Important information Events & Activities



Saturday, October 21, 2023
 Pick-up times:  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm                   Dinner - $13.00

Menu: sausage, pancakes, baked potato, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, dessert

 For tickets:  570-582-7193 Jim    570-436-2168 Donna     570-788-3938 Betty & Don         570-788-2685 Church Office



 We will be presenting a video presentation by Dr. David Jeremiah.

 It will run each Sunday, for 9 weekends, from 8:45 am - 9:45 am in Luther Hall.

 “The World of the End, how Jesus shapes our priorities”. 

This is a professionally mastered program that is based on the Bible, not on a certain religious sect. There are 9 individual videos that share the theme but are not connected in a continuative manner.  It’s not like you would need to have seen the 1st one to understand the following week's video.  It will be an individual opinion-based production that relies on Biblical references.

We may not be at the end of the world, but we are the World of The End - a time when Bible prophecy is intersecting with our culture, technology, unhinged morality, and worldwide strife as never before.  At this point in our culture, we must boldly proclaim the Word. This is why Dr. Jeremiah felt clearly led by the Lord to develop this teaching series, The World of the End!

As we journey through this series you will learn how to: 

Make the voice of Jesus a priority when considering the usual events around you.
See cataclysmic disasters, wars, and cultural divisiveness as signs of Jesus’ soon return.
Trust that God is in control and that HIS plan is still working to completion.
 Come join us for this wonderful series on “The World of the End”.  Light refreshments will be available during the program.  Open to anyone…bring a friend.

 Dr. David Jeremiah is an American Evangelical Christian author, founder of Turning Point Radio & Television Ministries, and is pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in California. He has been a respected internationally renowned Bible teacher for over 40 years. You may Google either Turning Point or Dr. David Jeremiah to listen to one of his episodes.

Valley Food Pantry

VALLEY FOOD PANTRY:  As we do every year, our churches, together with the Valley Food Pantry distribute special “Holiday” food boxes.  This Thanksgiving, our church will sponsor cans of regular-cut green beans.   Donations must be in by November 12th.  Besides the “Holiday” food boxes, the food pantry is in need of tomato products (sauce, paste, diced, stewed, crushed), tuna, soups, snacks (individually wrapped crackers, cookies, pop-tarts, etc.) Please make sure the products are within the expiration date.   Your generosity is appreciated.

                 Church Parking Changes

The Property Team is recommending a change in church parking on Sunday mornings and other church gatherings. The following changes were discussed with the church council.

Effective immediately:

If you feel comfortable crossing the road, we are asking you to park in the parking lot in order to free the parking spaces in front of the church.

New signage will soon be displayed for our handicapped area in the front of the church.

If you are facing the church, there will be six handicapped parking spaces to the left of the front entrance. Please do not park in these spaces if you do not have a handicap sign displayed. To the right of the church entrance, parking will be available for others to park who are afraid to cross the road.

There is new signage at the entrance of the cemetery which will direct those who need wheelchair access to gain entry to the church.

Our purpose is to offer parking for those with special needs and also to help our visitors who are uncertain of where to park. Thank you for your cooperation as we implement the new parking changes.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

We will be taking a break for the summer.  While we are off, if there is a need for a shawl/lap blanket, please use the request cards in the pews and place it in the offering plate.  We will start meeting on Wednesday, September 6th, 2023, at 9:30 am at the Church.  We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  If you can knit or crochet or want to learn, come join us.  Have a great summer!                         

Coffee Hour

  The next coffee hour will be held in on October 1st after Worship.  The October birthdays will be celebrated with a coffee hour.  Each Sunday of the month coffee hour will be observe. There is a sign up sheet in the St. Stephen's Room for members/church teams to sponsor.

Beyond Violence/Berwick Women’s Shelter Wishlist

The LCW is collecting the following items for the Berwick Women’s Shelter. There is designated box in the St. Stephen’s room for the following items: cleaning supplies, diapers, pull-ups and wipes, laundry detergent, fabric softener, paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates), large freezer bags, dish detergent, gift certificates to Giant or Weis, batteries (all sizes), women’s hygiene products, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, large storage bins, light bulbs, towels, washcloths, foil, saran wrap, children’s clothing, food. Special urgent need for paper towels.


We are looking for you to come join one or
several of our Church Ministry Teams! Be a part
of the many opportunities these teams provide.
We want and need you to join us in serving
God's calling with your time and talents to help
our church continue to grow in making this
place to share and express his love. Please
contact the church office if you are interested.
Worship & Music, Learning Ministry,
Stewardship, Finance Team, Property Team,
Altar Guild, Assistant Ministers, Lay Eucharistic,
Quilting, and Prayer Shawl.

We have heard time and time again about how beautiful and well-kept our cemetery is.  We often take for granted the hard work and endless hours that go into keeping our cemetery beautiful year after year.  To help
with the upkeep, please consider giving a monetary donation "In Honor Of" or "In Memory Of" a loved one.  Checks can be made payable to “St. John’s Lutheran & Reformed Cemetery Association” or included with your weekly offering (please include a notation with your offering).

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts

SCOUTS BSA and Cub Scouts have resumed in-person meetings. If anyone is interested, meetings are Monday nights. For more information, contact the church office and leave a message for Jen. Scouting is open to boys and girls ages Kindergarten through High School.


All Members, to update our files, please contact the church office at 570-788-2865 or email to with your contact information, including name(s), address, phone number, email address, birthday and anniversary. 

Memorials & Obituaries

Our congregation extends our deepest condolences to the families of:

David Klinger (September 3, 2023)

Ernest Kuehn (July 10, 2023)

Dwight Bicking (June 23, 2023)

Constance Mae Synder (May 15, 2023)

Nancy Tedone- (October 23, 2022)

Thelma Dietrich - (September 12, 2022)

Barbara (Krell) Billig - (July 12, 2022)

John Zamba

Carole Horlacher

John Koch

Bob Reed

Lorraine Klinger  -   ( February 6, 1934 - January 17, 2021)

George Charles Snyder  - (Jan. 18, 1946 - Dec. 27, 2020)

 The Rev. William W. Horn -  (November 19, 1944 -  January 14, 2021)


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