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



Since Ash Wednesday we have been placing our attention on the Beatitudes from Matthew 5. Each week, we have listened in as a pastor counsels a modern-day parishioner … and the words of Jesus’ teaching are revealed in a new light, connecting with our daily lives.

Wednesday … April 5 … The Promise of Seeing God; Matthew 5:8


We gather for a simple Lenten Meal in the Parish Hall at 5:30. Worship will begin at 6:30 pm, and we will gather in the Sanctuary.


Palm/Passion Weekend …

Saturday April 8 at 5:00 pm and Sunday, April 9 at 9:00 am

Our worship begins with the Entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, as he greeted by the crowds who place their cloaks and palm branches on the road, singing, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Then, we turn to the events that mark the Passion of Our Lord According to Matthew, allowing the depth of his love for us and all the world to sink in. The worship concludes with Holy Communion.

Maundy Thursday … Thursday, April 13 … 7:00 pm

With nightfall, our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians around the world to begin the Three Days, during which we participate once again in the saving power of Jesus' passing over from death to life. At the heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy is Jesus' amazing sacrifice for us that draws us into communion with God and each other. 

Worship on this day will be centered in the John’s version of the Last Supper, John 13:1-17, 31b-35, as we are invited to consider the example of loving service of Jesus as he washes the feet of his disciples … “I have set you an example, that you should do as I have done for you.” We will also gather around the Table and receive the gifts God gives in the Lord’s Supper.  Our worship will conclude with the Stripping of the Altar as we walk with Jesus from the Upper Room to the Garden and his betrayal and arrest.

Good Friday … Friday, April 14Noon, 2:45 pm and 7:00pm

It has been our custom to gather as a united community of Christ on Good Friday to worship together as our Lord Jesus is placed upon the cross to die for us and for the sin of the world. 

This year the Port Clinton Ministerial invites you to assemble at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Good Friday at Noon

The Way of the CrossApril 14

On Good Friday afternoon, worship at St. John@The Bay will be an experiential, walking journey through the village of Put-in-Bay as we travel the Way of the Cross. We will gather at the corner of Catawba and Concord, near the PIB School building at 2:45 pm. Following the Cross, we will stop at several locations to hear the story of Passion of Our Lord and to pray for the world and our community. Wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes as we make our way on this solemn day.

Then, at 7:00 pm as the darkness begins to creep in, we will worship here at St. John, also in a service of Tenebrae, as light is extinguished candle by candle, and we recall the suffering, the loneliness, the bitter agony, and finally the last breath of Jesus, who completes God’s plan of salvation.  We will hear the story of our Lord’s Crucifixion according to John. We leave in utter silence.

Easter VigilSaturday, April 15 … 5:00pm

We assemble in the Parish Hall as the Paschal candle is lit …May the light of Christ, rising in glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.”  This is our Passover with Christ from darkness to light, from captivity to freedom, from death to life. Tonight, is the heart of our celebration of the Three Days and the pinnacle of the church's year. The resurrection of Christ is proclaimed in word and sign, and we gather around a pillar of fire, hear ancient stories of our faith, remember our baptism, and share the food and drink of the Promised Land. Raised with Christ, we go forth into the

Easter SunriseSunday, April 16 … 6:45 am … OUTDOORS … AT WATER WORKS PARK!

In the darkness of the “first day of the week” we gather to anticipate the message of the angel of the Lord who announces to all, “He is not here, for he has been raised!”  This service, weather permitting, will be held along the lake shore in Water Works Park. You will need to enter the park off of Jefferson this year, we will be gathering near the Port Clinton Light House.  Please bring a lawn chair, and a blanket.  If the weather is too severe, worship will be held at St. John.  Youth from our congregation will be leading this Sunrise Service.  Come and be among the first to shout, “He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!”

The Resurrection of our Lord Sunday, April 16 … 8 and 10:30am

On this day the Lord has acted! On the first day of the week God began creation, transforming darkness into light. On this, the "eighth day" of the week, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. We celebrate this new creation in the waters of baptism and in the feast of victory. With great joy, accompanied by our Senior Choir, we celebrate this day of days, even as we begin the great fifty days of Easter. Filled with hope, we go forth to share with all the world the news that “Jesus Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!” 

world, aflame with the good news of the resurrection.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ON EASTER SUNDAY … THERE WILL BE THREE WORSHIP SERVICES … 6:45 AM AT Waterworks Park and then at BOTH 8:00 am and 10:30am, here at St. John. Our Easter Breakfast will be held from 9:00 am-10:30 am in the Parish Hall. An Easter Egg Hunt for children will also take place during this time!

Community Good Friday Worship Service

Friday, April 14th   12 Noon

Immaculate Conception Church, 414 Madison Street, Port Clinton


          This year’s community Good Friday Service will be held at Immaculate Conception Church.  The hour-long worship will feature the drama “Crown of Thorns” by James A. Killian. The drama features short dialogues that highlight people who aren’t mentioned when recounting the Easter story, but surely must have been involved. This includes the individual who made the crown of thorns for Christ, the one who mixed the vinegar that he drank when he said, “I thirst,” and the one who made the sign displayed on the cross, “Jesus, King of the Jews,” who share their thoughts as they go about their routine yet significant tasks on that first Good Friday.

          This ecumenical worship service is being planned by the Port Clinton Ministerial Association and includes participation from the pastors of Firelands Presbyterian Church, Grace Baptist Church, Immaculate Conception Church, Port Clinton Church of the Nazarene, St. John Lutheran Church, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, and Trinity United Methodist Church.

          An offering will be received to benefit Port Clinton’s new Level 2 Sobriety House for Women.





































