St. John's Lutheran Church - Effort,PA ELCA

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Please take a few minutes to learn about our Church's History. This tapestry shows our Church and other historic buildings in our community It was the summer of 1871. Through the efforts of people living in the vicinity of the present church, of both Lutheran and Reformed traditions, a meeting was held to discuss the possibility of organizing separate congregations and building a union church. Those organizing the new church were members of Salem Church in Gilbert, which was itself engaged in building a new church at the time. The following winter, on February 17, 1872, it was resolved that a frame structure with a steeple be erected. The cornerstone was laid on June 23, 1872, at which time services were held in a small grove a short distance from the church. The church lot and cemetery grounds were purchased from Jacob Dorshimer. Church construction cost around $3,000. On May 6, 1885, Rev. A. M. Strauss, E. R. Gearhart, and R. E. High met to draft a constitution favoring the formation of a Reformed congregation only. On July 4, 1885, The Lutherans adopted a separate constitution at their congregation meeting. This dissolved the Union Sunday School which had been operating. Lutheran Sunday School classes were first held on July 5, 1885. At a joint meeting held on May 6, it was resolved that the interior of the church be repaired and remodeled. The trustees were authorized to have the work properly done. On September 25, 1892. Rev. S. B. Shupp and Rev. F. W. Smith officiated at the rededication service. The cost of repairs was $300. The walls were nicely papered. The church had two reed organs, one for each congregation. According to an 1898 history of the Wilkes-Barre Conference of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania and Adjacent States, St. John’s had a membership of 90. Public worship services were held every two weeks. There were two English services to one German service. Holy Communion was held twice yearly, in the fall and the spring with Confirmation held at the fall Communion. PA150412A.jpg Dues were paid semi-annually at Communion time with current yearly receipts and expenses amounting to about $150. Collections for missions and synodical purpose were received at the chief festivals. On September 6, 1925, a dedication was held for a new piano. new seats, and other improvements. The painting that hangs above the Altar was also added in 1925. Titled “The Ascension,” it was painted by Rev. William Euchler, a former pastor. In 1934, the Ladies Aid built a hall in back of the church for quilting and holding meetings. The latest building addition Sunday School rooms added in 1967. Handicap access ramps were added in the front and rear, in the summer of 1995. The Union Church arrangement at St. John’s contued through 1964 with Lutherans worshipping in the mornings and the Reformed congregation, by then known as St. John’s United Church of Christ, in the afternoon. The U.C.C. congregation disbanded in 1966 voting to consolidate with the Effort United Methodist Church although some members remained at St. John’s as Lutherans. The Lutheran congregation at St. John’s was served by a pastor as part of a four-point charge including Salem, Gilbert; St. Paul’s, Kresgeville; and St. Matthews’s Kunkletown. The Lutheran pastor presided at worship at two of the four churches each Sunday. A similar situation existed in the Reformed churches so that St. John’s had worship each Sunday, alternating between t the Lutheran and the Reformed. In 1975 St. John’s became a single congregation served part-time by a retired pastor under Synodical appointment. In 1987 the congregation voted to call their first full-time pastor, Rev. Timothy McIntosh. For two years, 1989-90 and 1990-91, along with Zion Untied Lutheran Church, Brodheadsville and Salem-St. Paul’s’ Kresgeville, St. John’s shared the services of youth interns doing full-time youth ministry in the community.

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Lutheran Church of Our Savior

Sorry. I don't have the Celebrate this week. But I have the ones for the NEXT few weeks. Here is the LINK to the LIVE STREAM from Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Haddonfield, N.J. This week the service will be officiated by Vicar Josh with the Sermon from the N.J. Sinod, as Pastor Wayne is taking a holiday with his family.

Here is TODAY's Celebrate for May 31, 2020. You can read them here or print them out if you like.

Here are TOMORROW'S (May 24, 2020) Celebrate insert pages. You can download and print them if you like. I will be posting the LINK to the LIVE STREAM video of Our Savior Lutheran Church at 10:30 AM tomorrow morning. It can also be viewed later from the the Our Saviour page OR their Website See the LINKS to these pages below.

[05/17/20]   Here is the LINK to this weeks LIVE STREAM Service from Our Savior Lutheran Church, Haddonfield, N.J. The service begins at 10:30 AM, BUT you can go to the ARCHIVE on their web page or Facebook and watch later.

I will be posting the link to Our Savior Live Stream about 10:30 this morning. In the mean time HERE IS TODAY'S (May 10, 2020) Celebrate so you have the readings and such. Just double click on the file and it will open. You CAN (if you like) PRINT IT.

[05/03/20]   Here is the LINK to participate TODAY's service. May 3, 2020. beginning at 10:30 AM (EDT).

