Important information Events & Activities


Christmas Tributes

Christmas Tributes are given to the Glory of God in celebration of the birth of our Savior.  This year, you may sponsor a Christmas Tribute by purchasing poinsettias ($7.00 each) and/or donating to Diving Providence (any amount).  The poinsettias will adorn the church nave of Christmas Eve; you may take your sponsored floweres home follwing the service.  Red and White Poinsettias are availabe (6" pot with 4-6 blooms). Orders are due by December 11th.  The sponsor forms are availbe in the St. Stephen's Room or you may call the church office @ 570-788-2685 to order.   

Advent Season begins November 27th

Below is a list of our Advent Giving.  Monetary donations are accepted.  Make checks payable to St. John's Lutheran Church.  In the memo section, state which organization you are giving a donation to.

DO NOT WRAP the donations.

November 27th:  White Gifts for St. Luke's Manor:  Socks, tissues, perfume, cologne, lotion, for men and women.

December 4th:  Salvation Army: (NEW) Gloves, hats, scarves for men, women and children

December 11th:  Head Start:  Books, games, toys, socks, sweatshirts and sweatpants suitable for children ages 3 & 4.

December 18th:  Monetary donations to St. John's Cemetary (make checks payable to St. John's Lutheran Church)


"I HEARD THE BELLS"

Sight and Sound have produced a Christmas film called "I Heard the Bells".  There are only certain movie theaters in our area that will be showing this film nationwide.  The closest theater in our area is in Moosic and there will only be three available dates:  December 1, 3, & 4 beginning at 7pm.  The movie is 1 hour and 50 minutes.  You may reserve a seat online @cinemark.com. the tickets are $12.50 each.  If interested in attending and would need a ride, please call the church office.  If you are willing to drive, please call the church office as well.

The movie is a true story behind the Christmas carol and its author, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  Henry's family life is torn apart due to the Civil War.  Due to Henry's grief, he wrote this song as he discovers renewed hope and rekindled faith.

Congregation Christmas Dinner - December 4th

All members are invited to the Congregation Christmas Dinner on December 4th at 12:30 pm at Tom's Kitchen.  Members MUST prepay by November 27th.  Your reservation will not be made with out prepayment.  The cost is $15.00 per adult and $7.50 for children.  If you plan to attend, please contact Mary Ellen Sims after the church service on Sunday.

The menue is:  Salad, rolls and butter, roast beef, turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, vegetable, dessert (cookies), coffee, and tea.  To offset the cost the LCW will pay for the desserts, taxes and tip.

Please join us for this time of fellowship as we celebrate the "Reason for the Season".

Ecumentical Blue Christmas is being planned

This year the Ecumenical Blue Christmas Service will be hosted at Conyngham Methodist Church, 411 Main St., Conyngham.  The service will be conducted by Pastor Graham Truscott and Pastor Deb Staniszewski.  A date and time will be announced.

Coffee Hour

  The next coffee hour will be held in on January 8th and we will celebrate all members who have birthdays for that month. 

The coffee hour is held the firts Sunday of each month.

  A sign-up sheet for sponsoring the coffee hours is in the St. Stephen's Room.

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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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.

CEMETERY ASSOCIATION
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.

MEMBER INFORMATION REQUESTED

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

BIBLE STUDY There has been discussion to start an Adult Bible Study group. A day and time has not been finalized as of yet.  Please call or email the church office if you are interested in participating. Also, please include your preference of a daytime or nighttime meeting (Monday or Tuesday). This would be a great way that members could get together and engage in Bible Study.

Monthly Evening Meals For Divine Providence Homeless Shelter

We will be providing an evening meal for the clients of the Divine Providence Homeless Shelter. Members from our church will donate and/or cook a nourishing evening meal once a month. If you are interested in helping or making a monetary donation, please email the church at stjohns@epix.net or call the church office and leave a message.


Memorials & Obituaries

Our congregation extends our deepest condolences to the families of:

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)

 


Evangelical Lutheran Church In America