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

St. John@TheBay Lutheran Mission extends an invitation to folks across the Northwestern Ohio Synod to join us for “A Day at The Bay.” This bi-annual event will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2016. 
This event has proven in the past to be a great time to connect with one another, to experience our mission, to explore all the island has to offer, to join together in a meal (you don’t have to bring anything but an appetite) and of course, to join us for worship. 
You are encouraged to visit the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce website ( to discover what attractions might be of interest.  Travel to the island is available on both the Jet Express and the Miller Ferry. The last Miller is at 9:00 pm, while the final Jet is at 11:00 pm.
The meal will begin at 5:00pm, worship will follow.  We will be gathering in the fellowship space at Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church … 632 Catawba Ave, Put-in-Bay! 
If you have any questions at all about logistics, call 419.734.5548 or e-mail Please RSVP by July 17. 
Before you go searching for verification on your calendars or on Google, Pastor Jim is the one who made this decree! Many of you have “favorite” hymns that Pastor Jim NEVER or RARELY picks, so this is your chance to get even or perhaps to just “level the playing field.”
So, during the month of July you have the opportunity to turn in your hymn requests that will be used during the month of August. Pastor Jim will still get to choose when these hymns will appear! If for some reason, we have too many hymns for August, we may spill over into September.
So start searching through the hymnal to identify your favorites, and then record them on the Hymn Request Sheet on the table at the top of the stairs.
On Sunday, July 24 Abi, Nate and Owen Frattaroli will be our Praise Team Worship leaders and musicians. Again, singers of “all ages” are always welcome to join the team as we lift our voices in praise to the Lord of Love. 
25 folks will be participating in our all-congregation outing to Fifth-Third Field to watch as the Toledo Mud Hens take the field on Friday, July 29. First pitch is at 7:00 pm. For those interested in car-pooling, we will meet here at the church at 5:00 pm. Tickets are $12.00/person. You can pick up your tickets and pay for your tickets in the Church Office.



Monday, June 27 thru July 1. Check here for information. Check here for registration form.
Your prayers and presence are requested for the Service of Installation of Rev. Daniel G. Beaudoin as 3rd Bishop of the Northwestern Ohio Synod, ELCA 
Saturday, July 23, 2016 1:00pm 
Worship Reception to follow 
St. Mark Lutheran church 315 South College Drive Bowling Green, OH 43402 
Presiding Minister and Preacher: Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton 
Early arrival is important, the church will open at Noon ~Extra parking is available in the adjacent school parking lot~ Clergy are invited to process, the color of the day is Red 
For more information, call the Synod Office at 419.423.3664
Pastor Jim will be attending this installation, if you would like to ride along and fill a car, please let him know.
Over recent months, a number of gifted individuals and groups have been willing to share their musical gifts during our Sunday morning worship. If you have a gift to share, especially as we move into summer when our choirs take a break, contact Erin Linehan or Kristina Smith who serve on our Worship Committee.
Summer Camp and Confirmation Camp/Summer Camp picture from our week at Lutheran Memorial Camp can be viewed on the St. John Lutheran Church Facebook page! You can also visit Lutheran Memorial Camp’s Facebook page as well to see even more!
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: Marlene Benko, Ken Gipe, Linda Hopfinger, Mark Coppeler, Jim Sass and Monette Garn.
The first meeting took place on  WEDNESDAY, JUNE  29 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.
NOISY OFFERINGS are collected on the second weekend of each month. The proceeds from this joyful noise are used to enhance our Mission Support of the ELCA and the Northwestern Ohio Synod. Through this ongoing effort we have received an additional $1,587.60! Our Next NOISY OFFERING will be … July 9 and 10!
Recovery Days
Because of the hectic nature of the month of July, Pastor Jim will be taking a couple of “recovery days” on July 19 and 20 to rest his weary mind, body and spirit.
Our Mission … We are a Christ-centered and Caring Congregation called by God to Share the good news of salvation for all people.
Here’s an example of how we live out God’s Mission … On Christmas Eve the offering received at all worship services was designated for “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep,” a cooperative ministry with Firelands Presbyterian Church and United Way of Ottawa County. These resources are used throughout the year to purchase beds and bedding for children under the age of 18 in our county. It is a significant way to make a difference by meeting the needs of those who have “no place to lay their heads.” Our offering this year was $4,486.00!
We have also collected a number of bedding only packages, for those with beds, but insufficient bedding. Thanks be to God for the spirit of generosity that was present as we welcomed the birth of the Christ Child. AND thanks be to God that we are able to be a partner with God and with others in having an impact for good in our community. 


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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