Lutheran Church of Our Savior

Our Savior Lutheran Church Haddonfield, N.J. April 26th Service LIVE STREAM

[04/19/20]   The LIVE STREAM service from Our Saviour Lutheran Church Haddonfield, N.J. will be starting at 10:30 AM this morning. Here is the link!¬if_id=1587306350710698¬if_t=live_video_explicit

Lutheran Church of Our Savior

Happy Easter. He is RISEN. He is RISEN INDEED. Alleluia.

Join us for worship from Our Saviour Luthran Church Haddonfield, N.J.

Lutheran Church of Our Savior

Our Service is beginning NOW at Our Savior Lutheran Church Haddonfield, N.J. LIVE STREAM.

Humor from a Pentecostal Pew

Our response to church closures.

I wanted to share this with our friends and parishioners. This is Pastor Greg Locke of Global Vision Bible Church Mt. Juliet, Tn. As OUR parishioners are an older bunch and we have some concerns about this virus spreading. Luckily, MOST of us ARE reasonable healthy. SO As Pastor Locke says, WE at St. Johns will make the decisions to either remain open or close for a couple of Sundays. As of this moment, there are NO parishioners that have contracted this virus And WE CLEANS our church frequently. We wipe down our pews and we have, in each pew, hand sanitizer that we use during our Services. We have decided to share the PEACE in-place instead of shaking hands and hugging. Out pastor uses cooking gloves during communion and we have SINGLE USE cups for the wine so we do NOT pass germs around.

WE WILL be posting IF we are OPEN or closed HERE over the next few weeks A decision for this weekend's service will be made and posted later TODAY. STAY TUNED.

[03/11/20]   St. John's Spring Hoagie Sail is coming up shortly. Orders due by Friday March 20th

[10/11/19]   RUMMAGE SALE Today and tomorrow. Lots of GREAT BUYS. Clothing, Baked Goods, attic finds and treasures.

4 Things To Look For In A New Church

I think we fit these ideals pretty well. Here are a few things to keep in mind when on the hunt for a new church!

2019 West End Fair Gilbert, Pa St. John's Lutheran Church Food St

2019 West End Fair Gilbert, Pa St. John's Lutheran Church Food St

St. John's Spring Rummage Sale

St. John's Spring Rummage Sale

Police investigating after Monroe County church vandalized

WHY would anyone do this to a Church, for one and TWO We are NOT rich and are pro community. We love our neighbors are are always ready to help others. So sad. BUT we will clean this up and move on. Bless their hearts.

We welcome ALL who wish to worship with us. There is NO logical reason for this. Just PURE HATE. I'm sure whoever did this doesn't even know our congregation or how we help our community! If they do, I pray for their soul. Somebody sprayed graffiti on the aluminum siding of the St. John's Lutheran Church between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday in Chestnuthill Township.

Times News Lehighton

St. John's Lutheran Church in Effort celebrates its 50th year running a food stand at the West End Fair.

Here is a discussion about sharing communion with the Roman Catholic Church what it all about and the discussion between our ways of thinking since the Reformation in 1517.

Pope Francis Reaches Out To Honor The Man Who Splintered Christianity Martin Luther created one of Christianity's greatest rifts when he denounced the Catholic Church in 1517. But Pope Francis is taking part in the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Clergy Coaching Network

Here's the June St. John's News Letter.
Please place your hoagie orders by May 8th. See the order form below. or contact one of our parishioners or our office.

[02/01/16]   There have been a couple of requests for our website. Unfortunately it no longer exists. All information is available here or by calling our office at (570) 629-4309.
Sunday service begins at 9:30 AM. All are welcome.

Shashicka Tyre-Hill

Good Morning... Sow a seed into someones life!

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Christmas Eve is just one week away, and many people are beginning to travel for the holidays. ELCA congregations throughout the country welcome you to come and celebrate the birth of Jesus! To find a congregation near you visit:

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

In a Dec. 11 letter to the Muslim-American community, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, said, "I am writing on behalf of many Christians in this country who wish to share a word of solidarity, love and hope with you in these difficult days."

[11/19/15]   Please pray for Bruce's family as we lost a good man yesterday. Your St. John's family will miss you Bruce.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Today many ELCA congregations will observe Reformation Sunday. Does your congregation celebrate by wearing red to church?

Paster Manny,
Gary Weiler and Gary Shupp having the new church signs dedicated this past Sunday (09/20/2015).

Sandra Boynton

Monday September 21 is International Day of Peace. #PeaceDay

Timeline Photos

Widening the Circle - Bishop Wayne Miller Metropolitan Chicago Synod - ELCA Like many in our Church, I am deeply grateful to our Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, for raising the challenge to re-engage on questions of race and privilege in our society. This is work in wh...

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PO Box 19, 164 Merwinsburg Rd
Effort, PA

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Sunday 09:30 - 11:30
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