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..
Greetings! I greet you with the joy of the Lord. It is my pleasure to welcome each of you to St. John's, EC Church, Allentown, PA. Once again, we are ready to begin the season of Lent once again. This year, Ash Wednesday falls on February 26. While we often think of Lent as a somber time (which, in many ways, it is), Lent is a season of reflection as we seek to improve our relationship with God. Sometimes we will give up something or take on something new. Whatever we do and whatever we may discover during our season of introspection, the unwavering constant is God’s love. God’s love never ends. God’s love is unconditional. God’s love is for all. God’s love is unearned, undeserved and all encompassing. As you walk through this season of Lent, think of God’s wonderful gift of love. Rejoice in all the love that God has blessed you with! We will be following the devotional entitled Seek God For The City 2020 to reignite desires for Christ that may have gone dormant, so that our hope is Christ and His kingdom will rise again.
Recently, we have introduced three new ministries. First Touch Care focuses on first time visitors and members. It is said the first seven minutes a visitor spends at a church is the most critical. So we want it to be positively memorable with questions answered and fears extinguished as we make the “first touch” with our visitors and members here at St. John’s
Recently, we initiated One Call Now Care which is an automatic notification system that enables the membership to receive via phone important announcements about what is happening. This is also a feature which Rev. Santucci tapes daily devotional recorded messages entitled Daily Hope.
This month we introduced our new Welcome Center with several new ministries that you can pray for and be involved in. We also introduced Extended Hands Ministry and Bless Your Church. The purpose of Extended Hands Ministry is to meet the needs of our church members and residents of Allentown and beyond. Extended Hands Ministries at St John’s offers encouragement, care, support and prayer to individuals in our church family and our community who are at various stages, places and circumstances of life. We want to respond to the spiritual, emotional, physical, and relational needs of our community and to engage the congregation in service and community for one another. We have a network of people who are dedicated to being the hands and feet of Christ and we are always seeking additional volunteers for our care teams. To join any of these wonderful care ministries, or to receive care from our team, please contact the church office at 610-434-0702.
Bless Your Church will invite members and friends of our church family to honor God with what He has given them through planned gifts or legacy bequests. Five to ten percent of Americans have charitable estate plans. Proverbs 3:9 instructs us to honor God with our health. The most generous gifts most people will ever be able to the Lord’s work are in the later years of their lives or upon their going home to heaven.We were blessed by God to update our website which has many new features and photos at stjohnsecc.co. Also, like on facebook.com. 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.
405 North Jerome Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18109, United States