"To Embody The Love of Christ"
About St. John's:
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The Rev'd Ronald R. Miller, Ph.D., Priest in Charge
Ryan R.Weber, Ph.D., Director of Music Ministries
The Parish was founded in the mid 1800s as an out-post on the Diocesan missioner routes. Our first rector, Edwin Mendenhall, established a sister parish, Zion Church in Sterling, which was closed in the 1920s. For many of it's years, following the death of Fr. Mendenhall, St. John's struggled as a full parish, a seasonal chapel, a Sunday School, and whatever needs and opportunities could provide for the spiritual well-being of Episcopalians in Salem Township and environs. Many seminarians and part-time clergy as well as Lay-Readers have officiated at services.
We are proud to maintain some of the history of this house of God. The original Communion Table, Pulpit, pewter Communion set, Puplit Bible and Book of Common Prayer have been retained in wonderful condition and used at historic services from time to time. But we are an active, "modern" parish. Currently, our services are according to Rite Two (contemporary language) of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Holy Eucharist is the norm for weekend and Holy Day worship.
Episcopal Church Women (ECW) known as St. Catherine's Guild serves many needs in the parish, community and around the world. Mary, the Lord's Mother is our chapter of Daughter's of the King, Province III.
As in all Episcopal Churches, St. John's is governed by a board of Vestry and Wardens, nominated and elected by the Church membership. The Vestry is assisted by various committees. The Annual "Report" Meeting is held in May to inform the parish of the past year's activities and to look at the coming year. Parish elections are held in May, after our 'snow-birds' have returned north.