Greetings! I greet you with the joy of the Lord. It is my pleasure to welcome each of you to our first newsl St. John's, EC Church, Allentown, Pa. What a Mighty God we serve! I was honored and counted it a privilege to be a part of our “100th” anniversary celebration this past December 8th. We were blessed to hear so many speakers speak about the past, present and future of St. John’s. The rich history of St. John's is a true testimony to the faith that our founding fathers and mothers had in God when they embarked on this faith journey in 1918. We embarked upon a year-long journey to celebrate our 100th church anniversary. For 100 years, each generation of the membership have been bold witnesses to the power of Almighty God. Although our history is very rich, our future promises to be even richer. Each month during the year, we highlighted special ministries that were and still are dear to us.
We were blessed by God to update our website which has many new features and photos at stjohnsecc.co. For several months we have been utilizing our new projector which has enhanced our preaching and the happenings at St. John’s. Each week we have been sending out encouragement cards to our homebound members to let them know they are not forgotten and still feel connected to our church family.
What is our vision for 2020? The mission of the church does not change. It has been the same since its foundation. Our calling is to live in faithfulness to God and to one another while we strive to take the Gospel of Jesus to every person on the Earth. While we press on in obedience to our earthly mission, we look with eager expectation to the day in which Christ will return to make all things new. The church’s mission and the church’s hope are rooted in the immutable character and the eternal plan of God. Though the foundation of the Church’s calling and purpose does not change, the expression of her mission will always vary in some degree in response to the time and place of each local church. Sometimes responding to the surrounding culture requires a local church to find new methods and avenues of communication, or perhaps even new ways of connecting believers together in community. God distributes His promises to the church through appointed means that fix our eyes of faith directly upon Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. These are “the ordinary means of grace.” They’re called “ordinary” because God “ordained” them for the life and health of His church. Acts 2:42-47 describes the ordinary means of grace and their result: “They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer . . . And the Lord added to their number day by day.” At the core of our vision is the desire to practice these ordinary means faithfully.
Sharing God’s vision for today’s people; providing hope for all their tomorrows.
As members of the Evangelical Congregational Church we believe the Bible to be our final authority for faith and Christian living, and we affirm the following:
That the universe is the purposeful creation of a personal, loving, almighty God.
That all human beings are made in the image of the Creator and are of infinite worth.
That our world is under the sway of sin as a result of a historical and a personal human rebellion against God, so that suffering, death and separation from God are the experience of humankind; and that without the intervention of God’s grace, this will be the eternal state of all persons.
That Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, through his virgin birth, sinless life, sacrificial death on the Cross, and glorious resurrection and ascension, graciously offers new life to all who receive him by faith.
That the Holy Spirit, indwelling believers, gives them a desire and an ability to follow biblical standards of conduct in their personal lives and in society.
That the Christian faith is lived in the community of the church, where worship and witness are embodied through the spiritual gifts of its members.
That Jesus Christ will return to this world, bring an end to history as we know it, inaugurate the final judgment, and welcome believers into his eternal kingdom..
405 North Jerome Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18109, United States