Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church - Port Clinton, Ohio



“Growing Disciples of Jesus”

 


Praise

Worship Times

Saturday 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am
WGGN 97.7 8:00 am

Witness

Disciple-Ship Quest

Sundays
10:15 am

Mission

St. John @ the Bay

Sundays...  
Memorial Day-October 6:30 pm
November-May 3:00 pm

Word

Narrative Lectionary

At All Weekend Worship
 

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]


Our Events

A New Midweek Bible Study Begins
Beginning on Wednesday, February 8 … you are invited to join other interested disciples in a study of the Gospel of Matthew. We will gather at 7:00 pm in the Lounge. Please note that during the Lenten season, our starting time will be immediately AFTER our Lenten worship. Check out the Adult Study page for more details.
 
OAK HARBOR HIGH SCHOOL MIXED CHOIR COMES TO ST. JOHN ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12
The OHHS Mixed Choir is the most elite of the performing ensembles at Oak Harbor High School. With 50 performers, they consistently receive Superior and Excellent ratings at District and State adjudicated events and regularly perform with area professional and University choirs. The Mised Choir has performed under the batons of such noted conductors as Adawagin Pratt, Ronnie Oliver and John Rutter. They are conducted by Russell Exlos-Raber and accompanied by Mary Wood.
 
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER
Our traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake and Sausage Supper will be held on Tuesday, February 28 from 5:00-6:30 pm. Come and feast before the Lenten fast; enjoying all the sausage and pancakes you can eat!
A Free-will donation will be received to help support youth who will be heading off to Summer Bible Camp! It’s a great way to get rid of the kids for a week, and they’ll grow in faith to boot!
If you are willing to help out … pancake batter mixers, pancake grill flippers, dishes, servers and clean-up … whatever … your assistance will be greatly appreciated. Parents who are thinking of sending your kids away … your help is expected and needed, too!

ASH WEDNESDAY

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.

THESPIANS NEEDED

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.”

BIRTHDAY TIME!

On Saturday, February 11 Pastor Janine Dress will be leading our Saturday night worship as Pastor Jim attends grandson Graham’s 5th Birthday Party! Pastor Jim will be back for worship on Sunday at St. John (Oak Harbor HS Choir) and at TheBay!

 

 

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING

We will be joining ranks with over 13,000 churches and organization across the USA who will be participating in the SOUPER BOWL OF CARING.  This is annual event that coincides with the Super Bowl, to raise both awareness among worshipers and

funds to compassionately meet the needs of the hungry. Worshipers on the weekend of February 4 and 5, 2017 are asked to drop a $1 (you can drop in more if the Spirit moves you) in the soup pot as they leave worship. The funds collected here at St. John’s will be designated for feeding the hungry through the ELCA World Hunger Appeal and a local Food Bank. Watch for more details in the February Eagle.

“FILL THE GAP”

Fill the Gap is one of the outreach programs here at St. John that provides NECESSARY items to families in need that are not able to be purchased with S.N.A.P. cards. So we collect, purchase and warehouse items like these: toilet paper, deodorant, laundry soap, disposable diapers, body wash, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dish soap; that are then distributed to those in need through United Way of Ottawa County.

We applied for a grant (we asked for 1 $1,00) through the Portage Resale Shop for 2016 and Thanks Be to God we were awared $2,000.00! It was an amazing morning to gather with so many organizations and congregations who have one purpose in mind; meeting the needs of people within Ottawa County. The amount distributed for 2016 was $125,000! When you are in the store, make sure you thank those who are volunterring there for the generous support we have received!

We are also pleased to announce that Marlene Benko and Doris Libben have agreed to serve as our Inventory Control Officers (I just made up the title). They will be periodically checking the shelves, and when supplies are low, they will go shopping!! Thanks to Marlene and Doris for their willingness to assume this ministry mantle. It’s what happens when you show up in the office at the right (or wrong) time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

COMPANION RELATIONSHIPS

It is with true joy and delight that we are connected with brothers and sisters in Christ around the world!   
 
We have had two tremendous opportunities to deeps these connections in the last month. On Sunday, July 17 we welcomed back to St. John, Evka Hlavati who is the Administrative Assistant to Bishop Samuel Vrobovsky in the Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia. What a delight it was to renew this relationship. 
 
As some of you know, we had been exploring some options with Pastor Jasmina Kotas-Medved about a possible term call to return her to be a part of our ministry in both our locations. Recently, we received word that she has determined that the Holy Spirit is leading her to remain serving in Serbia. While we held at some hope that this might happen, we continue to support Pastor Jasmina wherever she serves. 
 
