OUR WORSHIP


 

JANUARY 3, 2021 SERMON "THE IMPORTANCE OF CHRISTMAS"

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December 11, 2020

Dear members of St. Johns,
On December 10, new mitigation was laid out by the State of PA limiting indoor gatherings to 10 or less people.  In light of these new mandates, the Pastor and Council have decided to suspend in-person service beginning this Sunday 12/13 through January 10.  We will resume in-person worship on January 17 if the regulations have been lifted.  We will be posting virtual sermons each week on our YouTube channel (subscribe to get automatic notifications), our Facebook page and our website.

If you ordered poinsettias adn have not picked them up yet, please contact Shirley Zeger at 717-328-5858 to coordinate pick-up.

WIFS is still seeking donations for the clothes purchased as Christmas gifts for local children.  We have a goal to raise $500 towards this mission.  If you would like to contribute, please make checks payable to WIFS.

One other note, the plan to proceed with a joint pastoral search process has begun with St. Stephen's in Upton.  A productive meeting was held with the Synod and they will be providing direction as we move forward with this next chapter of St. John's.  Interim Pastor Heintzelman has agreed to stay on with us until June, for which we are very grateful.  If you are interested in serving on the joint-call committee, please let any Council person know.  A survey has been mailed.  Please fill this out and return to the church at your convenience.

Please stay safe in these unusual times.  

God Bless.

DECEMBER 27, 2020 SERMON "AN INTERGENERATIONAL CONVERSATION"

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WATCH OUR VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE OF LESSONS & CAROLS

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DECEMBER 20, 2020 SERMON "SURPRISES"

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DECEMBER 13, 2020 SERMON "Images of Advent"

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JUNE 21, 2020 SERMON "Earthly Father"

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JUNE 14, 2020 SERMON "Flag Day"

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JUNE 7, 2020 SERMON "Holy Trinity Sunday"

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MAY 31, 2020 SERMON "Pentecost Sunday"

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MAY 24, 2020 SERMON "Christ is Present"

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MAY 17, 2020 SERMON "The Advocate"

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MAY 10, 2020 SERMON "Mother's Day"

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MAY 3, 2020 SERMON "The Good Shepherd"

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APRIL 26, 2020 SERMON

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APRIL 19, 2020 SERMON

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WORSHIP

IN-PERSON WORSHIP IS SUSPENDED 12/13/2020 - 1/10/2021

10:30 a.m.

Traditional Service
(Distribution of Communion is suspended until further notice)

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL (Labor Day - Memorial Day)

10:15 a.m.

Children join our worship service following the Sermon (approximately 11:00 a.m.)
All children ages 4 - 13 are welcome to join our classes, regardless of membership.

 

LIFE LONG SPIRITUAL GROWTH


No matter what your age, there is always something new to learn about God and ways to grow deeper in your relationship to Jesus the Christ. So we encourage our members to continue to read scripture and grow in faith.

Sunday School

Labor Day - Memorial Day

10:15 a.m.

Children join the worship service following the Sermon (approximately 11:00 a.m.)
All children ages 4 - 13 are welcome to join our classes, regardless of membership.

 

First Holy Communion Classes for 4th or 5th graders preparing for their first Holy Communion

Confirmation classes for 7th and 8th graders or anyone order who has not made public Affirmation of Baptism

New Member conferences are available through our pastor

KIDS AND YOUTH


YOUTH GROUP

St. John's Lutheran is a growing congregation - join us on one of our next adventures; snow tubing, Annual Halloween Party and Easter Egg Hunt, roller skating and more!

 

YOUTH IN ACTION

We are dedicated to providing opportunites for the youth of St. John's to grow in faith via volunteerism.  Contact Allison Zeger allison@graphic-response.com for more information about current projects or to request help with one of yours!

 

EVENTS


No events are currently planned.

OUR BELIEFS


We believe that you have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This is a free gift for all people. Our mission is to share this good news with the world. Your salvation does not depend on your works, it is a gift from God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

After knowing that you have been saved from sin and death, we trust that you will be moved to live as Christ has taught us to live. So as the Body of Christ, we strive to live as people filled with grace and ready to forgive one another. When we fall short (as we always do), we know that Christ forgives us. Each week after hearing the words of forgiveness and hope, we leave worship renewed and ready to serve our neighbors.

We continue in the tradition of Martin Luther and boldly share God’s love with the world.

MEET THE TEAM

We are part of the Body of Christ, gifted in various ways by the Holy Spirit.


Warren Heintzelman

Interim Pastor warren@pa.net

Tim Wertime

Church Organist

Tim Wertime has been organist of Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania for over twenty years. He received the Master of Sacred Music degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. His mentors in organ were James M. Smith (Mercersburg Academy), Jan Bender and Dr. Fredrick Jackisch (both of Wittenberg University). Primary study for the Master of Sacred Music degree was done with the organists of four English cathedrals. Tim is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Royal School of Church Music in America.

Susan Harley

Church Secretary stjohnslutheran8@comcast.net

I have been the church secretary at St. John’s for about ten years. I believe I began working for Pastor Seaks the same year I married by husband, Rob Harley. Although Harley is my official last name, a lot of you still know me as Sue Schofield, which is fine as I still bank with that name. Besides my secretarial duties at church, I enjoy participating in Secret Sisters, Altar Guild and teaching Sunday School. I am looking forward to being involved with Busy Hands once we get that group up and knitting again. When I am not at church, I do have a full time job working for a hospitality consulting group out of Florida. I have been fortunate enough to work for them for the past 18 years and was glad to work from home when my kids were still in school. Now that they are in college, I still like being at home with my four cats, dog, fish, chickens, goat and lizard. My husband, Rob, makes me laugh every day and is a very hard and dedicated work for Jerr-Da n as a Welder. We both love to read and watch sports. Being from New England, I have been a life-long fan of the Patriots, the Red Sox and the Celtics.

Elizabeth Oakman

Treasurer and Custodian

Elizabeth Oakman has been our church treasurer/bookkeeper at St. John’s Lutheran Church Mercersburg since 2009. Recently she took over as custodian as well.

Church Council


Allison Zeger, President

Karl Reisner, Vice President

Elizabeth Oakman, Treasurer

Crystal Fries, Secretary

 

Wilmer Mannetti

Danielle Shifflett

Tom Steiger