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Here you will find information about the many ministries of our parish.

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Saturdays at 6:00 PM:
Informal worship with Holy Communion

Sundays at 10:00 AM:
Holy Communion

Mid-Week Prayers
The first Wednesday of each month, from September thru April, at 7:00 PM:

September/October/November/February/March/April: Taizé Prayers
December/January: Holden Evening Prayer

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Jeffrey H. Gray has served this parish as its Organist and Director of Music and Liturgy since May of 1981.
He is involved with the Carnegie Area Ministerium, and has provided musical leadership at several of
our Synod’s Pastor’s Convocations, held annually in Greensburg, PA.
He also is one of the organists who plays services held at
Old St. Luke's Church in Scott Township – home of the oldest pipe organ west of the Alleghenies!
Jeff is a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Our Adult Choir sings at our 8:15 and 11:00 AM Sunday liturgies,
from the Sunday after Labor Day thru Trinity Sunday  plus other special services throughout the year.
This dedicated, fun-loving group of Christians do a wonderful job in leading our music week in and week out.

The Choristers, Saint John’s children’s choir, is for kids in grades 2 through 6.
They sing at a few of our services from Reformation Sunday through Easter Sunday each year.

The Saint John Brass adds a festive air to our worship about six times each year.

The Saint John Ringers – our handbell choir – is our newest musical ensemble,
and play for several services throughout the year.

St_John_Organ_smallThe Organ
There have been just two organs used at Saint John in our more than 130-year history.
The first was built in 1898 by the M. P. Moeller Pipe Organ Company of Hagerstown, Maryland,
for a whopping sum of $1,000.00! It was installed in our first building, and moved to the present building in 1929
The two manual instrument was originally hand-pumped by boys of the church.
This organ was rebuilt in 1957, and continued to serve the church for another quarter of a century.

By the late 1970’s the Moeller organ had seen better days.
In 1978, fire damaged the church, and the organ was damaged by water.

When Jeff Gray came to Saint John in May of 1981,
it was determined that the organ either needed a major rebuilding or had to be replaced.
After consulting with several organ firms—both electronic and pipe—
it was decided to replace the old organ with a new pipe instrument.

After prayerful consideration of several builders,
it was decided to award a contract to the Wicks Pipe Organ Company
of Highland, Illinois to design and build a 2-manual, 6-rank organ.
The contract was signed by our Church Council and Wicks Pipe Organs
in September of 1981.

The old instrument was removed from the sanctuary in June of 1982,
a group of dedicated volunteers prepared the new organ chamber,
and the instrument was delivered at the end of June, 1982
It was first heard in worship on the first Sunday of July, 1982,
and has never missed a beat!

For the organ’s 10th “birthday” in 1992, a family from the church purchased a Zymblestern
and had it installed on the organ. This series of 10 small bells delights all who hear them,
and they are used frequently in worship.

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Christian Education...

At Saint John, we have a great history of Christian Education.
And Christian Education is not just Sunday School,
although that’s probably the most visible aspect of our education ministry.

What is "Rotation Sunday School?"
Each week for about five weeks, the kids will move to a different "station" to
learn about the lesson in a new, exciting, interactive way.
We will produce Kitchen Kreations. We will use computers. We will view videos.
We will do crafts. We will use drama. And we will play games!

In addition to Sunday School...
Our Fifth Graders prepare for their First Holy Communion in the spring of each year, and they receive
the Sacrament for the first time on the first Sunday in May.

Confirmation Classes are held for all children in grades 7 and 8. Classes are held from September through May each year. Confirmation is held on Reformation Sunday for those ninth graders who have
successfully completed the two-year course.

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Saint John Women

The Saint John Women of the ELCA are active in many ways throughout the parish.
Much of the behind-the-scenes work of the church happens thanks to this wonderful group.
Among their many activities:

  • The women meet monthly for Bible Study and Fellowship.
  • They also chooses a service projects to concentrate on during the year.
  • The Altar Guild cares for the various communion vessels, prepares the altar for liturgies, 
    and clean up following communion.
  • The flowers that adorn the altar during our liturgies are distributed by members of Saint John to church members who are ill or homebound.

The Saint John Prayer Chain is a ministry of the Women, and over the years has changed from being a true “phone tree”  to requests for prayer being sent out to the church E-mail “Prayer Request” list.

The Comforters quilting group is sponsored by the Women, and the hundreds of blankets they make each year are shipped around the world to provide warmth—and even shelter—to people in need.

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Ministry to Those Outside of Our Walls

Accept the challenge to be transformed into a new people of God as we minister
in the diverse and changing population in our community.

Times change. And our parish and community have changed as well.
Not that many years ago, we had no parking lot. Many people lived in close proximity to our church building.
Today, less than half of our congregation even lives in the Carnegie, Pennsylvania, Zip Code of 15106.

Since the pastorate of Oscar Jblanketsohnson in the 1970’s,
Saint John has had 
a dedicated group of sewers known as The Comforters.
Over the years, they have made thousands of quilts from donated fabric.
In the spring of each year, these beautiful quilts
are displayed in the church during Blanket Weekend.
And each fall, the blankets produced by these loving hands are packed up
and sent around the world through Lutheran World Relief.

Saint John is part of the Interfaith Hospitality Network, which is now a part of the Family Promise organization.
We serve as a host to homeless families for about eight weeks each year.
Our guests arrive at the church around 6:00 PM, and are fed a wonderful meal
prepared by our members and members of other local congregations.
They play games, talk about their day,
and then adjourn for the night to our 
Sunday School rooms—
which are transformed into their bedrooms.
Up early the next morning, they are driven back to
the IHN headquarters in nearby Crafton, where they leave to go to work and school.

God has richly blessed our parish, and we are overjoyed to give back to our friends in need!