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

Join us in worship as we enter into the new year … as 2019 begins with three great festivals.

Epiphany of Our Lord … January 5 and 6 … “We Too Have a Star to Guide Us.” Worship on both Saturday and Sunday will center in the story of the magi who make their way to see … and to worship the newborn King. We will be invited to see how we, too, have a star to follow into the world.

Baptism of Our Lord … January 12 and 13 … As we hear the story of the Baptism of Jesus … we will be led to respond by the Affirmation of Our Baptism into Christ, renewing our commitment to living as and serving as disciples of Jesus in the world.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity … January 19 and 20 … On this weekend that falls between the Confession of Peter (Jan 18) and the Conversion of Paul (Jan 25) … Christians celebrate the unity that we have in Christ and pray for deepening the fullness of that unity … living out Jesus’ pray, “that we may all be one.”

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

St. John Lutheran Church will assemble for its January Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 27 at 10:15 am in the Parish Hall.  The agenda will be devoted to the consideration and approval of the 2019 Spending Plan. Please plan on being a part of this important time of decision making.

MARK THESE DATES …

Our week of Camp at LMC for 2018 is scheduled for June 9-14!

This is the one week of the summer where there is programming for all ages … including Confirmation Camp … from the youngest through high school.

Watch for a letter sometime in late February/March to let you know about the particulars for registration.

For now … block these dates off on your calendars … it’s a great way to “get rid” of your kids for a week … where they can grow in faith and experience Christian community.

HIGH SCHOOLERS  AND CONFIRMATION YOUTH

BE WATCHING YOUR SNAIL MAIL BOXES FOR A LETTER CONCERNING OUR JOINT CONFIRMATION/YOUTH MINISTRY RETREAT … WHICH IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH !!!!!

WE WILL NEED FIRM COMMITMENTS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH INTERESTED YOUTH TO MAKE THIS A GO!

ALSO … OUR SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER WHERE WE RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE AT LMC IS TUESDAY, MARCH 5!!

SOUPER BOWL

The Souper Bowl of Caring is coming … the weekend of February 2 and 3. Bring an extra $5.00 to place in soup pot offering receptacles. This year’s offering will support ELCA World Hunger and the St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements

 

 

 

SATURDAY WORSHIP ... JANUARY 19 IS CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW AND POTENTIAL WINDS ... STAY TUNED FOR AN UPDATE LATER THIS EVENING ON SUNDAY WORSHIP AND DSQ.

A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP DANIEL BEAUDOIN … AS WE BEGIN 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am excited to share with you that 2019 will be the Year of Scripture in the Northwestern Ohio Synod. What follows is a quick outline of Coming Attractions.

The Year of Scripture will have a 3-fold focus:

1.      Bible Reading as a daily discipline and habit

2.      Bible Reflection to help us become fluent in the language of sacred scripture

3.      Bible Study: to lead us to discover the depths of who God is and the breadth of what God does.

Our Year of Scripture Memory Verse is Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path". I encourage you to start committing this Bible verse to memory right away.

A Year of Scripture Bible Study will be available on the Synod Website on January 1, 2019. This year’s 6-session study will focus on the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5-7. Learn how Jesus reads and reflects on Scripture. Hear Jesus’ call that as disciples we are to be hearers and doers of God’s Word. This 6-session Sermon on the Mount Bible study will make a great Lenten Study / Sermon Series. (Watch for details on when this study will start here at St. John)

Our Year of Scripture Book of the Year is A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible: Learning to Read Scripture’s Story. 2015. Edited by Robert W. Wall and   David R. Neinhuis (Baker Academic Publishing). This very accessible book takes the reader through the entire narrative of God’s Word, with an emphasis on the “metanarrative” of the Biblical story. This small guide will be a great companion during the Year of Scripture.  

Synod Wide Read through the Bible in One Year. I want to encourage and challenge you to join with the rest of the Northwestern Ohio Synod and read through the entire Bible in One Year. Back in 2004 and 2012, the parishes I was serving read through the Bible in One Year as a community spiritual practice. Scripture is meant to be read in community.

