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Announcement: COVID-19 Update
Due the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect the health and safety of all, St. John’s will continue Drive-In Worship Services in the parking lot until further notice. Please note that we will have a time change beginning on May 24 to 9:30am

The Bulletins may be found on the “Events” Page on the specific day of the service. Upcoming service links are below:

Churches are exempt from the lockdown ban but we will respect our leaders directives and conduct ourselves in an appropriate manner. If you choose to worship with us please stay in your cars and distance from others. Dark days are coming but we will keep turning toward the light. May our Lord Jesus have mercy on us and the whole world

Contact Pastor Jody at godtalk@ptd.net for more information! Please note that the Sunday School building and its bathrooms will remain closed to protect the health and safety of all.

March 28, 2020
We are pleased and excited to announce that St. John’s is hosting a 10:30am drive-in worship service! Pastor Jody wil lead the service on guitar using simple worship and hymns, scripture, message, and prayers through an amplification system in the parking lot so all can hear. To join this one-of-a-kind event, please go to St. Johns (2915 Fireline Road) this Sunday, March 29. Contact Pastor Jody at godtalk@ptd.net for more information! Please note that the Sunday School building and its bathrooms will be closed to protect the health and safety of all

March 18, 2020
Please know that we at St. Johns care deeply about the health and wellness of our church community, and also the importance that faith and worship hold in your life. It is with deep sorrow that we have to announce that in order to follow the guidance of state and federal recommendations, St. John’s has made the difficult decision to suspend worship services. This goes into effect immediately and is applied to all formal gatherings, including Wednesdays during Lent and Sunday services. St. John’s is planning to recommence services for Palm Sunday (April 4). For pastoral emergencies please start by calling the church office (610-826-7766) or contacting Pastor Jody directly. He can be reached through email at godtalk@ptd.net.

It is our hope that we can all work together to mitigate the spread of this invisible threat, and also stay strong in our faith and community. Please stay safe and well in God’s grace.

To read about an ELCA bishop’s response to COVID-19, please see here: https://www.elca.org/News-and-Events/8025


St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran has a long history in Palmerton, PA. Founded in 1798, St. John’s is the oldest church in the Palmerton area. The stately brick building was built in 1862 and stands as an icon in the community with its traditional red doors. But the real beauty is inside with its full balcony, refurbished mural, and historical stained glass windows. Beyond the building, the church at its foundation is its people, and we are a congregation who celebrate our faith through community and music, but at the same time acknowledge the difficulties of life and seek peace, comfort, and forgiveness through Christ.

St. Johns is led by Pastor Jody Neifert, whose inspiration has led the church for more than three decades with humor, humility, and his guitar! Learn more about Pastor Jody and his role at St. John’s.

The teaching or theology of the Lutheran Church serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching or theology prepares members to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ.  Learn more about the Evangelical Lutheran church (ELCA) including podcasts, videos, and information about ELCA teachings, global outreach and Martin Luther, from their website

Our Sunday services are at 10:30 weekly, and are typically one hour long. At this service, you will find a blend of traditional and contemporary styles, with music on our vibrant Allan organ, beautiful grand piano, and Pastor Jody on guitar!

New to church? Never fear! While we do have a traditional ‘liturgy’ that gives structure to our service, we  make our services as accessible as possible with everything written out in the bulletin. Learn more about our services and what you might expect when you visit.

We are excited to announce a contemporary service on the Second Sunday of every month at 7:00pm. Less structured and ecumenical, we will use song and open discussion for praise, contemplation, and community. Click here to learn more!

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