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

On Sunday, May 29 we will be recognizing all of our high school and college graduates during our 9:00 a.m. worship service. On this day we will come together to celebrate with these young persons as they have completed courses of study and are preparing to head-off into new adventures of faith and life.  
A reception will be held in their honor during the Coffee Fellowship Hour immediately following worship. We have asked each of our young persons to share a little bit about their plans for the future with us at that time. And we will have some gifts to present to you upon this exciting occasion.  
We give thanks to God for these young people for who they are, for how they have been participants and contributors to our ministry!  We will offer prayers on their behalf as they embrace the future that awaits them.  
If you know someone who should be included in this recognition, please notify the Church Office. asap. 
On Sunday, June 19 the “not as young” Praise Team will be leading us in worship, utilizing the technology of the I-pad, under the leadership of Erin Linehan. If you would like to be a part of this fun-loving group of song leaders, contact Pastor Jim or Erin Linehan.
Then on Sunday, July 24 Abi, Nate and Owen Frattaroli will be our Praise Team Worship leaders and musicians. Again, singers of “all ages” are always welcome to join the team as we lift our voices in praise to the Lord of Love. 
Taking the Word into the Week.
Beginning on May 14 and 15 as we head into the season of Pentecost, and then continuing through June 4/5, we will once again be lifting up the partnership of those who have a vital role in preaching. We are launching another time for “Taking the Word into the Week.” 
Surveys will be available in the bulletins each weekend 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. An e-mail blast will also be sent out each Monday.
Yet again I am excited about this opportunity to hear from all of you about how the proclamation continues. I always learn something significant about you who listen to sermons, as well as about my continuing efforts to proclaim Good News. You will also have the chance to be inspired by each other as survey responses are shared. These “postings” of how the sermon has continued will be found on the bulletin board half-way up the Parish Hall stairs and on the St. John Facebook page. A third benefit of this study is to help your pastor to continue to grow in his understanding of those realities that arise in your everyday lives, enabling better and more effective preaching by linking the Word with your worlds.
This time of listening is no longer a part of my education, so I would love to also hear from those who are under 18!
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Jim
An all-congregation outing to Fifth-Third Field to see the Toledo Mud Hens in action is being planned for Friday, July 29. First pitch is at 7:00 pm. For those interested in car-pooling, we will meet here at the church at 5:00 pm. Tickets are $12.00/person. 
Sign-up or call the church office if you are interested. Tickets will be ordered on June 17, so sign-up before that date!
Off to Confirmation Camp/Summer Camp … June 19-24, 2016
Before we know it … spring will be in the air, school will be out … and will be time for us to head off for our week of Confirmation Camp at Lutheran Memorial Camp. The focus this year will be on the Lutheran Reformation.  As we have shared with all of you parents and students, we expect that all our Confirmation Ministry participants WILL attend Camp at least once during the years they are in our Confirmation program.  Please let me know a.s.a.p. if your youth will be attending camp this year, so we can plan accordingly!  
ALL YOUTH … for all Programs (there a programs for all ages during this same week!) are encouraged to register online at!  
Families are asked to pay $100 toward the registration fee, with the Endowment Fund from St. John, Pancake Supper Proceeds and Midweek Lenten Meal offerings covering the remaining costs!  I dare you to find a better deal!
Please note: when registering online, you will be asked to make a deposit that is greater than $100…The church will reimburse you for the difference! Let us know when you have registered and we will get you a check! The total cost of camp after March 30 is $455. When you go to the web site, you will see that there is something “new” called Tiered pricing … I would suggest you choose Tier 2.
The summer camp medical form can be found at, which you will need to send to the camp or make sure to bring it with you on the day we head off to camp. EACH STUDENT MUST HAVE ONE OF THESE! Let us know if you have any questions about this.  
Slippery Seals … Grades: K-2
Rising Stars … Grades: 3-5
Sr. High …Grades 9-12
Visitation Ministers Workshop
One of the most significant new ministries here at St. John that has unfolded over the past few years has been our Visitation Ministry. We have a truly fantastic team of dedicated everyday Christians who go out into our community to extend the reach of the Lord’s Table, but also to connect in meaningful ways with those who are not able to be present among us on a regular basis. Some amazing relationships have been established. Our ministry together has been truly strengthened through these efforts.