Subsequent conversation and e-mails with Evka have uncovered another possibility that we will be praying and talking about in the very near future. Just when one door closes, another opens! Stay tuned! 
 
Then on July 30 we had the opportunity to welcome to St. John at our Saturday worship, Bishop Kinyunyu of the Dodoma Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania!  We have been connected with the Nkuhungu congregation Dodoma for a long time! Plans are underway to see how we might strengthen this relationship from both ends of the world!
 
Continue to lift up our brothers and sisters in the Nkuhungu congregation in Tanzania and the Bacska Palanka congregation in Serbia. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Announcements

 

SOUPER BOWL

We will be joining ranks with over 13,000 churches and organization across the USA who will be participating in the SOUPER BOWL OF CARING.  This is annual event that coincides with the Super Bowl, to raise both awareness among worshipers and funds to compassionately meet the needs of the hungry.

 

Worshipers on the weekend of February 4 and 5, 2017 are asked to drop a $1 (you can drop in more if the Spirit moves you) in the soup pot as they leave worship. The funds collected here at St. John’s will be designated for feeding the hungry through the ELCA World Hunger Appeal and a local Food Bank.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER

Our traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake and Sausage Supper will be held on Tuesday, February 28 from 5:00-6:30 pm. Come and feast before the Lenten fast; enjoying all the sausage and pancakes you can eat!

A Free-will donation will be received to help support youth who will be heading off to Summer Bible Camp! It’s a great way to get rid of the kids for a week, and they’ll grow in faith to boot!

If you are willing to help out … pancake batter mixers, pancake grill flippers, dishes, servers and clean-up … whatever … your assistance will be greatly appreciated. Parents who are thinking of sending your kids away … your help is expected and needed, too!

ASH WEDNESDAY

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.

 

Our week of Camp at LMC for 2017 is scheduled for June 11-16! This is the one week of the summer where there is programming for all ages … including Confirmation Camp … from the youngest through high school. Watch for a letter sometime in late February/March to let you know about the particulars for registration. For now … block these dates off on your calendars … it’s a great way to “get rid” of your kids for a week … where they can grow in faith and experience Christian community.

 
LUTHERAN-ROMAN CATHOLIC CONVERSATION
The next edition of our local Lutheran-Roman Catholic Conversation will take place on Wednesday, February 22 at 9:30 am at the Fulton Street Cafe (Magruder Hospital). We will continue our conversation will focus on, “The Declaration On The Way,” which features 31 statements of agreement that have already been established through the dialogs that have been happening over the past 50 years. If you want to know how to access this document, please see Pastor Jim.
 
NOISY OFFERINGS are collected on the second weekend of each month.  Our Next NOISY OFFERING will be … February 11 and 12!
 
.COMMUNITY PASTOR UPDATE

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. Pastor Jim has been in contact with Pastor Vladislav and will meet with Bishop Beaudoin on February 2. Please keep this movement of the Spirit in your prayers.

 
 

 

 

Our Mission … We are a Christ-centered and Caring Congregation called by God to Share the good news of salvation for all peple.

 

 

 


We Belong

St. John Lutheran
207 Adams St.
 Port Clinton, OH
 43452
419-734-5548
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Office Hours:
 Mon-Fri:  8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Rev. James N. Lehman

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.

 



Pastor's Welcome

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


Our Beliefs

OUR M​IS­SION
We are a Christ-centered and caring con­greg­a­tion called by God to share the good news of sal­va­tion for all people.

OUR VIS­ION
     “Grow­ing Dis­ciples of Je­sus”

OUR VALUE
WOR­SHIP:
Our first re­sponse to the good news of God’s un­con­di­tion­al love in Je­sus is to wor­ship . . .
 
SAC­RED SPACE:
We strive to provide a wel­com­ing place where all can enter in­to God’s pres­ence . . .
 
MAK­ING A JOY­FUL NOISE:
In grat­it­ude and joy, we lift our praises to the LORD . . .
 
A CARING COM­MUNITY:
We re­cog­nize that when God calls us to faith in Christ, we are joined to a com­munity where we can ex­per­i­ence genu­ine warmth, deep friend­ships, and lov­ing re­la­tion­ships . . .
 
NUR­TUR­ING DIS­CIPLES:
We will of­fer mean­ing­ful op­por­tun­it­ies for chil­dren, youth and adults to hear, learn and ex­per­i­ence the good news of God’s love in Je­sus.

 


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