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


Get ready to serve! “God’s work. Our hands.” 

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. The service activities set before us offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.


St. John Lutheran Church will be providing a THANK YOU picnic for all First Responders (PC Fire and Police) and their Families on Sunday, September 11 at Noon. The meal will take place at the Fire House. This meal will be in advance of the Dedication of the First Responder’s

Memorial, which will begin at 1:30 pm.

How Can You Help?

1. We are receiving donations to help defray the costs of purchasing food. (Menu will include: Hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, potato and macaroni salad, chips and drinks.)

2. We will need a team of folks (the more, the merrier) to grill hot dogs and hamburgers, to serve the meal and to be gracious hosts. The meal will be served from Noon until 1:15 pm.

3. You could serve as a “shopper” to purchase food.

4. You could bake cookies that will be our dessert for the day.

5. You can pray for First Responders and their families.

Other service opportunities are still being planned … but will include tying blankets for those who need to sit, while working and serving as a clean-up crew in our two cemeteries.


Tying Blankets for LWR ... Gather here at St, John from 2-4 pm.

Clean-Up at Riverview and Lakeview Cemeteries ... Meet at St. John to disperse. Bring rakes etc.

Deck Washing at Ruthann's House ... Meet at St. John to disperse.



Beginning on Sunday, September 4 we will be transitioning to Evangelical Worship Setting 1. It has been our practice to rotate between the four settings we have “learned” so that we might keep our worship “fresh” and to make sure we utilize those settings that have become “favorites” to some within our midst.



Due to a “teaching” conflict with Confirmation … worship will be held at TheBay on the second, fourth and fifth Sundays of the month as we begin our transition into Fall. 

All worship services in September will be at 6:30 pm. Here’s how the schedule will look in September …

September 11 … Pastor Jim Lehman

September 18 … No Worship Scheduled

September 25 … Pastor Jim Lehman

The month of September still offer a great opportunity for you to travel to the island and connect with your mission in this place. As in the past, we will have FREE tickets for the Miller Ferry available to those who would like to worship with our sisters and brothers at TheBay. If you are interested check with the church office or Pastor Jim.

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. 



“Haiti Loving Hearts” is a program that we have supported here at St. John since our Mission Trip to Haiti in 2011. Through our support we have provided the funding that makes it possible for two children to receive an education that would otherwise not be available to them. The cost for each child to attend school for a year in Haiti is $200.00.
Currently Haiti Loving Hearts sponsors OVER 100 students, primarily in the primary and middle school grades. We have sponsored two students for the last three years and would like to continue this support for the coming year. 
If you would like to help with this effort, you may make a donation to Haiti Loving Hearts. It can be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the office.
The congregation will gather on Sunday, September 25 our fall Annual Meeting, beginning at 10:15 am in the Parish Hall.  Persons will be elected to positions of leadership and ministry reports will be received.
Taking the Word into the Week.
Beginning on Labor Day weekend, September 3/4 and then continuing through September 24/25, we will once again be lifting up the partnership of those who have a vital role in preaching. “Taking the Word into the Week” Revised and shortened surveys will be available so that you can report back on how the proclaimed Word leaks out of our worship through you into the midst of your daily lives and has an impact on family, friends and community. 
On the weekend of September 3 and 4 you are encouraged to you are your “vocational clothes,” as you come to worship. Vocational clothes are what you wear Monday-Saturday as you live out the Sending part of Worship in the course of your daily lives. These are ministry uniforms!
Also our worship will include The Affirmation of Christian Vocation in the World. 
NOISY OFFERINGS are collected on the second weekend of each month. The proceeds from this joyful noise are used to enhance our Mission Support of the ELCA and the Northwestern Ohio Synod. Through this ongoing effort we have received an additional $860.03 in 2016! Our Next NOISY OFFERING will be … September 10 and 11!
The Nominating Committee of St. John Lutheran Church has begun its work of prayerfully calling forth leaders to assist in the accomplishment of God’s mission in and through this congregation. 
Members of the Nominating Committee are: Marlene Benko, Ken Gipe, Linda Hopfinger, Mark Coppeler, Jim Sass and Monette Garn.
If you are interested in assuming a position of leadership, we’d be glad to hear from you and learn about your particular interest.  For example … do you have a heart for worship, Christian education or congregational life?  Just contact one of the above Committee members or Pastor Jim Lehman.
Our Mission … We are a Christ-centered and Caring Congregation called by God to Share the good news of salvation for all people.
Here’s an example of how we live out God’s Mission … On Christmas Eve the offering received at all worship services was designated for “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep,” a cooperative ministry with Firelands Presbyterian Church and United Way of Ottawa County. These resources are used throughout the year to purchase beds and bedding for children under the age of 18 in our county. It is a significant way to make a difference by meeting the needs of those who have “no place to lay their heads.” Our offering this year was $4,486.00!
We have also collected a number of bedding only packages, for those with beds, but insufficient bedding. Thanks be to God for the spirit of generosity that was present as we welcomed the birth of the Christ Child. AND thanks be to God that we are able to be a partner with God and with others in having an impact for good in our community. 


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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