Welcome!!!
 
Our mission is to proclaim the love of God in Jesus Christ
through our worship, fellowship, and discipleship.
 

Pastor's Greeting

To the Glory of God, I believe I am called…“to the measure of the full stature of Christ”            Ephesians 4:13

I will strive to…

*Pray daily      

*Worship weekly        

*Read the Bible daily

*Serve at and beyond St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church

*Be in Relationship with others to encourage spiritual growth

*Give of my time, talents and resources in a generous manner and to the glory of God



 


We Believe...

We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

 

Our Staff










 Cheryl Sandrock      Tracey Nycz            Pamela Vidal            Rick Kardos
     Youth Music          Adult Music          Office Manager           Custodian
  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 






  Randy Macko     Kathy Druckenmiller
      Organist               Choir Pianist

History

The missionary work of Rev. George Cronenwett led to the establishment of the first Lutheran church in the community.  Under the leadership of Rev. C. Raths, a simple frame building was erected in 1867 on what is now our west parking lot.  On June 7, 1869, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church was formally organized and its first constitution was adopted.

Increasing membership and lack of space resulted in a resolution in May of 1882 to build a new church of brick and stone.  It was located on the site of our present sanctuary.

In the spring of 1897, the congregation authorized the hiring of the first teacher for our Christian Day School, which met in the old frame church.  A new school and Parish Hall were dedicated in December, 1912.  The Parochial School closed its doors in 1929.

By 1923 the congregation was again outgrowing its worship space.  The old brick building was razed in April of 1926 to permit construction of our present church.  The cornerstone was laid that same month, and the beautiful new sanctuary was dedicated to the service of the Triune God on November 6, 1927.  Total cost of the new church and furnishings was $169,000.

Through the years many things have been added to the church: side pews, the communion rail, stained-glass windows, the carillon, the Schantz pipe organ, and a cross for the steeple.  In 1960 the Educational Unit, built where the former Parish Hall/School stood, was dedicated.  The elevator and lobby area were added in 1979.

The 125th anniversary of St. John's Lutheran Church was celebrated in 1994.  The grounds surrounding the church were landscaped, and a new sound system was installed in honor of the occasion.

In 1997, an new heating system was installed in the church, plus air conditioning in the church, memorial lounge, and the social room in the educational unit.  The following year, the congregation voted to have masonry restoration of the bell in the bell tower, so it will once again toll freely.

The beauty of our buildings cannot compete with the people within when they allow the love of Christ to shine through their words and their works.