Important information Events & Activities


Mark your calendar for Sunday, Sept. 12, when
congregations of the ELCA will come together
for “God’s work. Our hands.”.

We are planning to have VBS, Vacation Bible School, August 2nd to August 6th; 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
The Learning Ministry Team (LMT) is
encouraging everyone to save the date for the
first week in August, as we look at the
possibility of holding safe, in person Vacation
Bible School, August 2-6, 2021. 
We are in the beginning stages of discussing
possibilities and are looking for responses from
our neighboring churches and anyone willing to
volunteer their time and talents to make this
year’s VBS happen. If we work together, we can
once again experience the fun, faith filled week
of VBS, sharing with both recurring and new
friends, ages 3-6th grade.
We ask that younger children be out of
diapers to attend, or accompanied by an adult,
while the older children can participate in the
program or volunteer to be helpers. Clearances
will be required for anyone 18 or older staying
or volunteering with the children.
The LMT can help you obtain these
clearances if needed. To follow the CDC
guidelines, and plan activities to the best of our
abilities, it would be helpful to have an idea of
the interest of volunteers and children
attending. We are hopeful that we can get
back to a rewarding, fun, faith filled week of
sharing friendship and happiness.

It is good to be back and safely moving forward with Vacation Bible School. Last year was a year of
separation from each other. How happy we are to say we can gather to share our joy in the Word and
celebrate the water flowing in us as we travel along the “River of Life.”
Water is life. From the beginning, every creation needs water to live. The church through many
programs and ministries helps communities access clean water and proper sanitation in the United
States as well as around the world. Water is a powerful symbol for people of faith, beginning with the
waters of baptism.
At Vacation Bible School 2021, as we visit different “ports”, the “River of Life” will teach us how
important water is in our life. We will hear Bible stories about water, learn about communities working
together to restore watersheds, protect water rights, and have safe water for everyone.
Vacation Bible School will be August 2-6, 2021 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. So, join us, have some fun
playing games, singing, making crafts, and come eat some awesome snacks, as we celebrate water and
learn to be good stewards of God’s creation.

Call the St. John's Lutheran Church office to register or to volunteer to help.


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
Gods 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 & 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. 

BIBLE STUDY There has been discussion to start a ZOOM Bible Study group. This would be done by logging into your computer and joining in the group online. 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 from the safety of their homes and to 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 or call the church office and leave a message.

Memorials & Obituaries

Lorraine Klinger 

February 6, 1934 - January 17, 2021

                               ELCA announces the death of The Rev. William W. Horn

In the living hope of the resurrection The Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA announces the death of 

                                                      The Rev. William W. Horn                                                                                 

                                          November 19, 1944 -  January 14, 2021

Following his ordination by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod in June 1970, Pastor Horn was called to serve as the pastor of Zion, Minersville. From 1976 to 1979, he served as the pastor of St. John, St. Johns. Following study as a student chaplain at Philadelphia State Hospital (Byberry), Pastor Horn was endorsed for specialized pastoral care. He was then (1980) called to serve as Chaplain of the Good Shepherd Home in Allentown, a position he continued to hold until his retirement in 2010. In 2000, he received certification from the Association of Professional Chaplains. During his time at Good Shepherd, Pastor Horn was honored with both the Raker Memorial Award and the Raker Spirit Award.
Following retirement, Pastor Horn served both as interim pastor at Zion, Northampton and as consultant to the Northampton congregations as they considered their future.

A celebration of Pastor Horn’s life will be held when large gatherings are deemed safe.
Pastor Horn is survived by his wife, Lorraine, along with children William, Rachel, and Sarah. Their son, Christian, died in 1978. Condolences may be sent to Lorraine and the family at 800 Hausman Road, Apartment 283, Allentown, PA 18104.

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

Evangelical Lutheran Church In America