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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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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!
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 email@example.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.”
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.
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.
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:
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
NOISY OFFERINGS are collected on the second weekend of each month. Our Next NOISY OFFERING will be … October 7 and 8!
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”