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.
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Our Events

 

REFORMATION AND CONFIRMATION!

Reformation Sunday will also provide us with another cause for celebration … as we join with Alexis Spears … who will be affirming her faith in Christ and deepening her identity with the life and mission of this community of faith in the Rite of Affirmation of Baptism (a.k.a. Confirmation).

A great day of celebration gets even better!  Thanks be to God!

THE BLESSING OF PETS …

October 4 is the day the Church that honors, remembers and celebrates the life and witness of St. Francis of Assisi, Renewer of the Church, 1182-1226.  And it is our tradition to gather on a day close to that day for the annual Blessing of the Animals.

THE BLESSING OF PETS WILL TAKE PLACE ON … on Saturday, October 7 at 6:15 pm. ON THE ADAMS STREET SIDEWALK. 

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 11 youth from St. John and 3 adult leaders! Also, participating will be two youth and one adult leader from St. Paul, Danbury and 3 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

Alexis Runyon     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.

OCTOBER GETTING READY EVENT … SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 … meeting from 2:00-4:00 pm. Our time together will begin with a mystery FUN activity … and will also include a time of focus we prepare to participate in the Gathering. Scheduling can be difficult with so many things on our calendars … hopefully this date works for “most.”

This event is for participating youth and adult leaders!

FLAMINGO INVASION IS DISAPPEARING?

As mysteriously as they swooped into our community, the large migratory invasion of Phoenicopterus rubers , these gaudy birds are now migrating south for the winter. There are rumors that another invasion may be taking place in the spring, when they will return to the north coast of Lake Erie.

Thanks to all who placed flocks … those who bought insurance … and those who woke up one morning and were greeted with great joy!

Fall Gathering – BISHOP’S BAKE-OFF (Lemon)

Tuesday, October 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at St. John, Fremont.

Join Bishop Daniel for dessert, fellowship, worship, and learning at the Fall Gatherings!

Gathering Info:

This non-conference specific event will take place at five different congregations across Northwestern Ohio. Each gathering will begin at 6:30pm with a Taize service followed by the Bishop’s Bake Off.

Bishop’s Bake Off Info:

Each gathering has been given their own special flavor.

Everyone is invited to bake their favorite recipe that fits the flavor theme or, if you’re more of an eater than a baker, vote on your favorite dessert!

Voting will be done by making monetary donations that will directly benefit the Discipleship Institute. The dessert with the largest amount of donations wins a prize selected by Bishop Beaudoin!

Because this event occurs on our regular Church Council night … the October meeting of the Church Council is moving to Tuesday, October 17 at 6:30 pm. This will allow Council members and Pastor Jim to attend this event that is in geographic proximity to PC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements

 

OVER 70 DINNER

Those who “qualify” are invited to attend our annual SENIOR DINNER on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 AT NOON. A wonderful dinner is being planned … and will be served with great hospitality! Call the Church Office to make your reservation.

MUSIC MINISTRY NEWS
 

A "plan" is in place ... though not carved in stone ... but rather a place to get started ... for the Choir season, without a director in place. We are still looking.

In light of the conversation held several weeks ago ... choir will rehearse on Sunday mornings at 8:00 am (or somewhere around there). Choir will sing on most 2nd and 3rd Sundays. Peggy will accompany us ... and someone from within may need to stand up and wave their arms.

The first rehearsal will be Sunday, October 1, at 8:00 am. Rehearsal in October will be on October, 8, 15 and 29. The first Sunday for us to sing will be October 8.

And if you know someone …. Pass on the following. 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 pastorjimlehman1980@gmail.com. 419.734.5548.

WEAR RED ON REFORMATION WEEKEND!

It has become our tradition to wear the color RED when we gather to worship on Reformation Weekend, October 28 and 29.  This day is set side to celebrate our Lutheran heritage.  Of course, we’ll be singing “A Mighty Fortress,” we will remember a significant moment from the life of Luther, and we will gather around the Lord’s Table!

And it would not be Reformation without our annual LUTHER QUIZ!  A very special and unique Lutheran gift will be presented at each of our worship services to the first person who can correctly answer a question that will test your Luther-knowledge.  So, start reviewing the Luther story NOW!

 

HERE ARE OUR UNFOLDING PLANS FOR CELEBRATING THE REFORMATION 500!

1.      Adult DSQ … Rick Steve’s Lutheran and the Reformation …  

2.     Midweek Bible Study … The Letter to the Ephesians … Thursdays at 7:00 pm.

3.     ROCKTOBER FEST on October 28! Noon-5:oo pm at Peace.

4.     Reformation Crawl … Saturday, October 21 10:00-2:00 pm.

5.     Reformation Worship/Confirmation … Sunday, October 29.

6.     Reformation Great Hymns of Faith … Sunday, October 29

a.     Sandusky State Theatre … Concert at 4:00 pm … Tickets are $10.00 … sanduskystate.com or 877-626-1950.

7.     Study of Luther’s treatise on “The Freedom of a Christian.”

LWR

ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY OCTOBER 7 AND 8 WE WILL BE BLESSING LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF QUILTS AND KITS BEFORE THEY WILL BE SHIPPED OFF TO MEET NEEDS AROUND THE WORLD.

LWR PICK-UP FOR DELIVERY TO NEW ROCHESTER WILL BE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13.

VISITATION MINISTRIES

One of the most significant additions to our ministry in recent years has been the establishment of a team composed of “everyday Christians” who serve as Visitation Ministers. These ministers are trained and equipped to take Holy Communion to those who are homebound or living in nursing homes, and to enter into relationship with the saints who are no longer able to be present for worship.

It is consistently reported that the blessings from this ministry flow in both directions. Thanks be to God as the Body of Christ is strengthened and deepened as this ministry happens each month.

Three of our Visitation Ministry Team Members have had to end their time of service at the conclusion of July. In order to continue to meet all of their needs of all our homebound, we are in need of a couple of new folks who would be willing to visit and serve 2-3 persons once a month.

If you are seeking a meaningful way to serve, perhaps this is the right way for you to extend God’s gift of love in a tangible way.

THERE WILL BE A VISTIATION MINISTRY LUNCHEON FOR ALL CURRENT AND PROSPECTIVE VISITATION MINISTERS ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 AT NOON. WE WILL BE FINISHED IN ONE HOUR … FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MAY BE WORKING.  

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jim.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Pastor Jim will be heading to Luther Seminary to attend the Craft of Preaching Event which will be held October 2 through October 4 in St. Paul, MN. He will be flying west on Sunday, October 1 and returning on Thursday, October 5. Presenters include:

  • Amy Butler, Senior Minister at The Riverside Church in New York City, N.Y.
  • Raquel St. Clair Lettsome, Associate Minister at Union A.M.E. Church, Warwick, N.Y., and Managing Partner of Say AMEN!
  • Karoline Lewis, Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching and The Marbury E. Anderson Chair of Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Barbara Lundblad, Joe R. Engle Professor Emeritus of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, N.Y.

VACATION

Pastor Jim will be on vacation from October 30-November 12. Plans are still being developed, but it will surely include some time with grandkids … as Addison (turning 7 on November 3) and Carter (turning 3 on November 2) are celebrating birthdays in the month of November.

 

LUTHERAN-ROMAN CATHOLIC CONVERSATION

The next edition of our local Lutheran-Roman Catholic Conversation will take place on Thursday, October 4 at 4:15 am at the Sutton Center. 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 … October 7 and 8!

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 October 2017 is “A Mighty Fortress" ELW#504. 

… 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
 43452
419-734-5548
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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

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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