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

 

ADVENT … begins Sunday, December 3.

Midweek Advent Events will be held on three Wednesdays … December 6, December 13 and 20.  We gather for a light meal at 5:30pm. We will then move into Holden Evening Prayer, followed by an activity for all ages, and then out the door by 7pm or so. 

Our themes for our Midweek Events … “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” include:

December 6: The Angel Speaks to Zechariah’s Fear (Luke 1:5-20)

December 13: The Angel Speaks to Joseph’s Confusion (Matthew 1:18-25)

December 20: The Angel Speaks to Mary’s Doubt (Luke 1:26-38)

DSQ CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

The children of our Sunday morning DiscipleShipQuest ministry will be presenting the story of Christ’s Birth, “Manger Mania,” on Saturday, December 9 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 SERVICE OF THE LONGEST NIGHT

On Thursday, December 21 … the Longest Night … the community gathers at Firelands Presbyterian Church for worship at 7:30pm

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.

A PLACE FOR ALL

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE

A Little Bit Early” Christmas Worship @TheBay … Our first Christmas Worship service … A Place for All will be held on South Bass Island on Sunday, December 17 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 opens his arms and makes room for all in the presence of God.  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! 

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 in the Christ Child’s arms, there is “A Place for All. 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 there is “A Place for All.” 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 there is “A Place for All.”  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!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO WORSHIP ON SUNDAY MORNING DECEMBER 24.  WE INVITE EVERYONE TO CHOOSE ONE OF OUR THREE CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP SERVICES ON THAT DAY.

THE FOURTH WEEKEND OF ADVENT WILL BE THE THEME FOR WORSHIP ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23 AT 5:00 PM.

The First Sunday of Christmas … December 30 and 31 … 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.

REFORMATION 500 … During this calendar year, we have been celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. A Hymn of the Month has been featured and sung in worship each week. The use of a Hymn of the Day is a Lutheran inheritance. It serves to unite the proclamation of the scripture texts and preaching of the day with the spirit of the season. The Hymn of the Month for this final month of the year is … “Canticle of the Turning,” ELW#723.

2018 YOUTH GATHERING

Well, we are on our way to the 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering that will be held in Houston, Texas … June 27-July 1, 2018!

On September 15 … our group was registered! We have 10 youth from St. John and 3 adult leaders! Also, participating will be 3 youth and one adult leader from St. Paul, Danbury and 2 youth and 1 adult leader from Peace! Making our Grand Total … 15 youth and 5 adults! 

St. John Participants include:

Abi Frattaroli       Tatyana Kowalski           Rebekah Koehl     Lillian Reiman             Olivia McDougall

Cara Linn              Ileana Garza                   Will Segaard          Nate Frattaroli             Elliot Auxter                 

Pastor Jim Lehman                                       Jean Lehman        Angie Auxter

Youth Gatherings are an amazing opportunity to experience the “largeness” and the excitement of what it means to be Church! There are five program areas that will be a part of the Gathering: Synod Day; Service Learning; Interactive Learning, Community Life and Mass Gatherings. If you want to learn more, go to these resources: ELCA.org/gathering … facebook.com/youthgathering … Twitter ... @elcagathering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Announcements

 

MUSIC MINISTRY NEWS
St. John … we have a Choir Director!  Beginning in December, Christopher Carter, a senior at Bowling Green State University will begin his service as Choir Director. This has been a long process, but we are delighted with the gifts, energy and passion that Chris will be able to share with us, as we lift our voices in song, praising the Lord who loves us all! Chris will be with us on Sunday, December 3 at 8: 00 am to lead his first official rehearsal. Let’s give Chris a warm St. John welcome. 

CHRISTMAS EVE OFFERING

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 …

Bistro 163 and Ruth Ann’s House

to receive the resources from this night of worship. Bistro 163 provides quality food to the hungry and more; while Ruth Ann’s House provides housing, meals and a safe place for women and children. 

OFFICE CLOSED …

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

Setting Switch

With the arrival of the season of Advent we will be moving to ELW Setting 8 for our Sunday morning liturgy. We will “settle into” Setting 8 on Sunday, December 3 and use it through the Baptism of Our Lord, January 7, 2018.

FALL MINISTRY RESOURCES APPEAL

Our Celebration Weekend was held on October 21 and 22 when we received completed Estimate of Giving Cards as a part of our worship services.

If you were present and turned in a EOG Card … Thanks for your support! Providing this information will help us as we move forward in creating a Spending Plan for Mission and Ministry in 2018!

If you have not yet turned in a EOG, and would like to do so, there is still time to participate. Either mail it to office of drop it off at your convenience.

 

 

 


We Belong

St. John Lutheran
207 Adams St.
 Port Clinton, OH
 43452
419-734-5548
Email Us

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.

 


Saint John Lutheran Church © 2011-
207 Adams Street, Port Clinton, OH 43452
  Mobile Friendly Design by Autumn Road


Find us on Facebook | Email Us |
419-734-5548
An ELCA Congregation