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


In the meantime …

We return to Gathered Worship on Saturday, June 6 at 5:00 pm in the Parish Hall and on Sunday, June 7 in our sanctuary.  Please see the St. John Plan for a Return to Gathered Worship to make the appropriate decision for you on whether it will enhance or endager your well-being. The Plan can be found in the Announcements section of this website.

In the Meantime … and Beyond

Our radio broadcasts on WGGN 97.7FM at 8:00 am continue. We will also continue to make worship available on Facebook/YouTube; when it can be accessed at a more agreeable time. Thanks are due to Jordan and Bill Wiewandt, Kristina Smith and Pam Boytim for their faithful and consistent work. This week’s worship, for the Holy Trinity, features Confession and Forgiveness, current scripture readings, sermon and Intercessory Prayers. Thanks to Ken Gipe who assisted with this worship. Worship@TheBay will be held Sunday, June 7 … outdoors Worship on the Lawn … at 6:30 PM.


The day of my retirement is drawing near. My final weekend with you in worship will be July 12. From July 14-31, I will be on vacation, as accumulated days have been deferred to the end of my time of service. Officially, my last day is July 31; with R-Days starting on August 1.


On Sunday, June 7 we hope to be recognizingand celebrating with all of our high school and college graduates during our 9:00 a.m. worship service. On this day, we will honor and pray for these young persons as they have completed courses of study and are preparing to head-off into new adventures of faith and life. 

A reception will be held in their honor during the Coffee Fellowship Hour immediately following worship. We have traditionally asked each of our young persons to share a little bit about their plans for the future with us at that time. And we will have some gifts to present to you upon this exciting occasion. 

We give thanks to God for these young people for who they are, for how they have been participants and contributors to our ministry!  We will offer prayers on their behalf as they embrace the future that awaits them. 


Check out … This site provides resources for use in the home.

Welcome to the Year of Mission

Our focus this year in the Northwestern Ohio Synod will be on the Mission of God.

God has a mission, and God’s mission has a church. In Scripture, we encounter the Triune God working to restore and renew all things. The Bible begins with creation and ends with the promise of a new creation. The Triune God is working to renew everyone and everything and invites us to participate. The mission of the Northwestern Ohio Synod is a participatory mission:

Sent by the Crucified and Risen Jesus to

Make Disciples, Equip Leaders, Strengthen Parishes, and Launch New Communities

for the Renewal of Northwestern Ohio and the World.

During 2020: The Year of Mission, we will aspire to grow as we participate in God’s Mission through three distinct practices:

  1. To discern the Mission of God through prayer, Scripture, and sacred conversation;
  2. To align the identity and work of God’s people and parishes with the Mission of God;
  3. To participate in the Mission of God for the renewal of Northwest Ohio and the world.


THEME VERSE … John 20:21 … “When he had said this, be breathed on them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”











Weekly Email from Pastor Jim Lehman     June 3, 2020

Last evening … June 2 … the Executive Committee met to consider the options available to us to initiate our Plan for a Return to Gathered Worship. This Plan was included in last week’s email message and in the June edition of The Eagle. Of particular concern were the questions of “Where” and “When” to worship. Guiding this discussion was an overriding desire to gather in a manner that would ensure the greatest safety for all who might determine that it is the “proper” time for their return.

As stated clearly in our plan, the hope is to provide ample freedom for each of you to make your decision about whether returning will enhance or endanger your well-being. All of us need to think about how our chosen action will demonstrate love to one another.

Please know that we will continue to provide our Sunday morning broadcast on WGGN 97.7FM at 8:00 am. We will also continue to make worship available through Facebook and YouTube, as we have done throughout all these weeks when worship has been suspended. We have discovered during this time that these “tools,” some old, some new, are enabling us to greatly expand our reach within this community, and even in places we never thought possible. Also, during the time that I am here, we hope to be able to keep these broadcasts “in synch” with what happens in gathered worship.

So … beginning on Saturday, June 6 at 5:00 pm … and Sunday, June 7 at 9:00 am … we will be gathering for worship here at St. John. You might consider this a “soft-opening” … which basically means that we will start the learning process of how to gather for worship with the proper protocols in place to make it as safe for everyone as possible. Worship will be a bit shorter than you are accustomed to as we make this transition. We cannot reduce the risk to 0% … remember that most accidental injuries occur in the home … but we will do everything we can think of … and keep learning new things … to provide a safe as possible place to worship.

In order to maximize resources and provide adequate time for sanitizing and cleaning .. i.e. have a safe environment for all … Saturday Worship will be held in the Parish Hall … and Sunday Worship will be held in the Sanctuary. It is our hope that this will be a “temporary” reality. Yes, we are aware that the Parish Hall can become a bit “stuffy,” if not downright sweltering during the summer; so please dress accordingly. You might even see me in shorts!

