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.
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Our Events

Holy Week

Maundy Thursday … April 18 … 6:30 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. 

Good Friday … Friday, April 19Noon and 7:30pm

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. 

Commmunity Good Friday Worship Service

Friday, April 19th       12 Noon

St. John Lutheran Church

This year’s community Good Friday Service will be held at Noon at St. John Lutheran Church.  The hour-long worship will feature the drama “Passion Walk” by The Skit Guys, a dramatic retelling of Jesus’ last day, featuring the voices of six individuals who were close to Jesus before his death on the cross.  

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

Then, at 7:30 pm as the darkness begins to creep in, we will worship 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 20 … 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 world, aflame with the good news of the resurrection.

Easter Sunrise Sunday, April 21 … 6:30am … 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. 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 21 … 9:00am

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!” 


Off to Camp at LMC … June 9-14, 2019

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 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

Confirmation … Grades 6-8

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 will be in residence.


The Sermon on the Mount: A Call to Discipleship

In this Year of Scripture … we gather around God’s Word … specifically the Sermon on the Mount. Through these words of Jesus … Matthew 5-7 … we will hear and explore what it means for us to be called to discipleship. In a world and culture … where following Jesus may cause us to “swim upstream,” against what is popular … together we will read, talk and pray about what it might look like for us to live as “growing disciples of Jesus.”

This 6-week study has been written by Bishop Daniel Beaudoin. We will gather on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Our last two studies will be held on Thursdays, March 7 and 21 at 6:30 pm.



















































Our Year of Scripture Memory Verse is Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path". 

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

On Tuesday, March 5 … our youth will be hosting our traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, serving all you can eat pancakes, sausage and applesauce! The meal will be served from 5:00 pm-6:30 pm. A FREE-WILL OFFERING will be received to help send youth of all ages off to Camp at LMC this summer. If there any adults who would also like to help with this meal, contact the church office. Financial Assistance for this event is being provided by Thrivent!

Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday, March 6 we will gather to begin our annual Lenten journey to the Cross. 

Ash Wednesday ... 6:30 pm


While committing to the discipline of a year-long read of the entire Bible is commendable … and some will want to do this … others may realize that is a large undertaking that may not be able to be kept, perhaps like our lofty new year’s resolutions.

Another possibility is to focus on a specific chapter of the Bible to read … multiple times throughout the week. This allows for deeper and repeated reflection through the course of the week.

Here is an alternative way you might approach daily Bible reading during the month of January. The selected chapters will connect with what we have heard in worship, and will serve as a way to carry the proclaimed word into your everyday lives. You may even want to expand your reading by looking at what comes before … and after … each of these chapters.

March 3- 9 … Luke 9

March 10-16 … Luke 4

March 17-23 … Luke 13

March 24-Mar 30 … Luke 14

March 31-April 6 …Luke 14

The January edition of The Eagle featured the Read Through the Bible in a Year plan. Several folks have been diligently reading through scripture each day.

sday Worship will be held at 6:30 pm.



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.


See Confirmation page for details.


F or 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.


The Port Clinton Ministerial Association’s first Love PC event was a wonderful afternoon … through which we are able to demonstrate love to the widows in our community! The event was held on Valentine’s Day Lunch at the Port Clinton Yacht Club. 53 wonderful women joined us for this great day of lifting up … our call … “to love God … as God loves us … and to love one another.”

Thanks to all who contributed to the Souper Bowl of Caring on the weekend of February 2 and 3. We were able to raise $408 to provide food to the hungry. THIS YEAR our efforts were directed to impacted those in our community through the St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank.

Looking Ahead to Holy Week …

Palm/Passion Sunday … April 13/14

Maundy Thursday … April 18 6:30 pm

Good Friday Community … April 19, Noon at St. John

Good Friday Tenebrae … April 19, 7:30 pm

Easter Vigil … April 20 5:00 pm

Easter Sunrise at Waterworks Park … April 21 … 6:30 am

Easter Festival Worship … April 21 … 9:00 am with Easter Breakfast to follow



Pastor Jim and Jean will be heading off to Florida … March 12-19 … to visit with Brad, Alexis, Addison, Hudson and Holden in Port St. Lucie. We have not seen this part of our family since September, so we are excited to spend this time together.

Pastor Jim will be leading a Lenten worship experience at Ohio Living Catawba on Wednesday, March 27. The meal begins at Noon, with worship following.









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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