St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
God's work. Our hands.

Pastor's Page July 2019

Last week, it rained and rained and rained. It rained so hard on Wednesday night that the water stranded cars, flooded basements, and wreaked general havoc. 4.5-5” of rain fell on 6/19, enough to cause the Penske trucks behind Walgreen’s to turn into bumper cars.

As many of you know, St. John’s got hit too—the parish house (expected), the church basement (unexpected), and the parsonage (nothing of consequence, other than spare carpet and vinyl). The volume of water proved too much for the sewer system; it looked for the lowest escape route, and St. John’s church basement proved to be the “winner.” Even though several people worked hard at removing and salvaging most things, we needed professional help in the basement. ServPro came in, removed all of the offending carpet, dried out the basement, and sanitized the remaining surfaces.

Thank you for all of your work and concern. Together, we’re making the cleanup possible.

  • How can you help? Pray that St. John’s continues to be faithful to the Good News of Christ.
  • Also, this Saturday, June 30th starting around 9 am or so, we’ll be having a work day.
  • What needs done? Cleaning and scrubbing of the parish house basement. Helping sort through music and other items in the parsonage garage, then moving them back into the church.
  • What to wear? Sturdy, closed-toed shoes and gloves (if you have them).
  • What to bring? Sponges, mops, cleaning supplies, good attitude, bottled water, etc.

  • Psalm 46:
    God is our refuge and strength,
          a very present help in trouble. 

    Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
        though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 

    though its waters roar and foam,
          though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

    There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
        the holy habitation of the Most High. 

    God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
       God will help it when the morning dawns. 

    The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
       he utters his voice, the earth melts. 

    The Lord of hosts is with us;
       the God of Jacob is our refuge.

    Rev. Rachael C. Dietz



    We are a part of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod and a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


    St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church

    One Front Street Plaza
    PO Box 5
    Mohnton PA 19540

    Office: 610-777-9985