All of this is a new, never-done-this-before experience for all of us, and we will be learning … as we move forward. Decisions reached … and decisions changed or tweaked … will be carried out for the well-being and protection of us all.

This week’s Email Update does not contain a devotional piece. The goal was to get this message out as quickly as possible. It is my intention to keep on providing this Weekly Update during the remainder of my time of service among, and with you.

Together in Christ,

Pastor Jim

In the Meantime … and Beyond

Our radio broadcasts on WGGN 97.7FM at 8:00 am continue. We will also continue to make worship available on Facebook/YouTube; when it can be accessed at a more agreeable time. Thanks are due to Jordan and Bill Wiewandt, Kristina Smith and Pam Boytim for their faithful and consistent work. This week’s worship, for the Holy Trinity, features Confession and Forgiveness, current scripture readings, sermon and Intercessory Prayers. Thanks to Ken Gipe who assisted with this worship. Worship@TheBay will be held Sunday, June 7 … outdoors Worship on the Lawn … at 6:30 PM.


The day of my retirement is drawing near. My final weekend with you in worship will be July 12. From July 14-31, I will be on vacation, as accumulated days have been deferred to the end of my time of service. Officially, my last day is July 31; with R-Days starting on August 1.

Examen Prayer for the Promise of God’s Presence

Lord Jesus, let us be still and let us be at peace, for just a few moments, in the busy-ness of this day. Let us be attentive to where we have been and to where we are headed. And lead us to clearly see where you are present in all of our lives today. In the name of Jesus Crucified and Risen for the World Amen.

Matthew 6:34

34"So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today.”

Matthew 28:20

And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday and today and forever.”

Psalm 57:9-11

 I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens; your faithfulness extends to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth.”

St. John Plan for Returning to Gathered Worship

May 2020

Everything that follows as a part of this Plan for Returning to Gathered Worship is carried out under theme of “Loving God; Loving the Neighbor.” The motivation to return is centered in a renewed commitment to praise and thank God as we gather, to hear God’s Word that brings us life, to be fed and sustained in faith at the Lord’s Supper and then to be sent out to love and serve the world.


But gathering again also implies that we must live out our commitment to love the neighbor who assembles with us. Our Christian freedom carries with it a God-given responsibility to care for the health and well-being of others who share the same earth and space with us. You are invited to join with us in “Loving God; Loving the Neighbor.”



  1. Those who are at higher risk to COVID-19 will need to determine whether being present with the community will enhance or endanger their own health and well-being. Staying home is one significant way to demonstrate love.
  2. We will continue our broadcast on WGGN 97.7 FM at 8:00 am and will provide Virtual Worship through Facebook/YouTube for those who will not be able to gather with us in person at this time.
  3. Those who choose to be present in worship will need to do a self-assessment of their own health before leaving home. Please review these symptoms before making a decision to worship. You may have COVID-19 if you: Have one or both of these symptoms: • CoughShortness of breath/difficulty breathing and have at least two of these symptoms: • FeverChillsRepeated shaking with chillsMuscle painHeadacheSore throat. Again, staying home will be a significant way to demonstrate love for others.
  4. A process for insuring that we “spread out” the number of people present for any one worship service is being explored, i.e. balance between Saturday and Sunday. We may ask people to “register,” by making their intentions known so appropriate planning can take place. A survey for receiving input from those who “might” attend is being considered.
  5. One suggested and easy way to love your neighbor beyond physical distancing is to wear a face mask. Face masks are being sewn by a team of St. John seamstress volunteers and will be available for those who do not have a mask or have forgotten to bring one.
  6. Our common spaces such as: our worship space, entry/exit doors, stair rails, elevator buttons, bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized before and after each event. Cleaning/Disinfecting logs will be posted in each area. Some rooms will be cleaned and then locked or doors closed. This will permit fuller cleaning in the spaces that are being used. Here are the Ohio Department of Health recommendations for prevention cleaning:


            High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures,                  toilets,             phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces      that may have blood,   stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning     spray or wipe according to the label   instructions. Labels contain instructions for           safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should             take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you        have good ventilation during use of the product.

  1. It may be necessary for us to add an additional worship service to stay within the guidelines we will be receiving from the State of Ohio for a “safe” crowd. One possibility is Tuesday at 5:00 pm, where worship for the coming weekend could be recorded.