As time passes by, changes have come to both the body of persons who are need of visits and those who make these visits. At this time, we would like to extend an invitation to any of you who may want to be a part of this significant and worthwhile use of your time and talents. Come and learn about how you can make a difference in the life of someone else and your own!
So, on Wednesday, May 25, current Visitation Ministers and anyone who would like to explore what this ministry is all about is invited to a “working lunch.” Come at Noon and gather around the table with others for food, fellowship and conversation about how this ministry is going, as well, how we might make sure that all needs are being met. I promise that this time for conversation will be over by 1:30 pm.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with Pastor Jim Lehman.



Monday, June 27 thru July 1. Check here for information. Check here for registration form.
Over recent months, a number of gifted individuals and groups have been willing to share their musical gifts during our Sunday morning worship. If you have a gift to share, especially as we move into summer when our choirs take a break, contact Erin Linehan or Kristina Smith who serve on our Worship Committee.
God has called and the Northwestern Ohio Synod Assembly has elected a new Bishop!  
We praise God for raising up a new leader among us as Pastor Daniel Beaudoin, St. John's, Stony Ridge was called as shepherd of this synod on the last day of Synod Assembly.  We thank God for Bishop-elect Beaudoin, his wife Rachel and their three children who have graciously accepted this call on their life.  We ask that you continually raise prayers in the coming months for Bishop-elect Beaudoin and his family, as well as, Bishop Lohrmann, the Lohrmann family, synod staff, Synod Council, the leaders and congregations of this synod as we move through this transition together.  
The Nominating Committee of St. John Lutheran Church will soon begin 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.
The first meeting is scheduled for THURSDAY, JUNE 16 at 6:30 pm.
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.
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 $1468.60! Our Next NOISY OFFERING will be … June 11 and 12!
On April 30 and May 1, Time and Talent Surveys … were distributed as a part of our response to God’s love as we considered what it might mean to “Get in the Game!” If you have not yet turned on your Time and Talent Survey … there is still time to do so! If you need an extra copy check on the table in the Parish Hall or call the Church Office. 
Our goal … as the Ministry Resources Team is to have EVERYONE complete a survey EVERY YEAR!  
Northwestern Ohio Synod Assembly 2016
On Thursday – Saturday, May 19-21, the Lutheran congregations of the Northwestern Ohio Synod met in assembly at Bowling Green State University. Voting members from St. John were Sherry and Pastor John Ferne, along with Pastor Jim. 
Here is a summary of the highlights of the Assembly:
Guided by the Holy Spirit, we elected Pastor Daniel Beaudoin of St. John’s Lutheran in Stony Ridge to be our next Bishop. His installation will be Saturday, July 23 at St. Mark’s Lutheran in Bowling Green. 
We celebrated and gave thanks for the ministry of Bishop Marcus Lohrmann, who has faithful led and guided us as a synod for the past 18 years. 
We were inspired and challenged by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and freelance theologian Anna Madsen. 
We collected offerings for ELCA World Hunger ($3,380), to help with the Flint Water Crisis ($3,651) and for northwestern Ohio hunger ministries and the Fund for Leaders ($3,400).
Pastor Jim led a Workshop on Friday, “Are You Living the Word?” to a packed room!
How You Can Help
Please pray for our synod and Bishop Marcus Lohrmann, Bishop Elect Daniel Beaudoin, the Synod Council, and all who serve in the ministries of the synod. 
Consider a gift to the NW Ohio Synod annual appeal. This year’s offering will support hunger ministries:
Pastor Jim will also be traveling to Princeton Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey … May 31-June 4 … to participate in a Continuing Education event with members of his Luther Seminary cohort. Our focus will be on “Death and the End of Life.”
Wednesday..........The Theology and Ethics at the End of Life 
Thursday..............Preaching on Issues Surrounding Death 
Friday...................The Bible and Death  
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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