St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mahoning
826 Mahonibng Drive West
Lehighton, PA 18235
Pastor Chrisatopher deForest
|A History of St. John’s Church
St. John’s ELCA and U.C.C. Church is named in honor of and in memory of Holy St. John. The eagle (in stained glass above our front door) is a special symbol because St. John soars to the loftiest heights in representing the divine character of our Savior.
Very appropriately, St. John’s occupies a commanding hill-crest position in the heart of the fertile Mahoning Valley. The name Mahoning is of Indian derivation, from "Mahonhanne," which in the tongue of the Delaware Indians meant a stream flowing near a lick.
The original tract of land was donated by Mr. George Beck and wife, who came originally from the vicinity of Nazareth, and whose bodies rest in the adjoining cemetery. As a legal procedure, the ground was sold for one dollar, and the deed of transfer was issued under the date of April 30, 1850, to George Gilbert and Jacob Musselman.
Although the congregations were organized previously, the first church building, a frame structure with galleries on three sides, was erected in 1850. The cornerstone was laid with appropriate services on Whitsunday, May 19, 1850. At the same time a lot adjoining was laid out for a cemetery.
The present building, a substantial brick structure, was erected in 1892. A bell which was installed in the tower was rung on Saturday evening to announce Sunday morning worship. and Sunday morning to announce afternoon Services. At death, the bell was tolled to signify the age of the departed member.
Volunteers donated their time so that the cost of the building was confined to about $9,000. In the autumn of that year the Sunday School basement was finished. On December 19, 1897 the completed building was dedicated.
In 1921 a new tower was erected in the center as a main entrance, due to destruction by lightening. During the summer of 1924, the building was repainted, and carbide lights were installed, replacing kerosene lamps. These light fixtures were converted to electric about 1930.
In honor of the 100th anniversary, extensive improvements were made; these included painting, carpeting the aisles and sanctuary, installing linoleum in church areas, and narthex, and a new lighting system.
The exterior brick was replaced about 1955. In the early 1960's a renovating and building program was begun. The educational building was dedicated on April 5, 1964.
The addition provided us with ample classrooms, auditorium, kitchen facilities, choir room, etc. As a part of this program, electric heat was installed for the entire building. Our Church and educational building now provides facilities for many community activities.
New front (glass) doors and a portico were added to the front of the church in 1982 and the ramp and railing added to the front of the Church in 1991. At that time an electric chair lift was also installed.
In 1997 major improvements were made to the organ. A computer digital tone generating system and new speaker system were added.
St. John’s has grown from 178 communing members in 1991 to 240 communing members in 1996. We are pleased with the growth in membership, as well as in property, finances, and church groups.
Easter Joy! And Doubt?
Well, March went out like a lamb – The Lamb of God, that is! Jesus the Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, has been raised from the dead! And he has sent us his Holy Spirit, to power us up, to be his Body in the world today, until the Great Day when he returns to earth in person, once again and forever more. ALLELUIA!
In the meantime… How exciting to have the whole month of April (and into May!) to continue to celebrate the joy of the Easter Season!
What I find interesting is the many moods and reactions of Jesus’ disciples that we encounter, in our four Gospel readings this month. Along with joy and wonder, worship and praise, we also see:
– Doubt (as in “doubting Thomas,” on April 7 – John 20:19-31)
– Guilt (on April 14 – when Peter meets the risen Christ at the seashore, and he is three times forgiven for his denial of Jesus on the night of his arrest – John 21:1-19)
– Betrayal (on April 28 – As Judas leaves the Last Supper, to go bring the guards to arrest Jesus – John 13:31-35)
HOW can these three words have anything to do with EASTER?
Jesus showed us how.
He told us: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” And he showed us what that means:
– The TRUTH: The world is full of doubt, guilt, and betrayal…in other words, DARKNESS.
– The WAY: Jesus showed the only way through: by facing the darkness for us, even unto DEATH.
