Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church - Port Clinton, Ohio



“Growing Disciples of Jesus”

 


Praise

Worship Times

Saturday 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am
WGGN 97.7 8:00 am

Witness

Disciple-Ship Quest

Sundays
10:15 am

Mission

St. John @ the Bay

Sundays...  
Memorial Day-October 6:30 pm
November-May 3:00 pm

Word

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.
[Summary & Schedule]


Our Events

The Executive Committee has extended our suspension of worship through April 30. This action is being encouraged by Bishop Daniel Beaudoin of the Northwestern Ohio Synod and by the State of Ohio. Obviously, this decision to extend the suspension will impact our journey into Holy Week this year.

Here's what is planned for Holy Week/Easter.

  1. On Sunday, April 5 our WGGN 97.7 FM radio broadcast and our new YouTube account will feature Palm/Passion worship from 2019, along with two new additions, a homily and intercessory prayers.
  2. We will also share an Easter worship with brand new components, blended into a previous broadcast on Sunday, April 12. Again, this will be available on both WGGN and on YouTube.
  3. Similar to what was provided for Midweek Lenten Worship, I am preparing an … At Home … Around the Table … resource for Home Worship on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. My encouragement is for us to gather for worship together … at our regular times … 6:30 pm on Thursday and 7:30 pm on Friday. We can be together, even though apart, as we worship around our tables in the safety of our homes.
  4. Those who are able, and who feel comfortable leaving their homes, may attend the Port Clinton Community Easter Worship in the Sutton Center parking lot on April 12. This worship will begin at 9:00 am. I will be participating as a member of the Port Clinton Ministerial Association. (Thanks to Trinity UMC for their leadership in this effort) We will need to provide two Parking Lot Attendants to help direct traffic on this Sunday. Let me know if you are available. Here are some safety instructions for this gathering.

Please hear this: We want you to stay home and stay safe. This is a way we can be together without compromising anyone’s health. However, please continue to take all the necessary precautions in your daily lives.

Please keep your windows up – if you need to crack a window please keep it to an inch. And, please stay in your cars and listen via the radio

Finally, if you have any need for food, prescriptions, supplies or for prayer and conversation … do not hesitate to call. We have a team of folks ready and willing to act. We have been staying in touch with those we have deemed to be more “vulnerable” in terms of leaving the home or perhaps in need of resources.

If you are healthy, and available, Bistro 163 still needs volunteers Wednesday through Saturday, serving meals to those who are facing growing food insecurity. Shifts are from 11-2 and 2-4 for food prep and from 4-6 for food distribution and clean-up. If you can help call: 419-341-4094 to sign up. I will be volunteering on April 9, working from 3:30-6:00 pm.

FINAL MIDWEEK LENTEN WORSHIP

We pray. Into all darkness, doubt and despair, come, Christ Jesus, be our light. Into all sorrow, sickness, and grief, come, Christ Jesus, be our comfort. Into each conflict, division, and war, come, Christ Jesus, be our hope, now and always. Amen.

Psalm 27

 1The LORD is my light and my salvation;
 whom shall I fear?
 The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
 of whom shall I be afraid?
 2When evildoers assail me
 to devour my flesh —
 my adversaries and foes —
 they shall stumble and fall.
 3Though an army encamp against me,
 my heart shall not fear;
 though war rise up against me,
 yet I will be confident.
 4One thing I asked of the LORD,
 that will I seek after:
 to live in the house of the LORD
 all the days of my life,
 to behold the beauty of the LORD,
 and to inquire in his temple.
 5For he will hide me in his shelter
 in the day of trouble;
 he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
 he will set me high on a rock.
 6Now my head is lifted up
 above my enemies all around me,
 and I will offer in his tent
 sacrifices with shouts of joy;
 I will sing and make melody to the LORD.
 7Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud,
 be gracious to me and answer me!
 8"Come," my heart says, "seek his face!"
 Your face, LORD, do I seek.
 9Do not hide your face from me.
 Do not turn your servant away in anger,
 you who have been my help.
 Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,
 O God of my salvation!
 10If my father and mother forsake me,
 the LORD will take me up.
 11Teach me your way, O LORD,
 and lead me on a level path
 because of my enemies.
 12Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,
 for false witnesses have risen against me,
 and they are breathing out violence.
 13I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD
 in the land of the living.
 14Wait for the LORD;
 be strong, and let your heart take courage;
 wait for the LORD!

