplies and help a deserving family provide learning tools for their youngsters both locally and nationally.

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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