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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.
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CONCERT ... VOICES AT BGSU ... SUNDAY ... NOVEMBER 18 AT 6:30 PM.
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.
HOLY COMMUNION WORKSHOP
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.
MIDWEEK STUDY CONCLUDES …
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.
THE SEASON OF ADVENT IS APPROACHING
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).
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.
PORT CLINTON COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING WORSHIP
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.
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”