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Christ Lutheran Church traces its roots back to the late 1800’s, when the Young Peoples Mission Band, a small group, organized at 15th and Shoop Streets, later to become Memorial Lutheran Church. Since opinions differed on location of a new church, 62 members withdrew to select 13th and Thompson Streets, location of our church site today. Charter members originally favored Salem Lutheran as the name, then considered Holy Trinity and eventually settled on Christ Church.

Organization took place in the Webster School, 13th and Kittatinny Streets, (the old Spanish-American Center). The Rev. D.M. Gilbert, Zion Lutheran Church pastor, presided. The date: March 15, 1890. There were 66 charter members.

The first Pastor, the Rev. T.L. Crouse, then a seminarian, was elected a month later, and assumed the pastorate July 3. On August 17 the cornerstone for a brownstone church was laid. Cost of construction: $10,000.00. The church building was dedicated March 15, 1891. Thus began our history of ministry, giving, healing, loving and accepting all in the Allison Hill area and beyond.

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Christ Lutheran Church is part of the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran church in America.

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Holy Spirit Hospital Clinic

Health Ministries

Christ Lutheran Church has an effective and growing Health Ministry. We are not a social service agency. We are a church, a missionary congregation, blessed to be located in a neighborhood of intense need and great opportunity for mission work. If you would like to donate time, talent or treasure, please see our request list. Our services include:

  • Holy Spirit Hospital's Medical Outreach Service – a nurse-run drop-in clinic open Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 2:30 PM. Services include first aid, simple lab tests, health assessments, health education, social service interventions, medical case management and items necessary to health, such as blankets, underwear, hygiene products and the like. Limited assistance in obtaining eye exams and glasses, life-sustaining prescription medications and over-the-counter medicines is available.
  • Prenatal Care Clinic – free prenatal care for those who are not able to access Medical Assistance.
  • Dental Clinic – free dental care available three times a month for urgent problems like replacement of lost fillings and simple extractions
  • Urgent Care Clinic – Doctor available weekly for urgent medical needs. By appointment only.
  • English As A Second Language (ESL) and Literacy Classes – English as a Second Language and Literacy classes are held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 9 AM. Folks are welcome to join at any time. Drop-ins are always welcome. Each student is assisted to develop his or her own goals, and then to meet those goals.
  • Hospitality Center – Open every weekday offering beverages, phone, bathroom, internet, copying, fax and notary services. A lending library of bilingual children’s books is also offered.
  • Free Baby Furniture Bank – provides new or gently used strollers, pack-n-pla infant beds, baby seats and other items needed for a new baby
  • Durable Medical Goods Bank and Orthopedic Bank – provides walkers, bedside commodes, etc. as well as canes, splints, wraps and more.

Pastor Jody Silliker

Pastor's Message

Health Ministries continues to provide hope and help every day. The church offers a weekday refuge for those seeking a break from the elements, a phone, a bathroom, a hot drink and companionship. It's a place where nurses tend to complaints that range from sore throats to eviction notices to filling pill boxes for an elder's complicated medication regimen. A physician waits upstairs on Tuesday mornings to provide the next level of care when what's needed is beyond the nurse's scope of practice.

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Dental Clinic Days: All walk-in, no appointments made. For your best chance to be seen, please come early.

Urgi Clinic is open every Tuesday (except holidays)

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Contact Us

Christ Lutheran Church
124 South 13th Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104
717-236-8382
Church Office: 9 AM – 1 PM Monday – Friday

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