Staff & Leadership...
The Consistory is the elected governing body of the church and includes the Pastor, 4 Elders, 4 Deacons, and a Youth Representative. Each is elected to their position by the members of the congregation at the annual meeting held in November.
Saint John's Church is a partner church in a shared ministry covenant with Saint Mark's Church, Cressona and Rev. Kevin Fruchtl, who serves as Pastor of both independent congregations. The Shared Ministry Council, made up of members from both churches, oversees and administers this covenantal relationship.
Director of Music
Rev. Kevin Fruchtl
Susan Gipe, Timothy Gipe,
Mark Revenis, Sherry Stump
Jennifer Honicker, Rick Kleckner,
Roberta Mengle, Kim Umphrey
Shared Ministry Council
Scott Jacoby, Tina Luckenbill, Mark Revenis, Ann Rich
Pennsylvania Southeast Conference
Lisa Revenis, Karen Toback
Susan Gipe, Winnie Reed
Schuylkill Haven Council of Churches
Micki Casey, Sandy Kachmar
Raised With Christ Committee
Jessica Handwerk, Lisa Revenis, Sherry Stump
A NOTE FROM PASTOR KEVIN
You are amazing. St. Mark's and St. John's congregations, you are amazing. In this world that seems to only focus on what is going wrong, you are being the church now and are willing to explore what the church is becoming in the future.
We have a ton of great stuff happening as we journey into the fall. We also journey with questions as we explore what our churches are becoming.
First, let’s look at what’s coming up:
The Pastoral Installation Service for St. Johns will take place on Sunday, September 18th at 10:00am. This will be a joint worship service with St. Mark's and St. John's worshipping together at St. John's in Haven. Brunch will follow the service. We welcome Rev. Kevin McLemore from PSEC as the conference representative for the service. We will also be blessed with a combined choir and a combined bell choir.
Borough Day is September 24. St. John's is busy organizing their Gift and Basket Raffle. If you wish to support the raffle, you can stop by the church on Friday, September 23rd from 6-8 pm or at Borough Day. And, of course, St. Mark's has PIE!!! Wet bottom shoofly, apple or cherry crumb, pumpkin custard, pumpkin roll and Jewish apple cake. Order ahead through either church office. You can also get pie at Borough Day, but you never know when we are going to sell out.
St. John's will have their Winter clothing give-away on October 22. Both congregations will be collecting clothing to be offered to the community.
This is the “short list”. We know there is a lot more on the schedule. We are praising God together in so many wonderful ways.
We are also trying to figure out how we are going to be the church as we move forward. Christian education is evolving and we are determining what forms that will take for the 2022-2023 program year. We are recruiting children and young adults so we can determine interest and activity levels. We are looking at youth groups and whether we might have a Confirmation class.
We have questions together. We are trying to discern how we will be the church in an uncertain future. But we know, we know that God is blessing us as we journey together in hope.
I pray that you see that God is good, and God is working HERE!