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.
[Summary & Schedule]

Our Events

A New Midweek Bible Study Continues
You are invited to join other interested disciples in a study of the Gospel of Matthew. We will gather at 7:00 pm in the Lounge. Please note that during the Lenten season, our starting time will be immediately AFTER our Lenten worship. Check out the Adult Study page for more details.

On Wednesday, March 1 our faith community will gather to begin our annual Lenten journey to the Cross. 

Ash Wednesday Worship will be held at 6:30 pm.


Beginning on Ash Wednesday we will focus our attention, and our hearts, on the Beatitudes from Matthew 5. Each week, we will listen in as a pastor counsels a modern-day parishioner … and the words of Jesus’ teaching are revealed in a new light. Each service in this Lenten series draws attention to one of the Beatitudes, applying them to our journey of faith today.

Ash Wednesday … March 1 … The Promise of Heaven: Matthew 5:3

Wednesday … March 8 … The Promise of Comfort: Matthew 5:4

Wednesday … March 15 … The Promise of an Inheritance: Matt. 5:5

Wednesday … March 22 … The Promise of Righteousness: Matt. 5:6

Wednesday … March 29 … The Promise of Mercy: Matthew 5:7

Wednesday … April 5 … The Promise of Seeing God; Matthew 5:8


Beginning on March 8 through April 5, we will gather for a simple Lenten Meal in the Parish Hall at 5:30. Worship will begin at 6:30 pm, and we will gather in the Sanctuary.


If you are interested in participating in one the short dramas, please see Pastor Jim and indicate your preferred week. You will assume the “recurring” of the parishioner, who is known as “Mac,” which is short for Makarios, the Greek word for, “Blessed.”

Retreat News

The Joint Youth Ministry/Confirmation Winter Retreat will be held at Camp Mowana the weekend of March 3-5. Filling in here at St. John will be our own … and recently back from a LONG hiatus as Interim Pastor at Zion, Sandusky … is Pastor Ralph Schibler!

The Fireproof Friends Group will be heading off to Lutheran Memorial Camp for a weekend retreat on March 31-April 2. Filling in here at St. John will be our own Pastor Karl Kessler.


The February Challenge was solved by Mary Bash! She enjoyed a breakfast with Pastor Jim. Here’s the answer to last month’s challenge: If You Are Too Busy To Worship God You Are Too Busy!


Here’s the Challenge for March: Fill in the blanks and complete this verse from the Bible, including book, chapter and verse.

"_____ by ___________ you ________ ________ __________ through __________, and ________ is not ________ ________ ___________; it ____ the ________ of _________." ____________ ____: _____.


The first person to break the mystery will receive a home baked pie! And rest assured it WILL NOT BE BAKED BY PASTOR JIM!



Dear Friends in Christ,


Welcome to 2017: The Year of Grace. As we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the Northwestern Ohio Synod will celebrate the gift of God's grace through prayer, worship, Bible study, and book reading circles. 


A few years back, I was teaching an Adult New Members Class. As I covered some of the basic theological insights of Lutheranism, one of the students asked, "Pastor, if you were to pick 1 word to describe Lutherans, what would that 1 word be?" I didn't hesitate. The word is "grace".


One of the great gifts of the Protestant Reformation was a renewed emphasis on God's transformational grace, and the word transformational is fitting. The Protestant Reformation was a transformational event, which caused a seismic shift in Western Civilization. In the book, Brand Luther: 1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation, Dr. Andrew Pettegree captures the spirit of the Protestant Reformation by focusing on the transformation that occurred in 4 related areas:

  • The transformation of Martin Luther, from unknown monk to Europe's bestselling author - ever.
  • The transformation of the printing industry.
  • The transformation of book production and marketing.
  • The transformation of the town of Wittenberg. 


Click on the link below to download a 13-session reading guide based on Andrew Pettegree's book, Brand Luther: 1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation. I encourage you to get a copy of Brand Luther, gather with a circle of friends, get outside the 4 walls of the church, and read, discuss, and learn what God may be saying to you and your community through Brand Luther. 


The second link is a recording of Dr. Andrew Pettegre's lecture at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, entitled, Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Creation of a Media Phenomenon.


A Few Comings and Goings


On Monday - Wednesday, February 21-22, I will be at the Lutheran Center in Chicago to observe the First Call Assignment process.


On Sunday morning, February 26, I will be worshiping with the people of God at The Lutheran Church of Our Saviour in Toledo, Ohio.


2017: The Year of Grace Memory Verse


Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God"


Bless you,

Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany 


















It is with true joy and delight that we are connected with brothers and sisters in Christ around the world!   
We have had two tremendous opportunities to deeps these connections in the last month. On Sunday, July 17 we welcomed back to St. John, Evka Hlavati who is the Administrative Assistant to Bishop Samuel Vrobovsky in the Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia. What a delight it was to renew this relationship. 
As some of you know, we had been exploring some options with Pastor Jasmina Kotas-Medved about a possible term call to return her to be a part of our ministry in both our locations. Recently, we received word that she has determined that the Holy Spirit is leading her to remain serving in Serbia. While we held at some hope that this might happen, we continue to support Pastor Jasmina wherever she serves. 
Subsequent conversation and e-mails with Evka have uncovered another possibility that we will be praying and talking about in the very near future. Just when one door closes, another opens! Stay tuned! 
Then on July 30 we had the opportunity to welcome to St. John at our Saturday worship, Bishop Kinyunyu of the Dodoma Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania!  We have been connected with the Nkuhungu congregation Dodoma for a long time! Plans are underway to see how we might strengthen this relationship from both ends of the world!
Continue to lift up our brothers and sisters in the Nkuhungu congregation in Tanzania and the Bacska Palanka congregation in Serbia. 





