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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.
[Summary & Schedule]
Midweek Advent Events will be held on three Wednesdays … November 30, December 7 and 14. We gather for a light meal at 5:30pm. We will then move into Holden Evening Prayer, followed by an activity for all ages, and out the door by 7pm.
Our themes for our Midweek Events include:
Week 1: A People of Promise
Week 2: Bearing Fruit
Week 3: Healing of the Whole World
DSQ CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
The children of our Sunday morning DiscipleShipQuest ministry will be presenting the story of Christ’s Birth on Saturday, December 10 at our 5:00pm Worship Service. “The First Christmas.”
Worship will be held in the Parish Hall and a light meal will follow. Come to worship and witness the faith of our children!
COMMUNITY CHOIR’S PRESENTATION OF HANDEL’S MESSIAH.
Once again voices from the community will be offering as gift to the community … Handel’s Messiah. This annual presentation will take place on Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 pm and will be held here at St. John. Come to hear the story of God’s amazing love.
MEET AT THE MANGER
CHRISTMAS EVE … SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24
"A Little Bit Early” Christmas Worship @TheBay … Our first Christmas Worship service … as we “Meet at the Manger” will be held on South Bass Island on Thursday, December 22 at 5:00 pm at Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church. Pastor Jim Lehman will be on the island leading worship. At the center of our worship is the amazing story of our Savior’s birth. Come and worship, as we celebrate the arrival of the One who brings Good News to all the world!
Candles, Carols and Communion … at 4:00 p.m. We gather late in the afternoon on Christmas Eve, as we “Meet at the Manger” and hear again the most wonderful news of the birth of Jesus, our Savior. God’s Word will be proclaimed. And then, we will gather around the Lord’s Table to experience once again, the marvelous gift of Holy Communion, as Christ himself comes to us in the mystery of this Sacred Meal. Come and worship, as we “Meet at the Manger,” to receive God’s amazing gift of the Christ Child.
Children and Families Service at 7:00 p.m. This “middle” service on Christmas Eve is a time specifically designed for Children and Families, as well as for those who still think of themselves, “young at heart.” Together we “Meet at the Manger,” and through beloved Christmas carols, the Christmas story from Luke’s Gospel, a contemporary children’s story and Holy Communion, we will be led to see, through the eyes of our children, the wonders of this most Holy Night. We will “Meet at the Manger” of the Christ Child and peek in to see our newborn King. Our worship concludes with the lighting of candles, to remind us that we do not hide our lights under a bushel basket, but lift them up for all to see … as we “Go, Tell It On The Mountain!”
Christmas Concert at 9:30 p.m.
A collection of talented members and friends will offer their gift of music at the manger, as we participate in this half-hour period of preparation before our celebration of our Lord’s Birth. Come, and allow, the sounds of the season to enliven your hearts and souls as we seek to greet, worship and receive the Newborn King.
Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship at 10:00 p.m.
This traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve service will be a time of joyous worship and praise as we add our voices to the heavenly host that invaded the earth that “holy night” and heralded our Savior’s Birth. In the darkness of this night we “Meet at the Manger;” we will sing many of our favorite Christmas carols, hear the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus’ birth, receive the gift of Holy Communion, musical offerings of praise and celebration by our Senior and Hand Bell Choirs, and the lighting of the candles to “punch holes in the darkness.”
CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP
On Sunday … December 25 … We gather once again as we “Meet at the Manger” at 9:00 am to hear once again the am amazing story of our Savior’s birth, to sing carols and to receive the gift of the One who comes to us in bread and wine. Worship will be a bit more casual and less structured as we will literally gather around the manger to consider what it is that God has done for us in sending to us … and for us … his Son, who comes for us and for all the world … in garb of a tiny baby.
NEW YEAR’S EVE WORSHIP
The calendar provides us with the opportunity to gather for worship on New Year’s Eve at 5:00 pm. At the turn of the year we meditate on endings and beginnings, knowing that all the world’s time begins and ends in God. We watch and keep vigil for the coming of God’s justice. So, as 2016 ends, we gather as God’s beloved to sing, to hear God’s Living Word, to pray and to feast at the Table of Love and Life.
