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

ADVENT … begins the weekend of December 1 and 2.

Midweek Advent Events will be held on three Wednesdays in December … December 5, December 12 and 19

We gather for a light meal at 5:30pm. Guided conversation will be encouraged around the tables. We will read our focus passage; then move into Holden Evening Prayer, followed by an activity for all ages that arises out of our theme verse, and then out the door with a blessing by 7pm (or so.)

Our themes for our Midweek Events … include:

December 5: Overflowing Love (Philippians 1:9)

December 12: Rejoicing Always (Philippians 4:4)

December 19: Blessed Are You (Luke 1:42)

A Word Concerning the Season of Advent

Although the historical record is sketchy, it appears that our Advent arose out of a season of fasting to prepare for baptisms at Epiphany. By the sixth century, an eschatological emphasis was present. Our Advent comprises the four Sundays before Christmas. God comes, in the past in the history of Israel and the incarnation of Jesus, in the present in the word and sacrament of each Sunday and in the sufferings of our time, and in the future at the end of all things.

Liturgical advice to keep a meaningful Advent without a December-long celebration of Christmas is meant not to be a kill-joy, but to awake our longing for the surprising ways that God comes to us.


The children of our Sunday morning DiscipleShipQuest ministry will be presenting the story of Christ’s Birth, “Manger Mania II,” on Saturday, December 8 at our 5:00pm Worship Service. 

Worship will be held in the Parish Hall and a light meal will follow.  Come to worship and witness the faith of our children!



“A Little Bit Early” Christmas Worship @TheBay … Our first Christmas Worship service … Wrapped in Bands of Cloth will be held on South Bass Island on Sunday, December 23 at 3:00 pm at Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church.  Pastor Jim Lehman will be on the island leading worship. At the center of our worship is the amazing story of our Savior’s birth, who comes as a gift “wrapped in bands of cloth.” The worship concludes with the lighting of candles, to remind us that into the darkness, Light has come! This is indeed Good News for all the world!  


Candles, Carols and Communion … at 4:00 p.m.  We gather late in the afternoon on Christmas Eve. As we hear through Word and proclamation; as we sing beloved Carols; and as we experience God’s Love in the Lord’s Supper … we will discover again, that the Christ Child comes to us all, “Wrapped in Bands of Cloth. Our worship concludes with the lighting of candles, to remind us that into the darkness, Light has come! This is indeed Good News for all the world!  

Children and Families Service at 7:00 p.m.  This “middle” service on Christmas Eve is a time specifically designed for Children and Families, as well as for those who still think of themselves, “young at heart.” Together we will discover that Christ comes as a gift for us and for all the world, “Wrapped in Bands of Cloth.” Worship will feature beloved Christmas carols, the Christmas story from Luke’s Gospel, a contemporary children’s story and Holy Communion, we will be led to see, through the eyes of our children, the wonders of this most Holy Night. Our worship concludes with the lighting of candles, to remind us that into the darkness, Light has come! This is indeed Good News for all the world!  

Christmas Concert at 9:30 p.m.

A collection of talented members and friends will offer their gift of music at the manger, as we participate in this half-hour period of preparation before our celebration of our Lord’s Birth.  Come, and allow, the sounds of the season to enliven your hearts and souls as we seek to greet, worship and receive the Newborn King.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship at 10:00 p.m.

This traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve service will be a time of joyous worship and praise as we add our voices to the heavenly host that invaded the earth that “holy night” and heralded our Savior’s Birth.  In the darkness of this night we will discover that the Christ Child comes into the world, “Wrapped in Bands of Cloth.”  We will sing many of our favorite Christmas carols, hear the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus’ birth, receive the gift of Holy Communion, musical offerings of praise and celebration by our Senior and Hand Bell Choirs. Our worship concludes with the lighting of candles, to remind us that into the darkness, Light has come!

The First Sunday of Christmas … December 29 and 30 … Worship will be held according to our normal weekend schedule … Saturday at 5:00 pm and Sunday at 9:00 am. These worship services will be centered in Lessons and Carols, as well as the celebration of Holy Communion.


Over the past several years, St. John has chosen in light of our receiving the True Gift of Christmas, to give away the offering collected at our three worship services to local ministries that provide tangible signs of God’s love to those in need within our community.

This year the Church Council has selected two ministries …

Women’s Lighthouse Sober Living House and the Oak House

to receive the resources from this night of worship. Details about each of these agencies will be placed in future bulletins.








































Setting Switch

With the arrival of the season of Advent we will be moving to ELW Setting 10 for our Sunday morning liturgy. As we move through the Church Year, we rotate among the four ELW services that we have “learned” over the years, (1,2,8 and 10). Setting 10 … with variations … will be used through the season of Epiphany.


If you would like to include this vital ministry in your Christmas giving … this ongoing ministry, started years ago as a Community Needs Project by our Confirmands … is in need of household cleaning supplies, you know those things you have around the kitchen and bathroom for sprucing things up. These items cannot be purchased with S.N.A.P. cards, yet are “necessities” for daily life. You can drop off you gifts in the office or bring them with you when you come for worship.


The church office will be closed on Tuesday, December 25 and Tuesday, January 1 in observance of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


On Friday, November 16 our six recent Confirmands, along with some parents and mentors delivered our collection of toys to Joyful Connections. We also had the opportunity to learn about their important in protecting children throughout Ottawa County as they offer a safe haven for supervised visits and exchanges.


On Friday, December 21 … the Longest Night … the community gathers at Firelands Presbyterian Church for worship at 7:00pm

This worship keeps in mind those in our community who have recently lost loved ones or who are living with life-altering circumstances. The goal is to provide a time and place of solace during the often-frenetic days surrounding the celebration of Christmas.

Not everyone feels like celebrating. Grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment, and loss are magnified. Even those who are not struggling with losses may feel the stress of preparations and expectations around Christmas.

In the Northern Hemisphere, December 21 is the longest night, the winter solstice, which means literally "standing still." It marks the shortest day of the year, the official start of winter, when the sun is the farthest distance from the earth. In the gathering darkness of December, we anticipate the coming again of the Light of the world. It may only be the hope that marks Advent's waiting that keeps us looking toward the coming of Christ. It may also be that the blue of the Advent season (which symbolizes hope) is the very remedy we need for what makes us feel "blue" at Christmas.


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.


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
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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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