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.
[Summary & Schedule]


Our Events

 

EVERYONE INVITED!     COME JOIN the FUN!

PIGAPALOOZA FUNDRAISER for WORLD HUNGER

January 8th    Parish Hall       10:00AM

BREAKFAST

Pancakes with a variety of toppings     Sausage      Fruit Parfaits     Clementine’s

Coffee     Tea     Hot Chocolate     Milk     Juices

DOOR PRIZES!!!!!!

HOG CALLING CONTEST:  Young and Old (Practice up everyone!)

Judge:  Jim Sass

PORKY BINGO:  Everyone!   Guest Callers

PIGGY GAMES

Help us raise money to buy pigs for World Hunger by filling the St. John Pig Sty with little piglets.

There will also be piggy cookies and mud for sale.  (The good kind – chocolate!)


The Little Green Season” … the season after the Epiphany … begins January 7 and 8.

The following seasonal introduction was first published in Sundays and Seasons 2017, Year A, copyright © 2016 Augsburg Fortress.

“This is bread and butter Christianity. Here we find the foundational stuff of Christian life. Between the high dramas of Christmas and Lent, the time after Epiphany returns to the basics. Basic does not mean unimportant, though. On the contrary, many foundational and well-known texts are packed into these eight weeks: “To do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God”; the Beatitudes; “Love your enemies”; “Here is the Lamb of God”; “Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified”; and many more phrases that you may find yourself reciting as much as reading.

Through all eight weeks the texts point again and again to the centrality of Christ, his life and teaching. He is the servant, the lamb, the light, the foundation, and the beloved Son. For us, his disciples, the attention turns to our baptismal identity and activity. We find passages that fill out the image of discipleship in commandments, justice, testimony, and praise, all rooted in the joy and confidence of our baptism into Christ.

This time in the church year is often experienced as a lull, but with that comes the opportunity to scale back and focus intentionally on central things. Let the texts’ primary themes—Christ, baptism, discipleship, and light—set the tone for your worship space and music as well as your preaching. Blend the light and joy of the Christmas cycle with the simplicity and intentionality of Lent and allow that to serve as a bridge between the seasons.

In one sense these eight weeks are very simple: they focus on Christ and how he has transformed our lives. In another sense that means that all the joy, struggle, and complexity of Christian life can be found here in this little green season.

Copyright © 2016 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #SAS006173

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING

We will be joining ranks with over 13,000 churches and organization across the USA who will be participating in the SOUPER BOWL OF CARING.  This is annual event that coincides with the Super Bowl, to raise both awareness among worshipers and

funds to compassionately meet the needs of the hungry. Worshipers on the weekend of February 5, 2017 are asked to drop a $1 (you can drop in more if the Spirit moves you) in the soup pot as they leave worship. The funds collected here at St. John’s will be designated for feeding the hungry through the ELCA World Hunger Appeal and a local Food Bank. Watch for more details in the February Eagle.

“FILL THE GAP”

Fill the Gap is one of the outreach programs here at St. John that provides NECESSARY items to families in need that are not able to be purchased with S.N.A.P. cards. So we collect, purchase and warehouse items like these: toilet paper, deodorant, laundry soap, disposable diapers, body wash, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dish soap; that are then distributed to those in need through United Way of Ottawa County.

We applied for a grant (we asked for 1 $1,00) through the Portage Resale Shop for 2016 and Thanks Be to God we were awared $2,000.00! It was an amazing morning to gather with so many organizations and congregations who have one purpose in mind; meeting the needs of people within Ottawa County. The amount distributed for 2016 was $125,000! When you are in the store, make sure you thank those who are volunterring there for the generous support we have received!

We are also pleased to announce that Marlene Benko and Doris Libben have agreed to serve as our Inventory Control Officers (I just made up the title). They will be periodically checking the shelves, and when supplies are low, they will go shopping!! Thanks to Marlene and Doris for their willingness to assume this ministry mantle. It’s what happens when you show up in the office at the right (or wrong) time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

COMPANION RELATIONSHIPS

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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Announcements

 

 

ACOLYTE TRAINING …

On Sunday, January 22 … right after the DSQ Opening … Pastor Jim will be providing any young person, 3rd Grade through 7th Grade, with the opportunity to learn (or relearn) about the particularities and nuances of serving in worship as an acolyte. Basically, you will learn about how to “play with fire;” how people will give you money; and how to help in serving a meal. Pastor Jim will be buying doughnuts for all who show up … newbie and oldie acolytes. Please place this date and training on your calendars.

Our week of Camp at LMC for 2017 is scheduled for June 11-16! 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.

 
LUTHERAN-ROMAN CATHOLIC CONVERSATION
The next edition of our local Lutheran-Roman Catholic Conversation will take place on Wednesday, January 25 at 9:30 am at St. John Lutheran Church. 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. Oops we completely forgot about this in September, so bring EXTRA this 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 $1086.95 in 2016! Our Next NOISY OFFERING will be … January 14 and 15!
 
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
St. John Lutheran Church will assemble for its January Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 29 at 10:15 am in the Parish Hall.  The agenda will be devoted to the consideration and approval of the 2017 Spending Plan. Please plan on being a part of this important time of decision making.
 
SOUPER BOWL

We will be joining ranks with over 13,000 churches and organization across the USA who will be participating in the SOUPER BOWL OF CARING.  This is annual event that coincides with the Super Bowl, to raise both awareness among worshipers and

funds to compassionately meet the needs of the hungry. Worshipers on the weekend of February 5, 2017 are asked to drop a $1 (you can drop in more if the Spirit moves you) in the soup pot as they leave worship. The funds collected here at St. John’s will be designated for feeding the hungry through the ELCA World Hunger Appeal and a local Food Bank. Watch for more details in the February Eag

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Pastor Jim will be attending the annual Northwestern Ohio Synod’s Leadership Retreat FROM TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 THROUGH THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 at Sawmill Creek in Huron.  Presenters this year include: Dr. Joy Schroeder and Dr. Kenneth Inskeep. The theme is “Always Reforming.”

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 prayers, cards and gifts.  We are truly thankful to God for your amazing 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.

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

COMMUNITY PASTOR UPDATE

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. In the coming months, this conversation will continue as we follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance, exploring what God has in store for us. Pastor Jim has met with Bishop Beaudoin, communicated with Evka, received a report from a synod representative who just returned from Serbia, and met with the Global Mission Board in November. The possible candidate seems to be “well-suited” for this work. Please keep this movement of the Spirit in your prayers.

 


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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