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


We are hosting the Voices at BGSU Concert Choir on Sunday, November 18 at 6:30 pm. This is an auditioned group of 50 singers who attend BGSU, and although the members come from various backgrounds, majors and lifestyles, they all share the same passion for music, which seals their bond. Chris Carter, our past choir director used to direct this choir. Please come and enjoy this evening of inspsiration, filled with passion, peace and love for God's sung word.


The Holy Communion Workshop will be held on Saturday, November 17 from 10am-2pm. This event is open to all children and youth who have a desire to join us at the Lord’s Supper.

Youth are asked to bring a two-liter of pop/appropriate beverage and a snack to share.  Pizza will be provided at Noon.

Parents are encouraged to be a part of this educational experience, as together we learn about God’s great gift, and we are “Fed and Forgiven.”

Youth will also be meeting on Sunday, November 18 to paint chalices in preparation for First Communion.

Please contact the Church Office to let us know if your child/youth will be present for this annual workshop.

First Communion will take place on Sunday, December 2 at 9:00 am. If you need or desire more information, contact the church office or talk to Pastor Jim.


Our Midweek Study, “It’s All About Love. The Christian Journey: a Lutheran Perspective” Will conclude on Thursday, November 8!!

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.


Advent Events will take place on the following Wednesday evenings, December 5, 12 and 19. The events will begin with a meal at 5:30 pm, and will also include a Faith 5/Cross+Gen experience. Themes are still being planned. See details in the December edition of The Eagle. 


On Reformation Sunday the following youth affirmed their faith in Christ and deepening their identity with the life and mission of the Church in the Rite of Affirmation of Baptism (a.k.a. Confirmation).

        Owen Auxter

        Owen Frattaroli

        Emily Holcomb

        Alyssa Libben

        Nathan Nellett

        Nicholas Nellett


































Continuing through the month of November ELW Setting 8 will be the foundation of our worship and praise. 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.

Experiencing the Joy of Generosity!

Greetings in the name of Lord and Savior, Jesus!

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints” (Colossians 1:3-4). Through the faithful stewardship of the Body of Christ here at St. John, we are able to proclaim the Gospel in both word and in deed.

During our recent Fall Ministry Resources emphasis, Experiencing the Joy of Generosity, we focused on the joy of receiving God’s blessings, the joy of managing God’s blessings, and the joy of sharing God’s blessings. Through faith, we understand that God is the source of all good things. As recipients of his love and generosity, we demonstrate our gratitude by faithfully receiving, managing, and sharing God’s blessings.

If you have not yet returned a 2019 Estimate of Giving Card and would like to do so, you may return your completed EOG to the Church Office at any time. Perhaps you’re still praying about it; maybe you’ve forgotten it; maybe it’s been lost. Additional cards can be obtained in the office.  

If you have returned your EOG Cards … thank you! Your commitment will further God’s work at our church. Your generosity supports our ministries for children and youth, the elderly, the, sick, the shut-ins, our staff, and our facilities, along with outreach and missions.

Thank you to ALL for sharing your blessings and being a partner in this journey of faith. May God’s blessings be yours as you faithfully and joyfully receive, manage, and share all that he has entrusted to you.


The Port Clinton Ministerial Association … will be hosting its annual Community Thanksgiving Worship on Monday, November 19 at 6:30 pm Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Area pastors will be providing leadership for this worship. Pastor Annette Dimond from Trinity United Methodist Church will be preaching.


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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