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Worship: Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! You are invited to come experience the unconditional love of God in Jesus as it is proclaimed, experienced and extended when we gather to worship, to grow in faith, to participate in fellowship and to serve others.[More]
Disciple-Ship Quest: Moving towards God’s vision of “Growing Disciples of Jesus,” our creative Christian Ed Team has chosen the powerful name “Disciple-Ship Quest” for what was formerly called Sunday School. You are invited to join the journey. Classes are available for all ages from 3 year old through adult. [More]
St. John @ the Bay: Come and worship at Mother of Sorrows Church where our Lutheran Mission, St. John @ the Bay, is developing an emerging worship community that shares the Gospel and grows discipleship in those who live, work and visit on South Bass Island. [More]
Narrative Lectionary: The Narrative Lectionary is a set of Bible readings for our worship that tells the over-arching biblical story in a nine-month period. These texts sound the voices of Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Isaiah, Jesus, and Paul; and so enrich preaching and our life of faith.
[Summary & Schedule]
On Wednesday, March 1 our faith community will gather to begin our annual Lenten journey to the Cross.
Ash Wednesday Worship will be held at 6:30 pm.
BEATITUDES OF PROMISE
Beginning on Ash Wednesday we will focus our attention, and our hearts, on the Beatitudes from Matthew 5. Each week, we will listen in as a pastor counsels a modern-day parishioner … and the words of Jesus’ teaching are revealed in a new light. Each service in this Lenten series draws attention to one of the Beatitudes, applying them to our journey of faith today.
Ash Wednesday … March 1 … The Promise of Heaven: Matthew 5:3
Wednesday … March 8 … The Promise of Comfort: Matthew 5:4
Wednesday … March 15 … The Promise of an Inheritance: Matt. 5:5
Wednesday … March 22 … The Promise of Righteousness: Matt. 5:6
Wednesday … March 29 … The Promise of Mercy: Matthew 5:7
Wednesday … April 5 … The Promise of Seeing God; Matthew 5:8
MIDWEEK LENTEN MEALS
Beginning on March 8 through April 5, we will gather for a simple Lenten Meal in the Parish Hall at 5:30. Worship will begin at 6:30 pm, and we will gather in the Sanctuary.
If you are interested in participating in one the short dramas, please see Pastor Jim and indicate your preferred week. You will assume the “recurring” of the parishioner, who is known as “Mac,” which is short for Makarios, the Greek word for, “Blessed.”
The Joint Youth Ministry/Confirmation Winter Retreat will be held at Camp Mowana the weekend of March 3-5. Filling in here at St. John will be our own … and recently back from a LONG hiatus as Interim Pastor at Zion, Sandusky … is Pastor Ralph Schibler!
The Fireproof Friends Group will be heading off to Lutheran Memorial Camp for a weekend retreat on March 31-April 2. Filling in here at St. John will be our own Pastor Karl Kessler.
A MARCH CHALLENGE …
The February Challenge was solved by Mary Bash! She enjoyed a breakfast with Pastor Jim. Here’s the answer to last month’s challenge: If You Are Too Busy To Worship God You Are Too Busy!
Here’s the Challenge for March: Fill in the blanks and complete this verse from the Bible, including book, chapter and verse.
"_____ by ___________ you ________ ________ __________ through __________, and ________ is not ________ ________ ___________; it ____ the ________ of _________." ____________ ____: _____.
The first person to break the mystery will receive a home baked pie! And rest assured it WILL NOT BE BAKED BY PASTOR JIM!
A MESSAGE FROM OUR BISHOP
Dear Friends in Christ,
Welcome to 2017: The Year of Grace. As we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the Northwestern Ohio Synod will celebrate the gift of God's grace through prayer, worship, Bible study, and book reading circles.
A few years back, I was teaching an Adult New Members Class. As I covered some of the basic theological insights of Lutheranism, one of the students asked, "Pastor, if you were to pick 1 word to describe Lutherans, what would that 1 word be?" I didn't hesitate. The word is "grace".
One of the great gifts of the Protestant Reformation was a renewed emphasis on God's transformational grace, and the word transformational is fitting. The Protestant Reformation was a transformational event, which caused a seismic shift in Western Civilization. In the book, Brand Luther: 1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation, Dr. Andrew Pettegree captures the spirit of the Protestant Reformation by focusing on the transformation that occurred in 4 related areas:
Click on the link below to download a 13-session reading guide based on Andrew Pettegree's book, Brand Luther: 1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation. I encourage you to get a copy of Brand Luther, gather with a circle of friends, get outside the 4 walls of the church, and read, discuss, and learn what God may be saying to you and your community through Brand Luther.
The second link is a recording of Dr. Andrew Pettegre's lecture at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, entitled, Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Creation of a Media Phenomenon.
A Few Comings and Goings
On Monday - Wednesday, February 21-22, I will be at the Lutheran Center in Chicago to observe the First Call Assignment process.
On Sunday morning, February 26, I will be worshiping with the people of God at The Lutheran Church of Our Saviour in Toledo, Ohio.
2017: The Year of Grace Memory Verse
Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God"
Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin
Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
On Wednesday, March 1 our faith community will gather to begin our annual Lenten journey to the Cross. Ash Wednesday Worship will be held at 6:30 pm.
St. John Lutheran Church in Port Clinton, OH is receiving applications for the part-time position of Choir Director. We are seeking a gifted person to inspire, oversee, rehearse and direct our Senior Choir. Position begins in August, 2017. The choir season begins each year in September and concludes at the end of May. A ministry description is available upon request. Inquiries and resumes may be sent to email@example.com. 419.734.5548.