  1. Entrance/Exit Doors will be in open position or will be opened for you by a Greeter, with gloves and mask. Please enter by the Adams Street Parish Hall or Second Street doors. Markings on the floor will be provided to help people “find their way.”
  2. New Wall Hand Sanitizing dispensers will be installed in accessible places.
  3. Printed guidelines (laminated) will be available for Ushers and Greeters to become familiar with these new, and hopefully temporary, procedures.
  4. Ushers will direct you to worship bulletins and offering plate(s) for self-service.
  5. Bibles, songs books, visitor attendance cards etc. will be removed from the pews.
  6. Children’s activity bags will not be available during this initial return. Parents please bring items from home for your children, if needed.
  7. We have determined that our worship space can provide a safe place for a gathering of 60 persons. Some pews will be will be cordoned off and unavailable for use at this time.
  8. We are also looking into the use of the Parish Hall as a “secondary” place to gather upon a return. Reasons for this move include: more space to spread out, sanitization more effective, and easier access. Obstacles to this move would be: quality of sound, not our preferred place to worship, heat and humidity. What we are working on to make this space viable: sound system and recording capabilities and new non-cushioned chairs. Tables would be taken down and stored.
  9. Ushers will also help you to find a seat that will insure proper physical distancing throughout our worship space. Pews may be roped off to insure the 6-foot rule. Families and couples may sit together; however, they need to make sure the 6-foot radius is maintained, in order to practice love for the neighbor.
  10.  Ushers will fill out an Attendance Log, registering those who are present. If they ask your name, please do not be offended, use this as a time to become better acquainted as the Body of Christ!


  1. If you choose to sing in worship, please wear a face mask. Studies have shown that singing is a significant way that airborne viruses are spread.
  2. We may also need to “minimize” spoken responses by the worshiping community, calling upon the appointed worship leaders to do this on behalf of the whole community. The use of the word “Amen” has historically been a way for the community to complete the spoken word by adding, “Yes! It shall be so!” Opportunity exists to teach the community to use a more robust, “Amen!”
  3. Until a vaccine is widely available, we will suspend the Passing of the Peace through physical contact.
  4. The Offering will be brought forward by Ushers (gloves) and will not be collected from the pews (Plates in narthex). Noisy Offerings will also be collected in the Narthex on those appointed weekends.
  5. Pastor and Assisting Ministers will sit on opposite sides of chancel. When leading liturgy together, proper distancing will be practiced. Acolytes will sit in first pew, keeping proper distancing.
  6. Children will remain in the pews with parents during the Children’s Sermon.
  7. For the health of our youngest, please keep children in the pew as much as it is possible.
  8. Pastor will preach from the Pulpit.
  9. Holy Communion will be available for those who will choose to receive. Please use proper spacing when waiting in the center aisle. Pastor and Communion Assistants will wear gloves and masks. Communion Wafers and Pouring Chalice will be used for distribution. Every attempt will be made to minimize direct contact as much as possible using the “drop in the palm” method to distribute wafer. Cups will be available in trays, spaced to prevent unintended touch. Extend both hands for a successful delivery. The blessing of children through physical contact, who do yet commune, will be suspended during this time of re-entry.
  10.  Baptismal parties who gather at the font will be limited to the candidate for baptism, parents and sponsors. Font will be sanitized before worship and the addition of water during the Rite of Baptism.


  1. As you leave worship Pastor and Assisting Ministers will greet you verbally, from as much distance as possible and will be masked. Appropriate hand gestures 😊 may be employed … peace, okay, etc. Please no handshakes, hugs or high-five’s … until a vaccine is available.
  2. The spaces utilized will be cleaned, sanitized and logged before the next event.
  3. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 after being present for worship, please demonstrate love for your neighbor by contacting the Church Office.
  4. The best guess from medical experts is that these protocols may need to remain in place for up to 12-18 months, until a vaccine is widely available.












SUMMER BIBLE CAMP at LMC … June 14-19, 2020 has been cancelled. In fact, ALL LOMO Programs for this summer have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

If you registered your child/youth for camp at LMC … you will need to contact the LOMO to seek a refund.

Leigh Ann BurdineRegistrar

863 Eastwind Drive

Westerville, OH  43081





The Ministry Resources Committee has selected the weekend of May 2 and 3 as the appropriate TIME to receive your TALENT Surveys. This is always an important endeavor, that we repeat each year, as we seek to uncover gifts for the enhancement of our mission and ministry. Together, equipped by the Spirit, we strive to be partners in God’s Work here at St. John.


A copy of the Time and Talent survey was included in the April edition of The Eagle. Please complete and return by placing it in the basket on Time and Talent Weekend. You may also mail it to the church office, at your convenience.


The NWOS Assembly has been cancelled for this year.

 This would have been Pastor Jim’s last Synod Assembly as an Active Rostered Leader. And because, an Assembly was not held last year … his final Assembly was held back in 2018!

Helpful Guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health

  1. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, dry hands with a clean towel or air dry.
  2. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  3. Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  5. Stay home when sick.
  6. Avoid contact with people who are sick.



Camp at LMC Pictures …

If you are longing to see what a week of camp at Lutheran Memorial Camp looks like, please visit … find the LMC page … and click on Week One. It was another great week of growing in faith, experiencing the Body of Christ and getting away from daily routines. Oh, and it was FUN too! A poster with additional pictures will also be appearing soon.


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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