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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.
[Summary & Schedule]
On Wednesday, March 1 our faith community will gather to begin our annual Lenten journey to the Cross.
Ash Wednesday Worship will be held at 6:30 pm.
BEATITUDES OF PROMISE
Beginning on Ash Wednesday we will focus our attention, and our hearts, on the Beatitudes from Matthew 5. Each week, we will listen in as a pastor counsels a modern-day parishioner … and the words of Jesus’ teaching are revealed in a new light. Each service in this Lenten series draws attention to one of the Beatitudes, applying them to our journey of faith today.
Ash Wednesday … March 1 … The Promise of Heaven: Matthew 5:3
Wednesday … March 8 … The Promise of Comfort: Matthew 5:4
Wednesday … March 15 … The Promise of an Inheritance: Matt. 5:5
Wednesday … March 22 … The Promise of Righteousness: Matt. 5:6
Wednesday … March 29 … The Promise of Mercy: Matthew 5:7
Wednesday … April 5 … The Promise of Seeing God; Matthew 5:8
MIDWEEK LENTEN MEALS
Beginning on March 8 through April 5, we will gather for a simple Lenten Meal in the Parish Hall at 5:30. Worship will begin at 6:30 pm, and we will gather in the Sanctuary.
If you are interested in participating in one the short dramas, please see Pastor Jim and indicate your preferred week. You will assume the “recurring” of the parishioner, who is known as “Mac,” which is short for Makarios, the Greek word for, “Blessed.”
On Saturday, February 11 Pastor Janine Dress will be leading our Saturday night worship as Pastor Jim attends grandson Graham’s 5th Birthday Party! Pastor Jim will be back for worship on Sunday at St. John (Oak Harbor HS Choir) and at TheBay!
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING
We will be joining ranks with over 13,000 churches and organization across the USA who will be participating in the SOUPER BOWL OF CARING. This is annual event that coincides with the Super Bowl, to raise both awareness among worshipers and
funds to compassionately meet the needs of the hungry. Worshipers on the weekend of February 4 and 5, 2017 are asked to drop a $1 (you can drop in more if the Spirit moves you) in the soup pot as they leave worship. The funds collected here at St. John’s will be designated for feeding the hungry through the ELCA World Hunger Appeal and a local Food Bank. Watch for more details in the February Eagle.
“FILL THE GAP”
Fill the Gap is one of the outreach programs here at St. John that provides NECESSARY items to families in need that are not able to be purchased with S.N.A.P. cards. So we collect, purchase and warehouse items like these: toilet paper, deodorant, laundry soap, disposable diapers, body wash, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dish soap; that are then distributed to those in need through United Way of Ottawa County.
We applied for a grant (we asked for 1 $1,00) through the Portage Resale Shop for 2016 and Thanks Be to God we were awared $2,000.00! It was an amazing morning to gather with so many organizations and congregations who have one purpose in mind; meeting the needs of people within Ottawa County. The amount distributed for 2016 was $125,000! When you are in the store, make sure you thank those who are volunterring there for the generous support we have received!
We are also pleased to announce that Marlene Benko and Doris Libben have agreed to serve as our Inventory Control Officers (I just made up the title). They will be periodically checking the shelves, and when supplies are low, they will go shopping!! Thanks to Marlene and Doris for their willingness to assume this ministry mantle. It’s what happens when you show up in the office at the right (or wrong) time!
We will be joining ranks with over 13,000 churches and organization across the USA who will be participating in the SOUPER BOWL OF CARING. This is annual event that coincides with the Super Bowl, to raise both awareness among worshipers and funds to compassionately meet the needs of the hungry.
Worshipers on the weekend of February 4 and 5, 2017 are asked to drop a $1 (you can drop in more if the Spirit moves you) in the soup pot as they leave worship. The funds collected here at St. John’s will be designated for feeding the hungry through the ELCA World Hunger Appeal and a local Food Bank.
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER
Our traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake and Sausage Supper will be held on Tuesday, February 28 from 5:00-6:30 pm. Come and feast before the Lenten fast; enjoying all the sausage and pancakes you can eat!
A Free-will donation will be received to help support youth who will be heading off to Summer Bible Camp! It’s a great way to get rid of the kids for a week, and they’ll grow in faith to boot!
If you are willing to help out … pancake batter mixers, pancake grill flippers, dishes, servers and clean-up … whatever … your assistance will be greatly appreciated. Parents who are thinking of sending your kids away … your help is expected and needed, too!
Our week of Camp at LMC for 2017 is scheduled for June 11-16! This is the one week of the summer where there is programming for all ages … including Confirmation Camp … from the youngest through high school. Watch for a letter sometime in late February/March to let you know about the particulars for registration. For now … block these dates off on your calendars … it’s a great way to “get rid” of your kids for a week … where they can grow in faith and experience Christian community.
Since Evka Hlvati’s visit in July we have been having prayerful conversation … here, in Findlay and Nova Sad … about the possibility for restoring the Community Pastor role at TheBay, which was formerly held by Pr. Jasmina Kotas-Medved.
The conversation has begun to pick up as we follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance, exploring what God has in store for us. Pastor Jim has been in contact with Pastor Vladislav and will meet with Bishop Beaudoin on February 2. Please keep this movement of the Spirit in your prayers.
Our Mission … We are a Christ-centered and Caring Congregation called by God to Share the good news of salvation for all peple.
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”