NEW YEAR’S DAY WORSHIP
At 9:00 am, we come to worship once again the newborn King as we set out into a new year filled with hope, faith and love. Come to sing, to hear, to pray and to share in the Supper. This service will feature a Service of Lessons and Carols, as well as the Lord’s Supper.
A SERVICE OF THE LONGEST NIGHT
On Wednesday, December 21 … the Longest Night … the community gathers at Firelands Presbyterian Church for worship at 7:00pm. This worship keeps in mind those in our community who have recently lost loved ones or who are living with life-altering circumstances. The goal is to provide a time and place of solace during the often frenetic days surrounding the celebration of Christmas.
Not everyone feels like celebrating. Grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment, and loss are magnified. Even those who are not struggling with losses may feel the stress of preparations and expectations around Christmas.
In the Northern Hemisphere, December 21 is the longest night, the winter solstice, which means literally "standing still." It marks the shortest day of the year, the official start of winter, when the sun is the farthest distance from the earth. In the gathering darkness of December, we anticipate the coming again of the Light of the world. It may only be the hope that marks Advent's waiting that keeps us looking toward the coming of Christ. It may also be that the blue of the Advent season (which symbolizes hope) is the very remedy we need for what makes us feel "blue" at Christmas.
ACOLYTE TRAINING …
On Sunday, January 22 … right after the DSQ Opening … Pastor Jim will be providing any young person, 3rd Grade through 7th Grade, with the opportunity to learn (or relearn) about the particularities and nuances of serving in worship as an acolyte. Basically, you will learn about how to “play with fire;” how people will give you money; and how to help in serving a meal. Pastor Jim will be buying doughnuts for all who show up … newbie and oldie acolytes. Please place this date and training on your calendars.
Our week of Camp at LMC for 2017 is scheduled for June 11-16! This is the one week of the summer where there is programming for all ages … including Confirmation Camp … from the youngest through high school. Watch for a letter sometime in late February/March to let you know about the particulars for registration. For now … block these dates off on your calendars … it’s a great way to “get rid” of your kids for a week … where they can grow in faith and experience Christian community.
Your Church Council has once again chosen to designate 100% of our Christmas Eve Offering to make an impact in the name of the Christ Child who comes to bring us peace, joy, love and justice. This year’s recipient ministry will once again be, “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.” Through this ministry that is carried out in partnership with Firelands Presbyterian Church and United Way of Ottawa County, beds and bedding are provided to children throughout our county. It is right and salutary that we welcome the arrival of the Son of God, whose first bed was a borrowed feeding trough, that we meet this vital need throughout our community.
Here's some more information on how you can get involved beyond the Christmas Eve offering.
Would you like to help provide bedding for children in Ottawa County who have neither beds nor bedding?
During this Advent season as we think about the coming of Jesus as a child with no place to lay his head, it's a time when we can help our local children.
As you've read elsewhere we at St. John will be giving away our Christmas offering to the NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP Project.
Your offering is one way to provide for children in our county. A second way to help is to volunteer to help deliver beds. Usually this is done on Tuesday or Thursday mornings. Let Sherry Ferne (734-4035) know if you'd like to help this way. A third way to help is to do some shopping for bedding. Again, this year you may choose a paper bed from the door in the parish hall and shop for bedding and bring it to the church by Wednesday, January 4th. Your bedding will soon be delivered with a bed to a child in our county.
Thanks for your help with this project!!!! See a letter we have received from Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep for a report on the past year.
COMMUNITY PASTOR UPDATE
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. In the coming months, this conversation will continue as we follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance, exploring what God has in store for us. Pastor Jim has met with Bishop Beaudoin, communicated with Evka, received a report from a synod representative who just returned from Serbia, and met with the Global Mission Board in November. The possible candidate seems to be “well-suited” for this work. Please keep this movement of the Spirit in your prayers.
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”