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If you are seeking a church home, we believe that you will find a warm, accepting, and caring family here at St. John's.

The following information has been prepared by our Outreach Committee to briefly describe who we are.  We welcome you to join in our worship and fellowship on Sundays and to participate in special services and activities throughout the year.


Yours in Christ,
The Outreach Committee



Who are we?
A community of believers serving Christ's Kingdom in the southern Bergen County area since 1926.


Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


What do we believe?

  • In a loving Father who created us.

  • In a compassionate Son by whose grace we are saved.

  • In an ever-present Holy Spirit who daily comforts, guides and enables us in the life of discipleship.

  • How do we stay united?

  • Through thoughtful prayer and concern for each other.

  • Through an active email listserv.

  • Through active participation in many congregational activities.

  • Through an informative monthly newsletter and through weekly bulletins.

  • Through a continually updated church directory.



Who do we worship?
Praising Father, Son and Holy Spirit in a variety of liturgies in the tradition of the Lutheran Church.

  • In services of Word and Sacrament, Weekly Holy Communion

  • In special mid-week Lenten services

  • In healing services

  • With joyful participation:

  • Dedicated choir and handbell choir

  • Professional organist, Dr. T

  • Schantz pipe organ

  • Active Altar Guild

  • Ushers, greeters, acolytes, lay readers and communion assistants.

  • Seasonal devotions

  • Creative and artistic talents, individual music contributions, seasonal decorations, seasonal programs



How our life in Christ is further enriched through warm hearted fellowship and services, as found in:

  • Sunday morning coffee hours

  • Home bible studies

  • Congregational meals

  • Concerts

  • Church picnic

  • Decorating our Christmas tree

  • Parish Life

  • Landscaping and lawn maintenance crew

  • Choirs

  • Rummage Sales

  • Candy Sales


How do we grow?

  • Through a comprehensive Christian nurturing program for everyone.

  • Total Family Sunday School

  • First Communion classes (grade 5)

  • Confirmation classes (grades 7&8)

  • Children's Worship

  • Prayer fellowship

  • Readily available pastoral counseling

  • Library for all ages

  • Reaching out to those looking for a church home through:

  • Personal invitation

  • Advertising

  • New member recruitment

  • Providing a warm welcome for all ages

  • Community involvement



Nationally and Internationally:  Through our benevolence gifts to the ELCA, the World Hunger Appeal, and other charities.

In our community, we...

  • Participate in local service programs:

  • Community food pantry donations

  • Interreligious Fellowship for the Homeless of Bergen County

  • Peter's Place

  • 55 Kip Center

  • Rutherford Interfaith Council

  • Starfish

  • CROP Walk

Seek to address community needs by providing space for:

  • Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts


  • Learning Express Day Care

  • Boeun Presbyterian Korean Church

  • Counseling Center

  • Music Lessons

  • Recitals

  • Provide temporary assistance through our Good Samaritan Fund.

  • Participate in the Meadowlands Mission Cluster activities.

  • Sponsor charity recitals

  • Visit hospitals and nursing homes

  • Deliver flowers to shut-ins

  • Provide pastoral care to the unchurched

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