It is with true joy and delight that we are connected with brothers and sisters in Christ around the world!   
We have had two tremendous opportunities to deeps these connections in the last month. On Sunday, July 17 we welcomed back to St. John, Evka Hlavati who is the Administrative Assistant to Bishop Samuel Vrobovsky in the Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia. What a delight it was to renew this relationship. 
As some of you know, we had been exploring some options with Pastor Jasmina Kotas-Medved about a possible term call to return her to be a part of our ministry in both our locations. Recently, we received word that she has determined that the Holy Spirit is leading her to remain serving in Serbia. While we held at some hope that this might happen, we continue to support Pastor Jasmina wherever she serves. 
Subsequent conversation and e-mails with Evka have uncovered another possibility that we will be praying and talking about in the very near future. Just when one door closes, another opens! Stay tuned! 
Then on July 30 we had the opportunity to welcome to St. John at our Saturday worship, Bishop Kinyunyu of the Dodoma Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania!  We have been connected with the Nkuhungu congregation Dodoma for a long time! Plans are underway to see how we might strengthen this relationship from both ends of the world!
Continue to lift up our brothers and sisters in the Nkuhungu congregation in Tanzania and the Bacska Palanka congregation in Serbia. 




Retreat News

The Fireproof Friends Group will be heading off to Lutheran Memorial Camp for a weekend retreat on March 31-April 2. Filling in here at St. John will be our own Pastor Karl Kessler.

REFORMATION 500 … During this calendar year, we will be celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. Each month a Hymn of the Month will be selected that we will sing in worship each week. The use of a Hymn of the Day is a Lutheran inheritance. It serves to unite the proclamation of the scripture texts and preaching of the day with the spirit of the season. The Hymn of the Month will show up in various locations in our worship order, see if you can find it. The Hymn of the Month for April 2017 is “Now the Green Blade Rises,” ELW#379.


Off to Camp at LMC … June 11-16, 2017

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 Confirmation Camp and Summer Bible 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!


Slippery Seals … Grades: K-2

Rising Stars … Grades: 3-5

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 or Stephanie will be in residence.


ALL YOUTH … for all Programs … are encouraged to register online at  to receive a $50 discount!  This registration must be completed by March 31. By doing so, you will save St. John $50.00 per youth AND all youth registered by this date receives a free t-shirt.

Families are asked to pay $100 toward the total registration fee, with the Endowment Fund from St. John, Pancake Supper Proceeds and Midweek Lenten Meal offerings covering the remaining costs! I dare you to find a better deal! The total for camp is $425.00!!

Please note: when registering online, you will be asked to make a deposit that is greater than $100…The church will reimburse you for the difference! Let us know when you have registered and we will get you a check! The total cost of camp is $425 if completed online ($475 if submitting a paper registration or if you register after March 31!) When you go to the web site, you will see that there is something “new” called Tiered pricing … I would suggest you choose Tier 2.

Here’s another way to help save the congregation some $$ … IF this is the FIRST time you are sending your youth/child to summer camp we can receive an additional $100.00 off the total cost! You must use the NEW17 code when registering. Let us know if you were able to receive the New Camper discount.

Please try to register by March 31 to save $$ and to receive a t-shirt!

There are Scholarship Funds available to make sure EVERY camper can go to camp. See Pastor Jim if you need some help.

In the meantime, here’s some important stuff to know: The plan will be to meet here at St. John at 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 11. so that we can arrive at LMC around 3:30 pm.

Ø  We will more than likely need extra drivers to help get the kids to camp again this year…Pr. Jim will be driving and can “haul” a few kids, but we need additional drivers to transport youth and their “stuff”!  (The trip is about 2 hours)

Ø  It is a “tradition” that we stop at a fast food establishment along the way for a “last supper.”

Ø  We will also need additional drivers for our return on Friday, June 16. 

Ø  We will be leaving sometime after lunch, departing by 4:00 pm.

You will also be receiving information from LMC on what to bring with you. 

If you have any questions, give me a call, as this process can be cumbersome.  Also, if you willing to help drive either to or from camp, let me know a.s.a.p.. We will not know how many drivers we will need until we get an idea of how many will be going.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Jim and Stephanie


The next edition of our local Lutheran-Roman Catholic Conversation will take place on Wednesday, April 26 at 9:30 am at the Fulton Street Cafe (Magruder Hospital). We will continue our conversation will focus on, “The Declaration On The Way,” which features 31 statements of agreement that have already been established through the dialogs that have been happening over the past 50 years. If you want to know how to access this document, please see Pastor Jim.
NOISY OFFERINGS are collected on the second weekend of each month.  Our Next NOISY OFFERING will be … April 8 and 9!

Since Evka Hlvati’s visit in July we have been having prayerful conversation … here, in Findlay and Nova Sad … about the possibility for restoring the Community Pastor role at TheBay, which was formerly held by Pr. Jasmina Kotas-Medved.

The conversation has begun to pick up as we follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance, exploring what God has in store for us. By the time you read these words, Pastor Jim will have had a video conversation with Pastor Vladislav. Pastor Jim has another meeting schedule with Bishop Beaudoin on March 29. Please keep this movement of the Spirit in your prayers.

VACATION PLANSPastor Jim and Jean will be heading south for some time in sunny Florida with Brad, Alexis and our two grandchildren … Addison and Hudson. We have been told they “really, really miss us!” We will be gone April 25 through May 2. Pastor John Ferne will be leading worship and preaching on the weekend of April 29 and 30.

Our Mission

Northwestern Ohio Leaders will be gathering at Trinity, Findlay for the annual Affirmation of Vows Worship on Tuesday, April 11 at 10:30 am. Pastor Jim plans on being part of this event

… We are a Christ-centered and Caring Congregation called by God to Share the good news of salvation for all peple.




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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