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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]
Join us in worship as we enter into the new year … as 2019 begins with three great festivals.
Epiphany of Our Lord … January 5 and 6 … “We Too Have a Star to Guide Us.” Worship on both Saturday and Sunday will center in the story of the magi who make their way to see … and to worship the newborn King. We will be invited to see how we, too, have a star to follow into the world.
Baptism of Our Lord … January 12 and 13 … As we hear the story of the Baptism of Jesus … we will be led to respond by the Affirmation of Our Baptism into Christ, renewing our commitment to living as and serving as disciples of Jesus in the world.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity … January 19 and 20 … On this weekend that falls between the Confession of Peter (Jan 18) and the Conversion of Paul (Jan 25) … Christians celebrate the unity that we have in Christ and pray for deepening the fullness of that unity … living out Jesus’ pray, “that we may all be one.”
St. John Lutheran Church will assemble for its January Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 27 at 10:15 am in the Parish Hall. The agenda will be devoted to the consideration and approval of the 2019 Spending Plan. Please plan on being a part of this important time of decision making.
MARK THESE DATES …
Our week of Camp at LMC for 2018 is scheduled for June 9-14!
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.
HIGH SCHOOLERS AND CONFIRMATION YOUTH
BE WATCHING YOUR SNAIL MAIL BOXES FOR A LETTER CONCERNING OUR JOINT CONFIRMATION/YOUTH MINISTRY RETREAT … WHICH IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH !!!!!
WE WILL NEED FIRM COMMITMENTS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH INTERESTED YOUTH TO MAKE THIS A GO!
ALSO … OUR SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER WHERE WE RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE AT LMC IS TUESDAY, MARCH 5!!
The Souper Bowl of Caring is coming … the weekend of February 2 and 3. Bring an extra $5.00 to place in soup pot offering receptacles. This year’s offering will support ELCA World Hunger and the St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank.
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”