September 2023 Issue


St. John's would like to welcome

Assistant Pastor, Morris Coleman.

Upcoming Guest Speakers

September 3: Assistant Pastor Justin Swingholm

September 10: Assistant Pastor Justin Swingholm

September 20: Assistant Pastor Morris Coleman

September 27: Assistant Pastor Morris Coleman

Hello Everyone,

I have been getting a lot of questions about the music for our Sunday Services. So, I thought I would share how this all works.

Pictured below is my organ at home. This is what I use to record all of our Sunday music. Thanks to Ron's technical abilities and this wonderful instrument, all of the music that I play is recoded internally in the organ. It is then transferred into the computer using a special program called Audacity, and then sent to Julie. Julie then inserts it into our Sunday Service. And thus, it is just like I was upfront playing, except I recorded it at home.

I hope this adds to your enjoyment of our Sunday Service. I would love to play your favorite hymns for you. Just let me know what your special song is and I will gladly add that into the service for you in the near future!

Thankfully yours,

Sue Boltz

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Printed copies are available on the information table.


The Upper Room

The September/October issues are on the bulletin board. Please let the office know if you want a copy mailed to you.


"God is Still Speaking"
Daily devotionals can be found on the church Facebook Group. Look on the left side of the Facebook page.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Nursing Home:

Beatrice Warlow

Florence Rhan

Shirley Haldeman

Betty Hower

Dennis Wood

Rochelle Stickler

Those We've Lost:

Joseph Deppert


Mary Young

Barbara Stahl

Tyler Haag

Joan Cousins


Kevin White, Lt. Col.

Lee Moyer, Navy

Paul, Air Force, Germany

Ben, home

Colby Boltz, home

Family & Friends:

Jeffrey Jackson

Ronnie Stover Family

Pastor Bennet, ICU

Judy, Band Together

Grace Coleman

From this point forward, prayer requests will remain for one month, after which they will be removed. If you wish to renew your request, please contact the secretary

Dear Members of St. John's,

As the new Financial Secretary of St. John's, I am working to get things in order. If you are not currently and E-Giver and would like to be, please contact the treasurer at

If you do not have offering envelopes and would like to receive them, please contact me at or 717-865-4453 and I will see that you get them.

Thank you,

Carl Bachman

Financial Secretary

Thank you for your giving
It is encouraging to see both new and familiar faces at our worship services. Throughout the year, many of you already support the congregation with your time, talent and financial contributions but greater participation is always welcome. We encourage you to look into our electronic giving program. It takes just a few minutes to set up a recurring giving plan. Contact the church office for more details or pick up an authorization form today.
Enjoy the Convenience of Electronic Giving

09/09 Mary Lou & Craig Smith

09/21 Russell & Lois Strauss

09/29 Paulette & Donald Werni


Larry Miller 09/05

Thomas Gonzales 09/05

Lois Strauss 09/07

Judy Wolfe 09/08

Liana Basehore 09/11

Molly Tyrpin-Losey 09/11

Paige Bachman 09/12

Courtney Miller 09/14

Christian Rizzo 09/19

Weston Ritchie 09/20

Trey Moyer 09/26

If you need a ride to Sunday Morning Worship Services, please call the Church Secretary 717-865-4453 no later than 10:00 am on the Thursday before to arrange transportation. Thank you.

Volunteers needed to help with transportation for those who need it in order to get to worship. Church Office 717-865-4453
Use our church Facebook to add pictures and comments. Let people know how much you love your church at St. John's. Make comments If you worship online.

To post on St. John's Facebook page, email or text photos and messages to the secretary Julie,
Grow Your Church!
Share what's happening!
Bring friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors. Call church members. Invite a stranger. Mail a card.
JOY Pantry

The Jonestown Outreach Pantry continues to provide food, household items, and personal care items to the less fortunate in our local communities. We partnered with the Caring Cupboard in Palmyra. This allows us to provide milk, fresh produce, and frozen meat to our clients. Thank you for believing in our ministry and supporting us financially so we can provide a space where we can care for our neighbors.
-Linda Wood, Volunteer

Financial donations are always welcome and can be mailed to: JOY Pantry, P.O. Box 121 Jonestown, PA 17038
Please feel free to share concerns or ideas with your church board
St. John's Board Members

Paul Deiter
Tom Baal 
Donna LeGay
Sally Bachman
Sue Boltz
A note from your
Board President:

Happy 285th Birthday,

 St. John's!

As we move into September and students return to school, we are also starting “school”. Adult Sunday School will begin September 3, at 9:30 AM in the Gathering Room. Assistant Pastor Justin Swingholm will present the first class. On September 17th, Adult Sunday School will be held again with Assistant Pastor Morris Coleman. Please come and learn and support our assistant pastors as this program is an integral part of their training.

After Sunday School and before the regular Sunday services begin, coffee and breakfast pastries will be available in the gathering room. I would suggest this is a great time for the members of the congregation to meet and get to know our Assistant Pastors.   

Our Church will be 285 years old this year, so September 24 will be Homecoming Rally Day at St. John’s. It is also Red Bean Sunday. It is time to pay our yearly rent. The celebration will begin with breakfast in the Social Hall followed by special entertainment from the Swatty Creek Gospel Group. The presentation of the “Red Bean” to pay the rent, and other special presentations. The entire program will be held in the Social Hall.  

If you have not been to our Sunday Services for a while please come and learn a bit of the history of the church and the meaning of the Red Bean rent payment, meet old and new friends, enjoy some down home entertainment and help celebrate St John’s 285th Birthday, with a delicious piece of birthday cake. 

Tom Baal

Board President


"The Eaglet" is our monthly newsletter emailed to our members and contacts and mailed to shut ins.

"St. John's Weekly Happenings" is our weekly news & updates emailed to our members and contacts. This is not mailed to shut ins.

Printed copies of the Eaglet are available on the bulletin board. If you would like a copy mailed to you each month,
please contact the secretary,
Rooted in the grace of God, our mission is:
Penn Central Conference, where congregations passionately declare and demonstrate the courageous love of Christ.
The vision of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ is:
United in Christ’s love, we are…
Connected to God, neighbor and each other
Engaged in serving the needs and ensuring justice in our community and the world
Transformed in Christ’s love to create a better future for all to flourish
Penn Central Conference is one of 38 regional bodies of the United Church of Christ (UCC), which has 5,100 churches and 1.1 million members
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