St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
(864) 638-6363
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Sunday Worship Services
Sunday School: 9:00 am
Fellowship: 10:00 am
Announcements: 10:25 am
Worship Service: 10:30 am

Welcome to Christ's community of followers here at St. John's. We've been in Walhalla and Oconee County since 1853. Whether you're a seasoned disciple or just starting out, followers of Jesus need a church community in which to flourish and grow. Even with all our collective warts and shortcomings, Jesus insists upon calling groups into ministry together through his grace. In Holy Communion, the body of Christ is always given "for y'all" (in the plural) and never for individuals on a solitary path. A congregation worth its salt is one where members learn about Jesus and his unusual, subversive, life-giving call upon our lives. This is a process that is never finished for any of us. You are welcome here regardless of past mistakes you've made, theological questions you bring, or personal suspicions you might have about the word "church." Join us for worship, study, and service in the name of the One who makes all things new.

St. John's mission:

We are called and empowered by God to spread the Gospel

and to share the love of Jesus Christ in service to all.

March 29, 2020

St. John's will be hosting a modified service of worship at 10:30 via Facebook Live which can be accessed at:

Covid 19/Corona Virus Update:

Dear St. John’s Members and Friends,


As of March 16, the following recommendations have been approved by our congregational council for our life together:

  1. Communal Sunday Worship in St. John’s sanctuary has been suspended until Palm Sunday, April 5th. Beginning this Sunday, March 22, at 10:30 am, a short worship service from St. John’s sanctuary will be streamed through our Facebook page, on FB Live.

  2. All ministry activities and group gatherings held at St. John’s are currently suspended until further notice. At this point, our Chefs groups will be delivering meals to our designated seniors who want to receive them; however, no in-home visits will take place.

  3. St. John’s preschool has suspended classes per the Oconee County School system recommendations through March 31 and will follow the schedule decided upon the County.

  4. The Church office will be open from 8:30 am to 1:30pm during the week to assist with any needs that members may have – preferably by phone or email.

  5. Our staff and executive committee of the council in consultation with state and local government officials, healthcare providers, and the SC Synod Office, will be staying abreast of any changes or alerts that would cause us to make any further adjustments to these decisions.

  6. Our Staff, Council Members, and other key leaders will be checking in with members weekly to learn of any congregational care concerns or needs.

  7. Joan Lewis, Sandra Pruitt, and Pastor Rachel will be working with our community and outreach contacts to assess ways the congregation and members may help with community needs through the food bank and other local services.

  8. We will seek to provide links and resources for the congregation regarding Covid 19/Coronavirus as well as worship resources. Be well and stay in touch!

Other News & Updates

The Wednesday evening Lenten program has been cancelled. We will all continue to keep a holy lent individually in spirit. 


Meet St. John's Pastor 

The Rev. Dr. Rachel Connelly.


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