Many of your people, O God, are full of fear: (Pause)

The homeless one, without shelter at night; the abused one, whose home is no protection.

The parent frightened for her child’s safety; the elder, anxious in the face of death.

The patriot, defending freedom at all costs; the insurgent, who sees no end to injustice.

The morally upright, who scorns the sinner; the stranger, to whom the door is closed.

Do not forsake me, O God of my salvation. Do not hide your face from me.

Many of our people, O God, find your face to be hidden, and your grace to be distant. (Pause)

The disillusioned dreamer

The wealthy executive

The weary day-laborer

The angry teenager

The innocent victim

The cruel aggressor

The lonely shopper

The unbelieving cynic

The rejected lover

The disconsolate griever

The invisible resident alien

The disheartened church worker

The incurable patient

Do not forsake me, O God of my salvation. Do not hide your face from me.

Many of your people, O God, have lost their way, feel abandoned, or are overwhelmed by the violence around them. (Pause)

Those trapped in the darkness of despair, those who are too hurt to speak; and

those too broken to hope.

Those drawn to other gods and easier loyalties; those who are too seduced to resist, and those too disenchanted to care.

Those who feel utterly alone in the world, those unable to love themselves, and those unable to love beyond themselves.

Victims of recent world disasters, near and far away; those whose misery goes unreported, unobserved, and those who endure famine, war, and disease. (Pause)

Do not forsake me, O God of my salvation. Do not hide your face from me.

REFLECTION ON PSALM 27

13I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
 14Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!”

 I have never been a good waiter. I do not have previous experience in the hospitality industry. Nor do I have skills well suited for waiting on tables in a restaurant. My first job was working in a car wash, so I would be much better washing dishes!

One of my character flaws is that I have never been good at waiting: Waiting for Christmas … waiting for Jean to get ready … waiting in a long checkout line … waiting for test results from the doctor’s office. I am impatient … edgy … annoyed … and exasperated … when I am forced to wait.

What kind of a “waiter” are you?

The pandemic has altered our living in so many ways. One of the ways that it has impacted me … and seems to be getting less tolerable the longer it goes … is the waiting that is being demanding of me. Day by day … my frustration grows … as I long for an answer, “How much longer will this go on? When will it all end?”

My impatient waiting opens a floodgate of questions, “When we will be able to see our family face to face? When we will be able to gather as the Body of Christ for worship? When will kids and teachers assemble in classrooms? When will we be able to go about without fear? When will a sneeze, induced by allergies, not induce panic?”

In January, when the Worship Committee selected the liturgy, “Our Light and Our Salvation” for our midweek Lenten worship, from Holden Prayers Around the Cross, we had no way of knowing how directly Psalm 27 would be speaking to us in the midst of this world-wide health crisis. Each of these five weeks, we have sensed how pointedly these ancient words speak to our current lives. This is still true as we have arrived at Week 5 … and the last two verses of this psalm seem to have been written … just for us … at this moment.

Before we arrive at the summons to “Wait for the LORD,” we are grounded in the character and faithfulness of God. “I believe I shall see the goodness of the LORD.” When life is good … and full of blessings … and the future is bright and beautiful … we easily declare, “God is good, all the time! All the time, God is good.” However, when life is full of anxiety … fear … struggles … and despair … we are not always so quick to lift up this refrain. The up-to-the-minute reports of the spread of COVID-19 … detailing so many cases and so many deaths … do not make us hopeful, nor prompt our praise of God.

Even though WE may not, at every moment, be able to confess with the psalmist that we “shall the goodness of the LORD,” it remains true … just the same. God IS good. God IS love. God never, ever WAVERS from the heart and center of who God is … and shall always be.

