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St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mahoning

Worship services: Sundays 9am, Sunday School 10:15am. First Sunday of each month Holy Communion. First Saturday of each month 5:15 Worship with Holy Communion.
826 Mahonibng Drive West, Lehighton, PA 18235 phone:570-386-9960 email: stjohns@ptd.net Co Pastors: Christopher deForest & Allison deForest


A History of St. Johnís Church

St. Johnís 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. Johnís 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. Johnís 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.


Worship services: Sundays 9am, Sunday School 10:15am. First Sunday of each month Holy Communion. First Saturday of each month 5:15 Worship with Holy Communion.
All-You-Can-Eat
Community Spaghetti Dinner
St. Johnís will be holding an All-You-Can-Eat Communit y Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Caitlin Moyer. The dinner will be on Saturday, March 22 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. AND TAKEOUTS AVAILABLE!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Our annual Spring Bazaar is on April 12, 2014. There will be a Basket Raffle, Crafts, Plants, Rummage Sale, and FOOD! We will have our delicious Candy, Stuffing and Soup!!!

Donations are welcome and requested to be turned in by April 6. Help in the kitchen the day of the event is also needed. Please contact the Church office if you can help.

GRIEF SHARE SUPPORT GROUP. Our support group will begin a new 13 week cycle beginning February 3 from 6:30-8:30pm. If you are grieving e loss of someone, or you know someone who is, please plan to attend or encourage others to come. It makes a real difference-weather your grief is fresh or you've been suffering for years. Please contact the church office if interested.
The St Johns Cemetery Association requests all Christmas decorations be removed by Friday, March 28, 2014
If you are in need of pastoral care, have been admitted to the hospital or have other pastoral needs, please call Pastor Chris at 570-663-5315 or Pastor Allison at 484-651-9879.
You are invited to worship with us during Lent.

Ash Wednesday is March 5, 2014. St John's will be having a service of communion with the imposition of ashes at 7:00pm

Also, our joint traditional Lenten Worship services will be held the following Wednesdays:
March 12 - St Peters
March 19- Zion Stone
March 26- St Johns
April 2- Ben Salem
April 9- Zion Stone.

We at St. Johns have our sermons printed for those who cannot
attend services here at St. Johns. You can request a copy by calling 570 386 9960 and leaving a message,(name ,phone number ,address, etc.) a copy will be mailed to you.
St. Johns Council
Have you remembered
St. John's Mahoning
in your will?

You can leave a legacy that lasts, long beyond your lifetime. Thank God for you - your love and generosity make all the difference!

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