On Wednesday, March 1 our faith community will gather to begin our annual Lenten journey to the Cross. Ash Wednesday Worship will be held at 6:30 pm.

St. John Lutheran Church in Port Clinton, OH is receiving applications for the part-time position of Choir Director. We are seeking a gifted person to inspire, oversee, rehearse and direct our Senior Choir. Position begins in August, 2017. The choir season begins each year in September and concludes at the end of May. A ministry description is available upon request. Inquiries and resumes may be sent to 419.734.5548.

REFORMATION 500 … During this calendar year, we will be celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. Each month a Hymn of the Month will be selected that we will sing in worship each week. The use of a Hymn of the Day is a Lutheran inheritance. It serves to unite the proclamation of the scripture texts and preaching of the day with the spirit of the season. The Hymn of the Month will show up in various locations in our worship order, see if you can find it. The Hymn of the Month for March 2017 is “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” ELW#338.


Off to Camp at LMC … June 11-16, 2017

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 Confirmation Camp and Summer Bible 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

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 or Stephanie will be in residence.


ALL YOUTH … for all Programs … are encouraged to register online at  to receive a $50 discount!  This registration must be completed by March 31. By doing so, you will save St. John $50.00 per youth AND all youth registered by this date receives a free t-shirt.

Families are asked to pay $100 toward the total registration fee, with the Endowment Fund from St. John, Pancake Supper Proceeds and Midweek Lenten Meal offerings covering the remaining costs! I dare you to find a better deal! The total for camp is $425.00!!

Please note: when registering online, you will be asked to make a deposit that is greater than $100…The church will reimburse you for the difference! Let us know when you have registered and we will get you a check! The total cost of camp is $425 if completed online ($475 if submitting a paper registration or if you register after March 31!) When you go to the web site, you will see that there is something “new” called Tiered pricing … I would suggest you choose Tier 2.

Here’s another way to help save the congregation some $$ … IF this is the FIRST time you are sending your youth/child to summer camp we can receive an additional $100.00 off the total cost! You must use the NEW17 code when registering. Let us know if you were able to receive the New Camper discount.

Please try to register by March 31 to save $$ and to receive a t-shirt!

There are Scholarship Funds available to make sure EVERY camper can go to camp. See Pastor Jim if you need some help.

In the meantime, here’s some important stuff to know: The plan will be to meet here at St. John at 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 11. so that we can arrive at LMC around 3:30 pm.

Ø  We will more than likely need extra drivers to help get the kids to camp again this year…Pr. Jim will be driving and can “haul” a few kids, but we need additional drivers to transport youth and their “stuff”!  (The trip is about 2 hours)

Ø  It is a “tradition” that we stop at a fast food establishment along the way for a “last supper.”

Ø  We will also need additional drivers for our return on Friday, June 16. 

Ø  We will be leaving sometime after lunch, departing by 4:00 pm.

You will also be receiving information from LMC on what to bring with you. 

If you have any questions, give me a call, as this process can be cumbersome.  Also, if you willing to help drive either to or from camp, let me know a.s.a.p.. We will not know how many drivers we will need until we get an idea of how many will be going.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Jim and Stephanie



The next edition of our local Lutheran-Roman Catholic Conversation will take place on Wednesday, March 29 at 9:30 am at the Fulton Street Cafe (Magruder Hospital). We will continue our conversation will focus on, “The Declaration On The Way,” which features 31 statements of agreement that have already been established through the dialogs that have been happening over the past 50 years. If you want to know how to access this document, please see Pastor Jim.
NOISY OFFERINGS are collected on the second weekend of each month.  Our Next NOISY OFFERING will be … March 11 and 12!

Since Evka Hlvati’s visit in July we have been having prayerful conversation … here, in Findlay and Nova Sad … about the possibility for restoring the Community Pastor role at TheBay, which was formerly held by Pr. Jasmina Kotas-Medved.

The conversation has begun to pick up as we follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance, exploring what God has in store for us. By the time you read these words, Pastor Jim will have had a video conversation with Pastor Vladislav. Pastor Jim has another meeting schedule with Bishop Beaudoin on March 29. Please keep this movement of the Spirit in your prayers.


Pastors from the North Central Conference will be spending Thursday, March 2 in retreat at Our Lady of the Pines in Fremont. During this away from the office time, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, we will be finding some holy space for prayer and reflection, and we will also be discussing the book, Brand Luther. Pastor Jim will be attending.

Our Mission … We are a Christ-centered and Caring Congregation called by God to Share the good news of salvation for all peple.




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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