The goodness of the Lord is what induces us to be able to wait … even for those who struggle with impatience, like me! We can “wait for the LORD.” We can “be strong.” Our hearts can be filled “with courage.” Because … together … in the fullness of God’s goodness … “we wait for the LORD!”

And, remember … “1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall, I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom, shall I be afraid?”

CLOSING PRAYER

Holy God, our light and our salvation, you hear us when we cry to you and answer when we call. Grant that all who seek your face in times of trouble may see your goodness in the land of the living, and dwell in your presence all our days, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

LOOKING AHEAD …

April 4 and 5 … Palm/ Passion Weekend; Saturday 5pm; Sunday 9 am WORSHIP SUSPENDED 

April 9 … Maundy Thursday, 6:30 pm  WORSHIPED SUSPENDED

April 10 … Good Friday Tenebrae, 7:30 pm   WORSHIP SUSPENDED

April 11 … Easter Vigil, 5:00 pm   WORSHIP SUSPENDED

April 12 … Easter Sunrise, Waterworks Park   WORSHIP SUSPENDED

April 12 … Easter Worship, 9:00 am ... COMMUNITY EASTER DRIVE-IN WORSHIP  at the Sutton Center Parking lot.

Announcements


Weekly Email from Pastor Jim Lehman     April 2, 2020

This unprecedented time where we are witnessing the invasion of the coronavirus and the essential need for “physical distancing” is messing with my theology. In the gracious waters of Baptism, we are joined, not only to the death and resurrection of Jesus, but also to Christ’s body, the Church. “For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body …” (1 Corinthians 12:13)

It frustrates me greatly and arouses pain not to be able to gather together in worship and in face-to-face acts of ministry with you, my sisters and brothers in Christ. “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. Now you are the body of Christ …” (1 Corinthians 12:26-27) It aches deep in my soul not to be able to live our theology … and be together … in Christ.

But then, I remember that Chapter 12 is followed by Chapter 13 (I know my biblical insight is astounding 😊) … the infamous Love Chapter, read at countless weddings. Paul is setting before the body of Christ “a still more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31b). It is the way of love … agape love … a passionate, resilient, other-focused love seen and lived most clearly in Jesus. We are called … as the body of Christ … to love one another … and to do so in our actions. You know the words, “Love is patient; love is kind …” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a) … “Love never ends.”

It is because of this theology … that God, by grace, has arranged us into the body of Christ … and has called us to love one another … that we must extend our time of “physical distancing” through the end of April. Yes, it will bring more frustration and pain. Yes, it will continue to wound us to not be together as the body of Christ for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Yes, it is scary to consider that with this necessary extension … sorrow will be multiplied … as we are ever aware that the remaining weeks of our 18-year partnership as people and pastor are dwindling away … so fast.

Yet, we are called to honor and respect and love … putting the health and wellness of the whole … before ourselves. We continue this extraordinary practice because we are loved and are called to love. It is at the heart of what it means to be connected to Jesus … and to one another. It is what it looks like to be the body of Christ.

The Executive Committee has extended our suspension of worship through April 30. This action is being encouraged by Bishop Daniel Beaudoin of the Northwestern Ohio Synod and by the State of Ohio. Obviously, this decision to extend the suspension will impact our journey into Holy Week this year.

Here's what is planned for Holy Week/Easter.

  1. On Sunday, April 5 our WGGN 97.7 FM radio broadcast and our new YouTube account will feature Palm/Passion worship from 2019, along with two new additions, a homily and intercessory prayers.
  2. We will also share an Easter worship with brand new components, blended into a previous broadcast on Sunday, April 12. Again, this will be available on both WGGN and on YouTube.
  3. Similar to what was provided for Midweek Lenten Worship, I am preparing an … At Home … Around the Table … resource for Home Worship on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. My encouragement is for us to gather for worship together … at our regular times … 6:30 pm on Thursday and 7:30 pm on Friday. We can be together, even though apart, as we worship around our tables in the safety of our homes.
  4. Those who are able, and who feel comfortable leaving their homes, may attend the Port Clinton Community Easter Worship in the Sutton Center parking lot on April 12. This worship will begin at 9:00 am. I will be participating as a member of the Port Clinton Ministerial Association. (Thanks to Trinity UMC for their leadership in this effort) We will need to provide two Parking Lot Attendants to help direct traffic on this Sunday. Let me know if you are available. Here are some safety instructions for this gathering.

