Thank you for visiting St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. As one of the oldest Lutheran churches in Adams County, Pennsylvania, St. John’s has a long and distinguished history of serving the spiritual needs of Littlestown and the surrounding communities here in south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.
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The St. John’s Miracle Workers led Sunday worship services on May 17. The class, made up of Adams County Special Olympians and led by Don Bair, far left in photo, handled the entire service, including the sermons and assisting Pastor John Largen in Communion distribution.
The sermon at the late service my Michael Silvis challenge all St. John members to look past our own disabilities and find the grace of God wherever we find yourself in life.
St. John’s is one of only a handful of churches known to have an active Special Olympian ministry program. The group is very active in local, regional and nationl Special Olympic events and in the community with Habitat for Humanity and other civic organizations. For more information on the program, please contact Don Bair.
In the photo from left to right are: Don Bair, Betsy Gilbert, Brenda Wallace, Alex Bair, Katarina Spangler, Michael Silvis, Amanda Bair, and Pastor John Largen.
Gideon: Your weakness. God’s strength. is a 7 session women’s Bible study by Priscilla Shirer. When we hear the name Gideon, most of us think about his 300 soldiers or the fleece he laid out under the evening sky. But Gideon’s story is so much bigger than that bigger than any one man and his mark on Israel’s history.
Study begins Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 pm at St. John’s.
The women of St. John’s, St. Luke, Grace, and St. Paul’s churches please join us for a Spring Tea.
Please feel free to bring your mother, daughters, sisters and/or friends. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry. We will also collect a free-will donation for a local charity. We would like to get an idea of the number of people to expect. Sign-up sheets will be available on the bulletin boards at each church.
THE ANNUAL SUMMER CONGREGATIONAL MEETING is called for Sunday, June 14th, immediately following the late service. Please mark your calendar and plan to be present.
THE NEXT “FIFTH-SUNDAY FESTIVAL” for the four congregations of our Littlestown Lutheran Partnership will be hosted by St. Luke on May 31st. Once again, the morning schedule will be: Faith Formation Classes for all ages at 9:00 AM; the Holy Eucharist (with a joint choir) at 10:15 AM; and a Potluck Covered-dish Luncheon at 11:30 AM. Two special features are planned for this “Fifth-Sunday Festival”: first, we will celebrate a “Bluegrass Eucharist” with the Iron Ridge Band as our musical guests; and second, we will be outdoors (weather permitting) for both the service and the luncheon. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets! This will be the one service for all four churches. Please remember to invite your neighbors and friends.
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It was a balmy -7 with the wind chill as Brian and Marissa Rowell – two of the members of the St. John’s Frozen Flock Polar Plunge team – lined up in bathing suits and ran into the freezing lake at Gifford Pinchot State Park on Saturday Feb. 1, 2015. The team would like to thank everyone who contributed to their cause, raising a total of $320.00 for The Special Olympics. The theme this year was “Freezin’ for a Reason” and it was definitely freezing, and even more so for a good reason!
As a covenant church for Adams County Habitat for Humanity, St. John’s is expected to provide workers on a regular basis to the home being built in Gettysburg. Don Bair, Rick Baldwin, and Bobby Myers honed their painting skills, while JoAnn Smith provided home-baked goodies for our snack. Adams County HfH thanks these servants from St. John’s for their selfless contributions to providing decent, affordable housing to our neighbors in need.
Mission trip planning for 2015 is already underway. Shake up your daily routine and do something “EPIC!” Member Matt Conn will be leading two Thrivent Builds/Habitat for Humanity trips in 2015. The first trip is July 25 to El Salvador and the second is October 4 to Sea Island, SC. These trips change lives, impact families for multiple generations, and impact you in positive ways as well. NO CONSTRUCTION SKILLS NEEDED – just an open mind and a servants heart! Trips are open to anyone 16 years and older. For more information, just email Matt Conn.
Meditation & Mediterranean is the name of an alternative worship experience on the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings at our partner church Grace Lutheran followed by food and drink at Olivia’s restaurant. This new meditative service will be in the style of the ecumenical community of Taize, France.