In the years
leading up to 1938, South Pottstown was a growing community and
a neighborly village. As houses were being built, many of the
people felt the need for a church closer than those in Pottstown
across the river. With the help of Transfiguration Lutheran
Church in Pottstown, the Transfiguration Mission Sunday School held
its first session on September 11, 1938 on West Main Street.
Work continued towards a new congregation; and on February 19, 1942,
St. John's was officially begun.
On a lot on
East Main Street presented by Joseph Haws, a new church building was
begun. The cornerstone was laid on October 13, 1943; and on
Christmas Day in that same year the congregation held its first
service in the church basement. The completed church was
dedicated on February 19, 1949.
At our 60th
Anniversary Celebration, attended by Bishop Almquist, Pastor Susan
Folks wrote the following:
celebrate sixty years of St.
Church as a gathered
congregation in this place. In our neck of the woods sixty years
is still considered on the young side! For us that is good,
because even as we celebrate the years gone by, our celebration
this evening is even more about the years ahead. We chose the
colors gold and green for this event: the gold representing the
Golden Years of our congregation, and the green representing the
years of growth ahead of us.
"It has been ten years
since our last anniversary celebration. I have been here just a
little over half of that time. St.
Johnís has done some hard work
during those years and we can much more clearly see the work of
the Holy Spirit in this place. It is easy to measure growth in
numbers, and we have had some of that, but it is much harder to
measure spiritual growth. Our growth in faith has far surpassed
the numerical growth.
Johnís truly has an
understanding of what it means to be the Body of Christ in this
place. Weíre still learning more about it everyday, but we
understand that to be faithful disciples of Jesus means that our
whole lives are his. Living lives completely dedicated to God is
what we are as the baptized children of God. Each day it becomes
clearer and clearer that we take seriously the vows taken at
baptism as we live out our mission together, saying, 'We are St.
Johnís - inviting all to Come, See, Worship, Serve, and Proclaim
the Gospel of Jesus Christ.'
We rejoice that God has prospered us in