"A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing..."
"One Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father"
"You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you...if Christ is in you, your spirit is alive because of righteousness."
Historical Notes of St. John’s
People emigrated to America for various reasons during the 18th and 19th Century. Some came to find religious tolerance, freedom, land, and possible wealth. At first they settled in what became the ghetto’s of New York and some found cheap land in upstate New York and states along the Atlantic shores. As work opportunities and cheap land became scarce along the coastal areas many packed up their meager belongings and moved west. Some eventually crossed the Susquehanna river to where land was more plentiful. Penn’s woods, as it was called, offered many new opportunities to settlers.
As for Hampton and St. John’s, we begin in the early 1800’s. Dr. John B. Arnold and Daniel Deardorff laid out the town of Hampton on May 15, 1813. They named it Hampton and began selling lots to perspective buyers. In 1818 the two founders, now joined by Casper Chronister, deeded to two trustees who were acting for the new community a lot adjoining the town “for the purpose of erecting a church, burying ground, and school house, for the use and accommodations” of the residents of the town and its vicinity.
A building was soon constructed on the lot. It was used as a schoolhouse and also for worship services. However, there is no evidence that either Lutherans or any other group organized a congregation at this time. (In all probability the Lutherans in the neighborhood were members of the church at the Pines and also worshiped there.)
The first known burial in the graveyard behind St. John's was in 1827. When all of the inscriptions were read and copied in the 1930’s there were sixteen tombstones with death dates before 1840.