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


When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.”  (Acts 2:1 4 NRSV)

On Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 we will come together on Pentecost, like those disciples of old, to celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Church.  One of the ways that we will celebrate the presence and power of the Spirit among us is with the color RED

Everyone is invited to show their Pentecost Spirit by WEARING RED as you come for worship on either of these days.  Come wearing red as we gather on Pentecost Weekend to celebrate the promised gift of the Holy Spirit!

Also … if you are proficient at speaking a language other than English … or can fake it … your skills are NEEDED! It is our hope to put together a team of young and old who will help read the Acts 2 passage in the “languages of the world!” If you able … and interested … see Pastor Jim as soon as possible.


On Sunday, June 2 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 traditionally 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.

Off to Camp at LMC … June 9-14, 2019

Soon a number of youth will be heading off for our week at Lutheran Memorial Camp.  Pastor Jim will be spending the week with our campers … enjoying God’s creation and growing in faith. Youth we know who will be at camp this week include: Elle Abraugh, Jackie Libben, Lydia Roberts, Cailaigh Barton-Kashmer and Abi Frattaroli.

Here’s some important stuff to know: The plan will be to meet here at St. John at 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 9. so that we can arrive at LMC around 3:30 pm.

Ø  Parents are able to accompany kids to camp in order to check out the place.  

Ø  Pastor Jim will also be driving and will have room for kids.

Ø  It is somewhat of a “tradition” that we make a quick stop at a fast food establishment along a “snack.”

Ø  We will also need additional drivers for our return on Friday, June 14. 

Ø  We will be leaving sometime after lunch, departing by 4:00 pm.

You have received information from LMC on what to bring with you.

If you have any questions, give Pastor Jim a call. 






There'e still time ... if you have the talents ... to turn in your Time and Talent Sheets ... Extra copies are available in the Office and in the Narthex.

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-12)

Our Year of Scripture Memory Verse is Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path". 

The January edition of The Eagle featured the Read Through the Bible in a Year plan. Several folks have been diligently reading through scripture each day.


If you have a musical gift to share … and would like to add to our summer worship experiences, please see Peggy Dorr who will be coordinating the Summer Worship Schedule this year. Plenty of opportunities are available for you to “make a joyful noise.”


On the Day of Pentecost … June 9 ... we move to Setting 2.


Each week throughout the “season” at Lakeside … the guest Preacher of the Week … participates in the Faith for Living Hour … which is from 9:00-10:00 am … Monday through Thursday … at Orchestra Hall. A FREE PASS is available to enter the gates for participating in this event. These Faith for Living Hours begin on June 19.

Pastor Jim is planning to attend on Wednesdays during the summer … as time and schedule allow. Each week in our bulletin we will have information regarding the Preacher of the Week.

Here is the schedule for June.

Week 1, June 16-21: 99th Annual Lutheran Chautauqua Week, The Rev. Dr. Julie Faith Parker, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, General Theological Seminary, New York, NY

Week 2, June 23-27: The Rev. Dr. Robert Allan Hill, Dean, Marsh Chapel, Boston University, Boston, MA – supported by Bob & Becky Brymer

Week 3, June 30-July 5: The Rev. Dr. MaryAnn McKibben Dana, Author, Retreat Leader, Former Pastor, Idylwood Presbyterian Church, Falls Church, VA


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: Monette Garn, Lauren Lieske, Rose Markel, Lee Bredbeck, Jodi Mackey and Jean Lehman

The first meeting is scheduled for TUESDAY,  JUNE 18 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.





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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