Please hear this: We want you to stay home and stay safe. This is a way we can be together without compromising anyone’s health. However, please continue to take all the necessary precautions in your daily lives.

Please keep your windows up – if you need to crack a window please keep it to an inch. And, please stay in your cars and listen via the radio

 

Finally, if you have any need for food, prescriptions, supplies or for prayer and conversation … do not hesitate to call. We have a team of folks ready and willing to act. We have been staying in touch with those we have deemed to be more “vulnerable” in terms of leaving the home or perhaps in need of resources.

If you are healthy, and available, Bistro 163 still needs volunteers Wednesday through Saturday, serving meals to those who are facing growing food insecurity. Shifts are from 11-2 and 2-4 for food prep and from 4-6 for food distribution and clean-up. If you can help call: 419-341-4094 to sign up. I will be volunteering on April 9, working from 3:30-6:00 pm.

Nancy Linn and I continue to “spilt” our time working from the office and/or at home. Someone is near the phone, most of the time, between 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Together, as the body of Christ,

Pastor Jim Lehman

 

 


MARK THESE DATES …

Our week of Camp at LMC for 2019 is scheduled for June 14-19!  The deadline for early registration has been extended to April 30!!

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. Pastor Jim plans to be at camp with you … one last time!

HIGH SCHOOLERS  AND CONFIRMATION YOUTH

AN EMAIL HAS BEEN SENT ON HOW TO REGISTER KIDS FOR OUR SUMMER BIBLE CAMP EXPERIENCE AT LUTHERAN MEMORIAL CAMP. CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ... 

THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED WITH ... AND CONTRIBUTTED TO OUT SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER ... WE RAISED OVER $1,100 TO HELP SEND OUR KIDS AWAY THIS SUMMER! 

NORTHWESTERN OHIO SYNOD ASSEMBLY

We are able to send 4 voting members to the NWOS Assembly to be held on June 12 and 13. Two of these four voting members are to be youth or young adults under the age of 30. The other two voting members are without age restriction; including one male and one female.

The Assembly begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, June 12 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, BG with a “Lift Away Hunger” event. Opening worship will also be at St. Mark’s and begins at 7:00 pm.

On Saturday, June 13, the Assembly opens at the Bowen-Thompson Student Center at 8:00 am. During the day there will be four rotations of “Journey Through Mission.” The Assembly ends at 3:30 pm with a Sending.

If you are interested in being one of our Voting Members please see Pastor Jim as soon as possible. We may need to have some conversation about spending the night in BG, due to the early start on Saturday morning.

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.

CLICK HERE TO FILL IN AND PRINT REGISTRATION FORM

 

Camp at LMC Pictures …

If you are longing to see what a week of camp at Lutheran Memorial Camp looks like, please visit lomocamps.org … 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.

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 Belong

St. John Lutheran
207 Adams St.
 Port Clinton, OH
 43452
419-734-5548
Email Us

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

OUR M​IS­SION
We are a Christ-centered and caring con­greg­a­tion called by God to share the good news of sal­va­tion for all people.

OUR VIS­ION
     “Grow­ing Dis­ciples of Je­sus”

OUR VALUE
WOR­SHIP:
Our first re­sponse to the good news of God’s un­con­di­tion­al love in Je­sus is to wor­ship . . .
 
SAC­RED SPACE:
We strive to provide a wel­com­ing place where all can enter in­to God’s pres­ence . . .
 
MAK­ING A JOY­FUL NOISE:
In grat­it­ude and joy, we lift our praises to the LORD . . .
 
A CARING COM­MUNITY:
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 . . .
 
NUR­TUR­ING DIS­CIPLES:
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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