St. John's Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church
   617 East Fourth Street          Bethlehem, PA  18015-1805         (610) 868-3282

A Mighty Fortress is our God

Trdi Grad Je Nas Boug Zmozsni

Member of:

Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA


Come Worship With Us!

        In-person activities suspended ...
Due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the area, St. John's and UPG are suspending all in-person activities (worship and the Town Hall meeting included) through February 6. We will be live-streaming the Saturday night worship service at St. Peter’s on the UPG Facebook page and it will be available on YouTube Sunday morning. Please keep a look out for updates throughout the month.

 Note:  In-person worship and activities
 are expected to resume on February 13.

Worship & Sunday School Schedule:
 February 13, 20, 27 at St. Peter's
 Town Hall meeting rescheduled for
Feb 27 after 10:30 am worship.
 March at Light of Christ
  Unless otherwise indicated,
   Worship at 8:00 and 10:30 AM
   Sunday School/Bible Study 9:15 AM
Coffee hour 9:30 AM

     Coffee and Conversation Returns!
Since we are unable to gather for coffee and worship we encourage you to join the live stream worship on Saturday afternoons or Sunday morning for the recorded worship.  Once again, we will host a coffee and conversation on Monday nights at 7 pm beginning on January 24 for an opportunity to connect with each other while remaining safe via zoom.  No set discussion, no set beverage required, join us as you are able, and share in some fellowship.
 ►Click/tap for Zoom and phone links◄

  Sunday Bible study on Zoom for now!
Bible study is normally held on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15. In-person study will resume at St. Peter's in February when activities can be scheduled again.  Until then ... join us for Bible study via Zoom beginning on Jan 23, 9:30 AM.  Topic for this day is the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37.
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               Nine Week Bible Study
The Bible Study hosted by Pastor Richard A. Mathisen will be postponed until February 10th. Please look out for further updates.

    Saturday Li
ve Stream Worship Update
Saturday worship is live streamed on UPG Facebook starting at 5:00 PM. With the permanent equipment now installed, all live streamed services are from St. Peter's.
   ►Click/tap for Bulletin for Jan 22-23◄

The recordings are uploaded to YouTube
and available Sunday mornings at 8:00 AM.

►Click or tap for YouTube videos◄

Click or tap for instructions for
Remote Holy Communion

Need a worship bulletin?
Send request to
You will be added to the email list to view/download the bulletin.

Weekly Mailings
If you have returned to in-person Worship
and no longer need the weekly mailing
packet, please contact the church office at (610) 868-3282.

Transition Team Update and FAQs
 January 2022

►Click or tap to access◄

Click or tap to access the following:
Daily Devotions by Carol Henn

Events Calendar for St. John's and UPG

Reflection by Pastor Tom Keener:
We are all Ministers

Prayer List

'Till We Meet Again! Newsletter

Please Consider Online Giving:
How to Use GivePlus Mobile

  UPG      Bear Creek Camp

God's Work. Our Hands.

Youth Links:
Jr Sr Team App

Thrivent Get Involved Virtually:
"Make a Difference from Afar"

to help your community

Coronavirus Resources:
Series of articles by Donna Musselman
PA Department of Health website
City of Bethlehem website


Church Cookbooks - order - make great gifts!
- Daily Devotions                    

       Worship Assistants Schedule - N/A at this time         
New Member Information


Live streamed worship from St. John's
July 31-Aug 1, 2021
Tap or click image to view service

Rev. Suzanne M. Trump, Pastor

St. John's Mission Statement:
Witnessing God's Love
through Generous Living

Meter parking in effect until 9 PM. 
Use parking lot for evening activities.

handicapped.gif (623 bytes)   Ramped entrances
Accessible bathroom facilities
Large print worship materials
Individual amplification systems 

Pork and Sauerkraut
Take-out dinner

St. John's Altar Society's pork and sauerkraut take-out dinner scheduled for January 29 is postponed. New date TBD. Those who pre-ordered will be contacted.

First Responders Appreciation

Annual "thank you" breakfast and luncheon originally scheduled for January 15 has been postponed until spring/summer due to the ever-increasing COVID numbers and in  the spirit of keeping everyone as safe as we can.

Thank you to all who generously offered to volunteer their time and to those who offered to provide food for the event.  "Stay tuned" for announcement of rescheduled date and details.

Dr. Irene Todd Scholarship

►Click or tap for details◄

Pantry Sunday

We will be collecting items for the New Bethany Ministries Food Bank on February 15th. They are specifically looking for cereal, peanut butter, jelly, oatmeal-flavored, soups, tuna fish, milk – shelf stable, rice, macaroni & cheese, beans, and crackers. They are aiming for low sodium items but will gladly accept any offering.

Food donations brought to
St. Peter's on January 15th were delivered to the Hispanic Center.

Thank you for your generosity.

Bingo 2022

St. John's will be hosting bingo events on April 9, May 21, September 17, November 19. Stay tuned for details. 
Note:  February 19 bingo was cancelled due to the rise of COVID cases in the area.

St. John's and Friends
Book Club
All are welcome

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue, will be discussed when in-person activities resume. Date TBD.

It's the story of a nurse in Ireland struggling with war and disease during the first world war. Light amidst the darkness and hope against all odds threads throughout the story.

Sacred Ground:
A film-based Dialogue on Race and Faith

Join us for a time of learning with our Episcopal and Moravian brothers and sisters every other Monday on Zoom from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM.
Dates:  Sep 13 - Nov 22, continuing Jan 10 - Feb 21.

     Click or tap for:

  ►Introduction to Series
   ►Detailed Information

Enter the Bible

Luther Seminary has created a resource called “Enter the Bible” to help people understand scripture better. It breaks down each book in the Bible and gives an overview of its background and context.
It is free to access and use.

Gift Cards

Just a reminder that gift cards, including Giant and Shop Rite, are available at in-person worship.  A percentage of each gift card sold benefits St. John's.

Volunteers Needed at Hispanic Community Center

The Hispanic Community Center on 4th Street, Bethlehem, is in need of volunteers to help distribute food on the 3rd Thursday and 3rd Friday of the month. If you can help, please contact Pastor Suzanne at St. John’s Windish (610-868-3282). Thank you for sharing your time.

Do you have a family member or friend who is unable to attend in-church worship, but would welcome the opportunity to share in the same worship and sing the same hymns as those members in church? There still are a few "Bringing it Home" tablets available and learning how to use them is easy.  Please call the church office if you know anyone who would benefit from a Bringing It Home device.


"Steeples and Steel" 
Cancelled 2021 due to pandemic.
Will be back in 2022.
article    tour video

"Steeples and Steel"
Song by Bill Valenti & Susan L. Vitez
Video at St. John's *
May 10, 2015
(Click or tap to view)


* Note: video might not play on older versions of  IE.



Founded in 1910 by immigrants
from a region of what is now
modern day Slovenia in the
former Yugoslavia. 
In Bethlehem, this ethnic group
is known as "Windish". 


© 2004-present 
St. John's Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church. 
All Rights Reserved.      Church photo:  Susan L. Vitez
Last Update:  01/23/2022