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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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Make the Lenten journey a priority in your life as a disciple of Jesus. Come on Ash Wednesday to worship. Come to confess your sins and to receive the mark of the cross, as ashes are traced on your forehead. Come to praise the God who loves you as no other. Come to hear God’s life-altering Word. Come to receive God’s gracious gifts in the Lord’s Supper. Come to deepen your practice of the disciplines of Lent … worship, prayer, fasting, reading God’s Word, giving to those in need and serving others.
Midweek Lenten Series: Making Change
In the weeks, days, and hours before Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples also experienced change: a change of venue as the gates of Jerusalem approached; a change of plans as their long-awaited. Messiah was arrested and tried; a change of circumstance as the crowds shouted “Crucify!”
Change is hard. We long for the expected and familiar, but all too often find ourselves in the midst of uncertainty and the unknown. We cannot predict how things will turn out. The hymnwriter Joachim Neander proclaimed God’s steadfast love in the midst of life’s inevitable changes: “All my hope on God is founded who will all my trust renew, who through change and chance will guide me, only good and only true. God unknown, God alone, call my heart to be thine own” (ELW 757).
On our five Midweek Lenten Wednesdays … we will gather as community for a meal at 5:30 pm. Worship will begin at 6:30 pm in our sanctuary. Come and be a part of this Lenten experience of community.
February 21: Change of Season
“For everything there is a season.” We hear those familiar words telling us that life is full of changes. Jesus’ parables are also filled with images of life transformed. Just as the mustard seed grows into a tree or yeast turns flour into read, we too are called to be agents of change in the kingdom of God. Christ did not come to earth to maintain the status quo, but rather to usher in a change of season.
February 28: Change of Habit
Bad habits are hard to break. The letter to the Galatians urges us to replace them with the fruits of the Spirit. Love, patience, generosity, and self-control are just some of the good habits practiced by those whose foundation is built on Christ.
March 7: Change of Circumstances
We move from elementary to middle school, or from our hometown to a new community. We lose a job, or gain a child, or accomplish a goal, or relinquish a dream. Through it all, we learn to give thanks to God in all circumstances.
March 14: Change of Heart
Jesus’ words to the Pharisees give us pause: “You honor me with your lips, but your hearts are far from me.” Jesus invites us to experience a change of heart that will in fact change every part of our lives.
March 21: Change of Plans
God’s ways are not our own. We expect a conquering king and hero, but Jesus instead leads us down the road to Jerusalem and humbles himself on the cross. God changes our plans and replaces them with a love broader and deeper than anything we could imagine.
LUTHERAN-ROMAN CATHOLIC CONVERSATION
Those who have participated in previous conversations … and those who would like to get involved now … are encouraged to gather on Wednesday, February 21 at 10:30 am. One of the chief reasons to gather as we make our way through this new year, is to plan a joint event that will take place after Easter. Location of the February meeting is unknown at this moment in time, talk with Pastor Jim to learn the “secret” gathering place (just kidding we are awaiting confirmation of meeting location at this moment.)
2018 YOUTH GATHERING
Well, we are on our way to the 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering that will be held in Houston, Texas … June 27-July 1, 2018!
On September 15 … our group was registered! We have 10 youth from St. John and 3 adult leaders! Also, participating will be 3 youth and one adult leader from St. Paul, Danbury and 2 youth and 1 adult leader from Peace! Making our Grand Total … 15 youth and 5 adults!
St. John Participants include:
Abi Frattaroli Tatyana Kowalski Rebekah Koehl Lillian Reiman Olivia McDougall
Cara Linn Ileana Garza Will Segaard Nate Frattaroli Elliot Auxter
Pastor Jim Lehman Jean Lehman Angie Auxter
Youth Gatherings are an amazing opportunity to experience the “largeness” and the excitement of what it means to be Church! There are five program areas that will be a part of the Gathering: Synod Day; Service Learning; Interactive Learning, Community Life and Mass Gatherings. If you want to learn more, go to these resources: ELCA.org/gathering … facebook.com/youthgathering … Twitter ... @elcagathering.
We will be joining ranks with over 13,000 churches and organization across the USA who will be participating in the SOUPER BOWL OF CARING. This is annual event that coincides with the Super Bowl, to raise both awareness among worshipers and
funds to compassionately meet the needs of the hungry. Worshipers on the weekend of February 4, 2018 are asked to drop a $5 (you can drop in more if the Spirit moves you) in the soup pot as they leave worship. The funds collected here at St. John’s will be designated for feeding the hungry through the ELCA World Hunger Appeal and a local Food Bank. Watch for more details in the February Eagle.
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER
On Tuesday, February 13 … 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!
On Wednesday, February 14 we will gather to begin our annual Lenten journey to the Cross.
Ash Wednesday Worship will be held at 6:30 pm.
“TEACH US TO PRAY: PRAYER PRACTICE”
During 2018 … “Prayer” will be the theme for the NWOS.
Beginning on Thursday, January 25 … through February 15 … those who would like to deepen your prayer life are invited to be a part of a midweek series … “Teach Us to Pray: Prayer Practice.” We will gather each Thursday at 6:30 pm and conclude by 8:00 pm.
The intent is to provide opportunities to grow and deepen our prayer life as individuals and as a community of faith. While, we look at the Bible as a resource for prayer, this will not be a Bible study. While, we will learn about how Christians have prayed in the past, this will not be a historical study. The intent is for us to spend a significant amount of time … actually praying, together.
We will gather on these dates: January 25, February 1, 18 and 15.
LIFT OFF TO HOUSTON …
Over the next month or so … we are inviting those who would like to support this great opportunity for deepening faith and its practice in daily life for the youth from our congregation, St. Paul and Peace … to select an envelope (or two or more) off of our Lift Off to Houston display … at the entrance to the Parish Hall.
Each envelope has a dollar amount printed on it … ranging from $10.00 to $100.00.
Select the envelope(s) of your choosing. Inside you will find one of the REASONS we are going to Houston, and a Bible verse for you to look up that is connected with that particular reason.
You may turn in your gift into the church office in that envelope or one of your own.Checks can be made out to St. John, with Youth Gathering in the memo line.
Envelopes are marked for $100.00; $50.00; $25.00 and $10.00.
When all the envelopes are taken (there are 144 of them scattered among the three churches), and money received, we will be very, very close to having what we need to make this trip possible. So, please be generous in your support.
VOTING MEMBERS NEEDED
The 2018 NWOS Assembly will be held June 8 and 9 at Bowling Green State University. If you are interested in serving as a Voting Member, representing St. John, please contact Pastor Jim Lehman. Don’t delay! This opportunity will go fast😊!
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”