REFORMATION 500 … During this calendar year, we will be celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. Each month a Hymn of the Month will be selected that we will sing in worship each week. The use of a Hymn of the Day is a Lutheran inheritance. It serves to unite the proclamation of the scripture texts and preaching of the day with the spirit of the season. The Hymn of the Month will show up in various locations in our worship order, see if you can find it. The Hymn of the Month for March 2017 is “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” ELW#338.
HERE’S SOME REALLY BIG NEWS!
Off to Camp at LMC … June 11-16, 2017
Before we know it … spring will be in the air, school will be out … and will be time for us to head off for our week of Confirmation Camp and Summer Bible Camp at Lutheran Memorial Camp. As we have shared with all of you parents and students, we expect that all our Confirmation Ministry participants WILL attend Camp at least once during the years they are in our Confirmation program. My recommendation is that all youth go to camp after their first year, so that they have the chance to attend camp TWICE!
OTHER CAMP PROGRAMS THAT ARE OFFERED THE WEEK OF JUNE 11-16 INCLUDE:
Slippery Seals … Grades: K-2
Rising Stars … Grades: 3-5
Sr. High …Grades 9-12
One of the reasons we have selected this date for camp is that there is a program for ALL AGES this same week! This means that we can have all our St. John youth at camp at the same time, PLUS Pastor Jim or Stephanie will be in residence.
ALL OF THE INFORMATION THAT FOLLOWS APPLIES TO ALL PROGRAMS!
ALL YOUTH … for all Programs … are encouraged to register online at www.lomocamps.org to receive a $50 discount! This registration must be completed by March 31. By doing so, you will save St. John $50.00 per youth AND all youth registered by this date receives a free t-shirt.
Families are asked to pay $100 toward the total registration fee, with the Endowment Fund from St. John, Pancake Supper Proceeds and Midweek Lenten Meal offerings covering the remaining costs! I dare you to find a better deal! The total for camp is $425.00!!
Please note: when registering online, you will be asked to make a deposit that is greater than $100…The church will reimburse you for the difference! Let us know when you have registered and we will get you a check! The total cost of camp is $425 if completed online ($475 if submitting a paper registration or if you register after March 31!) When you go to the web site, you will see that there is something “new” called Tiered pricing … I would suggest you choose Tier 2.
Here’s another way to help save the congregation some $$ … IF this is the FIRST time you are sending your youth/child to summer camp we can receive an additional $100.00 off the total cost! You must use the NEW17 code when registering. Let us know if you were able to receive the New Camper discount.
Please try to register by March 31 to save $$ and to receive a t-shirt!
There are Scholarship Funds available to make sure EVERY camper can go to camp. See Pastor Jim if you need some help.
In the meantime, here’s some important stuff to know: The plan will be to meet here at St. John at 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 11. so that we can arrive at LMC around 3:30 pm.
Ø We will more than likely need extra drivers to help get the kids to camp again this year…Pr. Jim will be driving and can “haul” a few kids, but we need additional drivers to transport youth and their “stuff”! (The trip is about 2 hours)
Ø It is a “tradition” that we stop at a fast food establishment along the way for a “last supper.”
Ø We will also need additional drivers for our return on Friday, June 16.
Ø We will be leaving sometime after lunch, departing by 4:00 pm.
You will also be receiving information from LMC on what to bring with you.
If you have any questions, give me a call, as this process can be cumbersome. Also, if you willing to help drive either to or from camp, let me know a.s.a.p.. We will not know how many drivers we will need until we get an idea of how many will be going.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Jim and Stephanie
LUTHERAN-ROMAN CATHOLIC CONVERSATION
Since Evka Hlvati’s visit in July we have been having prayerful conversation … here, in Findlay and Nova Sad … about the possibility for restoring the Community Pastor role at TheBay, which was formerly held by Pr. Jasmina Kotas-Medved.
The conversation has begun to pick up as we follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance, exploring what God has in store for us. By the time you read these words, Pastor Jim will have had a video conversation with Pastor Vladislav. Pastor Jim has another meeting schedule with Bishop Beaudoin on March 29. Please keep this movement of the Spirit in your prayers.
RETREAT AT OUR LADY OF THE PINES
Pastors from the North Central Conference will be spending Thursday, March 2 in retreat at Our Lady of the Pines in Fremont. During this away from the office time, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, we will be finding some holy space for prayer and reflection, and we will also be discussing the book, Brand Luther. Pastor Jim will be attending.
Our Mission … We are a Christ-centered and Caring Congregation called by God to Share the good news of salvation for all peple.
We are a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America , whose offices are located in Chicago, Illinois.
We are also partners with the 162 congregations of the Northwestern Ohio Synod. The offices of the NWOS are located in Findlay, Ohio.
Local ELCA congregations in Ottawa and Wood Counties share mission and ministry through the North Central Conference.
Our congregation also participates in the Port Clinton Clergy Association and it’s seasonal worship and service opportunities.
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! On behalf of the people who gather to worship, learn and serve at St. John Lutheran Church, I welcome you to our Web site as you learn more about our mission.
You are invited to come experience the unconditional love of God in Jesus as it is proclaimed, experienced and extended when we gather to worship. It is our church's desire to grow in faith, to participate in fellowship, and to serve others
I am available to visit with you by phone, at your home or work place, or via e-mail. I would enjoy getting to know you better and answering questions you might have about the Christian faith, or what Lutherans believe, or any specific practices of this Christian community. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
Once more, in Christ’s name, welcome to St. John Lutheran Church. Come and join us as we seek to make Christ known.
Pastor Jim Lehman
We are a Christ-centered and caring congregation called by God to share the good news of salvation for all people.
“Growing Disciples of Jesus”