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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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Ash Wednesday Worship will be held at 6:30 pm.
MIDWEEK LENTEN EVENTS …
Each of the five Wednesdays during Lent will find our community coming together for a Lenten Meal at 5:30 pm. We will then move to our worship space, where we shall gather around the Cross at 6:30 pm.
The theme for our Lenten experience is … “With Awe and Love: A Midweek Service Based on Luther’s Small Catechism.”
This midweek Lenten series is built around Luther’s Small Catechism. The Small Catechism was designed as a teaching tool of the faith, not just within the church but in the home. Luther intended for the home to be the place where faith was first shared and taught. To that end Luther created the Small Catechism: a simple explanation of the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Sacraments. He included basic prayers for morning and evening, and suggested ways to worship, praise, and revere God during each part of our day.
This series uses scripture readings from the daily lectionary or passages referred to in the Small Catechism itself. Placing the Small Catechism in front of us over these five weeks offers a way of growing closer to God by thinking on God’s word and the basics of our faith. Instead of sermons, each week we feature “Conversation Around the Cathechism.”
March 13 … Ten Commandments
March 20 … The Creed
March 27 … The Lord’s Prayer
April 3 … Baptism
April 10 … Holy Communion
VOICES AT BGSU … RETURNS
Last November we were able to host the amazing Voices at BGSU Choir in concert here at St. John. As this choir concludes their “season” … they will be returning to St. John on SUNDAY, APRIL 7 AT 6:30 PM.
Invite your friends and neighbors and “let’s pack the house” to hear this phenomenal group of talented acapella singers.
More information will be shared soon.
Looking Ahead to Holy Week …
Palm/Passion Sunday … April 13/14
Maundy Thursday … April 18 6:30 pm
Good Friday Community … April 19, Noon at St. John
Good Friday Tenebrae … April 19, 7:30 pm
Easter Vigil … April 20 5:00 pm
Easter Sunrise at Waterworks Park … April 21 … Time to be determined
Easter Festival Worship … April 21 … 9:00 am with Easter Breakfast to follow
Off to Camp at LMC … June 9-14, 2019
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 Camp at Lutheran Memorial Camp. 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. My recommendation is that all youth go to camp after their first year, so that they have the chance to attend camp TWICE!
PROGRAMS THAT ARE OFFERED THE WEEK OF JUNE 9-14 INCLUDE:
Slippery Seals … Grades: K-2
Rising Stars … Grades: 3-5
Confirmation … Grades 6-8
Sr. High …Grades 9-12
One of the reasons we have selected this date for camp is that there is a program for ALL AGES this same week! This means that we can have all our St. John youth at camp at the same time, PLUS Pastor Jim will be in residence.
THE INFORMATION BELOW APPLIES TO ALL PROGRAMS! TO LEARN HOW TO REGISTER ... SEE THE EAGLE OR CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE.
The Sermon on the Mount: A Call to Discipleship
In this Year of Scripture … we gather around God’s Word … specifically the Sermon on the Mount. Through these words of Jesus … Matthew 5-7 … we will hear and explore what it means for us to be called to discipleship. In a world and culture … where following Jesus may cause us to “swim upstream,” against what is popular … together we will read, talk and pray about what it might look like for us to live as “growing disciples of Jesus.”
This 6-week study has been written by Bishop Daniel Beaudoin. We will gather on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Our last two studies will be held on Thursdays, March 7 and 21 at 6:30 pm.
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 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.
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
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”