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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.
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Get ready to serve! “God’s work. Our hands.”
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018
We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. These service activities set before us offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.
This year our service for the good of our community will be to work in partnership with the Port Clinton Fire Department to provide a dinner and program on Tuesday, September 11. This local event will commemorate the 17th Anniversary of 9-11. Port Clinton City Council, local firefighters and police officers will gather together to honor those who died, those who responded with bravery and valor, and to remember that day when our nation was attacked. The event will take place at the PC Fire House.
Watch for a sign-up sheet to become a part of this serving event.
The congregation will gather on Sunday, September 23 for our fall Annual Meeting, beginning at 10:15 am in the Parish Hall. Persons will be elected to positions of leadership and ministry reports will be received.
On Sunday, September 9 … Pastor Jim will be hosting our annual Confirmation Ministry Orientation. (I know it is depressing to hear that summer is speeding by!)
Returning and prospective Confirmation Ministry Participants are invited to be present at 4:30 pm. You are guaranteed to be out the door and on your way in one hour!
We will review how we do Confirmation Ministry; review some tweaks and changes, be introduced to our focus for this year; receive schedules for the coming year; and have the chance to answer all of your pressing questions.
Confirmation Ministry “normally” begins when youth reach 6th Grade. However, if you are older than that, and just didn’t get started then, for one reason or another, you are most welcome to join this community of young persons who are learning about faith and life. We have youth in a wide range of ages, so come and learn more!
PLEASE NOTE THAT WITH THIS PROGRAM YEAR … Classes will be held (for the most part) on the first and third Sundays of each month; beginning at 4:30 pm. Each time we gather there will be two classes, a meal and activities with the whole youth ministry group. The evening will conclude at 7:00 pm.
Classes will begin on Sunday, September 16 from 4:30-7:00pm. Complete schedules for the year will be available at the Orientation.
MUSIC MINISTRY NEWS
The Handbell Choir … under the direction of Lisa Rider will begin their rehearsal schedule on Tuesday, September 4 at 7:00 pm.
While this news is still in the “wrapping up” stage, it is our prayer that Shelvin Burns will be assuming the position of Choir Director which has been extended to him after an introduction and interview in July. Shelvin will be a graduate student at BGSU this Fall.
With this very good news in mind, Senior Choir rehearsals will begin on Sunday, September 9 at 8:00 am.
Come join one of our two outstanding choirs who provide leadership for our worship, as gifts and talents are shared!
MIDWEEK STUDY IS COMING
Beginning on Wednesday, September 5 we will be gathering for a study of “It’s All About Love. The Christian Journey: a Lutheran Perspective.” The author of this four-week study is Richard Erlander and this is what he has to say about Love.
“Love has a special meaning in the Bible. Love is God’s unconditional and never-ending desire, work and suffering for the good of all humans and all creation. Love is God’s action to bring us into abundant life- reconciled to God, each other, and all creation … and loving as God loves.”
So, come and explore how love is not only the foundation for our life in Christ, but also for how we live in relationship with each other and all of creation.
We will gather on these Wednesdays … September 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 6:30 pm.
2018 YOUTH GATHERING
Well, we are on our way to the 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering that will be held in Houston, Texas … June 27-July 1, 2018!
On September 15 … our group was registered! We have 10 youth from St. John and 3 adult leaders! Also, participating will be 3 youth and one adult leader from St. Paul, Danbury and 2 youth and 1 adult leader from Peace! Making our Grand Total … 15 youth and 5 adults!
St. John Participants include:
Abi Frattaroli Tatyana Kowalski Rebekah Koehl Lillian Reiman Olivia McDougall
Cara Linn Ileana Garza Will Segaard Nate Frattaroli Elliot Auxter
Pastor Jim Lehman Jean Lehman Angie Auxter
Youth Gatherings are an amazing opportunity to experience the “largeness” and the excitement of what it means to be Church! There are five program areas that will be a part of the Gathering: Synod Day; Service Learning; Interactive Learning, Community Life and Mass Gatherings. If you want to learn more, go to these resources: ELCA.org/gathering … facebook.com/youthgathering … Twitter ... @elcagathering.
OUR NEXT GETTING READY EVENT WILL BE SUNDAY, APRIL 8 FROM NOON-4:00 PM.
Beginning on Sunday, September 9 we will transition to ELW Setting 8. As we move through the Church Year we rotate among the four ELW services that we have “learned” over the years, (1,2,8 and 10). Setting 8 is often called the “contemporary” setting, as it uses music that is perhaps, a little more non-singer friendly.
CROS+GEN LIFE CONFERENCE 2018
One of our values … those characteristics that are a part of the DNA of this congregation … is that we are always about NURTURING DISCIPLES. We would stop being St. John … if we would end our commitment to providing “meaningful opportunities for children, youth and adults to hear, learn and experience the good news of God’s love in Jesus.”
From October 1 through October 4, Pam Boytim, Julie Frattaroli and Pastor Jim Lehman will be participating in the Cros+Gen Conference that is being held in Estes Park, Colorado at the YMCA of the Rockies. This event will be comprised of “big picture” presentations, case studies (that will tell the stories of how congregations across the world are nurturing disciples) and workshops.
The basic thrust of this approach to nurturing disciples is to gather children, youth and adults into one community, versus breaking age groups into separate classrooms. Here’s a question that is at the heart of this Cross+Gen Life, “What happens when the wisdom of the elder and the wonder of the child collide in the same sacred space every week?” Promise. Hope. Joy. Depth. Fun. Cross+Gen Life.
We have made a significant commitment to explore how we might be able to continue being about the nurturing of disciples here at St. John. We will join with people from across the globe and across denominations … to hear from some of the most passionate and gutsy trailblazers in cross+generational faith formation.
Keep the three of us in your prayers as we seek to grow, to be challenged and to learn how we might implement a new way of discovering Promise. Hope. Joy. Depth and Fun.
This adventure has been made possible through the generosity that has been provided through the Shela Fund, which is a part of the St. John Endowment.
VACATION PLANS …
Pastor Jim and Jean will be away for a vacation weekend, September 20-23. We will be having a mini-family reunion in Columbus, as the entire family will be together.
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”