SJLCY is resuming in-house worship on Sunday, June 21, 2020 (Father’s Day).
We urge anyone who does not feel comfortable or who has health concerns to stay home. Pastor Duke will continue conducting on-line services accessible through our church website YouTube link.
For questions or concerns, you may call Joe Pardee at (716)791-3544 (day or evening) or Bart Klette at (716)754-7565 (evening).
As always, we all should continue to pray for God’s continuing guidance and comfort!
The congregation of St. John Lutheran Church is close knit (approximately 225 members), welcoming, friendly, and actively involved in the life of the church.
Visitors are always encouraged and welcomed.
The congregation of St. John Lutheran Church is a community of diverse talents and backgrounds, gathered around the Word of God and what He gives in Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
From the Pastor
“I’ve got plenty to be thankful for…” is a minor Bing Crosby favorite of mine. “I’ve got eyes to see with / ears to hear with…” This is 1942, when FDR was still, in futility, trying to goose the economy after a dozen years of Great Depression, and the USA had just been thrown into WWII, but the Roaring 20s were still close in the rearview mirrors of just about every adult in the country. I think the war was it, however, that was the turning point, and with Europe in flames, and Japan menacing the entire free world elsewhere, everyone sensed that there was no going back.
“I haven’t got / a great big yacht / to sail from shore to shore, but still, I’ve got plenty to be thankful for…” In the Holiday Inn movie, Bing talks back to the song, a list of childish complaints. “You need glasses, and, really, those are ears to fly with.” He’d lost his girl to another guy, and he was moping and pouting until Mamie couldn’t stand it anymore. “Go forward,” she said to him. “Go get her!” I’ll let you guess the plot progression from there.
It’s an interesting task for us to put away the ‘member berries, where we languish over every memory, wondering where the good times went, because it is really hard, almost painful, to do a personal inventory in the here and now. It’s so much sweeter to live in memories and sentiments (that’s why they’re called ‘member berries), but really, what is life like right here and right now? That is a completely different question from “What would you like life to be here and now?” What is it right now?
Well, you’ve got plenty to be thankful for, right? You as a person, are in a good place, aren’t you? We suffer loss as we age, and that goes for us in all sorts of ways: we’re aging as individuals, we’re aging as a country, as a community, and we’re aging as a congregation. We’ve suffered loss. Things we used to have, well, we no longer have them. But what do we have now? Plenty: we have plenty to be thankful for.
It’s encouraging to make such a list every now and again because you know what you have, and you know what you can do. I’ll start: I’m thankful I have you. You are a gift to me from God. After four years with you, I know a little bit about what I have, and, if this pandemic ever eases off, I have an idea of what I can do. At the very least, we can love one another, and that’s an awful lot, just like having eyes to see with and ears to hear with. Or fly with
Our Mission Statement
We, the members of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Youngstown, New York, are dedicated to the worship of the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe the Bible was written by the inspiration of God and are committed to spreading this Word throughout the community and the world. With the help of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we will continue to grow in our efforts to bring others to know of His unfailing love for His people.