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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]
ADVENT … begins Sunday, December 3.
Midweek Advent Events will be held on three Wednesdays … December 6, December 13 and 20. We gather for a light meal at 5:30pm. We will then move into Holden Evening Prayer, followed by an activity for all ages, and then out the door by 7pm or so.
Our themes for our Midweek Events … “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” include:
December 6: The Angel Speaks to Zechariah’s Fear (Luke 1:5-20)
December 13: The Angel Speaks to Joseph’s Confusion (Matthew 1:18-25)
December 20: The Angel Speaks to Mary’s Doubt (Luke 1:26-38)
The children of our Sunday morning DiscipleShipQuest ministry will be presenting the story of Christ’s Birth, “Manger Mania,” on Saturday, December 9 at our 5:00pm Worship Service.
Worship will be held in the Parish Hall and a light meal will follow. Come to worship and witness the faith of our children!
A SERVICE OF THE LONGEST NIGHT
On Thursday, December 21 … the Longest Night … the community gathers at Firelands Presbyterian Church for worship at 7:30pm.
This worship keeps in mind those in our community who have recently lost loved ones or who are living with life-altering circumstances. The goal is to provide a time and place of solace during the often-frenetic days surrounding the celebration of Christmas.
A PLACE FOR ALL
CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE
“A Little Bit Early” Christmas Worship @TheBay … Our first Christmas Worship service … “A Place for All” will be held on South Bass Island on Sunday, December 17 at 3:00 pm at Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church. Pastor Jim Lehman will be on the island leading worship. At the center of our worship is the amazing story of our Savior’s birth, who opens his arms and makes room for all in the presence of God. Our worship concludes with the lighting of candles, to remind us that into the darkness, Light has come! This is indeed Good News for all the world!
Candles, Carols and Communion … at 4:00 p.m. We gather late in the afternoon on Christmas Eve. As we hear through Word and proclamation; as we sing beloved Carols; and as we experience God’s Love in the Lord’s Supper … we will discover again, that in the Christ Child’s arms, there is “A Place for All.” Our worship concludes with the lighting of candles, to remind us that into the darkness, Light has come! This is indeed Good News for all the world!
Children and Families Service at 7:00 p.m. This “middle” service on Christmas Eve is a time specifically designed for Children and Families, as well as for those who still think of themselves, “young at heart.” Together we will discover that there is “A Place for All.” Worship will feature beloved Christmas carols, the Christmas story from Luke’s Gospel, a contemporary children’s story and Holy Communion, we will be led to see, through the eyes of our children, the wonders of this most Holy Night. Our worship concludes with the lighting of candles, to remind us that into the darkness, Light has come! This is indeed Good News for all the world!
Christmas Concert at 9:30 p.m.
A collection of talented members and friends will offer their gift of music at the manger, as we participate in this half-hour period of preparation before our celebration of our Lord’s Birth. Come, and allow, the sounds of the season to enliven your hearts and souls as we seek to greet, worship and receive the Newborn King.
Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship at 10:00 p.m.
This traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve service will be a time of joyous worship and praise as we add our voices to the heavenly host that invaded the earth that “holy night” and heralded our Savior’s Birth. In the darkness of this night we will discover that there is “A Place for All.” We will sing many of our favorite Christmas carols, hear the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus’ birth, receive the gift of Holy Communion, musical offerings of praise and celebration by our Senior and Hand Bell Choirs. Our worship concludes with the lighting of candles, to remind us that into the darkness, Light has come!
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO WORSHIP ON SUNDAY MORNING DECEMBER 24. WE INVITE EVERYONE TO CHOOSE ONE OF OUR THREE CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP SERVICES ON THAT DAY.
THE FOURTH WEEKEND OF ADVENT WILL BE THE THEME FOR WORSHIP ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23 AT 5:00 PM.
The First Sunday of Christmas … December 30 and 31 … Worship will be held according to our normal weekend schedule … Saturday at 5:00 pm and Sunday at 9:00 am. These worship services will be centered in Lessons and Carols, as well as the celebration of Holy Communion.
REFORMATION 500 … During this calendar year, we have been celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. A Hymn of the Month has been featured and sung 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 for this final month of the year is … “Canticle of the Turning,” ELW#723.
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.
MUSIC MINISTRY NEWS
CHRISTMAS EVE OFFERING
Over the past several years, St. John has chosen in light of our receiving the True Gift of Christmas, to give away the offering collected at our three worship services to local ministries that provide tangible signs of God’s love to those in need within our community.
This year the Church Council has selected two ministries …
Bistro 163 and Ruth Ann’s House
to receive the resources from this night of worship. Bistro 163 provides quality food to the hungry and more; while Ruth Ann’s House provides housing, meals and a safe place for women and children.
OFFICE CLOSED …
The church office will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1 in observance of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
With the arrival of the season of Advent we will be moving to ELW Setting 8 for our Sunday morning liturgy. We will “settle into” Setting 8 on Sunday, December 3 and use it through the Baptism of Our Lord, January 7, 2018.
FALL MINISTRY RESOURCES APPEAL
Our Celebration Weekend was held on October 21 and 22 when we received completed Estimate of Giving Cards as a part of our worship services.
If you were present and turned in a EOG Card … Thanks for your support! Providing this information will help us as we move forward in creating a Spending Plan for Mission and Ministry in 2018!
If you have not yet turned in a EOG, and would like to do so, there is still time to participate. Either mail it to office of drop it off at your convenience.
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”