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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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The Easter season is a “week of weeks” … meaning that from The Resurrection of Our Lord … our celebration of what God has done for us and for all the world continues on for seven, absolutely wonderful weeks of unbridled joy! The Season of Easter comes to an end on the Day of Pentecost … which will be celebrated here on June 8 and 9!
Jesus Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
MUSIC MINISTRY APPRECIATION WEEKEND!
Psalm 96 declares, “Sing a new song unto the LORD!”
On the Weekend of May 18 and 19 we will be we recognizing, celebrating and giving thanks to God, for the vast contributions to our worship life that have been offered by our Saturday Musician and Singer, Sunday worship leaders, our Senior Choir, Hand Bell Choir, Praise Team, and DSQ Children’s Choir.
We give thanks to God for ALL who share their gifts through our Music Ministry. We rejoice upon their abiding commitment to our music ministry. Be present for worship on this weekend and assist us as we give recognition and thanks to these faithful, dedicated and talented Music Ministry participants.
One of the values that is foundational for our ministry is … MAKING A JOYFUL NOISE: In gratitude and joy, we lift our praises to the LORD, so that through “our music God may be glorified.” This day provides us with to give thanks to God for the gift of music!
Sunday morning’s worship will feature songs of praise from all of our choirs. Their proclamation will replace the sermon for the day.
A reception will follow worship on Sunday, May 19 … as we give thanks to participants in our Music Ministry … and those who provide leadership for DiscipleShip Quest.
THE DAY OF PENTECOST
“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.” (Acts 2:1 4 NRSV)
On Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 we will come together on Pentecost, like those disciples of old, to celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. One of the ways that we will celebrate the presence and power of the Spirit among us is with the color RED.
Everyone is invited to show their Pentecost Spirit by WEARING RED as you come for worship on either of these days. Come wearing red as we gather on Pentecost Weekend to celebrate the promised gift of the Holy Spirit!
Also … if you are proficient at speaking a language other than English … or can fake it … your skills are NEEDED! It is our hope to put together a team of young and old who will help read the Acts 2 passage in the “languages of the world!” If you able … and interested … see Pastor Jim as soon as possible.
GRADUATE RECOGNITION SUNDAY
On Sunday, June 2 we will be recognizing all of our high school and college graduates during our 9:00 a.m. worship service. On this day, we will come together to celebrate with these young persons as they have completed courses of study and are preparing to head-off into new adventures of faith and life.
A reception will be held in their honor during the Coffee Fellowship Hour immediately following worship. We have traditionally asked each of our young persons to share a little bit about their plans for the future with us at that time. And we will have some gifts to present to you upon this exciting occasion.
We give thanks to God for these young people for who they are, for how they have been participants and contributors to our ministry! We will offer prayers on their behalf as they embrace the future that awaits them.
If you know someone who should be included in this recognition, please notify the Church Office. asap.
Off to Camp at LMC … June 9-14, 2019
Before we know it … spring will be in the air, school will be out … and will be time for us to head off for our week of Camp at Lutheran Memorial Camp. As we have shared with all of you parents and students, we expect that all our Confirmation Ministry participants WILL attend Camp at least once during the years they are in our Confirmation program. My recommendation is that all youth go to camp after their first year, so that they have the chance to attend camp TWICE!
PROGRAMS THAT ARE OFFERED THE WEEK OF JUNE 9-14 INCLUDE:
Slippery Seals … Grades: K-2
Rising Stars … Grades: 3-5
Confirmation … Grades 6-8
Sr. High …Grades 9-12
One of the reasons we have selected this date for camp is that there is a program for ALL AGES this same week! This means that we can have all our St. John youth at camp at the same time, PLUS Pastor Jim will be in residence.
THE INFORMATION BELOW APPLIES TO ALL PROGRAMS! TO LEARN HOW TO REGISTER ... SEE THE EAGLE OR CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE.
“TIME AND TALENTS” WEEKEND
The Ministry Resources Committee has selected the weekend of May 4 and 5 as the appropriate TIME to receive your TALENT Surveys. This is always an important endeavor, that we repeat each year, as we seek to uncover gifts for the enhancement of our mission and ministry. Together, equipped by the Spirit, we strive to be partners in God’s Work here at St. John.
A copy of the Time and Talent survey is included in this May edition of The Eagle. Please complete and return by placing it in the basket on Time and Talent Weekend. You may also mail it to the church office, at your convenience.
“The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-12)
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”