Between now and December 31, 2018, I want to invite you to form a number of small groups in your parish, who will gather weekly, 2x a month, or monthly (it’s really up to you), and commit to doing this spiritual practice together. If you do it alone, you’re going to get halfway into Leviticus, give up, and get mad at me. Don’t do that. Read together. Reflect together. Learn together. It is the best way. And I promise that when you do this together, it will change the conversation and the culture of your parish.

During my weekly e-mails, I will be offering teachings and tips that focus on the Daily Bible Reading Schedule. I plan to join you in 2019 as we Read through the Bible in One Year. The Daily Schedule appears as an insert in this edition of The Eagle.

AN ALTERNATIVE APPROACH TO DAILY BIBLE READING

While committing to the discipline of a year long read of the entire Bible is commendable … and some will want to do this … others may realize that is a large undertaking that may not be able to be kept, perhaps like our lofty new year’s resolutions.

Another possibility is to focus on a specific chapter of the Bible to read … multiple times throughout the week. This allows for deeper and repeated reflection through the course of the week.

Here is an alternative way you might approach daily Bible reading during the month of January. The selected chapters will connect with what we have heard in worship, and will serve as a way to carry the proclaimed word into your everyday lives. You may even want to expand your reading by looking at what comes before … and after … each of these chapters.

January 6-12 … Matthew 2

January 13- 19 … Luke 3

January 20-26 … John 2

January 21-Feb 2 … Luke 4

ALSO WATCH FOR A NEW MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDY THAT IS COMING SOON!

 

COMMITTEE MEETINGS IN JANUARY

January 1:   NO COMMITTEE MEETINGS

January 8:   Normal Committee Meetings

January 15: Church Council at 6:30 pm

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Pastor Jim will be attending the annual Northwestern Ohio Synod’s Leadership Retreat FROM TUESDAY, JANUARY 22 THROUGH THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 at Sawmill Creek in Huron. The theme is “Spirituality,” featuring Keynote Speaker, The Rev. Dr. Winston Persaud, professor of systematic theology, Wartburg Seminary, and Special Presenter, The Rev. Dr. Javier (Jay) Alanis, executive director, Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest. Both speakers will offer their unique insights into the Holy Spirit’s work in creating enriching unity within diversity.

CHRISTMAS, THANK YOU

Pastor Jim and Jean Lehman would like to thank all of you who remembered us once again upon the birth of our Lord with greetings, goodies and gifts.  We are truly thankful to God for your generosity and for the faithful partnership we share in the work of the Gospel here at St. John’s. We pray that your Christmas was a blessed time of grace, peace and joy. Thanks be to you, and to God.

 

CROS+GEN LIFE CONFERENCE 2018

One of our values … those characteristics that are a part of the DNA of this congregation … is that we are always about NURTURING DISCIPLES. We would stop being St. John … if we would end our commitment to providing “meaningful opportunities for children, youth and adults to hear, learn and experience the good news of God’s love in Jesus.”

From October 1 through October 4, Pam Boytim, Julie Frattaroli and Pastor Jim Lehman had a tremendous opportunity to learn about and to experience Cross+Gen Ministry. This event was held in Estes Park, Colorado at the YMCA of the Rockies. We were inspired and challenged by “big picture” presentations, case studies and workshops.

The basic thrust of this approach to nurturing disciples is to gather children, youth and adults into one community, versus breaking age groups into separate classrooms. Here’s a question that is at the heart of this Cross+Gen Life, “What happens when the wisdom of the elder and the wonder of the child collide in the same sacred space every week?” Promise. Hope. Joy. Depth. Fun. Cross+Gen Life.

The three of us who attended have met once to process our experience. We have identified some ways that we can implement some of what we have learned. You will have a chance to experience this at our Advent Events and at the Winter DSQ Kick-off. We will be doing some deeper reading of how this ministry has taken shape in congregations across the US. We will be praying about the ways that we can move into more significant commitment to nurturing children, youth and adults in Christian faith.

This adventure was made possible through the generosity that has been provided through the Shela Fund, which is a part of the St. John Endowment.

MUSIC MINISTRY NEWS

The Handbell Choir … under the direction of Lisa Rider rehearses on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm.

 Our Senior Choir, under the direction of Shelvin Burns, rehearses on Sunday mornings, except when the Handbell Choir is ringing, at 8:00 am.

 Come join one of our two outstanding choirs who provide leadership for our worship, as gifts and talents are shared!

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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