SJLCY is resuming in-house worship on Sunday, June 21, 2020 (Father’s Day).  

Temporary Guidelines for Regathering at Indoor Worship Services

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!


We are

St. John
Lutheran Church

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

Pastor Duke

When the stars were set in place, they were given the express purpose of overseeing change. “Mark your calendar!” they say. “See? Watch!” And they spin around in the sky, putting Orion here and the Big Dipper there. We gaze upwards, “I say, has another year spun by?” Twinkling lights give the assent. Yes, time flies, up there, way up there.

The sun and the moon are governors. They rule the day and the night, so that were you such a clod that you didn’t notice the slow movements of the cosmic minuet, you can see the sun blazing away, torching each little block on the calendar, without so much as a moist paper towel to extinguish the flame as each day goes up in flames behind you. The moon alternates between melancholy and laughter each month, hiding her face every 28 days, ruling the night even in her absence.

We have devised other ways to measure change. The sundial. The hourglass. The wristwatch. The stopped grandfather clock. The coffee grinder. “Has it been a week already?” But it’s still the sun, the moon, and the stars, measuring change for us.

I remember some years ago, before Francis was born, I think, when I mashed the brake pedal on life. I felt like things were moving along too fast. The brakes on this crazy thing don’t work! So I thought to myself, “Well, I’ll just coast along then, and let things…slow…down…on their own.” Most of you are laughing by now because you know it doesn’t work that way. The thing is on a pretty steep grade pointed down, isn’t it? There are no brakes, and you can turn off the engine, throw the transmission into park, and it’s still going to pick up speed.

God did it this way, you know, setting the moon and the sun as governors over change. I suppose you could say that he means to let us know that he’s the one in charge of change, and there isn’t a thing we can do about it. I recently read that the Voyager spacecraft we shot into space back in the 1970s will reach the nearest star in 18,000 years. We reach for them, and we…change. We change, the world changes, and every day, the sun brings more change.

There was that one day, though, when everything changed once and for all, when Jesus came out of eternity and opened a way for us to get from change to not change. The angels sang about it, and there were witnesses to it, in the fields, abiding change with the sheep. One day we also will see that One Day.

Pastor Duke


“His Witness Is True”

That you may believe

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.