Fellowship and community with joyful Christians of all ages in our beautiful and historic sanctuary, modern fellowship center, gym and kitchen. These facilities are available for use by congregational members as well as community groups.
Weekly Sunday School, Children's Church, and Children's Messages for our younger members. Vacation Bible School is offered in July. Additional youth events are offered at various times throughout the school year.
Adult Sunday School is led by the pastor and runs from September thru May. A Midweek Bible Study, also led by the pastor, meets on Wednesday mornings at 10 AM in the Fellowship Center Conference Room. These studies enrich our knowledge and understanding of the Bible and God's inclusive love for all people.
Annual events such as outside worship services and picnics (May and September), Chicken BBQ, Community Thanksgiving Dinner, live theater productions, and fundraisers (candymaking, apple dumpling making, etc.) which promote fellowship and support our assorted mission projects.
In 1736, the first Germans from Lancaster and York counties settled in the southern part of Franklin County. One of the earliest of these German settlements was just south of Chambersburg, known as the "Grindstone Hill" settlement. After 1764, the ingress of the Germans was so great that they soon owned the better part of Guilford Township.
The Germans loved their church and made early provision for the permanent establishment of the ordinances of religion among them. An occasional sermon was preached to the scattered Lutherans of the settlement by ministers passing through the valley on horseback.
The Lutheran and the Reformed congregations united in their efforts to secure a suitable place to build a house of worship. In 1766, the original church, a log structure, was built. It was situated on the opposite side of the highway from the present church, but this new place of worship was not completed for twelve years due to the poverty of the people. The services were held in it although there was no floor or stove for warmth. A stove and other needed supplies were provided in 1778. It was considered one of the finest buildings in the settlement. The log church served a good purpose for sixty-seven years, after which it was sold for thirty dollars and moved four miles east where it became known as "Fetterhoff Chapel."
As the Lutheran congregation increased in number, a new church was required. The Lutheran and Reformed congregations again united in erecting another house in which to worship the God of their fathers.The corner-stone of the brick church was laid in May 1833. It was built in the form of a parallelogram, with the pulpit at one end, the doors at the other, surrounded by a spacious gallery. The dedication service was held on November 24th of the same year. The building was constructed for approximately $3,000.
On August 20, 1928, extensive improvements were started on the brick church. An addition was added to the front for two class rooms, and a double door entrance replaced the two individual front doors. New pews were placed in the main body of the church with a three aisle arrangement instead of two. At this time the church was wired for electricity.
Solomon's Evangelical Lutheran Church
4856 Wayne Road (Rt. 316)
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Phone: (717) 267-2266
Fax: (717) 267-7030
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday - 9:00am to 12pm
Sunday Morning Worship Service - 10:15am
Sunday School begins at 9:00am.
Sunday Morning Worship Service - 9:30 A.M.
No Sunday School.
Church Closing Policy
The time window to evaluate weather conditions is from 6 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday. This is done by the Pastor and Council President. Listen to the following radio stations for closing announcements from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
WSRT 92.1 FM
WIKZ 95.1 FM
If unsure, call the church office after 7 a.m. to check for a message.