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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]
ST. JOHN SUMMER PICNIC
Sunday, August 4 at 11:30 am.
Hamburgers, hot dos and beverages will be provided.
Bring a covered dish to share.
Hope to see you there!
40th Wedding Anniversary
Molly and Jim Sass are celebrating their 40th Anniversary by renewing their vows following our worship on Sunday, August 4. All are invited to attend this joyful occasion.
FAITH 5 FIRES …
By the time you read these words … we will have experienced our first Faith5 Fire event. This is a cooperative ministry event bringing together folks from Peace and St. John.
All ages … from both faith communities and beyond … are invited to engage in a fun-filled evening of gathering around a summer campfire … eating S’mores … playing games … and “huddling up” for Faith 5 groups. The intention is that all of this will take place in one hour, but those who might want to linger, may do so. You will need to bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Our next event will be on Wednesday, August 7 at 7:00 Pm at Peace.
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME …
Tickets have been ordered for our All-congregation outing to Fifth-Third Field to see the Toledo Mud Hens in action on Friday, August 9. We have a group of 28 traveling to Toledo!
First pitch is at 7:00 pm. Tickets ($14) can be paid through the Church Office.
For those who are interested in traveling together, we will gather at the church at 5:00 pm. If not, we will meet the rest of you at the “old ball park!”
If you travel to the Grand Canyon and hike along the rim in the desert you will find an interesting sign. It reads, “Stop! Drink water. You are thirsty, whether you realize it or not.” It is a baffling idea to think that we may not recognize our own thirst. But we human beings know that it is very possible to be so preoccupied living, working, checking off our to-do-list, that we forget to nourish our bodies. More than once I have come home from a busy day to suddenly discover, “I am thirsty”. I am not alone, 75% of Americans don’t get enough water to drink each day. Three out of four of us walk around in a chronic state of dehydration and we don’t even realize it.
The same can happen in our faith lives. A sign could be posted for us in the dry places cautioning, “Stop! Drink water. You are thirsty, whether you realize it or not.” Sometimes I think the Holy Spirit suddenly makes us aware of our thirst for a reason. Realizing your thirst is a gift. It allows you to seek a source of abundant nourishment.
Four years ago, we began Diakonia (pronounced dee-ak-on-ee’-ah) in the Southeastern Conference of our synod. We noticed that there were lay leaders in our congregations thirsty for deeper understanding, so we gathered teachers and learners together and brought the Diakonia Program here to Northwestern Ohio. This year, Diakonia is expandinging, including a new class in the North Central and Eastern Conferences. Diakonia is a call to discipleship. It gathers Christians together to grow and learn in order to more fully respond to the call to serve Christ. The curriculum consists of twelve courses, with six courses offered each academic year. Each course has five sessions that meets in three-hour increments on Tuesday nights. Each course is taught by a different local rostered minister and students come from many different congregations. Weekly reading assignments and reflections are designed to relate to the topic of study and stir conversation. Tuition is $60 per course. Scholarships are also available for all those in need of assistance.
“Stop! Drink water. You are thirsty, whether you realize it or not.” If you are thirsty for deeper spiritual growth, maybe it is time to explore Diakonia. Diakonia is an invitation to gather with other Christians and grow together in our call to be disciples of Christ. Please pray about whether God is calling you or someone you know to this program.
For more information about the National Diakonia Program go to: http://www.diakoniausa.org/. For schedules and applications for our program here in NWOS check our site at: https://nwos-diakonia.weebly.com/. You may also receive an application from Pastor Jim Lehman.
Diakonia is a ministry of the Northwestern Ohio Synod and other Synods of the ELCA.
Diakonia Class Schedule 2019-2020
Eastern and North Central Conference of NWOS-ELCA
Thursdays from 6:00-9:00 PM
St. John Lutheran Church, 212 N. Clover Street, Fremont, Ohio
*Meet the Teachers Potluck and Orientation - Sept. 3rd at 6:00 PM
Introduction to the New Testament Instructor: Pastor Jim Lehman
September 12th, 19th, 26th, October 3rd, 10th
Church History: The First 400 Years Instructor: Pastor Scott Mauch
October 17th, 24th, 31st, Nov. 7th, 14th
Make Up Day: November 21st (Off for Thanksgiving - 28th)
Practical Ministry I: Biblical Images of the Life of the Church Instructor: Pastor Katie Suggitt
December 5th, 12th, 19th, (Off for Christmas/New Year’s: December 26th & Jan. 2nd) January 9th, 16th
Lutheran Creeds & Confessions Instructor: Deacon Erin Taylor Bodenstab
(Off for Sawmill: January 23rd) January 30th, February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Make Up Date: March 5th
Practical Ministry II: Visitation Instructor: Pastor Stacy Lauer-Scovaner
March 12th, 19th, 26th, April 2nd, (Off for Maundy Thursday: April 9th), 16th
The Daily Life of a Christian Instructor: Pastor Chris Young firstname.lastname@example.org
April 23rd, 30th, May 7th, 14th, 21st
Camp at LMC Pictures …
If you are longing to see what a week of camp at Lutheran Memorial Camp looks like, please visit lomocamps.org … find the LMC page … and click on Week One. It was another great week of growing in faith, experiencing the Body of Christ and getting away from daily routines. Oh, and it was FUN too! A poster with additional pictures will also be appearing soon.
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 had a tremendous opportunity to learn about and to experience Cross+Gen Ministry. This event was held in Estes Park, Colorado at the YMCA of the Rockies. We were inspired and challenged by “big picture” presentations, case studies 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.
The three of us who attended have met once to process our experience. We have identified some ways that we can implement some of what we have learned. You will have a chance to experience this at our Advent Events and at the Winter DSQ Kick-off. We will be doing some deeper reading of how this ministry has taken shape in congregations across the US. We will be praying about the ways that we can move into more significant commitment to nurturing children, youth and adults in Christian faith.
This adventure was made possible through the generosity that has been provided through the Shela Fund, which is a part of the St. John Endowment.
MUSIC MINISTRY NEWS
The Handbell Choir … under the direction of Lisa Rider rehearses on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm.
Our Senior Choir, under the direction of Shelvin Burns, rehearses on Sunday mornings, except when the Handbell Choir is ringing, at 8:00 am.
Come join one of our two outstanding choirs who provide leadership for our worship, as gifts and talents are shared!
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”