– The LIFE: But then, he proved that there was something bigger and stronger than all that darkness. God raised him from the dead. God promises LIFE and LIGHT to overcome all our Death and Darkness.
In our third Sunday Gospel (for April 21) Jesus responds to all our doubts and fears:
“My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.” [John 10:27-28]
In God’s Love,
First Holy Communion Receivers for 2013
On Maundy Thursday, March 28, ten young people were given the opportunity to receive first Holy Communion:
Please keep them in your prayers and congratulate them when you see them, as they continue to grow in faith and communion with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Community Spaghetti Dinner
St. John’s will be holding an All-You-Can-Eat Communit y Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Dylan and Gavin’s Rainbow Ministry. The dinner will be on Saturday, May 18 from 4 -7 p.m. The meal includes spaghetti, homemade meatballs, salad, bread, applesauce, drink and homemade dessert. The cost is $8 at the door and $4 for children 5-12, ages 5 and under are free.
If anyone is graduating from High School or College this year, please let us know as soon as possible. Please include the name of graduate, school graduating from, parent’s names and future plans. College graduates, please include degree. We will post your accomplishment in our June newsletter.
News from Cub Scout Pack 145
This past year our Cub Pack has earned the Gold Level in Scouting’s Journey to Excellence program. (Last year we earned Silver Level) This includes such objectives as advancement, outdoor activities, day/resident camps, service projects, pack and den meetings and fitness, just to name a few. As you can see for the small Pack that we have – we have accomplished quite a bit. Pack 145 is the oldest continuously chartered Cub Scout Unit in Carbon County having signed a charter way back on March 1, 1949. In 2014 we will be celebrating our 65th year of Cub Scouting. We are excited to be a part of that accomplishment.
We are looking forward to planning an exciting year of events leading up to our annual banquet celebration. We also welcome all scouts, Tigers are 1st graders, Wolf 2nd graders, Bears 3rd graders and our next two years of scouting are Webelos 1 & 2
our 4th ad 5th graders. Scouts is a family program where the whole family joins in. Our pack is noted for working with all young boys in scouting no matter what their ability level. Anyone wishing to join Scouts in our Pack or any Scouting Unit can call me for more information anytime at 570-386-5828. Dena Kistler
Sunday School News
Sunday, June 9 –
Family Day at Knoebel’s Grove
Bring your family and a covered dish and join us at Pavillion G (for God!)
June 17-21 6:00-8:30 p.m. – Vacation Bible School. Plans are underway for an exciting week of VBS for ages birth through 100!
3 – Ashley Jennings
4 – Jo-Ann Hawk
10 – Mark Ahner
10 – David Binder
10 – Yvonne Hibbler
10 – Cheryl Kistler
10 – Francis Kollar
11 – Courtney Everett
13 – Charlie Smith
14 – Ferne Berger
15 – Linda Beers
15 – Logan Yaro
19 – Sandra Rehrig
19 – Barry Troutman
20 – Sheila Drummond
20 – Elyse Kistler
24 – Roger Tyson
25 – John Bednar
25 – Dennis Scheckler
25 – Anne Yenser
26 – Kyle Ahner
26 – Mary Virginia Flyzik
28 – Marilyn Frey
30 – Thomas Wehr
If we missed your birthday, it may not be in our computer system. Please contact the office to help us keep our p.c. up to date.
If you are in need of pastoral care, have been admitted to the hospital or have other pastoral needs, please contact Pastor Chris at 563-663-5315
The mailing address for Courtney Everett was incorrect in the October newsletter. The correct address is:
Tisovec Lutheran High School
EGT: Courtney Everett
We at St. Johns have our services recorded for those who cannot
attend services here at St. Johns. By calling 570 386 9960 and leaving a message,(name ,phone number ,address, etc.) a copy will be given to you, for as long as you cannot attend services here.
St. Johns Council
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