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



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.


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. 


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: For schedules and applications for our program here in NWOS check our site at: 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

April 23rd, 30th, May 7th, 14th, 21st

Our Year of Scripture Memory Verse is Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path". 

The January edition of The Eagle featured the Read Through the Bible in a Year plan. Several folks have been diligently reading through scripture each day.


If you have a musical gift to share … and would like to add to our summer worship experiences, please see Peggy Dorr who will be coordinating the Summer Worship Special Music Schedule.


Pastor Jim and Jean will be away for a few days of vacation during the month of August … 14-26 … as they travel south to the sunshine state to celebrate the 7th Birthday of their grandson, Hudson Lehman. 


Each week throughout the “season” at Lakeside … the guest Preacher of the Week … participates in the Faith for Living Hour … which is from 9:00-10:00 am … Monday through Thursday … at Orchestra Hall. A FREE PASS is available to enter the gates for participating in this event. These Faith for Living Hours begin on June 19.

Pastor Jim is planning to attend on Wednesdays during the summer … as time and schedule allow. Each week in our bulletin we will have information regarding the Preacher of the Week.

Week 7, July 28-Aug. 1: The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, Dean of Duke University Chapel, Durham, NC – supported by the Knobel Family Endowment

Week 8, Aug. 4-8: Seeking Peace in a Multi-Faith World, The Rev. Becca A. Stevens, Episcopal Priest, Founder and President of Thistle Farms, Nashville, TN – supported by The Rev. Dr. Ned & Shirley Dewire Endowment

Week 9, Aug. 11-15: The Rev. Olu Brown, Lead Pastor, Impact United Methodist Church, East Point, GA – supported by the Gretchen A. Curtis Endowment

Week 10, Aug. 18-21: The Rev. Ed Peterson, Canal District Superintendent, East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, Akron, OH


The Nominating Committee of St. John Lutheran Church will soon begin its work of prayerfully calling forth leaders to assist in the accomplishment of God’s mission in and through this congregation.

Members of the Nominating Committee are: Monette Garn, Lauren Lieske, Rose Markel, Lee Bredbeck, Jodi Mackey and Jean Lehman




Camp at LMC Pictures …

If you are longing to see what a week of camp at Lutheran Memorial Camp looks like, please visit … 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.


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.


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 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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