Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church - Port Clinton, Ohio

“Growing Disciples of Jesus”



Worship Times

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


Disciple-Ship Quest

10:15 am


St. John @ the Bay

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


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

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.



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!


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.
















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: … … Twitter ... @elcagathering.






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.


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.


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 Belong

St. John Lutheran
207 Adams St.
 Port Clinton, OH
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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

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”

Our first re­sponse to the good news of God’s un­con­di­tion­al love in Je­sus is to wor­ship . . .
We strive to provide a wel­com­ing place where all can enter in­to God’s pres­ence . . .
In grat­it­ude and joy, we lift our praises to the LORD . . .
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 . . .
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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